I was raised Baptist even though now I attend an …updated Nazarene church, I would call myself nondenominational. A couple of months ago I lost my job at Wal-Mart due to my own faults. And I got to thinking to myself, “this might be a good time to go to church.” My first week back my church played a video, which is on my blog and I will put on here later. But the video was powerful and spoke directly to me.
In the video a man falls in a hole (life’s troubles) and all the worlds philosophies couldn’t dig this man out. But in the video Jesus lowers himself down into the hole and drags the man out. And every week I go to church it seems that God through the pastor can say one sentence that can sum up my feelings and worries, and don’t give up hope, Jesus says, “I am with you.”
Last week we had a spectacular speaker come to our church, a man who according to God’s word committed some of the worst things a person can do, and God let him out of prison to use him. Now the man heads a ministry in St. Louis that reaches out drug addicts, prostitutes, and homosexuals.
God’s message to us was that Christ was crucified as a ransom payment for our sins. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believe upon him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16
Just as I felt compelled to stand before the church and testify, I feel compelled to create this page. Don’t you see reader that Christ loves you and wants to welcome you in his arms. It doesn’t matter what race we are, what sins we have committed, Jesus stands arms wide open and if you are willing to repent and walk in his likeness he is ready to save you.
Four weeks ago, after attending Common Ground church for a while, I mentioned to someone that I thought about giving a testimony before the church. I only told one person and that was on a Monday. Now I don’t have a cell phone and on Friday of that week a set of circumstances beyond my control took my wife, my son, and myself to my sisters house. Upon my setting foot into her house she told me that my pastor was trying to get a hold of me. I called him back and one of the first questions out of his mouth was, “when do you want to give your testimony?”
Throughout the rest of that weekend I thought that maybe I shouldn’t speak before the church. I’m not a great speaker and probably wind up clamming up. But something inside me said, “No, I want you up there.” So Saturday night I prayed for about fifteen minutes for God to speak through me. And the outcome was astounding. People I didn’t even know were coming up to me offering help. One man thanked me for saying what I did because of the week he had he needed it.
A couple of weeks ago a man who plays in the church band fell on his head and almost died. Friends were calling each other praying for him for God to spare this man’s life. And by all rights he should be dead or paralyzed, but Glory to God that he is neither.
All that week I had felt low. Then Chief (the man that got hurt) said, “God had his hand on me, and I don’t know what kind of troubles you are having but God has his hands on you too.”
Can you imagine what kind of impact that had on me? Reasurance that God loves me and my family and no matter how dark the tunnel of life might get, Jesus holds us tight in his arms. Before I gave my testimony I didn’t know who I was going to be touching just like now. But 1 Corinthians tells that Jesus draws us to Him.
I am not saying that since I am a Christian I am perfect and will never mess up, I’m human. But Christ is there to forgive us and teach ways to avoid making the same mistakes. At my church we have a moto: It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, where you come from, what your aflictions are, when you set foot in church it’s just you and Jesus. Its just you and Him here now.
I hope like my testimony in church this message has touched your heart and soul. If you have glory to give to God in the midst of trouble send it to me, I will post it to where others can read and be encouraged. Never be ashamed to glorify God. But if you want to get something off of your heart and want someone to pray for you, I will. You don’t have give a name or specifics just say, “pray for me.” Have a good day and Jesus loves you.