Testimony for “Word of God Speak” series
I was practically born at church and received Christ at a very young age. But the early part of my Christian walk was very performance based, I suppose I was trying to earn a place in God’s heart. By twenty years old I was at the point where I felt like being a Christian was too hard, that I could not do it, I was ready to give up on it.
Somehow I had made it 20 years in the church without really knowing with any kind of understanding what the “good news” was. And then I opened up to the book of Galatians and spent a summer there and the word of God came alive to me, and the entire book is so good and I felt as though I was hearing the good news of God’s Grace and redemption for the first time in a way that made sense. It revolutionized my faith and changed my spiritual journey forever.
Specifically Gal. 2:19-21- which says
“I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
When I read that…. It was good news! THE good news- Christ loved, me he died for me, and all of this has nothing to do with me and what I do or what I don’t do or how good I am or how bad I am, it has everything to do with Christ and who he is and what he can do, and that I must only walk in faith that he lives in me ‘
When the word of God spoke to me like that…
It took the pressure off and replaced it with grace.
It was that verse that led me to be baptized, so that I could put a stake in the ground and symbolically say from this point on I am crucified with Christ, it is not longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who loves me and gave himself up for me.