"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy." Psalms 107:2
It's Not by Feelings, it's by Faith
by Bethany Mitchell
Bethany is one of our church pianist. She is a faithful and talented young lady who loves to sing and play the piano to glorify God. Check out her favorite scripture verses and her sweet testimony.
Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Hi everyone, I’m Bethany. With this Sunday being Resurrection Sunday, a lot of us are remembering how Jesus changed our lives, and I want to share how He has changed mine! I was raised in a Christian home and have been in church for my entire life. I think I was about 9 years old when God first spoke to my heart through the preaching of His Word and showed me my need for a Savior, but I didn’t get saved until I was 16. I spent all those years in confusion and misery. My heart was so empty, and I had no peace or joy. I think the reason I was under conviction for so long was because for the longest time, I was looking for a feeling. I thought that when God saved me, I would all of the sudden feel an overwhelming, magical feeling, and that’s how I would know that I got saved. I bless the day when God showed me that salvation is not by feelings — it’s by faith. I had probably heard that all my life, but it didn’t really hit home until the year before I got saved. However, after God showed me that salvation is by faith, I still struggled. I think one reason I continued to struggle was because I had an experience when I was 12 where I thought I got saved, but about 6 months afterwards, God showed me that what I thought I had wasn’t real. I was still bothered when I heard preaching about hell. I had no change, and I had no joy or peace. I think this whole experience made it harder for me to come to a place of salvation. I didn’t understand why I didn’t truly get saved when I was 12. I wanted to be saved so badly, but I was afraid to trust the Lord to save me because I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me again. Now I understand that the reason I didn’t truly get saved that morning when I was 12 was because I had merely trusted in a feeling. I believed God had saved me because I thought I felt different. But I didn’t truly put my faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ.
On September 25, 2014, I truly came to know the Lord. I went to a revival meeting at a nearby church that Thursday night. The preacher read from Judges 16, and preached on “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late.” Whenever God would deal with my heart before I got saved, I could usually find some kind of excuse. But that night was different. I had no excuses. I knew that I was lost and that if I didn’t get saved that night, I might not have another chance. I knew that if I asked God to save me later, it might be too late. When the preacher gave the invitation, at first I wrestled with the idea of going to the altar, because I knew that if I went, that that was it, that I was going to have to surrender. But I finally gave in. I knew I wanted God more than anything in the world. I knew I needed Him, and that Jesus was my only hope. So I went to the altar. That night God revealed Himself to me in a special way and for the first time I saw Him as absolutely worthy of my trust. I saw Him in all of His majesty and power, and I thought, “If He is big enough to create the heavens and the earth, surely He can save my soul.” After crying out to God for a while, I finally just got real with Him and said, “God, I now know that salvation is not by feelings — it’s by faith, so I’m giving myself to You. Lord, I’m trusting you to save me.” Then I just started thanking him. I got up and told the preacher that God had saved me, and I told him that by faith. I didn’t feel an overwhelming feeling or anything, but my soul was at rest. I finally had peace, and I knew something was different. I knew I didn’t have to worry any more, and that brought so much joy to my heart. My life has never been the same since that night! I haven’t always been the Christian that I ought to be, but God has always been faithful to me and I’m so thankful that He is my Father and I am His child! I’m so thankful to have peace with God and to know that my sins are forgiven. Knowing that I’m saved is the best thing in the world!