Many people write and confess their sins to the world, and the world knit-picks at those confessions. And perhaps some of the things and experiences I survived wouldn't be believed anyway. Those are external factors, outside the body (after a sense) or of the body (physical) happenings.
But faith and trust are matters that cannot be expressed by external elements often used in testimonials. Faith is an internal engine, and everyone of us has a G-D shaped spiritual dwelling place within us that needs G-D to come in and dwell (John 14:23,17), in order for us to be made complete, and to light the pilot of eternal life (that lays ever extinguished in those who reject Jesus Christ, the Creator who in His preincarnate state, breathed into the nostrils of Adam, and gave Adam his eternal soul) -- cf. Lamentations 4:20, Genesis 2:7, John 1:3-4.
In 1986, I began to be truly drawn toward the L-RD Jesus after a long absence based on many circumstances, experiences, and so forth. I had thought at one point over the several years past, that the height of "intellectualism" and "advanced thought" was to be found in an agnostic view of the world. Agnostic is simply the placing of an alpha-privitive (or prefix letter "a" as a negative in the Koine Greek) before the Greek word for "knowledge" or "knowing". Thus, to be an agnostic, is to profess ignorance and say, "Gee, I just don't know".
I did what I perceived as somewhat intense research and thought on the matter, and found that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was and is woven into the very Fabric of the Creation, and is inescapable to those truly looking. It is not just that "there is a G-D", but there is a G-D and His Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
The Churches I sought out were ill equipped, and a few television ministries I sought help from in understanding how to bridge the gap from being unsaved to being "born again" was never fully realized via the D. James Kennedy (Presbyterian) or the Jack Van Impe (prophetical combination of Baptist and Pentecostal) ministries. Other ministries over the years were used like the evangelist of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" helping to point the way. There were probably many of them, from people I met to those whom I read or heard or saw or knew about (either up close or at a distance).
But, for whatever reason, G-D used Jimmy Swaggart's Television Ministries to both properly walk me through a believing Romans 10:9-10,(13) prayer of confession on Easter Sunday 1987 (April 17, 1987, the Leviticus 23 holiday for the same is the Spring Festival of Firstfruits, and is the day used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 to explain the Resurrection, as Christ rose from the dead on "Firstfruits" in A.D. 30).
For me, personally, the first two intense New Testament works I was drawn to were Galatians and Ephesians, followed by a reading of Ezekiel and Isaiah in the Old Testament (as I recall). Even though I would read other works, it seemed that (at my new born again state), I personally was drawn back to these 4 works in my own personal study and Christian growth.
One of the songs that struck a resonance in my soul at the time, and still does today, is "We shall see Jesus", taken from the inspiration of 1 John 3:2.
For the believer, our job while on Earth is to make a difference for the better, while preparing ourselves for any moment to depart this life as if peacefully going on a journey, to join Jesus in Heaven. We have our reservation, and our spiritual bags are packed. Instead of looking for a Tahiti or Cayman, or other tropical island "paradise", we find ourselves looking for that city, the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 - 22, which Christ is preparing for us (John 14:2-3, 12:26, et al.).
We tire of the sin in this world, even when we are flawed with its traps as well. Choosing to avoid the practicings of sins to what degree as according to each one's ability, we are judged not by our transgressions, but are forgiven of our sins constantly by confession, prayer, and dedication to the minimizing of such things that are either consciously or unconsciously said or done. But our victory is not by our "works", it is by G-D's gift of the ransom paid by Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8,9). That is why we can joy daily, hourly, and even through the moments, that though Jesus and what he did in being our scapegoat and our Paschal Lamb upon the Cross...and sing "Hallelujah, my sins, they're gone at last."
I am glad, and blessed to be born again. Therefore part of my character and nature is to extend the invitation and teachings of and about Christ Jesus, and to extend freely (without money, without price -- Isaiah 55:1) that which uplifts and confirm why we should believe into Him and His Bible (etc.). In order that by the call of of Isaiah 55:6, the seeking of the L-RD while He is near, as Zephaniah 2:3 completes the verse, that "it may be ye shall be hid in the Day of the L-RD's anger."
Regardless of your skin color, or wealth status, but based on your humanity, I would wish the best both physically,, and spiritually for you in the most equitable and righteous manner possible. The greatest gift is one that Christ paid for, your eternal soul. By faith, if you seek to be transformed and made born again (John 3:5,7), and confess and believe into the L-Rd Jesus, what he did at the Cross, and that He was raised again from the dead, and call upon Him (read and do Romans 10:9-10,13)...you shall be saved. All the spiritual leprosy of sins shall be washed away, like Na'aman in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5:1-14)...and you too, can sing about the joy of being "freed from sin, and born again".
The Bible says that we are as pilgrims and strangers passing through this life (e.g., Hebrews 11:13), and as a child gets homesick for his parents, so too do we Christians sometimes get homesick for G-D the Father and Jesus Christ the Son of G-D. And we can even sing about such as part of our expression of faith and trust into the L-RD, as well.
Jesus loves you. Peace. Shalom. Amen.
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In the Year of our LORD Jesus Christ 2019
-- As of January 20, 2017
A Sigh Of Relief With The Inauguration Of Donald John Trump as President of the United States of America, And Hope For A Prosperous Future For All United States Citizens (we who are a nation called "the melting pot of the world"). We shall be great and exceptionally great again.
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