Ilija accepted Christ through a home church group in Serbia started by Veran, but his faith has been tested. Ilija is 60 years old and has battled health issues, including diabetes, for the past 12 years.
He took pills and injections, but last year Ilija’s condition got considerably worse. His blood sugar rose really high, he lost weight and suffered systemic fatigue. Ilija didn’t know what to do, and he began losing hope that things could get better.
Veran often spoke with Ilija about God’s sacrifice and the character and capacity of Christ to heal our diseases and cleanse us from our sins. Ilija didn’t understand some of what she told him, but faith was the only option he had left, so he grabbed hold of the lifeline offered to him.
It’s so common for us as humans to turn to the Lord of the Universe as our last resort, but nonetheless, His grace and endless love are there waiting for us the moment we do. Ilija has experienced much healing both physically and spiritually.
While it has not been an easy spiritual journey for him, Ilija gives thanks to Jesus for all that He has done in his life. Ilija testifies that Christ gives him rest and peace and holds him together. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17