Sharing Your Journey of Faith

Stories are powerful. We all love stories, especially ones that give us an “inside look” into someone else’s life.

As a child of God, you have a powerful story to tell. Sharing how you came to Jesus and the difference He’s made in your life can help others discover how they, too, can know God personally.

But how do you distill a lifetime of experiences into a few minutes and communicate the significance of your faith in a way others can understand? This is the challenge.

It’s also the reason we’ve put together a template and some tips to help you draft your personal testimony. This guide will help you develop a three-minute synopsis of your story that you can share with individuals or groups. A carefully prepared testimony, empowered by the Holy Spirit, can be a tool you can use anywhere to effectively share the message of God’s love.

Getting started

As you set out to gather ideas, begin by asking God to bathe the process with His Spirit, and give you wisdom as you write. Your objective at this point is to write freely without editing–to just get all your ideas on paper.

The outline below will provide a solid frame to build your story on. Try to think of specific examples and details that relate to each question.

1. What was your life like before you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?

  • What were your attitudes, needs and problems?
  • What did your life revolve around? What was most important to you?
  • Where did you look for security, peace of mind and happiness?

2. How did you come to accept Christ and give Him complete control of your life?

  • When did you first hear the gospel? When were you first exposed to dynamic Christianity?
  • What were your initial reactions to Jesus Christ?
  • When and why did you begin to feel positively about Christianity?
  • What was the turning point in your attitude?
  • What feelings did you struggle with right before your decision?

3. What happened after you trusted Christ?

  • What changes did you see in your life? In your attitudes? In your actions?
  • How long did it take before you noticed any changes?
  • What does Jesus Christ mean to you now?

Threading it together

During this second step, it’s time to get selective and decide which details to include. Read through your ideas, and using a highlighter, underline the most important feelings, examples or incidents that relate to each of the three points in the outline above. Use the ideas you highlight to begin writing your story, and make sure you explain what your life was like before you knew Christ, how you came to know Him, and what your life is like now. These guidelines will help you shape your story.

  • Begin with an attention-getting sentence or incident.
  • Be positive from start to finish.
  • Be specific. Give enough detail to arouse interest.
  • Be realistic. Do not imply that Christ removes all of life’s problems, but, rather, that He walks with you through them.
  • Use one or two Scripture verses, but only where they would directly relate to your experience and fit in naturally.
  • Edit and rewrite as needed. Consider writing your first draft and setting it aside for a day so you can go back to it with a fresh perspective.
  • Write a conclusion that makes your testimony sound finished and complete.

There are certain things you should filter from your story to avoid detracting from its essential message.

  • Don’t harshly criticize the church, organizations or other people.
  • Avoid mentioning denominations; the concept of different kinds of churches can be confusing to non-Christians.
  • Be careful not to glamorize how “bad” you used to be.
  • Steer clear of vague terms such as “joyful,” “peaceful,” happy,” or “changed” unless you explain in a concrete way what you mean.
  • Do not use Christian jargon such as “saved,” “convicted,” “born again,” “sin,” or “repentance,” without clarification.

Telling your story

It might seem tough the first time or two, but the more you share your story, the easier it will get. Most people will appreciate your willingness to talk openly about your life, and no one can argue with your personal experience.

  • Rehearse your testimony until it becomes natural. Practice sharing it with a Christian friend or family member.
  • Share your story with enthusiasm, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Smile often. Ask the Lord to give you a pleasant expression.
  • Speak clearly, in a natural, relaxed tone. Speak loudly enough to be heard.
  • Stick to your time limit. Go too long and you’ll lose your audience.
  • Tailor your story to your audience. Use examples from your experience that will relate to theirs.

Beware of nervous mannerisms that can distract others as they listen to your story, such as rubbing your nose, swaying, jingling coins in your pocket, playing with a pencil, clearing your throat, or using many “you knows” and “uhs.”

Also, remember that a testimony should never be a “preachimony.” Stay humble; never argue or use high pressure methods to persuade people to make decisions for Christ.

Keep it fresh

New chapters of your life are being written all the time, so in one sense, your story is never complete. Feel free to add new content and revise to keep your testimony fresh and reflect God’s ongoing work in your life.

Look for openings

Ask God to give you opportunities to tell your story, and look for openings. People you meet may comment that there’s something different about you, or even ask you why you’re such a “religious” person. Such situations are windows of opportunity to tell your story of faith.

Besides sharing your story one-on-one or in group situations, consider putting your testimony in written form to give to people you meet.

Be creative in sharing your life! And enjoy sharing with others the incredible story of what Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, is doing in you!

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47 Responses to “Sharing Your Journey of Faith”

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Monique says:

    Thanks for sharing your testimonies. Thought I would share mine too! God bless you.

    From Gothic to Godly! Jesus saved me from a life of poison.
    Before I came to know Jesus Christ, my life was a mess. It was a confusing time for me. I was making one mistake after another and felt I had no one to turn to who understands. I had a ‘don’t care’ attitude. I needed a friend to confide in. I needed love in my life. I needed direction.

    I had problems. I got into some legal troubles and it was bothering me. I wanted some advice how to deal with it. I was scared and felt alone.
    My life was about drinking and partying. I was going through a gothic phase where I only wore black clothes, I had piercings and tattoos. I was hanging with the wrong people and going to gothic parties and clubs. The most important things to me then were having friends and being popular. I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t.

    I looked for security and peace of mind in the bottle. I would drink a lot to cover my pain. I lived alone and was often sad. I would keep a lot of parties and invite friends over. After they left, I was all alone again. I was completely unhappy.

    I didn’t know where to turn. I had family members that went to church so I went along with them one Sunday. It was a great sermon and I felt the presence of God. I knew what I had to do. At the alter call, I went to the alter and confessed my sins. I gave my life to God. He filled me with the Holy Ghost and the same day, I got baptized.

    Immediately, I felt different. I wasn’t afraid anymore. I felt a sense of peace. I felt like a belonged, like I finally had a father. I was raised without a father so this was a big deal.

    After I received the Holy Ghost and they ask me if I wanted to get baptized, I was a little hesitant. This was new to me. It was a big change so I asked them if I could think about it and do it later. There was a Deacon there that spoke to me, he said if I give my life totally to God, He will always take care of me and I would never regret it. I believed him and so I did it. My life was never the same. Even though I went through a lot of pain and trials, I always know that God will see me through.

    After I made that decision, I wanted to get everyone around me saved. I started dressing better and I started inviting people to church. I wanted everyone to experience what I experienced.

    Jesus Christ means everything to me now. He is my whole life. I still make mistakes and repent but there is no way I could’ve gone through what I’ve been through without Jesus in my life.

    Christ didn’t remove all of life’s problems, but, He walks with me through them. He never failed me yet. Thank you Jesus!!!

  • Doris Beck D. Beck says:

    Hi there Nancy,
    Thanks for taking the time to share your story here.It’s always important to listen to what God is telling us to do by His Holy Spirit who is alive and living in us when we invite Jesus Christ into our lives. And as you said, that’s what we need to learn, to listen to the right voices.

    When helping others it is so important to communicate God’s love to them in the midst of all they are doing through, but as you said, they aren’t always in a position to accept that love. As a good friend of mine always says, we need to be Jesus with skin on!

