Testimony Of Bill Greguska

My story!

The testimony of Bill Greguska ultimately turned out good, but there were many times in my earlier days that was not the case by far!

 

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Life is like a basketball game; it is not over until it is over; there is always hope that God gives every one of us to hold on to. I am so glad that I could hold on to my life by giving it over to God. Have you sincerely given your life over to God and trusted in the work He did on the cross to save you from your sins?

If you do not know your eternal destiny, then today is the day to get right with God? I am so thankful that I reached out for help. Because of the direction that drugs and alcohol and my sins were leading me, I was bound to be lost for eternity if it were not for Jesus Christ. I am so thankful, and you can be grateful too to know your destiny.

~ Bill Greguska

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

 


 

 

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WHAT LEAD UP TO ME BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST

Testimony of Bill Greguska

 

1. My Life Before Jesus.

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We all have our stories to share. I hope my testimony of Bill Greguska can be an encouragement to you.

My parents took me to church when I was a kid, I knew a little bit about God, yet going to church did not affect my life much. Even though I did believe in God, I did not live my life for Him. I lived selfishly and focused on what would make me happy and how I could have fun and gain attention from others.

I had problems in school with my behavior and concentration, which set the stage for me to get into trouble a lot.

My mom transferred me from public school to private school in 4th grade (St. Gregory’s) because I needed more help.

The Lord used basketball as my mom’s strategy to assure that I would behave in school and get passing grades. The only thing that kept me somewhat motivated was playing basketball. I excelled in basketball from 5th grade up until my junior year in high school when my life started getting very challenging.

 

In my sophomore summer, very, unfortunately, I got heavily involved with alcohol and drugs, and life got crazy. I got into trouble with the law often, from disorderly conduct to more severe things. Problems and sin started to snowball in my life, and as hard as I tried to be good, I did not have the power in me to do so. These darker days lasted from 16 years old until I was approximately 26 years old. I was not a so­-called “bad person,” yet I did many foolish things mostly because of alcohol and drugs and to seek approval of others, not God at this point.

 

 


 

2. How Jesus Came Into My Life.

The part of my story that I like the best because things got better in a very bizarre way! In 1986 I was frightened to death that I might end up in prison, which made me come to my senses. Terrified, I prayed, begging God to give me another chance to get my life back together. Thank God he answered my prayers! Instead of prison, I ended up in long­term alcohol and drug treatment, which was just what I needed to break the chains of my addictions since high school, which was almost ten years.
When I was 26 years old, on June 25, 1986, at Gemini alcohol and drug treatment program, that is when I gave my life over to Jesus and became born again. Many people in my life tried to help me over the years — kind of like links in a chain. I got involved with both N.A. and A.A. for about ten years, which helped prepare me to accept Jesus Christ into my life.

After abusing alcohol and drugs for all those years when growing up!

I realized that my life needed some major overhauling. God did not wave a magic wand over me to make my life perfect, but with hearing His word and reading His Word, and by submitting myself to His will, I was frequently getting samples of how life was going to be better with God in charge. I started to find inner peace and contentment that I had not experienced before.
I confessed all my sins, and He forgave me of all my sins (1 John 1:9), yet with some of the sins, there were still consequences I had to deal with, but even with the consequences, I can again say that God was with me and working in me.

 

 


 

3. How My Life Changed Because Of Jesus.

I realized that I did not have the power in myself to fix my life, so surrendering to God out of desperation. Since then, I have been entirely abstinent from alcohol and drugs, the fuels that messed up my life in the first place. God took away that powerful desire to use drugs and drink, which was a miracle! My mind started thinking more clearly, and it was no coincidence that life got better!
I started going to Elmbrook Church, and I could see that their ways were affecting me positively and could see myself starting to grow, which was very exciting! I always knew deep down that I always had a big heart and a good sense of humor, but now I use those gifts to glorify God and help others. Elmbrook Church helped me to dig deeper into God’s word, and over time I started to understand that my life had real meaning. I realized that God had a plan for my life, and part of that plan was to have Him as my Lord and Savior.

Now that the Holy Spirit is living in me, that does not mean I am sinless…

But being a Christian now means that I do sinless. I still have some struggles in my life and even in my faith, but now I know who to go to for help ­ ­ God and His Word. I have been blessed that God put three extraordinarily loving and dedicated people in my life to help guide me: my dear Mom; my good friend and brother in Christ, Mark Mallwitz, and my friend and big sister in Christ, Sue Sauer. God has sprinkled a few others in my life that I am very thankful for also.

For some years now, I have had a quiet time each morning when I wake up. I read my Bible, do some journaling, and pray to start the day off right. That is very important to me. Also, it is vital for me to go to my Bible study on Wednesdays and church on Sundays. God has been leading me to hand out encouragement cards to introduce people to Jesus via my website NeedEncouragement.com.

I was saved by God’s grace. It was not anything that I did except to confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and that I follow Him the best I can. This is the testimony of Bill Greguska

 


 

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Realize That Your Story Can Help Encourage Others!

Almost everybody will listen to you when you tell your own story. ~ Billy Graham

John 8:32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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No matter what any of us are going through, we all need encouragement!

Here Is A Part Of My StoryGod Changed My Life, and He Can Change Yours Too!

My story starts back in high school, where I made some terrible choices, and my life got incredibly messed up. I did manage to play basketball a couple of years in high school, and I did pretty well, but as soon as I opened up the door to a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, things quickly changed in my life for the worst.

I allowed my desires to control my life, and as a result, I lived in continual defeat and frustration. There seemed to be no real meaning to life, and I even seriously considering taking my life several times. I can not blame abusive parents, poverty, or anything else, except the fact that I allowed my flesh, the devil, and the world to get the best of me. I submitted my life to Jesus in 1986 and finally got out of the driver’s seat, which made the difference.

 

 


 

God Never Left Me, He Will Not Leave You Either!

I needed encouragement and direction, and that is what I got. By God’s grace, I have been walking with the Lord ever since. Jesus has been leading me on the straight path, and He can do the same for you. It was not until I fully accepted God’s help, that I could put the alcohol and drugs away for good.

Now, after all that I went through and all that I put myself through, I finally realized that I only needed to humbly ask God to come into my life to start making good out of the mess I made for myself by beginning to serve God and others. With God’s help, I turned my mess into a message to hopefully encourage you no matter what you are dealing with.

Storms

We all know that storms do not last forever (my storm lasted about ten years). I was messed up on drugs and alcohol and sin. Sometimes for reasons we may not understand, God allows things to happen for His purpose, even negative consequences like I put myself through. But keep in mind what it says in Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The only way for sure that you can find encouragement is when we can keep our eyes on God instead of the tossing waves, things will be much better when we trust God! I had a degree of faith in God since I was a young boy of 7 years old, but it was not until I turned 26 that the fog lifted, and I knew God has a bigger plan for my life than I was living. Maybe it is time to discover what God’s plan for your life is? Do you know God as your Lord and Savior? If you would like to know more, click here.

 


 

Two Situations That You Would  Need To Get Right With God Are:

  1. You have never believed in God as your Lord and Savior.

  2. You have believed, yet your life is not reflecting a life that is honoring God.

In either situation, God’s grace alone can help you navigate through to get right with God either for the first time or to get back on track. Start with prayer and ask God to open your eyes to the truth of His word. Ask Him to show you the way.

Also, talk to a pastor or a Christian friend to help you along the way. You can also speak to a free Christian counselor for more help if need by. Another thing you could do is to chat with a Christian online.

 

 


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