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AM A NEW CREATION
On the 13th of MAY 2012, I made up my mind to give my life to Jesus Christ. I received free gift of eternal salvation after accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
My life changed from that day henceforth, both spiritually and rationally. The way I thought became spirit-minded, the way I talked became more Godly, above all, the emptiness in me got filled by GOD’s dwelling and a strong desire for change.
I became surer of what I am to live for than ever before. Two days before God visited me, I was totally lost into the pleasures of this world which were never satisfying, though, this never dawned on me.
On Friday 11th MAY 2012, I was feeling empty inside of me but didn’t know what would fill it. I was at the hostel that evening and the thought of spending that night without having found a solution to my problem made me feel very sick.
So when the idea of hanging out with my classmate just drinking the whole night cross my desperate mind, I never gave myself a chance for a second thought. I called my drinking pals and asked to join them.
We later went to NAKUMAT Supermarket and bought lots of alcohol and other drinks-it was HARD stuff that we bought since we wanted to really drink ourselves silly till morning. At my pals place, we drank and danced the whole night to songs which I thought were soothing me a little.
When morning came we got to bed and slept. On waking up it was almost 1pm in the afternoon.
I had to attend to something at home so I had to leave for home. As I walked out of the gate, I met with a lady and two guys who were giving out fliers trying to welcome people for Sunday service.
The lady (Mercy Rukia), stopped me and asked to speak to me about God. I looked at her with my aching-head due to alcohol hangovers, and to my surprise, I said OK.
I was amused, since in the history of my life I have never stop to give an ear to someone who tried to talk me into Christ. I didn’t walk away like I normally would.
What had gotten into me that day? I told myself that maybe it was the hangovers! She told the things God had done for her since she got born again and invited me for Sunday service. In addition, she gave me the church flier and put down my contacts.
I asked her to call me that evening and on my way home I told God that her phone call would be a confirmation for me to go to church that Sunday. Fortunately, at 8.
00pm she called and I knew I had to go to church that Sunday. I went to visit my uncle the following morning at Kamiti Maximum Prison and later proceeded to church where I arrived when the service was almost ending.
I joined the congregation and we gave our offering. Then they song for us the beautiful songs for the visitors, it was indeed beautiful and I felt so happy.
More than I have ever felt before. I felt really LOVE expressed to me by real stranger.
And from that moment I knew I won’t leave that church ever. I knew something special had happened and that more was yet to come.
Pastor Splendor welcome us with so much love that left me smiling all the while. He asked the visitors to follow Victor outside who talked to us about being born again.
He mentioned about the steps of being born again: how you acknowledge that Jesus Christ came and died for us to be saved, confessing that He is the Lord and your savior and asking God to forgive you for your sins. I listened to Victor and then before I knew it, I was giving in; no resistance or any weird feeling that I would usually experience before.
He asked us to pray after him and when he was done he told us to tell God something. To be honest, I didn’t know what to tell God, I felt I was so much a sinner that I was not worth talking to God about anything.
But all that I could say was, “Please forgive me for my terrible sins. ” Then when Victor touched me on the foreheads, the words I was uttering suddenly turned into a language I could not understand, never heard of before!( speaking in tongues; as I came to learn) Next minute, I felt slightly weak and found myself heading for the ground.
While lying on the ground, I continued speaking in tongues for almost 5minutes. I was born again, wholly new and clean creation and Spirit-filled.
From that moment, a strong desire for change grew in me. The more I got to learn things of God and His WORD, the stronger and stronger that desire for change grew in me.
I woke up every morning wanting to do well and please God by following His teachings and exercising what I learnt daily. My life changed completely up to a point that some of my pals actually thought I was crazy.
Though some thought I was playing games with them and didn’t believe me when I told them that I was born again (saved) and that I had given my life to Jesus Christ who is my personal Saviour. Others mocked me and told me how I would miss enjoying life in this world.
But I told them that I was no more of their WORLD, but born of the Spirit and from Zion. Moreover, I told them how I enjoy my new life because I finally have a good reason to live for and that God had filled the emptiness in me that had been tormenting me for so long.
On the other hand, I lost some of my past pals, as others got disappointed that we won’t be drinking and partying together again. The most assuring thing was that none of this kept me worried, but instead moved me to getting deeper into serving God by: attending fellowships more often in the course of the week, cell meetings and I joined praise and worship (choir) team as well as dancing group.
I have grown by receiving encouragement and full support alongside good guidance from my Pastors, fellow brethrens and from reading and listening to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s articles and teachings. I meditate on His word and prayer a lot without ceasing.
My life has become encouragement and challenge to many people, whom I have shared my testimony with and talked to into being born again. To some, my rapid grow in salvation and consistent commitment has become a catalyst.
God loves a consistent worshipper and one that not only reads the word, but also acts it. As the Bible says be not only readers of the word but also doers of it.
God has commanded blessings in my life and I have become blessed. My boss act worked recommended that I be given a month contract just immediately when I reported back to work after our University close for long holidays.
This was an answer to my prayer the day before. Praise be to God! I now have a source of income and a means of getting to do many things in the house of God.
I LOVE YOU GOD SO MUCH. I wake up lacking nothing for I am a success! God so me through my end of semester exams, He guided me on what to revise and gave me great understanding.
I knew I had passed all my exams ever before finishing them. “I will make you the head and not the tail”.
God keeps His word and promises, unlike men who at times go against their word. Everyday turns out to be a new lecture for me to learn something new about what God expects of me and learn about Him even more.
Whoever gets to read this, I would say, make the very best of everyday that you wake up. Regrets of yesterday and fears of tomorrow are enermies of today’s happiness.
It doesn’t matter that yesterday’s assessments of you weren’t favorable; that was yesterday and its gone. Focus your attention on God’s WORD; meditate on His truth about your personality and identity in Christ, and not on failures of the past or fears of tomorrow.
Today is what counts, so make a move to be your best today since tomorrow isn’t promising. Tomorrow simply belongs to those who take hold of today because today is the springboard for tomorrow.