Thank God for Your Salvation

"Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation." - Psalm 35:9

Christian recording artist Táta Vega found hope and healing from her painful past.

At 15, she was raped and impregnated. Táta gave birth, then left home to go to California to be a movie star when she was 16-and ended up homeless. She was abducted, raped, and impregnated again; she became promiscuous and had several abortions and miscarriages; she married a man who introduced her to crack cocaine. When they finally divorced, Táta was left with a young daughter, Chloe, to raise alone.

Yet despite the pain of her past, today at age 48, Táta joyfully demonstrates how God's love finally brought the peace she so desperately needed. "If my story helps even one woman discover the awesome grace God pours out on broken, hurting people, then my experience has been worth it," says Táta.

God's transforming power turned her life around. She said, "I started to search for something spiritual to fill my void. I visited mediums and consulted Ouija boards. I talked to spirits in séances. I tried soul traveling and self-realization.

Meanwhile, I was in a band and we needed a guitar player. This guy, Jay Leach, from Wichita, Kansas, auditioned. And he was really different. We were all smoking and drinking and doing everything you could imagine, but not Jay. He had a Bible. We really liked his playing and asked him to join the band. And Jay said, 'I'm going to pray about it.' Pray about it? Was this guy from outer space? But Jay joined.

During the breaks when we were in the clubs, he'd be in the corner at a table reading his Bible. He never said a thing to put us down; he just lived his life the way God called him to live it. As I watched him, I realized he had something I didn't have. And it was appealing. Somehow, I don't know how he did it, but Jay got me to go to church. Easter Sunday, 1974, at this little church, I just started sobbing uncontrollably and asked Jesus to come into my life. Brothers and sisters, it's called 'redemption from the pit.' And it happens to people who turn sincerely to the Lord. Thank God for deliverance, for redemption from the pit!"

Thank God who has delivered from the pit all who trust in the name of Jesus! Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for your salvation and your deliverance from sin.

"Man of Sorrows! What a name For the Son of God, who came, Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah, what a Savior!" - Philip Paul Bliss

God's Word: "Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations." - Psalm 98:1-2

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

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