Loner Looking for Eternal Life
My name is Harry, I live in St. Albans and I would like to tell you the testimony of how I got saved.
I grew up with a Lutheran-Protestant background and always ‘believed' in God. My father didn't agree with children's baptism as it is not Biblical, so I got baptised by sprinkling, when my school mates got confirmed (as a teenager).
I was a very shy person and although my father wanted me to take part in a Bible study group I stayed away from bigger gathering and simply didn't feel comfortable with being part of a group. Apart from a few good friends I was very much a loner and tried to live Christianity just by myself. I knew this wasn't quite right, but failed to change this in my life.
Deep down I knew that God wanted me to be part of a church or an assembly, but I didn't want to commit myself to anything. I ‘lost' myself in all kinds of sports, which became the most important thing in my life. One of the things I liked most was "free climbing". As you can imagine it is not entirely without danger and there was always this nagging thought in the back of my mind ‘What if I fall and die – would I be saved?'
I wasn't 100% right with God and knew something was missing.
I did not have any peace or assurance of salvation... I wasn't 100% right with God and knew something was missing. For many years I lived in fear and asked myself the question “what does it take to be saved on Judgement Day?". People had different opinions; some said you just have to accept Jesus as your personal Saviour – others seemed to think you have to do this more than once; every day, or every time you sinned. So I ended up ‘accepting Jesus as my personal Saviour and letting him into my heart' on a regular basis, but there was still no assurance - something was missing!
As nobody seemed to be able to give me a satisfactory answer on this crucial point I simply kept praying to the Lord and asked Him for clear guidance regarding on what was needed for salvation.
One day my older brother suddenly got talking to me about precisely that and mentioned the need of repentance, baptism by full immersion (as an adult/teenager) and the receiving of the Holy Spirit with the signs of ‘speaking in tongues'. All this is clearly spelt out in the Scriptures, let's have a look at two of them below:
"Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
After this, I decided to join a meeting with my brother on the following day (Sunday), after some time my brother asked me to spend some time alone in order to repent. He then laid hands on me to ask for the Holy Spirit and after a short while I received the Holy Spirit and started to speak in ‘other tongues' as the Bible describes.
It was the happiest day of my life...
It was the happiest day of my life and since then everything is new and different. This is now about 13 years ago - so many things have happened. Since then I am blessed with a faithful wife and three young children, we moved from Germany to the UK about 6 years ago to support the Assembly over here and the Lord has been good to us in all aspects and areas of our life.
We also saw my mother saved, my daughter Miriam healed from life-threatening food allergies after a lot of prayer and simply trust in the Lord (the doctor could not explain what happened and remarked ‘This is a miracle'). The Lord has always provided for us and when it was needed, e.g. He blessed my wife and I with very good jobs and sometimes puts new challenges before us. I wouldn't want to miss being a Christian , it is not boring at all and means everything; life, joy, excitement, adventure but also challenges, trials etc. – but God never let me down for
"…we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are called according to his purposes." (ROMANS 8:28)
Being saved and part of this ‘great family' has also helped me overcoming many weaknesses (which I would not have managed alone) and learning practical and new things (it is a practical walk as a Christian). I witnessed the conversion of many people from all walks of life and saw ‘impossible' transformations of character to the better.
Okay, could write so much more but this is it in a nutshell…
God bless you and much love in Christ!