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My Testimony

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Sunday, July 19,2020

Today at church we were sort of challenged to share our salvation story, because everyone has one that’s gotten saved. The same amount of grace saved everyone that has asked and will ask. It didn’t take more grace to save this person than that person. So I challenge you now to share your salvation experience too, because you don’t know who out there needs to hear it.

I’ve never thought that my salvation story was very interesting because I never did anything that horrible before I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was wrong! My story is just as important as that drug dealer that turned his/her life around after accepting Christ as their Savior and it’s just as important as that murderer that got saved and had a new complete life change. So sit back and listen and I will share my heart with you in hopes that something I say or share will help you share yours or lead you to Christ himself.

I’m 48 now and I’ve been in church since I was a baby. Literally in the nursery at church only a few days after I was born. I grew up going to church literally every time the doors were open. I would hear Bible story after Bible story of these great Christians and I practically had them memorized. I could quote the books of the Bible when I was 6 or 7 years old. I knew the whole Psalm 23 when I was 9. I was the typical church going “Christian”. Problem was, I wasn’t really a Christian, just an obedient child of my parents.

I remember once, when I was at a younger age, the church ordered these movies “A Thief in the Night” series. This series was about the tribulation and how like a thief in the night the Lord will come back and get His children that are still alive and remain. There will be total chaos and people will believe the unbelievable. These movies, to a young 7 or 8 year old child, are pretty scary. I was sitting on the first row watching these movies and I was literally scared to death. I saw some of my friends going to the alter, so I went too. I thought I’d gotten saved, but I’m not sure I truly knew what I was doing. Now grant it I had been in church, up to this point, for about 7 or 8 years. Hearing God’s Word, but it wasn’t ever really explained in a way that made a whole lot of impact to me. I had a head knowledge of who Christ was but I didn’t have a heart knowledge. I didn’t truly know the difference at that time.

Lets fast forward to my teen years. There was a great youth group at church that I was involved in religiously. I have many friends from that youth group that are very dear to my heart. The only issue with this youth group was that the majority of us attended public school and we knew what the world considered a fun time. So, what did we do, we acted like the world did and we had fun the way the world said was fun. We never did anything too outrageous but still it didn’t please God. Anyway, I wasn’t serving God and I know I wasn’t saved yet.

My Senior year of high school I met my husband and he was my best friend’s brother. We dated for two years and then married. I still wasn’t living my life for God like I knew I should. I was still attending church but not real regularly. We would go see family that was out of town sometimes on Sunday since he worked on Saturdays. During this time I was “doubting my salvation” heavily. Fast forward 2 years of marriage and we were having our first daughter. After she was born, I would sit for hours holding her and studying her. One day I was sitting there thinking about , if we were to die today, she would go to Heaven and I knew I wouldn’t be with her. That is when I knew I needed to get things right with God. Our church was hosting an Evangelist that weekend and so on Sunday morning I went down to the alter and made things right with God and accepted Christ as my Savior.

Man, there was such a burden lifted from my chest and mind that day. I knew from that point on that I would spend eternity with my daughter in Heaven. I would like to tell you that I continued to grow from that point on, but sadly I did not. I knew my salvation was secure, but the discipleship wasn’t there so my Christian growth was slow.

Over the years I was convicted of my lack of a relationship with Christ, so I decided I needed to work on that relationship. I can say that I’ve grown closer to Him, but I’m certainly not where I should be or want to be with that relationship. It is a work in progress, but I know with God’s grace and guidance I will grow that relationship.

This is my testimony in a nutshell. I hope that it has encourage some and maybe showed some that God can still save the ordinary person too. There are people out there that think they are saved because they’ve been in church all their lives or because their parents went to church, but as with me, that is so wrong. I had to realize that I needed to know God and Christ personally and accept Christ’s sacrifice for me personally. We can’t get to Heaven and spend eternity with God if we don’t accept what His Son did on that cross so many years ago to save us from death. Unfortunately, there are going to be a bunch of “good people” in Hell because they didn’t think that a loving God would actually send them to Hell. God is a loving God, but He is also a just God and he hates sin. He can’t be around sin. The just punishment for sin is death in Hell. We all deserve this death, but by His mercy and grace we won’t all have to spend eternity there. God loves us, but He also gave us a freewill to choose what our fate is. So ultimately, we send ourselves to Hell if we don’t choose Him. There are those out there that are skeptical of this salvation thing, but let me tell you it is real and it changes live!!

In closing, I’m begging you to evaluate your life and to seek answers for your life. If you want to know more about this salvation, send me a message and I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions. I will most certainly pray for you!

Love in Christ!

 

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