So I got saved when I was twenty years old, back in college, in 2008. I didn’t change right away. I still cussed. I still partied. I still did things I knew were displeasing to God. But something was different when I would do those things, I felt conviction from the Holy Spirit. I’ll be honest, I was kind of just going though the motions of my Christian walk until I started attending Fellowship Baptist Church in Liberal, KS.
When I started going there back in the spring of 2012, and the truth of the Bible was opened before me every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night, my heart was pricked and that’s when I really started to change. The choir says it simply, yet profoundly, in one of their songs: God’s Word… changes lives! And I wasn’t just getting into the Word at church. I was doing it every day. On my own. And I still do it every day, I can’t even imagine not reading my Bible for a day.
But being in the Word, and hearing the Word preached how it should be, has changed my life drastically. And I don’t regret one bit of it.
Im still a sinner. I still displease God. God is working on my heart in deeper ways nowadays. But I haven’t drank alcohol since May of 2012. I haven’t gone and hung out at a bar since 2012. I haven’t cussed since 2012. I’ve given up friends since 2012. I’ve given up certain movies, books, music, and television shows since 2012. I also haven’t looked back since 2012. Since the day I started being a doer of the Word, not just a hearer.
Am I lame? Am I boring? Eh, maybe. To the world and to the people who don’t get it. But Jesus gets it. Jesus understood it first hand. I still have fun. Just not in the ways I used to. My joy is now in something far more eternal, my joy is in the Lord! The greatest joy I’ve ever known.
Galatians 5:12 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory…
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Isaiah 61:10 I will rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God…
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.