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The Story of JD

WHAT DO I HAVE TO SAY

I have often wondered what the purpose of my life is.  If I were to have one opportunity to make my case, what case would I want to communicate?  What is the message of my story?

I believe that I have a story that is worth reading.  I will allow you to be the judge of that.  I believe it is of value not because I am special or have done anything special.  I am very ordinary and have done merely the typical.  The value of my story lies in the foundation of truths that are beyond my life and my time.  My hope is that through my story you may be pointed in a direction that is far beyond me and my understanding.  That is what I have attempted to do here in these following words.  This is my feeble attempt to tell you what is of most importance to me and why I think it should matter to you.  I have no idea who may read this story.  I am not advocating a certain form of morality or lifestyle.  I am writing this because I really care about you and your future regardless of your lifestyle.  I ask for your patience while you read since it is long but please know that I write with the intention of only wanting the best for you.

HOW I GREW UP

I grew up in rural Idaho, USA.  The memories of what still feels like home to me are set on a farm a few miles outside of a small agricultural town.  The home of my youth was an old farm-house surrounded by a large yard and mature trees.  This landscape had plenty of trees, rock piles, and space for a boy to explore, build forts, and allow his imagination to run wild.

baseballI spent my youth roaming our farm, hunting, playing sports, going to school, doing chores, annoying my sisters, and going to church.  My parents are Christians who lived by the proverb, “Train-up a child in the ways of the Lord and when they are old they will not depart from it.”  As such, I cannot remember a time when I did not know about Jesus.  My earliest years were spent in Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School.   My parents prayed before every meal and read the Bible often.  God was an ever-present blanket of my youth and I grew-up in full acceptance of the beliefs of my parents.

MY PROBLEM & YOUR PROBLEM

I believed what the Bible told me about myself.  That my actions such as lying, fighting, disobeying, being angry, being mean and unkind were all sin.  I did all of those things and I knew that.  I knew that those actions revealed a condition that separated me from God.  The Bible tells us that God is holy and righteous and that no one who is sinful and unrighteous can be in his presence.  I understood that every person sins and as a result of those sins already faces the condemnation of God, which is hell.  I knew that I had a problem, even as a little kid who had not done anything terribly wrong; I still knew that I had a problem.  I had broken God’s law in a myriad of ways.  It did not matter if they seemed inconsequential.  I knew I had broken God’s law and I knew that I could not keep it.  I was not right with God.  The Bible showed me that when I died that I was going to have to face God and be judged.  I would be found guilty of violating God’s law and face the penalty for my own actions.

The Bible is clear that every person has to be made right with God because of their sin, the breaking of his law.   Merely being sorry for my sins or confessing them does not make me right with God.  That does not solve the fundamental problem.  God would not be a just judge if He allowed me to simply violate his law, say “I am sorry,” and do nothing.  For God to be just, he must have grounds on which to release me from the penalty of my own actions.

GOD’S SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEM

Cross & CloudsThat is why I love to read what the Bible tells us about Jesus.  The Bible tells about how God had done something for us that no one can do for themselves.  God sent his own Son, Jesus, to this earth to live a righteous life and die to pay the penalty for my sin.   Jesus came and died on a cross for the purpose of solving the impasse that every person has with the righteous and just judgment of God.  Christ died on a Roman cross to pay the penalty of my sin and every person’s sin.  When Jesus rose from the grave after three days, it was God’s seal of approval of the fact that Jesus’ precious sacrifice was sufficient to pay the penalty of my sin and all sins.  He became the grounds upon which God could show me mercy and declare that the penalty of my sin had been paid and still be a just judge.

However, the substitute of Jesus’ payment for our sin is only available to those who believe in Him.  No one can reject or be indifferent about Jesus Christ and expect that his sacrifice on the cross will do anything for them on the day that they stand before God.  Jesus’ payment is available only to those who believe in him.  We become his when we confess:

I am a sinner and have earned the punishment of hell.

I believe who Jesus said he was, the Son of God, that he came as a man, and he died for the sins of the world, my sin, that he rose on the third day, and is now sitting on the right hand of God.  That he will stand with me when I come before God and will say, “This one is mine; I have paid the penalty for this one’s sins.  He has been adopted into our family.  My sacrifice has made this one a child of God.”

