A Sinner Saved By The Grace Of GOD                          

 

I, like Paul, can truthfully say I am the chief of sinners for in my 50 years I have broken most every commandment.  My life story would make several good “X” rated movies.  The fact that some of you jumped on my e-mail and sent me all those triple XXX sites to click on is rather amusing to me.  I was in the Navy for almost 8 years, 2 during the Vietnam Conflict and was witness to live sex shows of every kind.  I was a willing participant in real sex that you only read about or see on videos.  Your attempts only allow me to freely witness to you about how a real God can do the true Miracle of changing an atheist into a born again, bought by the blood Christian man that I am today.  When I say Jesus loves you, yes even You, I know it from personal experience, but I didn’t stop there I read the Book and now I know it Scripturally as well as Spiritually also!

1 Tim 1:15

15        This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (KJV)                                                           

 I could tell you these very interesting stories, but what the use, you will go on your way unchanged for my words have no hold on you or anyone else, but now the Word of God is different.  It has real power.  His power is in His word and the Bible says it will not return unto him void.

 Isa 55:11

11        So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (KJV)

 What does that mean?   I think it means it acts as a catalyst to either condemn you to hell or bring you to the Saving Grace and knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ.  So if hell is where you want to be, praise God just continue on the way you're going.  I have a friend at work we call Wild Bill, he says he’s going to hell and take over.  Now that’s the right attitude, isn’t it?  If you're going to go to hell you might as well think it’s going to be fun. That way the devil doesn’t scare you now and you can pretend to enjoy life here and now.  Do not be deceived I well know many out there think God is not real and that they are the master of their own fate and to them I wish smooth sailing for the rocks they can not navigate lie in wait for them.  “I may not know what tomorrow holds”, as the songwriter so aptly put it, “but I know who holds tomorrow”, he is the Master of my fate and I know that my fate is in his capable hands.

 John 10:28-29

28        And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29        My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (KJV)

 

   If you want to read some really juicy, sexy tails read The Book; it is full of life, more importantly it is full of eternal life, for those who truly seek it.  How can you find this eternal life, well I guess you have to start at the beginning, ask yourself “Who is God?” and if God is real and he is “Who does the Saving?” ”How can I be Saved?”  “Saved from what?” etc.   I can briefly answer some of these questions but each answer only brings more questions so I humbly direct you to “The Book”
 
The Word of God”  “The Bible”.

      If you’re not quite ready to jump into “The Bible” then try some other less threatening books....  There is one out there that was on the best sellers list for a while called “The Bible Code” written by  (at that time at least) an atheist.  He could see the Historical Fact that the Bible (at least the 1st 5 books of the Bible) / Torah was in fact a very Historically accurate book and may have even been written by aliens who were of vastly superior intelligence. Of course later, after he examined all the facts he may have changed his mind and realized that it was God.... I don’t know because I haven’t followed his life, although I have heard he did.

     “The Bible Code” by Michael Drosnin from Simon & Schuster or visit: http://www.SimonSays.com

      Another great book is “The Signature of God” by Grant R. Jeffery from Frontier Research Publications, Inc.

      There are so many that I will not even attempt to tell you anymore but I will say that for anyone who seeks God, he is there and can be found. 

   Luke 11:9

9          And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (KJV)

 If you but listen to the still, small, quiet voice of God in your own heart, you will hear him speak to you. He does to me.  The fist time was in the brig aboard a US Navy War Ship, since then I have walked close to him, with him and unfortunately very far away from him at times. (My fault not his!)  BUT it doesn’t stop there.  He can communicate to us in many ways if we but look for them.  Once in Hawaii right after my conversion I knew that he loved the world enough that he gave his only son, but did he love me? You know, sin filled, sex starved, lust filled dedicated sinner...ME?  Well, friends of mine told me to pray about it and I did for about a week and I was in this Ice-cream and Soda Hut with a young Christian girl when this small voice in my head says “Go to the Beach”, well it wasn’t too small, because I turned around to see who said it.

 John 10:26-30

26        But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27        My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (KJV)

28        And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29        My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

