Saved from a Life of Spiritual Emptiness and Drugs!

Bob - Brisbane, Australia


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Hi, my name is Bob. When I was about fifteen, I lived in Germany. I was a very sociable guy and had lots of friends. Due to a mixture of peer pressure and curiosity I started dabbling in recreational drugs. Occasionally I tried some heavier drugs, which I often mixed with alcohol. As long as I was with my friends I thought what I was doing was okay. However, sometimes after coming home from a party in the early hours of the morning, really “stoned”, I looked into the mirror and asked myself, “Do I really know myself, do I really feel happy?” My honest answer was, “NO”. So I went to bed very quickly to try and forget everything.

It seemed as though my conscience was under a magnifying glass...

When I was about twenty, I was doing an apprenticeship. One day a new guy started where I worked and straight away we got on really well. He told me about the time he spent in India, his travels and his life. After a little while, he also started to talk to me about the Bible. He told me some simple truths like, how much God hates drugs (GALATIANS 5:20) or that you could talk to God alone in your room (MATTHEW 6:6). He also gave me some leaflets to read about the Bible. I started to talk to God and the more I got to know about Him, the uneasier I felt about my sinful life. It seemed as though my conscience was under a magnifying glass, especially when I was alone. I really had to ask myself which side I was on. I wanted to be a good person, but I realised that I wasn’t!

God answers your prayers if you follow Him

I also received some powerful answers to my prayers. For example, I got the exact job I had asked for while talking to God in my kitchen. I always knew there was something more than what we see, feel and smell, but could not define it.

After a while, I started to go to some of my workmate’s church meetings and I received the infilling of the Holy Spirit and got baptised. It was incredible how my conscience was totally eased. My past sins had been covered by Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and I had started a new life. That day, I stopped smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs without any withdrawal symptoms. Since then, the Lord has filled my life with real fulfillment and caring friends.

One of my heart’s desires was to move to another country. This has been fulfilled as I now live in Australia. The Lord has also blessed me with a wife, a house and a family. Now as I look back on my life more than ten years later I can say that, although it was not always easy, the Lord helped me through it. I’m going from faith to faith and from victory to victory. It is a very exciting, challenging and fulfilling life in Christ!

Comments

I am very much impressed with this article
Anyhow I am livin in ksa and I am reding to bible and gospels which is not at allowed in the country where I am living presently
Please help me toundertand more about christianity
I am a mudlim and going to perfirm the baptism to become christian in third country
Please sugfest me
Awaitinf for uour reply
Thanks and god bless
Khaiser

Hello Khaiser,
It is very encouraging for me to hear that people read my testimony! At this stage and having only read your few lines I can only encourage you to keep going, seek the Lord, indeed get baptised, seek God for his Holy Spirit like Cornelius (Acts 10) and never look back. Once you get and have God's gift of eternal life no one can take it away from you - except you turn away from Him and sin wilfully.
Also... use this web site and click on "Bible studies". Read first the ones themed "Salvation" and then "Jesus Christ" and then work your way through more. Please also look for a local (spirit filled/Pentecostal) group where there are people that can help you with Christian living, prayer and more. If the Christians have to hide where you live - pray - God will lead you to his followers. He is faithful!
I hope this helps you to keep going,

All the best and Godspeed, I will pray for you, too.

Love in the Lord, Bob

JUST WANTED TO SAY I THANK GOD THE WAY HE DOES THINGS SOMETIMES WE DONT UNDERSTAND WHY OR HOW BUT HE IS AN MAGNIFICENT GOD! HE DOES THINGS HIS WAY NOT OURS. ENJOYED YOUR TESTIMONY

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