  • Nancy says:

    Awakening. A wonderfully unrealized thing that so many fear until realization hits. I was born in a little village named Hopedale, Labrador (now Newfoundland and Labrador)! I was born unfortunately in a time of alot of alcohol abuse, which still continues now, maybe even worst then my time, as I no longer live there, I was fortunate to be brought up with both spiritual/christian ways, so I’ve always had HIM with me, but going through alot of hard times, influences and realizations I am in a happy place today. I’ve learnt that in order to love others we need to move ahead with forgiveness in our hearts, once we learn forgiveness is when everything flows smoothly. I never felt alone, so I’ve never been lonely even though my parents would continually ask “why aren’t you lonely”? I couldnt really at the time give her an answer as to why, but now I know,,,HE has always been by my side also HIS angels have been guiding me and keeping me safe all through out my years and I can honestly say just by watching my parents,,I have learnt exactly what I needed to do in my life and that is to share everything I receive, which I do, including spirituality I also share what I have learnt. It hasnt been an easy path, but it is my path, with guidance starting out, unfortunately it wasn’t true guidance I learnt afterwards, but I managed to learn on my own. Since all of this has happened to me,,,Ive decided to stop working and take care of my family as I know the only one who can truly do that is me. I also now help others,,,I deliver messages from past loved ones to those who need to hear it and I intervene when some are coming near death (that’s very hard to do as they dont always believe) I tell them what they need to do, then it is in their own hands whether they follow the instructions I’ve been told to give them.. I also help some to relieve their hurt/anger or whatever they have bottle up inside and can’t release it,,,I take over bring it onto myself and get rid of it for them (dont ask me how, it just happens!) And I’ve also found,,,some aren’t thankful that I’ve actually helped them which in turn tought me that they were just helping themselves for themselves and not to help others,,,that was physically painful for me and I nearly decided to stop helping, but I was guided to do acupuncture and relieve their energies from me, which help alot. I know now that I am a Starseed / Indigo / God Child to some,,,but to me I am what I am !!! I love to help others, this makes me very happy to see others happy, when I see others hurt, I feel their pain, but I cannot always intervene the way I want,,,I can only intervene when I am told to, I am one who just feels the NEED to help all, but I know I cannot unless I am told to do so by God,Angels,ArchAngels and Spirit Guides.

    I am 43, married and now live in Quebec, I speak English and would love to meet others like me as it at times tends to very hard being so different from others, my old friends and I haven’t much in common anymore so I find it very hard to talk about things that don’t relate to me anymore. It would be super nice to hear from anyone who is like me.

  • Nancy says:

    I am in a very calm place, but alot try and remove me from there, at times its very hard to stay in that place when you start helping others, alot is when I help people or even talk to them,,,they don’t realize I feel their pain and most times them pretending to be happy is even worst as I feel it all !!! The more I help the more I see their pains are just from NOT WANTING to move on in their lives. People need to realize life can never stay the same if some bothered to try, adaptability come very easy,,,but too many chose to stay in the times of when they were hurt and things like that, that blows my mind at times. Some I take their pain when there is a need, others just “throw” it on me without even trying to help themselves, so at times I am in alot of pain that’s not even from me !!!!! I’ve learnt now its not a choice of mine to do that, it is what I was meant to do all along, we all are meant to do something of this nature in our lives, moreso women then men ! somehow in this lop sided world,,,men try to take those things upon themselves, it just doesn’t work that way. I even feel when someone thinks something not nice about me, even at a distance from here to home,,,I tend to get very sick, at times I can tell exactly where it’s coming from,,,and those I have decided not to help anymore,,,I know I shouldn’t do that, but I also know that some deserve more help then others! I’ve started accupuncture just to help with releasing those pains,,,I’ve also learnt some who need the help, do nothing to help back !! Basically showing,,,its themselves that matter and no one else!!! If I was continually giving my pain to someone, I can honestly say,,,I would feel guilt !!! People need to realize all of those pains are created by oneself therefore they should learn to take the pain as well ! Instead of so willingly giving it to someone else!!! I have also learn’t that I am to deliver “messages” from other loved ones,,that also not a choice, but at least in most messages I deliver it leaves the person happy and able to move on, I ask for no fees in doing this as most times it just happens,,,its not something that I “summon” up or even plan. I’ve also learnt that I cannot control it,,they just come to me and if I do try and fight it,,,they just become stronger and stronger, so I end up saying “ok ok I’ll call” !! The hardest deliverances I find to do are those I don’t know very well, or don’t know at all,,,I can be at a church and have to do it,,,or I find myself going to someones home, I’ve no clue who they are and delivering a message but I just go up to the people and “spirit” takes over ! and I think goodness for that,,,jeez, some of the words I say aren’t even english or bigger words then my own vocabulary (thats funny I often laugh with that one)!!!!! But that’s fine by me as well,,,,I love seeing people happy after they have been through a very hard time,,,and alot of times its not even messages from loved ones,,,its just messages I give to others to make a life changes before something very bad happens ! All I can do is deliver those messages, I cannot force one, but if one doesn’t get the message clear the first few times, I say straight out what will happen and thats all I can do,,,then the rest is in their hands to make the correct changes, basically saying,,,”your life is now in your own hands” ! For the many who I have spoken with I say ” Thank you for hearing my words” and for those who chose not to belive what I have said ” I am sorry you chose not to listen” unless decide to re-evaluate your life, I am always here.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord You mean so much to me in my life, and I would like to share my story to the world.

    I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    At nine months of age, I was adopted at 9 months old to a loving family.
    I lived in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada until 1965.
    My parents took me to church and Sunday School in my young age.
    In 1983 I came to know my Lord personally and had my sins washed by emersion.
    But! I was still living in sin, as many of us do.
    So! God got my attention with a nervous break down, as that was the end of my rope in life. I found out I was born with a chemical imbalance, as I have always been a slow learner.
    I came home to be with my mother who is now a widow and found out that she had breast cancer, which took her in 2001, this brought on a second break down.
    I have been a follower of Jesus since 1983 and I have gone up and down in my walk with Jesus.
    He has kept me closer to him everyday of my life.
    I have always wanted to be involved in the church.
    I have down children’s ministry, gone to Cuba on mission trips, work on a radio kids program and many other this in my walk with Him.
    I am now semi retired and work as a crossing guard for the kids, to get them to school and home safely.
    I have always wanted to know about my Lord.
    I feel that I am stuck on Him like crazy glue, but smooth as wax.
    Every year I make a resolution to get closer to Him each day.
    I will be 60 years young this year and still going until He says stop and takes me home to be with him.
    My quote is that “when He stretched His arms on the cross, that is how much He loves me”.
    This is my testimoney

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    thank you all for sharing your testimony, everyone has one whether they know it for not i love reading these stories of your lives God bless you all

  • Jared Guevara says:

