this was the 6th year for the ministry of because of Jesus to host a weekend getaway in the tulsa, oklahoma area. every year has been in a different location with many gifted speakers sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. each year there has been a different theme, but the message has always been the same, "we are loved children of God that have been graced with abundant life and eternal salvation by our faith in the finished work of Christ and all that we are blessed with by God is because of Jesus."
this year the theme was appropriately named, "it is finished." every speaker presented the great Truth of the accomplished work of Jesus Christ and how our faith in His act of love, alone, completely brought us into favor with God. i was privileged to be one of those speakers along with my sister, connie witter, and a wonderfully funny and gifted woman named rose karlebach. i am always amazed at how God ordains in our hearts the messages that flow together so fluently and build the strength of the Truth of His message into the lives of everyone that was there. i know that I left the weekend with a fuller measure of revelation in the finished work of Jesus Christ than when I arrived. i am very convinced that everyone that was there could say the same thing because of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the powerful teaching that went forth.
this weekend, as i allowed the Lord to fill me up with Truth, i felt strength arise in my spirit enabling me to trust Him with even more areas of my life. Scripture after Scripture came forth to reinforce the understanding of the finished work of Christ in all of our hearts. as i listened, i wondered, "how is it that we have such a hard time getting this? it is so clear throughout the entire Bible that Jesus would come and make a way for us. He would do it! He would finish it! He would accomplish for us what we could not accomplish on our own!" i asked the Lord to open my eyes and help me to see what i was not seeing before so that i could walk in more of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ in my life. i continue this cry up to Him even today.
it was a wonderful weekend. i know many people's lives were touched and changed. God is doing great things through the because of Jesus ministry as they are propelled to get the message of the power of the completed work of Jesus Christ into as many people's lives as possible. this weekend was just a step in the journey that God has for His children to shine the glory of their Father!!! one step after another makes a pathway of lives that is touched and changed by His Love!
i can't wait for next year!