Mike Buhay’s amazing story of how his life was powerfully transformed after seeing a similar miracle in his wife Louise.
My love of sport replaced by girls and drinking
Born in 1963, I was raised as a Lutheran by my parents. I was baptized as an infant, confirmed by about 14 and pretty much went to church weekly. I grew up much like many others … went to school, hung out, and I was heavily involved in team sports. In my later teen years and on into my twenties I became consumed with girls and drinking. I was going out to the bars at least five nights a week and the main focus was on picking up women. During this time I didn’t really feel like I was doing anything wrong. I was simply doing what I thought everyone else my age was doing.
Living the ‘good life’ … but secretly my life was a mess
After I married my wife Louise my focus changed somewhat. We became consumed with obtaining the best this life had to offer and I was willing to lie, cheat and steal to obtain it. I got into my own business and at first things took off. We moved into a monstrous five bedroom house backed up to a beautiful golf course. It had a finished basement with a wet bar, in ground pool and the works. We wouldn’t dare drive in anything but brand new cars and we became fascinated with cruise ships, making sure to go on at least two cruises a year. We seemingly were enjoying ourselves and living the good life but our lives were secretly in shambles. We were each so self-consumed that it got to the point where we hated each other. We were both miserable and Roy, our only child, had become nothing more than a nuisance to the both of us. Eventually my business began to falter, debt began to accumulate rapidly and the bill collectors started calling. This quadrupled the stress and Louise, who couldn’t stand to be around me any longer, began to spend time with the Christian neighbors across the street.
My wife was transformed before my eyes
At one point, Louise came home and announced that she had met Jesus! For the first time in her life she said she knew that God was real and she knew that she had met Him. At first, I was very skeptical but Louise clearly had completely changed. Where there was once hate, there was now an incredible love. Her bitterness towards me turned into a great compassion for me. Her sullen, sombre, sadistic demeanour became one of intense joy and peace. My wife had been transformed before my very eyes.
The Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, (has become a Christian) He is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Good and evil
We didn’t know then that the Bible said this but this is exactly what had happened to Louise. One other very noticeable change in Louise which occurred was her new views on what was good and what was evil. She would get very upset (to the point of tears) about things which we had always done; watching particular television programs, drinking, swearing, certain books we had in the home, etc. Something inside her soul had completely changed her opinions about these types of things. She had not been told that these things were evil in God’s sight, neither had she yet begun to read the Bible extensively, but something inside her had made these new distinctions very clear to her.
Searching for truth
Soon, the new-found joy seen day after day in Louise’s face started to get to me. I was still miserable and I couldn’t understand how Louise’s life had completely changed overnight. I decided to look into this Jesus and Christianity to see what it was all about. I began reading the Bible but it was too overwhelming and things just didn’t seem to make much sense. About this time, Louise purchased a book for me called “Reasons for Believing.” After reading through this book I was sure, for the first time in my life, that there actually was a God who had created everything, including me. Fear gripped me as I realized that I had to find out who this God was and what He wanted from me.
Without faith it is impossible to please God
I began reading the Bible whenever I had a spare moment. I also started listening to Christian preachers on the radio while driving around 12 hours a day on my job. This went on for about six months. Finally, one day, God opened my eyes. I don’t know for sure why He did, but the Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 that “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” I had come to believe that He most certainly did exist and I had diligently tried, as best I knew how, to seek Him, and after a time He did reward me.
I had been living in rebellion
It happened in my car, of all places. When I was driving I was listening to a preacher named Greg Laurie on the radio. As he was inviting people to give their lives over to the Lord, God showed me my predicament. In a moment, He showed me how wicked my heart really was. I had always felt that I was a pretty good person. But for the first time I became aware that I had spent my entire life in rebellion to, and had been grossly sinning against Almighty God who had created me. The drinking, lying, cheating, and swearing, the fornication and lusting after women were all bad enough. However, even the supposed good things that I had done were shown to be corrupt in God’s sight because I had done those things to either be acknowledged, rewarded, or praised by man and had never done them to bring glory to my Creator, the One who had given me every ability I ever possessed. At that same moment, God showed me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I was going to hell!
Showing me my sin
I have never known a clearer fact in my life than that one at that very moment. I was doomed! Jesus Christ was the only answer, the only one that could possibly do anything for me. I cried out from a broken heart for the Lord Jesus to save my wicked soul and I made an instant decision to follow God and His ways and put my life of sin to the wayside. I was saved instantly! I literally became a new person. Everything changed for me that day. God changed my perspective on everything instantly. God caused the lying, cheating, and swearing to stop. The illegal cable television box was removed from my home and shortly thereafter the whole television went as God showed me that it was full of utter wickedness and contempt for Him.
Old desires were gone
My drinking and my desire for it completely ceased. The focus on money and material things also changed. These things now disgusted me. We sold our new cars, sold our home, and decided to move to Florida (we had been living in Long Island, NY) to simplify our lives to be able to serve our Lord. But, best of all, God destroyed my selfish heart and turned my heart to my family. I had a new love for them that was incredible and unexplainable.
We have never looked back
God flooded my soul with joy, a joy that I had never, ever, experienced before. Every morning I would wake up with a song of praise in my heart for Him. This all happened 11 years ago, at age 35, and Louise and I have never gone back to, or even once desired to go back to, our old way of living. Jesus Christ has changed us from the inside out. We love Him above all else. Our lives are His. He is real and He is alive!
Do you know there is a judgement coming? He is the only answer for all men. Reader, I beg you, seek the Lord while He may be found. He will change your life. He will transform you and your family for the better, here, and then on into eternity. If you have never had a time when God completely turned your life around 180 degrees, then you’ve never truly met Him.
Remember, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
What we need to do
I pray that God has touched your soul through my story which shows the saving power from sin of the Lord Jesus Christ. Your sin separates you from your Creator but Jesus Christ has paid your penalty so that you do not have to remain separated. Call out to Him today to save you and give the control of your life over to Him. You’ll be amazed at what will happen to you. Unexplainable peace, love, and joy will flood your soul and you will know that you have been forgiven of your sins.
Seek Him and His ways and He will reward you.
Much love to you in Christ Jesus,
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