Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The night I trusted Jesus
I've thought about sharing this different times. The world needs to know about the Gospel. It is because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I became a child of the most high God. See, the world hates the Gospel. These days, people don't want to hear that they are sinners but the truth is we all are and because of that, we all need a savior. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the father except by him.
Every single person owes a sin debt to God that they can't pay. That's the first part of the Gospel. The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ, Son of God, born of a virgin, came to Earth to be the perfect, spotless sacrifice for our sin. He paid that debt for us. Because of His death on the cross, God's wrath is satisfied...toward those who accept his son. See, if you never come under the blood, God doesn't see the perfection of Christ when He looks at you, He sees your sin and that means you're seen as an enemy. On the flip side of that is grace. See when you accept Jesus as your lord and savior, ask for forgiveness and surrender your life to him, you come under the blood of Jesus. When you accept Christ as your savior, God sees the blood of his Son and recognizes you as his child. The perfect blood of Jesus seals you for the kingdom of Heaven. Once that happens, you are redeemed, bought, signed and sealed forever. Nothing can pluck you from the hand of God after that. On November 10, 1988, I cried out to God for salvation. I admitted to God that I was a sinner in need of salvation...because I had heard the Gospel. The story of my salvation is like this....
My dad was the pastor of a little church close to my hometown and we were in revival at the time. I was sitting on the end of the pew next to my mom when the congregation sang an old hymn called The Life Boat. I was brought up in church so I knew that if a person dies without having accepting Jesus, they will spend eternity in hell. That's a scary truth and it was one I came face-to-face with that night. Anyway, the congregation was singing The Life Boat and there is a part of that song that says "now's the time to get on board while she's still passing by, for if you stand and wait too long, you shall forever die." I will never forget the fear I felt in that moment. Now, I am not saying everyone has to feel fear to be saved but it was the fear of dying in my sin that came upon me that night. When that part of that song was sang, God spoke to my heart and revealed to me that I was in fact a sinner and I knew what I had to do, I knew that I could die that night and I knew what would happen to me if I did without being saved. My heart nearly hammered out of my little chest as I made my way to the altar of that tiny church. I reached the altar, fell to my knees and I cried out. I cried out to God to please save me!!! I remember crying out, saying "God I'm a sinner and I need you to save me!!!" and I remember wanting to know for sure that He had saved me so I asked Him to let my feet tingle. God knew my little heart needed that reassurance and don't you know that my feet started to tingle? I fell to that altar a sinner at 8 years old and rose from that altar a daughter of the King of Kings!!!
I am so thankful that I am able to share this with you all. It is my honest hope that this touched at least one heart and that if you are reading this and haven't accepted Jesus as your lord and savior, just follow my example, fall to your knees and cry out!!! The joy of know Jesus is indescribable. Don't let the life boat pass you by. We are only guaranteed one opportunity to accept Jesus.
I sure do love you all but Jesus loves you so much more.