Laura’s Testimony

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Daily Miracles

How many miracles do we really see and recognize as God’s Hand? Even Jesus’ first miracle (water to wine) was a common trick of the false priests dating back to Moses’ time. Jesus feeding the 5,000 (men, plus women & children) was only for the spiritual growth of the apostles. There is no record that the crowd acknowledged the miracle before their eyes!

   I am a miracle over and over. My mother had poor health from late teens to mid 30’s. She had many miscarriages, being able to carry two boys to term. Because of that, the pregnancy with me was not expected to go to term. My first miracle was being born. Little over a year later, I was admitted into the hospital for mononucleosis or a blood virus. The doctor told my parents to go to the funeral home and start making arrangements. Again, I survived miraculously! I could list all the broken bones, accidents, illnesses, failed relationships/marriages and personal tragedies, but even though I knew Him not, He Knew Me and had a plan for my life.

   I was raised in a fundamental Christian home with parents who left the church due to hypocrisy, backstabbing, gossip and the usual human flaws that humans have. So, they dropped us three kids off at the church for Sunday school, then picked us up after. That was my baby steps with God.

   Jump to the year 1984, I heard of a Bible college in California that I could afford. I had a real thirst to find the Truth of God and teach it to others. I received the Holy Ghost at the school’s first service alter call. I joined the community Pentecostal Church that supported the College, and I was baptized under the Trinity. I was a real challenge to the professors, teachers & Pastor as I questioned more and more of their teachings as the Spirit of God moved me. The devil was continuing his tampering physically, mentally & spiritually. I left college after two years, very discontent with the inability of these servants of God to answer the questions I had. My current (& last) husband was happy as I was unevenly yoked. My life once again in the balance with a troubled pregnancy, my son was born one month premature in Dec. 1987. Three months later, 1988, found me with nothing, had nothing and was nothing as my husband abandoned us.

   My parents’ relationship with me has always been strained, but I begged to come home (Elkhart, IN) to raise my son. My son’s autism was apparent by nine months. My father died March 1990 after having had been blessed having had two years with one of his grandkids!! A year later after an exploratory surgery, I was given a 50/50 chance of survival for the surgery that was needed. My health continued to decline as God blessed me with better jobs & higher pay. I was visiting church after church to see who preached the Truth, causing a wider & wider gap between my mother and me.

   In 2000, after five years of what I call the “doctor’s roller coaster,” I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Treatments were limited here so; I went to Chicago until insurance refused out of state treatment. I floundered with bad & worse doctors until God opened the door to Indianapolis, IN. With many other things, the primary organs affected: another surgery for Crohn’s, less than 50/50 chance, severe liver damage and a pancreas eating itself (drain tube eight months).

   God was ready for me, I received His Spirit, but the baptism was incorrect. Like with Job, God told the devil that he could touch my flesh but not my soul. God guided me to Life Tabernacle in 2014, walking through the door was like being pregnant – the Holy Ghost jumped in my body! I met with Pastor Johnson & Matt Yeater, and I know I was cocky as I had been to so many churches before this. Yes, this was HOME!! The Holy Spirit confirmed in my soul. I’ve growing with each sermon, each Bible study & each worship service. I talked to the Pastor about my baptism being incorrect, and that was straightened out that week, In Jesus Name!!

   Miracles, miracles & more miracles!!! Should I expect or even want more? I am happy to want only more of Him. Yes, He can choose to heal me, but who would SEE? The members of our church would build their faith, and my doctors would claim a remission, but there would be no visible physical change. With these challenges God has allowed – I have talked to others & witnessed. Nursed are overwhelmed by “my” strength & spirit and I witness. I continue to show love to all around me. To love my mother and my son in their disbelief. To reach out to others, to be the servant of Him who died for you and me. I am not perfect, and that’s why I’m in church, to work on my salvation with fear and trembling. God knows I will not leave Him because my body is broken, in pain & suffering. God is my rock, my salvation, my hope and my shield. I praise Him for having a plan for me, for the many miracles and the many trials. I am no different than anyone else – my next breath is His, the next minute is His, and I shall give Him the Glory and the Honor to my dying breath.



How Do I Grow In Christ

Growing In Christ

How can I grow strong in Christ? Is Spiritual growth a mystery that only a few can figure out? What are the keys to growing in Christ?

Know Jesus Christ! our highest priority in living for Christ is knowing who he is. The more you know and understand Christ, the more effectively you can follow him. Start by reading His word. There are 66 books in the Bible, 27 in the New Testament, and 39 in the Old Testament. The truths of the New Testament are built upon the teaching of the Old Testament, but to start with, your goal is to know Jesus Christ. To learn who he is, what He taught, and begin to follow His teaching. Read the four Gospels. They tell the story of Jesus. You won’t full understand everything for a while, but that’s OK. You will begin adding to your basic knowledge and understanding of God. After reading through the gospels a couple of times, you can get a better picture of who Jesus is.

