I will never forget the time a friend of mine came out of Catholicism and became Born Again. He said, “Some day I will tell you everything that is wrong with the catholic religion.” Of course, I was offended….that was “my” religion and no one was going to tell me I was wrong. I was quite annoyed at him (to put it lightly).The whole concept of being Born Again was beyond my comprehension. As I sat in church years later as an active participant helping with CCD, starting a church nursery, etc I started being convicted by the Holy Spirit. The biggest conviction came to me about “Mary” and praying to or through the saints.. I began to ask questions with a sincere heart to fellow Roman catholic believers as to why we did this and no one could answer me. I even went to the priest and asked him where in the Holy Bible we are told to worship Mary? He got so mad at me he yelled at me and told me ” THAT IS JUST WHAT WE DO!” He later brought me back a book about Roman catholic worship to “Mary” and why we do it…I NEEDED God’s answer…I was devastated as I really liked this priest and REALLY with ALL my heart wanted to make sure I was correct in any kind of worshipping I was doing beyond JESUS.
I gave up on trying to find the answer and stayed put begrudgingly where I was.
One day I was driving to pick up our boys from school I was flipping through the radio stations WAIT! WHAT! I had to stop scanning and go back..THERE IT WAS! I COULDN”T BELIEVE IT!
GOD’S ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION THAT BURDENED MY HEART! It was a Christian radio talk show and they were speaking on this very topic!!!!
THE SCRIPTURE THAT PROVED MY WORSHIPPING OF MARY AND SAINTS WAS WRONG:
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
GOD KNEW I WAS SEEKING HIS ANSWER WITH A SINCERE HEART…I STILL MARVEL HOW GOD ANSWERED THIS QUESTION AND MARVEL EVEN MORE HOW SIMPLE HIS SALVATION PLAN FOR US IS.
I couldn’t “come out of her” right away because I was afraid of offending people (we can not fear-OR REVERENCE man- we are to REVERENCE GOD).
When I finally did I kept feeling like I am not “doing” enough….THERE IS NOTHING FOR US TO DO! AMEN! HE DID IT ALL! HE SAID BEFORE HE GAVE UP THE GHOST “IT IS FINISHED”! HE WAS NOT KIDDING! HE IS FOR REAL WHEN HE SAID THAT!
Today- and every day-I thank God for allowing us to “rest in Him”. May you, too, learn to rest in HIS finished work so you may know HIS freedom and TRUTH and to know HE is the ONLY WAY
I never left to offend friends and family. I left to reverence and folllow the GOD of TRUTH.
I love you with the love of GOD that is why I share this testimony. For those that may be feeling conviction on their heart about practicing a religion instead of just resting in the Lord’s finished work may you find HIS peace. THE ULTIMATE PEACE. IT IS FINISHED ❤️ Jesus said so ❤️
P. S. I am very thankful to GOD for that friend now that wanted to tell me I was wrong and that GOD IS RIGHT! I got angry before I was ready to be set free and I thank GOD for HIS correcting conviction through His Holy Spirit for HIS children! Are you HIS child? Are you obeying HIM or man and a system?