In the blog, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl I discussed 10 steps to gaining confidence. So step 1 to pick up your crown and owning it, is to come to know the Lord through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that at this point you are probably thinking oh great another preaching on getting closer to God and I will tell you, YES! You are probably also thinking, I’m a bad person. God doesn’t want people like me. God only wants “good” people. Wrong! I tell everyone, especially my kids, there was only ONE perfect person on this earth and his name is Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary. Who is your mother and What is your name?
My mother is Benita Medina and I am Myra Medina. I am not perfect! When I first came to know God I was in this position: Single mom, 3 kids, 3 different dads, raised Catholic praying to Saints and Mary, obviously with 3 children I had fallen from grace many times and had just an all around unhappiness. I had just left the one man in this life who I thought loved me more than anything and he did except for two things-alcohol and drugs. I had transitioned from our beautiful home with cars lining the driveway for every occasion to no car, no job, living with my parents and no way of taking of myself. I had a man who paid the bills, took care of the cars and yard and all I had to do was go workout, clean the house and cook dinner on occasion. I could not tell you anything about our home and its expenses except that we lived on Oak Tree Lane in Midlothian, TX and it was clean. So, at that time I came to know Jesus all I could think was “Why me, Lord?”
Soon tragedy struck my middle child, Marissa, and I found the Lord through a stranger at the hospital. Life did not instantly turn to sunshine and roses but it did get easier day by day. I had grown up a very spoiled child. I then found a man who played into that and gave me everything I wanted needed and desired. I rarely from the time I was a baby to the time I was about 30 heard the word “no” from anyone. I stuck my nose up in the air to people and situations. Between my parents and Lee I had everything I ever wanted and so did my children. But that night in the hospital my whole life changed. Over time I came to know this man named Jesus. For many years to follow He was my one true love. He was a father to my children. He was my everything I had been searching for. And He told me No many, many times. We fought about that on several occasions but i quickly found that unanswered prayers are still answered prayers
To get to this relationship with the Lord has taken many years, a lot of faith and a path down a road-The Roman’s Road. I have heard salvation preached many different ways. But when I heard from a very dear friend of mine about the Roman’s Road I thought he was crazy. But he wanted me to better understand what I was committing to in my new relationship with the Lord. It is the best explanation I have heard.
” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of the Lord” Romans 3:23 NKJV;
No matter if you are what you think to be a good person or what some think of as a bad person God sees that ALL have sinned. Not some but ALL have sinned. He also tells us that ALL fall short of God’s glory as well. Think about that. ALL fall short! Whether you are a sexual predator or “good” person doing works God tells us that we ALL fall short.
As it is written “there is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10 NKJV
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Romans 5:12
What are God’s laws? What does the Bible tell us and where do we begin to learn the basic principles of living. Simple: The 10 commandments. Have you lied? Have you disrespected your parents? Did you play keeping up with the Jones’ because you coveted your neighbors goods? You have broken God’s law and God tells us in James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
Step 1: Admit you are a sinner
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD. Romans 6:23
Sin leads to death. There is also something known as a spiritual death. It occurs when we continuously sin. It alienates us from God and it can last for eternity. There is a place called Hell for those who die this kind of death.. But when we come to know Jesus our sins die and God gives us the gift of Grace. Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Step 2: Understand that our sins deserve the death penalty
Step 3: Ask God to forgive you of your sins and save you
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
God tells us in John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus died on the cross for us and our sins. He paid the final price for our sins with the understanding we believe in Him and what He does for us. The wages of sin have been paid!
Step 4: Believe in Him and accepts his gift of life; Give your life to God!
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Step 5: If you feel God knocking on your heart, open it for Him. Ask Him to come into your heart and save you!
Ask God to come into your heart and make you new. God tells us in revelations all we have to do is ask for He says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
So, if you feel called, ask! Even if you have been saved and feel the need to rededicate your life-ask! The only guaranteed no from God is the unasked question! I have rededicated my life recently because I have not always been on a straight path with Jesus. But I am now! And this time, it’s a lifetime commitment. That’s the blessing of my relationship with the LORD. He is always there for me-unconditionally whenever I am ready to receive Him. No matter how bad I messed up or how far I have strayed, just as a mother loves her child, God loves us.
Step 6: The final step is to pray! Pray a prayer of salvation that includes all the steps above. Invite Jesus into your heart and see how your life changes day by day.
As I have said, life will not be sunshine and roses immediately. But over time, you will learn as you dig deeper in God’s word that You, my dear sister in Christ, deserve God’s grace and favor. You are precious in His sight. No matter where you are right now you can dust yourself off and have a conversation with the LORD and be saved!
You are a child of the most high God. He is the King of kings and LORD of lords. So, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl! Then get connected in a church community, bible study, online bible study, and whatever you need to keep you grounded in the faith of Jesus Christ who saves you!
Send us a prayer request and let us know you have accepted God as your Lord and savior. If you have questions, ask! I am here to help and bless those with the knowledge I’ve received and help spread the joy of the LORD! I will pray for you and answer any questions you might have. If you give us your address, we might just send something special in the mail for you.
I am blessed to have shared this word with you today!
God bless and goodnight!
A Blessed Woman in Texas