I am turning from my sinful life and putting all of my faith in Jesus alone.

This is what we call the good news of Jesus Christ, the gospel.  I believed this good news early in my life and I accepted Jesus as my savior because I did not want to go to hell.  I have no idea how old I was at the time.  It seems to me that I have always been a Christian.

TRYING TO BE GOOD ENOUGH

From my youth, I have believed in Christ as my savior and tried to follow Him.  I tried to follow Him by doing all the right things that a good Christian person is expected to do and not do.  I had learned growing up in the Church community what the list of commandments a good person was expected to keep.  I was a good kid for the most part.  I did what my parents told me to do, for the most part.  However, I was trapped in a mentality of performance.  I remember a family trip when we were traveling on Sunday.  I questioned my Dad about stopping to eat at a restaurant.  I asked, “I thought we weren’t supposed to go out to eat on Sundays,” to which he replied, “You want to eat, don’t you?”  I did want to eat but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to hell over a Happy Meal.  This Sabbath breaking meal did trouble the good little commandment keeper in me.  I wondered if God was disappointed in me because we went out to eat on a Sunday.  I worried that if I did things to make God unhappy with me that I might not really be saved.

In fact, I spent most of my youth trying to keep God happy with my good behavior.  I won the Sunday School awards and I thought that would make God happy.  I read my Bible because I thought that is what God expected.  I dutifully prayed.  I tried to keep separated from the bad things of the world.  I burned my Def Leopard record because I thought it had back-masked devil music on it.  I tried to do all the right things but found that I kept failing.

LEARNING THE SKILLS OF A HYPOCRITE

As I entered my adolescent years, my desire to keep God happy came increasingly into conflict with my desire to make myself happy.  I found that I really liked it when people liked me.  I learned that there were certain behaviors that brought me positive affirmation from my friends but were on my religious list of “don’ts”.  Increasingly, I chose to fit in with my friends over God.  Many of these friends were from my church youth group.  However, we were not that interested in God or the things of God.  We were interested in what made us feel good.

I found that girls made me feel really good – so I pursued them.  I found that being in the cool crowd made me feel really good – so I pursued that.  I found that alcohol made me feel really good – so I pursued that.  I found that the combination was literally intoxicating on many levels.  Therefore, I wanted to continue feeding these intoxicating loves.

I became the classic Church-going hypocrite.  I knew all of the right Church answers but I did not want to do them.  I wanted to live and satisfy all of my pleasures but not go to hell.  I just wanted a ticket to heaven and to live however I wanted to live without judgment from God or people.

I went from one crisis of faith to another.  I read in the Bible about how those people who were doing the things that I was doing could not be assured that their faith was real.  I read about how people can be deceived into thinking that they are saved when they really aren’t.  I read how on the day of judgment that some will stand before Christ and claim to know him but will be cast aside and Jesus will say, “I never knew you.”  I wondered if that would be me.  I struggled with knowing if my life was informing me and the world that I was not really a follower of Christ.  I knew I was not really following Christ and that I did not really want to follow Christ.  I wanted to do my own thing.  I wanted to do the things that made me feel so good but I did not know if what I was doing was going to keep me out of hell.

I would hit the periodic altar calls at church events and re-dedicate my life in an attempt to get right again.  I would tearfully confess my sin in the darkness of the night.  I made deals with God that I would never do a particular sin again if he would just forgive me one more time.  I did not like myself very much nor the person I was becoming.  I would get so tired of trying to deny myself and live according the standard of what I thought a Christian should look like.  When I felt that I could no longer deny the powerful demands for pleasure within me, I consciously made the decision to satisfy myself but appeased my conscience by reasoning that, “God would just have to forgive me, again.”

I lived in this miserable condition for some time and not very many people knew it.  I was pretty good at living a lie and keeping my two worlds separated.  In so many ways, I was a good example of a modern Christian.  I maintained the appearances of righteousness but I really was a hypocrite.  I knew all the right religious words but was not living by them.  I was learning how not to take my faith so seriously as to interfere with the real world and how to suppress my guilt.

