I pray that this morning you’re doing great!
Last week on our live broadcast – Salvation Today – I shared my story of how I came to Jesus with all of our viewers. I felt led by the Lord to do this because our testimony of how the Lord saved us and delivered us is so powerful! The book of Revelations says, “they overcame him, by the blood of the lamb and the WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY.” (Revelation 12:11)
I won’t go over the full story of my salvation experience, but I want to say that throughout my entire life God has faithfully pursued me. I was raised in a good Christian home, but in my teenage years I began to stray from His paths and began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. This led me into some dark years, but my girlfriend at the time Amanda (who is now my wife of 15 years) asked if I would go to church with her. We ended up in a church service and God really touched our lives. We ended up going to another service later that week, and after the service in the parking lot while in the car, we both decided that we wanted to turn from our sin and follow Jesus! That began a work of God in our lives, and we’ve never looked back! Praise the Lord!
If you missed my testimony from last week’s episode you can watch it HERE. I believe it will bless you and encourage you!
This morning I want to touch on a verse that I shared last week from the Scriptures that really has been a life verse to me, and a big part of my testimony. In the Book of Psalms, King David said, “Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies. Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your life is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)
This is such a powerful verse! Many of David’s Psalms were prophetic in nature. A lot of His songs to God and about God pointed prophetically to the coming of Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection – and all the benefits that would come from it! It’s important to remember all that the Lord has done for us! David starts this Psalm out with praise saying “Bless the Lord”, but then He says to “forget not all His benefits.” We need to be reminded often – and remind ourselves often – of all that He’s done for us!
When we get saved, not only are all our sins forgiven… This Psalm tells us that all of our diseases are healed also! Not only are our diseases healed, but our life is redeemed from destruction; we are crowned with His loving kindness and tender mercies; our mouths are filled with good things; and our youth is renewed like the eagle! Praise the Lord OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, but let’s not forget all the added benefits provided for us! We can receive and walk in all of His benefits by faith, and through confession of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross! Amen!
I started off this week’s devotional sharing some of my testimony of how the Lord redeemed my life from destruction. I want to take a moment to encourage any of you who may have unsaved friends or family members who are not walking with the Lord. God hears your prayers! Don’t stop praying for them! In the same way that the Lord heard my family’s prayers while I was running from Him, He hears your prayers and they will be saved in Jesus Name! What God did in my life, and in Amanda’s life, will happen in your loved ones lives in the Name of Jesus!
God Bless You!
Evangelist Chris Mikkelson
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