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Spitfire
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Dearest Phebe. As my friend, Paul, says, here's a hug from me to you. I wish I could hold you as I pray for you, but know that I am praying. Lay yourself out before God. Cry to him for mercy. Don't be afraid to beg. He will come to you when you seek with your whole heart. Run away with him. Tell him how much you love him and long to be faithful. His eyes run to and fro across the whole earth searching for hearts that are perfect toward him. He is scanning the earth, and humble hearts are like strobe lights. I'll be praying. Love, Dian.

 2005/1/28 16:28Profile
phebebird
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Dian,
Thanks for the hug...and the prayers. You brought tears to my eyes. He is merciful and He is loving and He will not walk away from me...

Phebe


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Phebe

 2005/1/28 19:53Profile
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James,

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Are you truly at the [point where you truly know you are not going to make it without a miracle from God? If there is any fight in you, it will be disciplined out by the love of God. His grace has nothing to do with our works and everything to do with His nature.



I think I am there. I certainly hope so; or if I'm not, I pray He brings me there quickly. I know for a fact that I feel utterly helpless. I used to think that God wanted me to just keep trying and not give up. After years of that, though, I have realized that He wants me to quit trying and give up--that it's useless. Not that He just wants me to lay down in my sins. He wants me to believe in Him, His love, His mercy. Pray that I am able to take the time I need with Him...

Thank you, James...

Phebe


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Phebe

 2005/1/28 19:59Profile
PreachParsly
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 Re: Testimony

Wow these are some awesome testimonies of the power of God! It is so encouraging to hear what is going on in others lives even if it is confession of stuggles. Jam 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I am 20yrs old. I will have been a Christian for 2 years this June. I doing all I can to soak myself in the Word, prayer and solid preaching. God has even conviced me of not going anywhere with out a new testement in my pocket so at any spare minute I can read. (yes even the bathroom! Don't act like you havn't read or prayed while sitting on the "throne".. we will be kings and preists!) And I always try to play the Bible on Cd while I sleep. I have found that even in the middle of the night the scripture can be washing you. Here is my testimony. Sorry if it is long.

My grandmother had my mom when she was 20yrs old. My mother had me when she was 20 yrs old. Now I am 20 years old and will be breaking the chain (or curse). My gradmother had my mother out of wedlock. My mother and father divorced before I was born. The reason my mother divorced my father was that she didn't want me raised in a drug infested home because my father delt many drugs. When I was 5 years old my mother and her boyfriend(and I) moved in together. At 5 years old demonic activity was manifested to me. Not in a shape or form but in sound. I would hear loud moaning and screamning going on. The only way for me to get it to stop was to do something voilent or begin cursing. Also not too long after this I was attacked by a spirit of fornication which would provoke me to do very shameful things in private. Now I see this was all due to the fact the adults in the house were living in fornication and verbally fighting alot. Please watch your family life and get your home straight. It will affect your kids.

When I was about 11 my mothers boyfriend moved out of the house. God saved him mightly! He was delivered from alcohol, pornography, hate and many others. He came back to my mother and begun to tell her all what was done in his life. Mom thought he was crazy. But he eventually got us to come to church with him some. I remember the day he was baptised in water. It was not even planned. There was a young girl getting baptised and after she was done the minister asked "Would anyone else like to be baptised?" By the way this is at a river. I remember my (now step-father) ripping his shoes off and emptying his pockets and seemingly floating down the bank. He was baptised and at that same moment my mother seen God work mightly in him and was saved.

After this my mother and my step-father got married and we moved into a house that he had built. We now went to church very regularly. He ended up teaching a sunday school class and my mom was secretary of the church. I remember going to the alter several times and praying. I would always feel a sense of God in services, but one thing would always pound in my mind. And that was that I must confess Him as Lord. I never verbally confessed that or even confessed it with my actions or anything of the like. I knew this is what I should do but I never did. Shortly after me continually putting off this conviction I had no more conviction about it. I just felt comfortable in the church and it was just a habit for me to go since my parents would go.

As I began to get older I started going out with friends. At first I would not go to parties or drink or do anything "bad." But I eventually gave into it. I first started out drinking here and there. Then it turned into a constant thing. I would do it when ever possible. After that, I started smoking pot and being around drugs. Then I moved to college. I thought the party seen was great.. drugs, sex, alcohol. My whole first year of college was a complete waste of everything. I then came home for the summer. I partied and worked as ussal. I also would sell weed on occations. On the last weekend of June 03, my parents went to a gospel singing (for those of you that dont know thats just a concert..those from the south know!) I was so glad they were going off cause that meant I could do what ever I wanted. As soon as I got my pay check I bought alcohol and called up a girl. We went over to my parents house for awhile. After I got bored with that we went over to a friends house and I bought a quarterpound of weed. I took the girl to her car and then went back over to my friends house. I passed out shortly afterwards. The next day I woke up and sold some of the weed and called up a friend. My friend at the time was inhaling air in a can (the stuff you clean keyboards with). Yeah quality friends huh.. I came over and passed out over there.

I woke up and drove home and dressed up nicer that ussal that sunday morning. I was going to church because my parents asked me to and I would ussally comply. We were going to a church where there was a group going to be there. In the middle of the concert the main singer pointed me out of the congregation and said "God is working with you today". I was in utter shock! I didnt know what he was talking about. The next song was called Thats God. The conviction begun to sweep over me hard. I broke down like I had never before then broke down. God changed me! I never acctully said a prayer or anything. I just knew I was changed. I had the witness of the spirt. God would not let me go. I went home and gathered up all the condoms,weed, and rolling papers I had and drove down to a river and sit on the bank and cried to God as I watched everything, including the old me, drift off to be gone forever.