WHEN MY FAITH BECAME MY OWN

That changed one Sunday morning after the sermon was preached.  This particular church always had an appeal after the sermon.  The pastor would come down from behind the pulpit and invite anyone to come forward and either accept Christ or re-dedicate their life to following Christ with all of their heart.  I felt this enormous tug in my heart as he spoke.  I was half way down the aisle before I really knew what I was doing.  I had made several of these walks but this one was different.  I was not walking down that aisle because I was afraid of going to hell.  I was walking down the aisle because I was amazed by the grace of God.  I was astounded by the love that had been shown to me through my savior rescuing me and giving me eternal life.  I was walking down that aisle because I wanted to and not because I had to.  It was during that walk that I believe my faith in Jesus Christ as my personal savior truly became my own faith and not the faith of my parents or peers.

From that morning on, I have been learning that God is not looking for religious, self-disciplined, obedience.  When Jesus was on this earth, he rejected the faith of the most religious people of the time because they did not love God.  People will do what they love.  I did what I loved most.  My problem for many years was that I loved the things of this world more than God.  I followed God because I did not want to go to hell but I did not really appreciate his gift to me.  I did not follow him out of appreciation and love for the grace, mercy and love that he had shown me.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  I am still learning that lesson.  I am still being shown areas in my life where I love myself more than God.  Thankfully, he is still changing my heart.  Following Christ is the most natural of responses when it comes from a heart that is doing what it wants to do; when it comes from a heart that loves Jesus.  I have been given the greatest of treasures – eternal life.  I have been adopted through accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross into the family of God.  I have been allowed to become a child of God, an heir of God!  There is nothing in this world that can compare to the value of that gift.  I now follow Christ, not because I have to but because I get to.  I still make bad decisions, in many ways I am still a hypocrite, but I know that those decisions are a reflection of remaining misplaced affections and I am valuing something more than my Savior.  Therefore, I now strive to set my eyes on the grace and mercy of God.  I am always amazed by my wonderful Lord when I set my mind to thinking about the wonderful things of God and what he has done for me.  It is when I am intentionally setting my mind on the things of God that my love for him flourishes and obedience is as natural as breathing air.  I serve an amazing God.

COME TO CHRIST WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART

San FranThat is my story.  I tell my story as an appeal to you.  If you do not believe in Christ, then I appeal to you to consider God.  Look at the world that you live in.  Where did it come from?  This incredible universe that we live in which is so finely tuned to allow life to exist on it.  How did that just happen?  Look at the intricacies of your body; the wonder of your own eye to be able to see these written words.  How could that just happen?  The whole world screams that there is a God.  Since there is a God, that changes everything.  Your life is not within the context of yourself.  Your life is within the context of a God who has created you.

Just like there are physical laws, there are also spiritual laws that are just as real.  The God that created you and established the physical laws that we know so well, also created these spiritual laws that rule over us.  God has revealed those spiritual laws throughout history and they have been recorded in the Bible.  If you go and read the Bible, you will see that God takes these spiritual laws very seriously.  You have the same problem that I had.  You are breaking God’s law in a myriad of ways.  That is why you need to be saved and that is why God sent his son, Jesus Christ.  It is the only way that God has made available to us.  I don’t want you or anyone else to face the judgment of our God, particularly when the payment has already been made.  I appeal to you to find a Bible and read the Gospel of John to see the incredible gift that the God who created you has provided.  You just need to accept it.  Accept this free gift as I did and you will be saved and will be given eternal life as a child of God.

Also, I appeal to those who may have prayed to receive Christ but have not experienced much or any change in their life.  We are told that we will be different when we accept Christ’s free gift.  We are told that we will have new desires and loves.  If you are living a life that comfortably separates your religious world from your secular world, then I urge you to examine your faith.  What do you love most?  Are you following Christ because you don’t want to go to hell or because you love God?  There are many people who sit in Church on Sunday that seem to be going through the motions.  Often, I see people following the expectation of their families and peers without much passion or love.  We know that there will be many people on the day of judgment who thought their ticket to heaven was punched only to discover that they have been deceived.

