I must say, I'm a little intimidated by this whole blogging thing. Mostly because I'm always afraid to say something dumb (happens all the time!) and put it out there for anyone to see.
I decided to set aside my silly insecurities, share a little more and hope my words might be a blessing to someone.
I am a born again Christian and have been for many years. I was saved when I was 6 or 7. I wish I remebered the date, I don't.
So because I said I've been saved for many years, that would probably lead you to believe that I'm very "spiritually mature" if you will..lol. Well, I'm certainly not where I should be. You see, I was saved at a young age, but I was in church very little growing up. There are many who would say that you don't "need" church to grow as a Christian and better serve God. For some this may be true, but for me a good bible believing, bible preaching church has made all the difference. I'm so thankful for my church family, and my Pastor and his wife.
I've said before that when I started going to church, about 4 years ago, it seemed like I already knew much of what I was hearing, even though I had never heard it before(if that makes any sense). But I've realized that it's not that I already knew, it's that I knew I was hearing the truth!! The things I was learning from the bible for the first time just made sense and sort of put things in perspective. For example, before church, I wasn't sure if I could lose my salvation. I learned that there is nothing we've done or could ever do to earn our salvation, it's a free gift.......FREE!There's nothing we could do to lose it either, "For by grace ye are saved through faith;and that not of yourselves:it is a gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast."Eph 2:8,9
So once I accepted this wonderful gift from God, that's it!!I'm in, sealed until the day of redemption, praise God, my name is written down. What a comforting thought.
Because of what He did for me, my desire is to live a life that is pleasing to Him. And also because that's what the bible tells us..."I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOd, which is your reasonable service" Rom 12:1. I feel as though I've failed up until now. I heard something from the pulpit on sunday that has just stayed with me and I believe because of it something in my heart has changed. God has given me some small victories this week. I've been drawing closer to Him and have been blessed because of it. I feel more joyful, I have a little more understanding when read His word, and I am better recognizing His blessings in my life. I have a long way to go and I'm certain I will never reach anything close to perfection this side of heaven, but I've decided to keep pressing on and seek a closer walk with Him each day .