DAY 3 OF 30
30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: THANKING GOD FOR AN EXPERIENCE
Today is the day 3 of 30 in the 30 days of Gratitude. Going by the plan which I have chosen to follow for these 30 days, we will thank God for an experience.
I believe we are the sum-total of our life’s experiences, while I am grateful for all wonderful experiences, I will choose today to appreciate God for a unique experience. For clarity sake, I will proceed to a clear definition of what an is experience.
According to Google, experience (noun) means "practical contact with, and observation of facts or events" It can also be "an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone."
Merriem Webster’s dictionary also sums up experience as follows;
: the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you
: skill or knowledge that you get by doing something
: the length of time that you have spent doing something (such as a particular job)
So in the context of this article, I choose to be grateful to God for every wonderful events that has happened to me or the practical contacts with, and observation of facts that I have had - most especially my spiritual experiences.
This is going to be a spirituality post, just like it is usual of my Sunday posts, I thank God for my spiritual experiences most especially the unique experience of my salvation- the day I became born again, for lay readers, this was the day I became a friend and follower of Jesus Christ.
16“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him- John 3:16-17 (NLT)
My salvation experience was when I chose with all consciousness to serve the Lord Jesus Christ; I made a decision for him to become my Lord and Saviour by accepting the works of salvation and redemption of mankind from sin and reconciliation of men back to God. He did this by willingly offering his blood (life) as a sacrifice on the cross of Calvary and rising again on the third day. All this accounts can be found from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the New Testament of a wonderful book- The Holy Bible. This Book is God’s powerful word. There are versions of it sold world-wide and even available for free online as well.
I gave my life to Christ as a young school boy who was, though brought up in a Christian home,but had gone on secret escapades of experimenting with stuffs too young for a young school boy. However, the true change came when I began to read the brown old Bible written in Yoruba in our then face-me-and- i- face-you (bungalow) apartment...that's story now... about that time I met a Christian friend in school who shared the new birth message with me so I prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart and fill me with His wonderful Holy Spirit. Oh what joy ! And what peace I felt at that instant. I thank God for that experience.
This salvation experience was an amazing one and has been for me the beginning of a whole new life. Deciding to make a personal relationship I believe anyone can make...This is possible when you acknowledge you are a sinner and invite Jesus into your life with a simple prayer called the sinner's prayer like one shared below...This ushers you into a wonderful experience which will be the beginning of an exciting journey you will ever be grateful and thankful for.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus Name!
I am grateful for many wonderful experiences most especially my salvation experience.
Your Billion-Dollar friend
Life-coach,Engineer and Entrepreneur
(c)August 2014, Emmanuel Ayeni
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