Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.
Growing up Methodist, I learned about God from the earliest age. Although I didn’t fully know God or accept Him as Lord early in my life, His presence attracted me. Something in my spirit told me that going to church and hearing about Jesus nourished a soul need.
Fast forward to my teens and you would see the picture of a typical, rebellious young man. Sin began to look attractive and various lusts of the flesh came to the fore. In my home, a struggle of right versus wrong played out in front of me almost every day. My mother, a committed Christian demonstrated the holy life to which many aspire. My father demonstrated a love of all things carnal. He drank, smoked and exhibited a wandering eye.
This tension between good and evil confused me. Emotional pressure on our family increased as my father’s health deteriorated (Emphysema). Several times he had to be rushed to the emergency room. At the same time, a sibling began a serious struggle with drug addiction. In my own heart, I felt pulled in many directions and confused by everything going on.
One evening, my mother asked if I’d like to go to a music concert with her and my church’s youth leader. The program began with a movie about a former night club singer who gave his heart to Christ. The singer then performed several songs live and gave an altar call.
My heart rate increased and tears began to flow. What could all this mean? Then, a nearly audible voice said, “You should respond to the altar call and go down front.”
This voice sounded new to me, but somehow familiar. In my mind, I asked “Wait, are you God?”
“Yes, I’m God and you should go down front” he said. “They will tell you what to do.”
Well, the Holy Spirit didn’t have to tell me twice. I hurried down the steps of the bleachers and joined a mass of humanity, most of whom were also crying. From the stage, they led us in the sinner’s prayer. An adult man stood in front of me and held my hands while I prayed. Joy flooded in and a peace that I’d never known.
This salvation experience changed my life and began a lifelong relationship with the Lord. My journey included ups and downs, but I know that Christ came into my heart all those years ago in Ohio. His beautiful gift of salvation began a journey that continues today. Friendship with God and fellowship with other believers makes life worth living.