ROAD to 31 Devotional Day 15 - "Voice In The Wilderness"
Listen to "Voice In The Wilderness" from my new mixtape https://soundcloud.com/jeannie-ortega-2/viwilderness…
When I began to live for Jesus, people in the industry I was in, began to call me a Jesus freak. Immediately I saw how lonely and sacrificial my walk would be. But as I looked back on all of the brokenness in my life, it was clear that God had always been with me and that kind of loyalty for me was worth trading everything. No one has ever loved me as deeply, no one has ever been this consistent and no one had the power to give me purpose so that’s when I decided– I’d be like John The Baptist, that radical person preaching of the savior that would come.
John 1:23 “He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
I wanted everyone to know that there was more to life. That the emptiness could be filled and that Jesus was more than just a far away God in the sky. It was possible to have a tangible relationship with Him and it’s what He wants more than anything.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.”
I went against what was popular to do and decided to commit my life to making sure others had the opportunity to hear of this great God wants you to know, that you are never forgotten, never alone. Since I was signed as the bad girl of my Hollywood label and was no longer singing to the beat of that song I was no longer a fit there. I was dropped and although I was at the height of my career and could have simply picked up where I left off I didn't feel that’s what God wanted from me. He wanted all of me and so I set out on the journey to give Him all and in return discover who I truly am. After 2 years of dedication and working on myself – Getting rid of the things that stood between me and God. I knew I was meant to still use my voice but this time to use it to declare the goodness of the Lord in all the world. I know understood my worth and wanted everyone to find that for themselves.
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Not many people are willing to give up all that they had planned for their life, to follow Jesus but for me, it was the best decision I ever made. Jesus was my saving grace and since I decided to follow Him, He had given me beauty for my ashes
Reflection: Have you been that voice crying out in the wilderness telling a broken world of the love of Jesus? Are you willing to be?
John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”