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When the Holy Spirit spoke and took away my fear of death

Updated on June 26, 2014
Evangelist Nick Pirovolos
Evangelist Nick Pirovolos | Source
Evangelist Nick Pirovolos, his mother Despina and Bob Diamond circa 1985
Evangelist Nick Pirovolos, his mother Despina and Bob Diamond circa 1985 | Source

Fear of Death and Hell

I’ve always known on a cellular level that there is a God. I had an extremely strong compulsion that resulted in me being baptized when I was fourteen years old. I already loved God then but I was in my early thirties before I finally came to realize that God loved me also.

I had an extremely abusive father and our family was involved in a very demanding religion where the “grace” message may have been preached; but, if it was, it was couched in a lot of hellfire and damnation and I missed it.

Partially due to that background, I had a hard time relating to God as a loving Father until my son Douglas was born. After that I knew what it was really like to love someone completely and totally, that I would give up my life for him if it ever became necessary, no questions asked.

Even though I felt that unconditional love for my son and I now felt like I knew how loving God was, I still didn’t think I was good enough to get to Heaven; that I was headed for Hell, because I couldn’t even get through one day without committing one sin or another. I was certain where I would wind up if I died. The thought was absolutely terrifying.

I remember questioning God about my salvation one day as I was studying the Bible during a quiet time during the day at my pharmacy. I don’t know if it was as much of a prayer as it was a conversation. I no sooner got the question out of my mouth when I heard a very calm and soothing but firm voice telling me to, “Roll back the stone.”

I didn’t know what to make of it. I knew I had heard it. I looked around to see if someone was standing near me that I hadn’t been aware of. No one was there. It wasn’t my voice. It was too real to have been a thought. I would play it over and over in my head, just like a lyric from a song that won't go away.

I asked my preacher and a couple of the elders what they thought it might mean. They couldn’t come up with a satisfactory answer. I also asked a couple of other people I know who are knowledgeable about the Bible – no luck there either.

Finally the answer

Sometime later, as a function of my being an officer in the local Christian businessmen’s association, I took Nick Pirovolos of Inside Out Ministries out to dinner after he spoke to our group. When I asked him what he thought, “Roll back the stone,” meant, he just laughed and said, “God has blessed you, Bob. He spoke to you through the Holy Spirit. Jesus did it all for you. The tomb is empty. He was resurrected and is alive today. You have nothing to worry about. You are saved. Jesus is eternal and you will be with Him forever.“

Wow! Talk about emotions. At that moment every care that I ever had was lifted off of my shoulders. It was like the baptism experience all over again. I finally realized that it wasn’t about me it was about Jesus. He did it all. All I had to do was to repent and accept him as my Lord and Savior. Case closed.

1 John 5:13 has become my anthem.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Come, Lord Jesus!


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    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      A very beautiful testimony, thank you so much for sharing it, I know it will bless all who read it.


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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Wonderful testimony!!! Come visit me when you get a chance, I have been away for awhile. Be Blessed!!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Ah yes, having children of your own definitely changes one's perspective for good. I think there is a great lesson that God has provided us through parenthood.

      "Roll back the stone!" Now, that is God talking. I have heard His voice many times and that is exactly the way He talks.

      I enjoyed reading your wonderful testimony. Thank you for this edifying pleasure.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Awesome, I'm with you. I don't have a fear of death and in fact have come to know a peace about death, a knowing that it will be a great new adventure into all the good that I've shared here on earth. Great piece and much enjoyed. :) Katie

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      It was life-changing, Peggy. It was wonderful to go from fearing death to looking forward to it as a homecoming.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That would certainly be an eye opening moment in one's life and hard to forget!

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      heavenbound5511 7 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

      And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage> Heb 2:14-15

      There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.> 1 John 4:18

      Romans 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

      John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

      Great page, their is no fear in accepting Jesus!

      We can boldly come to God's throne and receive grace because we have been forgiven of all sin! We can never separated from Jesus and God's love!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Thank you, HD. I can point to hearing that message from the Holy Spirit as being one of the most important events in my life. There is nothing more rewarding than the confidence that I have felt since then. It has given me the ability to be bold in my approach to defending the Gospel when necessary.

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      His daughter 7 years ago

      Great Hub, DiamondRN. Just like the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to you that goes beyond just head knowledge...that was a Rhema word. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Hey,SeashoreMary. I read your article about your encounter with Jesus. God knows what each of us needs. He is awesome. I have had a couple of other experiences since then. They have usually occurred during times of Bible study and prayer. Praise Him.

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      SeashoreMary 7 years ago

      Hi! I, too, experienced my initial moment of realization that Jesus is real. I had my own face to face encounter with God, literally. You heard Jesus speak to you (through the Holy Spirit). I got to "See" Him! He's gorgeous, incredibly beautiful and definitely my testimony


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      DCN EHIS ULAIKERE 7 years ago