This begins a series of short posts of praise to God for what He has done for me. Many nowadays glory in what they do not believe (as new-found agnostics). Therefore I will glory in Him whom I believe. (Perhaps I will post this regularly on Facebook.)
May God help me to bring praise to Him.
May he hide me under His wings.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge; Psalm 91:1-4
“Out of the whirlwind” (Job 38:1; Eze. 1)
I was born on Dec. 28, 1962.
The Lord called me to salvation at 11 years old, in the early spring of 1974. It was at or around the time of the “1974 Super Outbreak”. (From a child, I always loved storms. I hoped to be a meteorologist, but instead, the Lord called me to be His meteorologist.)
I did not grow up in a Christian home, although my mother once served the Lord when young. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, except for a brief stay up north in a small Ontario town called “Cumbermere.” We lived there the late winter and spring of 1974 — until the snow and blackflies drove us back to where we came.
How I loved the snow! The more, the better!
One evening I observed my mother looking at old photographs of when she was a child. I cannot remember what she said, but she must have mentioned the name of Jesus as she reflected upon her past.
That was enough.
When I went back to bed that night and there lay in my lower bunk, suddenly a great sense of my utter sinfulness settled upon me like a dark cloud. I was a silly child, more innocent than most, yet this great conviction of sin came upon me, unlike anything I experienced before or after.
As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Gen. 15:12
Instinctively I cried out to Jesus for deliverance from the dark cloud. I cried for mercy.
Instantly the cloud lifted, and the sunshine of His presence filled my soul and has filled it ever since.
From that day forward, I became keenly interested in the things of God, although without a Bible or instruction. Then, a few years later, at the famous People’s Church in Toronto, I heard the gospel plainly for the first time.
I was thrilled!
At last, I knew what had happened to me that dark night of the soul when the Light of God first shone in my heart.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2Cor. 4:6
7 thoughts on “1. My Story: How I became a Christian”
That’s a cool story 😊 I don’t see you on Facebook.
I rarely go there. Too commercialized.
Here in the Bible Belt, usa……in the 1940s, many went to Prayer Meeting because of WW2. In the 50s, I was born, and Sunday School attendance peaked, and we had Blue Laws (nobody worked on Sunday). I believed the Gospel , and later, at 10yo, I was water-baptized in a Southern Baptist Church (OSAS). I listened to a lot of Christian Radio, and bought Halley’s Bible Handbook and Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary. Compared to my peers, I was unusually honest and serious minded, and Christian hearted. I searched for Proof of the Bible, and God revealed it to me. Which is Fulfilled Prophecy. Isaiah 46;9-10…….Nobody can predict the future like Jesus can. The Koran, Buddha, Hindu, etc doesn’t predict the future. The bible is about 28% Prophecy. Deuteronomy 28 predicts the good times (and terrible times) of the nation Israel, the last 3500 years. The nation Israel is a great Sign of God. Jesus and bible are extremely fascinating. Praise Christ!
The Deut 28 prophecy is indeed amazing. It is not referenced more because people are often embarrassed by God’s judgment of sin in an age that does not believe in sin.
Thanks Dean! Many Blessings come from sharing your insight…..
Thanks Dean! I look forward to other parts of your story! Blessings in Yahushua, Allen
Thank you for for that, Dean.
in these dark times it is great to hear positive words. Praise Christ!