At the top of every gratitude list I have, is this: The God of all Creation saving my life for eternity!
As I reminisce the countless blessings which He has bestowed upon me, I would like to share the greatest of all with you – my salvation testimony.
So, here goes:
I was born in Israel to a Jewish family. At the age of two, we moved to South Africa. I always believed in God, but felt that He was way up there in the sky, and with me being all the way down here on the earth, it was impossible to ever actually reach Him.
Fast forward – At the age of 17, my parents got divorced and my mother, two sisters, and I moved back to Israel, while my father remained in South Africa.
The adventure begins
A couple of weeks later, at a concert in Jerusalem, a stranger asked me whether I was a believer in Yeshua (Jesus). Shocked and horrified, I replied, “No, I’m Jewish and am forbidden to believe in that man!”
When asked whether I was willing to receive literature regarding faith in Yeshua, for some reason unbeknownst to me, mustering up all courage, I responded positively.
As the books and workbooks arrived, I secretly read each one. The amazing part is that I instantly realized that what I was learning about was indeed the truth of God! I even felt angry at why no one had ever told me these facts before.
Eventually, I was sent a Bible. I opened the package at our local post office, and was stunned to realize that all that I had been reading was actually in this awesome book which I now beheld – the Holy Bible.
God was working overtime
It was around the same time that I noticed that my mother had been disappearing each Saturday afternoon. I finally asked her where she had been going. Her answer blew me away!
She shared that she had begun to believe in Yeshua as her Messiah, even though she had always forbidden us girls to believe in Him. She confessed that she had been attending a local congregation where other Jews who believed the same way were assembling.
Standing almost speechless before her, I pulled myself together, and confided that the literature that I had been receiving, and hiding, had indeed also been about Yeshua! We rejoiced, and I accompanied my mother to the fellowship the following meeting.
The final step
A couple of weeks went by. There was a lot to take in. Much to learn and understand. With the little that I had grasped, I decided to take the step that I knew God wanted me to take.
I finally understood what A.W. Tozer put so well;
“Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.” (feel free to tweet that)
One night, as I lay in my bed, I asked God to forgive me for all the sins that I had committed against Him. I told Him that I wanted to live for Him, and acknowledged that my desire was for Him to be the Lord of every area of my life forever.
The following morning, I awoke, and was surprised to immediately notice a vast difference within myself. The best way I know to describe it, is that before I had a raging sea of hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger in my heart; now the sea was as calm, still, and peaceful as could be. I hardly recognized myself.
It took approximately a year and a half for God to take me through the process of forgiving others and changing many of my ways.
He is not finished with me yet, but I have never been the same since that night that I uttered my first prayer!
Within the two months following, both of my sisters became believers in Jesus, too!
I know that without the Lord’s mercy and kindness, I would be damned for eternity for my sins. As I mentioned in my About Me – Fun Version, I know for certain that today, without His divine intervention in my life, I would either be a drug addict, a prostitute, or dead (that part is not so fun!).
But because of His unending grace and love, I have abundant Life! It is well with my soul!
- Have you repented of your sin, dear friend?
- Do you know the assurance of God’s forgiveness, and His moment by moment personal workings in your life?
- Please contact me if you would like to discuss the salvation plan of God for YOU. My heart awaits to hear from you.
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