Really love Rachel’s story because it showed how one can go from being on fire for God at an early age and how we can get distracted as we get older by the things of this world. But no matter how far we stay, God waits for us with arms wide open. Read and be blessed!
My name is Racheal Obong. I’m from Akwa Ibom state. I’m a lawyer and I work with a law firm in Lagos.
So my coming to Christ is not exactly straightforward. When I was about 15 or 16, I gave my life to Christ, I then became involved in the church: winning souls, preaching the gospel and all. It was all good for a while and then I began to backslide. So, I remained in the church but was just going through the motions- Churchgoer but without a relationship with Christ, obedience to God’s word and living for myself basically.
Fast forward a few years, I got out of Uni, had my service year (Compulsory National Service that lasts for a year), started working and then I went back to Uni for my LL.M. Now, all through that time, I had periods where I’d be so on fire for God but I always slipped back into the world. I think the turning point for me came around January this year.
Last year, I went through a whole lot and half the time, I was overwhelmed and depressed. Towards the end of that year, I took stock of my life and I was unhappy with a few things and wondered how I got there- The devil will mess up your life if you let him! At that point, I knew Jesus was tugging at my heart strings, I had neglected him for so long and put everyone and everything above him. I finished my LL.M. and returned home with all my dreams and hopes for the future but God had a different plan for me. He took me through months of solitude and just seeking His face. In those months, God revealed Himself to me like never before and I became this person who started to become intentional about a relationship with Christ. The Holy Spirit put new Godly desires in my heart, reading the Bible, worshipping, praying, thinking pure thoughts, forgiving and letting go, putting my flesh and its lusts under subjection to the Holy Spirit and witnessing was no longer a chore. It just came freely. My interests changed and I know that it could only have been the refreshing spirit of God. (See Philippians 2:13) He also gave me a small but strong Christian community consisting of a few of my friends who constantly encouraged and prayed with me and I’ll forever be grateful for that.
My walk with God has been exciting and even though I am still learning and growing at His feet daily, I have realised that encouraging people and helping people understand the word are spiritual gifts that I operate in. As for my personal ministry, I know that God is calling me to minister to young people, especially young women on intentionally living for God and I am currently seeking His guidance on how to go about that.
I want everyone to know that Jesus wants ALL of us. He is waiting with open arms to receive us and to have a deep and intimate connection with Him. He wants us to know Him as Father, Companion and Friend rather than just the one who gives us the material things that we ask for. There’s so much beauty, peace and fulfilment in surrendering ALL to him and living for him. Remember we were bought with a price and no longer belong to ourselves. (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)
God help everyone who reads this xx.
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