Several weeks had passed, and We had been listening to the Christian music that Gemma's friend Emily has passed to us. Now I remember
that I was getting ready for a night out, and strangely Gemma had this Christian music playlist on in the living room. Well, I heard one of the songs, the lyrics from 'Majesty' sung by Michael smith; these lyrics pierced my conscience, and for the first time
since Iwas a boy, I heard the name of Jesus in a song. This brought tears to my eyes, and i ran out the room to cry. My sin and my hopelessly lost condition was becoming apparent.
Weeks later, Emily invited
us to her house in September 2012. We were the only people to turn up. We ate some food, and sat down to watch a film. Of course this film wasn't the usual violent, profane filled action films I so enjoyed. This film was called the 'Finger of God'. The film
brought to my attention, the reality of this God that I had been running away from my whole life, I became deeply moved as i was listening to the testimony of people from all around the world, who had encountered the radical love of God. I felt a
stirring inside, something i had never felt before. At the end of the film, I was just stunned and didn't know what to really say. Emily explained that Jesus died for sinners on the cross. Sure, I knew all that and sort of believed it. But for the first time
in my life, I knew that I was a sinner before my Holy Creator, that I had lived a life that had so offended him, a life of breaking all his laws, a life of despising his goodness, and now I realised that he died for MY SINS, and I knew that my sins were
great. I Confessed my sin right there in her living room, and we all prayed together. i asked God to forgive me that night. That night I was forgiven, and it was the beginning of my new life in Christ. I was Born again.
Over the next few months God was working in my heart, I started to read the bible daily, and this grew into a real love
for Gods word, which still by his grace continues to this day. God was continuing to show me how truly wretched my sins were. I realised how much my depraved and immoral sin deserved eternal hell. I would be driving to work in the morning literally
blinded by my tears. I was so in awe of this God and his presence was such a reality in my life. I could not help but sing his praises in my car, and cry over how wicked i had been, and how loving he had been towards me. He sent his son to die for me. I
was forgiven, i am no longer going to hell for my sins against my Creator. Jesus paid it all for me on the cross. The first bible verse I memorised was, For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in
him, will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). I had eternal life. What was there not be happy about.
Myself and Gemma, who also came to the Lord several months later, were both baptised together on Easter Sunday 2013. In front of our whole families
we both confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. The power of God has radically changed my life, and set me free from the power of sin, no longer am i a slave to pornography, binge drinking, or a love for the world's pleasures. The power of the Holy Spirit in me, has
enabled me to walk contrary to the world's path, and what the world says is right. For Jesus himself said that we are to enter
through the narrow gate, for broad is the road that leads to destruction (hell), and many go through it, narrow is the path to life and few find it (Matthew 7:13-14). It is indeed narrow, and difficult, but it is one full of Joy. It is not
dead religion that so many are caught in, it's a life filled with hope and real purpose. To seve my Creator instead of serving my lusts. What a Saviour, and his glory awaits those who persevere in Gods grace. Oh the riches of Christ, oh the wonders
of eternal life. What is this life in comparison to what awaits those who love God. No longer am I a servant of sin, and the Devil, But i am now a servant of my Lord, and i am not ashamed of the Gospel The Lord Jesus Christ. I live to make him known,
no matter what the cost. For to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
He is the Son of the Living God. He lived a perfect life that none of us could live, he satisfied the demands of the law that we all break, and cannot keep. He went to the cross in our place, to receive the penalty of Gods wrath that we all
deserve for our treason and flat out rebellion against our maker. God raised him to life on the third day, he is fully God, and fully man. He is creator and sustainer of all life, he is King of Heaven and earth, and will Judge everyone of his creatures on
the last day. Because of the first man's fall and disobedience (Adam) we all come into this world cursed under sin, and we are slaves to it. We are all corrupt to our cores. We do not naturally love God. We live lives of rebellion and indifference
towards God. We are blinded and seduced by sins power. We cannot break free from it's grip, it will take us all to hell forever. But God in his love sent his son to bear the penalty. I have received this wonderful undeserved gift through grace alone. I will
go to heaven when I die, only because of the merit of Jesus Christ alone.
MIKE'S CHOICE OF HYMN IS 'THE POWER OF THE CROSS'