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How I became a Christian

August 16, 2010

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Mark

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21 Comments
  1. Kathy permalink

    Thank you so much for giving your testimony, Mark! That was wonderful! I pray it will help many people to come to Jesus!

  2. Brandon permalink

    Your testamony encouraged and refreshed my spirit. God really loves us and we just don’t deserve it… Praise Him for his grace and mercy and God bless you bro……
    Brandon

  3. Kay permalink

    It is marvellous the way God works. i acknowledge that. i am still waiting to know what plan He has for me and my life though. My life seems empty and purposeless.

    • Kathy permalink

      Kay, is that you? I’m so glad to see you on here again! I sent you an email awhile back, and it didn’t go through. Did you change your email address? I can try again. Love you!

      Kathy

    • lLYNN permalink

      KAY YOUR LIFE HAS PURPOSE. YOU CAN TELL OTHERS ABOUT GOD AND HOW VERY HE LOVES THEM. TELL THEM ALL HE HAS DONE FOR YOU KAY AND LET THEM KNOW HE’LL DO THE SAME FOR THEM. I’M NOT SURE WHERE TO FIND IT, BUT IT’S IN MATTHEW ,MARK, LUKE, OR JOHN. JESUS TELLS ABOUT A RICH MAN WHO SELLS MANY OF HIS THINGS WHEN HE FINDS A PERFECT PEARL, A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. YOU MY DEAR KAY ARE A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE TO JESUS, PRIZED TREASURE. AND YOU ARE A DEAR SWEET FRIEND TO ME, A SPECIAL GIFT FROM GOD AND I TREASURE YOU AS SUCH. TAKE CARE KAY AND GOD BLESS. I LOVE YOU KAY BUT GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH MORE.

  4. Kay permalink

    KATHY….my email addy is: kay52@onvol.net
    do write

    • Kathy permalink

      Thank you! I had one letter wrong. I’ll correct it!

  5. Kristi permalink

    I love to hear how God works in other people’s lives. So glad he snatched you when He did! Thank you for sharing!

  6. lLYNN permalink

    when i first became a christian, i was in a childrens home and was being sexually abused by the man that was in charge of it. a lady came in once a week and taught bible lessons and w3ould pray with us. i asked her to pray for me cause bad things were happining to me. she told me that if i asked Jesus into my heart that all the bad things would be gone from me. i prayed every day as much as i could but the man would still come up and wake me and bring me to the basemrnt and abuse me. there were2 other girls he did this to also.the3 of us didn’t dare go to sleep.we never knew when he was coming or who would be next. and after this still happining i got so mad at God and Jesus i stopped prayingcause i didnt think they werrrrrre listening to me and that they werent going to help me. then i tryed to hang me. when that failed i started drinkinnng.when that didnt help i turned to drugs. ikept coming back to Jesus but felt i couldnt trust Him or God as hard as i tryed.finally i just stoped it was 1986 when i gave my life back to Jesus. and i’ve been walking withHim ever since.
    now i really prayer cause things are happining and im feeling like im falling apart.i hear music playing,i hear voices talking, and i’m having halucinations that are so real, i can no longer tell whats real and whats not real. i cry out to God and He tells me to never quit, never give up,to keep on fighting. and im trying so very very hard to obey i really am. please please help me

