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How I was saved

Discussion in 'Testimonials' started by Trinity, Aug 29, 2017.

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  1. The first thing I can remember about God was when I was about 4 years old, my brother Karl and I were standing outside in our lawn at night. He is 3 years older than I. He was telling me that if I wished on the first star that came out my wish would come true. I remember thinking that my wish would be "I want to go back to heaven and be with Jesus". At this point in our lives were were relatively unchurched. My mother Native American, Onondaga Tribe, my father a German immigrant, so much culture, everything pretty chaotic actually.

    When I was about 6 years old I woke up to see a man standing in my room. He was very tall and was engulfed in a white fire from head to toe. He wore a robe that was light in color if not white and held a very large book in his hands. He was reading from the book but I could not understand his words or could not hear them. I was terrified. I pulled the sheet over my head trembling and finally had enough courage to look again and he was gone. I have often believed that he was a Messenger of God, an Angel if you will. Shortly after my father moved out and my parents separated permanently.

    My mother was both verbally and physically abusive, my older sister and two brothers caught the brunt of it until my sister moved out and my two brother went to live with my father at ages 11 and 12, they were 11 months apart. Then I became her "whipping boy" and she took out all of her anger and rage on me starting when I was 9 years old.

    Long story short, when I was 15 she beat me and threw me head first through a glass panel door, my face and scalp were covered in glass shards. That was the day I moved out, I was in 10th grade, the second day of class. I lived with my father for 10 months, he was a "functioning" alcoholic. My brother Karl moved out then my brother Dolph moved out, 1 week later I moved in with both of my brothers.

    I began 11th grade living with my two brothers, we lived on the beachside in a one bedroom apartment. Karl slept on the livingroom couch, Dolph slept in a bed and I slept on a mattress on the floor. 11 and 12th grade were spent like this and during this time I started surfing. I meet a boy a couple years older than me and began to surf with them and hang out with his crowd. There were 7 of us, one got saved and then all of us got saved. We were a sort of family together. I was 19 years old, March 17th, 1974 when I was saved and Baptized in the ocean :) It was wonderful.

    It seemed almost immediately after that I started having dreams, or what we might call beforehand knowledge. I guess over the last 40 years there have been about 100 or more dreams/visions I have written down. Numerous times I have known information I was never told by any person.

    When I think on that, I think it's like the information is "downloaded" into my mind, kind of the way we download into a computer. One moment that information is not there, the next moment it suddenly appears.

    My life, my person, all of who I am belongs to God. He is first, ahead of everyone and everything in this life, even my husband if you can bear that. God comes before my children and if I had to choose between the Lord, His Son and Holy Spirit or my family, the choice will always be God. He will take care of the rest.
     
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  2. Thank-you for sharing your testimony with us.
    Looking back is not always easy or even pleasant for many. Especially true for those who have gone through various personal trials and tribulation before even knowing the Lord as their Savior.

    Yet over time I've come to realize that for them who have come through such a path to Him. He is all the sweeter to them for it.
    For they know where they've been, and now, as well as in the future. Much to rejoice in the knowing, with the expectation of Glory to come, to be comforted by.

    Once again thank-you for sharing my Sister in Christ Jesus.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    With the Love of Christ Jesus.
    YBIC
    Nick
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  3. Nick
    I would not change the challenges or the fiery trials that I went through as I grew up, they served to refine my character. It is those hard times wherein we endure that will give us the
    strength to remain faithful to God unto the end. Scripture states that God uses difficult and sometimes painful experiences, also we cannot be a part of Yeshua without partaking in His sufferings.
    Trinity
     
  4. Exactly!
    And not only [that], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 NKJV

    I think you mistook what I was saying :)

    Many come to Christ without the trials & tribulations that you have already experienced. Then when they do come. It becomes more difficult for them to hold to the faith.

    While those who have gone through them have the increased ability to endure and stand firm!
    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3 ESV

    But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:13

    So, I would never expect you to change not one iota of what you have gone through dear sister. For it has made you stronger in Christ Jesus! That is why it is a joy to have you here at TJ and look forward to more of your posting! :)

    With the Love of Christ Jesus.
    YBIC
    Nick
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  5. I agree with you and I knew what you were saying, I wanted to make sure you knew I understood how God uses painful experiences to strengthen us :)

    Blessings, Trinity
     
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  6. Can two walk together without agreeing to meet? Amos 3:3
     
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