Foote, Julia A.J.
|A Religion as Old as the Bible|
The pastor of our church visited me one day, to talk about my "new religion," as he called it. I took my Bible and read many of my choice passage's to him, such as--Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul." (Psa. 1xvi. 16) "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psa. xxxii.1.) While reading this verse, my whole being was so filled with the glory of God that I exclaimed: "Glory to Jesus! he has freed me from the guilt of sin, and sin hath no longer dominion over me; Christ makes me holy as well as happy."
I also read these words from Ezekiel xxxvi.: "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you; a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away
I stopped reading, and asked the preacher to explain these last verses to me. He replied: "They are all well enough; but you must I, remember that you are too young to read and dictate to persons older than yourself, and many in the church are dissatisfied with the way you are talking and acting." As he answered me, the Lord spoke to my heart and glory filled my soul. I said: "My dear minister, I wish they would all go to Jesus, in prayer and faith, and he will teach them as he has taught me." As the minister left me, I involuntarily burst forth into praises:
"My soul is full of glory inspiring my tongue,
Could I meet with angels I would sing them a song."
Though my gifts were but small, I could not be shaken by what man might think or say.
I continued day by day, month after month, to walk in the light as He is in the light, having fellowship with the Trinity and those aged saints. The blood of Jesus Christ cleansed me from all sin, and enabled me to rejoice in persecution.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, for this wonderful salvation, that snatched me as a brand from the burning, even me, a poor, ignorant girl!
And will he not do for aII what he did for me? Yes, yes; God is no respecter of persons. Jesus' blood will wash away all your sin and make you whiter than snow.