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My name is Bill Greguska. I have lived without God for a while in my life, and since 1986 with Him in my life, and there is no comparison to be made; without God, I was a lost sinner, but with God, I am still a sinner, but I am no longer lost. I want to try to explain to you as clearly as possible: My choice to have a relationship with God has been the best decision I have ever made. The results of my decision affect me here on earth and eternally in heaven. I will never regret my decision, and I am thankful to God for what He has done for us on the cross and has put His Holy Spirit in me to guide, teach, comfort, strengthen, protect, and love me! ~ Bill Greguska
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do You Know God’s Will For Your Life?
How I Was Before I Found Jesus.
How I Found Jesus
How Jesus Changed My Life.
You Can Have Jesus As Your Lord And Savior Too!
I was very rebellious, and I became addicted to drugs and alcohol for ten years after my best friend Steve unexpectedly died. Partying became my way of life, which helped me escape into a world of wild parties, and not face reality and all the pressures I was feeling from school and even competitive basketball as a teenager. Unfortunately, I embraced that way of life fully for many years until I was 26 years old. But before I became addicted, I was heavily involved in high school basketball, and I got pretty competitive after playing for many years. But once my addiction got a hold of me, I was only concerned about what pleased my flesh. I did whatever drugs I could get my hands on. I even tried doing aerosols, angle dust, and acid. I was simply wild, and I did not know how to stop. I became self-centered and sinful and was heading for big trouble. I focused on only what I thought could make me happy or would be fun.
It was like I was a train going downhill with no brakes. I do not know how I did not overdose if someone had shot me or even I do not know how I did not commit suicide when I was 16. I was a train wreck, ready to happen. Thankfully my mom always seemed to help steer me out of getting in trouble, or now I can say it was God watching over me through my mom and others. After realizing that I hurt people physically and emotionally, including myself, I was ready to ask God to change me from the inside out. I was an absolute mess because I stole some things, lied, had sex before marriage, etc. sex before marriage, etc. – I was a real mess. During these years, God put many people in my life to wake me up. I went to DePaul for alcohol and drug treatment, Dewey center for alcohol and drug treatment, 12 step meeting for both NA and AA, and also jail and physiatry care, but until I had ears to hear, my heart was far from God, and I had no way out.
The Holy Spirit told me not in audible words but in my heart and mind that I was not living right and was heading for hell, prison, mental hospital, or even death if I did not change my ways. I was not a stranger to God, but my relationship with Him before I was Born Again, was attending church on Sundays and trying to be good while still living for my own will, not for God. It was not until God placed me in a long-term drug and alcohol treatment center, and on June 25, 1986, after smoking my last marijuana cigarette while still in treatment, that I felt convicted right then and there. I knew I had hit my bottom and needed God’s help. I have dodged too many bullets in the Russian roulette game I was playing with my life. After I finally realized that I needed help. I pleaded with God to help me and told Him I would cooperate with the treatment program. I knew God was speaking to me at this point because He opened my ears. I was given another second chance, but this one was real. When things started to change, I was determined to have God remove my addiction and sinful life.
It was almost like how consumed I became by the addiction. I put that same energy into living my recovery and new clean and sober life with the help of God! I realized I could not keep living the way I was and needed God to help me without any doubt or question in my mind. After I put all my chips in, I stopped holding any back. I finally got serious and knew what powered my life was something new to me: the Holy Spirit!
It amazed me how God took away my powerful and aggressive desire to use drugs and alcohol and how He gave me people to help me quit, which was miraculous, and I eagerly listened to them. The change in my life was gradual, but the commitment to give my life to Jesus was real, and to this day, I never turned back. He also took away my powerful addiction to cigarettes. I smoked 2-3 packs a day for about ten years.
God took away the clenched fists towards Him and replaced them with an openness to doing His will rather than my own. He gave me a new heart since my old heart was contaminated with sin. God gave me a desire to read His word daily, pray, journal, and have fellowship with other believers. He rescued me from my life, giving me a new life – what the Bible calls Born Again. God gave me a desire to encourage others by pointing others to Jesus.
It Was Like God Did Surgery On Me, And It Worked!
Whatever your life looks like, God can help you if you are willing to humble yourself to Him as I did. My life is far from “perfect,” but I have a relationship with the Creator of the universe, and my destiny is heaven, not hell, prison, mental hospital, or premature death because of God’s grace. It would be a lie if I told you that if you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior tonight, all your problems would disappear. Some consequences sometimes remain, but after receiving Jesus, I no longer had to walk along, making bad choices. But, now I have Jesus to re-direct me with my Bible’s help and through prayer and fellowship with other believers. Now you know how I found Jesus and have found peace by giving my life for the Lord Jesus. I hope you do the same if you did not already do so. God loves you and wants us to have a personal relationship with you. John 3:16
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