Personal Testimony of Allan Norgren

The Knesset Menorah in JerusalemMy name is Allan Norgren. I was born in Sweden 1961. In my youth I saw both Christians and none Christians around me, and when I was 18 years old (1980) I gave my life to God, Jesus and the Bible- I had it in a bunch. My mother learnt me to pray before sleeping, and she told me how to live in some important ways. Other relatives have also been a help for me in my life. I had also good friends in my youth. God also gave me a very good wife. I was praying for a change in my life, I wanted a more spiritual life, so I prayed extra to God for a change, and some months later God gave me my wife. God sent her to the house where I lived, I had never met her before, and God gave us many strong signs (wonders) that we should be one, get married. This happened 1987. She has really been a blessing in my life.

My biological father I have just met once, when I was very young. But I have experienced what the Bible teaches: Sing to God, sing praises to His name: extol Him that rides upon the heavens by His name "The Lord", and rejoice before Him. A Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy dwellings. Psalm 68:4-5

When I was 18 years old I went on a 5 week vacation to USA, on my own, not seeking God in any way, but to see the country, check up the music world and the sports world, a little bit. Then I met very good Christian people who talked with me in a very good way about Jesus, sins and to be born again (saved). Just after I came back to Sweden I woke up early in the morning, very strong thoughts came to me: "Should I give my life to God?" "Be saved?" "Turn away from all sins I know?" "Be a man like Jesus?" I had a power in me to not make this decision. I walked around, kind of thinking, praying, wanted and did not want- a big fight in me. After a while I made the decision: "Ok God! I give my life to You and what ever You want me to do." Then happened this wonder to be "born again", as Jesus mention in the Gospel of John, chapter 3. A great joy and peace that was so strong, came into my life. " Now started a new life. I almost danced of joy. This joy and peace is hard to explain. I felt accepted by Jesus and God the Father. Now I didn't have to play for people anymore. You have to make a decision yourself to follow Jesus. Come to Me, all you that labour and are heavy burden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Says Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30

I must also mention, a few years before, in the 9th class (primary school) it was a little revival in our Pentecostal Church (my hometown is a small town, about 2500 inhabitants). The Pentecostal Pastor came to our school and had religious lessons and he had good words and some from my class got saved, really saved. They became very good Christians, they were very good to me also, but I was not ready to be saved at that time. I joined that Pentecostal Church directly after my salvation, and was Baptized in water about a year later.

I am also thankful to people that have been praying for me; relatives, people in my Pentecostal Church and others. We all need praying help, we are not Jesus, we are not in heaven yet, so we need to pray for each other. The clue to a good Christian life is: Pray more for everything. As Jesus did: And He (Jesus) came to the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter; "What, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:40-41 (in some new Bibles, words have been changed from "one hour" to "a little time." The original text says clearly "one hour".)

I see the big lie among us Christians, even in myself sometimes; we can do things that are wrong and we automatically get forgiveness, without confession, and that is very bad. We Christians should really fight to live holy. Of course, new Christians that are weak, Jesus has lots of mercy with them, like new born babies. But we who have been Christians for 20-30 years, we shall know how to act pretty good. And the big true: If I live wrong in one way, even if it is a "small" sin, I can not in a good way witness to a none Christian who lives right in that thing. We Christians shall really seek the truth, the holiness in everything, then Jesus will hear our prayers: If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you want, and it shall be done to you. Says Jesus in the Gospel of John 15:7