    • Believe permalink

      Sorry Mark, love your blogs, but I have to try and help this lady. Therefore this is long…… Sorry! Hey I posted a link to song, I believe you will like. Check it out. ~
      Ilyn,
      I hope this finds its way into your hands. I’m not sure I know how or where to begin. But I do so relate to you and I do understand. Please bear with me as I do my best to help you, with the help of our good Lord. Please read and think about what I am saying very slowly.
      God is love and God gave mankind freedom…. And yes even in his choices and actions. We are all free to do good or bad. God will not stop us when we set forth to do bad things. We may have a voice in us that says,’don’t do that you know better.’ I am not excusing anything that happened to you nor did God feel it was all right. Remember the verses……. vengeance is Mine, thus saith the Lord..?
      It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. And this verse is in Luke, Mark and Matthew. ( I think it is interesting that when the Disciples put their experiences with Christ on paper , of all the things they may have interchanged on and filed in gaps of Christ’s life through their memory. This is one they all called into remembrance.)
      God cannot stop man from doing evil things. If He did He would be breaking His own laws of order and destroying our humanity. God gives us freedom because he loves us. We have freedom to do evil or good. We have the freedom to come back to God if we choose too and that is what He wants us to do. It brings to mind that old saying, ‘if you love something set it free, if it comes back to you it is yours…..’
      Pray and ask Christ to deliver you from the bondage of your past, so that you can go forth and be a light to others. Okay?
      We’ve all heard our past does not determine our future. Right? Let me ask you something, how do you feel about that?
      Right now it is deeply affecting you in the present and the future with all these horrible flashbacks AND dare I say it nightmares that wake you and possibly others up with your screaming or because you are up moving around in your sleep, acting out your dreams. It was always such a relief for me to realize it was only a dream it’s not happening again, this is still now and that is still the past.
      The future looks bleak because of the re-emergence of your past experiences doesn’t it?
      You are free of that past, through Christ. BUT ONLY THROUGH CHRIST. You need to know that and keep that in your heart and in your mind always.
      Do you trust?…………….Hard too isn’t it?
      Do you trust Christ now?
      Christ really does love you and understand.

      Sometimes hidden in our past is the key to setting us free. It takes a lot of courage to find it.
      How can I say that, right? It was such a horrible thing to have happened and lived through, you were robbed, you were stripped of your dignity, innocence, trust and faith in humanity. How can anything good come from such a horrible experience?
      You didn’t deserve to be treated like that, I agree wholeheartedly. No you didn’t, neither did I or anyone else who has endured such horrible things. Christ didn’t deserve His treatment, either. He was innocent also but He endured it and took it. Remember His words on the Cross? Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
      So why didn’t He hear you and put a stop to it? I am sure He heard and all those nights you were frightened and scared, He was there with you and although bad things still happened. You will never know what He may have prevented from happening and you will never know in what ways He may have used others to prevent more bad things from happening.
      When Christ said take up your cross and follow Me. He never said the cross would not get heavy. He also said He would never forsake us or leave us. Is it any wonder that lady who read from her Bible and prayed with you showed up? You did find the strength through that to keep going. Remember I said God does not make mankind do anything we have freedom. However, He does work through people who seek Him and listen to His voice.
      Romans 8:28,”God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God”.
      What good can come out of this? Compassion and understanding for people who are or have gone through the same things. Help them to know the grace and mercy of God. We could have both so easily been one of those 6 0 clock news stories,’ unidentified body has been found assaulted and abandoned in a remote deserted location.’ Perhaps if we had not of cried out to God when we did, we would have been. But we did and we’re not we’re still here and we’re alive and scarred up….. yes. But we have purpose and we have an unique understanding of the anguish that some people will never fully understand. Why? Because we’ve been there.
      What do we do? We let them see Christ in us. In time you’ll help people, you won’t even realized you have helped. God will put people in your path, He knows our inner most secrets and He knows who you can help. So a chance meeting maybe just that but then again……… maybe not.

      Prophesize these scriptures over yourself daily.
      For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. – ‘He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world.’- In the name of Jesus Christ I take back control of my mind.

      Take Philippians 4; 8 to heart and practice it always.
      Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

      Through The Fire by The Crabb Family

      So many times I’ve questioned certain circumstances
      Things I could not understand
      Many times in trials, weakness blurs my vision
      Then my frustration gets so out of hand
      It’s then I am reminded I’ve never been forsaken
      I’ve never had to stand the test alone
      As I look at all the victories the spirit rises up in me
      And it’s through the fire my weakness is made strong
      He never promised that the cross would not get heavy
      And the hill would not be hard to climb
      He never offered our victories without fighting
      But he said help would always come in time
      Just remember when you’re standing in the valley of decision
      And the adversary says give in
      Just hold on, our Lord will show up
      And he will take you through the fire again
      I know within myself that I would surely perish
      But if I trust the hand of God, He’ll shield the flames again

  7. Lydia reyes permalink

    Thanks for the testimony,Mark. I also thank God from saving a wretch like me. His love endures forever. My life is yours Oh Lord.

