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I testify that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to my personal dependence upon and belief in Christ crucified, buried, and raised on the third day as my only hope of salvation; by redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of my trespasses against God (Romans 10:8-13; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 1: 6-7; Philippians 2: 9-11).
According to the riches of God’s grace that has been lavished upon me in Jesus Christ, I came to the knowledge of this truth when I received a Gideon’s New Testament at 18 years of age. I read and pondered many truths in this small copy of God’s Word, one of which was Romans 5: 8, “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Upon reading this statement, through the merciful illuminating conviction of the Holy Spirit, I understood that this meant that Jesus Christ had died for me. At that time in my life, all doubt had been more than adequately removed as to the veracity of the reality that I was a sinner. So, I thus concluded by God’s grace, that since I was a sinner and Christ had died for sinners, Jesus Christ had died particularly for me (Luke 4:47; Romans 3:23, 5:5; Ephesians 1:3-14; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 1: 5-10; and Revelation 3:15-20).
The result of having come to this conclusion and belief was that I began to live out the obedience of faith as is commanded by God in the Gospel of Christ. For this reason, I give glory to God: for He is good. He is faithful. He is kind. He is full of mercy and grace; since, with divine affection and by divine intention, He has poured out upon me His incomprehensible love and affections, by my union with His Son, Jesus Christ (Psalm 136:26; Acts 2:37-41; Romans 16:25-27; Ephesians 2: 3-10).
I am convinced that God’s love for me in Christ in unfathomable, completely incomprehensible, unchanging, unsearchable, eternal, beyond reason and beyond doubt. I have no fear of death, no reasonable fear in life, and I testify that I do fully expect and anticipate with great joy the redemption of my body and the final transformation of my soul in glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in the words of the apostle Peter, I spend my days, preparing my mind for action by being sober-minded and setting my hope fully on the grace that will be brought to me at the revelation of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-5, 6:1-13; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 1:13; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:1-3).
I am certain that this hope, in which I have been saved, will be realized fully when Christ, will appear a second time, not to deal with my sin but to save me as I eagerly await His return. I live my life by faith in light of this reality. With joyful anticipation of my ultimate salvation in Christ, I daily endeavor to work out my salvation with fear and trembling. Even as I do this, I understand that God is at work in me both to will and to do for His own good pleasure and that He does this work through my union with Christ; since I no longer live- but Christ lives in me (Romans 6:1-6; 8:23-25; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13).
In practical terms, this means that I live my life by conscientiously walking with God. I do this by renewing my mind in the Word of God as I have daily personal devotions with the Lord in His Word; as well as maintaining fellowship with Him through set times of prayer and continuous dialogue with Him as I go about my daily tasks. My personal devotion to Christ includes daily confession and mortification of sin; supplications to Him for continued sanctifying and persevering grace; and the normal praise and thanksgiving that overflows for having received both from Him (Micah 6:8; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:1-19, 8:13; 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-24; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:14; James 1:19-22, 4:1- 10; 1 Peter 5:6-9; 1 John 1:9).
In acknowledged dependence upon the Spirit of Jesus Christ, I endeavor to display the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of His salvation to my husband, children, and the world around me. I do this by living in joyful submission not only to God and His Word, but also to my husband who is my God-appointed earthly head, and to all other God-ordained leadership in my life. I seek to affirm, receive, and nurture the strength of my husband; as well as assist him in his call to lead our family for the Glory of God. I do this by using my God given strengths, gifts, and abilities to nurture our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Also, I intentionally try to foster a love and respect in them for their earthly father, through both my example and by direct verbal instruction given to them. Likewise, I care for and manage our home; a duty that is both a privilege and a delight to my soul.
In the same dependence and with the same means of endowed graces and abilities; I seek to express a holy, sisterly love for the family of God. Specifically, I endeavor to express this love with modesty, edifying and truthful speech, and by “striving to neither give offence- nor take offence.” I also serve the wider body of believers in whatever God-ordained ways are appropriate in each season of my life. Lastly, when I have occasion, being strengthened by the Holy Spirit to do so, I evangelize the lost by proclaiming the glories of God revealed in the excellencies of Christ and man-kind’s desperate need of salvation through Him (Genesis 2:18-24; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 31:12-27; Matthew 10:40-42; Luke 10:39-42; 1 Corinthians 11:1-11; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Ephesians 2:10, 4:20-24; 5:15-16, 5:22-24, 32-32; Philippians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21, 23-24; 1 Timothy 2:15, 5:14; Titus 2:4-5; Hebrews 13:13-17; 1 Peter 3:1-6, 5:5).
Although, my relationship with Jesus Christ has brought with it the ridicule and the disfavor of those that I formerly held dear and has cost me every earthly bond and deceptive pretense that I had formerly enjoyed; I am certain of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord. The enabling call of Christ to forsake and abandon the carnal pleasures of this world and embrace a life of daily cross-bearing in pursuit of my Lord is the greatest privilege and grace gift I have ever received. To receive the call of Christ; the call to be found in Him and to be bestowed with His righteousness; to know Him and the power of His resurrection; to share His sufferings; to become like Him in His death, and to have the hope that I might someday attain to the resurrection from the dead; is an astonishing, incomprehensible, immeasurable, earth shattering, life altering, and inexpressible joy producing gift. The call of Christ has both fathered and continues to nurture the deepest desire of my soul. The desire being that as a woman created in the image of God, redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and instructed in the Word of God; I would bear fruit through my union with Christ to my maximum potential: for the glory of God the Father, for the praise of Christ the Son, and in everlasting gratitude to the gracious indwelling, Holy Spirit. This is my testimony and I am resolved that He who calls me is faithful and He will surely do it. To God be the Glory forever, great things He has done for me (Genesis 1:27, 2:18-22; 1 Samuel 12:24; Job 5:8-9, 23:13-14; Psalm 105:1-4; Matthew 10:32-39, 24:9-14; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 7:36-50; John 15:1-27; Acts 2:38; Romans 13:8; Philippians 3:7-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Revelation 4:11, 14:6-7).