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Archive for June 25th, 2010

Testimony: Crystal

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Crystal Spence
Given 6/25/2010

I am 27 years old and I am a native woman. I was born on December 3rd, 1982. Long ago as a child I believed in Jesus. I also knew there was a heaven and hell. It’s only by God’s grace that I believed in God through faith. As I got older I always knew that God, the devil, heaven and hell exists. I lived in Peguis until I was 5 years. Then I moved away with my mom and two brothers Derek and Vince to a small city called Brandon in 1988-1995. My mom was a single parent of me and my brothers. My brother Vince is challenged. I was the youngest, 5 years old and my brother Derek 10 and Vince was 8 years old. When we lived in Brandon, I remember a time when I was riding my bike around on my block, that I knew the devil was nothing but God had all power. I think even back then I was a threat to the devil.

At age 11 years old I got hit by a car when I was crossing the street . I was walking home from school during lunch hour and this elderly man hit me with his vehicle. My school was only 3 blocks away from where I lived. I was instantly knocked out. I was just two minutes away nearly getting home. I only got a few cuts and one tooth knocked out. No broken bones. It was God who spared my life. He kept me alive because he knew me already even before I was born that I would completely surrender my life to Him one day.

Later on, my mom had a depression in July of 1995. She graduated from university and nursing. She was working two jobs and was a single mother too. When she had the depression she couldn’t work for awhile. So we moved back to Peguis in September 1995.

I went to a different school with kids I didn’t know at all. The last time I ever went to school in Peguis was when I was in kindergarten. Even when I was a child I was always the kind of girl that would be outgoing, soft spoken and liked to get along well with others. Anyways, when I moved back to Peguis and started school I had to adapt from going to school in the city to going to school on my reserve.

It was a challenge because I was bullied. I tried to make friends when I attended school but was still bullied. It made it difficult for me to go to school. I found myself reading the bible and praying to God. I remember reading mostly Psalms. It was in a red bible (New Testament). Even when I was younger I wasn’t a fighter, I always wanted to get along with others. It became difficult for me to go to class each day. I felt very sad and had a low self-esteem. As I look back on my old report cards I was doing well in my work but my attendance was not so great. I eventually quit school. My mom gave me permission to quit school later on due to the circumstances but she had faith that I would finish my education later on. My mom would rather have me quit school than to be depressed. I have forgiven things that happened to me when I was younger. We need to forgive others because only then God will forgive us too. Forgiving others is one of the ways of healing. We must forgive others.

However, before I eventually quit school, I became very rebellious in my early teens. I spent a lot of my time away from home during the weekends. I would be with my friends. I became sexually active at the age of 14. I had different boyfriends but mostly short term for awhile. I smoked marijuana and drank a bit. But I was mostly into smoking weed.

Since I was 16 years old I was in 3 different long term relationships. They were not healthy relationships and one abusive relationship. When I was physically abused I would hide my bruises from my family and friends. That relationship ended. I still was involved in smoking up and drinking a little. Later on I had a baby at the age of 19. I still was involved in unhealthy relationships afterwords.

I felt in my last relationship that ended in 2007, that my life and soul was being pulled down. At the time my boyfriend’s addictions were pulling me down. I drank a bit and smoked up with him once in awhile. I felt God was calling me because I started to feel bad for how I was living by doing drugs, alcohol and being intimate with my boyfriend at the time. There were times when I felt that my soul was in jeopardy. I felt that if I died in my sins, I would be on my way to hell. My boyfriend and I had an off and on relationship, meaning we would break up and get back together several times. It wasn’t healthy. I was pulled down emotionally because we both couldn’t be without each other so it was not a stable relationship.

I went to college in between when I was with my boyfriend. I had broken up with him for the time that I moved away to college. My mom, my brother Vince and my son Tyrone moved to Brandon while I attended college. It was another challenge that brought me close to God. I still wasn’t living for the Lord completely. It’s one thing to believe in God and another to actually live for Him completely. But God was still faithful and helped me through a lot.

I completed college in June 2006. We moved back to Peguis (my reserve) that year.

I continued my relationship with the guy that I broken up with before College. I didn’t feel right when I was with him intimately. We tried to make it work but it didn’t. I felt the Lord Jesus working on me to give my heart and life completely to him but I was holding back because I didn’t want to change my ways yet. I loved this guy too much. I realize it now that I was being selfish and wanted to go my own way of living. I wasn’t ready to give Jesus my life yet. I may have not been too heavily into drinking but I did drink once in awhile. Drinking is still drinking, just like sin is still sin even if it’s a small sin. It was not right in the eyes of God. It was an off and on relationship for almost 4 years.

I would even get dreams, like they were warnings when I wasn‘t living right. I didn’t feel at peace because Jesus was knocking on my heart’s door. I couldn’t sleep right at night; I was irritable and was not at peace. I finally made a decision to end that relationship early January 2007. It was the best decision I made because that relationship was pulling me down emotionally in my life but most of all it was pulling my soul down in the wrong direction. I needed Jesus in my life because He was the only one that could fill my life with peace, love and joy. He is the way, the truth and the life.

