Lilian Mwangi - I now rest in the finished work of Jesus
My name is Lilian Mwangi. I met church February 2013.I’m so thankful that church guided me to receive true salvation through true servants of God. Before meeting church, I used to think that I was one with God, that I was a child of God. I remember the countless times I used to go to hills to fast and pray but still my heart was empty. In my high schools days I used to think I was better than my fellow peers. I was leading people according to what was right in my own eyes. Little did I know that my image before God was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5)
Lilian with her husband and their daughter
For almost 20 years I lived without knowing my true image and thought I was okay yet I was so miserable. It was tough living in sin. You can imagine how much I lived without peace and how much I struggled in sin. So many times I tried to wash away my sins through prayers and fasting and tried to please God through serving in church and offering. Regrettably, the bible talks about the goodness of man and his righteousness as filthy rags before the eyes of God. (Isaiah 64:6)
Lilian with her second born daughter
After coming to church, each time we would read the bible during fellowship or in gospel class, I felt like everything written in the Bible was new. Especially John 9:31 that says God does not listen to sinners, this made me start thinking…….Does this mean that all along God was not listening to me? Putting in mind how I would lead prayers in church services and make everyone in the hall shed tears, how everybody would think I was so spiritual and right with God. Yes, I did all those things but I was a sinner. I lived in the bondage of sin. No matter how much I tried I could not come out by myself. I needed Jesus. I had thought that Jesus and I were friends. Sadly it was not so. I knew of Jesus, yes, I knew Jesus existed but I did not believe in Him
Lilian (Left) with other church sisters at a picnic
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Truly I did not believe in Jesus, if I did, I would not have been having the burden of sin. Through church I was led through the Bible and realized that the word was God Himself. John 1:1 says; in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. So everything the word (Bible) talks about is God Himself talking to me. Jesus died on the cross at Calvary because of my sins. He took with him my sins and he gave me his righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21. If Jesus had died and never rose again, I would still be a sinner.(Romans 4:25) But now because He arose and conquered sin I can boldly testify I am righteous, perfect and holy because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. YES! Jesus washed my sins whiter than the snow. I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.
Lilian (Second from right) attending a married sisters picnic
I have received so much peace, joy and happiness after knowing that when I die I will go to heaven to be with Jesus. I’m so thankful to God who saved me from the burden of sin and from the misery of hellfire where the worms never die and the fire is never quenched. (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Truly God is so gracious he loved me and because of this, he saved me from sin. he promises in Hebrews 10:17-19 that my sins and iniquities he shall remember no more. My life is full of joy as I live in the true Church of God. Now my heart rejoice in happiness because Jesus washed my sins for eternity with the blood He shed on Calvary. I now rest in the finished work of Jesus. AMEN.