I have been blessed of the Lord in so many ways! First, I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home. My father came to Christ from a live of drug and alcohol abuse when I was 8 years old. This brought a radical change for us! We went from rarely going to church, to being in church 3 times a week or more for the rest of my childhood! To this day, my parents still go to church every time that the doors are opened. It didn't stop there, though. It was different at home too. I truly saw what God can do when someone truly accepts Him as Lord in their life. My parents were changed and kept changing as they learned how to be more like Christ. They got involved, as well. We started a bus route, worked in Super Church (church for kids), and started singing for the Lord. I say we because these were family events. We served God together. Early on in this process, I made a profession of Christ, but lacked full understanding of true faith in Christ. I struggled with faith in Christ through my teen years, wondering why someone who was so busy for God would doubt his salvation. The more I tried to serve Him in the flesh, the more I struggled with assurance. That is not to say that there were not people to help me. I guess I felt embarrassed to admit my struggle. I am super thankful for a youth pastor who loved me and invested in my life. He was there to talk to, hang out with, and guide our group in activities and events. It was at one such activity, a youth conference, when I finally settled the eternal destiny of my life. On Thursday night of the week long meeting, Ron Gerris preached a message on the cross of Calvary. I realized and understood that my embarrassment was going to send me to a devil's hell. No amount of service to God would allow me eternal life in heaven. I had to put my trust in the completed work of Christ on the cross, Who then rose from the dead in victory over my sin!!! As a 17 year old boy, I repented of my sin and placed all of my faith and trust in Christ. From that moment on, I have continued to serve Him. Now it is a great joy to serve Christ without fear and doubt ruling my life. God is so good and I will post a separate title to speak of my service to Him.
If you have any questions about salvation in Christ, just leave a comment and I will get back to you. God Bless.