God speaks to me through various ways and one way is through movies. So there are two movies that I have watched on Netflix that have to do with furthering the kingdom of God. They are The Letter Writer and The Secrets of Johnathan Sperry. These movies showed me how we can change the lives of others without money, talent or anything except pure love. If we can be willing to let the pure love of Jesus come through us, we can let Him touch lives in a way that we never could on our own. I learned one day to pray to be willing!
In both movies there was an older man who allowed himself to be used by the Holy Spirit. In The Letter Writer, this man would write a letter inspired by the Holy Spirit and mail it to whoever he felt needed it that particular day. The movie shows how one letter changed a young girl’s life. Just a letter of encouragement, has power to change a life! She sings a powerful song at the end called Angel Bones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfUibkL44oA
If you listen to the words, you see where we, as individuals, play a part in God’s plan. We can be His agents on earth to further His Kingdom.
Johnathan Sperry also allowed himself to be used to help a group of boys know Jesus. He held a Bible Study in his home for this group of boys and changed the course of their lives. It tells you at the end what each boy grows up to be. I like to think Mr. Sperry had a hand in the way they ended up. All good things come from God and these boys end up doing good with their lives.
If we all can just recognize the voice in our head, to do what it is telling us to do, we can help further the kingdom of God around us. Like the scripture says above, we can only find peace and joy in the Holy Spirit! When we are walking in the Spirit, not only are we helping ourselves but we are helping others as well.
One day these two words came to me and I decided some further insight was needed. I felt that it would be beneficial to know the difference between surviving and thriving and living for God’s kingdom. I think of surviving as something wild animals do. They live outdoors, always looking for food and shelter. Unfortunately there are some people who are living this way, just surviving. Matthew 10:31 tells us we are worth more to God than many sparrows, so I know God didn’t intend for us to just survive. How many times has some one asked us,” How are you doing?” and we respond ” surviving.” Well, I don’t know about you but I want more! I want more from my life than just looking for my next meal and wondering if my needs will be met. I remember something Jesus said about the life He gives. In John 10:10 Jesus said, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. See, Satan wants us to just survive and not really live. He wants us to be caught up in our own survival so that we can’t focus on anything worth eternal value. Have you seen the show Survivor? You can see from watching this show what surviving does to people. It turns them evil and then adding the love of money to it and they are doomed! But Jesus said He came to give us life to the full and to enjoy life! In order for us to do this we have to be thriving! And how do we thrive in life? We follow the Holy Spirit. It came to me that if I am truly following the Holy Spirit in every step I take it, He will lead me to the life that is full and I will enjoy it because I know I am in the will of God! Jesus wants us to enjoy our life and to thrive! When we are thriving we can then focus on other people and overflow His blessings to them. This is called Kingdom living.