Let me just cite just some of the things that have changed in my life since I accepted Christ as my Savior. These changes all occurred within less than a year of being “born again” (see the gospel of John, Chapter 3). After I asked Christ to help me out, my life began changing, unexpectedly, dramatically. Besides the peace that has come to my heart, here are some external signs — evidence for those who need it — that a miracle occurred in my life:
1. The Bible, God’s Word — The first thing I noticed after I received Christ was that I began to have an inexplicable desire to read the Bible. Years earlier, I had tried to read the Bible, but I usually fell asleep somewhere in the middle of Genesis. It never made much sense to me, and even though I tried to read it several times, I simply could not grasp it. After I accepted Christ into my life, its pages now began to make sense, as the Holy Spirit of God spoke to me, and taught me, through the Word of God. There is now not a day that goes by that I don’t study God’s Word. It is truly a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. And I found that passages I never could understand, or thought were contradictory, began to make perfect sense. God’s Spirit opened my eyes to His Word.
2. Love — The second thing I noticed was that I had been given a deep love for everyone (including people I’ve never even met). This isn’t an “emotional” love, but it’s a love that gives me a deep concern for the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of others. Enough love that I am willing to sacrifice my time, money, effort, prayers, etc. for the benefit of others. Enough love to risk being misunderstood to share the Truth of the Life-giving Gospel with others. Since Christ entered my life, I can no longer pass a homeless person on the side of the road. I feel compelled to stop and help them with money, food, clothing, encouragement. The love of Christ has shown me that serving others is how we are all supposed to live.Of course, my love is not perfect — if it was, I’d give EVERYTHING I have, including this computer and the electricity I’m using to bring this message to you. I’m not there yet, but I’ve seen a sudden and dramatic difference in my attitudes and behavior towards others. My love for others grows daily.
3. Anger — I used to rant and rave. After Christ came into my life, I no longer retaliate — I find it easy to wave and smile, and I pray for them. My uncontrolled anger is gone.
There is more, but I know it’s probably boring to hear all this stuff. But the most dramatic difference of all — one I was not expecting when I prayed that simple little prayer — is my love for God. Most of us have heard the commandment to “love God with all your heart, strength, and mind“, but I’ll tell you that I never really followed that before. I kind of believed / hoped in God, and I probably put Him about 6 or 7 on my priority list. Now, He’s number One. He’s ahead of my family, my friends, my work, my self — you name it! I pray to Him every day, I read His Word every day, and it’s rare that an hour goes by that I don’t think of Him.
Particularly since I experienced so many of them (I only listed a few), in the same, short period of time. I’m sure that many people will go with the “insanity” explanation and be done with it. But all I can tell you is this — Jesus Christ changed my life!
Just have enough faith to pray to Him for forgiveness of your sins and to trust Jesus for your salvation. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Once you do, the Holy Spirit will give you all the confirmation you ever needed!
That’s what happened to me, and I got the greatest surprise and the greatest gift of my life.
May God Bless each and every one of you!
Your sweetest Melody, ❤