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(A testimony of new life in Christ)


john10-9(This is the testimony of a dear friend and saint in Jesus Christ.  For the sake of anonymity, I am going to replace my friend’s husband’s name with a common name, James.  Her name, and her sisters, will also be changed to anonymous names, Marnie and Mary.  Changing any locations to generic names.)

The Testimony of Jesus Christ in my life

Before I was a Christian, I was in a horrible, crud of a mess with a current boyfriend. He was violent and wanted to kill me! He told me so while I was locked in my car with him.  He was sitting in the driver’s seat! It’s a lonnnng story.

First he called me all sorts of terrible names, and then said “if you do NOT continue to go steady with me, I WILL KILL YOU!” I will drive us both over “Craggy Cliffs” together right now!!!

He turned on the car ignition and started to back up the car but we were parallel parked so close to the car in back and front, he could not take off like he wanted. So right then and there as I heard the car ignition roar I prayed out to God knowing this was my last chance before I died, I prayed . . .

“IF THERE IS A GOD I WANT TO KNOW RIGHT NOW??!!”

And GOD gave me a MIRACLE (right before my eyes (instantly!)

The boyfriend collapsed right in front of me in the car the very second I prayed!!!! He was a tall guy of 6’5 and he just point-blank collapsed, and was dead weight, completely out!!! I wasn’t sure if he was dead or what, as I had NEVER been near someone who was out cold before!!!

I was crying and knew IT WAS GOD ANSWERING MY PRAYER!!!

THERE IS A GOD AND HE JUST ANSWERED ME! WOW!

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It was only two weeks later, my sister Marnie had said to me, Mary you need to meet a nice, normal guy!” And she took me with her girlfriend to a place to dance down by the marina where I met my husband for the first time. We got to talking and he asked me if I believed in God. I said yes! I told him I had a miracle happen in my life recently and I KNEW that there is a God!!! He then asked me on a date to go to church on Sunday night. It was at that wonderful Christian church that I began to notice what love those people had for one another through thick and thin. What made them so different from the people I hung out with? There was a huge difference in those people. And I wanted what they had! I found out the difference was that they loved Jesus and I needed to find out more!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

James, (my husband) led me through His Word, (Rom 10:17) telling me that I can be assured of eternal life when I die (1 Jn 5:13), if I put my faith in Jesus and Jesus alone. It is a “free gift” through faith. He died on the cross for my sins and paid the penalty for me!!!

Wow! He would do that for me? 

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No one had ever told me about Jesus, (even though I was 21-years old), and about what a sacrifice He had made for me.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

How could I NOT want eternal life and be set free with God in heaven? Thankful and grateful to find that Jesus died for me, a lost sinner.  (1 Cor 15:3-4) I was lost but now I’m found!!! I put my faith and trust in Jesus all those many years ago! And I love Him more than ever!

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  John 5:24

He is my ROCK, my strength and my salvation. And without Him I am nothing!

IS ETERNAL LIFE, ETERNAL?  PERMANENT?