I was saved by Jesus on March 15, 2015 at Northeast Church on a Sunday night.
We were having a revival. Jon Reed was preaching. The Akins were singing. I had been inviting people to come, not knowing that I was in need of a Savior.
Jon used scripture out of Revelation 20. He was telling about how many people would be closing their eyes here and opening them up in hell. They would be saying, “but Lord, Lord, I did this or that, I shouldn’t be here.” At that moment I went numb. Jesus showed me what was missing and wrong with my life. Doubt in salvation was sending me to hell and Jesus now stood before me and pricked my soul. I knew in that moment why I had not been at true peace, ever. My stomach sank and my heart was beating hard. I knew then what I needed to do. I went down front and admitted my sin and need of a Savior, Jesus. If I had been the only person to ever live, He would have still died for me. He loves all of us that way. We are the ones that make salvation hard. He calls to us and we turn away. I have not been the same since that night. I can tell He is living in my soul.
I don’t deserve Him. That is why salvation is a gift from Jesus. He did what his Father sent Him to do. We can not do anything to deserve salvation, we can only accept this gift.
He died for me and you, for all.
He forgave me for not one, but two divorces.
He forgave me for adultery during my first marriage.
He forgave me for thinking of myself and not others first, not Him first either.
He forgave me for my judgmental way of thinking and for thinking that if I went to church and did what I thought was right, I was ok and good to go to Heaven.
I thought I was saved, you may think you are too.
If you think you are too bad, have done too many things wrong, broken all of the commandments, and you can’t ask forgiveness and turn to Jesus, you are wrong.
Jesus will forgive you. Please don’t let the evil one deceive you. He wanted me to think I was ok all those times before when I felt Him calling to me. I am so thankful that Jesus pierced my soul that evening.
When you feel that sinking in your stomach and your heart starts beating hard. Don’t just sit there, get up and run into the arms of your Savior, Jesus Christ.
PS: I was 51 when I became an unashamed, believer in my Savior, Jesus Christ. You don’t have to wait that long, but it is never too late. When I received Him as my Savior, I said to Him, “you can do whatever you want to with me.”
He has. I have been blessed with breast cancer. He has allowed me to meet people I never would have met. Prayed for and with people I wouldn’t have known. I have been loved on and blessed by my church. I have received so many cards filled with love. Now I can encourage others that may be going through the same illness or something similar.
The Lord knows what He has in store for you. He isn’t done with me yet.
I have been leaning on Isaiah 41:10.
We don’t have to be afraid, He is with me all the time.