Christian Devotionals

Cheryl writes: ""The Lord saved me when I was 30. I am now 68. I have been writing poetry since I was saved. I have been married to my husband Marcelo (also a believer) for 48 years. We live in Arizona. We have 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart, soul, and strength, and living for Him is my greatest desire.  In 2014, I wrote and had published a book called, 'Tali's Mysterious Dream', (thank you Jesus)!"

“I Know Thee Well”
By Cheryl A. Mariano AKA Cheremiah

Psalms 139: 1-7 KJV

Oh Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou  knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

In my spirit I heard it as plain as day.  “Cheryl, I know thee well.”  It wasn’t an accusation, it was more a statement, that seemed to go straight to my soul and pierce me deeply.   I have never forgotten it!

In hindsight I probably should have said, “Lord what do you mean you know me well?”

But at that moment even if I had thought to ask that question I was unable to speak.

Thoughts of my life, before Christ began to come to mind.  Like many of God’s children I do not have a “pure as the driven snow past.”  

I was 30 years of age when I was saved and prior to salvation I was well acquainted with sin.

As I continued reflecting on my past, and experiencing echoing effects from those 5 words “Cheryl I Know Thee Well” I felt like a child whose hand was not only caught in the cookie jar, but who also had frosting on their face and cookie crumbs all over the floor.

I suddenly found myself naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:13)

I couldn’t hide for where does one go to escape from God? (Psalms 139:7)

How could I deny it?  God does indeed know me well. 

With those words I was weighed in the balances and found wanting (Daniel 5:27).  I was totally at the Lord’s mercy.

Finally when I was able to speak, I said, “Yes Lord, what you say is true, you do know me well, but by your grace I have received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.”

“His blood now covers me, old things have passed away, and behold l am new. (II Corinthians 5:17) I am now therefore, perfect in your sight.” A sense of peace then came over me.

Of course God already knew that, but He used it to serve as a reminder to me of just how important my salvation is.

Also, I couldn’t help later but rejoice because I noticed, He called me by name.

I could not and would not want to face God without having been washed in the precious blood of Jesus.  Thank God I have been saved, and will never have to be judged for my sins.

Jesus says in (John 14:6) I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

He also says in (Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The best thing I have ever done in my life was to pray a prayer something like this.

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and cannot save myself.  I ask you Lord to come into my life.  I turn from my sin and I now choose to follow after you.

I believe in your death, your burial, and your resurrection.  Please wash away my sins with the blood you shed at Calvary.

I receive you now into my life as Savior and Lord.  Thank you for saving me.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

If you too have already done that then rejoice.  Your name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:27)

If you have not had this opportunity, why not take a few minutes now, and silently ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of your sins?

Remember, Jesus promises that all who come to him, He will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37)

God wants us to be found in Him, not having our own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9)

Lord, may we all be found in Christ because truly, you know us well!  Amen.

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