It was during one of the darkest times in my life when I had become so disgusted with the life I was living, that I separated myself from everything I was familiar with. For a year and a half, all I did was study the Bible to try to find meaning in all the bad I had experienced. At times I would weep when reading about what Christ had done for me, and my meditation was would GOD somehow make this unbelievable hope to become reality to someone as undeserving as me. Then one night early in the morning, as I wept while worshiping GOD in prayer and in the study of GOD’s Word, I heard the Spirit of GOD say:
“I Am the LORD your GOD. I have brought you out of bondage. You will have no other god before Me. You will put nothing before your worship of Me. I Am the LORD your GOD, and I Am a jealous GOD over you. I will love you all of your life. Love Me and live for Me.”
GOD’s presence was so tangible that I fell to my knees in awe and in fear that GOD would consider me. The presence of GOD is something to behold, but, the presence of GOD is not something with which we can be so crass about.
I do not think myself privileged for the encounters I have had with GOD in my lifetime, but I do believe that GOD revealed Himself to me in this way to solidify my confidence in the hope which I now proclaim. I cannot be silent nor will I be concerned with the complaints of those who are offended when I preach Christ crucified, and that salvation is through Christ alone.
GOD reached down into utter darkness to reveal truth to me. I therefore can do nothing other than give my life to the study of GOD’s truth, and to trust that GOD will graciously allow the unsaved to see Christ through me. This is the out-working of the impossible attainment of the regeneration of a dead spirit and, of a mind being renewed to the hope of GOD accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary as my atonement.
Simply defined: When GOD looks at the cross He sees me, and when GOD looks at me, He sees Christ. How can a lost humanity not give their life to GOD? This is the indictment I will continue to confront society with. Who do you think you are, fool! To reject Christ is to spit in GOD’s face. This is not something I recommend you do…