Karen’s Faith Story
How does the Bible apply to my life? I struggled with this question for many years. I knew a lot of Bible stories from my childhood, but I still didn’t understand how to apply biblical truth to my life.
Then, someone challenged me to write down my own faith story. As I wrestled with my story and my faith, the words of Galatians [2:20] seemed to leap from the page of my Bible, right into the center of my heart. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …” (NLT).
I attempted to do the things that I had been taught all my life would please God, but I never felt like it worked. And I never sensed that Christ lived within me. But my doubts caused me to continue searching for the truth in God’s Word. And I discovered this powerful truth in Hebrews 11:6 “ . . . without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
I read other scriptures, confirmed that God’s forgiveness is not dependent upon what I’ve done or haven’t done. In fact, I discovered that it’s not about me at all. Forgiveness is all about Jesus—and what He did for me. Jesus chose to go to the cross to purchase my forgiveness. And He proved His power over death, abandoning His tomb and offering eternal life to those who choose to follow Him.
Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved.”
Do you remember the day you met Jesus? I’m not certain what I said when I decided to trust God’s Word, inviting Christ into my life. No lightning bolts, and no thunder. But at that moment, I did sense the peace of Christ.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work . . . Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
“Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” (Gal. [2:20]-21 The Message)
I also discovered that Jesus is always with me. I sense His peace and His power when I need Him most—like right now, as I recall the impact of His presence in my life.
And “ … this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Phil, [4:19] NLT).
Have you recorded your faith story—the day you met Jesus?
Words That Change Everything
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