In 1982, at only 27 years old, I was at the end of the road in my life. I was 2 years sober but I wanted to die. I was an emotional basket case and alcohol seemed to be the only answer again. Then I came across a book that pulled me out of the “gutter” I was living in. It was purely an accident that I came to be introduced to this book – but I believe it was really no accident. It was a design by God trying His darndest to get my attention – so He could help me. I didn’t know it then but God was watching me at that time – and His heart was breaking. This book I came across was a Soul Savers Bible. At that time, the last thing I thought would help me was that book – but then I had absolutely nothing to lose; so I picked it up; opened it. Here’s what it opened to:
What You Must Do To Be Saved
First: Know that you are truly messed up. That you have been doing things you wish you could stop doing but that you can’t stop. Relationships have gone sour or are dead. You might even be totally alone in this world and this loneliness is slowly killing you inside. You have burned all your bridges behind you. This is what the bible calls “sin”. It’s when a person is really messed up in their life. Everyone deals with this to some extent.
“for all have sinned and fall short”
This Bible told me there’s only one way out.
Second: Believe that God came here to earth 2000 years ago in human flesh as the man called Jesus to show us how much He loves us and wanted to help us get up out of our pain and sin by dieing for us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Third: That Jesus demonstrated He was God by performing all kinds of super-natural miracles while He was with us.
“Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst”
Fourth: That Jesus was actually killed on a cross at Golgotha and died in our place.
“to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross”
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
[ I didn’t – and still don’t really understand the why of the cross – I just decided I’d do my best to believe it anyway – and this I found out was faith]
Fifth: That He was raised back to life again on the third day.
[and Jesus said]: “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.”
[ This is was a very important thing for me to believe because I had to trust that since Jesus rose, He was no longer dead. He was here - still alive – so that it could be possible for me to talk to Him ]
Jesus said to her; “if you would but believe [100% in all the miracles and that He was raised from the dead ] you would see the Glory of God!
I was ready. I needed help soooo badly........
"So they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears and so they might understand with their hearts and turn, and let me heal them."
I pushed all my “I know better’s “ out of my mind. I left behind all my doubts. I tried to open my mind for only a couple of minutes to 100% belief in everything about Jesus.
It said: “If you confess with your mouth (out loud) that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart [100%] that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.
Well I didn’t exactly say this but I did say something similar. I got on my knees and cried out to Jesus through tears;
“Jesus… I believe You Jesus. I believe every-thing about you and that you died and came back to life again after 3 days. I believe you are alive today. Please, come into my life. I need you. I’m so alone. I need a friend. I really need a friend."
“whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved”
When I did this, I saw the “Glory of God”.
I'm a re-born Christian now and a miracle has happened to me. I was taken out of the muck of my life and set on solid ground. At first it was only my problem with alcohol but, piece-by-piece, God has been putting me back together so that I am becoming a whole, and loving human being.
“He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until Jesus returns"