Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you that in me you may have peace.” John 16:33
During my freshman year at the U. of Md., I often took solitary walks through the campus whenever I was distressed or discouraged. These walks frequently ended at the University Chapel. The doors were usually unlocked day or night. I would enter the empty quiet chapel and sit alone on one of the pews. It was a place that I could find peace.
Peace, serenity, tranquility – I was desperate to find these spiritual gifts. My home life was anything but peaceful. And although I found temporary relief when I sat inside the chapel, I soon discovered that the peace I felt when I sat there only lasted while I was inside the building. As soon as I left, the feeling of peace also left.
I don’t remember the details of that conversation, but I do remember thinking that this girl, in spite of her troubles, had the peace that I longed for.
Then one night in February, I walked to the chapel again. But to my surprise the doors were locked. So I sat outside on the large white marble steps. I was not alone. Another college girl was also there. She was sitting on the steps reading her Bible. We began a conversation. I told her what was troubling me about my homelife and then she shared with me her personal struggles. I don’t remember the details of that conversation, but I do remember thinking that this girl, in spite of her troubles, had the peace that I longed for. I desperately wanted that peace. We prayed together. I don’t recall the words to our prayers but I do remember that after we prayed I felt joyful and giddy as if a great burden had been lifted from my soul.
But I didn’t understand what had happened to me. And I didn’t know how to maintain this new joy.
Not long after that evening, I noticed some campus posters advertising an upcoming program featuring a magician speaking about prophecy. My roommate was researching a report on the occult, so we both decided to attend. During the first half of the show, the magician, Andre Kole, entertained his audience by performing a series of professional tricks. But at the intermission he announced that he was a Christian and that Campus Crusade for Christ had invited him to our University. He said that after the intermission, he was going to talk to us about Jesus. My roommate left during the intermission, but I stayed.
During the second part of the program, Andre Kole explained how God sent his son Jesus to pay for the penalty of our sins by dying on the cross. He explained that we must repent of our sins and receive Jesus as our Savior in order to be forgiven. Then with a magic trick using a lantern and light, Mr. Kole demonstrated how Jesus comes into our life like a light fills a lantern when we accept Him as our Savior. The light in the trick represented the Holy Spirit indwelling the Christian believer.
Mr. Kole said we could invite Jesus to come into our life by prayer. He gave a sample prayer that was something like this: “Dear Jesus, I admit that I have sinned and need a Savior. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Come into my life, and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”
I was thrilled to hear all this explained. I finally understood by Mr. Kole’s words and the visual demonstration of the lantern trick just what had taken place on the chapel steps a few nights previously. Now I realized that the peace I had felt after praying with the girl on the chapel steps was the moment Jesus had come into my life.
In John 14:16 and 17 Jesus said that the Spirit of truth, also called the Helper, will “abide with you and will be in you.” That is exactly what happened to me that February evening on the chapel steps when I prayed to Jesus. The Holy Spirit had come into me and was now living His life in me. Jesus was the Peace I had been searching for. And unlike the temporary peace that came and went when I walked in and out of the chapel, now I had His everlasting peace permanently living within me through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. That wonderful day happened over 50 years ago and I can proclaim sincerely that Jesus has kept his promise to me all these years. He has never failed me or left me. And He continues to fill me with His everlasting peace. If you too are searching for inner peace, I encourage you to pray to Jesus, the Prince of Peace! He will never fail you or leave you.
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There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it's cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It's something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.
There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I've got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.
This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.
Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that's something that's coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.
Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.
I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.
There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.
So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.
And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don't wake up tomorrow; we don't know what will happen tomorrow.
This is the moment for you to say, "Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I've failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life."
Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.
At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we're in heaven.
So let's make this an invitation. Let's hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.
My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.
So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.
When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.
In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.
So, this is an invitation, whether you're a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don't wait until tomorrow and say, "No, I'd better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I've still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I'm older, I'll see whether I change." But we don't know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.
I've had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that's what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn't, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God's forgiveness.
Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn't take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.
I mean, we don't know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn't have the opportunity of begging God's forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.
That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That's my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.
People get lost, people haven't wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.
Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.
Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I've been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We're the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let's move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.
I remember an incident when the Lord rescued me from a person who intended to do me harm. God’s protection was a miracle in my life!
I wasn’t raised in a church; so I knew nothing about Jesus or God. I did go to Vacation Bible School in the summers and heard and loved the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”
I went into the ocean and was immediately swept off my feet by a riptide. There was nothing in the water for me to float on, and I was running out of energy. I asked God if this was how I was going to die.
My faith grew to have a focus on trusting in God’s word as assurance. To believe his promises are true. We experienced the faithfulness of the God who called us in many, many ways. In addition to joyous times, we faced grief and pain.
A child evangelist came to my church and, while performing some magic trick, made it very clear that Jesus loved us so much that He could take away the guilt I felt from my stubborn, rebellious ways.
In my job as a Maryland State Trooper, I asked God to guide me to those abusing alcohol and drugs. I prayed for guidance and protection for all of them.