Today I have a wonderful testimony from a young woman who knows the Real power of God and its life-changing ability. As you read her testimony ask yourself, “Am I really saved?” Allow her testimony to serve as a mirror as you look into your own soul.
A Life-Changing Experience with God
It’s funny how you can be raised in the church all of your life and “think” that you know God, when really you are just going through the motions. I was born and raised in an Apostolic Holiness church. I was taught Jesus at a young age, received the Holy Ghost and thought I was living the way I was supposed to. As I got older I strayed away from the Apostolic standards and doctrine and had it set in my mind that, “it didn’t take all of that to live for God.” I changed the way I dressed, how I acted and the crowd that I hung with. I was one of those people who thought that “we all fall short of His glory daily and no one was perfect. I mean, how can that be? We are human and only God has the power to be perfect”, or so I thought. Having this type of mind-frame was a dangerous thing. I felt that since everyone sinned every day that it gave me a free pass if I did sin, because after all “no sin is greater than the other”. I would just repent and tell the Lord, “I’m sorry”, even though I would go back and do those same sins over and over again. It wasn’t like I was trying to sin on purpose. I tried living right and making sure that I didn’t do anything that would grieve God’s heart, but there were certain things that I couldn’t shake off of me. No matter how hard I tried and no matter how long I prayed about it, I kept going back to those same sins and asking for forgiveness. I was bound!
There would be times that I would commit those sins and then afterwards would just cry out to God, asking Him, “Why am I like this?” I hated myself for letting God down the way I did. If I was saved I didn’t understand why I kept going back and doing those same things that I knew God wasn’t pleased with. I also had friends that I allowed to “get into my head” who would tell me that God knew my heart and as Christians we are to just “strive” to live like Christ. They also believed that no man could live a sinless life. Obviously, they didn’t have an understanding of God’s Word either. At this point in my life, I was just going through the motions with my Christian walk. I had hit a spiritual plateau and something was missing.
Later down the road the Lord gave me the desire to move to Ft. Worth, TX. Everything in my present state was going downhill and moving seemed like the best option for me, both spiritually and naturally. I prayed and sought God about it and after it was confirmed, I packed my bags and headed down South. I didn’t know what God had in store for me, but I did know that I was supposed to be in Texas. After the “big move” I was able to find a good Holiness church that I later figured out was one of the main reasons God moved me to Texas. It was Full Gospel Holy Temple in Dallas, TX. At this church I was able to get the unadulterated Word of God preached to me and a better understanding of the Holy Ghost. The people looked different, had a fire for God that I had been longing for and there was no doubt in my mind that God dwelled in that sanctuary every time we gathered together. I would come week after week and hear the Word of God. I understood it at a level like I never had before. I learned that you need more than just the evidence of speaking in tongues to be saved, but you need POWER to live a holy lifestyle and be made free from sin. That was it! That’s what I was missing, and I became desperate to receive it.
The more I came to Full Gospel Holy Temple, the more the Lord began to change me. God gave me an outlet to get OUT of those sins that had me bound, and He spoke to me through the Man of God, Apostle Herman L. Murray, Jr. I vowed to God that if He gave me this power that I was longing for that I would serve Him for the rest of my life. I went up for prayer one Sunday morning and the Man of God prayed for me. As soon as he touched my forehead to pray, the power of the Holy Ghost jumped all over me. It was so strong that at the end of the service I still was crying out to God while speaking in tongues as I walked to my car. God had heard my cry and re-baptized me with the Holy Ghost. I knew without a doubt that I had the power that I was asking Him for. I could feel it all over me. That was an experience that I had never had or felt before. God knew exactly where I needed to be to get my deliverance and since then my life has not been the same.
Now, I can say that those things that had me bound for 15+ years, the things that I couldn’t shake off of me, are GONE. I no longer have a desire to do them. I no longer think about them or fight myself to stay away from them. I had a life-changing experience with God. I was set free from the chains the enemy had me bound by. I have the Holy Ghost just like the Bible says. I have a heart of desperation for God and His Word. I don’t act, think or dress the same. He even gave me godly friends to help encourage me. He corrected the “it-doesn’t-take-all-of-that-to-live-for-God” spirit that I had in the past. He proved to me that it takes all of that and more if you want to see His face is peace. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to stay in our sins. His Word says in 2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” I AM a new creature and a woman after God’s own heart. I received that power that I was looking for, and I am now set free from sin through the power of Jesus Christ! He is a DELIVERER and He’s a keeper if you want to be kept. “But now being made FREE from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22 KJV.
We have shared this powerful testimony with you to let you know that deliverance is real. God loves you and He wants you to know that you do not have to continue to travel around the same mountain of sin again and again. It’s the Power of the Holy Ghost that makes the difference. Please view our several broadcasts on YouTube; visit our website at WWW.FGHT.org; or view us livestream on YouTube on Sunday morning at 11:00 A.M., Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M., Tuesday evenings at 8:00P.M. and Saturday nights at 8:00P.M. If you are in the Dallas area please join us for a wonderful worship experience. Apostle H. L. Murray Jr. is a man who is on fire for God. Allow God to give you a life-changing experience. It will bless your soul now and in the life to come.