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God Renewed My Marriage

 

by Sergei Bojarinov

 

Tens of thousands of campaign booklets are printed for distribution during the city campaigns in Russia. They contain the Four Spiritual Laws, instructions for new believers and also ten personal testimonies of local people who have experienced God’s power to change. Sergei Bojarinov’s testimony is from the Petrozavodsk city campaign held in 2006.

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“When I separated from my wife my heart was filled with an emptiness and deep hurt that I tried to mask out any way I could. I began to drink heavily, tried to entertain myself by endless partying, I worked longer hours, I was afraid of solitude, I even slept with my radio on.

A year went by – I heard that my wife had started to attend a church. I tried to understand her. I thought everyone has a right to lose their mind whatever way they wanted to.

After a while I noticed that the issues she had with me began to disappear slowly. We met often and agreed to mutually attend to our children’s needs.

I was happy about what was taking place. It allowed me to be with my wife. At the time I did not understand that God had brought it about. I only thought that Tatjana’s mind was clearing up slowly and she was thinking rationally for a change.

We often spoke about faith in God when we were together. Tatjana shared her parent’s views on faith in God whereas I was from a non-believing background and my viewpoint reflected that.

God only knows how she was successful in getting me to go to church.

I started to attend once in a while. I sat while the others prayed. I was quiet while everyone sang. I watched cynically and tried to establish that they were fakes but I couldn’t.

I used up half a year trying to expose fakes in the church, unsuccessfully.

The one day Tatjana said: ‘Ask God for forgiveness, what harm will it do.’ I thought about it and realized my life can’t get any worse if I did, so I made a decision to believe in God and accept his forgiveness.

I don’t remember exactly what I said at the time. I said something like this: ‘I am a sinner and if there is a God, please forgive me.’

At first nothing happened. I didn’t feel anything different, and I woke up the next morning as usual. But from that moment on I slowly started to get interested in attending church and reading the Word of God.

I started to attend choir practices at church. The most amazing thing was that we decided to rededicate ourselves to each other and live as a family again.

Now I realize the work God had done in us. How can two families be so different from each other; one totally atheistic and the other a Christian family? And now I see that without God you can’t have peace in your heart or in your family.

I thank God that he gave me spiritual knowledge and understanding. I got baptized in the summer of 2003. Many miracles have taken place in my life. I have been set free from of my 26-year smoking habit.

But the greatest miracle is that I am with God and he is in me. I believe and know that God loves and wants to help everybody.

Also this: ‘Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.’(Psalm 127:3) God blessed our family with a boy we named Timofei.”

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How is your life or marriage doing? Are you feeling empty inside? Are you, like Sergei, ready to ask God for forgiveness and give your life to Him. If you know that you need changes in your life you can ask God to change you today. God gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, to us.  Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins – every time we’ve lied, stolen, cheated, hated…the list goes on. He offers you complete forgiveness. We just need to believe in him. You can know God personally. Ask, by faith, for Jesus Christ to take control of your life and he will do as he promised. If you don’t already know Jesus, I encourage you to pray the following:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person you want me to be. Amen.

Is it the desire of your heart to make this prayer yours?
If yes, pray now and according to his promise, Jesus Christ will come into your life.