My name is Serena Cozik and here is my story of God’s grace in my life…
First of all I should let you know that I grew up with NO Christian influences. I went to church for a couple of weddings and I was married in one. Here is what I was taught. There is a God, believe in Him and when you die, we all go to Heaven. In June of 2000 my husband, whom I had been married to for 7 years at that time, “made a profession of faith”, & everything changed. This man whom I knew a certain way for 10 years, married to for 7, was completely different. He had this unexplainable look on his face and a sense of peace about him.
I wasn’t aware that our neighbor had been praying for our family. We began going to church and that only confused me. Things that were being said didn’t really go with what I thought about God and Heaven. It isn’t just be a good person, be nice to others and when you die you go to Heaven. About a month into “going to church” we asked the pastor to come over, because I just wasn’t sure about all this “God and going to Heaven business.”
So in the typical “Serena fashion” I prepared my home for company, tidied up, baked some cookies & muffins and thought only of the visitor that was coming over. I wasn’t prepared for how my life would be drastically changed. The pastor came over and showed me in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This verse says that I have messed up according to God’s standards. Not only did I mess up, but EVERYONE has!
God’s law is the 10 Commandments, they are:
- Have no other gods before Me.(God).
- Have no idols. (anything before God)
- Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain
- Remember Sabbath day & keep it holy
- Honor your father & mother.
- You shall not murder (this also mean’s not to hate)
- Don’t commit adultery (also mean’s not to lust).
- Don’t steal.
- Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Do not covet.(want what others have)
I’ve never cheated on my husband.
I’m a pretty good person.
I’ve never stole anything, well nothing that was of any value.
I believe in God and I’m going to Heaven.
Well, I had been told & thought I was a pretty “good” person. Honestly, when I hold my life next to God’s law, I FAILED! When the pastor pointed these law’s out to me I could see my sin & how this is keeping me from the Creator. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” So my eyes & heart began to see my need to be forgiven. God’s word says “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord.” Romans 6:23 Wow, can you believe that we are all destined for Hell… Romans 8:8 says “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”
At this point I understood & saw that my heart was black and full of sin, this is heartbreaking to know that I was sentenced to eternity in Hell. God convicted my heart & showed me I will NEVER measure up to His standards, but there is Good News! Romans 10:9 says “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is incomprehensible, but God says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 I have been forgiven by God through the death of His perfect son, Jesus. I know now when I mess up (sin) I need to ask God to forgive me and He does, 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
My life hasn’t been the same since, I have a joy that I want to share with you. If you would like to know how to have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior you can contact us through this website.