I have been single since then because I now put Jesus first in my life. I have a real relationship with Jesus. It’s an everyday walk. I am not saying it’s always easy. There were times I would get tempted by the devil. Jesus is there to help me through it. I am not a perfect person and never will be. I give God all the glory and praise for His mercy, love, forgiveness and peace. I am even closer to Jesus now then I was 3 years ago.

I will continue telling others about Jesus. I will tell others that drinking, doing drugs, lust, sexual immorality, and more is not right in God‘s eyes. I don’t do this to judge others, only God will be the judge of everyone. I only want to tell others that things are not right, out of love, and to warn others because nothing that the enemy (devil) has to offer is worth it. A person’s soul will live on for eternity after a person dies either in heaven or hell. Don’t let the devil steal your soul! We only have one life. We all have choices, either to walk in God’s ways or our own ways. I choose to live for Jesus and His ways. God’s word is the truth.

Things that I’ve done like have sex, drugs, etc almost took my soul to hell if I died in my sins. The only hope a person has in this life is Jesus. Repenting of sins and turning away from sins. Jesus wants us to live for Him completely. It’s not about attending church on Sundays, doing good deeds or being a good person. A person has to be born again and that’s by accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and repenting (confessing) your sins wholeheartedly. Repenting means to tell Jesus your sins and being really sorry for them and asking Him to forgive you and He will.

I serve an Awesome God. He is very mighty! However, he won’t allow any sin into His kingdom. That’s why I am sharing my testimony and will keep sharing about God, His Word, and I will keep posting videos, notes and pictures to show you Jesus is truly the way! (*insert: Crystal ministers on Facebook*)

Even when I post things about hell and Jesus returning, it’s all true my friends because Jesus will return so we must be ready, it says it all in the bible. So my friends be careful what choices you make. When you completely surrender your heart and life to Jesus you‘ll see the changes Jesus does in your life and you‘ll never be the same. He will make you a brand new person. He will forget your past. Only by Jesus’ precious blood we can be cleansed. He died on that cross of Calvary for me and you. What He can do in my life and others lives, He can do for you. God loves you! Seek Him soon. Jesus is worth it. You have everything to gain with Jesus Christ and nothing to lose. But without Jesus you have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Well God bless you all.

Sincerely your friend,

Crystal

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Testimony: Jerome

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Jerome I Thomas Jr.
Given 6/25/2010

I was about 5-7 when the Lord spoke to me from a cloud in the west. I had assumed at that age that the light was coming from the sun though it was early in the morning. Since that day the enemy attacked me and used the mistakes of unsaved friends and family and anyone who he could in order to destroy me. As I grew older I became self absorbed and prideful. I was being drawn to the occult and witchcraft and did not know it.

I experienced terrifying dreams and an angel tried to take me into the heavenlies, but I was so scared of everything. I believed that the evil beings that some called aliens where trying to take me and I even remember, what I believe was an out of body experience, where something was taking me. I had a feeling it was not good so I said put me back but they/it didn’t until I said, “Jesus, I want to go back.”

Many strange things and strange people came in and out of my life. I was molested, verbally abused and somewhat physically abused. So I craved the love and attention I only got when people saw me sing or dance. Entertainment was the only option for me in my mind and I idolized Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, and Terrance Trent Darby.

I could not wait to get plastic surgery and I just wanted to be rich, beautiful and famous so I would not have troubles in life; so I could help people.

I grew older and had some success in dance and began to segway into acting, but by then, I became a homosexual, marijuana smoking, club hopping, sinner.

I was diagnosed with HIV and then became depressed, anxious, bitter, angry and somewhat suicidal but I know that I would not be forgiven for that. I started with cocaine and cigarettes by this time, and slowly progressed into crystal meth.

One day after drinking some vodka, I fell out on the concrete. Before this happened, I remember a swirling effect happening around me and evil forces pulling me down and laughing. I felt these things in my spirit but did not see anything. I knew I was dying and that I was going to hell. I felt like, “well, I’m a sinner so I belong in hell and God is doing the right thing.” But something in me said, “why don’t you pray?” So I told God that I didn’t feel like prying because I’ve been too bad but… I just was not ready to die and if You could please do something, maybe send some angels to help me. I cried and cried.

When I was out, everything was blacker then black and I think I may have been in hell but don’t remember because He has not allowed it, thank God. Then a very strong wind and then white, I got up thinking I was at home in bed only to see concrete and people around me. I don’t know how long I was out. I didn’t see any blood when I got up but some say my head was gushing blood. Nobody helped, only one guy who drank with me kept screaming, “get up… you ok… just get up.”

I stayed inside for the next 3 days crying because I knew I deserved hell and I thought how awful it would be to be there, knowing how good God is. I would be singing his praises because I always did. I just can’t help it, even when I’m depressed, sad or angry. If a gospel song comes on the radio, my vocal chords just start moving. It kept me from killing myself.