What is the basis for your assurance that your faith is real?  Are you relying upon a confession from a decade ago?  We can have assurance that our faith is real but we have to look.  You should be able to look back at your life and see the Spirit working.  You should be a different person than you were ten years ago.  You should be able see the fruit of the Spirit in your life – you should be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, more obedient and faithful.  If you don’t see that, then you have to ask yourself why.  Why is the Spirit not working in your life?    The Spirit will confirm with your spirit whether you are a child of God; ask the question.  The lack of change in your life may be due to a lifestyle of sin that you need to turn away from – then do that.  However, the lack of the Spirit working in your life may be due to the reality that you are not saved.  Examine yourself, seek out God, and get right with him while you still have time.

FamilyThank you for your patience in reading my story.  I pray that you will receive it from my heart as I intended.  I earnestly desire for you to be with me in the family of God.  I earnestly want you to know the peace and love that can only come through a right relationship with the God who created you.  You have an amazing God, accept his free gift of salvation and know him forever more.

May God richly bless you!

149 comments

  1. Glory to God.

    Hello JD, first I would like to say thank you for taking time to pass by my blog page and read what God is pouring out of me through His spirit in Jesus name. I thank God for the gift of being able to hear that whisper that I need to move in sharing what He desires for me to share through reading His word and trying hard to hear God’s voice through the noise in this world we live in and the flesh I live in. While reading your story about you, I was honored to have read and be challenged to examine my own heart in the ways you described your walk, your faith and your growing up in the church. Yet, the most important thing that moved me in sharing your testimony was “What is my faith producing in my life” and if I am stagnated in an area, am I bringing this before God? I thank God that I am able to pray my way out of what I am a hypocrite to. I too still struggle with some residue from my past, but I glorify God for the grace, mercy and strength He gave me to leave some detrimental stuff behind as well. I still walk believing God that as long as it took me to get all this world inside of me, and that the same intensity it took for me to be led by my desires and form bad habits, is the same intensity in Christ my savior it will take for me to learn new habits and be captivated over and over again by God’s love. I thank you for sharing how by His spirit we are shown what is truly in our hearts and how because of the blood of Christ I can go boldly to the mercy seat of God and ask in Jesus name to be healed, delivered and set free from the things in my mind that I have held to that are not of God. My prayer for about 4 years was “Lord please root up and pluck out anything that is in me that is not of you” God is faithful, and has done so, it was not only painful, but it was a warning and I thank God that i answered the call amen. Though again, some areas and wounds still remain, I walk in hope that soon this too shall pass amen. Glory to God that He loves us just the way we are, but as I heard said, He loves us even more to change us, transform us and make us more like Him in Jesus name for His glory. May the Lord add the increase to your life and may His countenance shine upon you, your family, your church family and your followers who desire Christ and a greater understanding of our Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen.


  2. Hi. This was a great story worth telling! Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s nice to meet you. God bless.

    Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory


  3. It was a blessing to read your story. it has powerful lessons, and I am appreciative of them. May the Lord use your blog to bring souls to Himself and glorify His wonderful name.


  4. Thanks for liking my post on “Living a Balanced Life”.

    Except for growing up in a Christian home, I think I could almost copy and paste your story as mine.

    Love for God is the only motive that carries us through and overcomes temptations, trials, and the life of self.

    Grace


  5. Thanks JD. God is Great! He has always been there when I needed him. I try my best to live the life that He wants me to.


  6. Thank you JD for your post. I don’t know how anyone makes it through this life without God. I know I have been through many things that I couldn’t have made it on my own. God is great!


  7. Thanks for your support! God Bless.


  8. I love your bog. I love your enthusiasm and I love your story. It’s refreshing to see there are still people out there who are not afraid to share their story that Jesus Christ is important in their lives!


    • Thank you so very much for the encouragement and kind words.
      God Bless!
      JD


  9. This is so real! May God continue to bless you, and thank you for the like on my blog!


  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good to connect with you.


  11. Thanks JD for sharing your story! It’s honest and well-stated. May it touch and effect all who read it. I’ve signed up to receive future posts of “A Devoted Life.”
    Thank you for your interest in the Christian biographies I write at http://lights4god.wordpress.com/.


