Michael Stubbs' Story of Grace
I’m Michael Stubbs, and I am a sinner. I received a new life in Christ by God’s Grace. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice was that he went and died on the cross. He was buried, and on day three, he rose from the dead. Payment was made for my sins.
My first sexual encounters began in high school and continued to thrive well into my college years. I had no biblical instruction on why this was wrong outside of marriage, and the Lord God gladly intervened. My first engagement to marry ended with an abortion. Murder of my first son, at the hands of his mother and I assisted by the folks at one of the local abortion clinics. The good Lord was able to bring me to a place where I would know my own sin and experience the full consequence of my own sinful actions.
In 2007, the Lord intervened and began to chip away at all the things in my life that had become idol worship. The first item the Lord trimmed away was my health (later my job was taken away & then almost my marriage). While out of town, due to severe stomach pains I arrived at a Denver hospital ER. I can remember asking if a chaplain could see me before any work was done on me. The chaplain, a nurse, and I prayed a brief prayer to God, and then, the ER doctor placed some chemicals into my arm and the darkness came. During my time out, which was almost 2 weeks, I encountered spiritual darkness. The dreams and visions that I encountered at the place between life and death were beyond normal.
About 2 years later, my redemption story became fully realized on the night I cried out to God for forgiveness. In despair and brokenness, I asked the Lord if he could forgive me for the abortion that I was involved in so many years before. I had experienced living death and I needed a savior. The Lord answered my prayer even before I could complete my request. He knew that I would seek him and that I would find him at this place and time. He was there with me during my prayer guiding me to salvation & eternal life. Peace and forgiveness poured through me. Tears were flowing as the Spirit of God gave me a new heart.
By God’s Grace, I was able to join the Forgotten Fathers ministry which helps bring recovery through this sin of murder of the unborn. God created the idea & reality of biblical forgiveness. In the Forgotten Fathers group meetings, we learned true healing and forgiveness comes about through Jesus Christ. Biblical forgiveness is first about accepting the transfer of justice that God has accepted Christ’s sacrifice as full and complete payment for my sins. If God can accept this for me in order for me to be reconciled to him, then my trusting in his provision for my sin releases me of my guilt and I am reconciled to God. God initiated the way for me to be reconciled. This really is a long-winded explanation to say that I have been set free from the domain of sin. But because of my own sinfulness I am not free from the presence of sin - yet.
As you seek to discover a way to right this life filled with wrong choices, bad decisions, and hopelessness, know that our God is real. He has allowed these events in our lives so we would come to a place in our lives with a desire to find peace from a life of destructive choices. To discover a hope that all is not lost and to find a love that exceeds all human understanding. Drink freely from God’s Grace and Mercy. His love is a perfect and pure love, that is unconditional.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29