Thank you for posting the testimony of Belle Habeger. I read it and was
moved and gratified that the Lord made sure that she got the gospel message
before it was too late for her. It was a beautiful description of how truly
wonderful our Lord and Savior is and will always be to us who believe in His
death for our sin debt.
Thank you again for posting this testimony and I pray that it will help
those who need to hear it, before it is too late for them. Truly we all need
the witness of the Holy Spirit within to know with certainty that we will
be in heaven soon with Jesus. Not maybe, for sure.
Your friend in Christ,
p.s.Please forgive me. I apologize beforehand for taking the liberty
of breaking the long and wonderful text into paragraphs for easier reading
and I corrected the spelling from "Sun" to "Son" at the close of the
testimony. I also corrected "out meal" to "our meal".
Jean, I look forward to meeting both you and Mary some day soon.
Jean Stepnoski (27
TESTIMONY by Mary Belle Habeger"
My parents were "moral" people who I'm sure would
proclaim themselves "Christian". But there was no family Bible, prayer, or
instruction. When I was four years old an aunt took me, with her children, to
Sunday School. I was there nineteen years. I was taught the books of the Bible
in order and about Jesus and all the other Bible characters.
Not once in any of those years did anyone explain I was a
sinner, in need of personal acceptance of, and faith in, the person of Jesus
Christ as my Savior. I proclaimed myself a Christian and believed if I lived the
best life I could I would be acceptable to God. I prayed for a Christian suitor
and God granted my prayer. He sent "Elias" into my life.
Eli took me to an evangelical church. A teacher there, Elsie,
a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, wanted to start a Bible study in her
home with a few intimate friends. They invited Eli and myself, (who were then
married). But Eli when with these friends talked a language I didn't understand
(salvation, regeneration, justification, righteousness, sanctification, etc.).
I panicked. What if they found out how ignorant I was; that I
didn't know how to pray in the presence of others? But I went every week. I
learned that no one was righteous in the sight of God, and my righteousness was
as "filthy rags" in His sight. I was troubled and painfully aware the members of
the study group all seemed to know they were going to heaven.
How could they know? I had invited two friends to dinner
Sunday. Saturday there was a bad snowstorm and my out of town guests canceled
Sunday morning. Since I was "match making" I was disappointed and Eli voiced his
disapproval of what I intended to arrange. The meal was in the oven, so I took a
walk. When I returned Eli said "It shouldn't be like this, let us pray about
it". I don't remember what his prayer was but I asked God to give me the
assurance of my salvation.
We had just finished our meal when a rap came on the kitchen
door. A stranger stood there and said "I'm Mr. Jamison. I'm an evangelist at the
Gospel Hall, and for some strange reason the Lord has led me to your door". (The
Gospel Hall was a one room building 1/2 block away and visible from our home.)
In a very brief discussion in which I told of my prayer for assurance, Mr.
Jamison pointed at Eli and said "I believe you are saved" and then at me "but I
don't believe you are". With that he took his leave and I was devastated.
Tuesday evening Mr. Jamison returned saying he didn't know
what else to say but the Lord would give him no rest until he did return. There
was "small talk" while we finished our evening meal. I cleared the table and
took our 18 month son into the next room to rock him. Mr. Jamison had his Bible
and he shoved it across the table at Eli and said "Read this".
Eli read Isaiah 53:6 "All we like sheep have gone astray: we
have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity
(sins) of us all". Mr. Jamison then asked "Where are your sins, Eli?" My husband
was disgusted, this man upset his wife on Sunday, here he is again. I heard my
husband in a very indifferent tone of voice say "On the Lord I guess". I know
the Lord had Eli speak those words because Mr. Jamison spoke very sharply and
said "You don't guess, either you believe it or you call God a Liar. Read it
I believed the Bible was God's Word and I believed Jesus died
for all sin for all time but right at that moment I personally knew I was a
sinner and Jesus put my sins upon Himself. II John 5: 9-11 " He that believeth
on the Son of God hath a witness in himself; he that believeth not God hath made
Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His son.
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in His son". I had the witness in myself and I never
doubted my eternity in heaven.
Do not depend upon church
attendance, baptism, confirmation, charitable contributions, etc... all works of
mankind. Salvation is a gift from God, not of mankind's works, lest we should
boast (Ephesians 2: 8,9)
WILL WE MEET IN HEAVEN?