    Before I received Jesus Christ as my lord and savior I always believed in god but I never really read the gospel and understood jesus is the only way to heaven,I’m 16 now, I barely met my stepbrother when I was about 11, my stepbrother was a bad influence on me, he always introduced me to things that are against god: drugs, alcohol, pornography, and stealing things from stores, I was chasing my
    Own ambitions, I made hip hop music and I wanted to chase after my heart, I wanted to change the game, to be famous, and have a lot of money like these rappers
    Most of the times when me and my step brother got high I was pressured to smoke marihuana and did not want to do it, the last time I smoked I actually bought it because I wanted to do it, the night we got high, I heard voices in my head asking me to sell my soul for money and fame, I said no, I kept resisting, they kept bothering me, making me feel like I was burning in hell, I would tell myself “this is all in my head” but the voices in my head said it wasn’t , these were not my thoughts, I was scared, I knew if this was real god was real, but I didn’t know how to pray, so I searched on google “how to pray” and when I searched links showed up like “who needs prayer?” And “god isn’t real” these links weren’t real, the demons were taking advantage of me being high and were messing with me, I kept searching different things like “I need god right now” and ” I need jesus” then I saw some link that said “ask god for give ness” then I kept saying “god please forgive me” and then I saw links that said “the Holy Spirit will now save you” you have made a bad choice but god forgives you” and I saw a light , keep in mind I never said in the name of Jesus Christ, the demons were beginning to try and trick me, so i never saw the Holy Spirit because afterward I was hearing a voice in my head saying it was god, (i believed it)They were trying a strategy and playing nice now, the next day, I played christian music on pandora and … I could not understand the words It was saying… I would listen closely to it and I heard “god hates you” ” the hate inside you” I was scared, a few days after that, I figured it was just a bad trip, keep in mind the marihuana we smoked was not laced or synthetic, other people did it with me and this did not happen to them, half a week later after that night, I was still paranoid and I begin to listen to christian music all night because I figured if I played christian music nothing would bother me , but the demons were still trying to mess with me, a voice in my head said “do you want the Holy Spirit to protect you” I said in my head “yes” and I felt something holding my hand, my heart was beating fast and i was scared but I really thought it was an angel so I didn’t scream or anything,I didn’t really get much sleep that night, about 5 in the morning , this voice in my head began to talk to me a lot, it said that money and fame will come at 27 and I will die at 87, it said “i want you in my kingdom” also said “Jared you are about to die” I was scared and I said “god I don’t wanna die yet” and it said ” that was just a warning, when you really are about to die I will say this to you” I started to converse with it, I talked to it all day thinking it was really god, it told me lies about gods word, it told me that I was a god, it told me that my word was as powerful as gods word, it also said “if you trust me, sell your soul to satin” I did because it also said “no evil will get to you” and it said that day “later there will be a test” this voice would never mention jesus, I was texting different people thinking I was talking to god, but my friend saw it and knew it wasn’t right, he had a feeling it wasn’t right and to talk to me, it was the real Holy Spirit that gave him this feeling, I told him about it, he said he didn’t think it was a good spirit , especially since it did not mention Jesus Christ at all,he said he watched a video of a similar situation, I began to get really scared and my friend said he wasn’t trying to scare me, he also asked if i was searching how to sell my soul , and i actually was weeks before this happen , i wasnt gonna do it, i was just curious because many rappers say they do, he said it opens doors, i did not do ang ritual or anything, i was just searching it on google curiously , he said he knew I wasn’t going crazy and a normal coherent dude, i was scared and texted “what do I do” he said “you just got to cry out to jesus man” We talked on this app called voxer, you can text and send record messages, pictures too, he recorded this prayer for me to do, and he said when you say this and pray you gotta really mean it with all your heart,and they prayer was asking jesus to come into my heart and forgive me, I did , and I kept repeating this prayer over and over to make sure, and he kept helping me , we kept talking about it, he told me about how he found salvation, he said it improved his faith in Jesus so much, and he said Jesus works at the right time, this voice pretending to be god could of made me do anything…
    1 John 4:1 beloved, beleive not every spirit , but try the the spirits whether they are of god, because many false phrophets are gone out into the world.
    my friend said that’s how jesus works is through other people, and jesus turned it around and if I said the prayer he recorded and meant it that I was saved, these demons kept messing with me though, they kept saying jesus can’t save you, and your gonna burn in hell, my friend even said they might still mess with you, they did, they even tried to pose as god again and said “Jared , this was the test” I told my friend, he said dont believe them, there trying to trick you, the next few days they kept messing with me trying different strategies , my friend said to just keep saying “Jesus is lord , jesus is savior” “in the name of Jesus Christ go away” ” the blood of Jesus has saved me, go away ” when I said this I was still scared of them, whenever I would read the bible and the gospel of jesus, the voices would not mess with me, the word of god is powerful,
    Eventually, I felt this weird chill in my body, I all the sudden was not scared of them at all, I believe this was the real Holy Spirit, I straight up told the voices in my head with no fear ” I’m not scared of you, my faith In Jesus Christ is to strong!” “All you are is proof Jesus Christ is real!” They kept lying, ” i kept saying , all you do is lie, in the name of Jesus Christm go away!” They also said “we’ll get you when your weak” they eventually went away , my faith in Jesus Christ overcame them, jesus never lied, John 8: 32 and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
    Im not hearing anything anymore, The truth really did set me free, believing in jesus saved me from these demons, I told some people about this, this guy said “if your hearing voices you need medication” I said to myself Jesus Christ is my medication, I know you will be skeptical, but I’m being completely honest, it wasn’t an effect from the marihuana… i mean a week later its still effecting me???? other people smoked it and they did not think it was synthetic or laced, there’s way to many coincidences, my friend that saved me through Jesus said he had a weird feeling to talk to me, the voices did not mess with me I read the gospel of Jesus in the bible, you hear about cases of murders, the people that do it say they heard god or voices telling them to do it , if you know someone that says they hear voices lead them to Jesus Christ right away, when I believed the voice was god it could of told me to do anything and I would have done it, tell them to test the spirits!
    1 John 4:1 beloved, beleive not every spirit , but try the the spirits whether they are of god, because many false phrophets are gone out into the world
    I am done following these rappers that say they would do anything for money, they say they sold there soul to the devil ,
    Many of these rappers put money above god, the love of money’s evil and not the way of life,money and fames not worth it if your damned in hell for eternity, money and fame is not the way of life,
    John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”.
    I follow Jesus Christ instead now , I’m done being convinced by my stepbrother to make bad choices, i obey my parents and try not to disobey them, i have not drank alcohol or have done drugs ever since i don’t want to ever get high or get drunk again ,I try to put other people before me, i try to make better choices, I’ve been praying and reading the bible daily
    A true relationship with god is tbe most beautiful thing!
    Something Jesus Christ did about 2000 years ago saved me from evil,
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    I hope this encourages and saves people, jesus died for me so i feel like i should give my life to him, , I cry when I think “after everything bad I’ve done , jesus still showed mercy and grace to me” his love for us is unconditional! he loves us so much! Through Jesus my friend saved me, I hope there’s someone out there that needs to see this, I hope this encourages and saves someone, spread the love of Jesus Christ

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    Thanks Verna for sharing what God is doing in your life. It’s so encouraging to hear how He takes the broken pieces and brings healing to our lived! I love what you said that you know that you are truly just passing through this life….What a good reminder for all of us!

  • verna says:

    It was late in the evening as I ran out the backdoor and into the darkness that night.Our house was surrounded by an almond orchard. The light of the moon was my comfort. I was terrified of the dark as a child, and although I was twelve years of age none the less I was still afraid of the dark.I was even more afraid of the man in our house. To my younger sisters and brother he was the only “father” figure they would know. Our Father had died when I was seven years of age. There were a total of 11 children when our died died. The nightmare of a life began when that man in our house became ” a stepfather”. The abuse and the horrors that went on left me more affraid of being in the house than being in the darkness of the night outside.I had been in that orchard many times at night hiding out with my brothers and sisters younger than myself. This night I was the only one awakened with the fighting. As I gazed up at the moon I spoke aloud,I asked the question..”.Are you up there? Where are you. ” There was no answer. As the tears flowed,as my heart felt as though it was be squeezed,as I anguished with a pain that ran like a thread throughout my heart mind and soul. I cried out “GOD….God “as though he was deaf. If your real then take that mans life. As the words fell from my lips,I immediately began sobbingg as there was a stillness inside of me,as though my mind and body and heart answered an unspoken qustion.”then help me,oh God forgive me,teach me to love, to give love and to recieve it.” From that day forward it has been my experience in these 50 years to live out in pain and sorrow and grief ,that has come in many forms. I don’t live it out alone for the battle of living either by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life day by day moment by moment He has helped me to to learn to walk by His spirit.To die to self daily,and to count it joy that if in this life I suffer to let it be for doing that which He calls good. Just as the scriptures says, that Christ learned obiedince by those things in which he suffered. My desire is to live life out in love and mercy and grace and truth. I know that I am truely just passing through as on a joruney in this life. My hearts desire to live unto Christ.He took a broken heart, mind and body and by His Holy Spirit comforts me and is making me into the image of his son. For that is His Goal for all mankind.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    thank you for posting this article good article

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Hgh, I am sorry that you were disappointed with this article. What parts did you not think were accurate?

  • hgh says:

    that isrubbish

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  • rhondalynn says:

    I truly praise the lord for showing this web site. I have been having a desire to locate a web site like this but did’nt know how to reserach it. But as I was needing a word from the Lord thru someone’s testimony. I began to play with the keyboard I put in I want to read a God given testimony. And your site popped up. To God be the Glory.. Don’t tell me God dosen’t answer prayer. One day I will sit down and give you my testimony. So that the next person can have a spritiual awakening of how good our God truly is in our lives. KEEPING LIFTING HIM UP Rhondalynn

  • Ruby says:

    Hi everybody! I was wondering if somebody could tell me how or where can I share one of my life experiences…? It’s a story I would like to share(testimony). Please anyone let me know! Thank You.

