Faith Led Me to the Lord - The Story of My Personal Salvation

Asking Jesus to be my Savior

Fourteen years ago on August 9th, I was wearing a dress with sunflowers on it. David Smallwood, an evangelist, was preaching a revival at Ashland Terrace Baptist Church. I didn’t really know anyone there. I had only visited a few times. The people seemed friendly enough.

I don’t remember the songs the choir sang that day. I don’t remember the sermon that was preached that morning. I do remember the invitation David Smallwood gave after the sermon. I remember my hands were gripping the back of the pew in front of me so hard that my knuckles were white. I remember my face was a tearful, snotty mess by the time he issued the invitation. I was under conviction of the Holy Spirit I later learned.

Brother Smallwood said, “ If you know God has been talking to you this morning and you are still in your seat, it is because you are full of pride. You are too concerned with what other people think about you. Quit caring what other people think about you. Start caring what God thinks about you. Get out of your seat and come do business with God.” That was the nudge God knew I needed to hear.

I didn’t know what to say to the pastor when I got to the front of the sanctuary. I didn’t know how to ask Jesus to forgive me and save me. I was twenty-three and had rarely heard about Jesus. I remember being scared and thinking about making a mad dash out of the sanctuary. Now I know that was the devil trying to stop my path to salvation.

The pastor was sensitive enough to realize I had no idea what to do but I so desperately wanted Jesus to give me a new life. He softly called his wife, Faith, to come up from her nearby seat. She shook my hand and led me to one of the Sunday school rooms. We sat down and she asked me what it was I wanted. I couldn’t find the words to tell her. She asked me did I want to be saved. I nodded. She asked me did I realize I was a sinner. I nodded.

Faith then opened her Bible and read verses to me from Romans. I later found out what we read together was the Romans Road to Salvation. Faith was so patient and so kind as I looked up each Scripture to see what they said for myself. We read “There is none righteous. No. Not one.” (Romans 3:10) I knew that included me. We then read “There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12) and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Faith asked me did I believe Christ died for me. I answered I did.

Then I learned that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Did I believe God raised Christ from the dead? You better believe I believed that. I still do. Then Faith and I read one more verse. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Faith asked me when we were through reading these verses did I understand what we had read. When I answered that I did, Faith then told me all I had to do to be saved was pray and ask Jesus to save me. Faith bowed her head and said a simple prayer as an example. She said I could say my own prayer and ask Jesus for salvation. I told Jesus I was a sinner and I needed his forgiveness. I asked Jesus to be my Savior.

When I had finished praying, Faith read me one more Scripture from Luke.

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, it was trampled on and the birds ate it up.Some fell on rocky ground and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. Luke 8:5-7

Faith told me it looked like God had chosen the good soil of my heart for the seed of His Word to take root. I remember feeling a happiness beyond anything I had ever felt before after asking Jesus for forgiveness. Faith then told me to write down the day’s date because in my walk with Christ there would be many times when satan would try to make me think I was not saved. He would try to make me believe God did not love me. When those times come, I can take him back to that day when I asked God to be my Savior.

As I got up out of my seat to leave, Faith gave me another advice. She told me to be sure and tell other people what Jesus had done for me. That is some advice I still try to follow today.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

WOW, AWESOME TESTIMONY!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you most precious one, Icbenefield. Praise the Lord! To God be the glory, you are a new beautiful creation in Christ, the old has passed away, and you will always be His child. I am sharing this one for sure. This is so beauttifully written and glorfies our Lord!!! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Tami Fite 4 years ago

Awesome!


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Fiath and Tami, Thanks for reading. God is awesome.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

A joy to read about your conversion. Congratulations on taking this all-important step to improve your life. Hooray to the pastor and his wife for their admirable team effort.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Faith, I really can spell. Sorry.

MsDora, Thanks for reading. Hooray for God!


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ruthclark3 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thank you for being bold and sharing your faith. So many times we hold back wondering what people will think of us. It matters not what others think. We never know when we will reach that one hungry, hurting heart by our testimony.

I was five when I went to the altar. Some said that I didn't know what I was doing so at age twelve, I did it over. But I knew. I was baptized at five and twelve, also. The second time was for man's benefit. The first time was for me. :)


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Ruth, Thanks for reading. Praise God for your salvation!


