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My Life Before Salvation

I always believed that God existed and growing up I understood intellectually that Jesus was the Son of God, however, I never had a relationship with Christ. I was convinced, but not converted. I went through my childhood and all of my adult life up to 2009 (30 years old) without believing who Christ was and how He would deliver me from my sins and make my life full and filled with the joy that can only be found in Him. My adult life was filled with many trials and tribulations. I was being held captive to the power of sin! My sin and the troubles of life have not disappeared, but I understand who I am and who God is in regards to His saving love displayed by His amazing grace. 

God Calling Me to Salvation

I deployed to Iraq in 2009 with the Army, and due to the specific trials and difficulties of my life, and the grace of God, I felt more than ever that there was more to this life and after death as well. I was convinced that I was missing something. While in Iraq, God graciously gave me a desire to know Jesus, which I did by reading the Bible. This led me to want to make changes in my life. There have been and continue to be many men and women in my life who God uses to help me know and follow Jesus better. I have seen many streams of Christianity and rejoice that in the various disagreements that occur between denominations and different theological convictions, I have always experienced Jesus at the center of their love for God, of which I’m so very thankful! 

Faith and Repentance

I began to learn through Bible study of the holiness of God revealed in the perfect life of Jesus. In His mercy and grace God showed me that true faith and trust in Christ was the path to eternal life, here and now! I began to turn away from my sinful life and daily follow Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). This also led to understand that living like Jesus was the key to blessing and happiness (John 13:17).  

I had put superficial faith in the Lord earlier in my life (I walked the aisle, made a decision for Jesus, asked Jesus into my heart), however, I don’t believe for me this was life changing, because I did not surrender to living my life for God. I didn’t yearn for the holiness of God, and ultimately, there was no lasting change that occurred. By God’s grace I became truly humble and understood it was my sin that kept me from my Creator. So I prayed again asking God to forgive me, and that I was at His mercy and grace. I cried out to God that I couldn’t and didn’t want to do life on my own and that I needed Him to rescue me from the path that I was on and to put me on His path (Prov. 3:5-6). I confessed my sins to the Lord and put my complete trust in Christ Jesus for my salvation and ultimately my life!

God Giving Me New Life

My life has completely changed since that moment. I returned from Iraq at the beginning of 2010 and continued my new life in Christ.  After about a year I began to lead in a church men’s ministry and grow in my desire to know and teach about the Lord. In 2012 I left a 10 year career in law enforcement and a 15 year career in the Army, which I had been serving simultaneously. This was so I could pursue my desire to prepare for a ministry of preaching and teaching. 

Ministry Preparation

I went back to school and graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. I also had the privilege to study with The Expositors Seminary and Reformed Baptist Seminary earning a Master of Theological Studies degree. If the Lord allows me, I desire to continue my study at an advanced level in the hope to bless others through teaching and writing.  

Serving the Lord

I know now that my life will be an act of worship to God and that I will never reach perfection in this life, but I am made perfect by the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). I dedicate all that I am to ministering to others, and my outlook on life is fixed on my hope in Christ. I strive to use my changed life to lead by example for my family and all who I encounter. I have a love and passion for serving Christ. My goal for the rest of my life is to serve people by expressing the love of God I’ve experienced in my life. I am currently leading in a church plant and have many relationships with others where  I get the privilege to teach and be taught; to mentor and be mentored; to encourage and be encouraged. I also have a desire to continue my writing ministry through this blog and through published works in the future. I want to help others experience God through His revealed Word-Jesus!

Shepherd and Leader to My Family and Community

Last, but certainly not least, I am husband to Ali who loves the Lord and strives to be the Proverbs 31 woman that the Lord has made her to be.  I also have been given the privilege by God to be a father of two sweet girls, striving to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). I strive daily to give myself up for these ladies in my life! We also have two siamese cats named “Frank” and “Elvis,” two dogs-A terrier mix named “Buddy” and a black lab named “Zorro” and a fish tank full of fish.  Finally, my wife and I own and operate a “mom and pop” coffee shop in our home town, which gives us the amazing experience of meeting so many wonderful and interesting people! 

Call to the Nations

My urgent prayer to God in His loving mercy and grace is that all who do not know and love Christ to cry out to Him, for He will not forsake any who truly turn to Him for everlasting life! Therefore I am bound and committed to the charge given to me and all believers in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20 NLT). 

Glory to God Alone!

Jay

 

 

My Life Before Salvation

It seems that I have always believed in Christ as the son of God, but I still lived my life “my way” …

I attended church every once in a while and thought that doing good deeds sporadically made me a good Christian. I projected an image of “happiness and fulfillment” when in reality I faced life’s struggles on my own. The truth was, I was empty inside but was projecting an image like I had everything under control. I grew tired of this… very tired!

Repentance and Faith

The absence of the truth and the presence of sin in my life overwhelmed me! Up to the point that the Lord saved me, I had spent 20+ years in the corporate world where I worked my way up to senior executive status in a Fortune 10 company. I was consumed by the idols of money, and prestige, which left me empty and by God’s grace I realized that there was more to life then this.

By God’s grace, I eventually found myself on the floor of my room crying and confessing my sins to God; confessing that I could not do life any longer on my own, so at that moment I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, knowing He is my Lord and King!

Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ

A thirst for knowing God grew in my heart and I found myself praying every day and wanting to learn everything about Jesus. I had been humbled by God and I totally devoted my life to Him, on His terms, His way.

My life changed from emptiness to a sense of unity that I had never experienced before.

God Giving Me New Life

I am like never before, my life is fulfilled in a way that is more than I could have ever imagined possible. Looking back, now I know that one of the biggest mistakes I was making was to think I can do it on my own, instead of humbling myself to Jesus Christ and surrendering myself completely to the love, peace, and hope that’s found only in Him.

Serving the Lord

Even though I still am active in the business world, my life is a different one now; I love going and serving in our church fellowship, and I am learning more every day about our Lord. I love being connected with other Christians, living the gospel, and most importantly I love Christ’s love for me! I been blessed by the God and I will forever Praise and thank Him for the gift of grace and understanding, my wonderful husband and my new life in Him!”

All praise, honor, and glory be to Christ Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

Ali