Barbara F Chapmonds Testimony- I “had” a Religion, I “was” Religious then,- I “got” Saved.
When I was a young child I “had” a Religion. I remember my parents taking me to church on Sundays as a family, this was a weekly routine. When I became a
teenager, I “had” another, new Religion and I went to church with my best friend every time the doors were open.
church going experiences I remember “hoping” Jesus would come when I was in church, that’s because I was not sure about my relationship with Jesus,
(I wasn’t saved, only thought I was).
remember being “religious” and talking the talk. I was good at telling people what they should and shouldn’t do to stay out of hell. I really thought I was saved and on the right track, you could not tell me any different!! Having an “experience
or seeing a light” is not “salvation”.
You must admit you're a “sinner” and “confess” your sins to Jesus and
ask Him to personally “come into your heart. You don’t have to “change first or clean up first”. Just trust Him from your “heart” and He will do the rest, as you grow in your relationship with Him.”.
Before I got saved, I don’t remember sharing the “Love of Jesus” or even leading anyone to Jesus. I was “blinded by the devil” and caught
in the “Religious Trap”, like so many are. Satan also knows the Bible; he can make things “Look Godly” when they’re not!
I was a teen, and even up until I “really got saved” at the age of 27, I was taught you could lose your salvation. Oftentimes, you will hear people say they are “backslidden” or they got saved one time, but they aren’t now. That
is one of satans biggest lies!
When the Holy
Spirit started dealing with me about salvation, I was in a church revival service. The only other people attending were church members. I thought to myself, “Why are they preaching on salvation, everyone here is saved”.
I was uncomfortable with the preaching, so I thought, maybe God is talking to me and I need to get saved (remember, I thought I was, for years).
I remember quietly, and only to myself, while sitting in the pews saying, “Ok Lord Save Me” amen. That didn’t do anything for me. In my soul there was
a “black, dark space” an empty place that needed something; I just didn’t understand what it was.
That evening, I went next door to
a church members home, I sat on the floor around the coffee table and talked to her about my life. For about two hours, it was a fight in my spirit/heart, I had to “give up” my good deeds/works and confess I was really a sinner and needed Jesus.
I remember ONE QUESTION my friend asked me, “What has Jesus done for you, you told me what you’ve done for Him, but what has He done for you? You talk about
Jesus and the Holy Spirit getting my attention! So I prayed, gave all my good deeds to Jesus, confessed to Him I was a sinner and I needed Him to come into my heart and save me; by faith, not counting on any “feelings”. That’s it!
So simple, but it was from my HEART, not my head knowledge this time.
saves “one time” and He seals and keeps you as His child forever. (Read the Book of Ephesians, you will understand salvation and being sealed by the Holy Spirit of God within you, a lot better. The first book written in this ministry was on Ephesians)
After salvation, we need to get into Gods Word, ask Him to show us how to live, follow His instructions and bear fruit. That means there will be a change in our hearts,
attitudes, friends, places we go, and things we say. The Holy Spirit will guide you.
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