Rose's Testimony

I used to think I didn't have much of a testimony but the older I get the more I realize how my testimony is actually a testimony of the wonderful keeping grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

My mother was diligent to teach us children the way to the cross and she says that I prayed many times even when I was very small and asked Jesus to be my Saviour. But the time that I remember and that really made an impact in my life happened when I was eight years old.

As a family we were missionaries at this time in Chiclayo, Trujillo, and in the mountains in Peru, South America. My father preached in the churches in town and in various villages in the mountains. My mother taught music to the choir at church, did sewing for people in need, and homeschooled us six children of which I was the third oldest.

I was eight years old when my Sunday School teacher was giving a lesson on heaven and hell and I remember realizing with strong conviction that I was on my way to hell. When the teacher gave opportunity for prayer afterwards I gave my heart and life to the Lord and put my trust in Jesus to be my Saviour. The teacher actually made the comment that I was the missionary's child and gave the impression that she didn't think I needed to do that. But I knew in my heart that I had been convicted and I knew that something had happened, something had changed inside of me.

After that I can testify that God planted in my heart a love for His Word, a hatred for sin, and a desire to walk in obedience to Him unto sanctification and holiness. This became very clear and vivid and was not true before.  Something interesting to me is that most of my memories from then on all have a spiritual connection to it; either conviction of sin or recognition of God's truth in a situation. I know this is not natural or of myself but it is the grace of God and His Spirit at work in my life.

As I look back over my life, there were many situations that I found myself in because of ignorance but as soon as I realized where it was leading to and cried out to the Lord, He saved me out of them.

After I graduated from school, I went to a Bible college, where I made many mistakes and got involved with people who were not good influences for me in my walk with the Lord. I realize it more and more as I get older and learn more about deep purity, holiness, faithfulness, honouring authority, etc. My gratefulness and amazement at the Lord's keeping grace grows the more I realize what all He kept me from and how depraved man actually is.

Many times I have to repent as the Lord shows me more of myself and the lack of godliness that is a part of fallen man. Dying to self and the flesh is a necessity for anyone no matter at what age they come to the Lord. Abiding in Him and living in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus keeps getting deeper and deeper as the Spirit of the Lord continues to convict me of sin, righteousness and judgement and lead me into a deeper understanding of His truth and His narrow way for my life.

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