Matthew presents Jesus as a king to a mostly Jewish audience. Mark Presents Jesus to a Gentile audience. Luke presents Jesus to a Gentile audience as healer. Luke also writes the historical account of the birth of the church, the book of Acts. Finally, John writes of Jesus as God in flesh, savior of the world. Get to know who Jesus is by reading these varied accounts of his life and teaching. Begin to model them in your life.

Pray. Prayer is not just requesting things, like the drive up window at Burger King. It is a conversation between brothers, and friends. God loves us, and wants to spend time with us. Prayer also means worship. Worship is an acknowledging of God’s glory and power. Read the psalms to hear how David worshipped God. Many of the psalms as meant to be sung. They speak of the grandeur that is God. They also show David humbled himself, and asked for God’s help and favor when dealing with disagreements and complications that life throws in our path. Many people do not know how to pray, so here is a simple guide. We have a prayer wheel that breaks prayer up into twelve five minute segments. It makes praying for an hour a simple directed process. Obviously, you do not have to pray for an hour every time you pray, but this guide gives you guidance on things to include in any time you have with God in prayer.
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  1. Worship – Always start your prayer with a time of worshipping Him, acknowledging God’s goodness and mercy. David said in Psalms 100, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 22:3, 63:3; Hebrews 13:15) Begin all prayer with praise. Whatever your ultimate goal my be, first praise God In praise you esteem God for His greatness and virtues.
  2. FORGIVENESS (Matthew 6:14-15) Nothing will block your spiritual progress more fatally than an unforgiving spirit. Forgiving is a complete “pouring out” of any feelings that might have developed against anyone during the day. Even a small “root of bitterness” will grow quickly into a serious problem.
  3. CONFESSION (Psalm 139:23-24, 66:18) Early in the complete prayer clock we deal with sin. Un-confessed sin is the greatest hindrance to prayers. Rid yourself of sin by confessing and seeking forgiveness and you will clear the road for powerful praying.
  4. PETITION (Matthew 6:9-13; James 4:2-3) “Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss.” This aspect of prayer deals with our personal needs. You may feel confident to pray for your personal needs.
  5. INTERCESSION (Matthew 9:37-38; I Timothy 2:1-2) Intercession is praying for the lost and involves the most intense dimension of prayer. Intercession is God’s love flowing through us.
  6. BIBLE READING (II Timothy 3:16) It may surprise you to hear the suggestion that you should read your Bible during prayer. However, the Word is enlightening to the eyes (Psalm 19:9). When you read the Bible new possibilities are made clear.
  7. MEDITATION (Psalm 1:1-2, 77:12) Take time to “think on these things.” God will open your understanding.
  8. THANKSGIVING (Philippians 4:6) Although thanksgiving should be sprinkled throughout your prayer, spend a special period of thanking God out loud for all the things in your life.
  9. PRAYING THE WORD Personally apply, out loud, the precepts of the Bible.
  10. SINGING (Psalm 100:2; Ephesians 5:19) Singing Refreshes and comforts the soul, and one of the greatest thrills of singing is to sing in the Holy Ghost, “a new song,” during prayer.
  11. LISTENING ( I Kings 19:11-12) Prayer is not all talking to God. It also involves listening. When we listen we receive direct orders from the Holy Spirit.
  12. PRAISE (Matthew 6:13) We conclude every prayer session with praise. Again we exalt the nature of God.

Even if you don’t include everyone of the 12 items every time, everyone of them is a powerful piece of your prayer tool box, and you should learn to use them when you pray.

 



Healing Prayers at ElkhartLife

My sister, Nancy is legally blind, has diabetes and has been on kidney dialysis for the last seven years.  Her life has been one health issue after another for the last ten to fifteen years.  
 
Several weeks ago we were asked if we knew of someone that needed prayer.  If so, we could come forward and stand in for that person.  I immediately thought of Nancy and went up for prayer asking for a healing miracle in her life.  No one knew who I was standing in for or what I was asking for.  
 
Nancy has been on the kidney transplant list for the past year and was told it would take anywhere from five to seven years before she would even be considered.  Three weeks ago on a Tuesday, she received a call from the Kidney Foundation telling her that she is being considered for a transplant and would be at the top of the list.  On Wednesday of that same week, Nancy received paperwork to fill out so her testing could be started. She has had several of the required tests and everything looks good.  
 
Today Nancy called to let me know all the surgeons that will be involved in the transplant are going to meet Tuesday, March 8, to discuss her case to see if it’s a go.  One main drawback they are looking at is to see if her heart is strong enough to withstand the surgery.
 
 I know the Lord is in this, and so does Nancy & her husband, Roy.  They are very faithful and know our church had a special prayer for them.  Please keep Nancy & Roy Clements in your prayers.
 
By Becky Warren