Hello dear Reader,
Each morning I
read several devotions. Today one quoted 2 John 6.
this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from
the beginning, his command is that you walk in love." (NIV)
goes on to say, "If you've made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you've
already taken the first step of obedience." 1 Corinthians 12:3b (Voice) says,
"...and no one confessing
“Jesus is Lord” can do so without the Holy Spirit’s inspiration."
the same suit. If you change the word 'obedience' in the last
paragraph to 'faith' it reads, “If you’ve made Jesus Christ the Lord of
your life, you’ve already taken the first step of faith.”
The day I
gave my life to Jesus was one of the most emotional days I ever
had. When the Holy Spirit started calling me, and I stopped what I
was doing and listened, the urge to turn my life over to Jesus became so
great I couldn't resist it. I almost literally ran down the aisle
during that altar call only 4 days shy of 30 years ago.
A week had gone
by since the very first time I heard those words, the words that formed the
most beautiful invitation my heart could receive. I resisted on
that particular day because I was filled with religion and its laws. But
during the week that followed, my heart yearned more and more for Sunday to
come again so that I could answer the call. All week I was thinking about
that invitation to ask Jesus into my heart to be my Lord and Master. I had
never been asked such things before. My upbringing in my former religion
held me back from receiving the gift of salvation a week earlier. Being
born again wasn't something I was taught, so I knew absolutely nothing about it.
I shudder to think where I would be if I had died that week before asking
Jesus into my heart.
believed in the Trinity, and that Jesus came to earth as a human and died for
us. I learned that at a very young age, so I had absolutely no doubt it was
true. It was faith--believing without seeing; and believing with all my
heart. Jesus says in John 20:29b NKJV, "Blessed
are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Hebrews 11:1 says "Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
faith to give your life to Christ. So we must spiritually accept and
understand in a way that our hearts cannot deny, but instead needs more than
anything else, to pursue. This is our greatest faith. We believe
without seeing, and we 'run to the altar' without a second thought.
The enemy has
never wanted this day to come, so he has helped you sin by temptation as often
and as long as he could. You kicked him in the teeth the day you were
says that when you accepted Christ as your Savior you took the first step of
obedience. That still small voice inside you kept calling, and each time,
your heart beat with a yearning and desire to answer the call. And
when you did, when you couldn't say "not now" any longer, you obeyed
the Spirit of God.
difficult? Not for me. As I said, I almost ran up the aisle.
And as I gave my life to Jesus that day, as I recited the Sinner's Prayer (also
called the Prayer of Salvation), the joy in my heart poured out in
uncontrollable sobs. What was empty in my life became filled with the
love and forgiveness of God! It was by far the most incredibly emotional
and spiritual day of my life.
I confess that
over the last 30 years my faith has wavered and I wasn't always obedient.
Since that Sunday morning on June 14, 1987, the enemy has attacked again
and again, sometimes causing me to doubt many things. That's his main
objective--to cripple the Christian and make us doubt God's love for us or that
we are precious in His sight. Satan will tempt us into doing or saying
things that will make non-believers have a very poor opinion of Christians.
have been times of great struggle, God has kept His hand on my life. He has shown me many things, and brought so
much joy to my life there aren’t words to tell you. He gave me the armor that
defeats the enemy. He reminded me that
faith will carry me through the valleys up on to the peak of the great mountain
where the view is magnificent. I trust
that He will always be by my side, that He will never desert me.
We must be
vigilant, my dear brothers and sisters, and keep in mind how we 'ran to the altar'
without trepidation or doubt, or second guessing, or analyzing our
feelings. We really can have faith in all situations and be
obedient. We just need to remember the first time we did it. It was
so easy and proved to be the most significant moment in our lives. It was the
moment that gave us eternity with our Father!
* From Faith to Faith by Kenneth
and Gloria Copeland