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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Owning Your Faith

Loved-ones and mentors gathered to celebrate our confirmation class as it came to an end. This is the beginning of the confirmand's walk with God. I am especially proud, as an aunt, for my niece to profess her faith. Before my father died, I promised him I would share my faith with my nieces and nephews. My Heavenly Father expects the same. Psalm 145:4, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

According to the New Testament, Lois, the grandmother of Timothy, was born into the Jewish faith, and later accepted Christianity along with her daughter Eunice. 2 Timothy 1: 6-9, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…” God saw good roots in Timothy’s family. He saw it in his grandmother, mother and now him.

Where did your roots begin? Maybe it was your parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, neighbor or friend who have shown you the importance of worship. Thank You, God, for these good roots that have been planted and will stand in hard times. No matter our age we need to let these good roots take hold! We need to be helping someone else plant good roots! Have you made a profession of faith? We cannot be lukewarm. Revelation 3: 16, "So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

When we let God be the Lord of our life, the Holy Spirit will stir up that gift of God in us so we can live out God’s process for our life.


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