I had no idea at the time that February 27th, 2011 would be the most significant day of my life. I awoke as normal. I picked out my outfit for the day, and jumped in my Nan’s car with my two other sisters. We arrived at our community church, and of course my sisters and I ran to the back to grab our favorite donuts and chocolate milk. We sat in our usual row, and began with worship. I did not pay in mind what the words were actually meaning, I just always thought the songs we sang were pretty catchy and upbeat. It was not until one of the youth pastors who got on stage that my life would suddenly change forever. He arrived to the mic stand, nervously breathing. I looked closely at his face, and could see tears welling up. I could sense there was something important he was about to say. He asked the congregation this question: “if you were to die, right in this moment or when you leave, where would your soul go?” That question hit my soul like a sharp arrow. I could feel my heart beating in my throat. He then asked for an alter call, and without hesitation I arose and walked to the front. Along beside me, my little sister joined in and we both gave our lives to Christ.
6 years have passed, but that is one of the days I remember by heart. It has taken me 6 years to fully understand that when Jesus was crucified, I was crucified with Him. (Galatians 2:20) He forgave my stainful heart, He chose me as one of His own, and has called me His bride. Here are 6 major verses I have lived by over the years I have been saved.
•”For God so love then world that He gave His only begotten son. So that anyone should believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. The main verse of the New Testament. God loved me so much that He let His son die for my sins. That is a love I never want to live without.
•”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. This was one of the very first verses I read and memorized. Right in that moment, I knew God loved me and that my life is secure in His hands.
•”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 There were times in my first moments of being saved that I felt afraid, weak, and vulnerable. Reading this verse filled my soul with such hope. God always supplied me with His strength.
•”Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 my heart needed protection. I was letting too many poisonous things in, until I decided to let my Savior in. He hasn’t and never will leave my heart.
•”She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25. Life comes with unpredictable people and situations, but with God as my ultimate Protector, I need no fear of what the enemy will try to block me with. I am safe in my Lord’s presence.
•”“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 Over the past years I have seeked earthly value over spiritual value. God has awoken me deeply and has shown me His value of Heaven; which is eternal life.
Jesus has been my friend, savior, lover, and protector for 6 years. Accepting Him into my life, heart, and soul was the best decision I made. Through so many mistakes, wandering away from my Sheppard, and suffering through heart break, has been worth it. I was lost, but now I am found in His image. I was blind, but now I see things so clearly in His vision. I was so dark, but now I am shining so bright in His light. Jesus can be all of this for you, won’t you let Him into your heart?