“Once an Enemy of God, Now a Friend!”
My name is Brittany Anger, and this is the story of how the Lord saved me. Because I grew up in a Christian home and environment, I was brought to church every week and was taught the story of Jesus from the Bible. I knew that everyone was a sinner and that Jesus had to come to Earth and die on the cross in their place to take their sin away. But I never saw that I was a sinner. When I was growing up, I made several “false professions,” meaning I asked the Lord to save me many times, but I was not really ready to turn away from my sins. The devil tricked me into thinking that I had actually gotten saved when I definitely was not saved. He was just trying to stop me from thinking about spiritual things and wondering whether or not I was saved.
“Pretending to be a Christian for many years was exhausting though.”
Although I had told my parents I was saved and I looked like a good person on the outside, I couldn’t keep hiding my sin. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23) No matter what façade you may have constructed on the outside, if you’re not truly born again, one day it will crumble and your true spiritual condition will be revealed.
When I was eleven years old, my dad confronted me about some things I had been hiding from my parents. I had made a false profession about two years before this and had been clinging to it as my only hope. However, my dad showed me from the Bible that if I were really saved, the Holy Spirit would have told me that I was wrong in hiding this sin.
“Even though I knew that everyone was a sinner, I never realized until that day that I was a sinner and that I had rebelled against a holy God.”
My dad showed me verses from the Bible that I had memorized as a little girl: “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” “For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” and “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, and John 3:16)
Even though I knew that everyone was a sinner, I never realized until that day that I was a sinner, that I had sinned against God. I felt broken inside. My heart felt dirty, filthy, rotten. The Bible says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) I knew what I had to do to: sincerely confess my sins, turn away from them, and accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation. I knelt down and prayed to the Lord in my heart, and He saved me, on September 22, 2012.
“I did not feel extremely different after I stood up, but my heart was definitely changed.”
Before the Lord saved me, I did not like reading the Bible, because it told me that I was a sinner, on my way to hell. But now I love reading the Bible, because it tells me that I am a child of God, on my way to heaven! Before the Lord saved me, I just went through the routine of “Christian living,” without having a real relationship with my Creator. But now I find joy and fulfillment in my daily walk with Jesus Christ!
If you’ve never realized that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you, then you must be saved TODAY! Don’t wait another day. God is giving you time to turn from your sins and accept Jesus into your heart TODAY.