Living Through Fear
The words were barely out of the doctor’s mouth before Michael, a young, seemingly healthy man from Ohio, had a flood of dread fall over him. “Cystic fibrosis.” The thoughts raced through his head: “How will I be able to live a normal life? When will I die? What does all this mean?”
Most people diagnosed with the disease, including Michael’s mother, die before they reach the age of 50. Since that day, Michael has had to deal with the daily fear, anxiety, and worry that come along with a fatal diagnosis, not to mention the expensive medications that are helping treat his many symptoms.
Another factor that the diagnosis brought Michael was a sense of urgency about life that most other people his age aren’t forced to live with. Being faced with his mortality so early in life led Michael on a frantic journey to seek out answers to life’s biggest spiritual questions.
Near the beginning of his search, Michael divinely intersected with a Global Media Outreach Gospel presentation, which caused him to fully consider his nominally Christian background more seriously. After submitting a question, Michael got in contact with Steve, his Online Missionary, and his life was changed forever.
Clarity in hardship
After only a few times conversing, Michael felt so safe talking to his Online Missionary that he brought him one of life’s biggest questions: How can I be sure I am saved?
“When I’ve tried to study the Bible or hear about people being saved or talking about how important it is to be saved there’s a voice that keeps saying, ‘Have you really been saved by God? It just seems too good to be true.’” Michael said. “I keep hearing it and I’m starting to question my salvation… I think you’re the only person I can come to Steve. I hope you can help me out.”
At this point in his life, Michael thought he was saved because he was raised in a Christian family. With the Gospel fully and clearly explained to him by Steve, Michael came to a startling realization: he had never put his full faith in Jesus as his Lord.
“After reading what you had to say, I came to the conclusion that I really haven’t accepted Jesus and allowed Him to save me and bring me closer to God … Today I truly accepted Jesus as my Savior and the Lord of everything in my life. I prayed that He would help me get my life back on the path to God and that He would fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I can have the life and personality a true Christian should have.”
This true acceptance of Christ started an undeniable fire in Michael that lead to him becoming an Online Missionary with Global Media Outreach, a seminary student and eventually a pastor of his local church.
Now, Michael is a reproducing believer who shepherds many to the ultimate truth of Jesus Christ as Lord. God was able to do all of this through a simple Gospel Presentation to Michael and faithful work from Steve, his Online Missionary.
As life continues with uncertainty because of his disease, Michael can be assured of one thing: his name is written in the Book of Life!
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