Ray’s Testimony

Ray Lamp

Ray Lamp

I was born into a home where alcoholism and horrible abuse against children and adults was common practice; abuse became my normal standard. Then the unthinkable happened when I reached adulthood and I perpetuated the same perverse assaults on others and surrendered to the violence that I swallowed from the whisky bottle.

Attempting to find relief from the suffocating pit I had dug for myself, I embraced behaviors that ultimately drew me even further into that pit. My physical life soon resembled my spiritual life as I became a mental wreck, locked in a prison cell, sentenced to six years. I thought that was it for me; I had no reason to think I would ever have peace or forgiveness. What was the point of it all!? The only impact I ever had on anyone had left scars. SCARS!

Then it dawned on me . . . As a child in Sunday school I remembered hearing about a man with scars, but his scars were because of His love for me.  I knew the only way I could be forgiven AND find the peace I was looking for was by His wounds.  I trusted Him and by His wounds I was healed.

Today, I live and breath free! And all I had to do was ask for forgiveness at the foot of the cross. After all, it was my sin that nailed Jesus to that cross. I have been given a new family, new friends and purpose in a new life! Before I was hated by those who, themselves were hated. But now, all I can say is . . .  Thanks be to God for what He has done and is continuing to do in my life even though I am unworthy to receive it.

“He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24-25).