  8. Praise to the Lovely Jesus Mark,
    Thanks for having taken time spreading the Word of God.
    Im so hap[py to write to you coz ive always been failing to.Im accually trying just like others.
    Having gooday sir

  9. lLYNN permalink

    tonight as i was getting ready to go to bed and take my meds, including a sleeping pill my doctor wanted me to take i went from my room to the living room to the kitchen, and into the bathroom. between the kitchen and the bathroom, someone or something turned off my oxygen on me. thank God my husband had not left for work yet when this happened cause i never would’ve made it back out to even the living room strange things like this have been happening to me, and they are happening more frequently this past week and a half. so, i’m asking all in this room to please please add your faith to mine and pray believing that God is going to set me free from all of this whatever it is. thank You God for setting me free from this living hell i am trapped in, and toYou my Lord God go all the honor, power, praise,and glory, in Jesus name. i put my self in your hands God. do what You will.

  10. Kay permalink

    DEAR LYNN…..my heart goes out to you. You are in my mind, heart and prayers. I wish i could take all the badness out of your life. Look after yourself and pray. I pray for you too dear friend.

  11. Cynthia hammork permalink

    Lynn,

    Lord,

    Thank You for promising us a sound mind. I lay claim to that promise for Lynn. I pray that her mind be clear, alert, bright, intelligent, stable, peAceful and uncluttered. I pray there will be no confusion, no dullness, and no unbalanced, scattered , unorganized, or negative thinking. I pray that her mind will not be filled with complex or confusing thoughts. Rather, give her clarity of mind so she is able to think straight at all times. Give her the ability to make clear decisions, to understand all she needs to know, and to be able to focus on what she needs to do. Where there snow any mental instability, impairment or dysfunction, I speak healing in Jesus’ name. May she be renewed in the spirit of her mind (Ephesians 4:23) and have the mind of Christ(1 Corinthians 2:16).

    I pray that Lynn will so love the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind that there will be no room inhere for lies of the enemy or the clamoring of the world. May the Word of God take root in her heart and fill her mind withthingz that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Give her understanding that whatbgoes into her mind becomes part of her, so that she will carefully weigh what she sees and hears.

    You have said, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3). I pray that Lynn’s faith in You and Your Word will grow daily so she will live forever in peace and soundness of mind.

    Amen

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of Gos, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    From Stormie Omartian “Power of a Praying Parent”

  12. Steve Gill permalink

    That was such a wonderful “witness” and I will never look at you ths same. Transparency does come to those who give there life to the most transparent of all Jesus Christ. Brother Mark…. be llifted up at a light to the world on Facebook and in the churches in which you walk…. and the streets in which you walk. Yes Mark…. God had a plan. Thank God you stepped in the right direction and you knocked and asked Jesus into your heart. Otherwise, we would not have grown in these moments listening to you share the Lord in a most profound way. Love to you and peace to you. But ALL GLORY GOES TO HIM WHO SENT YOU…. Amen.

  13. lucy ng permalink

    Before i tell you how i became a christian i must tell you how my parents became a catholic.My mother had a strange dream .She was walking through a crossroad where she had to choose . On her left was a winding & spooky one (scary dark).On the other side was a straight & bright one with golden pavement.She told herself she will choose the straight one, On reaching the end of the road she saw the crucifix…shining brightly.
    She was convicted & gave her life to Jesus Christ.From then onwards my dad & us …I was baptised at one month old ..after which at age 12 was my first encounter with our Lord.He revealed himself to me through a voice in my heart…till now i’ve many testimonies of his grace & goodness..To GOD be glory!Honour & praise!!!