30        I and my Father are one. (KJV)

   The girl then asks what was wrong?  I was visibly shaken and told her that I think God just told me to go to the beach.  Do you know how much courage it took to say those words?  Boy, now this girl will think I am some kind of kook.  She just told me, God told her to go to the Bible study.  Now I thought she was just patronizing me and or making fun of me but then maybe God did tell her that just as I knew he had just told me to go to the beach, or did he??  That’s scary, too scary for me to believe that God would actually talk to me, but he did.  So we left the Soda shop and started toward Fort Darusy coffeehouse where the daily Bible study group met each evening and where I had intended to go before God spoke to me.  It was about a mile walk to the coffeehouse and we met several friends on the way who ask if we were attending the Bible study or not.  I told them that God had told me to go to the beach and that was where I was going, but that the girl I was with was going to the Bible study.  We all walked along to the coffeehouse and I continued across the parking lot toward the beach, in spite of their encouragement to go to the Bible study.  Now the beach was at least a mile or more from the coffeehouse and it was starting to get dark and for the life of me I could not figure out why God would tell me to go to the beach.  Why not the Bible study?  I approached a well-lighted area of another parking lot and thought (“this is silly, I should return to the Bible study.  I will just sit here pull out my Bible and read a few minutes and return to the Bible study. “No, Go to the Beach!”  Who said that?  I did. I’m arguing with my self.  No I am arguing with God!  OK?  God if you want me to go to the beach I will go, just tell me and I will do it.  In the quiet of that parking lot you could have heard the proverbial pin drop.  “Go to the Beach”) With tears in my eyes I got up and walked the half mile or so to the Holiday Inn through the lobby and out the other side to the beach.  By now if God ask me to walk on water I was ready!  I stood at the water's edge and looked around seeing the beautiful sites of that wonderful Island.  I could see Diamond Head silhouetted against the darkness and the lights of down town Honolulu and Waikiki, it was beautiful!  But why am I here?

     Now this still small voice told me to close my eyes and turn around, which I did several times until I didn’t know which way was up and the voice told me to walk, which I did.  My biggest fear was that I would walk back into the lobby of the Holiday Inn and people would see me making a fool of myself.  I could walk on water but I could not face any kind of humiliation.  Isn’t that true of us all?  Back to my story, my true story I should add!  After walking several hundred yards with my eyes closed I knew at least that I was walking parallel to the sea as I hadn’t gotten wet and I hadn’t stumbled into the Holiday Inn, so all is well.  The voice finally said “stop”, by now I was doing Simon says, and God said, “look”, I did.  All I could see was sand and darkness at first and the beauty of the far distant lights.  Then it was like “look down” and to my amazement ... 

I noticed this ten to twelve foot tall letter dug out of the sand about four to six

 inches deep it was the letter “J” 

then a step or two more the letter “E” 

 

a fast step or two more the letter “S” 

 

and then at a full run I could read “JESUS 

 

LOVES 

YOU.”

  Even now as I type this, the emotion that, that moment brought into my life washes over me like a flood and I still cry.  Praise God. He is not only real, he loves me.  Just me, not the sins I have committed. Just me.  He hates the sin but loves the sinner.  Yes he loves you!  He hates your sins, but he loves you.  Ok, so maybe God will not tell you in ten-foot tall letters he loves you, but he has told you in his Love LETTER to Man. the Bible.  Once you start talking to God he may even tell you in more dramatic ways than he did for me after all he is “GOD” the Creator of the Universe.  He can do anything he desire including choosing to let YOU choose to have a relationship with him ... or NOT... Your Choice!  He wants you to join his family, establish a royal relationship to become his son or daughter so you can fellowship with him.


WANTED SON’S and DAUGHTER’S of the MOST HIGH GOD, 
THE LORD OF LORDS, THE KING OF KINGS 
servants need not apply


 
God has plenty of servants; he has angles and seraphim’s that do his bidding all the time. He wants someone, some many, all of us who will come, to fellowship with him.  NOW that is heaven on earth, fellowship with God.  Walking and talking with him on a day-to-day basis.  Ok, I wander off on my own too often and continue to fail because I depend on me instead of Jesus, but then Praise God all I have to do is repent of my sins and return to our fellowship as the prodigal son did in the Bible.  For we all like sheep, have all gone astray.  Praise God that he is big enough to provide a way for sinful man, a way that he paid the price for, because we could not afford to!

    Only God can do the saving and only God can do the keeping of us saved.  Man’s pride tells him that he can some how work his way into Heaven.   Man’s pride wants to go before God and say I have earned this reward of Heaven.  NOT SO.  The Bible says that even man’s best works are as filthy rags (this refers to the menstrual rags of women).  If our best works are like that, then what can we do to save ourselves?  Nothing, nothing but accepting the BLOOD OF JESUS that cleans us all.

     You may say you believe in God but not Jesus.   The Bible says that Jesus is God and that Jesus says that he is God.

John 10:30-33

30        I and my Father are one.

31        Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32        Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33        The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (KJV)

 

Now either he is who he says he is or he is a lunatic not worthy of writing about.  For me, I believe in Jesus, as God the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.  The three in one, just as water (H2O) exist in three separate forms water, ice and vapor they are all still  “H2O”.

Are there other ways, yes but where do they lead.  Jesus says there is but one-way to the Father!

 I didn’t say it, God did.  Read it for yourself.   Read the “Bible” you will love it and God.

John 10:1

1          Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (KJV)

John 14:6

6          Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

 

ONE WAY !

GOD'S WAY !

OR NO WAY  !

 

Now because of what happened to me then and what has happen to me sense, my Theology has come down to this:

God is All Powerful, All Knowing, All Present, and All Good / All Love

he is not just Loving he is Love.

Therefore even though I believe in a hell to be saved from, I do not believe in a Hell that last for all Eternity!

I could write pages, on why I believe this but it is best summed up in the writings, of Thomas Talbot's

"The Inescapable Love of God"

Now in it's second edition.  

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