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“Who Jesus is to me” by James Moffitt

Jesus appeared to me at the age of 17 and manifested himself to me through my high school friends. What do I mean by “manifested himself”? I mean that he made His presence real to my conscious thought patterns in a series of events in my life as a teenager. I was raised in a non christian home with a mother that was a non practicing Catholic and a father that never walked through a church door since I can remember.

My parents told me that they believed in the freedom of religion and that as long as I was GOOD I would be allowed to go into Heaven. To make a long story short I had a very strict upbringing. My father was in the Army for several years as a drill instructor. My mother was from European descent and a very strict disciplinarian.

In short I rebelled and stayed in constant turmoil with my parents. The Lord used several friends of mine as instruments to draw me into His kingdom. Ida Colombrito and Tracy and Donald Dewitt are the three people in my life at that time that drew me to Jesus Christ. They were always there to listen to me when I had a problem.

I began spending time at Ida’s house and began to talk to her father who happened to be the chaplain for the volunteer fire dept. back home. He led me in the sinners prayer by a chopping block in the woods one day. I came to a point in my life where I realized that I was a sinner lost and going to hell and that the only way I would be allowed into the Kingdom of God was by doing several things.

  • Confess my sins to Jesus Christ
  • Repent of my wicked ways. That means to turn away from them
  • Accept the gift of Grace at Calvary where Christ gave his life for the sins of the world.

At that point in my life I did not understand all the theological ramifications or the type of commitment that I had just made but I knew that He resided in my heart and that the awful burden that was on my shoulders was instantly removed. I ran all the way home full of joy! I was 17 at that time of my life and when I told my parents that I was saved they said , “Saved from what? Drowning?”. My parents had no clue what had happened in my life at that point and were very angry that I had continued to talk with those religious fanatics against their wishes.

I visited some churches sporadically from time to time for the next year and through a series of events moved from Quinlan, Texas to Houston, Texas trying to find a new beginning. This is where I learned about the commitment that I had made to Christ. This is where I learned about the difference between a “salvation” relationship and a “Lordship” relationship.

After being in Houston Texas for about 8 months I lost my job, place to live and my car. I wound up on the streets of Houston and then eventually in a street rescue mission called the Star of Hope Mission. At this time of my life God impressed on my heart in a very real way that I was no different and no more worthy of His grace than any other human being on this planet. At this point in my life I was a very materialistic , loud mouthed and not very heavenly minded young man.

While at the street rescue mission I had the opportunity of listening to the Gospel being preached three times a day before I was allowed to eat. I remember asking this question. ” Why ME Lord, what have I done to deserve this?” After 45 days of being at the Star of Hope Mission, listening to the Gospel, praying, crying and counseling sessions I was in a position where the Lord could speak to me.

Through the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit in my heart I was told, “It is not what you have done James, it is what you have not done”. I was devastated! Who me Lord? I yanked out my wallet and showed him my fire insurance card and said “I have accepted you as my Savior according to what the scripture has said”. The Lord impressed on my heart that being a Christian has some very solemn responsibilities attached to it. The Lord impressed on my heart that my life was purchased with an awesome price. The blood of Jesus at Calvary was that price and I was not to take it very lightly.

I went from being a “fire insurance card” christian to a person that to this very day is learning what it means to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ my Lord. Having a Lordship relationship is a one day at a time and sometimes one minute at a time ordeal. It is one thing to confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord. The devil and his fallen angels confess that and tremble. Having faith in the Lord and being obedient to His word is where faith comes in.

Do I think that I am perfect because of my relationship with Christ? No, far from it I would say. The only difference in me and a person that has not accepted Christ as their savior is when I fall face down in sin I have a Lord and Savior that will forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

My testimony may not be as dramatic as some. I have not been delivered from any type of addiction or abusive situation. I am not a pimp or prostitute or murderer. What did happen one day at the age of 17 is that the Holy Spirit spoke to me and manifested the Love of God and the mercy and grace of God to my life. I thank Him that I was able to receive the invitation of God and accepted it.

