Jesus Tales

jesus-talesIn Shai Linne’s recent CD “Storiez” he encouraged those who know the Lord to “testify.” All throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh told the people of Israel to tell their sons His mighty works so that they would trust Him. When doubt, fear or depression set in, the best anecdote is to rehearse what God has done. And in doing so we find we encourage ourselves, encourage those who love the Lord, bear testimony to those who do not and most importantly bring glory to God.

A testimony is so much more than simply “how I got saved.” Salvation is past, present and future! We’re saved from the penalty of sin, we are being saved from the power of sin and some day we’ll be saved from the presence of sin–all through the power of Jesus. Like a love story, it’s not over when boy meets girl. Cinderella would have been a literary failure had the story dropped off when she stood face to face with the prince. Each testimony is so much more! You’ve met Jesus and fallen in love…but you’re not yet married and living happily ever after! We want to know how you met Him and the wild (but beautiful) ride you’ve been on since!

Life stories are often ugly, dirty, made from dust and ashes. Sometimes they even seem boring or obsolete. Here at Pearls and Diamonds, we desire to remember and remind that God has created us from dust and is refining us through life to become beautiful jewels. We seek to share what the Lord is teaching us and how we’re learning and being refined. Now we want to know what the Lord has done in your life as well!

Do you know Jesus? Do you love Jesus?

Leave a comment to tell us all about it!

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9 Comments

  1. Katy said,

    WOW! When I think of all that the Lord has done for me in the time since I surrendered my life to Him…I am truly in awe. I was literally in the church since the day I was born. And all though I was raised in a very godly home and asked Jesus to come into my heart at a very young age it wasn’t till about 6 years ago that I realized that it wasn’t enough to simply have said a prayer when I was 6. I realized that just being a christian wasn’t enough…I needed to have a relationship with Jesus. Ever since then it has been hard but so good…I serve a God that is so merciful and forgiving. He is so wonderful! Last night I was reading the Word and I came across this verse:
    “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
    ~John 15:16
    I realized the awesomness of the fact that we had nothing to do with the Lord saving us…HE CHOSE US!!!! That just to me is so awesome and I guess in this new year I don’t have “resolutions” but my desire is to make Jesus my 1st love this year…He is so wonderful. We serve and AWESOME GOD!

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  3. Rebekah said,

    I like to say that Jesus saved me just in the nick of time. I know that we are all one heartbeat from hell, but I know how very close I was to being lost forever.

    I was a very fearful child. I loved my family, and couldn’t imagine a life away from them. So at the age of seven, when I first remember hearing about hell, and the rapture, I was terrified. I remember waking up in the middle of the night crying, and praying on the couch with my dad. Although I grew up in a pastor’s home and was a well behaved girl, I know that something was missing. At ten I once again prayed the sinners prayer, once again out of fear, this time because my friends were getting saved at church camp, and I didn’t want to lose them too. I knew that I prayed, and was a good person, so I thought that was the evidence of Christ in me, not my good works. When I was fourteen I remember realizing for the first time that I was living only for myself, in the works of the “flesh.” Christ was not the Lord of my heart. By this time I was so embarrassed because I had already come forward twice, in a very small church. My best friends were missionary kids, and of course I was the pastor’s daughter. For a solid year I lived a lie. During this year my heart because so hard with pride, fear, and sin. I know my heart was dark as dark can be, to be able to resist Jesus’ love for me. I literally walked away from Him, running from each situation to be under conviction. Finally, one day during Algebra, I simply turned to my mom with tears in my eyes and said “mom, I need to be saved.” I don’t remember the words, but I do remember that this time it was not out of fear, but out of the realization that I was a sinner and truly needed my perfect Savior. I immediately called my dad at work, and then took a deep breath and called my best friend. My pride had been in the way the whole time, afraid at the reaction of others, but her reaction was anything but judgmental. She was SO happy for me, and said she had known something wasn’t right and had prayed for me as we prayed together on our weekly “prayer dates.” Everyone else was so happy for me, if not a little confused at first. One friend’s mom called to make sure someone hadn’t played a practical joke. As I stood beside my dad at church I’ll never forget his words. With tears in his eyes he said that he would rather stand beside me one hundred times and know for sure, than to risk eternity.

    Just a short time later I lost everything. I lost all I had known, all I had ever loved. I looked at my family with tears streaming down my face and said, “I am so glad Jesus saved me, because if I had waited just that much longer I know my heart would have hardened forever.” I was a sinner, saved by grace. I was a hurting, lonely baby Christian, held in His arms. I was a toddler, taking my first steps in life while holding tightly to His hand. Today I still cling to Him so tightly, and we walk hand in hand on this journey of life. I dream about the day I will walk on those streets of gold, and fall into His embrace. It will be “Far beyond my deepest heart’s desire, far beyond what I could ever dream, far beyond a fairy tale imagination, ” it is His “perfect love for me.”

