Randy Walter

I’ve been reading that this Pentecost will be the beginning of the great ingathering, that we will see evidence that God is holding open the altar of repentance for the whole world, and His desire is to bring more people into His Kingdom than has ever been seen in the past. This is a strategic time to pray for our nation and the world to humble ourselves, repent and receive God’s Good and Perfect Gift – Jesus.
It makes me recall my own salvation experience. I was lost. I was hiding, using drugs to conceal myself from the world around me. And I was empty. God came after me before I ever sought Him, so I’m praying that God will come after the lost people of the world and of our nation. I had lived life on my own terms, disregarding God, profaning His name, not interested in anything but my own selfish desires, following my own understanding, and wasting my life. That was when God came after me. He didn’t superimpose His will over mine, but He helped me make His will my will.

I had lived life on my own terms, not interested in anything but my own selfish desires, and wasting my life. That was when God came after me.

I remember sitting in my bedroom alone, looking over my life and saying, “How did I come to this place?” It was a place of emptiness, leading a rudderless existence, having no confidence in myself, merely existing. When I was younger, I had great ambition. I had aspirations to follow a profession and make my mark. I ended up where I felt like my life didn’t matter. In that self-examination, I started thinking there was nothing I could trust in this world. I was cynical and self-centered, and said to myself, “I can’t trust other people. They have always let me down in the long run. I can’t even trust myself because I’ve let myself down. I can’t put my trust in wealth or material possessions because they take wings and fly away.”
Somehow in that time of reflection, the only thing that made sense to me was that God is who the Bible says He is. That was not my natural thinking; it had to be God drawing me to Himself. It followed that Jesus is who the Bible says He is. And in order to avoid eternal torment and the pains of hell, I had to be saved. I didn’t know what it meant to be saved. I didn’t know how to be saved. I’d heard people talk about salvation on television and in movies, but I didn’t know how it applied to me. I didn’t know how to pursue it. All I knew was that it would be the ultimate irony in my life to think about getting saved and do nothing, and then have Jesus return just as the Bible says He will. I would miss heaven because I was passive. That started me on a quest.

Then I repented and asked Jesus to take over my life. For the first time in a long time, I had done the right thing. I found out who I really was: the me that I had been hiding.

Not long afterward, I ran into my old friend, Barbara Zane. I had known her for many years and heard her passionate stories about having a relationship with Jesus. I never asked her out, figuring that if I did the kind of things on a date with her that I did with other women, God was going to be very angry with me. I didn’t know it at the time, but the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom. We started taking my little whaler out into the middle of Isle of Wight Bay, killed the motor, and talked about Jesus. I couldn’t get in any trouble out there. As she discipled me, we started going to church.
The first time we went to the church I ended up getting saved in, I heard a voice tell me three times, “Don’t go in there!” I disregarded it only because I didn’t want to look bad in front of Barbara. Our fourth time there was September 12, 1982. I said to myself, “If that preacher gives another one of those altar calls, I’m going!” At the altar I kept crying out in agony, “My heart is so black!” Then I repented and asked Jesus to take over my life, and felt physically lighter. For the first time in a long time, I had done the right thing. I found out who I really was: the me that I had been hiding. Six weeks later, Barbara and I were married.
Now, on Pentecost weekend, I’m praying that America and the whole world will have that kind of humbling experience by the Spirit of God, who convicts men of righteousness, sin, and judgment. Our nation is fractured as much as any time in its history. We’re divided along lines of color, political correctness, and in just about every respect we can think of. It makes me think of the crack in the Liberty Bell, a result of being imperfectly cast. When it was rung to proclaim liberty, it split. And it could not be rung again for fear that the divide would widen and become bigger. I feel like that’s where we are now as a nation.
The liberty that is going to set us free comes from God’s Spirit. It is not freedom to do whatever we want to do, to be stiff-necked and arrogant, full of ourselves and disobedient. It is freedom to understand that God has laws, ordinances, and commandments, not so He can kill our fun but because they are for our protection. He loves us and has our best interest at heart. He wants us to prosper. Where there is no revelation of God’s love, people cast off restraints; but happy is he who keeps the law. That is the revelation I am praying for people to receive this Pentecost. It was the revelation Peter preached on the Pentecost that marked the birth of the Church. It prompted men to cry out, “What shall we do?” Peter answered, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”

More Faith Stories

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.

Barb Lambert

Barb Lambert

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.”