My Beloved Brother and Sister;
Remember; "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;." (2 Timothy 1:8)
1. My Conversion to Christianity
My Beloved Brother and Sister;
This is my testimony. For many years, I have lived a life full of many blessings, I, like other people, have been fortunate enough to have what other people lack or don't have, such as food, water, shelter, family, even good health; I say this in comparison to them who live in extreme poverty. Yet, I was not as grateful as I should have been. You see, I served in the Army for four years, I was deployed to Iraq, and during my deployment I had near-death experiences, of which one would change my life. About Mid 2006 a brave soldier lost his life while on a mission, a mission in which I was present for. Without getting into details, fast forward, and our deployment was over. I fulfilled my commitment to the military and got out. At first, It was complicated for me to adapt to the civilian life, but I managed to work for minimum wage jobs. Then one day, a well paid job was finally offered to me, and I accept it. My finances were no longer an issue, in fact, money began to take control of my life style. I began to think of myself as a better and greater person, so much so that I was ashamed of my old self, I had too much pride in me. I could not settle for less anymore, After I had tasted envy and greed, I was led to idolatry and vanity, and these became apart of me. And without knowing it, I was idolizing and worshiping the things of this world. And when I began to embrace false doctrines, such us; New Age, Law of Attraction, Scientology and other theologies, I was tossed to and fro like the waves of the sea; I even began to deny the true nature of God; and by doing so, I became a fool, lost in darkness without a single glimpse of light. O' what a shame that was. And this ungodly lifestyle went on for several years. Then one day, I decide to go out and drink, but little did I know I would be detained at a police checkpoint for driving under the influence of alcohol. But know this, It was not the DUI that changed my life, oh no, but rather, the date. You see, my DUI date was exactly 10 years from the date the soldier died.
I don't believe in accidents, coincidence, or luck. I believe, God has a specific purpose for all of us. I believe that God, by His grace and mercy had called me to put an end to my sinful and destructive life style and to remember how valuable life is. I know now that I was under the influence of evil, and was blinded by money, greed, and lust. I was ungrateful for many years, I had isolated God from my heart; and I was led astray by my own desires. Had God not interfered in my life, I probably would had continued in the path of self destruction.
Blessed are them that have a willful desire to know God.
Months later, after my DUI, I accepted Christ as my Savior and Redeemer, I converted from a Catholic to a Christian. And I share this with you; "my soul has tasted the fruits of love, peace and joy." Know this also; I wake up everyday with gratitude; I pray day and night; I make it my goal to be a shinning light for others; and I thank God for everything, even for a simple glass of water. I have learned that humility, lowliness, and meekness are feelings that every soul aught to live by. Finally brethren, remember this; There is no greater satisfaction in life than to be justified and redeemed by the blood of Christ, and to be a son or daughter of the most High God. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Brothers and Sisters, God is real, and there is no doubt about it. Sometimes God takes away from us in order that we might understand how fragile and lost we really are without Him. Otherwise, we begin to trust and rely in ourselves, and in doing so, we risk it all; and life becomes empty, and without any hope of salvation; and that could mean the difference between life and death; salvation or condemnation. The truth is, we all sin; and continue do so, we all lust, we all envy, we all lie, even Kings and Queens are sinners. There is non righteous, no, not one, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"(Romans 3:23). You see, by nature, our heart seeks to do what is evil and wrong, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Do not be deceived, brothers and sisters, there is ONLY one name under heaven through whom we can be delivered from the bondage of sin; Behold!, that name, is Jesus Christ.
Reflect on this,
Who among you can say with all certainty how many years of life you will live on this earth. And because the answer is none of you, then why do you live as if tomorrow your life is guaranteed. "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14). Your eternity is at stake. Therefore, Be saved.