- Sandra Koster
- Over the years, I've grown to learn that I'm thankful for all things the Lord has bestowed upon me, both in plenty and in want, as I know that even "times of testing" are tools He uses to refine our character and put us in position to better receive and appreciate Him and the good and abundant things He has for us, pressed down, shaken together, and over-flowing. It’s now 2012, a lot has transpired in the last 4 yrs., and I've developed my own photography business that stands on "Quality without Compromise." It's called Sandra Koster Photography, and you can find me at my website, and on Facebook, where I have both a Page and a Group by the same name. My Mission Statement: To bring to you and your families the essence of the moment, those treasures in time that are memorialized by the awesome invention of the camera. There is no part of God's creation, from the moon to the molecule, on land or under the sea, no animal, plant or bug too big or too small for my attentions. From inland, to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, to the country, to the jungle, to the shores of the tropical seas I pledge quality work, without compromise.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
My testimony on coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
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8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile. For those that don't know me for many years, as others do...this is a brief notation of my testimony:
I came to know the Lord "for real," and not by some vain profession of faith, on Sat., Sept. 12, 1992, in Santa Fe, NM, where early that morning, as I was getting out of bed, I received a supernatural, audible call to repentance from the Holy Spirit!Though I was 33 at the time, "repentance" wasn't really part of my vocabulary, so I said out loud, despite being alone in the house..."What?"
And I heard it once again, "Repent!"
So I said..."repent, repent...what does repent mean?" At this point I heard no more...but I immediately went to my faithful "New Merriam-Webster, dictionary, 1989 edition, and looked up the word, which read: "1 : to turn from sin and resolve to reform one's life 2 : to feel sorry for (something done) : REGRET---repentance."
Well, there it was, so I called my good Roman Catholic friend Jenny Vigil, (being that I too was raised as a RC), and told her I thought I needed to start going to church, I needed "religion"...and she invited me to the one she was attending.I asked where it was and what it was called, and she told me that she was attending Calvary Chapel de Santa Fe. I reminded her that I was Catholic, and she told me that this church was "non-denominational." I asked her "what that was," and she told me, "it means that anybody can go there."
I clarified that I didn't want anybody trying to "convert" me, like those radical fundamentalists...and she assured me that they wouldn't.
So the next day, Sunday morning, when I arrived at the "warehouse" where this "church" was meeting, real early...so I could observe the attendees in the parking lot after the first service...and see all the "hypocrites" as they dashed out of the church and tried to kill each other to get to their cars, as had been my previous experiences, thereby giving myself an excuse to leave, I was shocked at what I witnessed, and it scared me.
I saw true love among the old, young, men, women, and children, as they laughed, talked, hugged, and played with each other. I didn't know Agape love at that point...so I was confused to say the least. Any which way, I purposed to stay for the service.
Once in the service, my friend sat near the front...another thing I wasn't accustom to. Pastor Kon was teaching out of Luke 6 I think, and as the Holy Spirit began ministering to me...everything in me...per the inspiration of the Enemy of my soul, told me to get up and leave.
I so wanted to flee that I was physically nauseous. No person in this realm tried to convert me, but little did I know, the Holy Spirit was not going to let me go! Praise God!
But...by the grace of God, I literally couldn't move my body to go....So I took notes to cover my fearfulness...and that has been what I've continued to do for the past 16 yrs. now [2010 = 18 yrs.], except, the one difference now, is that where perfect love is, there is NO fear. I knew that Calvary was teaching the Truth, teaching Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, as per God's Word, even in my ignorance.I no longer clung to my false religion...but became a new creation in Christ.
So...that's a brief overview of how I came to know the Lord, though I have had many more supernatural encounters with the the Lord's ministering angels over the years...to be discussed at another point in time...
Resting in the loving arms of Jesus,
"So, if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed (Jn.8:36, NIV)."
5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, KJV)