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  5. Sara Nicole said,

    From Darkness into the Everlasting Light

    I was raised in a Christian home ever since I was born. From a little child, my parents always taught me what it was to become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. They continually instructed me in the ways of the Lord, desiring to impart their love for their Saviour to me. I thought I comprehended most of the truth, so at the age of three years old, I made a profession to accept Christ into my heart as my personal Lord and Saviour. However, as I grew older, I did not remember anything of that profession and my soul was troubling me greatly. I did not quite fathom what repentance was and what is was to express godly sorrow over my sin – sin that had nailed Jesus Christ to the cross of Calvary. You see, being raised in a Christian home I knew HOW to be a Christian, THINK like a Christian, and ACT like a Christian; but I knew I had to do something about my situation. I was lost, living a life in unbeknown rebellion against a holy God.

    It was on a Sunday in June of 1993 that my life began to change. Our family was getting ready for church when I decided to talk to my mother and express what my heart was feeling. She, of course, thought it would be best for me to talk to my dad. As we were already somewhat late, we had to leave before delving into a deep discussion. Needless to say, I went to church very troubled.

    After the service, I did share my heart with my dad and he, in his wisdom, felt led to encourage me to “stew or ponder” over these matters that were burdening my heart. He didn’t want me to make a quick decision that would turn out to be another profession: quick and half-hearted.

    That week was extremely hard for me. I knew what I needed to do but I wanted to be totally broken, contrite, and humble before God. I desired to come to the place of absolute surrender to Him and His will for my life.

    Finally, in the evening of June 13th, my life drastically changed forever. My parents and I sat down at our kitchen table and we heavily talked about salvation, repentance, and freedom in Jesus Christ. I knew that there was sin in my life, even as a youth, that I had no victory over. I knew that I needed a deep cleansing of my heart and that could only come from God – it couldn’t be manufactured in and of myself.

    My dad took me to the Scriptures and showed me 1 John 3:18-21, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if your heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.” He also pointed out 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

    After reading those verses, I really knew that I needed a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord of the Universe.

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). I knew right then and there that I needed to get my heart right with God! I was ready to be given over to Jesus Christ and to receive His forgiveness for my sins. I prayed, approaching God as the Saviour, and confessed that I had sinned against Him and that I desired to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Saviour and to be cleansed from all unrighteousness.

    From that moment on, I knew I had the assurance that I was a born-again Christian. I then followed Christ, in believers baptism shortly thereafter. What a happy day that was! “My sins were all pardoned, my guilt was all glory – Glory I am Saved!”

    I continually praise the Lord for saving me out of that miry pit in His mercy and grace! What a privilege it is to be called a child of God and a daughter of the King of Kings!

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  7. Pearls and Diamonds said,

    I used to think that my Christian testimony was boring and uninspiring. But it’s not really about me.

    Recently I’ve been convicted and convinced of God’s perfect plans, and I realize that whatever way He chooses to work is for His glory.

    My parents both trusted the Lord in college shortly before meeting and marrying. I was born 10 years later, while they were a part of a New Testament fellowship in Hutchinson, KS. My Papa took to heart Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach [God’s commandments] diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” As soon as I could talk, he was teaching me to memorize scripture, and when I was three, I overheard my Mom talking to my older brother about trusting the Lord, and I decided I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart. I was baptized 4 years later, at a lake in Topeka, KS.

    But a child that young doesn’t really count the cost and make a life commitment. Shortly after I turned 13 a kid I knew drowned and I was brought face to face with the shortness of life. I went through a period of floundering, trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life—and eventually made the choice to lose it to the safe keeping of Jesus. I could see His works around me, had seen His dealings in the lives of my parents and others that I loved and respected and knew that only He could redeem a stubborn teenage girl.

    That’s been almost seven years ago, and the Lord has proven Himself faithful over and over again to me. He has often broken and healed, and He still has much more to break and heal.

    Around my 16th birthday I developed an eating disorder—the product of a lack of trust in the Lord and a desire to control my own life. I also became very rebellious and angry. It was like throwing a wet blanket on my relationship with Christ because I knew that if I surrendered myself to Him, I would have to give it up. At the end of the summer, I confessed that I had lost control, and gave it over to the Lord. The eating disorder had broken down my previously excellent health, but the Lord restored that as well as the joy of my salvation. A year or so later, He convicted me to humble myself and confess this to my parents and seek their accountability.

    Since this time He has continued to work in my heart—teaching me submission, joy, and humility. I wish I could say I’d learned them all well, but I imagine there will be plenty more lessons in the future. As I’ve been meditating on the Lord and His deeds, I’ve been brought face to face with my own unworthiness and weakness. I used to want to be another “hero” of the faith—famous for what I accomplished for the Lord. But I realize that I often try to serve the Lord on my terms—my timetable, my comfort zone, my talents, but He is glorified through weakness, not strength.

    He’s opposed to the proud because he can’t use them—but He pours His grace on the humble. He needs us, not as good little Christians, but as broken, repentant and surrendered vessels, willing to be filled by Him, and to bring glory to Him.

    That’s why God saves sinners like me—to glorify Himself!

    Father, glorify yourself through me!

    Blessings,
    Abigail @ Pearls and Diamonds

    • Judy Mix said,

      Abigail, this was so precious. I met you when Lauren had Elijah what a joy you were not only to Lauren and Nathaniel but to me!! Thanks for your testimony!!

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