Personal Salvation: Exodus15:2, “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
Years ago, before Covington Bible Church had erected the wonderful facilities it presently has, the congregation had a different name. It was known as the Independent Bible Church of Covington. It was a young congregation that had just started and was meeting upstairs over a business in South Covington [the building where David Oliver’s business is currently located]. Friday night a small group of singers who were students from Appalachian Bible Institute (now a College) were scheduled to sing. There was in that small group of singers one Bobby Sizemore, who is a brother to Gail Alt. Berlin and Alma Sizemore, along with Bobby, Norma Caviness, and Gail Alt were among the members of this young church. Dr. Lester Pipkin was to preach on that Friday and the singers provided music and testimonies interspersed with the songs.Invited to that service was a sixteen year old boy from Boys’ Home. He had never seen or heard anyone share a testimony of their relationship with Jesus Christ nor had he ever seen or heard a preacher preach from an open Bible, but he was riveted to the program and was “all eyes and ears.” When the preaching finished and the invitation was given, this Boys’ Home boy went forward and was taken by Bobby Sizemore into a Sunday School class room and shown from the Bible how he could receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He did that very thing on this occasion. The date was May 27, 1955. It is date that is indelibly etched into the memory of Ralph Green for I was that young boy.When I entered the building that night, I could not say that the Lord was my salvation, but when I left, I could say with Moses, “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God…” When Moses wrote those words, God had just delivered him and the People of Israel from the pursuing Egyptian Army. In the case of Moses and Israel, it was both a physical deliverance and a spiritual one in that they too looked to Jehovah for spiritual redemption. Can you claim the same in your life. Can you truly say that the Lord has become your salvation?
~ RG ~