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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Remembering the Joy of My Salvation

What a glorious morning this Sunday is!  I was led to share the video at the right as I was basing this post on what it means to be Born Again. John 3 reference. Here are the Lyrics:
Born Again

2/14/2008

You may think it foolish what I'm going to say, 
But I'm not ashamed, no not ashamed. 
But I prayed Jesus, take my sin away, 
And that's when I was born again. 

Born again, there's really been a change in me 
Born again, just like Jesus said 
Born again, and all because of Calvary 
I'm glad so glad that I've been born again. 


There was one man who came to Jesus 
John and Chapter 3 
He was so afraid, O so afraid 
He said "Master you're from God, I really do believe" 
And Jesus said "you must be born again."

I tried to play my guitar and sing it for you as it is one of my favorites, but that was a disaster-ha!  

When others hear you say you've been born again, they may think you are crazy because they are not familiar with the Word of God In John Chapter 3.

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus (NIV)

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 

He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Wow! isn't this awesome??  I can still remember when I accepted, invited, and took the Lord into my heart (Born Again with a new life in Christ).  I was filled with such joy that I rose from where I was sitting and jumped once like a child who is filled with Joy.  The smile did not come off my face for a long, long time.  I felt so full in my heart and such Peace.  I handled my children better, lost my quick temper and could not get enough of God's word.  It was truly amazing the feeling that I had.  And now all these years later, I still pray, "Let the joy of my salvation be in my heart and on my lips, may others see Jesus in me. Lord, never let me lose the JOY of my salvation."

God can use anyone or anything for his instrument.  I was born again watching Pat Robertson on TV.  I know, you are groaning-ha!  But the Lord chose this way to show me the light I had been longing for.  Pat merely said to invite Jesus into my heart and I did and could feel an immediate difference and I jumped for joy.  And oh the wonderful path that decision led me.  I had been of another faith but was empty inside and sought out a Bible Teaching church. I literally knocked on the door of a church and it was opened!

It was opened by a parishioner/believer who was there painting in the building.  He told me I had come to the right place and invited me to service.  Four years later, our whole family was going there and my two daughters were baptized in the spirit there, my son and one daughter were married there and my husband's memorial service was performed there just this last March.  That church, United Church of Auburn, NY, never let us go, never forgot about us when we moved to SC and for these past 23 years still send the monthly newsletter to us.  I became a certified Bethel Bible teacher after two years of intensive study while attending there and learned so much I never knew about God and His Son.  I learned that I could have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.  I did not have to go through saints to intercede for me, I could TALK WITH JESUS!  It was such an exciting time in my life and still is.  But that first year of being Born Again was just full of little miracles and I am so grateful that someone "opened the door" to what I was longing for.

Are you feeling empty inside, like something is missing even though you have attended church and been a Christian for all of your life?  Just ask God to come into your heart and then share your joy with someone.  It shall be done.

Thank you so much for visiting my Christian Blog and I hope you take away with you something new, something that will bless you and give you hope and a closer relationship with Jesus and His Father.  Enjoy this blessed Sunday.

Much Love,
My Christian heart to yours....

2 comments:

Child of God said...

Hi Kerrie,
What a beautiful testimony. I really enjoyed reading how you gave your life to Christ and how the Holy Spirit filled you up. While reading, I could hear the joy in your heart.

Thank you for sharing,
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David C Brown said...

Rejoice in the Lord always!