Singer Selena Gomez, who just released a new single this week, took to Twitter Tuesday not to promote her latest project, but to share about her faith in Jesus.
“Literally just laying down and thanking Jesus,” she posted before going on to reference a difficult season without shedding light on the circumstances.
“Where my father has taken me and placing me is exactly where I am meant to be,” she added. “He said to me ‘Selena hold on, I hurt when you hurt. I cry when you cry but I will NEVER, EVER leave your side. Work with me, walk with me and watch how I do it.’ He always surprises me and I re-fall in love with Him every single time.”
In 2014, the singer-actress acknowledged she had lupus and has sought treatment for anxiety and depression. Three years later she received a kidney transplant. Gomez also had numerous high-profile break-ups with on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber, who married Hailey Baldwin in a civil ceremony 13 months ago, but just held a public wedding last month. As Christian Headlines reported, Bieber shared about his own relationship with Jesus in a Sept. 2 post on Instagram.
“We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ,” Bieber posted at the time. “And he really heals. This is it. It's time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I'm at a point where I'm not going to hold this in."
Without offering specifics, Gomez talked about the valleys and dealing with spiritual warfare.
“In my worst moments, like awful, most painful moments—I never stopped falling to my knees wanting and needing only His love,” Gomez’s Tweet continued. “See the enemy keeps trying to tear me down and it’s just not gonna happen. Not today. Not the next …”
Gomez has gone public about her faith before, including in March 2016 when she posted on Instagram about leading worship at a Hillsong Young & Free event.
“First time I ever [led] worship,” she revealed on her social media account. “I got to perform my first worship song I ever wrote. So grateful for His grace and understanding.”
Her most recent post generated support from many of her fans, including this one from Taliah who wrote, “This song is going to bring so much healing. I could hear the anointing and I am so excited to see how He is going to move through you. The fact that you are using your platform to spread the truth of our good God is making ripples in heaven and on earth. Keep going, love.”
This song is going to bring so much healing. I could hear the anointing and I am so excited to see how He is going to move through you. The fact that you are using your platform to spread the truth of our good God is making ripples in heaven and on earth ❤️ Keep going, love.— Tailah (@tailahj) October 23, 2019
Fan @seIenaj wrote, “I love you so much and I am so proud of the warrior and strong woman you have become, so beautiful your text, I'm shivering with your words of faith.”
I love you so much and I am so proud of the warrior and strong woman you have become, so beautiful your text, I'm shivering with your words of faith. 😭❤— ؘ (@seIenaj) October 23, 2019
Twitter user Lord Alex Bimo Hernandez joined the chorus, offering encouragement by reminding Gomez about His everlasting love. “This is beautiful to hear Sister Our Father is always with you and He never leaves us #Amen #GodBless #blessings #faith #love #blessed.”
An hour before posting about her gratitude to God, Gomez thanked her fans and referenced her new single in a separate Twitter post.
“Thank you all for standing by my side through the highs and lows. I couldn’t do it without you all and I can’t wait to start my next adventure with you. Lose You To Love Me is out now. #ShotOniPhone #LoseYouToLoveMe.”
Thank you all for standing by my side through the highs and lows. I couldn’t do it without you all and I can’t wait to start my next adventure with you. 🖤 Lose You To Love Me is out now. #ShotOniPhone #LoseYouToLoveMe pic.twitter.com/WJG0Y1Fpik— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) October 23, 2019
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Lori Arnold is a national award-winning journalist whose experience includes 16 years at a daily community newspaper in San Diego and 16 years as writer-editor for the Christian Examiner. She owns StoryLori Media and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.