God uses people in mighty ways. I bet that Katie will never know how many lives she impacted with the love of Jesus Christ.
But I want to talk about Katie, and how God used her in a mighty way to teach me so many things about life, about recovery.
Why am I talking about Katie? Some of you may have followed dear Katie Anne on her recovery account titled, @ktangel1088.
Katie was beautiful. I’m not talking about an ‘airbrushed model’ or what the world thinks of as a perfect person. But she portrayed the woman that Peter talks about in 1 Peter 3:3-4, ‘Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.’
In an incredible way, Katie:
A. Commented on SO many people’s posts who were struggling. Her comments weren’t long, but she was constant. She was there. She didn’t flash in and flash out. Her love reminded me of the everlasting love of God.
Psalm 103:17, ‘But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,’
B. I could tell that Katie cared. Her comments showed that she would scroll through the caption that you wrote, and she wasn’t hasty about replying. She wasn’t long and wordy about herself, but she seemed to focus herself entirely on giving up her life for others.
John 15:13, ‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.’
C. Katie’s passing grieved me because it reminded me of what happened when man sinned, when he listened to the lies of the devil and ate the forbidden fruit and fell out of communion with God.
1 Corinthians 15:56, ‘The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.’
D. Yet Katie’s constant hope, especially, in the last Instagram caption she posted was evident. My heart is breaking when I write this.
I saw that she REALLY believed that Jesus Christ had conquered the sting of death. She had an unshakable hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
She believed the hope that Peter preached in Acts 2:24, ‘God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.’
Her hope was this: 1 Corinthians 15:55-58, ‘So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’
E. Katie taught me that this life is worth living because God saves. God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save us from eternal separation from Him, from the sting of death, from the fear of death, from the helplessness, the hopelessness of mental illnesses, addictions, and every other sin that condemns us to hell.
Romans 3:23-24, ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:’
Katie taught me the preciousness of every soul, that the offer, the gift of salvation is God’s refreshment, God’s LIGHT to the perishing.
She taught me that what God did is true, that whatever men try to say about the resurrection, the sacrifice, the hope of Jesus Christ, they are wrong. She reminded me that God’s Word is Truth.
John 17:17, ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.’
This is the hope that Katie lived on, and it infused every one of her comments and her Instagram posts. God decided to take Katie home. I can’t question the purposes of my Father, because I know He is good, and I’m almost jealous of Katie (in a nice way) that she got to go be with Jesus Christ and to see the presence of our God and Father.
Recovery is possible.
Life is precious. God made it. It wasn’t random or accidental chance that brought you here. It was the sovereign, predetermined counsel of a GOOD, righteous, holy, loving, just, merciful God.
Where does an eating disorder come from?
It comes from sin.
Sin brought a curse into the world. The devil told the first lie, and since then we have struggled with the lies of the devil.
But God sent His Son.
He sent His Son to save the world, to open blind eyes, to set free the captives, to bring living water (not just physical water), but living, spiritual water to the perishing.
John 4:14, ‘But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’
This water is possible for every man and woman who repents and sees Jesus Christ as their only hope.
And He fills you with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
It doesn’t mean that this world will have no trials, but it does mean that He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
It doesn’t mean that we will have no trouble, but that He will be our refuge and strength. (Psalm 46)
It doesn’t mean that we won’t struggle with guilt, but it does mean that when we do we can say, ‘There is therefore now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,’ and throw that sin out the window everyday, CUT it off with the battle sword of the Word of God.
It doesn’t mean that I will be perfect here, but I know that God is working on me so I can fight each day to follow after Jesus Christ, my captain, really hard, because He is the only way to eternal life. (Philippians 1:13-14, Hebrews 12:1-2, Ephesians 5:25)
Katie’s life taught me so much. It taught me that eternity is real, that PEOPLE’s souls, their eternal destinies matter, that each breath is a gift from God, and that no life should ever be taken lightly.
Thank you Katie! I thank God upon every remembrance of you. My heart grieves that I can not meet you here, but I can not wait to meet you on the other side of glory.
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