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This Is My Story: Angie Oestreich

I grew up in an ideal American home, with an ideal American life, surrounded by the ideal American family. Though I wouldn’t consider myself spoiled, I pretty much had everything I really wanted. Life was easy, I was so very blessed, yet was so dissatisfied and empty.  I remember feeling so bored and “boxed in” in my ideal box of perfect surroundings.

I had learned every Bible story, and I had all the Books of the Bible memorized in order. I had been taught about God all my life, yet I knew that  even the demons know that there is one God believe and tremble.1 I knew there had to be more to knowing God, so I cried out to God to give me real joy and real hope in my life. I had never found my satisfaction in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. I begged God to show me His intimate friendship with Abraham, His deep love for David, and the respect He showed to Stephen when He stood at the right hand of God to witness his stoning. I wanted a real relationship with the Maker of all, the God of Eternity, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel, the one true God of the Bible. I didn’t want to just feel good in going through the motions of obeying my moral law and living right. I wanted to make God the Lord and Savior of my life, so that I could be righteous and special in His sight. God’s promise is that If you seek God you will find Him, if you search with all your heart.2

Here is what I discovered and I want you to know what I found. If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and will believe with your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.3  Salvation is the first step in truly knowing God. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Him.4  I trusted Christ’s payment on the cross for my sins at eight years of age, knowing that my sins by God’s terms would cost my soul an eternal death separated from Him. He was crucified on the cross as my Substitute. We have salvation, eternal life with God, by receiving God’s gift through Jesus Christ.5

Though I believe I truly accepted Jesus as my personal Savior at the age of eight, it wasn’t until I was fifteen years old that I cried out to God for a real, more intimate, relationship with Him as my Lord. If you will draw near to Him, He has promised to draw near to you! 6 Trust His promises and you will find Him too!

As a Christian walking near the Savior, I have a new hope and a new joy as I read the promises that are now mine in the Bible. I now stand in God’s favor. Having accepted His gift through His Son, Jesus Christ, I am dressed in Christ’s righteousness, Who paid for my sins with His death on the cross.

Are you looking for purpose in your life? You too can be saved and live with Christ, if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe with your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.3  Won’t you put your faith in Christ today and accept the promises, wisdom, and truths of the Bible? A rich and full relationship with God awaits you in His Word, which is far beyond what people believe to be the ideal life here on earth. You can be part of the beloved family of God.

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love Him.7

1 James 2:19
2 Jeremiah 29:13
3 Romans 10:9
4 John 14:6
5 Romans 6:23
6 James 4:8
7 I Cor. 2:9

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