  • THE MAN ON THE BEACH this is a true story an experience I will never forget the rest of my life and i like to share
    while fishing on the beach alone one night here several days ago it early evening around 6 pm a man came up out of nowhere i did not see him coming we started talking I mentioned how beautifull the ocean and the sunset was he said yes it is and looking at it hes said looking at its easy to believe there is a god I said to him yes there is and Im a believer in the lord he said to me yes I know you are ! which caught me off gaurd how did he know ? he had a certain aura to him a smile that radiated we talked i told him my story and how i was an artist I how i wanted to serve god in some way the rest of my life with charity work or what christians call service he said he knew that too
    there was some wierd stuff going on here folks I lite a ciggirette up and he said me i used to smoke too 2 packs a day he said to me if you jesus for help you can quit easily
    he asked me for my card i did not i never had any made he said he said he would look me up when he got home to look at my art work well he left and i was fishing strange again I never saw him really walk away I quit smoking very next day i forget the guy on the beach until I was a thrown wide awake at 3 am I felt presence and almost felt my maker that was me on the beach that night and I almost went into shock realizing 2000
    years ago he also approached fisherman on a beach and made them fishers of men
    oh my god!!!

  • Angel says:

    MY TRUE STORY OF MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
    I confessed {ROMANS 10:9)” That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Je’sus, and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. I gave my life to JESUS at the tender age of 14, and about two weeks later this is what happened to me. On one morning in late 1986, I was getting up and I was on my way to use the restroom and saw that everybody was sound asleep. Right across my room was the restroom, and as I begin to walk toward the restroom, I heard the spirit of GOD say to me, “Look in your hand”. I began to say back to the spirit of GOD, “Why would I look in my hand?” Then the spirit of GOD spoke for the second time, “I said look in your hand”. By now I am still talking back to the spirit of GOD and looking up at the ceiling because I didn’t know what was going on. I was only 14 years old when this happened to me, so as you can imagine, I was frightened. So for the third and final time the spirit of GOD’s voice got louder and louder! HE said to me, “I said to look in your hand!!!” This time I looked at my right hand and I saw what looked like a puddle of blood, but here’s the thing: it was not bleeding. (EXODUS 3:2-3) “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.3. And Mo’ses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”Then, right in the center of my right hand I noticed that GOD had put a beautiful cross there!
    By now I had gone to my mother’s room and knocked as hard as I could on her door and when she opened the door and saw my hand, the only thing she was saying was Oh my God! Oh my God! We did not know what to do, so we just decided to pick up the phone book and call up some of our local pastor’s to tell them what had happened to me. My mother and I came across a particular pastor in Newnan, Georgia, and we decided to call him. My mother started to tell this pastor about all that had happened to me, and this is what the pastor told my mom: “Tell your daughter to show as many people as she can. The pastor also told my mother that GOD had ‘Marked your daughter’. It was so amazing and so touching that GOD had chosen me to put a cross in my right hand, and yes this is a true story! I just Love spending time every day in GOD’s Word and prayer, drawing closer to GOD with each passing day, (PSALM 141:2) “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” JESUS CHRIST is my passion!! I just Love Him with every little heart beat and with every breath and with every step I take every day, I’m always over joyed when witnessing to others and sharing the Love of CHRIST! JESUS has worked so many miracles in my life, one of the miracle is that I was a still born baby and JESUS raised me back to life again to do His will here on earth, GOD has a plan for us all {JEREMIAH 29:11} “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Another miracle that JESUS did in my life was in 1993 my husband and I lost our first child but I believed with all my heart that by faith JESUS was going to bless my husband and I with more children [HEBREWS 11:1}” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.} So, in 1994 GOD blessed us to have a baby boy! And then in 1995 GOD blessed us to have a baby girl! This is just to name a few of the many miracles that JESUS has done in my life! {ROMANS 5:8} “But GOD commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us.” JESUS gave us His all and I want to give Him my all, HIS sacrifice shows how deep His Love is for us, and when I think about just how deeply HE Loves us tears just fall from my eyes. I am so happy that one day I will see Him and live with Him forever!
    God Bless You!
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  • Melvin Malone says:

    James Hogancamp Personal Testimony
    A personal testimony written by James Hogancamp
    From a 23 year drug addiction to a life with Christ
    I started using drugs in the 7th grade. Starting out with pot which I was addicted to since my first high, by high school I was doing cocaine, acid, hash, weed, and drinking heavy. Getting high is what I was living for. Involved in a life of crime I went through a lot of trouble at school finally quitting in the 10th grade before they could kick me out. My family was a really good family. My mother a true Christian, who did all she could to get me to do right. Thank God for her prayers all through my life. My father, a hard worker, and provided well for our family. All my sisters were doing well, but here I was addicted to any thing that made me feel good—-sex, drugs, drinking, selling drugs, taking things that didn’t belong to me. By 19, I had got married because she was pregnant. So after moving out from my family my life style really got worse. I stayed in trouble with the law and my wife was tired of all the troubles and wanted me to stop. However I was already living to get high and that was my only goal. A move from Illinois to Tennessee was what I thought might help me and my wife because we didn’t know anyone in Tennessee, but it didn’t stop me. It just led to many trips to Illinois and before long I was in divorce. I was heavy involved in drugs in Tennessee before long. Soon I had got a DUI in Kentucky and drug charges which I got out of too easy. After making bond I got another DUI and drug charges in Tennessee. And soon got another charge in Kentucky again for the same thing and out of all I got out too easy. By now I was using more cocaine than I was selling. Going in the hole and needing another high I stole $23,000.00 from a store and took off to get high. The law was after me. After a couple of weeks and getting down to the last $7,000.00 I needed to go and buy more drugs. As I got to the place the guy I was buying from, the police came in to bust him and caught me while there, so off to jail I go. And again got another break. After 120 days, I was released on house arrest. I never stopped getting high though even in jail. About a month after getting out I ripped off a drug dealer and left town again. Soon I ran out of money and went back to Tennessee where I did some praying before turning myself in, but God knew I wasn’t sincere. I took drugs in the jail when I turned myself in but lied to my family trying to make them think I had changed. Again I got out and went through a couple of rehabs and got married again. No matter what I done though in life I still kept getting high. I had many breaks on house arrest as long as I was paying money. During this period is when I was introduced to meth and this drug kept me up all the time. I soon went through another divorce and got in more trouble with the law. I kept on the move as much as possible. I soon moved to Mississippi and left there to go back to Illinois where I was raised. I had my own body shop and all the drugs I wanted and I thought life was going really good. I began selling heroin, cocaine, meth, and weed by the pounds. Again much partying led to more trouble with the law and I finally had to sign the shop back over to the man I was buying it from. I went to Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi causing trouble. In Mississippi, I was living on a house boat and I got involved in killing two people over drugs. Not willing to face these charges, I began to run again. At this time I had been on drugs for 23 years and sure wasn’t going to go a day without them. I have left much out of this, a lot of trouble, and so many times I should have been dead. I stole money from my mother. During this process I lost my father and had a close friend killed. My life consisted of sex, drugs, drinking, and many good jobs that I let go. However, I have told you enough bad to know what I was about. Now is the time to tell you the most amazing part of my life. First of all, Thank God for a praying mother and sisters. When these killings went down my thoughts were I could get to Southern Illinois and sell enough meth to get me out of the country, but my plans didn’t go as I had intended them to. I ended up in Heyworth, Illinois on my knees, crying out to God to forgive me and to help me to change my ways. At first I didn’t feel anything and the devil kept saying it’s too late and that I had done too much and that God didn’t love me. But that made me cry out all the more. Two of my sisters were there with me and one of them came over to give me a hug. As she touched me, God touched both of us. I went one way a shouting and she went the other way a shouting. The Spirit of the Lord God was
    upon me. When I finally realized what I was saying I was yelling “God is Real”. I felt a great burden lifted. I felt clean. I felt love. I felt peace. I felt great joy. The only thing on my mind was to be baptized in Jesus Name. Before the preacher had the tank full, my sister and I both were baptized in the Name of Jesus. We then prayed some more and God touched me again. That very day God took my drug craving away and give me a craving for His word. He also gave me a desire to share with others that there is hope and help. I went from running from the law that day to turning myself in. God has given me a new life. He has showed mercy upon me by allowing me to experience the new birth experience of water and spirit being baptized in Jesus Name and receiving the Holy Ghost thru the power of Jesus Christ. This power helps me to overcome the things of this world. Everything about me has changed. II Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new”. When I was born again I no longer wanted the things I used to want. I no longer did the things I used to do. I am indeed a new creature. By
    staying in the word of God, praying, and fasting I find myself growing closer to God each day. The more I have Jesus in my life the more I want of Him. I have tried everything this world has to offer but it all failed. Jesus Christ lifted me up so much greater than anything this world has had to offer and filled me with love, happiness, peace. This is what I want to share with everyone. Jesus Christ has set me free. I am a child of His and this gives me the rights to the great inheritance of heaven being my home forever more. It set me free from the bondage of sin that was dragging me to hell. I may be in prison bound by the law but I am freed by Calvary. Praise God the judge gave me a life sentence but Jesus has given me life more abundantly. I am born again and am a heaven bound believer. It has been ten years now being locked up but I have to tell you I count it a joy to have the time I have each day to study and pray and the great chance to tell many about Jesus. I have learned to live today for Jesus by doing His will, obeying His word. I can lay down in any part of any prison and have peace. I can sleep like a baby knowing Jesus is with me and will never leave me nor forsake me. Without a doubt in my mind if I should die or Jesus should come tonight, to heaven I would go. Glory be to God! So I tell you God can take the drug addict and make a preacher. He can take hate and turn it into love. Remember the devil is a liar and the father of all lies. Jesus is our Savior. Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened.
    [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]
    Bro. James is serving a life sentence in Holly Springs, Ms. he has a call of God on his life to preach and to teach Bible Studies to the other inmates and he prays that his testimony might help others.
    God Bless,
    Melvin Malone

