Tony's testimony "The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith" on 1/18/2017, 1:28pm...
I was sitting outside by myself eating my lunch at work, my thoughts were on nothing in particular. I was startled by a voice as clear as if it had been someone sitting next to me. "Tony, you need to get to know Me."
Had I just heard the voice of God? Who am I that God should talk to me?
Just then my mate Pete sat down next to me. I said to him, "You are probably going to think that I am mad but God just told me I need to get to know him."
Expecting ridicule, I certainly didn't expect the reply I got. Pete said, " That's great mate, I'm a Christian and I really need to get back to God too. "
I thought, this guy is taking the Mickey out of me. I said, " Are you playing with me? " Pete said, " No, I really need to get back to God, " I said, " What's a Christian? ". He said, " A follower of Jesus! "
I gave it no more thought for several more months, I was going through a rough marriage and found out that my wife had a boyfriend. I took my rifle from the cupboard and loaded the ammunition and I heard a prompting suggesting I go and see another friend of mine also Peter. Isn't Jesus amazing, I hadn't given my heart to the Lord but he still loved me enough to talk to me!
I went to Peter's place, Peter was one of those crazy born again people who believed that God talked to him! I told him to convince me why I shouldn't shoot my wife. He told me about Jesus and led me through the sinners prayer. He said, "You are now a Christian."
I went out to my car, I didn't feel any different and thought that we'll if that's being a Christian, I certainly don't know what has changed. I said, "God, if you really do love me, show me now!"
I was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit, I felt the most amazing unfathomable flooding of light, my anger was melted immediately, replaced with the uncontainable joy of knowing that God loves me! Wow! I could not wait to tell my wife and her boyfriend that I forgive them.
That was in 1989. I have professed my faith in Jesus, my Lord and Saviour for 27 years. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, salvation is from Him alone, it is a gift he gives us freely, nothing that we can do to gain favour with God. We were chosen before the foundation of the earth was laid. Jesus chose us! I praise God that he loved me enough to save me! I pray that this testimony encourages someone to open their heart to the voice of the Lord and allow him to rescue you from eternity without him, eternal damnation in hell! Amen