Denise Wisecup - Dunkerton, IA

Denise Wisecup - Dunkerton, IA

I was raised in a home with a Mother that saw to it that I went to Sunday School, but we as a family did not attend church regularly. Mom wanted us to know that there was a God, and that is where my knowledge was; there was a God in heaven that had a son Jesus who died for us….period. I never heard that it was about a personal relationship with Jesus; that what Jesus did on that cross was pay the price for my sin.

When I was in 8th grade, my sister took me to a movie called the “The Cross and the Switchblade”. That movie really impacted me. They asked after the movie if anyone would like to give their heart to Jesus, in the emotion of it all, I said "yes".

As my life would later prove through my wandering in sin, I still didn’t have a grasp on God’s salvation. But God is just and faithful; he brought into my life a wonderful lady who was my neighbor, my friend, and talked with me about God’s plan of salvation through a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. We would have many conversations and she would tell me how she knew she was going to heaven.

I asked her, “ How can you know for sure?”

She would lovingly reply, “It is all right there in His word, you have to read it and He will speak to you.”

So, I did, and for a long time I felt like I was on this fence looking at both sides of my destiny.  I needed to make the decision to be with Him or against Him. The verse that finally revealed to me that I needed to make a choice was Rev. 3:20

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

On that day in September, 1996, I opened the door, and I have never once regretted it. I wish I would have told Berneice.  But three months later the Lord took her home to be with Him. As I look back over my life, I heard many times, KNOCK….KNOCK…..KNOCK. I am so thankful that I jumped off that fence and opened the door to Jesus.