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Faith & Life: The Day My Life Changed When Jesus Came to Stay


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The Day My Life Changed When Jesus Came to Stay

My Life Has Never Been the Same and is Forever Changed

by J.M. Troppello


“He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory, for all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.” – Oswald Smith


I got saved when I was 14 years old at a youth group event at my church. I grew up in a Christian family. I was brought to church as a baby. My family had family devotional time and prayed together. All of that was great and was a solid foundation for me and my siblings.


Yet, none of that was able to save me and provide for my eternal salvation.


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:1-6, NKJV)


My eternal salvation came through Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection. It took me falling on my knees, confessing my sins, and asking Jesus to be Lord of my life. Growing up in a Christian family didn’t save me. Jesus saved me.


My Life Changed When Jesus Came to Stay


The Lord has changed my life in so many ways. Four big ways include the following: salvation, peace, guidance, and love.


1. Salvation


As Jesus said in that passage from John 14:1-6, He is the way, the truth, and life. No one comes to God except through Jesus. You may believe something different. And that’s okay. I know in my heart that Jesus is the way because of how He’s changed my life for the better. I am not afraid of death anymore. I know where I will end up – in Heaven.


2. Peace


I have experienced the peace of God that passes all understanding. Those words from Phil. 4:7 are true. I still have that peace overwhelming me even today.


4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your [a]gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:4-7, NKJV)


I have this peace because I try to live by these words from Phil. 4:4-7. Peace starts when you live a life of joy in the Lord. Nurture thanksgiving in your heart. Life won’t be perfect, but God can help you through all your experiences in life. Develop a strong prayer life where you commune with God daily. As you do these things, God’s peace will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.


3. Guidance


God has changed my life by being my guiding light. I don’t always obey His commands and how He directs my life. However, when I do obey and follow His guidance, life is better than those times when I don’t listen to Him.


105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)


I love God’s Word. It’s my guiding light. I try my best to read, study, and apply God’s Word to my life daily. On the days when I skip my daily devotional time, I feel a bit off. That’s not because I ‘forgot to check off the box of reading the Bible that day.’ It’s because I didn’t start my day right by praying and reading the Bible.


4. Love


Experiencing God’s unconditional love for me changed my life. I was a sinner saved by grace. I am now justified in Christ, and He is changing me daily to be more like Him. One huge way that I can demonstrate the changed life I now live is in how I love others.


12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:12-13, NKJV)


I cannot love others – especially those I don’t like – without God working in and through my life. In my own strength, I am not able. With God, I can do all things (See: Phil. 4:13). Love is the greatest thing (See: I Cor. 13).


I don’t know if Jesus has changed your life this way. But, I pray for you on your journey of spiritual discovery. May God bless you!



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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