Hi Everyone, Today on Calvary Temple Miracles at Calvary Temple Church with Pastor Star R. Scott, I wanted to share a testimony of Salvation. To always remember the Scripture in John 3:3- “Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be Born Again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
My name is Bill Snow. I am 42 years old and I am a member of Calvary Temple church in Sterling, VA. My story starts out like many others, as I grew up going to church on a regular basis, I would go with my parents every Sunday. I grew up hearing about God as a teenager unfortunately for me at this time in my life I was too caught up with wanting to “experience” the world and all I thought it had to offer. I would later discover through my bad choices and the consequences of those choices that I wasn’t in as much control of my life or the things that affected my life as I thought I was. It was obvious that I not only needed a character change, a lifestyle change but I needed a new heart.
During this time in my life I would visit a local church every once in a while. During one of those visits a guest speaker was teaching about how there was this woman in the bible named Rahab who was a prostitute and also in the lineage of Jesus Christ. This blew my mind as I had never heard that before. One of the lies of the devil that I had believed at that time was that I had done too many bad things for God to save me or use me, I thought I had to fix my life first, yet here I was hearing this truth that God not only had forgiven and accepted this woman (Rahab) but chose to use her in a significant way. At that point I had no excuse for why I couldn’t give my life to Christ. The guest speaker gave an altar call at the end of her message but I chose not to go down at the time. But then as she closed she prayed something I had never heard before, she prayed that anyone who didn’t know Christ would not be able to rest that night. At the time I thought that was pretty strange but me being who I was, tried not to let it bother me too much. But sure enough that night I didn’t get much sleep and I actually had a dream that would dramatically change my life, a dream in which I would encountered the Lord and come face to face with the reality that I wasn’t right with God and if unrepentant I wasn’t going to heaven but to hell. In the dream it was made crystal clear to me that in God’s view my life was not acceptable to Him, not just because I had not done any good things up to that point but rather because I didn’t know Jesus Christ personally, it became evident to me through this dream that Jesus had been trying to get my attention all along but I had rejected Him over and over in order to have my fun and experience life on my own terms. When I woke up from the dream I got down on my knees and cried out intensely to the Lord to save me! I suppose it had quite the affect on my then girlfriend, Donita, as she got down on her knees and asked the Lord into her life as well. Jesus answered my prayer in a mighty way, He gave me a new heart right then and there and the weight of all my sin I had been carrying around for years was supernaturally gone, Praise God for His mercy! My life transformation took place in August of 1997. I was filled with the Holy Spirit a few months later and have been walking with the Lord ever since. To be clear I am not perfect but now when I fall short and commit a sin I repent by God’s grace as becoming more like Jesus is my life’s goal. I can testify that the Lord is a very faithful God, He has never failed me though I have failed Him many times over the years. His mercy endures forever!
Shortly after being born again I got married to Donita, my wife of 16 years now and we moved to Sterling Virginia through much prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit primarily to be closer and more involved in our church.
God has blessed us in many ways, my wife, my son Jamal and I are now very involved in various ministries at our local fellowship from helping out with boy’s basketball program to ushering, being a door greeter (in the house of the Lord) and also often help out with various evangelistic outreaches.
Some of the disciplines that I practice in my life are regular bible study, prayer, consistent church attendance and sharing the gospel when I’m out and about. By God’s grace I purpose to know Christ more and more and to follow the Holy scriptures as I prepare for Jesus’ soon return. Although having these disciplines and performing good works don’t necessarily prove that I’m born again or right with God, they do provide some insight to what my life is like today and how God has dramatically changed me from who I used to be to who He is making me into, for this I am grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for His mercy, forgiveness and a true dynamic relationship with the great God of heaven is available to anyone and all who call on and believes in the name of the Lord!
Romans 10:13 says it this way. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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