  12. I loved reading this. There’s so much that applies. The last four years have been a struggle, but I will never give up the fight for my faith. I want my own faith, and that has been my prayer. I want the God of the Bible. Not one who I’ve never heard of, who seems to get more portrayal as we live in these deadly times.

    My saddest thing? Seeing how Scripture is so badly misused these days. I cried out over that again this morning. Thank God for people like Tim Conway; Paul Washer; Kevin Williams; Charles Leiter; Ray Comfort and others like them. I couldn’t have made it this far without their preaching. Thank God for them. And thank God for you, being so honest.


  13. I loved reading your story and I really liked the section “God’s Solution to Our Problem”


  14. good read…thanks for sharing your story with the world….more importantly, thanks for sharing God’s story with those who God knows needs to hear it! I can relate at I grew up in Baker City, OR….I can still remember when Boise was still a small, rural town! 🙂


    • Wow – it is a small world. My wife grew up in Richland, OR.


      • small indeed! Richland is about 1 1/2 hours from us….grew fishing on the Snake river there….beautiful place!


  15. Great blog, I love your devotional and pictures and thought behind it. I’m from a small town in Eastern Washington. Such a beautiful part of the world!


    • Thanks for the encouragement. My wife is going to be in Spokane over the weekend. Eastern Washington is a beautiful place.
      God Bless!
      JD


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  17. Ah and yet I’m another to join your list, also lived like that, before I truly gave my heart to the Lord. Today I’m actively doing His work, His GRACE we will never understand, but can only enjoy it:)
    I looked down and I’m geeez now I need to take many minutes to sit down and read first, I barely started reading and it was over and I’m like aah..lol
    There’s a reason for everything and the Lord lead you to write every word here, I’m convinced of that through the Holy Spirit and I’m looking forward following your posts.
    🙂


  18. I enjoyed reading a reflection on your life. Thanks for putting this into words. We all truly are messes that have one hope. That hope is in a Him, not an it or a behavior modification.


  19. Thanks for visiting my post! I appreciate your testimony. God is good!


  20. Thanks for sharing your story, JD. I also grew up in rural Idaho, although it’s not rural anymore. I have wonderful memories there . . . . Go Broncos!


  21. Thanks for sharing your testimony which was also very well written and gave God glory! Thank you also for reading the posts on ‘Why Jesus Came’ and ‘So God Made A Liberal’. God bless you with your ministry of sharing Jesus with others.


  22. JD —

    Been meaning to jot you a line for some time. It appears that we have some similar interests, namely – good theology, loud God-centered music, and the doctrines of grace. What a combo! I pastored in La Grande for almost 12 years. It would have been easy to make a run to Boise and buy you a cup of coffee and talk shop! Thanks for your Christ-exalting posts. Keep up the good work!


    • David – I do beleive we have those interests in common. I was just in La Grande a few months ago. I take it you are no longer in La Grande? If you are, maybe we can get together the next time I past through. Also, I am really enjoying your blog. Keep you the good work and thanks for the encouragement. Merry Christmas.
      JD


      • Thanks, JD — I accepted the call to serve as Senior pastor at Christ Fellowship in Everson, WA two years ago. Looking forward to that cup of coffee!

        For the Gospel,
        DS


  23. Hi JD, I enjoyed reading your story … and I rejoice with you, at how our Savior changed you, from the inside out. Keep writing — and keep lookin’ up!


    • Thanks Dave – I am glad that we can rejoice in our Savior together. Thanks for the encouragement.
      God Bless!
      JD


  24. Thanks JD,

    I appreciate your testimony.

    BFS


  25. You have an amazing story to share, JD! I’m sitting here with goosebumps. Have you ever thought of writing a short book centering around your life as His child and sharing this thoughts on a larger playing field? I think you’d have a winner. Thanks for visiting my blog and “liking” my post on Friday.


  26. Wow! What a great testimony. I love the fact that you presented it in a way that allows us to draw from it for our own benefit. Thank You! God bless You!


