True regeneration, a Holy Ghost heart change. πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Good mornin. πŸ˜ƒ

I’m gonna give you my brief then & now testimony for the purpose of honoring God, and sharing hope with people.

Concisely…back in the mid 1980s when I was a young adult, I answered God’s call as I understood how to answer it. I walked the aisle, prayed the sinner’s prayer with the preacher in front of the church, and went into high works mode for God. I burned my rock music tapes, Jerico-marched around a stadium during a rock concert with other Christians, got into charismaticism, witnessed & laid hands on everyone who would let me, faked having tongues…pretty much everything I could do to go hard core for God, I attempted. I was identifying my relationship with God by how hard I was trying for the faith. (And man was I full of pride). I was operating in the flesh to be God’s man. But after a couple of years of that, I abandoned all of it, and I grew increasingly evil.

Then a couple of decades later, in 2012, God drew me back to Himself. 

(I’m going to use the word “organic” because I don’t know of a good word to use). But God’s drawing me unto Him was an internal, organic movement in my heart. I wasn’t listening to preaching, reading the word, or in trouble with the law. But God intensely drew me. It was a mixture of great love from God towards me, and my painful awareness of the wickeness of my evils that I either justified or concealed throughout my adult life.

And it wasn’t long before I was going to all kinds of people asking for their forgiveness for countless sins I’d done against them.

But do you know what’s primarily different about my walk in the 1980s compared to now? It’s this. I now rest in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what enabled God’s joy and love to really grow in my life. The happiness and niceness God put in my heart was magnified, because I am now at rest. No longer am I trying to be acceptable to God; I now know that I am already accepted perfectly by God, because Christ’s perfection is my perfection. Just as scripture so beautifully & efficiently states: “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10.14

I still sin in the flesh all the time, (as does everyone else) just as Paul described in Romans 7.15-25. But there’s a profound change in my heart that is thankful to God, and I do not want to hurt, or lie to people anymore. God gave me a new heart that loves to install His niceness on people. And sure, sometimes I’m a jerk, and it bothers me, but God’s Spirit always lovingly steers me back on course.

So what can be gleaned from all of this…

(I believe) it’s this…You can’t judge a person’s salvation status by their successes or failures in managing fleshly sins in their life. But rather, a changed heart is the thing to look for. Do you see them resting in Christ, (His death, burial, & resurrection)? And do you see the love of God in that person? That’s what I look for. The apostle John & the writer of the book of Hebrews wrote much about this in scripture.

And good mornin to you. πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

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  1. “I now know that I am already accepted perfectly by God, because Christ’s perfection is my perfection.” – Beautifully said.

    I was talking with the Lord in my head just a couple of days ago and I find myself saying, “I’m not special, and even when I think I’m not, your word shows how special I am to You since your died for me…” It’s funny how when thoughts like that occur, the Holy Spirit intervenes to remind us…

    Thank you for sharing your testimony and it was interesting knowing about the faking the tongue part. I’m always intrigued when I see some people make out those strange sounds on TV. The worse I have seen so far was one from Kenneth Copeland and Rodney Howard Brown here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhwlvFKHFvQ

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    1. The Lord loves you to pieces, and it’s false religion that will tell you otherwise.

      And those men you mentioned are very dangerous. You can’t help but feel bad for the people that fall prey to wolves like them.

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      1. Amen. The pope contacted Kenneth Copeland too for his ecumenical movement. It’s quite sad. It’s obvious the so-called “vicar” of Christ lacks discernment but then again, can’t expect the leader of the leading false system to have it.

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        1. Both are false prophets, and are leading people to hell. And I saw on YouTube where Copeland was in front of some crowd, making a video presentation to the pope, saying something to the effect that he & his group were in union with him, and he was giving the pope compliments.
          It’s all a bunch of dung.

          It isn’t surprising, that false prophets always seem to have the largest following among people who claim to represent God.

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          1. I haven’t seen the clip you are speaking of, will look into that. As for your last statement, the same thing can be said here on WP. The world flocks to its own, all part of the Itching Ears Syndrome.

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            1. Your comment about itching ears really nails the burden I carry for the lost and misguided.
              No doubt, many people with itching ears flock to motivational speakers who masquerade as preachers of the gospel.
              But it’s the other set of itching ears that is my burden.
              The prideful works salvation promoters who covertly make repentance of sins a component of salvation by backloading it.
              I want so much for people to see how easy and free it is to really be saved. Just by believing on Christ.

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              1. By experience, John 3:16 was the verse I clung to and believed wholeheartedly and the moment the Holy Spirit truly resided in me, I wanted to share Jesus through the rooftops, kinda like what the Samaritan woman at the well did.

                There is a dangerous group in Evangelicalism and that is the Hebrew Roots Movement who slowly brings people back to bondage by keeping the law.

                Repentance is synonymous with heeding to the Holy Spirit’s conviction (John 16:8-9). I want to make clear I am not saying one HAS TO STOP sinning first. We don’t actually have that power to deliberately live a life that is righteous in God’s sight until the Holy Spirit dwells in us. It happens the moment we recognize our sinful state as we respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction which leads us to repentance. In a way, it IS a prerequisite, as evidenced by what John the baptist said in Matthew 3:1-2 and what Jesus said in Matthew 4:17. The repentance spoken of was one that brings a person to the feet of Jesus Christ, which is through faith alone (John 3:16).

                Without acknowledging one’s need for a savior (through repentance), a person will not seek Christ.

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                1. Absolutely!
                  And AMEN on the Hebrew roots movement being dangerous!
                  In fact, I mentioned that very movement as my closing statement in an article I wrote called “What is one of the most evil religions of them all?”
                  Great point.
                  If you are ever inclined, I invite you to read an article I wrote called “I was once a judgemental religious hypocrite.” I believe you’ll enjoy it.
                  And good mornin to you.

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                    1. We live in Texas, and we’re 2 hours later here.
                      May I recommend to you one article I wrote?
                      Even if you don’t read any other article by me, I only ask that you read the one entitled simply “repentance”

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                    2. I read your “Repentance” post. I agree with your definition and the totality of what you have written. Most people who are still entangled in a false system think it means to stop sinning which is impossible. Thanks for referring me to this particular post.

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                    3. I know, right? It drives me nuts. False religion has so redefined what “repentance” means in the consciousness of people, that it’s almost impossible to even use the word anymore.
                      When someone hears…”repent and believe the gospel.” What they interpret that to mean is…”turn from your sins and believe the gospel.”
                      Instead of what they should understand, “turn from unbelief or anything you’re believing in that isn’t Christ, and believe on Christ exclusively.”
                      Our turning from sin is a joke compared to what we project to the world.
                      We have sins we don’t show people, we get victory in one area, only for another sin to take that one’s place, etc.
                      It’s a battle that’s for sure.
                      But our efforts don’t contribute whatsoever to our salvation.
                      That’s why in the article above, I specifically stated at the end about what is evidence of salvation. That one can’t look to one’s successes and failures at dealing with fleshly sins as proof of salvation. Instead, what to look for is, the love of God manifest in a person, and are they resting in Christ.
                      His perfection is the believer’s perfection. πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

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