Dear new RITAN Family,
I have been a browser of your wonderful and informative forum for quite a few months and I decided to finally make the commitment of joining up. I just wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful encouragement and scriptural information about your thoughts on things. I don't know how much I will be able to contribute, but I am willing to give it a try.
I also wanted to tell you about how I got saved. It is embarassing, but I hope that it will help someone open up and find Jesus.
It was May 20, 2011 and I knew about GOD and Jesus, but I never really KNEW them. I had never heard of the rapture before, so when Mr. Harold Camping announced the end of the world, I thought the 21st was literally the day the world ended. So, since I thought that I would be going to Hell tomorrow, I prayed to God. I told Him I was a sinner and I deserved to go to Hell for all the things I had done. I wasn't begging to be saved, because I thought that it would be pointless to do so (since it was the last minute and all and I didn't feel I deserve to be saved), but instead I thanked God for the life I had lived and I was willing to take my lumps for all that I had done. Before I got through I felt this overwhelming calm and peace of which I had never felt before. I knew I had been saved! During my walk in faith I have learned so much. From my own experience, I have been through so many steps. I used to think that it was through works, then I found it was through faith. Then I worried I wasn't good enough, but I found out it isn't about me it is about Jesus, none of us will ever be good enough until the day we get our glorified bodies. Then I used to think that any time I failed by sinning, I thought I wouldn't be forgiven because I kept failing, but I was shown it is a daily struggle and, although I will lose some (if not most) battles, Jesus won the war, so I have to keep fighting the good fight daily. I knew I had no reason to worry about when I fail, because I saw the love of Jesus and His blood washed away ALL my sins. Then I worried about not doing enough to please God, but I was shown that nothing I will ever do or not do will make God love me any less or more than what he already does. God had taken away my anger, don't get me wrong I still get mad when something happens, but it is a fleeting thing and I let it go like a leaf in the wind. Nothing in this world is worth the Beauty and the Glory that we will have when we go to be with Jesus, so when things of this world try to get to me, I just picture this world as a visit to a foreign land. I may lose my translation book, the luggage can get lost, and I can have the worst time of my life, but all I have to do is realize that it will all be better when I get back home.
Thank you RITAN family for listening to my story.
P.S. I hope I did the tags right, if not please help me out Mods. Thanks.