  27. JD, my wife grew up in a very similar church as you describe. She sinned every week and constantly, like so many in the church, had to go down to the altar and “recommit” her life to Jesus each Sunday or take a chance on dying and going to hell. She said that it seemed that Christ had the power to save herself but through living a pure life and doing good works, she had to “keep herself saved.” What a bondage.

    Things became very clear to me that my salvation was not a result of my works, but HIS when I read chapter eight of Hebrews. There I read the difference between the Old Covenant of works and the New Covenant of God’s wonderful grace.

    “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb 8:7-12 KJ2000)

    The first covenant (the old covenant) was doomed to failure because it hinged on the obedience of seemingly endless list of commandments that the Hebrews had to keep.by their own strength and as we read her they failed and broke the covenant that they made with God. So God knowing this had a further plan that WOULD work and in this plan it was not dependent on the righteous of the first Adam (fallen man), but the righteousness of the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. The first covenant was filled with “thou shalt’s and thow shalt not’s” but the second and more perfect covenant is pronounce with a short list of “I WILL’s” and it is all fulfilled by the working of the will of God in us:

    I will make a new covenant
    I will put my laws into their minds
    I will write my laws in their hearts
    I will be to them a God and they shall be my people
    They shall not teach every man his neighbor…for all shall know me
    I will be merciful to their unrighteousness
    I will remember their sins no more

    In Ezekiel we read a bit more about this covenant saying,

    “And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Eze 36:23-27 KJ2000)

    I will sanctify my great name
    I will be sanctified in you
    I will take you from among the nations
    I will sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean
    I will cleanse you
    I will give you a new heart
    I will put a new spirit within you
    I will take away your stoney hearts
    I will cause you to walk in my statues and do them

    Nope! The New Covenant is “good news” because Jesus and the Spirit of God gives those who surrender to Christ the power to obey Him and live upright lives before Him. So what are all these statutes and commandments He puts on our hearts? In Hebrews again we read,

    In that he says, A new covenant, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and grows old is ready to vanish away.
    (Heb 8:13 KJ2000)

    If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
    (Heb 7:11-12 KJ2000)

    Jesus Christ is our great High Priest and with Him and His covenant came in a New and changed law. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” (Joh 13:34-35 KJ2000)

    Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law.” (Gal 5:22-23 KJ2000)

    And in Romans we read, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law. For this, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Rom 13:8-9 KJ2000)

    So, as we abide IN Christ we now find that we have a new heart, a new mind (the mind of Christ), a new Spirit, the Spirit of God, and are able to walk in His New Commandment, the law of love that sums up the whole old covenant law and it is all by the power of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the sending forth of His Holy Spirit to abide in us. THIS is the Good News of the gospel, not a new list of rules and regulations we have to keep by our own strength… a list that we can not keep any more that the Hebrew people could keep the laws of the first covenant. The New Covenant is not about us, but it is all about Him and we who abide IN Him as members of HIS body. Amen, Lord. So be it!


  28. What can I say other then awesome! I loved reading this post. God is so amazing!


  29. Hi JD. Thanks for sharing your testimony. I can really identify with it, for my story is very similar to yours. If you would like to read about it, the two posts contained on this page give my testimony: http://morgantrotter.wordpress.com/2008/06/


    • Morgan, I followed your link and “liked” your posts. Very moving. Thank you for sharing. The workings of the Holy Spirit are truly marvelous! Allowing Christ into our hearts and lives produces a memorable change, I agree. The Holy Spirit comes “unto” our hearts but it is only through our invitation to let Him enter, will he come INTO our hearts. Christ stands at the door and knocks, but will not force himself in. I didn’t see a place to comment on your site, so wanted to say “hello” here. Gail


      • Thank you, Gail. I’m sorry the place for posting comments wasn’t obvious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you.


    • Hey Morgan – Thanks for the link. We do have very similar stories. Thank you for your continued ministry through your blog and music.
      May God richly bless you and yours.
      JD


      • Thanks for taking the time to read my post, JD, and for the good wishes. Blessings to you as well.


