Following Jesus

Posted: August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38

When I was ten years old, I decided to follow Jesus.

I remember it so well.

There was a week long revival at our little church and a visiting pastor in his seventies with a love for children, people, and storytelling that was speaking every night. Sitting on the right side, on a pew in the second row, I heard the Lord say, “take me as your Lord and Savior.” As a child, I was very open to the Lord speaking to me. I mean, I had read plenty of bible stories where that had happened, so it was not a surprise. I was already a believer in God’s power. Before that evening, I do not remember contemplating needing Jesus or not having Jesus, but in that moment, I heard the clearest whisper straight from God Himself, “it’s time!” I left my seat during the alter call and said to the preacher, “I want to take Jesus as my Lord and Savior!” I remember feeling pure joy! The kind of joy that makes you want to jump and shout, except I did know better than to make a scene in the Southern Baptist Church. 😉

Two weeks later I was baptized, along with a small group of people, at a church in the city. Our country church did not have a baptismal pool. This was an exciting time, not only to be baptized, but visiting another church building made it even more special. We had a lot of preparations to make, people to invite, and even a few presents to unwrap. I thought I knew joy after my profession of faith, but I have never experienced the intense joy and laughter that I felt that day as I came up out of the water. At ten, I did not have words to say what had happened. I just knew it had. I had said, “YES”  to Papa God as He assured me (sealed me) with His Spirit, and even as a little girl, I knew I would never be alone.

I remember thinking it was the happiest day of my life, and thirty years later, I still do. 🙂

This post was actually supposed to be about communion. I believe God took it a different direction. This is the first time I’ve ever written this story. I’ve only shared it a couple of times out loud. It’s a good story though. Completely true and straight from the heart of a 10 year-old little girl that still lives inside me and believes in the God of more than can be imagined. It’s the older me that sometimes argues with her, but she has never quit believing. It’s the spot that “she’s” at that I want to find again. This  isn’t a post about the “timing” of salvation. This is just the way things happened with me. God works in different ways with different people.  Unfortunately, I spent a lot of years trying to undo this experience, but that will be for future blogs.  

1.  Have you thought about sharing your testimony? In 1 Peter 3:15 it says, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” There is someone waiting to hear hope in your story.

2. Reflect on Ephesians 1:13:14. What does it mean to you to be “marked in him with a seal”? How does this give you hope?

 

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  1. Neil says:

    One statement is enough for a mature and evolved spirit to understand the immortal importance of a sentence, of a written line, due to its indestructible invaluable content that teaches how the spirit should act to develop the inner God, or to turn into Spirit and Truth, or to realise in it the teachings of the Bible – YOU ARE GODS.
    There are people who devour books, searching for religions, sects and banners, listening to the incarnate and the discarnate, but they do not change inwardly and do not really blossom… They are like mediocrity that goes around the PERFECTION, without ever reaching it…
    The Exemplary Word warned these people, by saying: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one, it does not come with external signs.”
    Therefore, those who do not know how to LOOK FOR THEMSELVES, and have not FOUND THEIMSELVES yet, will have to search high and low, hovering unhappily, in the kingdom of emptiness and painful doubts.
    An old initiatic saying teaches: “The good disciple awaits doing good.”
    The Exemplary Word also taught: “Upon your patience you shall build your souls.”
    These abstracts say to the immature, to those empty spirits: “Learn how to run to your inner self, because it is there that God has placed His Divine Virtues, which, when blossomed, will make you a TOTAL ONE, GOD IN GOD, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE CHILD OF GOD ETERNALLY.”
    However, let us remember these wise words: “One word to those who understand it is worth a whole speech to those who do not understand it.”

    All the best. With love, Neil.

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  2. […] table. Memories can be very sweet and others painful, but all are important. In an earlier post Following Jesus I wrote about the experience of baptism. It was a happy day anointed by the Holy Spirit and […]

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