Twelve hours ago my friend, Rachinda Ballard-Sutterfield, wrote the following testimony about one of testimonies she has to tell other people:
When I woke up this morning, God spoke into my spirit to share the “testimony” of when I FINALLY surrendered my Life TOTALLY to Him! Obviously, someone out there needs to hear this, whether it is today or tomorrow, next week or next year, I Pray that it will change YOUR Life like it did MINE!
There was a time in my life several years ago when I was running from God because I wanted to live my life in a way that I knew God would not approve of. I had yet to be filled with the indwelling Power of the Holy Ghost. Not making excuses, but explaining what happened in a moment of weakness in my life. It had been 4 years of me running from God when He woke me up in the middle of the night!! Imagine that!! Has that happened to any of you? Anyway, when I awoke God spoke to me and said, “Come back to Me NOW!” AGAIN I explained to Him that I was not ready yet, because, “as You know LORD, I have to straighten out the mess that “I” had made of my life!” After going back and forth with God, He finally just gave me a vision that changed my Life forevermore!
The vision was that I was standing at the foot of the Cross and I was speaking the foulest language that I had ever heard spoken [Thinking of this right now, brings tears to my eyes. Anyone who truly KNOWS me will know that I am not like that because of the environment that I was raised in]! Also in this vision, I was SPITTING on JESUS!! [Ugh] I was MOCKING Him, too! I told God IMMEDIATELY “I WOULD NEVER CURSE YOU, OR SPIT ON YOU OR EVEN MOCK YOUR NAME!!” God’s reply to me was what CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVERMORE! He said, “When you DENY ME, you curse Me. When you DENY ME, you spit on Me and mock My Name!
THAT DID IT! I fell to my knees and asked God to forgive me for trying to be the Master of my Life! That very week I was FILLED with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost! I will Live FOR Him all the days of my Life!!
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
So, next time you want to sin, think of Christ and turn to Him!!
//// Thank-you, Rachinda. May you always hear the voice of the Lord clearly. ////
I asked Rachinda for permission to place this testimony she wrote on filledwithtruth.com. I already let her know I appreciate this testimony. It made me feel so sad to think of how close she may have been to becoming a person she really did not want to be. I’m thanking God that he speaks to us & he helps us turn away from evil. Most of the day yesterday I had thoughts of the importance of people turning away from their sins. I’ve met and know of people who go to church all the time but their lives are far from the Lord. They do things that they know are wrong but they act like it’s okay for them to sin. It’s as if they believe they’ll get a get out of jail free card even if they never turn away from their evil ways & repent of the wrong things they are doing.
You could go to church all of your life & you can put a large amount of money in the offering plate & you could do all kinds of things that appear as though they are good things to do but IF you don’t repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you from your sins you could be lost forever.
When I saw what Rachinda wrote it seemed as though there is an urgency to keep making sure we give our testimonies about how the Lord saved us from living the old way. When you draw closer to God you will find a new way of living. Old things will pass away. ~ Elizabeth Wolfe