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Salvation Stories 15- Beth McMichael: Personal Testimony

Day 15- Beth McMichael: Personal Testimony

My testimony begins in the country of Northern Ireland. My parents were both born and raised in this small country, heavily influenced by the gospel and generational Christian living. Both of them believed Jesus Christ died for their sins when they were young teenagers. My parents met in 1979, were married in 1984, and had my older brother in 1987. There was a lot of turmoil in Northern Ireland at that time, so my parents decided to move to Vancouver, Canada, to raise their family. I came along in 1991 to complete the family.

During their time in Vancouver, my father had a burden about preaching the gospel full time. After visiting the Midwest, he felt the Lord was calling him to work full time preaching the gospel in that area. In 1994, my parents packed up our family and moved us to a village of about 200 people in rural Wisconsin.

My parents had a regular practice of praying before our meals, reading the Bible as a family, and kneeling beside our bed to pray for our salvation each night. Being a preacher’s kid, I never once thought I was perfect. I attended gospel services and heard many preachers telling me God’s Word says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I knew I was a sinner!

In February 1999, two preachers came to our town to preach the gospel. There were many children of the believers in our local church who had not trusted Christ as their Savior. I was one of those children. One night, while paging through my King James version Bible with Jesus’ words in red letters, I started reading in Matthew and worked my way through the New Testament page by page, reading the red-letter words. I don’t remember any type of soul-searching or really understanding what I was reading, but that all changed when I got to Revelation chapter 1. The red letters were Jesus’ words saying, “Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

I remember those words stopping me dead in my tracks. My seven-year-old brain understood for the first time that Jesus held the keys to hell and if I died as I was, a sinner, it was in His power to lock me away in hell forever! As terrifying as that thought was for a seven-year-old, I didn’t dwell on it for more than a millisecond. In that moment, I thought, But wait, I don’t have to! Then and there, I understood that my sins were taking me to hell where I deserved to be because of my sin, but Jesus died for my sin so that I could spend forever with Him in heaven! I remember feeling joy, and then calling my dad (who was away preaching) later that night to tell him I had trusted Christ as my personal Savior. One of the preachers, Roy Weber, came to our house and gave me a great big hug, as he too was so happy about my salvation!

However, the joy faded in the years ahead. I did not establish a prayer life and I did not read my Bible consistently. I struggled with sin as a teenager and doubted if I was really saved because of my habits of sin. I would feel a heavy weight of guilt from my sin, cry out to the Lord, start reading my Bible, and feel like I was living for the Lord again, but then something would throw off my daily habit and I would fall to sin again. The cycle repeated itself over and over. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I understood that when I deliberately continued patterns of sin, I was grieving the Holy Spirit inside of me. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am free from the power of sin! Sanctification is a continual process throughout a Christian’s imperfect life. Habitual sin is overcome as we submit ourselves to God and refuse the temptations of the flesh (James 4:7-8). I joined the fellowship of our local church at 21 years of age, and desired to live my life for the Lord.

In 2012, I moved to Denver, NC, to look for work after graduating from dental assisting school. My friends attended a local assembly that had a passion for the teens. My spiritual life grew abundantly as I rediscovered the joy I felt as a new believer. In 2015, I married my husband, Josh. We currently reside in Mount Holly, NC, and attend the local assembly of believers in Denver. Being a part of a church family is vital in the life of a Christian. We lean on each other for support and lift up our needs in prayer together. The gospel is regularly preached for those who don’t know Christ as their Savior. My prayer for those reading this, whether you are believers or not, is that you would seek Christ. In Him, you will be fully satisfied.

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