Ruan, what motivated you to come to God for forgiveness and accept Christ as Lord of your life? Is there someone or something that influenced your decision the most?
This is very close to my previous answer. I think when I discovered a whole new way of living and a sense of happiness and “promise” at the end was what attracted me the most and probably had the biggest influence on me to decide to give my life to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness.
How and where did you receive Christ? Did someone else lead you to the Lord, or did you experience something that caused you to call out to Him?
Well, again I think the biggest influence in me coming to Christ was my sister, but I also remember that I reached a point in my life where I felt I couldn’t go on anymore on my own and carry all my burdens I am obviously not made to carry on my own. I realized I needed Him if I wanted to get somewhere in life.
After you received Christ, what changes took place in your life?
My whole outlook on life itself changed. The way I even looked at negative things happening around me changed. I learned to forgive and turn my focus to God and the good things around me.
How has God's forgiveness impacted you?
I learned that nothing that happened in my past regarding my parents, etc. was my fault. I also found comfort in knowing that the things I did do wrong as a result of trying to cope and figure things out for myself, God wasn’t holding over my head, and He actually took me as His child despite everything else. He truly felt like my daddy and someone I could talk to about anything. His comfort and love surrounded me whenever I needed it, and knowing He had forgiven me for my past – I felt truly loved for the first time in my life.
How have your thoughts, attitudes and emotions changed?
For the first time I literally saw light at the end of the tunnel, like I was going somewhere and that there was indeed purpose to my life. Strangely, since I have given my life to the Lord, faith became one of my strongest characteristics. Not to blow my own whistle, but I have accomplished quite a bit in my life as a direct result of having faith in God’s ability to get me there, when no one else gave me a chance. All glory to Him indeed. I had many, many opportunities to completely give up on everything and everyone. My faith in God’s purpose for my life kept me going and still keeps me going today.
What kinds of ups and downs have you experienced along the way?
Initially, I had only my sister to share my new faith with, and a grandmother who still tried to influence me with certain “untruths” about the Gospel. I began experiencing that Satan would try and influence me from every possible angle. Today I understand that he must have already known that he had lost another victim, so he kept trying with all he had to bring me down. I became aware of all the wrong things in and around my own life, and I suddenly felt like they needed to be sorted out and corrected as soon as possible. These things became a little overwhelming at times and I cried out to God all the time to give me direction and guide me through this process.
Do you have a favorite verse or Bible passage which is important in explaining your Faith Story?
Actually I have many, and I would lie if I said there is only one specific passage or verse that kept me going. I think the one that inspired me most as a young boy was Philippians 4:13 that reads “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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