In the beginning, God created me in His own image, after His likeness. And God saw everything He had made about me and it was good (Gen. 1:26,31). Then something happened, after I reached my accountability age, I forgot the promises, and the words of GOD to me. And I was deceived by the devil, that old serpent to obey and worship him instead of my creator (Gen.3:1-7). So I disobeyed God and went on my own ways. Then after this, I heard the voice of God, and He called unto me “(Joana)…where art thou” (Gen.3:8-9). But I couldn’t heed to His voice, I was afraid, for the result of yielding to the enemy pushed me away from Him. Then I continued on my old filthy ways, worshiping and bowing to idols (for I was a catholic). Years passed by, months went away, and the days ran like there was something after it, yet I was busily swimming in the pool of the world with demons. As I flipped through the Bible, I saw God calling Abraham, and he obeyed with great faith, I explored the lives of the Israelite in the wilderness, Moses, Aron and others. I got to know how the Lord dealt with them, how he chose Israel for Himself and His love for them.
I came across the commandments and laws of the Lord, “thou shalt not do this, thou shalt not do that” (Ex.20:1-17). But I was still doing it, I was still bowing to demons. I found the promises, holiness and judgements of God but oh!!! I was still moving seriously and pathetically with these deceptive sprits. As I continue flipping, I saw a blessing and a curse before me by God through Moses saying “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: and a curse if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day to go after other gods which ye have not known” (Deut.11:26-28).
As I continued, I discovered the curses of tuning out the voice of God and His commandments (Deut. 28:45, 58:60,63). Hmm …yet the spirits of dereliction and negligent broke sticks to my ears. Then I rummaged Samuel’s book, and he told me “Behold to obey is better than sacrifices and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1sam. 15:22). But alack!!! Deliberately or ignorantly or being hindered by those demons, I don’t know, I just continued, I never stopped, neither did I rest, for those demons were just passing me to others like football players and there was no strength left in me to free myself once they were determined to swim deeper and throw my soul into the abyss. So I moved from book to book, I saw the mercy and power of God upon Israel, how He saved them from their enemies and the various battles He won for them. I heard the Lord calling me severally through his prophets and others.
Nehemiah told me to come for God is ready to pardon, and He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness (Neh. 9:16-17). Job continued inviting me for he said “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4). Psalms petitioned that “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17) so I should run to my savior. Proverbs advised me that “He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die” (Prov. 19:16). Once I noticed the Lord speaking to me through Ezekiel that He had no pleasure in my death, but that I turn from my ways and live for the soul that sinneth shall die (Ezekiel 33:11;18:20). But oh! Was it because I lacked knowledge? (Hosea 4:6), or maybe I was blinded by those serpents(2Cor.4:3-6), for I listened not to all of them. Then again the Lord spoke to me through Joel and Jonah to turn to Him (Joel 2:12-13, Jonah 3:8). He told Zephaniah to tell me to seek Him (Zeph. 2:3). I heeded not unto these lovely callings of the Lord.
Then sadly, I reached a blank, silent, taciturn and unwritten place just after Malachi. A place that God was silent in my life, a place I heard not the voice of the Lord again. I felt depressed, frustrated, worried, lonely and unloved. Suddenly, I realized how sinful I was, how spotted, dirty, unholy and filthy the garment of the world I was wearing. I saw how distanced I was from my creator. Then I flashed back and remembered the Lord’s calling through Isaiah that “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they may be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). So I came to my senses, I realized I was reasoning with the devil. Then I turned that blank page of my life and behold I saw the inscription “THE NEW TESTAMENT”. At this point, my soul was longing for a savior, the one who will reconcile me to my God and bridge the gap and distance between me and my creator. Then as the wise men from the east went searching and asking for their savior and spreading the question to all men that “where is He that was born king of the Jews?” for they said they had seen His star in the east and had come to worship Him (matt.2:1-2), so did I realized how important He was to me, and my soul begun to ask that same question they asked in respond to God’s calling in the garden of Eden that “…where art thou”? (Gen.3:9). This is because like the wise men, I also saw His star of the forgiveness of sins, His star of mercy and judgement, His star of unconditional love and grace (Eph.2:8-10), His star of reconciliation, His star to become God’s child by His power (John 1:12-13), His star of eternal life (John 5:14-16), and I had come to surrender my life to Him, to take Him as my LORD and personal savior and to worship Him with all my heart and life.
Then one precious day, I watched an end time messages of heaven and hell from the Lord to one sister, and was touched by the holy spirit on a particular word as the star led the wise men till it stood over where the child was. So I fell down, weeping, regretting, repenting and confessing all my sinful act since the time I was created, my idolatry, my lies, evil thought, anger and all my filthiness was confessed unto God (Psalm 42:11). As I was confessing and repenting the Door of my heart opened as the wise men opened their treasures and gave their presents to the Lord. I presented unto my savior my heart, soul, spirit and body and I invited Him to come into my heart to be the Lord over it all.
My savior LORD JESUS received, embrace and forgave me, He also washed all my sins away with His precious blood. The Lord removed my dirty garment and arrayed His righteous garment on me. Then as God warned the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod (matt. 2:12), so did my LORD JESUS warned me in His words that I shouldn’t reason with the enemy again and I shouldn’t love the world neither the things that are in the world (1John 2:15-17). He gave me a new heart and came to dwell within me for He took away the stony heart of disobedient (Eze.36:25-27).” Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (2Cor. 5:17). PRAISE THE LORD OH MY SOUL.
If you are a Christian, continue loving Christ and obey His commandments (John 14:15), if you are not a Christian then accept Christ by confessing and repenting of all your sins, believe that He is the son of God and He came to die on the cross because of your sins and accept Him as your LORD and personal savior and He will write your name in the book of life. (Rom.10:9-10). GOD BLESS YOU.
By: Aboagyewaa Joana