Testimony Tuesdays – Jerry O’Neal

Q: My first recollection of being in church was…

A: First recollection of being in church was when I would visit my Dad’s mom. My grandmother loved God and had a real relationship with Him. She would take me to church although she was Methodist, I see now she had a real understanding of God’s Spirit. She taught me much about how she honored God in her finances, and depended upon Him for her life especially after my grandfather passed away. 

Q: The closest I have felt to God in my life was…

A: The closest I’ve felt to God was the evening my son went to heaven.  God was there and I felt His hands on my shoulders. I am aware of his being with me ever since. 

Q: The time I have felt the greatest doubt or distance from God was…

A: There of course have been times in the part when prayers went unanswered; at least not to my expectations. Through those incidences I’ve learned now to seek His will and intent in the circumstances before I pray, or I rely totally on praying in the spirit,  both will assure praying his perfect will into it. 

Q: If I could thank God for just one incident in my life it would be ______ and why?

A: Staying with me when Matt went to heaven. I’d not have survived it without Him .

Q: If I could thank God for just one person in my faith journey it would be _______ and why?

A: One person in my faith journey would be a Campus Life counselor, Jon Abercrombie. After I accepted Jesus at 16,I became fretful about my parents accepting him too.  Jon, very wisely advised me to stop fretting, pray and believe God would keep his promise that my entire household would be saved. I did that, with thanks and both parents are in heaven now.  God keeps his promises. Jon helped guide me to approach it biblically depending on faith in God promises. 

Q: If I could name a turning point in my life for my relationship with God it would be ________ and why?

A: My big turning point would have to be the Holy Spirit baptism.  God’s voice and His power became so real after that. 

Q: If I had to tell someone why I am a Christian I would have to say…

A: Because God loved me and sent Jesus to die for me. He revealed that to me on a personal real level that was undeniable. Actually, I think that’s more how, not why.  I am a Christian so that I can represent Christ to all of God’s creation; bringing, most importantly, His love but also His power to set people free from oppression, whether it be physical or spiritual. Making disciples along the way. In other words,  fulfilling the charge given to man in the garden. That’s why I’m a Christian. 

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