  • Elyy says:

    My testimony :

    http://jesusofabible.webs.com/about

    Thank you Jesus!

  • deborah says:

    This is my testimony of the true Lord Jesus Christ in a shorter version in hopes that when reading many will not be overwhelm with so information at once. As a Christian believer, I was actively involved in many well known Christian churches from 1990-2007 believing was saved and serving God. During that time experience many manifestations of the spirit believing this was a confirmation of my salvation. Then I started witnessing through those years many Christian believers get sick and die even though they were prayed by pastoral staff and other believers.
    Then one time I went to a revival meeting and met a well known evangelist, who prayed over me and had same power in him as I did and it felt like someone was going to punch the whole world. I said to myself that’s not the holy Spirit, but that spirit said your blasphemy God. At that time did not know or understand what was happening so I didn’t talk to anyone about it. Then after a few more years in ministries still kept witnessing many believers from Christian churches, ministries get sick, die, have bad things happen to them and their families, even church leaders and staff. Couldn’t understand why many believers repeatedly coming to the altar for prayer for their problems but never resolved. They just kept coming back for prayer over and over again, if they didn’t get deliverance they went to another Christian church. I also was having problems in my own life and it would come and go.
    Then in 2008 couldn’t take it anymore sought God in prayer for the truth about the Christian churches, her leaders, believers, and myself. I took one day one hour out of every week to pray to God. In 2009 of December (two years later), he answered me and said, My child what do you want to know? And within myself (my soul)I said to him, I want to know the truth. Then later that day believed God would show me in his perfect time the truth. Well a couple days later he revealed to me there are two identical Jesus. I saw them. They look exactly alike and the one in my chest came to the one outside of my body and they were going to fight, because the one outside of my body wanted in me, but the one in me wanted to stay. Immediately I said while looking down at the scene, wait a minute there is only one Jesus. Will the real Jesus please stand up. I said this because they were each identical of a small figured man in brilliant heavenly light. Then my body woke up. To make a long story short I was not truly saved and had the mark-death, hell and the grave. I did not have the true Jesus in me. It was the devil. Remind you I have been in Christian churches, study the word of truth , nothing else. I’ve always believed there is one true God, the creator and Jesus Christ.
    So when I found out the bad news, I tried going to my local church to get help but no relief and it was getting worse because my body was hurting all over. I couldn’t go back to work, sleep, sit still, or talk. Then I black out after that holiday eve and went missing for three days. There was a police report filed about me. On the third day when I came to, I was somewhere in Mexico. I was driving and had no idea what I was doing and then all of sudden like scales came off my face then I realize where I was and what was happening. I went home and my family was surprised to see me alive for they thought I was dead. It was the mercy and grace of God. During January 2010 I was a wreck.
    So from February -June 2010, I went thru hundreds and hundreds of Christian churches and ministries around the world to get deliverance from that devil. Many of these Christian churches are well known around the world so I either put my prayer requests via email or went in person for counseling, prayer, deliverance. But God in his rich mercies granted the true Holy Spirit near me so that when I slept which was very little, he would show me the Christian people if they had him or not (true Holy Spirit, running flow of clear water). He also lit up before me and showed that devil holding me and what was happening when I asked these Christian churches and ministries to pray for my deliverance. I saw him-the false Jesus and many Christian people were praying to him but he wouldn’t let me go and the darkness was surrounding me. I thought why are they praying to him? I saw hundreds of Christian faces and heard their voices praying to him. Why?
    I was receiving hundreds and hundreds of emails from Christian believers praying for me in the US and other parts of the world. Even went to a famous Christian minister that all he does is cast out devils around the world for people that are oppressed. Even some ministers by phone that did the same, etc. None of them nor the Christian churches or ministries were able to cast that devil out of my body. At the end of June 2010, I was down to searching on the internet two deliverance ministries. Remind you and to all that read or hear this testimony I never got any sleep night or day… I was on the internet trying to find Christian church, prayer ministry, all the above of Christian ministries that had true power of God. I completely exhausted my search on the internet by the end of June 2010.
    So two deliverance ministries left that I was able to find. If they did not have the power of God I would be force to go online and contact every Christian Church corner in America.
    That’s how bad it was for me.
    By the mercies and grace of God out of the last two remaining I found one deliverance Christian ministry, but the Holy Spirit did not show their activity in the spirit realm. So by faith gave my prayer request to this Christian minister and he forward to his prayer team. Well I still didn’t get any rest and still went online searching for deliverance and prayer. Three days later, in my bedroom my body was asleep and my spirit woke up and I’m sitting up in bed and I didn’t see anything around me but sense the presence of the Holy Spirit, the father came and embrace me and we went up and up, then stopped. I heard a baby cry and I said that ‘s the spiritual birth according to John 3 Jesus is teaching Nicodimus about you must be born again of the water and of the Spirit of God in order to enter the kingdom. Then he lowered me down and few things happen. It was the first time to get some rest. I was really happy that God came to me. Then the next day when I went to sleep my body slept my spirit was alive and the Holy Spirit was binding that devil. I kept requesting the same minister to keep praying for me, because I knew it was them that prayed me thru to God. Then after a few more days, one night I was so tired and just before falling asleep the Holy Spirit came upon my head (oil). I immediately went into spirit realm and that devil went out of my body. Then I woke up and felt so light as if a huge fat elephant came off my body. I was very happy and thankful for God removing that devil from me and the ministry that prayed for me. They were the only Christian ministry that had true power of God, holy Spirit of truth.
    There are two identical Jesus Christ. The one is the true messiah, the other is the devil (god of this world) coming as an angel of light looking like Jesus appearing to men and woman Christian believers with all power, lying signs and wonders. The Catholic and Christian churches are following and representing a false Jesus. If any church teaches believers the antichrist is coming and the mark is anything but death hell and the grave, which Jesus conquered ALL POWERS of Satan and man (sinful flesh)at the cross and resurrection, they are under the control of the antichrist spirit (the devil, man of sin, son of perdition)and the mark of man- death, hell and the grave is present among the believers. In Revelation 9:20-21, during the plagues, it tells that men still did not repent from their ways. So it clearly says that God wants men to turn from their dependency on the things of this world and turn to his son (the way the truth and the life) and believe the gospel.
    By the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit of truth, I am witness to seeing the antichrist-the man of sin, the son of perdition coming as an angel of light speaking God’s words to many men and woman believers, who are spiritually deceived by deceptive bright dreams that promote false teachings of God’s words, lying signs and wonders, promises of prosperity which keep believers in bondage to sin and the ways of the world. These churches teach believers that the antichrist is coming and we are not in Revelation yet. This a the biggest LIE of Satan 1 John 4:3.The real Jesus Christ is coming, the son of man, and it will happen very quickly because according to my testimony of the true Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thesssalonians 2:3, 4 it is fulfilled.
    The Holy Spirit of truth revealed the scriptures below for believers to know the truth. Again the mark of man is death, hell and the grave. Any church to teach believers that they can not have the mark removed is the antichrist spirit. The true Jesus Christ came in sinful flesh like us and conquered ALL powers of Satan and man. Christ suffered in the flesh, died in the flesh at the cross and was resurrected destroying the body (flesh) of sin forever. Romans 8, for what the law could not do, in that is was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    This is why believers are getting sick, dying, bad things happening to them and still in bondage to sin, etc. in the churches around the world. This is not a joke. What I’m telling you is all true. The true living God is real and showing me what is happening in these churches around the USA and other parts of the world.
    God sent his son and raised him from the dead on the third day destroying the body of sin forever. Therefore the antichrist-the old serpent and the mark of man are defeated forever to those that have faith and believe in God sending his son in sinful flesh, who knew NO SIN to take our place. This is the true gospel.
    I believe in the true living God sent his son and raised him from the dead on the third day. I am alive by Christ’s sufferings, death and resurrection of the dead destroying the body of sin forever 1John 2:26-28.
    Please read Luke 24:44-47, Luke 9:56, Galatians 3:9, 14,16,22. The disciples and Apostle Paul preached the same doctrine nothing added nothing taken away to all people for salvation as many has the Lord God shall call.
    Every Christian believer wants to know who is the antichrist, the beast, the man of sin, son of perdition, what is the mark and when is he arriving, but in real truth the antichrist has been around since the beginning. The scriptures tells us Jesus conquered him at the mount of temptation, the cross, and the resurrection of the dead, Christ being the first fruit.
    In Mark 8:33 Satan knew once Jesus died on the cross reconciliation for man with God took action immediately and Satan and all the fallen angels were defeated and judged.
    I gave my testimony and what I tell is from the true living God and his son. John 6:63,65,68-69.