Now that I was so mighyly changed by him I knew I could not go where I once went and be with who I use to be with. I made it through that summer almost cutting off all realationships I had with friends except for times when I witnessed with them and told them that they needed to change. I then went back to college. I now had no friends whatsoever. All I had was Jesus. About 2 or 3 months after I was saved God put the thought in my mind that I needed to know something about tougues because it was a hot topic of contraversy. God lead me to a book that explained the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I had never heard of anything like this! I remember calling a Pastor from back from home and asking him "Is this real?". He replied "Oh yes it is for you!" That whole week I could do nothing but think of the desire I had to recive this from God. I knew He wanted me to have it! A week later I went into a church that I had been to once before. They were having a water baptism service that night. I went up to the Pastor before the service and told him " I know you are having a water baptism service but i want the baptism of the spirit" Wow was I full of faith that night! He said great and told me when the when the praise and worship was going on to just step up to the front and he and a few others would lay hands on me. I was speaking in tounges in what seemed to me in moments.

I then continued to seperate myself to God. I felt God calling me to a 40 day fast. This was crazy to me! He showed me that Jesus fasted for 40 days before He really got started in His ministry and thats what He had planned for me. Those next 40 days were heaven on earth. He revealed to me that I was called to be a minister for Him.

I have preached in the church 8 times. The praise goes to God that not one time have I had to beg or ask to preach. God has always placed it in the heart of the pastor of whichever church to ask me. Pro 18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. I am in a preperation for the calling of God right now. I know that Paul spent 3 years in the wilderness after he was saved seeking God in preperation for the ministry.(Gal 1:15-18) I thank God for what He has revealed to me about the TRUE GOSPEL and how much of today is man's wisdom and not from God. I thank God that SI has been a true blessing from God because of all the resources here. I thank God for children of obedience.

I have tried to just give a brief overview of everything. If you want to know more just ask.


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Josh Parsley

 2005/1/28 22:29Profile
phebebird
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Hey PreachParsly,
Wow! Thank you, Jesus! He is so amazing! Thank you for sharing...

Phebe

P.S. I am really glad you started this thread. Come on, guys, who's next? It is so amazing to hear what God has done and is doing...


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Phebe

 2005/1/29 2:15Profile
Spitfire
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At 5 years old demonic activity was manifested to me.


Wow, Josh. I, too, had demonic visitations that began at about age 5. You know what? I didn't used to believe in predestination and divine election, but I do now. I think satan must be able to tell when we are born that we are called by God. He knows, so he begins his scheme to ruin us before we are even able to defend ourselves. But, Oh the joy it brings me to read John, chapter 17. To know that Jesus has prayed for me, and he has never lost even one that the Father has given him. I know I'm going to make it, and there's nothing the devil can do about it. Here is a verse from my favorite hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God...

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim
We tremble not for him,
His rage we can endure, For lo! his doom is sure
One little word shall fell him.

Them's shoutin' words! Love, Dian.

 2005/1/29 7:48Profile
Jimm
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PreachParsly


That was an amazing testimony! It is great to see Jesus still working in lives of people today, even as he did in the days of the Apostles. You know my friend something that staggered me months ago, “We are so privileged to have the Bible you know. Do you think the church of today would have any kind of services if we did not have the modern canonized bible? I mean, the early church certainly did not have one. How did the likes of Steven and Philip (in Acts) evangelize without John 3:16? They would certainly have had to rely on the real experiences in their own lives and the word of their testimonies…”

Testimonies are so shunned these days because we Christians do not trust each other. We have the, “who are you to have God speak to you” attitude. Does not the scripture say we overcame him by the word of [b]our[/b] testimony? The testimonies of the Apostles are wonderful but [u]some[/u] people on the street today, really cannot relate to Paul of Tarsus. We would be more effective ministers if we had our own testimonies to add to our arsenal of knowledge. I suppose all would be well if God revealed to us all that the Word is a person and not a subject or, as Mr. Ravenhill would say, “it’s alright to know the word of God but do you know the God of Word?” All your testimonies are vitally real and valid points for ministry. Thank you!

Spitfire

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Wow, Josh. I, too, had demonic visitations that began at about age 5. You know what? I didn't used to believe in predestination and divine election, but I do now. I think satan must be able to tell when we are born that we are called by God. He knows, so he begins his scheme to ruin us before we are even able to defend ourselves.



You know you are not the first person I have heard say this. I have heard two others with similar testimonies and sentiments…

James


PS: looks like I'm not the youngest here after all :-)


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James Gabriel Gondai Dziya

 2005/1/29 15:05Profile
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 Pastor Willie Mullan's Testimony

Okay, we have some new sermons on the site by Willie Mullan, and upon doing some research on the fellow I discovered a very powerful testimony. I pray that the God of truth will bless you with it as much if not more than he blessed me with it. We have the sermon on this site and it is well worth a listen! It is entitled "my life"....hopefully someone who is is more effecient with the computer can paste the link here.






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James Gabriel Gondai Dziya

 2005/2/2 1:38Profile
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 Re: Pastor Willie Mullan's Testimony

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We have the sermon on this site and it is well worth a listen! It is entitled "my life"....hopefully someone who is is more effecient with the computer can paste the link here.



Here you go...

[url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?lid=3706]Testimony Willie Mullan[/url]


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Paul

 2005/2/2 3:58Profile
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Thank you Paul. That's efficiency! :-)


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 2005/2/2 8:24Profile





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