A Faith Journey of a Common Man
Author: faith soldier

Chapter 5
-Amazing Grace & Love-

Galatians 2:20-21  - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"

Amazing Grace

By John Newton

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

 

This song should be imbedded into every new practicing Christians head and heart.  The Holy Spirit filled Mr. Newton and guided his pen when he wrote this poem!

 

Just when I was feeling so lost, angry, resentful, frustrated and full of sorrow because I had finally recognized myself as a sinner, a sinner not just against man, but against God, there was an overwhelming new emotion – gratitude.

 

I went over my life and examined all the wrong I have ever done according to God’s Law.  The list was too long to calculate.  How could I not remember everything, but come up with so much?  Here I was thinking that I was a normal guy, doing typical things, but I came to the conclusion that the norm was actually grounded by sin, in a sinful world.  Sure I could say to myself there are far off more people doing worse things, or everybody else was doing it, but the fact of the matter is this passage kept going through my mind:

Romans 14:11-12 - 11It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "[a] 12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

This is not a group or team effort giving your life account to God.  This is each one of us solely representing our self.  I don’t know about you, but if God knows everything that I have ever done, every evil thought, and secret act and desire, and I will be punished for it, I am in some serious trouble.  For a God that knows every count of hair on your head, everything else in judging is relatively simple.

Matthew 10:30 - And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

There is good news though, and it actually means it “The Gospel”.  This is whole

New Testament of the Bible.  This is all about Jesus Christ being the Son of God, coming to this world to be the final sacrifice for all of our sins, here to save us from the wrath of

Judgment Day.

 

 After spiritually searching I have found that God loves, is merciful, and full of grace.  Like a good father, he is ready to forgive and show mercy with his unconditional love, and wants me to come home to Him.

 

There is only one way:

 

John 14:6 - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 On 12/08/08 at roughly 11am, my life changed forever.  I got down on my knees for the first time in my life.  I had a personal moment with God.  I repented with Godly sorrow for all of my sins.  I begged for mercy for the sins that I know and sins that I do not know.  I asked Jesus Christ into my heart as my savior. 

John 3:36 - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

My goal was not for physical life enhancement that will come later if the Lord permits so; it was for my eternal salvation.  There is a difference.  Nothing magic happened overnight, but then something happened.  I always wanted to read the Bible, I tried numerous times, but I just could not do it.  Whether it was too intimidating, I could not understand it, or I just lost interest, there was always an excuse.  After I had asked Jesus into my heart, I became new.

2 Corinthians 5:17  - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

I then was given a study bible, and began to read.  Everything was clear to me.  I could not put the book down.  I was getting up early, staying up late, reading at work, I was like an addict.  I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  If I wasn’t reading the Bible, I was reading other spiritual influenced materials.  Not just reading, but studying.

Psalm 42:2 - My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

When I had asked Jesus Christ into my heart, I had recognized the Holy Spirit inside me.  This opened my eyes to new and wonderful things.

Acts 5:31-33 - God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

We need Jesus Christ in our heart. He is the mediator between you and God:

1 Timothy 2:3-6 -This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

Hebrews 9:15 - For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

With this new passion for life, I do not look behind, I only look ahead.  I do not think about all the wrong I have done, I just think about all the right I can do to glorify God.  All the knowledge that I am retaining in my mind, I am like a water balloon ready to pop.  I have questions, I have answers, I have thoughts, I have dreams, and this is all that I need to share with the world.

1 Corinthians 9:23
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:18 - What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it.

 

 

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