Well, I went to the hospital and nothing was wrong on the CAT scan, which was strange because I had terrible headaches. They thought I had a heart problem but the test showed a heart which the doctor said I could model for her students so they would see what a healthy heart looked like. She also said that there was no murmur, which I had as a child.

I felt words inside me saying, “a clean heart” and I thought of the scripture (Psalm 51:10) “create in me a clean heart.”

While in the hospital for those 3 days, the voice I heard in the cloud at age 6, said, “Choose!” I thought of the scripture (Joshua 24:15 ) “choose you this day” and I said, “oh God it’s time.” So ever since then, I decided to follow Jesus. No more sex, drugs and R&B for me.

I live a life of complete holiness, thanks to the power of The Holy Ghost. I ask that all who read this will pray that the Lord continue to sanctify me wholly as I die daily to sin and walk in the newness of life though Christ Jesus.

Time is short, when the Lord spoke to me at age 6, He told me I would do many bad things but that He would not forget me. I asked to go with Him when He came and for Him to stop me from doing bad things and let me know ahead of time when He was coming so I could warn everybody.

I felt led to ask for how much time and I said, “A couple years” but remembering that my mom said a couple meant 2, I said, “Oh no, we need more. I need more time because there are a lot of people.” So I thought well, several years, cause I thought that meant 7. So I said, “Yeah Lord 7 should be enough time.”

Then I felt His presence leave and I became confused about if He would give me 7 or was that too much, being that I first said 2, so maybe 4??

Interestingly enough, I was baptized in August of 09 and the Lord has been cleaning me up in preparation of something.

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of Israel, so if the generation spoken of in Matthew 24:34 which shall not pass away before they see all these things which includes Him sending His angels to collect the elect, is the 70 year generation according to Psalm 90:10 . Then we are 7 years away. God kept His promise to me. He did not forget me and He brought me out of darkness, so maybe we will get 7 more years. Keep looking up!!!

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Testimony: Pat

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Pat
Given on June 25, 2010

I was born in 1945 to catholic parents. They were not fanatic Catholics, they were GOD fearing good people. My father’s side of the family; were, to sum this up in an example, one of my father’s older brothers (who fought in the First World War) married a protestant lady and he was disowned by his family!!

I grew up in the west of Ireland, born at the end of WW2 in 1945.

Ireland was a totally different place than what it is today. The CATHOLIC church had huge power and exercised it. Maybe in the spiritual way that was good. It gave most people a great fear of GOD and HELL. The priests preached a lot of sermons of “FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!” we were terrified of going to hell. This did not stop the sins but it made us aware.

On the other side (HELL) there were some abominable treatments in the institutions run by the CATHOLIC church and sanctioned by the Irish government. As a young boy I wanted to be “holy” as I loved the LORD JESUS, but in 1994 my first wife got cancer, she was 39 when she died.

Certain CHRISTIANS had been testifying to me, particularly at work. I was an assistant manager in a hotel owned by the “EDGE” and; “BONO” of U2 fame. They decided to close down most of the hotel for mostly reconstruction. This really was a help as I still was working, with so little to do. From shift work, 5 over 7. I went to 8 to 4 and 5 over 5. The two staff that were left were both CHRISTIANS and I got plenty of testifying to, for 18 months!!!!!. It was like a bible school. The LORD was working hard for me!!

My wife died in April ’95. She had repeated the sinners prayer twice before she died. We had 4 young children then. (now they are 4 young adults) Six months after she died I was shaving in the bathroom, feeling in good form, not thinking of anything in particular. Suddenly something came into my head.”SHE IS SAFE IN THE PALM OF MY HANDS”. I didn’t know that this was from ST. John’s Gospel 10:28. I just felt a wow feeling as this inspiration grew in my mind. It is hard to describe this type of sensation…but I knew CAROLYN was safe in HEAVEN. What peace that gave me!!

One year later I lost my job in the hotel. So now I was a single unemployed father with 4 young children.

I was not angry with GOD, except one day I cursed GOD and put my fist through a bucket of paint. I soon apologized, as I said at this time I was a “babe” CHRISTIAN, and was fascinated by the great bible preachers. I was so happy to learn the BIBLE in a better light. but I was lonely. I had and have a very blessed CHRISTIAN pal, called Clem, who left the CATHOLIC church, same time as me. He got me plenty of work over those strange years. Thank GOD for him. I was very lonely being single. was married to Carolyn for 17 years, but knew her for 34 years. Her sister was married to my brother in 1959. I heard a preacher say one day. ask GOD to give you the possession that he has for you. So for the next 3 years I prayed, “DEAR LORD HELP ME TO POSSES THE POSSESSION THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR ME” lo and behold 3 years later I met a beautiful girl of 32 years, JAYNE. She did not know much about GOD. Her family did not go to church, but Jayne had a semblance of faith. When I told her about the bible she instantly believed. Jayne has and is such a blessing to me and my children. Many more things have happened to me as mighty blessings from GOD but I don’t want to bore you anymore. Suffice to say that YHWH, THE LORD JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT are my life. May you truly find them also. MARANATHA.

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