Published September 23, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"Living Testimonies"

Over the past few weeks this column has been devoted to testimonies from readers who "remember the day" when they were saved. Thanks again to all who contributed their memories.

But last week, I asked you for a "sentence testimony" of evidence that God remains alive in your life today, how you see His guiding hand in your life, how you have seen Him lead since first finding Him, perhaps many years ago. Here are a few of the responses:

"As I look back...I can see over and over, time and time again, how in my life there was no way out of many of my unfortunate circumstances. God has always provided a way from the bad things in my life to be turned into big blessings again and again. I have faith He will continue in the future. Romans 8:28." – Beverly M.

"And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own..." – Beverly C.

"I had a relationship with Jesus as a child and ran from Him as a teenager but to show how much He loved me He kept following me until I came back, which proves He does go after the one out of 99 because I am that one..." – Pam R.

"Here's my sentence testimony: At 85 years, my Lord is still anointing me in a special way as I sing praises to Him." – J.D.

"I've been leading a ladies' Bible study for almost two years now. The Lord continues to open doors for me to serve." – Jane H.

"I have felt Him through my divorce, blindness, and now my husband's need to be in a nursing home. I am blessed!" – Jeanie P.

"Thank you for allowing us to read these testimonies... The number of them who were like myself, older, gave truth that God kept them for all these years..." – Fred C.

"Brother Paul, I am a songwriter and the evidence keeps stacking up. I am 75 this year and still write a song or three almost every day. God has spoken 6,650-plus songs to be in the morning stillness. Many of them have been recorded." – Bud A.

"In answer to your question in today's column about the evidence of God's presence in my life these 59 years after I was saved at the age of seven, my response can be partially summed-up by the lyrics from an old Gospel song (and that Scripture gives credence to in Philippians 4:7): ‘There is peace in the time of trouble; there is peace in the midst of the storm. There is peace, though the world be raging, in the shelter of His arms!'" – Jim P.

"Peace." Perhaps that one word can best sum up a Christian's state of mind, regardless of what else happens. Only someone who possesses that "peace" can consider themselves "blessed" in the midst of difficult circumstances, as seen above. And when that's the case for a Christian, that's clear evidence of God's sustaining power in our lives as we live for Him.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). And as Jesus promised, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you..." (John 14:27a).

- Paul

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