Melissa Huyser

 "NOW I KNOW WHY....?" 
I was born in 1968 and I attended a Baptist church in my youth. There I was encouraged to recite a prayer which I did not understand. They told me it would “save” me. At that time the only Bible verse I knew was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

As I grew older I started hanging around the wrong crowd. I began drinking, doing drugs, and smoking, I was a person of the world. I did the opposite of what the Lord would have me do. 

After years of drinking, doing drugs, smoking, and living in sin, I knew I was lost. I didn’t know which way to go. I was depressed both in worldly and spiritual matters. I grew more and more miserable in my sin. 

My mother suggested that I attend church to make new friends and do something besides staying at home. I thought about it for awhile and started looking around for churches. I called a few but they did not respond to my calls. Then I called Lighthouse Baptist Church and the pastor came to see me the same day. 

The pastor used Scripture to show me that I was a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ” (Romans 6:23). I thought I was a pretty good person who only sinned once in awhile. This made me realize that even wrong thinking could be a sin. He showed me that Jesus was on earth for 33 years, without any sin, not even a bad thought. After seeing myself as a sinner, he then showed me how I could be saved by receiving God’s free gift. Romans 10:9,10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Pastor Dave asked me if I wanted to pray and receive Christ “right now?”. I told him I wanted to be alone. I was under conviction, but I was ashamed to break down and cry in front of him. I knew my sin and wanted to repent of it. 

After Pastor Dave left I went into my room. At first I was at the edge of my bed but as I became more convicted I got down on my knees and I confessed, “Now I know why God sent Jesus to die on the cross. . for me!” I prayed over and over “Now I know why...” I confessed that I was a sinner and I wanted to be saved. I was saved at that very moment! 

After I prayed, wiping the tears from my eyes, I was overwhelmed. I felt free! All tension (sin) had been lifted from me. I have never felt like this before, the pressures were gone. I was a changed person. I was so happy! After receiving Christ I called my sister and told her that I had just been saved. 

As I read the Word and get closer to the Lord, I find myself continually changing. On the outside I am dressing as Scripture teaches. On the inside I am growing in the Lord and try to obey His teachings. 

If you just believe with your whole heart, mind, and soul that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you, repent of your sins, and ask the Lord for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, you too, will be saved. 

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12 

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 

“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6