God has been good to me all these years. Things have worked well for me. At least my life has progressed consistently all these years. But something was not right at all.
I am 70 years old and I am a man with a wife and 5 very successful kids. I lack no good thing but 20 years ago i wasn’t comfortable or at peace, despite my success. I owned a very big house, fleets of cars and all but I could hardly sleep at night.
When I was 12 years old, some hoodlums visited us in our house, one evening. We were actually about to go to bed, when they stumped into our house. They requested for all the money my father, (who was one of the most respected and wealthy man in that town then) had. Unfortunately, he had given his Personal assistant all the money he had to pay for some construction projects.
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The thieves searched everywhere in our house and could only find some change. In anger, they shot my father and my mother. That was how I and 2 of my older siblings became Orphans.
Everyone went their own ways. As for me, I got so bitter and then joined a bad gang immediately. I felt that I had lost what mattered most to me and I had no worries if I get to lose my life. I went into robbery. I and my gang were very terrible. We robbed, killed and raped wives, mothers and daughters when we went on operations.
One day, we went on a well informed operation. An insider had told us that, his neighbor had been awarded a contract. So we braced up and visited that compound. When we got to that house in particular, we instructed them to give us the money, and not allow us stress ourselves to search but, they insisted that they had no money.
I personally got upset so, I ordered the boys to search. Indeed, there was no money. It made me even more upset. As I stood there, the wife of the man crawled up to me and placed their new born baby on me, in tears. She begged me to spare their lives because of the baby. I warned her thrice to take the baby away from me but, she kept on pressing the baby on me. So,I took the baby and smashed the baby on the wall. He died instantly.
We left that house immediately and robbed the rest neighbors. After that day, my heart knew no peace. Every time I closed my eyes, I kept seeing that picture, of how, I had smashed that baby.
A month later, we went for an operation where, we went into a gun battle with the police. I lost all the members of my gang and I managed to escape.
I changed my lifestyle and went into bricklaying. I met my wife who introduced me to Christ. I began to attend church services and my life began to change. But that guilt was still there. I felt there was no way God could forgive me. Every night, I dreamt of that same incident. It was like a life torment for me.
Then one day, after everyone had gone to bed, I went into the toilet with a razor. I was tired of this bondage of guilt. I felt I need to pay for that sin. So I decided to cut myself. I kept doing that every night believing that by that God would finally forgive me.
2 months after I started cutting myself, I went into the toilet as usual that night. As I got into the toilet, I noticed a book just on top of the toilet sit. “Perhaps my wife had left it there”, I thought. But Immediately I saw the book, I felt a little relieved and so I picked it up and began to read it. It was a very small book of 15 pages and in 30 minutes, I was done. After reading that book, it was as though something had been lifted off me. It was as if a demon had been cast out.
In the book, the writer analyzed sin as our faeces. He said the main reason, why we flush the toilet after passing out faeces is because, we no longer want to have anything to with it. He said, the Gospel is, YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS . OLD THINGS HAVE BEEN FLUSHED AWAY AND I AM A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST.
He also explained that, he who is with a pure heart is one who is free from guilt and the bondage of sin (that keeps saying that you are guilty, God is angry and disappointed in you and you don’t deserve to be helped by God and that you must suffer for your sin). Amen with a pure heart approaches God with joy and rejoicing knowing that God has set him free. Guilt is not from God. Christ died for us to be set free from guilt, the feeling of condemnation and the addiction to sin.
So the way out is this. I needed to embrace the fact that, the blood of Jesus was shed for the whole world right till the end of the world. And so, for whoever believes and abides in Christ Jesus, no sin counts against him. He now partakes of the mercy that Christ has given all men in his life by believing in Him. The writer concluded by saying, ” flush that GUILT and REST IN THE FREEDOM OF CHRIST”
After reading the book, I leaped for joy. I began to proclaim MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!! I joyful, light and relieved. My mind flashed to PAUL in the Bible, who had been a very bad man and later said in the scriptures that he had wronged no one. That means he was free from guilt too and had rested on the life-given grace of God.
Do you know what? Then, I thought I was successful but after that day, I began to experience breaking forth on all sides. I prayed better and became so prosperous. I had been free all the while I accepted Jesus. I just didn’t accept my freedom that Jesus had freely given me by believing and resting on it .
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