“I know very little of you or your incredible journey until learning of Manson’s death. As a Jewish Hollywood film producer, who has struggled with identity and his own personal demons, it is an understatement to say that I can relate and am inspired by your testimony. I now realize that Christ forgives. All we need to do is believe in our heart and confess Jesus as Lord. 2
“I have sinned too, drinking to excess and unknowingly, turning by back on my Lord and my Savior, Jesus Christ. My parents allowed me to watch way too much television when I should have been studying and reading Scripture. I became disconnected from God and people, leading to my drinking and so many other terrible acts. Like yourself, I’m deeply sorry.
“Your aboundinglove.org ministry has given me such a new light, hope and strength. I can’t think of a greater role model and example to those who have stumbled in life. Your story helps me through the day. I know it helps others as well.
“I’ve grown to realize that if you peel the layers away, from even the worst people, that most were hurt and damaged in their own lives, leading them to bad decisions and actions, hurting others.
“As far as Manson, we can only hope that in his final hours, he yielded to the same forgiveness. I would have loved for him to receive Christ on his death bed. I believe the Lord desires that “…all should come to repentance.” 3
“Thank you for having the courage to share your testimony. I wonder if God chose you to suffer in order to be a greater vessel of His mercy. Indeed, your outreach fills a need in society.
“I pray that your life continues strong. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your incredible, inspiring journey. Ian, Hollywood, CA.”
What an Encouragement…
Ian was huge inspiration from the beginning to the end of his letter, sharing his new light, hope and strength through his testimony. He wasn’t full of questions already answered on the site, but was a genuine blessing in every way, for “…the tongue of the wise is health.” 4
His letter reveals spiritual wisdom from a believer who really gets it; that Jesus saves and forgives those who believe in their heart and confess Jesus Crist as Lord. Do you believe that Jesus took your judgement for sin, by paying the price with His blood on the cross and that he rose from the dead to give you eternal life? This is Christianity 101, according to Jesus, who blessed Nicodemus, saying:
“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.” 5
Sharing the Blessing...
It turns out that Ian wasn’t only blessing me, but you through me. This is the way ministry works, by sharing the Good News with family and friends who need to be encouraged by you. There is no better way to be an inspiration than by sharing your testimony of Jesus with others.
The apostle Paul puts it this way: “God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!' For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 6
We’ve made it easy for you to be a blessing too, through sharing this message with others by clicking an icon on the lower right of your screen. As an ambassador, Ian wrote me a letter, but for you, it’s only a few clicks to be a blessing. Won’t you act today?
The Blessing of Abraham…
Like Ian, you have blessings to speak over the lives of others, but first you must realize that you are blessed in Christ. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 7 [See “The A-Z Identity System”]
As you learn to speak blessing of who you are in Christ, what you have and what you can do, you’ll begin to speak blessings over others too, because you see them in Christ as you see yourself. You get the blessing, not because of you, but because of Jesus. In Andrew Wommack’s book, Living in God’s Best, he says, “God has spoken thousands of blessings on you, and you need to get to the place where you believe them.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” 8
Walking in the blessings will change your life and the lives of everyone around you. Instead of cursing yourself and others with your words, you’ll begin to bless others with the truth of God’s Word. As you mix faith with your words, the power of the blessing will work. 9 You can be a powerful blessing starting today!
A Prayer of Faith for You…
Father, I thank You for blessing me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, not only blessing me, but all those around me. Thank You for saving and forgiving me through the death, burial and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. This includes my mental, emotional and physical healing, for “…by [His] stripes ye were healed.” 10
I believe I am whole in Christ. I am blessed coming in and going out. 11 I thank You that You have blessed me be to be a blessing. I am blessed above all people on the face of the earth. 12 I take my authority in Christ, and I speak blessings. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 13 From this day forth, I am the blessed of the Lord. 14 Thank You that everything I set my hand to is blessed. 15 I declare it by faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture References (NKJV):
1) Rom. 15:13, NLT
2) Rom. 10:9,10
3) 2 Pet. 3:9
4) Pro. 12:18b, KJV
5) John 3:16
6) 2 Cor. 5:18b-21 NLT
7) Gal. 3:26,29
8) Eph. 1:3 KJV
9) Heb. 4:2
10) 1 Pet. 2:24, Isa 53:5, KJV
11) Deut. 28:6
12) Deut. 7:14
13) Phil. 4:13
14) Psa. 115:15
15) Deut. 28:8