I was tormented and never told anyone . . .
I said yes to Jesus being Lord and Master of my life at age 10 or 11, and a baptismal service soon followed. Immediately coming up out the water, I had a good feeling come over me. Since it was a comforting and good feeling, I just kept it to myself and thought it must happen to all who are baptized with water.
My teenage years seemed normal, and I didn’t experience any big rebellion. For as long as I could remember, during Vacation Bible School, a dear older woman went everyday to teach class for a ten minute teaching of what the Bible said about drinking alcohol. It had a big impact on my life growing up. We had a neighbor that had difficulty getting home sometimes because of his drinking. His wife would come for my dad’s help because the man had fallen over the hill and could not get up on his own. God helped me see at an early age that obeying Him was better than drinking alcohol.One month before I was 20, I got married and moved to Indiana, 400 miles away from my family and church. I thought my life would be a continuation of what I had growing up --- loving my husband, raising a family, and serving God through my church work.
In the 1970’s, I had a comfortable home, a loving husband, and four beautiful children. I was active in Church and a Bible study group. However, I started feeling there was something missing in my life, and I began to doubt if I really was a Christian. I knew God had done His part, but I questioned whether I really understood what I was doing at 10 or 11. This torment went on for about a year, and I never told anyone what I was going through. I knew how to talk to God, but I didn’t know how to listen to Him.
One evening, my husband was at work and my children were in bed for the night, and I was doing laundry. I was so grateful for all that I had, and I began to thank God for it all. Then, I began to tell Him why I loved Him. Suddenly I felt love being poured into me. It was like after my water baptism, but it was much, much more.
Romans 8:15 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” That verse truly came alive in me that night, and I have never doubted my salvation again. I awoke the next morning with peace. I also had an excited hunger for the Word of God and was filled with love. The grass and trees even looked greener. I called a company to order a music tape, and they answered the phone by saying, “Praise the Lord.” I felt I was going to burst inside with joy when I heard this, and I said, “Yes, oh yes. Praise the Lord.”
We cannot do anything on our own, apart from God. We need to read the Word, talk to Him, and let Him talk to us. He wants to be the “Love of our Life.” Exciting things happen when we seek Him with our whole heart and put Him first James 4:8 says, “Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.” The Creator of the universe wants to fellowship with us and use us for His glory.
I would like to share several instances of how God allowed me to be His instrument to touch others. My daughter had allergies and got shots once a week. One night I prayed for her healing, and the next morning she woke up healed and never had another shot.
I went to a ladies luncheon and was introduced to a young lady that had recently given her life to Jesus. I hugged her, and she began to cry. She explained that she had been abused most of her life and with that hug, she said she actually felt love for the first time.
One day in church, I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit that we as a church should pray for healing for a friend who had a large wart on her thumb. Nothing happened that night, but sometime during the next week or two she suddenly realized the wart was completely gone. All praise to God.
Life is not always easy, but God has promised to always be with us. I have learned that I have to guard against withdrawing into myself when something hurtful happens. My focus would then be on my pain and not on God. This is when the torment can start again. Situations will arise, but they do not have to destroy me. I love the verse that says, “Be strong in the Lord --- be empowered through your union with Him; draw your strength from Him --- that strength which His boundless might provides.” Ephesians 6:10
Perhaps you are being tormented, and you would like to experience the peace that
only God can give. The first step is to admit you are a sinner and be willing
to turn from sin. Next, believe that Jesus died for you sins but rose from the
dead and is able to save. Then ask Jesus to be your Lord and Master. Read the
Bible, talk to God every day, and let Him talk to you. Do not let anything take
priority over having a relationship with God and serving Him. Obey Him, and you
will be blessed. Then, the torment cannot control your life any longer.
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