For many years after I was born-again at the age of 12, I was a perishing child of God because I was ignorant of the plan of salvation. I thought it was all about avoiding hell, and didn’t realize that it was an ongoing process here on earth. I thought that I had to get through this life the best way that I could, held a lot of disbeliefs about who I was, and was very afraid of disobeying God. I just knew that He was waiting to beat me up if I stepped out of line. After years of struggling to live by the rules and regulations of my denomination I cried out for understanding. Praise God, for the day that I began to read the Bible, and acknowledged my Teacher, the Holy Spirit who taught me about Jesus. To know Jesus is to know the Father. I discovered that salvation includes salvation of the soul, emotional and physical healing and health, prosperity and well-being. God is concerned with your every-day, going-to-word lifestyle, and He has a plan for your life; your destiny is in him. Not only will your lifestyle change, but you will become the source of salvation for others leading them to the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Understanding the present time, I have awakened from my slumber, because my salvation is nearer now than when I first believed. So I put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let me behave decently, as in the daytime…. I clothe myself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. I bind my spirit, soul and body to compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Romans 13:11-14 (NIV)
Col. 3:12 (NIV)