This I know if God changed my life, He can change yours.
I grew up in church and thought by default I was a Christian. At the age of 17 I walked away from God and the church, I had my eyes on others and not Jesus. Over the next 16 years God would use people, circumstances and life to draw me back to Him.
At the age of 33 I radically became saved, when an evangelist asked the question “if you died tonight where would you spend eternity?” I heard God’s voice in my soul say, “Brian you would spend it in hell, for rejecting me” I could no longer resist His call, in an instant I gave up my sinful ways and told God I was all in.
I quit drinking, smoking and my six-figure job all the same day. My life started to change in ways that only God could change it, I struggled in the beginning of my walk with Him, but He changed me, some things He took immediately and others He didn’t, for 4 years I wrestled with God over everything, and then things changed, our son had a tumor on the base of his brain and I could do nothing to help him or fix the situation.
So, we prayed, my wife and I and a couple hundred brothers and sisters in Christ, and our Pastors ,we learned in that moment how much we depended on God, How much I depended on Him, how much I really trusted Him, and how sovereign He is.
I learned that God wanted me to surrender everyone, everything to Him.
I had come to the end of me, and the beginning of a deeper relationship with Him. He healed our son and I knew at that time that God wanted me to become a pastor, so I started my journey, I was able to set under some wonderful and Godly men, who discipled me and trained me in God's word and way. I was able to study in some Godly institutions and Universities and God continued to train me in His ways.
I still worked in the world and had my struggles, but God had surrounded me with His grace, love and wisdom.
Six years later God took away my ability to work, and took me to a level of dependence that I was not ready for, but He was ready for me to go through, and as His word says, He never left me, and He never forsake me, He held me and my family up in ways that only He could, to Him be the glory always. He had me start writing what he laid upon my heart every day, He put me to work in the Church and gave me the grace to become a Christian Counselor, and He put to work all the wisdom He poured into me through the years to help others in their Christian walk as He has helped me.
My life is a transformed life, and I can do nothing less than speak of my Heavenly Father’s goodness, love and grace which I have received abundantly.
God’s word says this:
“From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 CSB
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