During the encounter, the moment in which we were reciting prayers was when then the truth became personal to me. I always knew God loved me because God loves everyone. But in this moment when we were shouting out to God, I became confident in the love that he has for me personally. The realization that Jesus gave his life so we could gain forgiveness, peace, and humble ourselves before God all became real to me. I am now able to own these gifts with confidence and meaning instead of just knowing them as facts.
After privately writing out and confessing our sins to God, the moment in which I threw my confessions into the fire and watched it disappear before my eyes I was filled with joy. All the guilty and shame that I have been carrying with me for several years was finally lifted from me, I was finally set free. The highlight of this moment was knowing that I was set free from my sins because God forgives me. He does not hold them over my head and make me feel guilty, He wipes them away and forgives me.
When being filled with the Holy Spirit it was amazing to be completely open to God for the first time. When speaking in tongues I was close to God in a way that I have never been before. Even though I did not understand the language that was coming from my mouth, I was filled with joy because I knew God did. I knew it was the Holy Spirit within my that knows the needs I don’t have the ability to express, so it expressed them to God for me.
Through this experience I have gained more confidence when praying, when doing my daily reading, and even when dealing with others around me. Even though I was not strong, I have been filled with the spirit of God which is where I now draw my strength from.
I received a call on Wednesday that my mother had fallen and hit her head on the fridge and was rushed to the hospital. I immediately contacted my husband, our church office, and women of the church to pray for healing. I was at peace driving to the hospital. In the emergency department I felt God’s presence amidst all the chaos of medical teams and doctors assessing her condition. Shortly after she was transferred to another hospital and diagnosed with internal bleeding and critically high blood pressure. I held her hand in the ICU and declared healing and her blood pressure began to drop to a normal level, every time I let go of her hand her blood pressure spiked back up. The hospital didn’t even know what was going on! But I knew my God was moving. I am very thankful and I rejoice in knowing I have a church that will rally with me and pray. A church, that through its ministries teaches us about the bible and how to apply it in our own lives. My mother was released from the hospital Friday morning without any internal bleeding
For several years before coming to Christ, I would have headaches and sleepless nights to the point where I would not be able to move my head from left to right. I became worried; full of fear and thinking I may have a tumor or even cancer. Pain would intensify to the point where I would stay awake all night. However,things changed after I gave my life to Christ and started attending Grace Fellowship Church. I started reading scriptures on healing and declaring what God has provided for me over 2,000 years ago. I went to the doctor to have an MRI and the results came back showing no signs of a tumor or cancer. Praise God! The doctor then sent me to a specialist. This specialist told me that I would have to take injections for the pain and deal with this for the rest of my life. I said no! My God has healed me, I don’t need injections. I need Jesus. The doctor said OK, but there will be a time wen I will need those injections. I have been injections free, and pain free. I went from sleepless nights to having sweet sleep as I declare the word of God over my life. I no longer live in fear, but I operate in faith, which allows me to the servant God has called me to be at Grace Fellowship Church. I am very thankful for the teaching I have received at Grace Fellowship and for all the prayers and support.
I was on the verge of quitting my job just a few months ago. I was being micromanaged and becoming very frustrated with the negativity surrounding me. I believe that this was a time of testing for me. Was I going to break under the pressure and become negative and back bite, or was I going to do what this ministry has taught me to do? I decided to press in, pray, stay faithful in my giving and rise above. I recommitted myself to God. I went back k to reading and praying as much as I could. This with a full time job, a home and 4 kids is really hard for me to do. I did what I could and God helped me. I began to share my faith with my coworkers and my director. My director and I have grown very close. She even began to advocate to the owner about me. The owner began to have more confidence in me. I stood firm knowing that God is in control. I did what I have been taught to do by standing up for what is right. I got a raise when no one else was getting a raise. I am next in, line for a promotion to Head Teacher with intention of becoming Assistant Director. I have worked there less than a year! I am the owner and director’s right hand. I have been given more responsibility and I am greatly respected and trusted. God has been so faithful and now my director has been coming out to church, and she says that she wants to come every week! Things seemingly looked bleak but when the clouds cleared and God’s marvelous light shown through He illuminated my path. Not only am I in a position that I never though I would be good at, let alone fall in love with, but I am also highly favored just as He promised me.
My wife and I have been praying and believing God for out neighborhood to get saved. While outside doing yard work my neighbor’s dog ran into our yard. I then went to my neighbor’s home, knocked on the door and asked them to grab their dog. As they grabbed their dog on of the owner’s said, “Aren’t you the preacher that lives on our street?” I said yes is everything OK? The owners are brother and sister, and expressed how they visited a church and are interested in learning more about God. They both shared their life story. My first question to ask them was are you born again? They didn’t know, so I shared my testimony and also what Christ has done on the cross. They then asked, “Could you pray for us to receive Christ?” I was invited into their home where I was able to share the scriptures with them. At the end, they were both encouraged and thankful for having someone in their neighborhood sharing their faith. They then asked for the address to our church, so I gave them our church card. They expressed that they are looking forward to visiting. God is not willing any should perish, but all come to repentance. I am very thankful for this ministry which taught me how to share my faith with others.
-Pastor D. Highsmith