About 30 years ago, Alan Manson experienced a life changing event that set him on the path of discovering Jesus Christ in more practical ways. His walk with Jesus helped him realize there are conditions related with Salvation that many Christians are not aware of.
Alan learned that if our Heavenly Father places a new heart and a new spirit within His children just (as He did with King Saul – 1 Sam 10:9-11 and with others), that this is when one is able to “see the Kingdom of Heaven” while in this world (John 3:3):
“A NEW HEART also will I give you, and A NEW SPIRIT will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an [soft] heart of flesh.”Ezekiel 36:26
This is what happened to Alan, when God gave him a “new heart”!
Alan’s First “Fiery Trial” After Accepting Jesus Christ as “Lord”
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:”1 Peter 4:12
When Alan’s first wife of 20 years walked out of his life without any explanation, it came as a great shock to him. She also took their two teenage children with her. At their request, Alan has not had contact with them over the past 30 years.
From this apparent disaster, God eventually gave Alan his (wonderful!) wife Lyn and her family. Her children have adopted him into their families and provided him with grandchildren that his own children have denied him.
Alan regards having lost “lands and houses” and the “wealth” he formerly had restored back to him (Mark 10:29-30) in the form of a Job experience that somewhat parallels what Job records in scripture:
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men [Job’s children], and they are dead…Then Job arose… And said…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.Job 1:13-22
“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…”Job 42:12
His ‘New Life in Christ’
Throughout Alan’s new life in Christ, the Lord led him into churches where he searched for truly ‘born-again‘ Christians who love God’s words as he does.
“STRIVE TO ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE: for MANY [Christians], I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall NOT BE ABLE.” – Jesus speakingLuke 13:24
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE.”Matt 11:12
This Gospel blog has been established to share Alan’s understanding about “walking in the Spirit” (Rom 8:1) while he is “working out his own Salvation in fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).
Alan is aware that as Satan robbed Adam and Eve out of spending eternity with their Creator, he is aware that Satan might attempt to rob him of his Final Salvation through similar tactics of temptation, lies and deception:
” And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.Matt 24:4
Alan Manson invites you to spend some time reading his blog and asking any questions you might have, especially about the New Birth that is vital for every Christian to experience.
A Disciple of Jesus Christ (Luke 14:33)