Ephesians 2:1-2:5 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians. 2:8-9 by grace you have been saved),
I was born and raised in a very dysfunction family with a lot happening between devotional #2 and #3. I will not go into all that happened, that could take a book. What is very important is my day of salvation. My family just moved from another city back to South Bend Indiana where I was born. My Father, Mother and two Sisters went to live with an Aunt, while leaving me with my Grandfather and Grandmother Six. Before moving back to South Bend we lived in Gary Indiana. I attended a large school, and knew and did more than an eight grader should. I definitely walked according to the course of the world. My Grandmother asked me to go to church with her, and having nothing better to do I went. In February, during the second half of the eighth grade, I went forward and received Jesus as my Lord and savior. I can remember having the desire to live my life as I should for Jesus, and did about as well as a fourteen year old could for a while. Not long after this My Mother and Father came to get me and we moved back in together. It would have been great if I had continued my growth in Christ, but it wasn’t to be that way, at least not yet. It is hard to stay on track, especially when no one helps you along the narrow way. More about that later.
1Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;