Personal Testimony of Fred Osborne

There is HOPE for you!

The story of how the Lord had compassion on a tragic life.
He will for you too, if you call on the Lord and submit to His word.

My Personal Testimony Part 1

How I got saved. A supernatural miracle. God’s greatest miracle. I grew  up on Venice Beach, California. God will save you too!

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My Personal Testimony Part 2

There’s power in the blood of Jesus Christ. God will give you power.

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“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)

My mother divorced my father when I was an infant and moved from Kentucky to California. She remarried and changed my name. She then had my twin brothers. At age 11, my stepfather left us taking the twins that I believed were my full brothers. I would not have contact with them again for 14 years. I was sent then to my biological father and was shocked to learn of his violent and abusive behaviour, facing rejection by my extended family because we had not bonded when I was young. So I dropped out of Junior High School and hitch-hiked all over the country. After getting involved in violence and crime, I was arrested and returned to my uneducated, unskilled and unsaved mother, finding her still lost and unsaved.

At age 14, I found my first feeling of acceptance with street people in Venice, California – a den of drug addicts. I quickly started using LSD, speed, heroin, marijuana, inners and outers, uppers and downers; anything that would allow me a moment to forget my despair and anguish. As a result, I spent time in hospitals, jails and mental institutions. I tried Eastern religions, meditation, sex, drugs, rock & roll and even the established churches. Nothing helped; nothing satisfied. I had no friends, joy, nor peace and was miserable and very lonely.

By the age of 16, I felt as though I had done all there was to do. My parents, the system and the church had failed me. One day on the beach while I was contemplating suicide, a man I had never seen before was talking to someone I knew. She was a witch; possessed with the devil. (We used to take acid and she would call up spirits – we thought it was cool). He was close enough for me to hear and he was telling her of the wonders of Heaven and of the Lord. She was fighting and I felt the battle. Then I heard the voice of the Lord say, “He knows me”. I knew that there was a living God and this man knew Him, so I said to the girl, “You better listen to him, he is telling you the truth”. She then took off and the man turned to me and told me that I could have power in God. I had never had power before. I had wanted to stop the things that I was doing and could not so I decided to take him up on his invitation to go to church. Someone asked me if I wanted to get saved. I did not know what saved was, but I wanted it. So, I said the sinners’ prayer (see end of this testimony). At that moment, all the despair of sin and drugs was lifted off my soul and I was changed from death unto life. No longer was I alone and I did not want to die because I was saved. I felt peace that passes all understanding and had power – power from God.

For about 11 months I learned how to serve the Lord. Somehow I did not overcome all of my weaknesses and fell back into sin. When I did, Satan convinced me that God was done with me, that I had crossed too many lines and He, (God), would not have me. Although my salvation was supernatural, I was taught that if I left the church, I would be out of the will of God and fall under God’s curses. Those that professed to be holy shunned me and I became an outcast which only confirmed my belief that I was hopeless. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I was going to Hell and there was nothing I could do about it – so, party hardy and have as much pleasure as possible became my way of coping. With that mind set, I concluded to sin as much as possible as I was headed for Hell anyway.

God showed me then that millions of people in church have this same mind set – they cannot stop sinning, so they continue on. I became a complete nut again; drugs, sex, alcohol, whatever I wanted to do. Meanwhile, I got married and wanted to do the right thing, so again, I made an attempt to serve the Lord. I fell away to the same old story, lost everything, homeless and without hope. You see, I did not kill myself and was not in Hell, so actually, I was very blessed, but did not know it. I ended up in a homeless mission and was not about to run to God because I was convinced that He was done with me. Now in order for me to stay in the mission, it was required that I attend church everyday. Although knowing it would do me no good to go to church, I would attend just to have a place to sleep in the middle of winter.

I would not cry out to the Lord because I believed there was no hope for me. I was unworthy, a vessel of His dishonor. I picked up a Bible and it opened to Psalms and I read of God’s mercy. As I read, my heart started to break. I said to God, “Why are you doing this to me knowing that You are done with me?” The Lord tugged on my heart stronger. I fought harder thinking that I could not live an overcoming life in God. I found myself in the aisle still contending with God, “Why are you tormenting me?” At the altar, I said to the Lord, “I know you won’t have me but here I am one more time.” When I said that, my heart broke. I gave up and again said the sinners’ prayer but this time I knew that God Almighty had called me personally. The Lord spoke to me clearly, “Welcome home son!”

For almost 3 years, in isolation, He nurtured and taught me many things. The main thing I learned is that He is capable enough to love and care for me personally and individually. I am not His stepchild nor am I on probation. I am indeed welcome. I am home and I am His son. He really does love me and has showed me in a very powerful way how to overcome and live an upright life before Him!

“It is not by power nor by might but by the spirit saith the Lord.” Zachariah 4:6). Now here is the secret spoken by Jesus, “My words they are spirit and they are life”. (John 6:63).

After I got saved, my mother gave her heart to the Lord and served Him until her death. As a result of our testimonies, many of my family also were saved.

My life started out on a path to complete destruction. Satan convinced me that the only option was to live my life in misery and then spend an eternity in hell. But the Lord Jesus Christ brought to me salvation and hope. I now have a very strong faith in our Lord and I am committed to serving the Lord in truth and spirit for the rest of my life. I am still not worthy nor will I ever be good enough to deserve the wonderful things the Lord has and is going to give me. But He called me and His calling is without repentance. He has called you – and the enemy is out to get you.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking who he may devour”. (1 Peter 5:8)

Go to the Word of God and read the following scriptures.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:17) “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
I pray the Lord open your understanding as you read His Word.

Without the Lord we can do nothing.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in Him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:5, 7)

But with the Lord I can do all things.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

There is room at the cross for you – come to the Lord now – He will not turn you away.
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)

SINNER’S PRAYER
“My Lord and my God, have mercy on my soul, a sinner. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God. I believe that He died on the cross and shed His blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Ghost and that He is alive, knowing everything that I do. I open the doors of my Heart Lord Jesus. Come into my heart, Jesus, and wash my sins away with your blood. I know that you have heard me and I know that you have answered me because your Word the bible says that you will not turn anyone away and that includes me. Therefore, I know that I am saved. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul.”

Now that you’ve said this prayer, the Lord wants you to follow Him.
“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let me deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

God has an even greater gift for you found in Acts 2, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. If you have any questions or would like further instruction, please feel free to call, write or e-mail us.

I read and recommend the King James Bible of 1611 only. I have the research that proves it is the only accurate true word of God for the English reading people and I will share with you if you wish. If you do not have a King James Bible, I will give you one for free.

 

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