  14. lLYNN permalink

    CYNTHIA, AND ALL WHO PRAYED FOR ME, I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH, BUT MOST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, FOR HE HAS BEEN SO VERY GOOD TO ME.MONDAY NIGHT I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT, TOO AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP. NOW I KNOW GOD HAS NOT GIVEN ME A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT HAS GIVEN ME A SOUND MIND, AND I CLAIMED THAT PROMISE FOR THE PAST 2 1/2 MONTHS ALONG WITH THE FACT THAT HEWILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE ME, AND THAT HE WILL HOLD US UP AND FIGHT OUR BATTLES FOR US, AND THAT NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER, AND AS MANY OTHERS AS I COULD REMEMBER.I’M VERY CAREFUL AS TO WHAT GOES INTO MY MIND,AS I KNOW IF GARBAGE GOES IN IT ROTS. I’VE ASKED GOD TO REMOVE ALL THE GARBAGE FROM MY PAST, I’VE ASKED HIM TO FORGIVE MY ABUSERS AND NOT HOLD WHAT THEY DID TO ME TO THEIR CHARGE. I PRAY THAT THOSE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD JESUS . THE LORD IS FIRST IN MY LIFE. HE IS MY SAVIOR, MY LORD, AND MY MASTER. ALL I HAVE IS HIS. HE IS THE AIR THAT I BREATHE AND HE IS EVERY BREATH I TAKE. HE IS MY PROVIDER, MY HEALER, AND MY BEST FRIEND. I SLEPT TUESDAY FROM DAWN TIL 10 PM, WAKING FOR SHORT TIMES EVERY FEW HOURS. THE LORD GAVE ME REST. WHEN I AWOKE, THE MUSIC WAS GONE, THE VOICES WERE MOSTLY GONE, AND THE ONLY THINGS MOVING IN THE HOUSE WERE OUR HOUSE MATE, THE 3 CATS, AND MYSELF WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FANS AND A FEW THINGS THEY WERE BLOWING ON. ALL WAS QUIET AND PEACEFUL . FROM THE TIME OUR HOUSEMATE WENT TO BE, TIL THE DAWN OF WEDNESDAY MORNING I JUST SAT STILL, THANKING MY FATHER GOD FOR HIS PEACE AND PRAISING HIM, WHILE SOAKING IN THE PEACE THAT PERMIATED THE HOUSE. I HEARD FAINT VOICES THAT WERE SPEAKING , AND GOD IMPRESSED ON MY SOUL THAT THOSE VOICES WERE PRAYERS RISING UP TO HIS THRONE ROOM FOR ME.I STAYED UP WEDNESDAY, WENT OUT ON THE DECK AND ENJOYED THE BEAUTIFUL MORNING. IT WAS THE 1ST TIME IN ALMOST 3 MONTHS I HAD GONE OUTSIDE EXCEPT TO GO SEE A DOCTOR.I SLEPT PEACEFULLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AND SLEPT MOST OF THE DAY. IT WAS SUCH SWEET SLEEP.THE VOICES AND HALUCINATIONS ARE BACK TONIGHT, BUT I DON’T FEAR THEM, FOR I KNOW SATAN IS A DEFEATED FOE AND WHO IS BY MY SIDE. I KEEP REPEATING THAT GOD HAS NOT GIVEN ME A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT A SOUND MIND, AND ALSO JOSHUA 1 VERSE 9 I BELIEVE THAT BASICALLY SAYS TO FEAR NOT, BE COURAGOUS, FOR GOD GOES WITH YOU WHERE EVER YOU GO. NOW THAT IS NOT AN EXACT QUOTE, BUT IT IS WHAT THE VERSE SAYS, ONLY IN DIFFERENT WORDS.I HAVE BEEN REFRESHED AND RENEWED, AND GOD IS MY STRENGTH, SO I WILL NOT WORRY. LIKE I PROMISED GOD BACK IN 1986, I WILL NOT QUIT, I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND TO RUN THE RACE TIL I HEAR THE LORD SAY TO ME, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT, ENTER INTO YOUR REST. THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR MERCY, YOUR GRACE, AND YOUR LOVE. I LOVE YOU LORD. .

  15. Adam permalink

    Hi Mark et al. I wanted to post this here as i think its most relevant – I need prayer for a person to become a Christian. My apologies if it is not the best place. Here is the story:

    I am an Irish person on a road trip from my home in Belfast to Romania and back. I was on a mission team in the south of Romania for the last week and now our road trip is a holiday to relax before we return. I was so truly blessed in Romania and made precious friends that will last a life time. It was incredibly difficult to leave and i feel like I have left my home behind. Currently in Venice and have had a wonderful conversation with the manager, Silvia. Shared my faith with someone for the first meaningful time in my life. I really want people to pray for her, a non practicing Catholic disillusioned with the church. She was so receptive and more friendly than her job required. I have seen so much prayer answered in the last two days, more than ever in my life and have heard God speak so clearly – also more than ever before. I have no doubts that prayers will be answered by God now and he can do marvellous things!

    Thanks to all and Dumnezeu sa va binecuvanteze (God bless)

  16. Steve permalink

    Beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing it.

    “…I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

  17. Tuta permalink

    God is Great! thank you for sharing with us! and More Blessings!

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