The Things I Learned

Recently I was reading Philippians 4, when the following verse I have read many times, really stood out:  “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.”  (Philippians 4: 10, NAS, emphasis mine.) 

I thought, wow, Paul found it important to share with the Philippians the things he had personally learned and received from the Lord.  He shared with them by his words and actions; and he tells them to continually practice those things.  As I thought on this, in the quietness of my own heart, God said, “Ruth, that’s the purpose of your book, Love Flowed Down…It Was For Me.”  After thinking on it for awhile, I  responded,  “You’re right, Lord, it is.”  The book testifies of those things I learned from God through His Word and received by faith, which helped me come out of bondage to the homosexual lifestyle and be truly changed.   The things I learned and put into practice were wisdom from God.  When wisdom entered my heart, I learned to discern the fear of the LORD, righteousness,  justice, and every good course.  The knowledge I gained was pleasant to my soul.  All facets of this wisdom delivered me from the way of evil.  (Read Proverbs 2: 5-12a NAS)  Blessed indeed is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding.  All the paths of God’s wisdom are peace.  (Proverbs 3: 13, 17 NAS)  So, I, too,  can assure you, when you do these things, the God of peace will be with you every step of the way.  I am not unique!  Thousands of others have come out of homosexuality through Jesus Christ.  It’s not always easy, but if you trust God and lean not on your own understanding and acknowledge Him in all your ways, He will be your strength through the process.  (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

 From listening to people share their hearts, I know strugglers think they can’t change.  Many Christians don’t know how to speak the truth in love, or at least, they think they don’t know how.  In Love Flowed Down… I share my testimony and the things I learned through the change process that can help both these groups.  Both groups have many questions that are answered in the book.  (Dear Christian, it is hugely important for those seeking to come out of homosexuality to find fellowship with believers or chances are they will not be successful!)  But here’s something I did not expect.  In receiving feedback from those who have read the book, the 2 most frequent comments are, “God ministered to me about such and such, which has nothing to do with homosexuality” and “the things you learned would help people come out of bondage to any sinful lifestyles”. So, whomever you are reading this post, as the apostle Paul exhorted the Philippians to practice these things, I exhort you to get the book so you can gain understanding of the lifestyle and practice the things I learned and/or use them to help others. 

Use this link: http://www.bridgeofhopeministry.com/resources.htm.    It will take you to the resource page of the Bridge of Hope Ministry website, where you can purchase the book at Amazon.com, by clicking on the link provided.  Or, there is now another option, as God has put it on my heart to do something new.  Make the book available through the ministry website at a special rate with free shipping.  So, check it out, will you? 

May God use Bridge of Hope Ministry (BOHM) and my testimony book to bring Him the praise, glory and honor that He deserves.  Truly, our God is an awesome God!  Through the life of Jesus in us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be who God created us to be.  It doesn’t get any better than that!