Sex Drugs & Rock N’ Roll that’s all I wanted out of life
Peter Byers Personal Story
I would to share with you my personal story of how God changed my life from being a party animal who had lived a life of full of fear, anger, bitterness & pain. To living a fulfilled life full of love, forgiveness, healing, power & purpose.
My story doesn’t start out so nice. I came from a dysfunctional family. As a child I lived in fear of my father, who was mentally ill & involved in hard drugs.
During the day I was afraid of my father’s violent temper & at night there were the nightmares every time I went to sleep. My deepest desire was to have my father spend time with me, but it didn’t happen. When I was 9 my Dad left my Mom, my 3 sisters, my brother & me. After that, my Mom had several boyfriends. One of them beat me almost ever day for 3 years until I left home at the age of 16. Hurt, anger & bitterness consumed me. I grew to hate all figures of authority. I was a rebel.
I began smoking pot when I was 15, but after I left home I got into harder drugs. My heart was hard & cold, yet deep inside I was crying out to be loved & accepted. My deepest need was for the love of a father.
At age 19, I was sharing an apartment with a friend. We both had good jobs & sold drugs on the side. Every day was a party. For several years I had been high every day. I needed to be high to relate to my friends and to have a good time. Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll! That’s all I wanted out of life!
I thought I had it made because I was sleeping with different girls all the time. I always had lots of drugs, friends, parties & music, but something was missing. Deep inside I was really hurting.
Now, I knew about the Bible because I had been to church when I was younger. I knew the way I was living was wrong. I also knew that Jesus died on a cross to satisfy God’s righteous justice against all the wrong things have ever done against God, so I could be freely forgiven.
However, I believed lies about God. I blamed God for what I suffered. I did not understand that God’s Father heart was broken when others hurt me.
Then just before I turned 20, I was invited to a Christian youth event. When I was there, I heard God speak to me. He said, “Peter, in spite of the fact that you rejected me & ran away from the call of God on your life, I still love you!” At that time I felt God’s love all around me. I broke down & cried. I asked God to forgive me for the wrong things I had done & to come into my heart. I then committed myself to following His Son, Jesus Christ.
When I prayed something amazing happened. I felt all the guilt & heaviness lift. I knew my sins were forgiven. I was also able to forgive everyone who had hurt me. I lost all desires to do drugs & to disobey God. I now loved God & people. It was an instant change. I had become born again.
As I began to read the Bible daily & go to church my relationship with God grew. I was learning to obey Him more & to share with others what the Lord had done for me. I no longer lived in fear, because God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but one of sonship. So that we can cry out to Him, calling Him “Daddy or Father.”
God became the loving Father I had always longed for. He healed my hurts & my mind from the effects of drug abuse. As I devoted myself to talk to my Father in prayer, He would speak to me giving me directions & purpose for my life.
God will speak to you in your spirit if you talk to Him, because you were created to have a relationship with Him.
He directed me to go to Bible College and I became a Christian Minister. Since then He has allowed me to preach the good news about Jesus all around North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has given me a relationship with Himself that has brought the fulfillment I had always longed for.
Can I encourage you? God loves you more than you love yourself. He thinks you are amazing. He wants a to be a Father to you. To guide you and help you in every area of your life.
Will you open your heart to receive God’s love? Will you receive His forgiveness and healing? Will you come to Him today? Simply open your heart and pray the prayer on next page?
Will you open your heart to receive God’s love? Will you receive His forgiveness & healing? Will you come to Him today?
If you want to receive God’s love simply pray:
“Father God I am sorry for the things that I have done that are wrong. Please forgive me, heal my heart & come into my life? I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross taking the punishment I deserved, so I can be freely forgiven. I also believe that you raised Jesus from the dead. Today I submit my life to follow your Son & begin my journey in getting to know you.”
If you or someone you know is in pain, we would love to pray for a miracle, whether it’s for physical, financial or emotional pain?
Just reach out to me and I would be glad to pray for you or another person you care about?
Thanks for taking the time to read my story and please let me know how I can help you further in your journey to know God’s love.