ARMy Path to Salvation"When I was growing up, I never thought that I would come to believe in Jesus." Read how a Buddhist finds the true God and experiences Him in her daily life and prayer.God can work in mysterious ways. As sister Lynn Hsieh has realized, He can change a once stubborn and obstinate heart into a warm and joyful one. She has finally found the truth by the persistence of a friend and by experiencing incidences that altered her own life. If you truly believe and put your faith in the Lord Almighty, He will surely save you and make you part of His family.
Hallelujah, in the
name of Lord Jesus I testify. When I was growing up, I never thought that
I would come to believe in Jesus. First, my family background was
traditional ancestor and idol worship.
Second, I often
found Christians irritating because I felt their deeds weren't as good as
those of Buddhists. So when Christians tried to preach the gospel to me, I
ignored them. In my heart, I felt sorry for them because they actually
believed the Bible.
In August 1997, a
neighbor who attended a different church of another denomination came and
invited me to her church. She was very nice. Since I was suffering a great
deal from my marriage, I went to her church. After several visits, I did
not feel moved or touched. But I still continued to go for the sole
purpose of making friends and socializing.
In October 1997, a
sister from the True Jesus Church introduced me to the church. It was hard
for me to ignore her persistence. After several invitations, I finally
attended a family service. For the first time, I was actually moved by a
I thought to myself,
how come I had never heard such wonderful words, especially in the
previous churches I went to? This pastor emphasized that the True Jesus
Church has God's abidance. This greatly interested me, for I thought
Buddha was god. Is there another God?
One day as I was
backing out of my garage, I pressed the remote to shut the garage door,
but it didn't work. After many attempts, the door remained open. Suddenly
I recalled that the church said there is a God, so I thought, why not ask
God for help?
I prayed to God,
saying "If you truly exist, please close the garage door." I
pressed the remote again, and unexpectedly, the door closed. I was very
surprised, but I thought it was only a coincidence, and then drove away.
The next day, when I
was leaving the house, the garage door wouldn't close again. I thought,
"This time I'll press the remote control more firmly. Something must
have gone wrong with the sensor yesterday."
I rolled down my
window and pointed the remote at the garage. I tried all kinds of ways to
make it work, pressing it firmly and softly, pointing it to the left and
to the right. I tried about twenty times, and the garage door remained
open. I had no choice but to pray. Like the day before, I pressed the
button again and the garage door closed.
On the following
day, the same thing happened again. This time I tried the buttons twice as
many times as the day before and it still didn't work. But miraculously,
after a prayer, I pressed the button and the garage door closed. This
event happened three days in a row. But since I was the only one who saw
it, it didn't really improve my faith.
The next afternoon,
after I picked up my children, I opened the garage door from the inside. I
gathered my children and stood to one side. I pressed the remote, and as
usual the door wouldn't come down. Then my eldest, second, and youngest
daughters took turns pressing the remote and it still didn't work.
Then I knelt where I
had been standing. After I got up from my prayer, I pressed the button and
the door closed.
My three children
said, "That's wonderful, Mommy! How did you do it?" I replied
"It's not me, it's because of God's help." This time I had three
witnesses. I felt that I had established a genuine faith that God really
Joy in the Spirit
Later, I continued
to come to church to listen to the sermons and seek the truth. But I had
great doubts when it came to praying in the Spirit (speaking in tongues).
One evening after
attending a family service, I felt this tingling in my hand. I thought to
myself, could this be the Holy Spirit? Since I didn't really believe in
the Holy Spirit, I just ignored it. About ten minutes later, the sensation
grew stronger and stronger, and it seemed like my whole body was
I ran to a small
room, shut the door, and knelt down saying, "In the name of Lord
Jesus I pray. Hallelujah, praise the Lord Jesus." Immediately, my
hands and body started to move and I began to speak in tongues. This
continued for about fifteen minutes. My hands felt sore but I was unable
to stop. Not knowing what to do, I said to God, "My hands are
sore," and at that very moment the movement stopped.
I then began to sing
spiritual songs, and I heard myself singing a very beautiful melody, but
it seemed like it wasn't me doing it. During the singing, my heart was
beyond joy, and it felt like I was in heaven. It was truly, incomparably
realized that I had received the Holy Spirit. I fell prostrate on the
floor and kept saying, "Thank the Lord! Thank the Lord!"
After this personal
experience, I finally concluded that what I heard was the truth: the True
Jesus Church really has God's abidance, and the Holy Spirit testifies to
this. After seeking the truth a few months more, I was baptized into the
name of the Lord on July 5,1999, and became His child.
This is how I was
chosen by God. Thank the Lord, and may all the praise, thanks, and glory
be unto the true God in heaven forever.