Posted by: davidlarkin | March 10, 2021

Fifty Years with God through Jesus

50 years of God's Strength

This month of March 2021, I celebrate 50 years as a member of God’s family. It is quite amazing to be with the Lord so long, and I am thankful and grateful that he has kept me and strengthened me in my inner man even as my body fades. I will be 73 years old in July. Most recently, last June, I had open heart double bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery, from which I am recovered by the grace of God, and am walking for exercise one to one and a half hours, 4-6 days a week. I have been a Christian since March 1971 when I first believed while reading a hotel King James Bible in a cottage in Woodmont, Connecticut while studying philosophy at Yale. God has preserved me through these years, despite my sin, which He has forgiven through the blood of Jesus. God has given my wife Susan and I and our 30 year old son what we have needed all these years. Now in my 70s, I thank God for Medicare and Social Security!

I must give God the glory for keeping me in the faith all these years, for the gift of perseverance. As a Bible-believing Christian, I have confidence that I will never fall away, that perseverance accompanies true faith and salvation in God, through His son Jesus, and his atoning death on the cross and resurrection, with the work of the Holy Spirit day by day strengthening me and keeping me. Thus, a simple statement of the Gospel that is the foundation of my faith.

This is a passage from the Gospel of John that contains the promise of perseverance to those who are truly chosen by God, who necessarily humble themselves, and recognize their sins, and repent, though repentance is continuous until we die.

Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. . . . My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:14-15, 27-30 (English Standard Version)

I have often shared my account of my spiritual life with others which I posted on this blog in 2008. My Spiritual Memoir, which I wrote in 2005, accounts for my spiritual life from childhood and high school in Omaha, Nebraska, my unbelief until my conversion in 1971 reading the Bible while at Yale, and the more remarkable supernatural and providential events over my life since then which have made my faith unshakeable.

To those who have not read it, and would like to read it, here is the link to David Larkin’s Spiritual Memoir. It is about 23 pages long:

https://betweentwocities.com/spiritual-memoir/

Here is a shorter version, Supernatural Answers to Prayers in my Life, which has a brief account of my conversion and the second half of my Spiritual Memoir with the record of the more remarkable supernatural answers to prayer and the providential events that were God’s revelation and confirmation to me of his existence and his hand in my life.

https://betweentwocities.com/2015/08/29/supernatural-answers-to-prayers-in-my-life/


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