I got born again in the 2nd semester of my 2nd year in the university; that’s in 2011. It happened during a church service; the pastor gave an altar call, I got convicted in my heart and in that moment decided to live my life for God and I went forward for the altar call.
Before this I was raised in a Christian home, had worked in church, attended all services and training programs in church because that’s how I was raised. I however didn’t have a personal relationship with God. Thus when I got into the university, I made the decision to not attend church service because I didn’t see the need to plus I get my freedom at last and I didn’t. I instead used Sundays as my day of rest, washing clothes and reading. This went on until one Sunday in 100L I saw a missed call from my mom at about 4am in the morning and I was worried. The call came in quick successions about 3 times and whenever I picked it I didn’t hear anything, I tried calling back but it didn’t go through. I’m a natural worrier with an overactive imagination so I started imagining all sorts of danger was going on at home. I couldn’t go back to my normal Sunday morning sleep so I decided to go to church and pray and then call her after. I was so out of tune with church that I didn’t know where the nearest church was and what time service was.
I walked to the nearest church outside campus arriving too early while workers meeting was going on. I sat at the back and listened to the pastor. I realised how much I missed church so I decided to stay till the end of the service. I bought a copy of Open Heaven devotional from which the pastor was exhorting the workers and made up my mind to not miss church again. Sunday after Sunday after that I came to church. I called my mom back that day and apparently she never called me and nothing was wrong. Till this day she doesn’t remember calling me so I have tagged it as my wakeup call from God hehe.
Throughout that year, I attended church, listened to the pastor’s sermons, attended Sunday afternoon fellowships etc. but I was not yet born again. I guess the work of God was ongoing inside me until that afternoon in church when pastor gave an altar call.
I must say that before this I have responded to numerous altar calls as a child but it was always out of fear of not going to hell and not because I made a personal decision or commitment.
This time it was different I knew what I was doing and I had the boldness and faith to make the decision (Roms 12:3). Other times I would lift my hands in my seat in response to the born again call but I won’t stand up to go to the front because I was shy. This time I had a boldness and it seemed like I was the only one in the room. I was sitting amongst my friends but I didn’t care about what anyone thought of me. I raised my hand, stood up and walked to the front; said the sinner’s prayer and just like that, dedicated myself to receive Jesus as my personal Lord and saviour!
Personal Lord and Saviour means you get to know him personally and for yourself. He is not your family Lord and Saviour but personal to you. You can say something is personal if you don’t have a personal relationship with it or him.
After the experience I had an unexplainable joy, it was like that feeling you have when you are in love with someone. I remember telling my roommate some days after that I feel so happy and I couldn’t explain it! The world seemed brighter and shiny, all was well. That’s the joy of salvation placed into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.(Psalm 51:12)
After I got born again, what changed? I deliberately started to seek God out. Every morning I would wake up and go to an empty room in my hostel and open my bible (Psalm 119:147). I started studying the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter before starting my day. I still have my notes from those days. It was splendid. And little by little change came into my life, I started to learn about what was wrong in my life and started to change it (Roms 12:2) I got a healthier picture of my worth and esteem with God and started to live like that. I joined several workers group in my church and started to work for God; this time with meaning and purpose.
I had been baptized before at the age of 14 after going through an intense training on what it meant so I didn’t need to do it again but I wasn’t yet baptized in the Holy Spirit. The next mid semester break I decided to seek God’s face about my baptism in the Holy Spirit. It was a true P.U.S.H period. I gathered all the books on speaking on tongues I could find (almost 10) and decided to fast every day until I received my baptism. Day in day out, I wold wake up, do my chores then return to sit on the floor of my room studying the Bible and reading books on the Holy Spirit Baptism and I practiced everything in those books. I didn’t do this for too long before I began to sense the presence of God, I got baptized in the Holy Spirit in my room that month through the word of God in the Bible and books written by anointed men like Kenneth Hagin and Benny Hinn. My baptism in the Holy Spirit came with a few gifts including speaking with other tongues. (Acts 1:12-14)
I have continued to grow, study and learn in my walk with God and so far I have had no need to look back. To God be the glory.
As I conclude this series this week, I especially want to emphasize the importance of having a PERSONAL relationship with God. We would all agree that no relationship can succeed if both parties don’t work on the relationship; you would agree with me that the only way you have grown so much is because you spent time feeding and grooming yourself. Why then do we think we have a successful Christian Life without working on our relationship with God. You can be a Christian and maybe even said the sinner’s prayer and speak in tongues, which is good; but your Christian experience will not be a successful one if you fail to take time to get to know God.
It’s not as hard as you think, simply commit to spending at least 15 mins every day in the word of God and prayer and I promise that the results would pleasantly shock you.
God loves you always!
Salvation Prayer – The Simple Steps:
- Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord.
- Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
- Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later.
- Repent of your sins and get baptized in the name of Jesus.
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”
This prayer was gotten from https://www.allaboutgod.com/salvation-prayer.htm