Over a long period I resisted the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ.
My childhood and youthful years were used up in rebellion against the religion of my family (Islam) and against all ‘authorities’, hence I got the nickname ‘Gaddaffi’. I did so many things at that time of my life that I am not proud of, as those who knew me then may testify. Many people shared the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with me but my mind was hardened and I refused to listen.
My life started to change and my rebellious stance was shaken during my late twenties when a vision began to be revealed to me year after year. The first vision I had was during my national youth service, at the age of 27. I decided to read through the Bible to find ‘loopholes’ and scriptures I can use to justify my bad behaviours. For example, I used the Bible passage where Jesus turned water into wine as an excuse for drinking lots of alcohol!
In these ‘nightmares’, I saw the vision of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to gather the believers but I was left behind. I experienced the unimaginable and unbearable regret of missing out on the most anticipated joyous moment in the history of mankind. In one of the dreams I saw myself walking for days, crying my eyes out and in a lot of grief, after Jesus had come and gone and I was lost. These vivid visions finally persuaded me to make the decision to give my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and to accept Him as my personal Lord and Saviour.
I believe that Jesus used these visions to gain my attention and to warn me of where I was heading to. I have been saved by the power of love from Jesus Christ who left His heavenly place to come to this world to suffer and be crucified for my sins. I do not have to rebel anymore because every act of worship from me is now a joyful obedience to the one who gave everything for me on the Cross of Calvary. As Jesus said in John 14:23, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him’.
Accepting Jesus Christ into my life has turned my life around completely. Sin no longer has power over me and I now rejoice every day for my salvation and my redemption. I have since received confirmation in the most joyous vision I ever had; in it Jesus came down from Heaven and I was among the chosen ones. I now know for certain that my name is written in the book of life because of the conscious decision I made to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour.
In Revelations 3:20 Jesus said ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’. Jesus Christ knocked on the door to my heart through the visions of his second coming and I am so grateful that I had that experience. I believe that Jesus is knocking on your door as well but maybe in different ways.
You can also have the same assurance of your heavenly place. All you have to do is open your heart and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour repent of your sins and he will do the rest for you. Please don’t leave it another day because nobody knows when it will be too late.
If this testimony strikes a resonance with you and you also want to invite Jesus into your life, you could pray now. Below is an example of the kind of prayer that started me on this exciting journey of faith.
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to you that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.