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Barbara F Chapmond Personal Salvation Testimony-Amen!

 

Barbara F Chapmond – Personal Salvation Testimony updated 1/1/2021

 

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 Religion; I went to a different church with my best friend every time the doors were open. In my church going experiences, I remember “hoping” Jesus would come when I was in church; that’s because I was not really saved, I only thought I was. This is a very common and real problem with so many people.  

 I 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”, I was “blinded by the devil” and caught in the “Religious Trap”;  Satan also knows the Bible; he can make things “Look Godly” when they’re not!

When 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.  (There is a lot of controversy on this subject and sharing of my testimony is not the time to discuss that subject right now). 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,  after I went home, 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/soul, 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.-After salvation, we need to get into Gods Word, ask Him to show us how to live, follow His instructions and bear good 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.

Take time to meditate on the verses below; the difference between Heaven and Hell is in “how” we know that we are really saved by Grace, and after having received Jesus into our hearts, you get receive  desires and the Holy Spirit of God will help you hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year through His Word;  He will help you be more like Him (not perfect, not sinless, but a hope carrier for others in need of our Savior!)

2 Corinthians 13:5- Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (Have you really accepted Jesus Christ into your life? If you have, there will be a “change” in your life and it will be evident to you and others around you; you will have new “desires” and you will “desire” to serve Jesus and know Him more and more each new day) 

Psalm 26:2- Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. 

Matthew 7:13-14-The Narrow Way-13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to  destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 Ephesians 2:8-10- For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 Revelation 20:15-And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. 

1 John 2:3-4-The Test of Knowing Him- Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His  commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

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