  • Angel says:

    THIS IS MY TRUE STORY
    I gave my life to JESUS at the
    tender age of 14 years of age, and about two weeks later this is what happened to me.
    On one morning in late 1986, I was getting up and I saw that everybody was sound asleep. Right across my room was the restroom, and as I begin to walk toward it, I heard the spirit of GOD say to me, “Look in your hand”. I began to say back to the spirit of GOD, “Why would I look in my hand?” Then the spirit of GOD spoke for the second time, “I said look in your hand”. By now I am still talking back to the spirit of GOD because I didn’t know what was going on. I was only 14 years old when this happened to me, so as you can imagine, I was frightened. So for the third and final time the spirit of GOD’s voice got really loud and HE said to me, “I said to look in your hand!” This time I looked at my right hand and I saw what looked like a puddle of blood, but here’s the thing: it was not bleeding. Then, right in the center of my hand I noticed that GOD had put a beautiful cross in my right hand.
    By now I had gone to my mother’s room and knocked as hard as I could on her door and when she opened the door and saw my hand, the only thing she could say to do, so we just decided to pick up the phone book and call up some of our local pastor’s to tell them what had happened to me. My mother and I came across a particular pastor in Newnan, Georgia, and we decided to call him. My mother started to tell this pastor about all that had happened to me, and this is what the pastor told my mom: “Tell your daughter to show as many people as she can about the cross that GOD had put in your hand”. The pastor also told my mother that GOD had ‘marked your daughter’. It was so amazing and so touching that GOD had chosen me and put a cross in my right hand, and yes this is a true story. To this day that same cross is still in my hand. (LUKE 1:37 –For with God nothing shall be impossible.}
    -I just Love showing people!
    Thank you for reading My True Story!:-)
    -Angel (I’m now 40 years old)

    I just Love GOD with all my heart!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Jay, It would be great to have you share your story. Have a look at our information page for those who want to publish an article on our site (http://powertochange.com/truthmedia/writeforus/)

  • Jay says:

    thank you for this opportunity.

  • Jay says:

    I am looking to get the story of the power of Jesus out there for those who have been the base. The Lord visited me when I was the absolute nothing of this whole world, and he is completely transformed of my life. I spent over 21 years in prison and in jails. I have been out now for about 10 years. I would really like to get my testimony out there to those who think that they are useless to God after something like that. Because actually the truth is … God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the week things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not ,to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in his presence.[ 1 corinthians 1:27-29] When the world says you’re foolish, weak, base, despised, and even NOT it can be a tough world to live in. But some of us have actually bought into these lies. I was one. BUT JESUS¡¡¡¡¡¡ Our Lord came to me and said “They convinced you WHAT¿¿¿¿ Ok, I’ve got news for them¡¡¡¡ And the rest of the so called NOTS… because my words says, I will use you NOTS to bring to nothing the things that are.” And it is my pleasure to testify that he is doing just that. I get to live in the free country of America, get to work hard for $7.25 an hour, get to marry an awesome God fearing woman and tell everyone who has been a NOT like me that you’re exactly who Jesus is looking for…… I would love to write a book… because I’ve only scratched the surface here

  • the lord we have is a loving and awsome lord i give him all the glory and praise ,for god so loved the world he gave his only begotton son whoever believe in him shall have everlasting life , his word is truth the word is god the word became flesh jesus christ our god who is lord of all the trinity father son and the holy spirit jesus is god the one true god forever and ever he is alive and loves everyone

  • lisa says:

    Matthew 10 19-20 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

    **praise God for this! Faith is hard to put into words, I only wish others could feel the Love and then they will know the Truth, the Light, the Way.

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Hi Lois,

    For people who accepted Christ as a child it’s often easier to tell your testimony around a theme rather than focussing on the circumstances that surrounded your decision. What has living for Christ looked like for you? For example what is one are of your life where knowing God has made a difference? Is there a particular time when you grew closer to God or a set of circumstances where you really had to rely on Him? Tell that story and you’ll be sharing your faith.

  • Lois says:

    I was raised in a Christian home – at a Bible college. I accepted Christ into my life when I was about 6 years old. I remember the experience well. I am not sure how I would give my testimony – since I can’t really remember what my life was like before I was saved – I was to young to really have experienced anything.
    Can you give me some ideas. thanks.

  • linda says:

    Thank yu so much for this article ! It helped me to rember where I came from and what the Lord delivered me from

  • Eric Reynolds Eric Reynolds says:

    Sharon,
    Thank you so much for your testimony, praise God.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    thank you for this article and comments too— i grew up in a christians family it was about 21 years ago when i questioned everything i believed in and went into depression after moving and changing churches i had a mentor a sweet lady from the churche we are attending mentored me and sicne i didn’t invote God into my life i did and now i am more in love with God, changes continue to happen in my life church wise and pesonally now i am mentoring people myself and i love helping people.

