Today started out like a normal day.
But when my youngest (11½) came downstairs for school, he said, “Can I talk to y’all?”. My husband and I perked up immediately. Months ago, he was upset that he wasn’t sure he was saved. My husband opened the Bible and went through some verses in Romans. He was fairly sure he had asked Jesus into his heart back when he was 6 and the matter seemed to be settled and done. I began to pray that God would show him for sure.
Several months have passed and there were a few more nights of praying and questioning. But today, he came downstairs visibly broken. Through tears he told us how he had been asking God to clearly show him whether he was saved or not. He said that the Lord clearly showed him that the rapture was soon and he would not be a part of it if he didn’t get saved. He said he knelt by his bed this morning and got saved. He said he knew God’s promises, he knew that Jesus died on the cross for him and he believed in Him. Then I asked him what else… he said he asked Jesus to save him.
David will be baptized during our next baptism at church.
Here’s where it gets even more interesting.
For many months now, I’ve been wrestling with something inside on my own. I’ve not told anyone but God and I’ve been asking for answers. I believe I was saved when I was 9. The prayer for salvation was prayed, then I was baptized. I just can’t remember how, where, when, or who though. Brother Archie preaches often on the importance of knowing the details of our salvation so that when the enemy comes against us, we will not be swayed to believe a lie that we are not saved.
During a youth trip in middle school since I had uncertainty and I again asked the Lord to save me. I remember sitting on the floor, calling my parents and telling them. For many months and even years afterward I can tell you of many times the Lord was talking to me trying to draw me closer to Him. I didn’t always listen. College was sketchy at best as far as my spiritual walk. My heavenly Father is a father of grace and mercy and if we sincerely ask Him to save us, He absolutely will. Or if we ask for Him to confirm our salvation He will also answer that cry. Did I truly get saved at 9 or 13? Only God knows that answer. But now after much prayer, God has confirmed and I can honestly say, at age 46, I know that I know that I know that I’m saved!
My wrestling lately has been should I be baptized now that I know I’m saved just in case I was actually saved after I was baptized at age 9?
Is that legalistic? Maybe.
Is it obedience? Maybe.
Here’s what I know… in the car today, I heard very clearly this:
“You’ll never regret it if you get baptized with your son. But you might regret it if you don’t.”
So there you have it. Obedience or legalism? I don’t know. Either way, I’d rather err on the side of getting baptized once and for all instead of always wondering. I also know for sure that it’s not satan telling me to get baptized. Now, it’s settled.
Here’s the other thing I know… all this has happened since I started prayer walking around my house after September 13 when Bro Archie preached about dying to yourself to live for Christ no matter the cost. I’ve walked dozens of circles around my house asking God to help us get out of debt and pay off our home so we can be more effective for His kingdom. Seems like He needed to get a few things in order first. Can’t wait to see what He does next.
I don’t think it’s any coincidence that this has come about right after I got serious about praying. God wants us to pray. This is nothing I’ve done. It’s all Him. It’s always Him.
This seems anything but simple… but in reality, the Gospel of Christ is simple… Jesus died for all. All just need to call on Him for salvation and pray for others to do the same.
Keep it Simple.