The Re­deemed

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Pas­tor Tim

Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the re­deemed of the Lord say so.” I was reared in a Bi­ble-be­liev­ing church. In my ado­les­cence, I re­al­ized I needed to be saved. The Spirit came to me, and He said, “Come.” Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that la­bor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Rev­e­la­tion 22:17, “And the Spirit and the bride say come.” The Spirit al­ways says come. I knew I was a sin­ner, and I knew there was a penalty for sin. I wanted to be saved, but I thought I had to go for­ward at church to be saved. I was very shy then, and the thought of walk­ing down a church aisle was ter­ri­fy­ing. Satan knows what lie to tell each per­son to keep them from re­ceiv­ing Christ. This in­er­tia went on for some time. One night I was play­ing vol­ley­ball with friends. My Mom yelled for me. Mom was just over five feet tall, but when she called, her voice shook our vil­lage. Mom said, “We are go­ing to church tonight.” I said, “I don’t want to go.” She said, “You might get saved.” I said, “If you make me go, I will go, but I am not go­ing to get saved.” She said, “You are go­ing.” Thank God for par­ent’s who take their chil­dren to church. That was the night the Spirit spoke to me. That was the night I did not say no. I prayed, “Lord, I know I am a sin­ner. I also know you love me, and you died for me. Lord Je­sus, come into my heart and save my soul. I am trust­ing you to take me to heaven.” I was twelve years old. Af­ter all these years, that was the mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing for eter­nity. If you have never been born again, the Spirit al­ways says, “Come.”

Thorn­ton’s Gap Reg­u­lar Baptist Church

262 Thorn­ton Gap Church Rd. Sper­ryville, VA • 540.671.3842

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