  30. Thank you for your testimony. There is such power in stating what God has done. I have been reminded of what Christ has done in my life and am encouraged that He isn’t finished yet…


  31. Thank you for your testimony. Lately, I’ve struggled a lot with folks who have gotten saved, but there is no power in their lives. I really appreciate how you put you “walk down the aisle.” The heart makes all the difference! Thanks also for stopping by! God bless!


  32. Beautiful story. It’s interesting to see the progress you made from obeying out of fear, to obeying out of love. Takes things to a whole new level, doesn’t it?


    • I absolutely takes it to a new level. Doing obedience because you want to rather it being required, opens whole levels of joy.
      God Bless!
      JD


  33. Reading your blog has blessed me. Reading your story gave response to my hearts cry. Keep following the beautiful spirit our King of Kings has filled you with. He will speak to, bless, heal, and love so many through you. Be blessed and joyful!


  34. You are so right on!! You can go to my website to see ‘some’ of my story, but bottom line is Matt 6:25-34, esp v 33-34!! Right-use-ness and right-choices: HIS!!


  35. Many thanks for your support and God bless you and your family and all you do.


  36. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. I think that so many Christians miss the mark in the fact that they think once they are saved that is “it” and they have done all that they ever need to do. It is a shame that so many more don’t realize that the ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ is so much bigger than just the belief. I pray your story helps those in the world who have missed the second part of it all. While the first part may be enough, life can’t truly be all it should be without the closeness of a relationship here on earth with our Lord.


  37. Awesome!


  38. The Story of JD… a great read, and very well written. My experience as a child growing up, and as a struggling adolescent, as well as, an adult finally realizing my relationship with the Lord is a lot more than merely insuring my ticket to heaven gets punched. I too eventually came to realize what I had been missing, an intimate relationship with Jesus, the Son of God. And how amazing He is! You are a light in the darkness. Thank you SO much for sharing!


  39. Thanks for the awesome testimony. Mine is very similar. I was a constant “backslider” until I finally surrendered and He moved in and changed my heart. I appreciate your honesty and openness, and thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find out about yours. 🙂


  40. Is there a like button I can hit, that will apply to everything but the Boise State picture? : ) #hokienation. Thank you for boldly and honestly presenting your faith to the world.


    • Thanks for the laugh. That game was a long time ago, althought I wouldn’t mind if the BSU got another shot at hokie nation. I have some relatives are hokie alumi, which made it even more enjoyable.
      God Bless!
      JD


      • BSU has definitely had some good years. I was scared, from the moment I saw that game on our schedule, and with good reason. I’m hoping Tech’s best years are behind us at this point. Still fun to watch though. Enjoy your week, brother.


  41. Amen. Thanks for sharig this encouraging testimony.


  42. JD – thanks for your like and for the transparency in your story. Nothing speaks louder than the truth, which is the truth! Blessings brother – have a great day!


  43. Wonderful story. It is great to hear your journey. Look forward to read more.

    Thank you also for liking my post.


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    • I do like your page and I send you a hearty “thanks” for liking mine!


  45. I loved reading this. I have seen how I failed in my own walk whilst reading. One of the most precious things in the Bible is that God knows who are His. Which then makes me remember that not one of His shall be lost. In John 17, He tells us He wants us. Wow! He wants us! “I want them to be with Me where I am”. I just love Him for that, and I love you also for writing this beautiful page. God keep you, make His face to shine upon you and give you Heavenly peace. 🙂


  46. enjoyed reading your story, thanks for sharing.
    Craig
    leadersbridge.com


  47. So glad you wrote your story. It should be beneficial to all who read it, Christian and non-Christian.


  48. Thank you for sharing your story!

    Wishing you all the best in your journey to grow closer to Christ.

    Blessings,

    Chris


  49. Thanks for sharing your story. It would bless many people in reading it. Keep on keeping on!!! I’ll be with my daughter in Niger in less than two weeks. Can’t wait!! Blessings!!


  50. Thanks again JD! Love your story. Quite different from mine, but absolutely powerful. The love and kindness of God are amazing. He is so incredibly patient with us!

    “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”


    • Hey Stephen – it is so good to hear from you. I hope all is going with with the new job. I have really enjoyed your last couple songs that you posted. Keep you the good work.
      God Bless!
      JD



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