Hello, friend! My name is Michelle, and I’d like to personally welcome you to my blog, Seated At His Feet. I derived the name from Luke 10:39 —
“She had a sister called Mary, who was
seated at the Lord’s feet,
listening to His word.”
You see, my natural tendency is to be like Martha, the other sister who was too busy to spend time with Jesus (Luke 10:38-42). But, my heart is to lay aside the distractions of this world (Matthew 13:22/Mark 4:18-19; Hebrews 12:1), sit at Jesus’ feet like Mary, and soak in all He has to say. Not coincidentally, it was Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet “in preparation for [His] burial” (John 12:1-8). Clearly, this woman’s time with the Master allowed her to recognize something that even the Lord’s closest disciples had failed to see.
As for me, I am a Christian, a wife and a mother — in that order. I believe that if you put Jesus first in everything you do, your other relationships will fall into line. When I put Christ first in my marriage, I am a better wife to my husband (Ephesians 5:22-24). When I put Jesus first in my family, I am a better mother to my sons (Deuteronomy 11:18-19; Proverbs 22:6). When I put the Lord first in my job, I am a better worker for my employer (Colossians 3:23).
Speaking of jobs, I am a professional copywriter by trade. I believe we should use our God-given talents to glorify Him, and writing this blog is one of the ways I use my abilities to honor Jesus. I have also served at my home church in a number of ways, including singing on the Worship Team, managing the Prayer Team, and leading a Wednesday Night Bible Study (both in person and online).
Now that you know a bit about my life, let me tell you about my foundational Christian beliefs about Jesus, the Bible, salvation and more.
JESUS CHRIST, THE ALL-SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE
Jesus is the one and only Son of God (John 3:16) and is one with God the Father (John 10:30; John 14:9). He is the Son of God and God the Son. Jesus laid aside His divine nature to be born as man (Philippians 2:6-8), lived a perfect and sinless life, and gave up His life on the cross to pay for our sins, that anyone who believes in Him might be saved (John 11:25). He rose to life again on the third day (Matthew 28:6) and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Hebrews 8:1), ever living to intercede with God on behalf of those who are His (Hebrews 7:25). Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved.
Read more about Jesus as The Word in “His Word on Our Lips” >
SALVATION, THROUGH CHRIST ALONE
There are not many paths to God — there is One: Jesus. Jesus Himself proclaimed, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9, esv) and again, “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, niv, esv). When arrested for preaching about Jesus, the Apostle Peter boldly declared to the Jewish leaders, “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, nkjv).
Read more about Jesus Christ in “One and Only” >
THE BIBLE, THE AUTHORITATIVE WORD OF GOD
You’ve probably already noticed that my writing is not just peppered with Bible quotes but is liberally seasoned with Scripture. I believe that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16, niv) and inerrant as it was originally revealed by God to the writers of the Old and New Testaments. I believe in the authority of Scripture and that no teaching, no matter how enlightened or revelatory, can ever match the truth of God’s own words.
As you read my articles, I encourage you to click the links that accompany each verse and read them for yourself. It is essential for your spiritual growth to get into God’s word and compare everything you read, hear and think to what the Bible says. Be wary of any purported Christian author, teacher or preacher that doesn’t back up what they teach with specific references to Scripture. Be diligent to compare what they say to what God says.
THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR GUIDE INTO ALL TRUTH
The Holy Spirit is neither an “it” nor an afterthought. He is a member of the triune Godhead, equal in divinity with God the Father and Jesus the Son. The Holy Spirit comes to reside inside a believer at the very moment of his or her conversion, fulfilling Jesus’ promise that “the Spirit of truth…dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17, nkjv). Paul confirms Christ’s words, telling the Corinthian church, “the Spirit of God dwells in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16, nkjv) and “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God” (1 Corinthians 6:19, nkjv). His presence within you is a marker, like the official seal of King Jesus, identifying you as His own (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13) and reminds us of the things Jesus taught (John 14:26).
GOD THE FATHER, INFINITE AND INTIMATE
God is the infinite, eternal, all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1), of our world, and of His unique creation, Man, whom He made in His own image (Genesis 1:26). He is intimately involved in the details of our lives (Matthew 10:29-31/Luke 12:6-7), hears and answers the prayers of the righteous (James 5:16; 2 Chronicles 7:14) and desires to have a personal relationship with each one of us (Revelation 3:20; John 15:15; John 14:23).
Though far beyond anything we could understand or imagine (Isaiah 55:8-9), God is knowable inasmuch as He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His word, the Holy Scripture. El Shaddai — God Almighty (Genesis 17:1-2); Jehovah Rapha — The LORD Who Heals You (Exodus 15:26); Jehovah Jireh — The LORD Will Provide (Genesis 22:14); Abba — Beloved Father (Romans 8:15). Each of these names of God reveals an aspect of His nature that He wants us to know and experience personally.
I pray that what I’ve written at the Lord’s feet will inspire you to spend time with Him as well. Learn about Jesus, but get to know Him as well. Nurture your relationship with Him. He loves you and cares about you more than you could possibly know. He’s knocking at the door of your heart even now. Open it to Him to today.
Blessings to you,
P.S. Please note that while I do have a home church that I love dearly and attend regularly, SeatedAtHisFeet.com expresses my personal beliefs as a Christian and is not affiliated with or endorsed by any particular church or denomination. Any time I knowingly share something that I’ve learned from another Christian teacher, I make every honest effort to credit the source.