The Testimonies Of Others
For most of my life, I felt like I was just going through the motions of being a Christian. I was attending church regularly. I was active in my church, working mostly with the youth and some secretarial duties. I was a good person. I paid my tithes and offering. With all that I couldn't help it but I was still unsure of where I stood with God.
Deep down in my heart I didn't know if I would make it into Heaven. I couldn't helping feeling that there was more. Eventually I started searching the internet, watching videos of people who say that they have experienced Heaven and Hell. I also started watching testimony videos. Videos where people told their life stories and how they 'found God'. Testimonies of how God became real and alive in their lives.
I quickly became addicted to these stories, real life testimonies and I started watching these videos daily (Precious Testimonies on You Tube). It was amazing to me, these people talked about a God that spoke to them. A God that led them, responded to them and answered their prayers. They spoke of knowing God intimately.
Even though I had gone to church most of my adult life, this concept was foreign to me. Having a personal relationship with God. Meaning that I could get to know Him and He could get to know me. That possibly God would become alive in my life. I had never thought of knowing God like that. But if it was possible, I wanted it. And I decided that I was going to give it a try.
I decided to let go of everything that I had been taught. To let go of the things that I thought I knew. To start fresh with a clean slate. I began with starting an active prayer life, where I would talk to God daily. And finally reading His word for myself. I started with Genesis 1. I would read a little bit everyday.
This became my new habit and slowly my life began to change. I became more conscious of the things I said, the things I did, even the things I thought about. I was happy with this new way of life. And after 5 months of staying steadfast, that when the miraculous happened, God began to respond to me. I was literally filled with His Holy Spirit and everything changed. I have felt connected to Him in a supernatural way every since.
That is when my walk, my journey with Him really began. And I have a burning desire to share with anyone willing to listen of how real God is. I believe there are more people out there just like me, just going through the motions but no real connection to God. That is why I share my testimonies every chance I get. It was the testimonies of others that changed my life. If you have a testimony, don't keep it to yourself, share it openly. You never know whose life you may change.
(And that feeling that I had in the beginning that there had to be more, I now believe that that was God all along, urging me into a closer relationship with Him. Pay attention to how you feel, sometimes that is the only way that God can talk to us.)
Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV) 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Deuteronomy 4:29 29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Proverbs 8:17 17I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Jeremiah 29 12-13 Then shall ye call upon me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Lamentations 3:25 25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Isaiah 55:6 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
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