By: Martin Tuson
I believe that if a person who is spiritually blind is sincere in wanting to know whether God is real or not, that God will reveal His reality, if they will sincerely ask and be willing to keep seeking God to reveal to them who Jesus Christ really IS, and also be willing to do whatever God asks them to do. God delights in revealing His reality to those who truly want to know who Jesus Christ really IS, and by what He did for them by dying on the cross.
I speak from experience. At the age of 15, on November 7, 1982, I went into my bedroom. I fell on my knees and said, "God - if You are real, I need to know. You say You sent Your Son to die for me on the cross. I am willing to accept Him as my Lord and Savior if that is what it takes to let me know if You are real or not. Forgive me for everything I've ever done to offend You, and please make me a better person, and please come into my life and make Yourself real to me. If you'll do that, I'll do whatever You want me to do."
Leading up to that moment in time, I hadn't been feeling well. I was having difficulty sleeping, and had a great fear of dying.
Ever prior to that, I should not even be here. I had escaped death on a number of occasions by Gods grace. One incident was with a loaded gun; the other a light aircraft I was in which almost hit another plane. Looking back, God had His hand of protection on me even when I was lost in my sins and separated from Him because of them.
As a young boy, I had heard the Gospel message of Christ dying on the cross to pay for my sins, but it never registered with me. I could not possibly understand how a man (I didn't realize He was also God in human form) who died on a cross could save me from my sins. I suppose like most people today I was spiritually blind because I was wanting to run from the truth more than I wanted to know the truth, because in knowing spiritual truth, I would probably be expected of God to obey it. Most people want to know if God is real or not ' they just don't want anyone being Lord over them because they want to be their own Lord ' calling their own shots and hoping God will bless their every decision without caring what He thinks about it.
Anyway, on November 7, 1982, that was the first sincere prayer that I had ever prayed to God, and guess what?God answered that prayer and heard my cry. He cleansed me from within and saved me from my sins. He made Himself real to me. He gave me a supernatural peace I had never experienced before. My fear of dying left and I began to sleep. Praise Him!
However, I was still lacking a lot of Christ-likeness I should have been walking in as a Christian as the years went by, and a certain young man who committed a murder only a few miles away for where I lived revealed just how much anger and hatred I had inside me.
Then on June 30th, 2000 my life was shaken. I had an encounter with God that I go more in to depth about in a book I'm writing. Out of that encounter, God spoke to me and called me to minister to prisoners, and let me tell you ' people in prison was the LAST place I wanted to minister!
From then my walk with Christ greatly began to change and I began to witness His great love in a truly new and wonderful way.
But wouldn't you know: The very first inmate I ever spoke too was the very guy I had hated years before who committed that murder, and I was able to love him through the power of Christ operating through me! Talk about a miracle!
It would be impossible for me to tell you all I have experienced since then in God in a short testimony, but the video below will give you a small glimpse of how God has been using me for His glory since He called me to help rescue lost souls in prison who also need to know they are just as forgiven for all their sins because of Jesus Christ paying the price for their sins just as He did my sins so they can have peace with God now and assurance of what will happen to them after they die. In addition to helping reach lost souls, God has also been so gracious to use me to help people receive healing, and it just never ceases to amaze me how God can use a person like me to help others to connect with Him and bless them, but then I guess God uses whoever He wants to minister the love and mercy of Jesus Christ He demonstrated for mankind by dying for their sins so they can discover for themselves the acceptance and the peace from God that surpasses all understanding once they surrender to the Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here's the video: http://vimeo.com/m/26213121
People wanting to learn more about the precious prison ministry God has called me to can go to: http://www.setfreebangor.co.uk/
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