On Good Friday in 2000 I was sitting on the back row in a Lutheran church and was overwhelmed by God’s presence just a couples hours after getting high.
That was the last time I got high.
That was the last time I felt alone.
That was the last time I felt hopeless.
Jesus’ sacrifice for my freedom was overwhelming. I felt consumed by his love and mercy.
God spoke to me and said, “My power is greater than the hold that has on your life.”
I believed Him.
This photo continues to serve as a reminder to me of Gods grace and mercy that I experienced (and still do) 17 yrs ago on Good Friday.
The following passage of scripture is one of my favorites. It completely describes what I experienced on Good Friday seventeen years ago.
I love God because he listened to me,
listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently
as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face,
hell was hard on my heels.
Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
then I called out to God for help:
“Please, God!” I cried out.
“Save my life!”
God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
Psalm 116:1-6 (the MSG)
Do you want to receive the same grace, mercy, love, and life that I received? Accept God’s offer to help you. He is so willing to give to those who are willing to receive:
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
If you would like to begin a new life say this simple prayer with your whole heart to God:
Dear God, I acknowledge my great need for You in my life. I believe that Jesus, Your Son, came to this earth and lived, died, and rose from the dead all for me so that my sins could be forgiven. I want to give my whole life and heart to You. I want to turn away from evil and follow You. Forgive me of my sins and please lead my life. Amen.
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God bless you.