By the Grace of God
It is this grace that I am thankful unto the Lord for because without His grace we are all lost to the world. That's where I was headed almost ten years ago till the Lord bestowed His grace upon me and saved me from myself. I am so thankful to the Lord for putting me behind bars and on my back so that the only way I could look was up to Him. The Lord found me in jail and headed for a life that would lead me straight to hell but He gave me His grace and the choice of His salvation to bring me out of a drug infested life to trying always to live for Him. You noticed I said trying, this is because I find myself struggling to keep the influence of the world out of my life. This is something that I always pray about and seem to have a hard time with, but these are the struggles the Lord wants in my life as a reminder of where I came from. It remindes me of the struggles Peter had in Corinthians (II Corinthians 12:7-10) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was give to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9) And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infermities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infermities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong. I am a far cry of being on the level of a Peter, but through God's word I find comfort in knowing others have been through many of the things that I go through.
It is through the ministry of Pastor Ben and a God loving mother that my life has also been changed. These are the people that God knew I would need in my life and exactly when I would need them. This church of Gods' at Pine Lakes has a really wonderful ministry! I wish that I lived a whole lot closer to be a part of this. This Christian family here has a closeness that you too can experience. They all have a genuine love of the Lord and each other that just cannot be explained except through the love of God being present here! The fellowship in this family is something I highly recommend you getting into your life. Pray to the Lord, He does hear you, but you must pray with all earnestness from your heart and ask Him to save you from this world and yourself. Start living for Him and you will NEVER regret making this choice. Yes, there are times when things get tough but that is just the Lord trying to move you in the right direction! Go wherever He leads!Psalms 139 is a favorite chapter of mine that the Lord blessed me with reading while I was in jail and it still brings tears to my eyes today. He cares and loves us all and wants only the best for us no matter what your circumstances are today! Just ask the Lord's forgivness of where your life has been and start living for HIM! This is something I know I will never regret and neither will you!