  • Jessica says:

    My testimony
    (As written November 2010)

    Before Jonathan was born I longed for a little brother or sister and every time I went to bed Mom always used to pray with me that God would give me a brother or sister. One of my earliest memories was of Jonathan coming home from the hospital after he was born. I was absolutely awestruck by the tiniest little curled up fists, small feet and even smaller toes and his cute little face. I remember touching and stroking his little baby hand and I remember Mom saying “Careful Jessica, make sure you touch him gently”. I also know that Jonathan was almost named Calvin but the name Jonathan was decided because it was our prayer that we would become the best of friends just like Jonathan and David in the bible.

    So what has this got to do with me and my testimony of God’s gift of salvation? Well in a sense being born, life and what happened after my life was over was one of my biggest questions as a young girl and I took it so seriously that I was extremely scared of what would happen if I were to die to the point that I was scared of God because I knew he was righteous and just; in other words I was scared of God’s wrath if I didn’t learn how to love Jesus. I felt a heavy and deep sense of, what I now looking back realise, was feeling separated from God every time I tried to pray to Him at night.

    The fact that people are born was something that I was made very aware of every time one of my siblings came to join our family but I wasn’t quite sure how I could be born again. I tried to make myself do it on my own but I never really meant it when I prayed. I wanted to love God only as a way to heaven and not really because I was sorry for my sins. And so that feeling of God’s righteous presence seemed to bug me and follow my thoughts whatever I did wherever I went.

    Finally, when I was about nine or nearly nine, I just sobbed my heart out and said sorry to God for all my sins. He gave me a peace I had never felt before, a peace that I had always longed for, a peace that was now mine. I had expected to have to ‘do something’ or that I would somehow ‘earn’ salvation by learning how to come to be ‘favoured’ by God because before I always had felt a distance to God as if I was somehow ‘rejected’ or ‘not favoured’ by Him. But when finally all I wanted as my primary purpose was to please and glorify God (rather than go to heaven), when I truly wanted God forgiveness and was truly ashamed of my sin I realized that salvation was a gift and that I was adopted and born again into God’s family.

    A verse that I have loved for years since I discovered it at about the age of twelve has always been this one:
    ISAIAH 40:11 (ESV)
    11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
    he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

    I now look back at those unusual years and realise that God was with me in a very special way and used my circumstances to strengthen my faith. I am really thankful that God saved me at an early age and that He has drawn me closer to Him over the years.

    One of my favourite bible verses, which I learned when I received a cover for my Reformation Study Bible for my fourteenth birthday, is Jeremiah 29:10-14 (ESV):

    10″For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

    This verse in Jeremiah really spoke to me at the time as I was going through a hard place in my faith at that stage of my life. It’s one that God has used over and over again to remind me that He always has a purpose for me whatever the circumstances and wherever I am and that God sometimes chooses to lead me through a ‘furnace’ to come out with a stronger faith…

    1 Peter 1:6-7 (ESV)
    6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Zechariah 13:9 (ESV)
    9And I will put this third into the fire,
    and refine them as one refines silver,
    and test them as gold is tested.
    They will call upon my name,
    and I will answer them.
    I will say, ‘They are my people’;
    and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”

    Yes, God has promised me that I am truly His for all eternity, and so I am extremely grateful to God for what He has done in my life and for staying by me to be my comforter and to make a way for me to follow. And so today this is my song:
    Psalm 66 (ESV)
    How Awesome Are Your Deeds

    To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

    1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
    2sing the glory of his name;
    give to him glorious praise!
    3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
    4 All the earth worships you
    and sings praises to you;
    they sing praises to your name.”
    Selah

    5 Come and see what God has done:
    he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
    6He turned the sea into dry land;
    they passed through the river on foot.
    There did we rejoice in him,
    7who rules by his might forever,
    whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
    let not the rebellious exalt themselves.
    Selah

    8Bless our God, O peoples;
    let the sound of his praise be heard,
    9who has kept our soul among the living
    and has not let our feet slip.
    10For you, O God, have tested us;
    you have tried us as silver is tried.
    11You brought us into the net;
    you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
    12you let men ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and through water;
    yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

    13I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
    I will perform my vows to you,
    14that which my lips uttered
    and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
    15I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
    with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
    I will make an offering of bulls and goats.
    Selah

    16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
    17I cried to him with my mouth,
    and high praise was on my tongue.
    18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
    19But truly God has listened;
    he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

    20Blessed be God,
    because he has not rejected my prayer
    or removed his steadfast love from me!

    Yes, God did not turn His face away but He answered my prayers, I have found the way to be born again, He has adopted me as own child, I praise Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made and His hands that clasp my life in His tender care will never ever let me go for all eternity!

    P.S. What about Jonathan?
    Yes, we have become the really good friends like Jonathan and David in the bible. (Although I feel it is important to note that I am good friends with all my siblings.) Recently God has also made this friendship more special as Jonathan came to the Lord just a few years ago so we can now fellowship together not only as brother and sister, but brother and sister in Christ! We often pray together before we go to bed. You can read his testimony at http://profound-grace.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html and watch it at http://profound-grace.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html )

    Text retrieved from my blog 1 of 8 kids at http://1of8kids.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/my-testimony-part-2-as-written-november.html

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Deborah, It sounds like you’ve had quite the experience. I’m not sure if I’m reading your comment correctly, but it sounds like you’re suggesting that all churches and church leaders are deceivers. If that is what you’re saying, I have to disagree. I think that church leaders and pastors can be an enormous help in understanding the scriptures and in learning how to live a Christian life. I do believe that it’s possible to know that God exists without having been in a church. Luke 19:40 tells us that, “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” But I also believe that people are built for community. We thrive in groups, in relationship.

  • deborah says:

    most of my life in christian churches and ministries believing i was saved,filled with his spirit over 15 years. I was living a lie. the true Spirit of God came on my flesh and revealed after 15 years in christian ministries and believing in God that I was not filled with his Sprit, not saved/born again, false tongues, and had numerous demons and one devil in me. How could I have been ministering side by side with many well known ministers are anointed of God and they did not detect I was in darkness? When you have the true anointing of the Holy Spirit you will know all things in truth! I do now! No man will need to teach you. The true Creator thru his only son pulled me out of the ways from churches and ministries of this world. they are all greatly deceived by the god of this world. the mystery of babylon the great all (churches of world). mystery of iniquity which is the great city in the spirit realm reigns above the kings(all church leaders) of earth. A spiritual blood bath of many believers including all slain on the earth. I have a 9 page testimony that I am a witness in True power of the Holy Spirit that I saw Satan in spiritual relam ruling all church leaders of the world and gathering a great many deceived followers down road of destruction. 2thes2:3,4
    come out! Revealtion 18:4

  • Eric Reynolds Eric Reynolds says:

    Rev. Simon Peter,

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. The power of God in your story is able to change lives. Continue seeking His Kingdom in your daily life. You have our support.

    May God continue to bless you, your family, and His ministry through you.

  • simon says:

