Jesus, Sylvia and Me

We were in awe of God as we walked into the Christian County Jail tonight. I could see Jesus on each face in the room. Have you ever walked away from a situation and realized that you were in the presence of the Almighty God? I watched this one girl start out with her arms crossed, but as God began to speak through Joyce, Sylvia and I, she had her hand over her mouth, then I looked and she was practically on the edge of her seat. It is truly amazing to see God manifest Himself in such a real way.

Tracey and Sylvia

I was so tickled that Sylvia got to come and minister with me; I was a little nervous at first because I look up to her so much and didn’t want to mess it up. But then I realized that it isn’t me at all. We are saved by faith and we live by faith.

We all struggle with flesh and spirit. That’s because the two wage war against each other. We are designed for dependency on Christ, never to be an independent self. That was the lie Adam and Eve were told in the garden; and we still believe it today. While we are in the flesh, the sinful passions, which are aroused by the law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (Romans 7:5) The flesh was never meant to give life.

The tree we are meant to eat is the tree of Life. Jesus is the way, the Truth and the life. If you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit, you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13) It’s about life and death, not good and evil. It’s by faith through grace we are saved and it’s the grace and faith of God that we live.

Painting by Mimi Anderson

I have never been surer about anything in my life as I am about this truth. Sylvia told us that the flesh is weak; it was never meant to please God. She said we already have the mind of Christ and we have been (past tense) forgiven of our sin. It’s by faith we believe Him. We are not identified by what we look like, feel like, what our employment is, but by who we draw our source from, which is Christ Jesus. We are meant to be receivers, we don’t have any power. We have a will, but not will power.

Cubbie got to tell Sylvia about her new way of living her life. She shared with us how God is her life. She doesn’t stress over her family, but prays for them and lets things happen in faith that God is doing something supernatural in them. It truly is amazing to watch her grow in the Lord like that.  Walking after the Spirit is our destiny and so really, it’s Jesus plus nothing.

Written by Tracey