Life is not easy folks. It is full of its ups and downs. IT is full of disappointments. I can say with all my heart that without Jesus Christ in your heart you do not stand a chance. Through the hard times in my life I have been able to turn to Christ when no one else has been there for me. I have been on the streets with three bags of belongings, in a street mission, in jail. I have been homeless and have gone through a very bloody , emotionally tragic divorce. I am no stranger to pain. Through it all, when I turned to the Lord He was faithful and just to be there.

I challenge you today to find a place of quietness. A place where you are not interrupted by life in general. Jesus Christ is preparing a place for his children, the bride of Christ. He died on that cruel Roman cross for you just as for me and the rest of the world. I want to encourage you to seek out the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is a gentleman and will not force himself upon you. You have to seek Him out and when you do, He will come into your heart and take up residency. He will fill your heart with a joy that you will not be able to fathom. He will give you strength to overcome any trial or pain that this world can throw at you.

He is waiting for your commitment to Him. He has done it all for you. You do not have to do anything to prepare. The table has been prepared. All you have to do is be quiet and be honest with Him in your heart and ask Him to reveal himself to you in a way that only you will understand. He will and when He does you will not be sorry.

What will you do with Jesus Christ today?

In His Name
James Moffitt
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“Who Jesus is to me” by Katy Moffitt

I was 13 years old when I began to go to church with my brother Steve. He had become a Christian about 6 months before me. I still remember sitting on the 2nd row on the left-hand side of the First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, when the invitation came to go forward to receive Jesus as my savior. I listened intently as the pastor spoke one of his hell, fire, damnation sermons. I remember hearing the hymn in the background, “Just as I am”. I could not get to the front fast enough to give my life over to Jesus! From this day forward I was following Jesus! I was baptized in May of 1972.

However, once the trials came in high school, I stopped going to church. I stopped reading my bible. Several of my peers thought it was all right to get drunk on Saturday night, and then show up for church the next morning with a hang over. I figured why bother being a hypocrite, just don’t go to church all together!

I graduated high school and started Del Mar Jr. College in the summer 1977, I met Calvin, he was the President of the Baptist Student Union (BSU). He invited me to go to one of their fellowships. I figured …Why not? So I started going in July and the group went to Glorieta, New Mexico for a week of fun, fellowship and learning about Jesus in August. It was at this Baptist Encampment that Jesus truly revealed himself to me and I rededicated my life to him.

On August 16, 1977 I had a bicycle accident. A car was coming up hill as I was trying to go down hill. I hit my head on the bumper and received 22 stitches in my head and chin. However, through all the physical pain, I was glorifying the Lord! He delivered me from sin and death! I continued to be in the Baptist Student Union all through my college years. I also was able to go to Mexico twice and Montana to help with missionary work.

Since that time, there have been wonderful experiences and miracles in my life. Just to give you a small example, our daughter Jessica is a living miracle. She was born on September 11, 1990 at 26 weeks. She was 2lbs.7ozs. and 15 inches long. We thought several times during the 3 1/2 months she was in the hospital that we might loose her. When she was 9 1/2 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had a 14 month battle with a brain tumor. She went to be with the Lord in August of 2001. Since that time, it is sometimes hard to have the faith i need to go on, but I know she is safe in God’s arms and nothing can harm her now. Someday I will see our little girl again in heaven.

I once thought when I was younger that, “once you became a Christian everything would be wonderful and you would never have any problems”. I have learned, that is not reality, whether you are a Christian or not. Being a Christian means that Jesus is there for you and will help you through your trials. The trials will make you a better and stronger person. Most importantly, being a Christian and following Jesus means you will have eternal life!

I have learned to lean on God through everything.

If I could wish you anything at all I wish you, JESUS!

In His Everlasting Arms,

Katy Moffitt

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