As some will know from a post here or there in the forums, I am making some major changes in my life. I have at least implied, maybe even clearly stated a time or two, that this involves a renewal of my relationship with God. While I am sure some will not understand this, I believe it is good for me to testify to what is going on in this regard.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10 KJV)
I had failed God and lost the vital spiritual relationship with Him that I had once known. Though for the most part I was not living in open rebellion to His commandments, I had broken them multiple times -- primarily in my heart. I had been in this condition for a number of years. This whole time I had also ceased to attend public worship.
Now, in about a weeks time, I have listened to the entire New Testament, narrated by Alexander Scourby. Also, I have reestablished a regular reading of the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament. The matter of prayer has been more difficult, but I have spent some time in prayer to God to be restored to true spiritual life.
I have confessed to God all I know to confess and have determined to do whatever He tells me in order to properly repent of my sins. This has included confessing some things to my wife and asking her forgiveness. I will also be disposing of everything in my life which goes against my faith, including the ungodly music, movies, and games I had acquired in the last several years.
I am greatly embarrassed at my time of failure -- which people of my faith would refer to as a time of backsliding -- especially since I had been a preacher of the gospel for a number of years before this.
Today, while walking two miles at the park, and then spending a few more minutes in the car, I was able to pray and focus on the promises of God.
"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:11-13)
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (I John 2:1, 2)
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25)
"For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (II Corinthians 6:2)
So, I reasoned with myself as I sought the Lord in prayer, Jesus Christ is able to save me. He is willing to save me; and, the time is now. So, I shall believe Him to do it now. I now believe once again that Jesus Christ is my Saviour from sin. I am trusting Him with my salvation and to guide me in His perfect way of righteousness and true holiness. I will hold steady, continuing in prayer, faith and obedience until I am sure I have the witness of the Holy Spirit.
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." (I John 5:10)
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" (Romans 8:6)
Anyone who understands and believes, if you could pray for me, I will appreciate it immensely.
God bless all who read and may God be glorified through it all.
Editing Blog Comments & Going Back to Work for One Day
HUH!? This is weird. I did not know I could edit other people's posts here. I guess in a way I would be the admin of my own Blog page.
I posted the following on my "Wall": "Back to work for the first day after vacation and the last day of my employment... Saturday, August 15th, 2015, is a day which shall go down in the annuls of personal liberty from the managerial tyrants! :)"
No, I am not under any illusions about problems in any new job I undertake, but I trust I will find one that is more "user friendly". :)
Do People Read These?
If you are reading this, please answer -- only if you want to. :)
"Board" is short for "message board".
I seem too busy posting, being admin of one board, owner of other boards, a very active member at a private board, and gaming... To do much blogging, but maybe I should... I wonder. Maybe someone would like to give me some perspective on the usefulness of blogging, or the pros and cons of it...
I blogged more than a year ago?
This just doesn't seem right. I thought I posted to this this year! :)
Oh well, I have been involved in a lot of projects this year. Maybe I will mention them in another entry in the near future.
Blog Entries Disappeared -- AND Weight Loss
Now I am sure that I posted at least one or two blogs this year, but the latest showing is in 2009! I also thought I blogged about my weight loss!
Anyway, I have lost about 30 pounds in two and one-half months. I still need to lose about 27 more pounds. I am a 5' 7" tall male and weighed 227 pounds when I decided I MUST lose weight.
How did I do it? I mostly eat what I want, but try to eat less and make decisions to eat a little more healthily. I eat small snacks between meals to keep my metabolism going. Also, in the last 3 to 4 weeks, I have added some serious walking -- anywhere from 1 to 5 extra miles of walking per day, probably an average of 2 to 3 per day. But, most of the weight loss was just from more careful eating.
I also plan to purchase a good bicycle to add some variety to my exercise, but walking is supposed to be one of the best.
I have noticed a big difference already in how I feel and others are noticing a difference in my appearance. I used to breath hard when working hard and/or working in a freezer (at 10 below Zero!). Now, I breath more normally.