Hi, my name is Judy Jacobson, and this is my story...
For my entire life, I had been exposed to Christianity through a Christian elementary school, church, bible studies, and small groups. However, until a few years ago, I really never knew what it meant to be a Christian. I talked the talk, but I can honestly say that I didn’t walk the walk.
A major turning point in my walk with my Heavenly Father took place in 2011, when I raised my hands in the air one night and said with all of my being, “God, I want EVERYTHING the Holy Spirit has to offer me. Don’t hold back!” Since that night, my life has changed drastically!!!
On the night I asked Yahweh for everything, I had nothing in mind as to what I wanted to receive from him. I just knew that I wanted ALL that he had to offer me. You see, over the previous six months prior to this night, I had come to a place where I was experiencing unexplainable peace. My life circumstances were the same as they had always been, and yet over a continuous 6-month period I experienced peace that passes all understanding. I knew that this peace was a result of me finally allowing Jesus to completely transform my heart. And because of it, I wanted MORE of what God had to offer me.
For many years prior to receiving great peace, my favorite song was “The Motions,” by Matthew West. Over and over, while traveling down the road in my car, I would express to God at the top of my lungs through this song that I didn’t want to go through the motions of life any longer, without HIS all-consuming passion inside of me. I didn’t want to spend my whole life asking, “What if I had given EVERYTHING instead of going through the motions.”
So whether or not it was my own decision to ask God for EVERYTHING, because I wanted more, or it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit within me, because he too wanted more for me, I will never know. What I do know, however, is that since the night of my request, Yahweh has renewed my mind, transformed my life, emboldened me, and has given me an all-consuming passion for him. Over the last few years, because of my request of MORE, God has completely transformed me into one of his servants, with a purpose and mission to further his Kingdom, using the gifts and talents he has given me. I now experience not just one, but all nine FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: love, peace, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience, and self-control. Oh what a glorious transformation it has been!
God knew that when I made the statement, “I want everything the Holy Spirit has to offer me,” that my heart was finally ready to sacrifice my entire being for his service, no matter what he called me to do. He knew that what I was truly saying with my request was, “Here I am Lord. Send me!” He knew that what my heart desired was to be his servant, no matter the cost.
What truly changed on that night was my ability to hear my Heavenly Father’s precious voice. Almost overnight it seemed that Yahweh’s still small voice became loud and clear. You see God knew that as a servant I was going to have to hear my master’s voice clearly, so he opened the floodgates. Once I stopped limiting God’s voice, I started encountering him in new and exciting ways, through dreams, visions, words of knowledge, nature, angels of the Lord, and prophecy. What an exhilarating adventure my journey with God has become.
What I have experienced is something that I want all Christians to experience as well, so that they too can become intimate with their Heavenly Father. Therefore, I know that I will be spending the rest of my life teaching others how it is that God speaks to his children.
Finally, I can honestly say that I know what it means to be a Christian. I wouldn’t trade my new found identity in Christ, for the world, because my NEW walk with my Lord and Savior is beyond what I ever could have imagined being a Christian truly meant. What has resulted from me completely sacrificing my body, soul, and spirit to Jesus Christ is an ABUNDANT LIFE!