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''Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome to the stage, CLIFTON JANSKY AND THE DRIFTERS OF  SAN ANTONIO.''

 You would hear these words, and find me under the spotlights of some south Texas dance hall every Saturday singing ''Amarillo by Morning''. For 22 years I entertained south Texas with my country music and became one of the well-known performers in the area. With twelve regional hits on country radio including, ''Amarillo by Morning'', which was later recorded by George Strait, a national recording contract seemed to be the next step in my career. However, after several trips to Nashville and opening shows for artists like Gary Morris, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker and Eddie Rabbitt, the big break had not come, and my childhood dream of performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry seemed just out of reach.

I grew up on the Southeast of San Antonio and graduated from East Central High School in 1975.My parents always encouraged me in my music and taught me right from wrong with my brother and three sisters. My mother went to church sometimes, but I had only been a couple of times on Christmas and Easter. I was not a drug addict or an alcoholic, I was a good, moral, respected person who made a good living singing country music. I didn't know that there was more to life than this.

In November 1983, someone stole my band trailer, and I lost everything that I owned in  country music. Two months later, I went through a divorce unaware of God's plan for marriage or my life because no one had ever shared that with me. I began to go to a Bible study at a relative's house, and at the age of 27, I heard the Word of God for the first time. I was told that God loved me so much that he sent his only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay the price for my sins, and that He had a plan for my life.

A short time after that, God's Holy Sprit began to reveal to me that I was a sinner and that there was an emptiness in my heart and life that only Jesus could fill. On May 3, 1984 in a little farmhouse in Sutherland Springs, Texas I got down on my knees and confessed my sins to God and by faith received forgiveness of all my sins through Jesus Christ, God's only Son. I took my eyes off of everything in my life, put my eyes totally on Jesus, and he changed me. After praying that simple prayer, I felt as if I weighed only three ounces, for the weight of my sin had been removed and I was saved. Saved from sin, death and hell and saved to abundant, victorious life in Jesus and the hope of Heaven when I die. For the first time in my life, there was an overwhelming peace about everything that had ever happened to me and as I began to read the Bible, I had a desire to follow God's plan for my life.

The Lord has knocked on various areas of my life after becoming a Christian including country music and personal relationships. In regards to my country music career, my response was, ''Use me where I'm at or take me out. ''Well, he did, and on July 22, 1989 I ended a 22 year career in country music. Five days later at a youth camp I sensed God calling me into full-time Christian service. From that moment on, my family and I have been totally dependent upon the Lord for our every need and He has been faithful.

     I am now doing what God created me to do, it just took 22 years of country music to get me there. I have been to England, Yugoslavia, Siberia and Scotland and have also sung in three different languages in stadium crusades in Romania and the former Soviet Union. I have traveled more for the Lord then I ever traveled in my entire country music career.

What happened to Clifton Jansky? The answer is simple; JESUS. He forever changed my life and my eternal destiny. There are no regrets, no looking back and no shutting up about what Jesus can do for you. What happened to me can happen to you if you will acknowledge these truths from God's Word and in simple child-like faith, respond.

1] We are sinners in need of forgiveness.
" All have sinned and fallen short of glory of God.''[Roman 3:23]'' For the wages of sin is death,''[Romans 6:23]

2] God has made provision for are sin." But God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.''[Romans 5:8]

3] We must personally receive Jesus as God's provision for our sin. ''To as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.''[John 1:12]

If you have tried life your way and came up feeling empty, try life God's way. Jesus said,
''I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but though Me.''
[John 14:6] If the following prayer expresses the desire of your heart, pray and trust God to do in your life what you ask Him to do. 

Suggested prayer of commitment;

'' Lord Jesus, I need you. I realize that I'm a sinner and I need to be forgiven. I believe that you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross for my sins and that you rose from the dead on the third day. I turn away from my sins and receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for forgiving my sins and coming into my heart to stay forever. Take control of my life and make me the person that you want me to be. In Jesus name, Amen.''

''If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved...For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.''[Romans 10-9,10,13]

If you prayed that prayer from your heart by faith, God has done in your life what you've asked Him to, and you are a new person.[2 Corinthians 5;17] Jesus wants you to have the confidence and assurance of your salvation realizing that He has come into your heart to stay forever.[1 John 5;13] Begin to read the Bible starting in the Gospel of John, record the date of your decision and share with others about your new life in Christ.

For more information or material to help you grow as a Christian, please  email or write to:

Clifton Jansky Ministries

P.O. Box 65015

San Antonio, TX. 78265

 

 

 

 



         

 

 

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