You wouldn’t have liked me then – l know I didn’t like myself – and I certainly didn’t let anyone close enough to know the real me. I was a negative, pessimistic, bitter, person who seethed anger from my pores as if I was sitting in a 200 degree sauna. I felt like I was living in the burnt out shell of a quasi-Christian – God’s child – but someone who neither knew who he was nor where he was going.
That’s all changed now thanks to Isaiah 61 Ministries and the hand of God who reached out to a broken, bleeding heart in desperate need of healing.
The biggest thing I’ve learned recently is to get out of my own way. You see, I was defeating myself since I had so many negative beliefs and strongholds in place. Anyone relate? I couldn’t receive the love of God, kind words from my wife or any good thing that came my way. Maybe you can relate. I so desperately wanted to walk in the abundance of God and in my identity in Christ with a wonderful future ahead of me, but I had no idea how to do it.
I had tried books, Christian counseling, discipleship, attending Bible studies and all that. But nothing worked, well, it all helped. And then God showed up in a powerful way when I stumbled onto this deliverance ministry. I didn’t truly find freedom in Christ until l started coming to Isaiah 61 Ministries and received the deliverance I so desperately needed.
Honestly, I was skeptical. I had done deliverance before and can’t say I was too impressed. You know the story, those preacher types who were in it for the show, before the TV cameras…and there was even one who charged for it. Go figure. But this was different, big time. God was moving and working in ways I never expected!
Anyway, I kept an open mind and went through the prayers with Pastor Eleanor, feeling it a bit mundane and not thinking much of it. But in the days and weeks, now months following, I not only know that it was real, but my life has been changed, no, transformed, and a whole new me has literally been”reborn”.
I’m just not the same person anymore. Yeah, I still struggle with things like everyone does and I still sin. But it doesn’t have a hold on me like it used to. I no longer feel bound but free! I walk in the freedom of Christ. The Spirit lives in me and I receive God’s blessings daily and his favor all the time. I have gone from being pessimistic to being loving and more accepting.
I can’t tell you the miracles that have transpired in my life since being delivered of so many things:
- I got my ideal job that I never would’ve had the courage or confidence to pursue earlier.
- This new position was a financial windfall, with my salary increasing almost 30%.
- God has changed my heart from one of stone (protective and defensive) to one of flesh (open).
- I no longer see red, getting angry at every little thing and expecting bad things to happen.
- Where I used to truly think that the “blessings of the Bible” didn’t apply to me, I expect them and see them occur naturally.