Following Jesus simply means that you’ve come to a realization that you can’t live life on your own anymore and you need a Savior!
Once you’ve experienced God’s love for the first time it becomes a desire for you to want to know Him and place your trust in Him. This doesn’t mean life is going to suddenly get easier (at times it will feel harder), but He promises to guide & be with us every step of the way!
As we understand more who God is, we become more like Him. Jesus’ character (His love, patience, and kindness) begins to come through as we interact with people. Maybe you are feeling like you want to tell everyone you know about what you just experienced – that’s because our lives are no longer meant to be for us but for God! Now it has become your purpose to lead people to Jesus through reflecting His love to everyone you meet!
I look back and can’t believe how far I have come since meeting Jesus. I am 100% a new person. Before, I was arrested for drunk driving. I was a liar to people I loved and to myself. I was completely chained with insecurity. I was so insecure that I was always trying to be somebody I wasn’t. Everything I did or said I tried to be like someone ‘cool’ I looked up to. Rather than developing into who I was created to be, I was so concerned with what others thought about me that I tried to do whatever I thought would look cool. I was chasing something that I could never achieve. I remember feeling so chained by the thought of hating who I was and not being what I wanted to be.
Since I first raised my hand my life looks super different but the cool thing is Jesus is continually changing me and making me better all the time. It’s not just a one-time change. As I have taken courageous steps that He tells me to take like serving, tithing, not gossiping, and spending time with Him every morning, He has strengthened me in ways and broke chains in my life that I have had no power to do on my own in the past. I’ve also experienced the opposite thought where I didn’t trust that God would take care of me and I didn’t listen to what He asked me to do. The result of that was an increase of depression, selfishness, and timidness. But every single time I take a bold step I am amazed by how much
God stretches me and makes me stronger. I haven’t experienced anything else that fills me up or gives me more Joy than being in a constant relationship with Jesus. I look back and laugh at the things that used to hold me down because I’ve seen God move in me and I have confidence that He’ll continue to move in me. Nothing compares to the power of God’s love.
In the midst of battling depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, and a severe lack of self-worth, I met Jesus through an array of events, as I struggled to make a past relationship work. I had never grown up knowing much about religion and only praying to a God I scarcely believed in once in a blue moon. I was introduced to Journey church by my Ex. It seemed important to him, so I decided to give it a shot but not expecting much.
After several Sunday sermons at Phoenixville campus, I could feel the heated pressure to raise my hand. There was definitely a powerful vibe within the crowd; energy I simply could not fully explain. Still skeptical, I raised my hand. Not long after, I had my first supernatural and unexplainable encounter with Jesus. Crying and completely broken, on the bathroom floor, one Tuesday morning. I felt such a strong and overwhelming stirring within my heart, with a soft voice telling me to “Let go.”
Since August/September of 2017, I have been following Jesus Christ. The growth within my life has been nothing short of amazing, Through God, I have found an inner strength, true friendship, and a sense of security. I am learning how to love myself and unravel where my identity can be found. Jesus has been my rock and my closest companion. I honestly have no idea how I ever survived this long without a relationship with Him.
God is good.
I started going to JRNY church just under a year ago but my walk with Christ started over 4 years when I was saved. At the time, I was ready and I started to be hungry for the Lord and I would read and absorb His message. Then I became injured and I was out of work. I lost faith and I was angry. I stopped going to church and while I tried to pray and remain positive, I couldn’t see the good in what had happened. Until I found JRNY. One day I decided to go and next thing I know, I’m at Welcome to Church night and I fell in love with the people and the atmosphere. I still wasn’t sure what to think but then I decided to go to the Phoenixville campus, and Pastor Jordan was speaking. I sat in the front row and I could just feel the presence of the Lord all around me. I cried like a baby that day and I rose my hand at the end of service and decided that I needed to give my life fully to the Lord and I needed to forgive myself for turning away from Him because I felt His forgiveness. After that, I felt the calling to serve so I joined the host team. I’ve been doing that for about 2 months now and I love it! As a nurse, raising my hand changed the way I practiced. I began to minister to the people I was caring for. It made me a better mother. It has made me a better friend. Above all, it made me realize that I can stray, but the Lord will always love me..no matter what. I am so excited to see where this journey with the Lord will lead me!
The most important thing we can do when we give our lives to Jesus, is begin reading the Bible. The Bible is a lifeline; the place where you go to understand God’s infinite love for you and the place of encouragement and instruction. As you read, His Words literally will begin to change you. Things you used to do (maybe gossiping, drugs, lying, or cursing), you’ll notice that you won’t want to do anymore or one day you’ll just realize that it’s not part of who you are. That’s how powerful God’s Word is. In fact, it is the only way that you will experience the power of how God changes you in your life!
Although the Bible was written by dozens of authors over thousands of years, one consistent message remains the same – God’s great love for mankind! These words have been passed down to us, protected and preserved by the efforts and even the lives of many before us, so that we might be encouraged, taught, and built up by them! These chapters & pages tell us the whole story of Jesus – who He is, what He did, and who He’s called us to be. As we learn & believe these truths, it becomes easy to trust God and grow into the person He’s called us to be!
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