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His princesz 4 years ago

Praise God! :)


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

His princesz, thanks for reading and commenting. I continue to praise God.


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grand old lady 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for sharing your story or conversion. I love stories like these. I received Jesus when I was in College. I'm sure every single Christian remembers their personal stories because of the flooding of grace is like nothing else, and lasts all of our lifetimes. God bless:)


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

Beautiful story!!


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Grand, Thanks for reading. So glad you have received Jesus! Hearing that always thrills my soul. Yes, the grace lasts forever. I'm so thankful.

Lindalou, I appreciate you stopping by and reading. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Blessings to you.


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melbelle 4 years ago from Southern United States

The Lord is so merciful in forgiving us every day of our lives. Thank goodness. Just think how awful life would be if we did not have the hope of Jesus in our life. If we didn't have someone to talk to when no one else is around. God bless you for sharing your story.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Melbelle, thanks for reading. I am so thankful for His continuing mercies.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Beautiful share, Icbenefield. It is wonderful to hear how your faith is still active today and inspiring us to know Christ. Voted up.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Teaches, I do so appreciate having you as a hubpages friend. Thanks for voting up.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

what a wonderful testimony.. I remember when i gave my heart to Jesus.. it was the most wonderful experience.. I love your hub

I will share on Facebook on the prayer request page.. all out brothers and sisters in Christ would love to read this.

i am Deborah Brooks Langford on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/deborah.b.langford1?ref=t...

if we are not already friends

God Bless you

Debbie


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Debbie. Thanks for reading. Giving our hearts to Jesus is a life changing exerience. Thanks for sharing on Facebook. I'm glad you appreciate this.


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Bettyoverstreet10 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

What a wonderful sharing of your love and faith in our Heavenly Father! Thanks so much for sharing. I love reading what other Christians write. If you have a desire to create a book, I have found www.lulu.com works well for me with my books. I would love for you to join me on my hubpages when you have time. We were in Georgia last month, beautiful state.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Betty, Thanks for reading. I, too, enjoy, reading other Christians' stories. I appreciate your kind comments.


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FolliediVetro 3 years ago from Malta

Your words are really strong and true...I'm living without the approval of God...I know what it means,means to feel died in the heart every day...I pray him,but I didn't find the right way he can embraces me.


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

FolliediVetro, Thanks for reading. Please keep praying and seeking. I am praying for you.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Icb, How that pastors wife lived up to her name of "Faith" on the day of your conversion. Your personal homecoming! And how beautiful it was, having someone to guide you through those wonderful scriptural passages to ensure you knew precisely what was happening. An experience, that conviction of the Holy Spirit, that lives with us forever more. Isn't it just astonishing how God puts the right person in our orbit at the moment He brings us to Him! Thank you for sharing of THE DAY with us all. God Bless


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Shofar, for reading about the most beautiful day of my life. Faith is still working for our Lord.


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

Wow, thanks so much for sharing. I feel it is so important for the pastor to give an invitation and find so few churchs that do it today. Lots of pastors could learn from yours!

So happy to know you are my sister in Christ! Blessings


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Betty, Thanks for reading. I appreciate both my pastor of the time and his wife being sensitive to the leading of the Spirit.


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allisonlawrence 3 years ago from Kansas

I love hearing people's testimonies. Thank you for sharing. Keep sharing what He's doing in you!


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Allison, I am glad you stopped by. I appreciate the encouragement. God is ever at work in all of us.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

lcbenefield,

Terrific read. This needs to be read by those who are under conviction by the Holy Spirit or those who are in a back-slidden condition. I was also saved Aug. 8, 1973, and made a huge mistake of trying live "the" life within myself. This does NOT work. In 1979, I feel away and into a backslidden condition. Took to drinking and to make this short, 11 years later, I was under conviction so much, I could not eat or sleep, so I rededicated my life and I really DO NOT feel like the old me anymore.

The Lord God delivered me of drink and nicotone. He is so good. And I enjoyed reading your story. Just take one day at the time. This is what a devout Christian man told me after the service when I came back to The Lord and that, really, is all we can do.

As for your hub . . . I love this hub and how you wrote it. You possess an amazing gift of writing.

I was proud to vote Up and all of the choices. Loved your graphics.

Keep up the fine work and I will always be your fan and follower.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.

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