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Kneel So You Can Stand Strong

This morning I would like to share with you a little of my salvation story. I grew up attending church regularly; it was a Sunday ritual in my home, and for many years I learned how to play church very well. I knew about Jesus Christ, and even liked a lot of the stories, but I would not say I had a personal relationship with Him. I would say He had a relationship with me because He never stopped calling me to Him; some would argue that is not biblically correct, I am sure. It was not until my life hit my version of rock bottom that my genuine relationship with Christ was born. My real relationship with Christ was born from a place of pain, hurt, anger, betrayal, shame, insecurities, and fear. I would like to tell you the exact time and date however I do not recall any of those details, the details I remember are that I was broken and out of human options, so I fell on my knees and reached out for a lifeline. It was early in the morning in my bedroom after another sleepless night. I knew what I needed to do, and so I found the courage, and I cried out to God for help, I confessed my sins, I mean I listed all the ones I could remember the lies I told, the shameful acts I committed, the anger I felt, the hurt I had caused to others, the times I betrayed others. I mean all the muck and mire of my life. And then I asked God to forgive me in Jesus's name then I did something I had never done before, I asked God to give me the courage to accept the forgiveness of Christ so I could move forward and forgive myself. Then I asked Him to take His rightful place in my life. At that moment, I felt something I had not felt in a long-time, perhaps never, hope. My salvation story is all about hope; that is when my real journey with Chr