God gave me a special present to celebrate my special day today. At the end of this post I will tell you what this very tangible gift is….
Twenty years ago, on December 2, 1990, my life changed….
I wasn’t looking for God because I always believed he existed; I just didn’t know Who He was. I thought I was going to Heaven because, yes, I was a good person. (Really! I thought that!) Even though I was a drug addict, sexually immoral, a thief and a liar (I sold stereo equipment out of the back of my car in the desert), I still thought I was good.
That was because I judged myself by my own standard of goodness.
One night while searching for witches’ covens in an open field at midnight, I challenged Satan to show himself.
I was also robbed at shotgun point by drug dealers (as a meth addict I didn’t have much discernment in friends).
I broke into a “friend’s” mobile home and stole some equipment in broad daylight.
I knocked on the apartment doors of strangers looking for a wife; I found a lost key and tried opening neighbor’s doors with it. The television spoke directly to me. Then I got a very clear vision that I was headed for Hell if I didn’t die….
Such was my life before Christ. But things changed twenty years ago when I understood that I needed a Savior.
Revelation 12:11 says: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
Every evangelist—every Christian—has a testimony of what Christ has done in their life and should be able to articulate it in various lengths of time. I have a 30 second, 60 second, 5 minute, 10 minute, and 45 minute version.
MY TESTIMONY ON HOW I CAME TO FAITH
My story is quite a roller coaster ride and I’d like to share it with you. Over the summer I gave an updated version of my testimony of what Christ did in my life. (I previously shared it to our congregation seven years ago, before I was an evangelist.)
Now, wanna know what gift God gave me?
Two weeks ago my daughter called into a radio show and won four tickets to see the band “Casting Crowns.” I generally don’t listen to Christian music but this is the only band I really like. Guess when we get to see them? Tonight. It didn’t dawn on me that the concert was on my 20th re-birthday until I woke up this morning.
Coincidence or GODincidence?
I choose the latter.
One of their best songs is called “Here I go Again,” a song about evangelism. A youth group made a pretty decent music video of it. Click here to see it.