And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Our testimony is of two sinners, who found each other in the midst of their salvation. Salvation is a walk, not an end point as so many believer’s think. Our walk has been one of failures, and of grace and mercy through Jesus.
Eight years ago, on July 4th was the day we met. We were serving together at an outreach in Florida. Little did we know that years later we would be married with two amazing sons, a beautiful daughter from a prior relationship, and a green bird…
We met at Total Freedom Program in Florida. Under the leadership of Pastor Guy and Cate Ianello, we completed our nine months commitments. The nine months commitment was great, but the fact of the matter is it’s a lifestyle change that never ends. Looking back, we weren’t ready to move forward, but had to “grow for it”.
We did it in our strength for years and it never worked. We came up to New York in 2015, thanks to Pastor John and Victoria Kula who openly received our family as their own. They taught us what it was like to live a Godly life, and added to the many precepts we were taught under Total Freedom Florida. God is always building precept upon precept, it’s up to us to grow in Him. Although we were growing, we still weren’t all in at that point, and it was a matter of time before our lives crashed.
Fast forward some years, after a few falls and backslides we ended up separated. Thank God for that year of separation. That year was a changing point for each of our lives. Individually and together. That was the year we realized “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1). We both had to realize who our first love is, and it wasn’t each other. The only way our marriage would work is if He came first in our lives and was our first true love. Because of our love for Christ, our love for each other has grown more than we could have ever imagined.
November 2nd will be our celebration of 2 years since we renewed our vows. To us, it’s the day we said “we’re all in”. Our lives couldn’t be more blessed then what they are today and it’s all a testimony of God’s unfailing mercies and grace. So excited to see how God will lead us as a couple in the advancement of His Kingdom… Whatever it is “We're all in”!
- Chris and Sarah Knapp