Another evidence of grace was how amazing D-group was last night. God has been so evident in everything about it. After the events of the day and my failures in it, I was pretty messed up about being a leader of other believers if I couldn't even get my crap together. But God just spoke to me and reassured me that I will never have it all together and that by leading from a place of brokenness, I can step aside and truly allow Him to lead. As John the Baptist said in John 3:30, "He must become greater; I must become less." Last night, by stepping aside and allowing God to become greater, I saw Him begin a great work that I know he promises to continue to completion. (Philippians 1:6). I saw guys who didn't know each other open up about their pasts, things and addictions they have struggled with. We talked about our backgrounds, questions our doubts we may have about our faith. We laid hands and prayed over a guy who has had some medical problems (more on that guy in a minute). All of this was on the very first D-group, which was supposed to be a simple meet-and-greet!
There's John. John is from Nigeria and he grew up Catholic. He expressed some doubts and questions he had about his faith and is really exploring and hungry to know God. There's Aaron, who grew up the son of an AG preacher, yet struggled with partying, alcohol, and the like in high school. He only came to d-group because it was the only night he could make it, but by the end of the night expressed that he knew this is where God led him to be. Aaron is really wanting to build lasting relationships with fellow brothers in Christ. Taylor, who was in my d-group last year, is a caring, compassionate, intelligent guy who wants to be involved in a brotherhood of believers. Then there's Keaton. Keaton has been dating my sister for the past month or so and when I found out he was living in Conway I felt the strong urge to invite him to Chi Alpha and D-group. I was pleasantly surprised to see him not only come Monday night, but come to D-group. Keaton has had multiple strokes in the last few years, the most recent one being around a month ago. We had the opportunity to lay hands on him and pray God to heal him. It was so powerful and I'm excited to see what God does in his life this year.
I love God so much and he continues to love me despite of me. One verse that really hit home for me today. 1 John 4:18. If anyone who reads this has an encouraging Scripture or comment or needs prayer, hit me up.
In Christ's love