July 15th, 2012
I was once a lost youth. Now, I keep the youth from getting lost.
I was just looking for some youth testimonies for me to be inspired, then I saw this webpage. So, I get inspired to share my own testimony since I get to know more of Jesus.
I’m 16 y/o now. Stayed in the Philippines for 14 yrs, and now, in Bahrain for almost 2 years. Back then in my home country, I attend church because that’s what my parents and my school told/taught me to do so. I know Him since I was a kid, I know that He do really exist, that He died on the cross for our sins, the son of God, etc. Those are the only things I know about Him. Limited yea?
My parents decided that we MUST go here in Bahrain because we’re not going to the straight path. We’re doing things against my parents (or anything that will make my parents mad). I admit, I don’t consider Him when I’m doing things, I don’t ask myself. “Is this good in the eyes of the Lord?” And sometimes I do think of that, but I still do what is not right. Especially back when I was 3rd year HS, I keep on doing things against to the Lord! I keep saying bad words, backstabbing, name it! (but not that harsh!) Until we went to 4th year of being a high school student. For the first 6 months of my senior life in Bahrain, I’m still the same “me”, nothing change, still doing the same stuffs and odds. Then, I have a friend who’s deeply in love with the Lord. She attends church to praise and worship Him. Their church that time is going to have a Youth Camp. I was invited. At first, I refuse cause I’m not into their religion, idk what to do there and so whatever. But still, I decided to go because I don’t wanna be left behind cause all of my friends are going there and seize every moment then after that day, they will post on twitter how much they had fun blablabla! That’s the reason why, friends.
Youth Camp; I’m sick that time. I didn’t even participate at the games. Even in the praise and worship, all of my friends are jumping, and I was there, standing, clapping, and praying. I pray to Him, “Lord, heal me. Heal my throat. For I want to enjoy this event and participate actively.” I was imagining that time He’s in front of me, standing, laying His hands on my head. I can really feel His presence that time! I remember, I cried. But I was too shy to show them. So, I keep on wiping my eyes. And that time, I swallow a bit, and it was not like before! Miracle, eh? Yes! Those days, I really felt Him. It’s like, the Holy Ghost is within me. He’s calling me. God is in me!
After that camp, I realized all the sins I’ve done. All All ALL! I decided to pray that night, I sincerely pray to Him. Confess all my sins I’ve done even when I was a kid that I took 5php from my mom’s wallet. Haha! I may not say them all but God know how sincere I am that night. I cried a lot that my mom heard me. I thank Him for everything! I pray for all my loved ones. And after that long prayer, I peacefully sleep. I feel like, I’m very clean! I’m worthy to be called “His child.” And from that day on, I receive countless blessings! I do fail, but everything has a purpose. I’m so blessed!
The church decided to make a youth gathering every after regular Friday service. Until now, we still have that, but now, Youth Service. Our youth ministry is called Faith-Living Youth (FLY).
It’s never too late to come and praise Him! Come to Jesus and you will feel the same feeling that I always feel. For us youth, we’re blessed that in this very young age, we are given a chance to know more about Him. To understand His knowledge. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example of speech, in conduct, in speech, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12. Be a good leader and a good example for those who believe and those who haven’t know more of Him. To be a good leader, you must be a good follower.
Read the bible, meditate day and night. (Joshua 1:8-9) He’s not asking for you to give 24 hours for Him, but always spend a peaceful time to talk with Him. If you think that He don’t hear you, well, you haven’t talk, He already knew it. He knows the desires of our heart, personal intentions. Keep the burning desire to know Him more and you will feel His warm presence in your heart. Keep believing, keep praying, keep meditating. Keep His words in your heart. Have faith, have fear. For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. God, you’re awesome! B-)
We never know what God has planned for us. But for sure, it is for our own good, for our better future and for a purpose. We may not understand His words, but all we have to do is to put our trust in Him. For He is our God Almighty! He’s our savior, messiah, healer, provider, king, friend, everything, our life.
I thank God I have my friends that is the same like me. Each of them is a blessing from God. See how great our God is! Just a simple invitation, now, an endless journey with Him. Everything is really beautiful in God’s perfect time. Never too late, never too early, but always exact! May God bless us all forever and ever! I love you, Lord! Your unconditional love conquers my whole soul!
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~Proverbs 16:3 /life verse <333