Cross Over Stories

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

When you give your life to Christ amazing transformations take place. It is truly wonderful how God changes us to become more like Him in every aspect of our lives. What a privilege it is to tell others what God has done for us and share His good news with those around us. There is nothing that compares to what happens when you make the decision to Cross Over! Please read the following stories/testimonials and then we encourage you to add your own so others can enjoy and be strengthened while reading about what God is doing in the lives of those who love Him.

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“As a kid, I grew up in a great home blessed to have a family with two loving parents and four great siblings. Our family went to church often; however, it didn’t seem to have much of an impact on me as a kid. In fact, most weeks going to church or religion class felt like torture. I remember watching the clock in church and waiting for the hour to be over. At this time in my life I had no personal relationship with our living God and Father.

Then towards the end of high school, things started to change. I remember being at church and thinking about what would happen to me when I died. That thought really scared me because I didn’t know there could be any guaranteed answer to that question. The only answer I had was that, in my opinion, I was a good person and would probably make it to heaven.

Then after regularly attending a Bible teaching church, I finally heard the good news. The pastor preached that there was a way to know where you were going after you died. He taught that if you confessed your sins, asked for forgiveness, believed that God sent his son Jesus to die to cover all your sins, and made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life, you would be guaranteed eternal life in heaven.

At first that sounded crazy, but then it really started to make sense. Nothing I could ever do would be enough to work my way to heaven. (Galations 2:5 “It is by grace you have been saved.”) All I needed to do was truly believe that what Jesus did on the cross was enough and surrender my life to him.

After hearing all this, it took awhile to sink in. I started to pray about it and spend time in the bible seeking the truth. I found out that everything I heard was true. It was obvious what I needed to do. I knew that to be the man God intended me to be; I needed to quit living for myself and surrender my life to Him. (Matthew 10:39 Jesus says, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”) I asked God for forgiveness of my sins and that He take over my life. I remember saying that same prayer almost every week for about a year because each time I prayed it, I didn’t really feel a change. Then, thank God, one week it finally clicked. I knew I didn’t need to ask anymore. I knew in my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that was enough, even though I didn’t deserve it.

That’s my story; however it’s not the ending. Although today I am a new person in Christ, I am still a work in progress. God is changing and transforming me more and more each day. (2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come”.)

I am so thankful and blessed that Christ chose me to follow Him. I also know that I need Jesus every minute of everyday in order to do anything that really matters. (John 15:5 Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”)

Thank you God for sending your son for me!
For the Kingdom!
John”

John
Appleton, WI.

September 25th, 2013

“For most of my life, I thought that I had everything figured out. Step by step, everything seemed to fall into place and it appeared that the course of my life was all planned and set up for me - college, job, marriage, children. I appeared to have everything a person could ever want for themselves. Through it all, God was always part of my life, but I had never truly given Him control and, most importantly, lived my life accordingly.

Regretfully, somewhere along the way, and slowly over time, I began to live more and more for myself. Nothing seemed to give me the fulfillment and satisfaction I was looking for in life. Eventually, I let most of my thoughts and actions be controlled by my own selfish desires of greed, lust, and pride. I allowed myself too often to become separated from God and this I believe enabled Satan to enter my life and try to destroy it (John 10:10). By not continuing to grow enough in my relationship with God, I lost His protection which left me vulnerable to an attack in the form of sickness and disease (1 Peter 5:8). After almost two years, 35 doctors, losing more than 50 pounds, and having the appearance of a walking skeleton, my life was flipped upside-down and it seemed as if there may be no hope left for me

Thank God, it is never too late to be saved! By asking God for forgiveness and making Jesus my true Lord and Savior, my life has been renewed. His word has transformed my mind and rather than my flesh leading the way, now my God-filled spirit controls the actions I take in life (Romans 12:2). The precious blood of Jesus has washed my past clean and made me see that my life needed to become more and more His instead of my own (John 3:30). No longer do I need to go through life searching to find true happiness and fulfillment because it now has a purpose and meaning that will last for eternity. In this new life, I have found the love, joy, peace, and contentment that nothing else has ever come close to matching.

I believe with all my heart that God works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and even though he didn’t bring this upon me I know He has and will continue to set me free (John 8:31-32). As I continue to receive more and more of His word and promises, I believe the manifestation of my physical healing will happen. As for now, I choose to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). I will serve God and do everything I can to spread His word by whatever means He gives me. I will love my wife and children and lead them in the way that He directs me. I will cling to His words in Psalm 91: 14-16 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Most importantly though, I will continue to thank and praise Him each day for never leaving my side (Joshua 1:5) and even though I don’t deserve it, dying for me on the cross and giving me access to an eternal inheritance in heaven. To Him be the glory forever and ever!”

Michael
Appleton, Wisconsin

September 25th, 2013