    MY TESTIMONY
    My name is Simon Peter which I took up after becoming to Christian. I was born and raced in an Aristocratic High cast Hindu family. Being from a high cast Hindu family my daily routine included visiting temples, worshiping idols performing rituals according to the Hindu system of faith.AS I was growing I experienced emptiness within myself. This feeling gradually increased.
    When I entered college I was totally depressed and could never understand why I was depressed. I visited many Hindu Pilgrim places like Sabarimala (Kerala). Etc. in search peace. In college indulged all kind of pressures that my society had to offer. I started getting addicted to intoxicants. Though I tried to satisfy my senses with the treasures of this world there was a deep longing within me for something which I didn’t understand them. I got totally addicted to smoking and began to roam around like a lunatic person in search of meaning for my life. All my efforts to get some peace wherein vain.
    I n the meanwhile I took up a job in company located at Coimbatore Tamilnadu.I lavished my salary in finding more pleasures. However emptiness despair was still hunting. I began to contemplate suicide.
    One day I noticed an advertisement about Good Shepherded Bible Training Center in a News paper. It caught my attention and I got a motivation from my heart to join the training program. I correspondent to Dr.Babu, who was the director of the training centre about my problems. Very soon I got a reply from Dr.Babu and he shared the gospel. I realized that I am a sinner and needed Jesus in my life to set me free from the guilt of sin and the emptiness that I experienced all through my life.
    I received Jesus as my personal savior and Lord. From that day life was changed and I have been experiencing lasting peace and joy. On May 26th 1994 I took water baptism in obedience to God’s word and proclamation of my faith to the world. I was forsaken by parents and other members for receiving Jesus. In 1997, I got married to a born again Christian her name is Giji God has blessed us with three wonderful children. Jemuel 12 years He is in sixth standard, Jemeema 9 years she is in 4th standard and Jackie 5 years He is in 1st. Lately I have moved to Mumbai city with my family and we are involved in full time Gods Ministry. We have started an Independent Ministry registered by the name Hosanna Mission trust India. We have Sunday worship services, weekly prayer meeting, Fasting prayers & Bible teaching systems. Each day we experience Gods Faithfulness as we trust in the Lord for our provisions.
    It is my vision to serve the Lord in whatever capacity possible. I wish to preach Gospel and plant churches. I believe that youths can be used enormously by God for which I wish to set up bible training centers to train them. I praying fervently and waiting patiently for Gods time.
    In the Service of the Master
    Rev.Simon Peter.
    [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thank you Latasha for telling us your story. God is able to do amazing things and He will continue to use you as a testimony to many others.

    Lord God, I am grateful for the healing that You have done in Latasha’s life. I pray that Your Spirit would protect her from the schemes that Satan would have to destroy her testimony. Keep her eyes focused on You so that she will be able to follow wherever You lead her. Amen.

  • latasha freeman says:

    THIS IS SHORT TESTIMONY. I HAVE MORE OF HOW GOD IS BEEN GOOD. HE KEEPS ON BLESSING ME. I AM THANKFUL FORR HIS GRACE AND HIS MERCY….GODS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT ENOUGHFOR ME!!!!!!! I HOLD THIS ENCOURGE SOMEBODY. YOU CAN EMAIL ME IF YOU LIKE. **************** [It is our policy not to publish personal contact information on our websites]

  • latasha freeman says:

    On October 14,2009 I had a slip in fall in me bathroom that cause me to be paralyze from neck down. I also broke my neck. I spent two weeks in in ga baptist hospital in Atlant,Ga. I was in ICU. After that they transfer me to the shepherd center in Atlanta,Ga. Where i begin my thearpy. I leave in this hospital for 2 1/2 months. Day in and out my husband and kids leave out of the shepherd center to help care for me. After a week had pass they started air lifting me up to my motor chair for thearpy. When I say I had no body function…I did NOT. I had no control over my bowls my bladder. I had to wear a diaper. I could no comb my hair brush my teeth,sing (I had a trac in my throat.etc! But was over whelming but through it all GOD HAD HIS HANDS ALL IN MY HEALING. WHEN I SAY I WENT FROM A MOTOR CHAIR-TO A WHEEL CHAIR- TO A WALKER- TO A CANE- TO NOTHING……GOD IS GOOD!!! I REMERMER WHEN THEY HOOK ME TO A MACHINE AND WAS TEACHING ME HOW TO WALK. I WAS OVER JOY, MY HUSBAND WAS TOO AND THE REST OF MY FAMILY TOO. SO BASCILLY I HAVE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO MY SELF WHICH SELF PITTY, SELF HATE AND SOME OTHER THINGS START CREEPED INTO MY HEART. GOD WAS SHOWING ME MY SINS BEFORE MY EYES. I WOULD SEE OTHER PEOPLE SINS AND WOULD THINK NEGATIVE AT THEM. NOT SEEN WHAT I WAS DOING. I TRIED SO HARD TO CHANGE BUT I COULD NOT CHANGE. TILL 3 WEEKS AGO LAYING IN PAIN ALL OVER MY BODY. GOD AGAIN SHOULD ME MY SIN. I REPENTED THAT NIGHT AND I WAS SET FREE. MY MIND WAS CLEAR. I WAS SPIRITUAL DEAF. I COULD HEAR CLEARLY AND SEE CLEARLY. THANK YOU LORD! BUT ABOUT A WEEK LATER THE DEVIL CAME AT ME AGIN I AM NOT GIVING HIM GLORY BUT I WANT HIM TO KNOW I DON’T BELONG TO HIM. I WAS ON FACEBOOK TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT MY ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST!!!! I MUST TELL THE WOLRD ABOT MY ENCOUNTER. I UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE MORE CLEARLY SONGS MORE CLEARLY. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY WE SING AT THE CROSS OR NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS, ALSO UNDERSTAND WHY WE TAKE COMMUNION. IT IS SO AMAZING. I AM DONING WONDERFUL COMPARE TO BEEN PARALYZE. I THANK GOD AND HE GETS ALL THE GLORY BEHIND MY HEALING. THE SCRPTURE SAYS TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED THAT KEEP COMING UP IN MY HEAD!!!!!!!! SO WHEN THE DEVIL TRIES TO COME UP AGAINST ME….I REPLY TO TOUCH NOT MY ANONITED!!!!!!!!!!!! I BELIVE I AM ANONITED AND THAT GOD HAS SOMETHING ELSE FOR ME TODO. i HAVE MORE TO SAY.BUT I HAVE TO MAKE IT SHORT

  • cfast cfast says:

    Thomas M, thanks for sharing! It is always encouraging to hear another story of faith and God’s grace!

  • Thomas.M says:

    I just thought i’d write out my testinomy(:

    Iv’e been a christian since I was 4, but never really “followed god” I would tell people I did but, but allways had a douting feeling he wasn’t real, or didn’t care about me. That all changed 2 days before my 16th birthday. My youth group and I went to this teen christian, concert/church that lasted for 3 days and had about 4000 teens.The 2 day is the day that really changed me. The paster told us to all bow our heads and close our eyes, and quote “with every eye closed and every head bowed I want you on the count of 3 to jump out of your chair, raise your hands and shout I want the cross!” and I really wanted to do this but with 4000 people, I dunno. So he counted, 1.2.3…Scilence. But then somewhere across the stadium, someone shounted, and a chain effect happend. about 90% of the teens jumped out of their chairs and shouted out to jesus that they wanted the cross. Me being one of them. So with our hands up screeming to the world the Jesus is the holy one, the paster told us that whoever wanted the gift of tounghs could have it. All they had to do was ask. And iv’e wanted to speak in tounghs since I was about 8, so of cource I asked god for tounghs. about 15seconds after this, my kness felt they were going to collapes, I was shaking, and sweating incanly. and started to speak in the holy lauanguage…At the exactly the same time that I did, about 50 people around me did also. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. People just like me. People who are told that they arn’t followers of christ because were teens jumping up and down yelling out tounghs, falling on the floor, prasing god because he is god. It was amazing. Ever since that night I gave up my life for god, and grow in him each day. I love Jesus!

  • Is it important for people to believe Gods people?Why did Jesus Christ ask His deciples WHO HE WAS?Who does it benifit when we believe God,or people of today?Jesus christ said,say my name so my father may be glorified.He said,let them tell there testimonies so you will know who they are in me.

  • In a few days ill check out the sight and your answeres,i desire you take this sereously,with no mocking or insults of any kind.Jesus Christ said,if you do this to the least of my breathren you do it to me.So please be nice,or you will be doing it to Him.I know the answeres to these questions ive given you,ill tell you what God has shown me and answere them for you.Please try yourself ok?Im not going to judge you,there is no wrong answere,because i believe God meets us where we are at in our jurneys,weather saved or unsaved,we are all searching for the truth,wich is Jesus Christ,the truth life and way.Author and finisher of our faith.Beginning and the end He is.GOD BLESS YA.IN JESUS CHRIST NAME NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES,GREATEST EAGLE OF ALL,WHO HIDES US UNDER HIS WINGS,AMEN,JESUS CHRIST HAS LAST WORD AGREES AMEN AND AMEN.

  • laura davis says:

    Fab website. Xx god bless

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