This seems to be mostly true in my life. I’ve been through many trials and temptations. I’ve even turn my back on God from time to time, but because of His grace and mercy I’ve never given up hope and have always returned to the sheepfold like the prodigal son. For more about me, see my testimony at ozziesmemoir.wordpress.com.
This is a response to one of my Twitter followers who asked me how a person could be deceived into thinking that he or she is saved.
They are only giving lip service to accepting Jesus because they think that it is expected of them, usually to please someone else. They don’t have a heartfelt conversion and repentance of their sinful behaviors and have little if any desire to give up their sinful lifestyles. As an example from my life: When I was a teenager I went to the altar and prayed the sinner’s prayer to please my Mother. But, I lived as a sinner for many years thereafter. My Mom thought I was saved though. (See 1 John 3:9,10). People need to examine their lives and motivations according to the Word of God. 2 Cor. 5:17 promises that if a person is truly saved he/she will become a new creation. If that isn’t manifested in a person’s life they need to question their true salvation.
At least this is my understanding from my study of the Bible. When I study the Bible I always ask the Holy Spirit to help me to rightly understand and interpret His Word.
This is what I am working on with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. It is not easy in this day and age with so many distractions. I kinda wished that I had lived a couple of hundred years ago when life was probably much simpler.
Doesn’t that face just causes you to be joyful? But, true joy comes from the Lord.
Have a great and blessed weekend everyone!
I found this to be an inspiration for me today to quit being so complacent and procrastinating.
Sitting here thinking about all the good and caring people in the world. With all the evil that the news media is always portraying it’s sometimes difficult to realize that the vast majority of people in this world are basically good people. Most people regardless of their ideology want the same things in life, i.e. food, shelter, safe home for their children etc. The truly evil people, like mass murderers are a very small minority.
During my time as a Homeless person most people that I met seemed to be kinda apathetic to the suffering around them. They are probably wrapped up in their own thoughts and problems. I know that before I became homeless I never really noticed Homeless People. I supposed they existed same as they do today, I just never saw them.
I could tell many stories of how kind people were to me when I was living on the streets. The many instances when I woke up in a doorway and someone had left me some food and money while I was sleeping. There are also many Christian agencies that provide physical as well as spiritual services to the Homeless. Such as the Church group that provided lunch to the Veterans here at US Vets today. One of my favorite radio programs is “Unshackled” from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. They tell of how Jesus can and does change lives.
I’m in the process of putting together my testimonial website in the hope that it’ll be a blessing to other people who have been through similar situations as myself. Plus website design is kinda a hobby of mine so I’m also getting some satisfaction out of the project. So stay tuned for the announcement of its launch. Hopefully soon, if I don’t get lazy and procrastinate. Another of my shortcomings.
Well, I’ll be saying, “Good Bye” for now. May the Lord continue to bless you and your families. Especially all you Fathers tomorrow on Father’s Day. My father went home to be with the Lord several years ago and I still miss him. Also because of my previous lifestyle I’ve missed out on the pleasures of fatherhood or being a grandfather. 🐸
I just felt a need or an urging from the Holy Spirit to send out a blessing. I’ve been meditating recently on how blessed I am living in the USA compared to most people in the world. I may be poor and unemployed, but I’m healthy, well fed and have a warm bed to sleep in. What more could a guy want?