- Parent Category: History
- Category: Personal Stories
- Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:42
Harold Roeding II - Dunkerton, IA
This is how God saved this sinner. As a young boy in Sunday school at Western Avenue Gospel Hall in Waterloo, IA, I was taught about the Lord Jesus Christ and how he died for me a lost sinner. At the time I thought I was saved but it just didn't take hold.
I just lived in the world with no thought of God or my spiritual condition. As I got older 16 or 17, I started in with alcohol. I spent pretty much the next 27 years a drunk. I could go on and on of the sin I was in.
For a period of about 1 year, I went to the Church of Nazarene. The first Sunday I went to the alter to pray for salvation, and believed I had gotten saved. But again it didn't take hold. It would be easy for me to leave out the two times I believed I was saved but wasn't, because I believe they hurt my testimony, but that's now where I believe the problem was. Now I can give the true testimony of what the Lord Jesus Christ did in this hell deserving sinner’s life.
The Lord led me to a radio preacher that I listened to on my way to work in the mornings. Through his preaching the gospel, I cried to the Lord for mercy, with tears coming down my face. I didn't have any words or know what to say. My heart just cried to the Lord. Out of his great mercy he delivered me from the death grip Satan had on me. He didn't save me then but stopped my drinking. Then over the next several months the Holy Spirit convicted my soul through the radio preaching and the preaching at Hagerman Baptist Church. During that time the Lord showed me the condition of my sinful self. I had always thought once I was sober that I would be alright.
The Lord shined a light in my heart and I saw nothing good, not one thing. I saw myself as a sinner in need of a saviour. There was nothing I could do to save myself, and if the Lord Jesus would have left me alone I surely would have spent eternity in Hell where I deserved to be.
Then on June 8, 2000, I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal saviour. I cling to the Lord Jesus with all I have. He showed me I was a lost sinner and could do nothing to save myself. And that he died on the cross of Calvary in my place. I deserved to die not him who did no sin. That's a testimony of what our loving all powerful Lord Jesus Christ can do.
Take a sinner from the grasp of Satan and save him for all eternity. That's a miracle.
If the Lord Jesus ever deals with your heart don't turn away. Turn toward him. Please turn to the Lord Jesus, he suffered and died on the cross for you. He loves you that much.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23