Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.
I used Isaiah 42:16 in my book “The Roman Catholic Problem” as a description of what took place in my personal testimony and witness in Jesus Christ. Take notice of the word “blind by a way they did not know” and that God will lead the sinner on a path they have not known. During this He shows His glorious light which exudes from the darkness of sin. What an awesome PROMISE from God to every child of His that He gives a rebirth to.
My mind goes back to my former life of sin. A few years before my rebirth, I recall coming home from the weekend strip club excursion I had been on, feeling empty, feeling dead inside as I always did after doing something immoral like that. I recall driving home in a daze, wondering what in the world I was doing with my life. I was spending money on immoral things, living a life of sin, but really no joy or motivation inside. The darkness was all around me. Day by day and week by week, it was the same thing.
While on the outside, I may have seemed like an upstanding motivated person, nice and kind, but on the inside I was dreadful, evil, immoral, grudgeful. I had a short temper, I cursed like there was no tomorrow. Like every blind lost sinner, I sought whatever would make me happy no matter how short term it was and how immoral it was. Meanwhile, the church I was attending, the Roman Catholic Church was the crutch I used to justify this immoral life. An hour a week of attendance and I thought all was good.
The spiral downward continued as I attracted evil and evil people in my life who then cast that spiral in over-drive. There was no light, just darkness and sheer emptiness. Because the RCC doesn’t teach the biblical Gospel, it too was the help in that spiral downward, little did I know.
When God did as He promised in late December of 2010, the crooked path started to become straight. He led me on a path that I had not known before, true repentance. Some sins were a full and immediate stop without so much of a slight looking back or regret. The desire in my heart changed almost immediately! I was starting to feel fullness! That was the Holy Spirit who made His home in my heart and mind now.
I’ll never forget my former life of depravity because the rebirth would then need to be forgotten as well. God DOES AS HE PROMISES! There is nothing slight or half-hearted when it comes to Him. And I thank Him each day still for saving me by the person and work of Jesus Christ, of which I did absolutely nothing to deserve that redemption.