About Andrew Damiani

About

All Glory to Jesus!

First, I would like to thank you for visiting the site. Hopefully, it will bless you on your life journey. Just wanted to give some background information on myself.

My Testimony

Old Man

Ever since I was born my life was saturated with Christianity. Both my parents were Christians and my grandfather was a pastor at a local church. I regularly went to church with my parents and went to Sunday school. It was there I learned about the Bible, and when I was about five years old I got baptize. My experience with Christianity during this time was monotonous, I was just going through the motions and was quite bored. I had no spiritual life at all and my Christian life was solely based on the letter of the law that kills, but I did not receive the Holy Spirit that gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). The Christian school that I was going to did not help my situation, but actually lead me farther into self-deception. When I was in middle school I thought I was progressing spiritual, because I learned the characteristics about God using some “big words” like omnipotent. Reading the bible was always a tough read, and I could not understand certain biblical truths. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 states, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him.” I mental assented to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God and died for my sins, but it had no impact in my heart. However, the one entity that Christianity teaches that had affected my heart was sin. One of my earliest encounters with sin was when I was fairly young, I entered a convenient store with my mother and I drifted away to the toy section. I asked my mother if I could get this toy and she told me no, but I was so fixated on this toy, that I decided to slip the toy in my pocket without her knowing. After we departed from the store, the store manager found out that I stole the toy from examining the security camera. I remember feeling so guilty what I did, no one had to tell me that I sinned, somehow I just knew.  Romans 2:15 states “the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.” This scripture gives the reasons why I knew I was committing sin, I went against the law of God that is written on my heart and my conscience was accusing me of my offense. My encounters with sin increased a lot after I reached puberty, I soon found myself entertaining sexual thoughts toward women and started down a wrong path into fulfilling the lusts of my flesh. As I ventured off to college, I went to the University of Delaware, where I majored in Chemical Engineering. I was away from home for the first time and was placed in a secular environment. During my college years, I had the “college experience”, where I went to college parties, joined a fraternity, and progressed further down a road of sin. I also went to church less frequently, because of the college workload. Throughout my college years, I still professed faith that I was Christian and even tried to explain to my roommate who was a Muslim what Christians believe in. I decided to continue my education by going to graduate school at Auburn University to get my PhD in Chemical Engineering. My first year there, I was still just as empty as when I started. I was indulging my flesh in the same sins and going further into bondage, and as Jesus said, “He who commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). I started reading the Bible occasionally, and started to get really convicted of how I was living. I was experiencing what Apostle Paul described in Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

New Man

The date I was born again was March 22, 2012. I will remember this date, because it was my second birthday, but this time it was of the Spirit, Jesus said “That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). I needed this spiritual rebirth to enter into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5). The Lord was drawing me throughout my whole life (John 6:44), and even when I was dead in trespasses he made me alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).  I was in my room that evening and I knew that I had come to the end of myself. I repented of my self-will and now decided to do the will of God with my life. This is the meaning of repentance, taking a turn from my self-seeking will to the will of God (Luke 9:23). My self-seeking will was all about fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15). My natural deposition when I was unsaved was toward fulfilling my sinful nature (Ephesians 2:3), which was inherited from Adam when he sinned against God (Romans 5:19). I needed not only to be saved from sinning, but needed to have my sins erased that I committed against God. In the sight of God, I was an enemy of God, my sin separated me from God and I needed a savior to appease the judgement of God (Romans 5:10). This is where Jesus sacrifice comes in. Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the whole human race (1 John 2:2). Every sin that was ever committed was placed on Jesus and he became the scapegoat on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21). The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus for our sins and the shredding of the blood of Jesus paid for the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). Salvation is a free gift from God that cannot be earned by doing good works (Ephesians 2:8). However, even though salvation is a free gift it still needs to be received. As the scriptures says in John 1:12 “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” Each person has a choice to either accept or reject the salvation that is found in Jesus for their lives (John 3:36). That night I felt as like I was being woken up from a long dream and started to cry uncontrollably, because of the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). I felt something heavy being lifted off of me and an incredible presence of love and joy fill my heart (Romans 5:5). The yoke of sin and the power of darkness was broken off of me (Colossians 1:13). Hallelujah!  I experience the new birth that Jesus talked about in John 3:3. The Spirit of the Lord filled my heart and I became a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I was enemy of God and the wrath of God was upon me (John 3:36), but I now I was at peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).  All the old bondages of sin were completely broken off of my life, Jesus said “If the Son makes you free you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). My walk with Jesus began and I started to prayer and read the bible daily. I joined a local church and obeyed the commandment to get water baptized. In baptism, I was declaring to the world that my old man had died with Christ and now I am living a new way of life in Christ. I began to actively share the gospel with unbelievers, and joined a Christian group on Auburn University campus to evangelize weekly on Thursday nights. Jesus has now become my life and I want to live the rest of my days for him. I finished up my Chemical Engineering studies with a PhD. I currently work for Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, where I am a Cell Culture Scientist. The Lord gave me strength and wisdom to finish through a lot bumps in the road. I want to earnestly contend for the faith, and take heed to 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligently to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jesus was become my life. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!