I am putting this in my blog, so anyone who wants to read it can, and those who don't wish to read it don't have to.
I am here to tell you of the Wonderful Grace of Jesus, which has only recently been revealed to me. First, I will give you a brief introduction of myself, then I will go into my testimony of how I was saved, and lastly, (but most importantly) I will tell you of how marvelous my Lords saving grace is. If you do not want to hear of Jesus Christ, and his ultimate love for sinners, then you can leave now, but I urge you to read this anyway, because I want everyone to hear and know that the Lord shall save all who ask. (Mat. 7:7)
My name is David Kimball. I was born in 1986 in Oklahoma City, and was the second of my parents six children. My parents were devout Christians, and from an early age, I was taught that I was a sinner, and had no good in me. (Rom. 3:23) They took me to church on Sundays in the morning and evening, and also on Wednesday nights, so since before I can even remember, God, and spiritual things had a great influence on my life. When I was 14, I was monitored for about a year for testicular cancer, and like many had a "religious experience" because I was afraid of going to hell. I took comfort from Romans 8, but especially verse 28. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. To them who are the called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28 kjv) I soon realized that I had never repented of my sins, but I was too proud to do or say anything, so I convinced myself that I was alright. I eventually began drifting further and further away, because my conviction grew stronger, and the stronger my conviction grew, the harder I tried to deny that I was not saved, and the more prideful I became because I did not want to admit that I was a fake to myself or anyone else. During high school, I became a real military history fanatic. I loved to read personal accounts of combat experiences, and quickly became amazed at some of the stories of men who would act without hesitation to save one or more of his buddies, even when they knew that they would die themselves. Logically, I made the connection between that, and Jesus Christ's death on the cross, but it really meant nothing to me. Certainly not as much as the men who willingly gave their lives for their friends. After I graduated, I felt that I needed to show my gratitude to these young men by joining the Army National Guard. (because by that time, my father was in very poor health, and I wanted to stay close for my mother should anything happen to dad) My dad was in the late stages of hepatitis C, and there were many issues that divided our family from dad's parents and siblings. One side believed one measure should be taken concerning dad, and the other thought that another course of action was best. Since both sides believed they knew best, neither side relented until finally it was too late. My father went home to be with the Lord on Dec 14, 2006, leaving both sides devastated, and the situation completely beyond resolve. As the months passed, I began to hate the very verse that had given me so much comfort when I was 14. It got worse from there as began to question everything I had ever been taught. Soon I was treading on very dangerous ground by angrily demanding that God show me how my family was better off now, and that He tell me why in the (blank) He let all man fall into sin because the sin of one man (Adam) But then, God began showing me how wicked and sinful I was for not believing Him. The Holy Spirit really hit me hard with just how awful my sin was in the face of God, and how my life was in his hand, to save me, or cut me off forever. I became very depressed, thinking that there was no hope for me. I even considered taking my own life at one point. I cried to The Lord for mercy, and suddenly, he led me to a man and his wife who had recently suffered great loss, and yet gave thanks to God for his mercy and loving kindness. They showed me faith that I had never seen before. I knew a lot of scripture, since I had been raised in a Christian home and immediately thought of Romans 4:3. "And Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness." (Rom 4:3b kjv) I knew at once that the Lord had heard my cry, and had showed me an example of the saving faith that this couple possessed. A week later, I got a call from a family friend, who told me that he would like to meet me for breakfast sometime. I agreed to meet him that Saturday morning. When we met, he told me plainly, that he didn't know why, but that the Lord had placed me on his heart. I was astounded that the Lord would put me on the heart of someone who I had not spoken to for sometime. I knew for certain, that the Lord was working in me, seeing that He had brought my need of Him to these people who I had not even asked that they would pray for me. Surely God moves in mysterious ways! I know now that the Lord has heard my cry, and has delivered me from my sin! This week, we will commemorate the crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. If you have never taken the time to consider how great this salvation is, then consider it now. We are sinners, having no good in ourselves (Rom. 3:23) who must pay for our sins, either by keeping all of His commandments (which is impossible[Rom. 4:3]) or by Jesus. God sent His Son down to us, to live among us who are worthy of God's eternal wrath, and to take the sins of all those who believe, (Matt. 1:18-25) and die on the cross, a horrible and shameful death, so that those that believe will live. (John 3:16) Not only did He suffer an agonizing death, He endured the wrath of His Holy Father that we so rightly deserve! What amazing love! John 14:13 (kjv) says, " Greater love hath no man than this,that a man lay down his life for a friend." I was amazed by the love that men could have for each other by giving their lives for others, and now I am transfixed by the love that Christ had for me. For I deserved nothing but death because I had sinned against Him, and yet He took the sins that I had committed against Him, and Him only, and gave me His righteousness, for I had none. (Eph. 2:8-10) To God be the Glory!