Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Testimony


As I was reading my Bible this morning I read this verse....2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 "The coming of the lawless
one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and
wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused
to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe
the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."

I grieved over this.  Before I was saved, I thought, at the end times people could clearly see what was happening
and ask for forgiveness and be saved....but according to that verse that is not so.  After turning away from God so
many times and refusing to love the truth God himself will send a delusion so that you will never see the truth.

I want everyone to be saved. I prayed and prayed  this morning and I just kept getting the urging to give my testimony.

Which I have never done before.  So dear God....please give me the words to say......amen.

When I was 13 I was saved at a revival at Springhill Methodist Protestant Church.

And then I went on with my life.  I tried very hard to do "right" but failed so many times and even
forgot about any of it for months at a time.  And there lies the problem.  My salvation was not an "it"....it
was not "doing" the right thing.....it was not showing up at church......it was not giving up all of my
bad habits....but I didn't realize that.  You could ask me if I was 100% positive that I was saved
 and I would waiver just a little bit.
I would say "I think so but how does anyone know if they are doing everything right enough?"  I would have
great time periods of being a good "Christian" or so I thought.

And time marched on...I got married....I had children.....we went to church most of the time....

Fast forward 30 years later.

I'm still up and down.  I love the Lord.  I think I'm safe.

Then, for some reason, I make a commitment to start reading my Bible more.
Then, I decide to turn my radio in my car to WMBV Christian Radio and listen.
I started  my mornings off with a preacher on television.
And these  things have dramatically changed my life.

What you surround yourself with is what comes forth in your life.

I am not putting down the Church in any way....because it and the people there are my foundation.
I would not be at this next step without them.

The more I heard and read the more I understood and wanted to know more.

I started a new relationship in my life.   My relationship with Christ.  Key word - relationship.

I had to put in time in this relationship......not just Sundays.

Would you wake up with your loved one and not say anything.....or even talk to them for days at a time?  No!

So our relationship began.  Then I started praying for wisdom and knowledge about our relationship and it
was like a light turned on after trying to read in darkness.

I started reading only Christian books to further my education on our relationship.

That was only about 7 years ago that I made this total commitment to Christ......that I said "I Do"...that I will love , honor and cherish you.

I can tell you that I am 100% saved!!  I will go to heaven and be with my Savior.......praise the Lord!

I can also tell you that I am far from perfect.  I mess up.....a lot.  I have terrible days but I still have my relationship
with Christ.  He will not leave me.  If you act ugly or have a bad day with your spouse or loved one does that mean the
relationship is over....NO!  You make up.....you do better......you love each other.....you talk to each other....you continue
on with your relationship.  That's how  Christ is.......he loves you.......talk to him.

We try to make this hard and it's so easy.........and it's the most wonderful thing you can ever do in your life.

It doesn't mean our lives will be perfect or have sadness and trouble.

But it does mean that we will never have to face anything alone or be unloved.....what else could you want in life?

Please don't wait as long as I did......you may not have that much time.

Please ask Christ to come into your life today if you don't have that relationship.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

Salvation : Christianity representation with the symbol of a cross

10 comments:

My Maine Blog said...

Thank you for sharing this Lisa...very poignant, honest and beautiful. What you have written is such an eye opener at least for me and one who struggles everyday with some of these things. Sometimes it's very difficult to have faith when everything in my own little world just seems to be crumbling everyday. I constantly ask for help to rise above it all, to have faith that things will work out in time and that it's not my will that will bring about change.
So thank you...you inspire me everyday with your words, your humor, your vulnerability, your courage and your friendship.

Lisa Tucker said...

My dear friend...thank you for being so open and honest. I believe the Lord has a reason for everything just like you and I meeting by way of our blogs. Maybe we were sent as encouragement for each other. I know that just knowing you has blessed my life. Many prayers for you my sweet friend and please pray for me. Love and hugs....Lisa

annie said...

Amen.

Karen McGilberry said...

Wonderful testimony! My favorite line is "We try to make this hard and it's so easy". How true! My next favorite line is "What you surround yourself with is what comes forth in your life". So true! Thanks for sharing!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Thank you for sharing Lisa....beautifully written, and expressed.

Amen.

Jen

Lisa Tucker said...

Thank you Annie, and Karen and Jen for taking the time to read it and leave me a sweet comment. I appreciate all of you so much...:))

My Maine Blog said...

Thank you....for sending me back here to read this. I obviously was here when you wrote it because it truly made an impact on me...I'm just getting old and feeble and need to be reminded of some things now and again....And reading this again today...and re-reading my comment to you when I first read it...well...all I can say is thank you Lisa...you truly are a beautiful person in every way...and a light in my life...and though none of us are perfect we are the best that we can be and for me....with lots of room for improvement...I'm on my way thanks to you. Love and Hugs.

Lisa Tucker said...

My dear sweet Maine.....what made you come back to this? I ask because a friend reached out and I was just telling her about My Testimony...it's amazing that you brought it up also.....but then you are amazing..:))))) Love and hugs and prayers.............Lisa

My Maine Blog said...

Hi Sweetie...I am the one you reached out to I think and you probably were not aware that it was me you were writing to the past couple of days because when I sent you an email it was from a different address than the one I usually use and because you know me by Maine and not Kathy...that is unless I am mistaken and you have also reached out to another who read your beautiful blog...that is why I came back to refresh my memory of what I had already read. Love and hugs and prayers.

Lisa Tucker said...

It just came together in my very slow brain this morning...lol...I'm so glad it's you!!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed our "talks". Love you!