It all started just over 2 years ago when a friend of mine gave me a simple book after we were hanging out one weekend. My spiritual eyes would be opened and spiritual blindness would begin to be removed. I would see things in God’s Word that I never did before. Very powerful things.
“Hey, check this book out if you want” he said as he handed it to me. “It seems scriptural, but there is something different about it..”
I looked at it and was very hesitant because it looked like a “motivational” or “sales training” type of book. Like Tony Robbins. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against these types of books and own many of them and have read them. I just knew by now that they weren’t the full answer. They always left me feeling unsatisfied once the emotion wore off.
However, I took the book because I have a very open mind and will check out virtually anything that I felt would bring me closer to God and the truth.
That night was when my life was changed forever.
I remember lying in my bed reading the book and I only got about 10 or so pages into it and I sat completely DUMBFOUNDED staring at the ceiling.
“Is this TRUE LORD?” I asked him quietly in complete shocked disbelief. I felt a growing sense inside that it was. And, BOY, was it GOOD! What this person was saying about a certain scripture verse was exactly what I believed in my heart for a LONG time and it showed us that God didn’t require something that man has been telling us he does. I had been going to a non-denominational church for 8 years at this time and felt I was pretty strong scripturally, but there were many times when I felt confused by what was taught.
I have since learned that this is called “mixture”, which is mixing the old covenant of law with the new covenant of grace. Law says “man must do it to earn it” and Grace says “God does it for you for free, you just receive it”. Since then, I have found it is EVEN BETTER than that! We can’t even receive it, God has to receive it for us inside our hearts. Under the new covenant of Grace, God performs both sides – God’s AND man’s. Wow, could this get any better?
YES! You just wait till you see what he has in store for us.
So, the book that I read changed my internal being and for the next two weeks, I was on such a high emotional state you would have thought I had won a million dollars. I really won MUCH more than that, we all have. I just didn’t start to know it until then.
I couldn’t wait to tell my church leaders. I thought they would be so excited. I could never have been so wrong.
I hope to share more of this story and the things I have learned soon.