Blessed Redemption

"Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, 
I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." 
- Isaiah 43:1b -

I was five years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and to be quite honest, 
I struggled with the assurance of my salvation for many years. 
I was constantly burdened with the state of my salvation 
because as I got older I couldn't remember everything 
that took place many years ago when I was a girl of five. 
I was too embarrassed to bring up my concerns 
because I was supposed to be a "seasoned" believer 
and if people knew I was struggling than what would they think of me. 
The Lord showed me that my doubts were dragging me down 
and hindering my relationship with my Savior.

First of all, once saved, always saved - you CANNOT lose your salvation. 
I finally realized that I was being too "technical" about salvation. 
I am a perfectionist and it was killing me
since I didn't have all the details stored away in my memory.

It's plain and simple - BELIEVE
Romans 10:9 says,
"That 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."

And Romans 10:13 says,
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." 
All I had to do was believe that my Savior died on the cross, 
shed His blood for my sins, and arose from the grave.

"But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, 
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." 
- Hebrews 11:6 -

A well-known verse is John 3:16 -
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

I am so grateful and humbled to have a Savior that loves me
and the whole world enough to willingly die on the cross
 so that we might have salvation and eternal life through His great sacrifice.
I know without a shadow of a doubt 
that I will spend eternity in heaven with my Lord. 
What a glorious day that will be!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful testimony of your faith in Christ, and His love for you. May the Lord bless you as you have blessed others by sharing such a beautiful, and God honoring blog.

don said...

I enjoyed reading your testimony. I too expect to share in that glorious day! I hope others check this link to read your statement too. God bless you.

Sandi said...

Encouraging and truthful. Thank you!

Bev said...

Thank you for your precious Christian testimony! You are a child of God, dear one. Aren't we thankful for our salvation and for the Lord who keeps His own, secure until the end! Once saved, always saved is what the Bible teaches. Once we're born again, we can't be 'unborn' or lost. My husband and I loved your post and we will pray for you and your family. Looking forward to meeting you in heaven, Bev Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Sandi said...

"First of all, once saved, always saved - you CANNOT lose your salvation."

I came back again, this post was so good! :-) But this time I thought I would tell you this story. When I was a kid I saw an old episode of Star Trek (the one with William Shatner) where they encounter a machine that changes people so they can go back in time. Once you have been transformed by the machine, that's it-- you can't return to the present time. Kirk, Bones, and Spock go back in time accidentally without being transformed by the machine. So, they are eventually able to find their way back to the present. People who had gone before them were transformed by the machine and they could not be changed back. Well, this was wordy, but that's the way I look at 'once saved, always saved.' We've been transformed and we can not be changed back to the way we once were.

JoAnna said...

Reading your testimony brought back many memories of the very similar experience that I went through! When I was about seven, I also made a profession of being saved. However, as years went by, and I got older, I too started having many doubts about my salvation, and like you, was too afraid to tell anyone! The Lord was so merciful and gracious to me, and I continued to seek Him over the years, doubting, wondering "Am I really saved?" It wasn't until I was sixteen years old that the Lord, by His grace, truly saved my soul. He showed that that all those years I was lost--for I was NOT truly believing in Christ! I had a head knowledge and 'belief' in Him, but really was trusting in some 'prayer' that I had said all those years before, not in the finished work of Christ!
The Lord showed me my sinfulness before Him, and that Jesus Christ had finished the work of salvation; I could not add to it by any prayer I might say, or any action I could do. "It is finished". Praise God! Oh, what a wonderful peace and joy then flooded my soul as for the first time, God brought me to rest in the finished work of Christ, and washed me from my sins in His blood. I hope and pray that you, too, by His grace, have been brought to rest in Jesus Christ alone, and have been washed in His precious blood.

Dove said...

Hi sweetie,
I love reading your blog,and your mom's,they always take me to the country,with all the beautiful things you share and the beauty in your home,
And you both bring me so much closer to our Lord, you both brighten my mornings,thank you

Love you

Donna Harvey said...

Dear Stephanie, When I read your posts I get such a warm feeling, I am so thankful that we still have the right to write about Our Lord. I can tell just by reading your Blog that you are truly saved. Remember Jesus died once to save us from our sins, and you only have to ask him into your heart once to have forgiveness and be saved. Praise the Lord. Keep up your good work, we need to get God's word out. That is the reason we are here, and time is growing short. Only the Father knows how much time we have left. Thank You keep on reaching out. Donna

Creations By Cindy said...

Enjoyed reading this so much! Just blessed me so! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Kate said...

I just found your blog due to someone's link to your tea cup exchange.I was surprised that there was such a thing. Tea is my one of my obsessions and I absolutely can not get enough of it! I have a tea cabinet with over 50 kinds of tea, mostly loose tea.

I am enjoying reading through the many pages of your blog and finding out more about you. I love your testimony as it is very similar to mine. Saved at 5 but had doubts when I was a little older. Praise Jesus I made sure of my salvation at 8y.o. and I haven't doubted since!

I am looking forward to exploring more of your blog posts. Now if only I had unlimited time...
Happy Weekend,

Wen Sylvestre said...

Sweetheart, what a beautiful testimony you share here in telling your own story and path with the Lord! Thank you so much dearest, for the hope and sunshine it brings to many! Big hugs xx

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