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Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

November 26, 2009

This question was brought up in church, last Sunday. When I heard the question, ideas poured into my head: friends, a relationship with the Lord, family, just about anything. I proceeded to try to find a way to sum things up, but something special came to mind: free will.

As I thought about the idea, it quickly became my choice. Now, I shall explain why I choose to be thankful for free will.

Along with life, the first thing our Lord has given us was free will. He gave us the ability to have deep thoughts, imagine all sorts of things, and not only make choices, but have motivation for making those choices. We can comprehend complex mathematics, like trigonometry and calculus. We can create huge adventures with only our minds, and we can place those adventures in books, acting, games, and all sorts of things. And we can choose to give a gift to another with love.

Countless things have been created as a result of free will. We have our challenges and our triumphs. We have best friends who we have a strong relationship with. We have our happy times, our sad times, times that we wish would last forever, times we wish would last only a second. Literally everything around you is the result of someone’s free will. That orange tree you loved picking from ever since you moved in, the computer you’re using to read this, the shopping mall that you enjoy going to so often, all a result of man’s free will.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for free will, not only because it was one of the first gifts the Lord has given us, but also because from it came countless other gifts. And lastly, with free will, I can choose to thank God for free will with joy.

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The War Within the Man, Part 2

April 23, 2009

Previously, I talked about the problem known as the sin addiction and shared my own sin addiction with you all. Today, I am pleased, to say the least, to make a sequel to the blog. It has been almost precisely a year since I first started battling the sin problem. Of course, though, I’ve had the sin problem for years. Last year was when I decided to fight it. And now, I truly believe that the war is over.

Since the first part of the blog, I ended up falling back into sin a few times. Usually, when I do, the problem stays on the surface for up to three days. The last time I fell into the sin problem, I was so disgusted by what I went through, that I truly HATED the sin, from then on. I don’t think that was the deciding factor of the battle, though. Remember what I said about two natures fighting against each other within us, the flesh and the spirit? The spirit has a clear advantage.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

This verse can be a bit tough to understand. When I saw it, I wasn’t sure to use this verse in my testimony. Then, I got questions about the Bible verse. What is renewing our inner self? Or rather, who? I believe that the Holy Spirit renews our inner selves daily. The flesh cannot be renewing us inwardly day by day. That would mean that, by being in the flesh, we’d have to be outwardly renewed day by day, as well. I believe that as I was fighting the sin problem, the sin problem kept getting weaker, while the Holy Spirit was continually restoring me and strengthening me. The Holy Spirit, obviously, will not restore the sin problem. The war was a war of attrition. As the flesh and the spirit waged war against each other, the flesh was steadily losing ground, while the spirit was continuously being restored. It doesn’t take a mathematician or military strategist to realize that the flesh was fighting a losing battle.

This passage came to me as I was typing this testimony.

“but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

I still get tempted. I still slip. But, I have not fallen. I understand that I will still slip at times, but I will never return to the same fall that I have felt many times before.

So, now that the war is pretty much over, I have desired to pray for a girlfriend. I felt that the defeat of the sin problem left me with a void to fill, and I want to fill it with something the Lord approves. I’m hoping this is a sign that I will soon be meeting my girlfriend. May this testimony forever be the shout of the final victory over my sin problem.

Walking By Faith

April 17, 2009

The credit for this blog goes completely to my Lord. Then again, when should it not, when He has inspired me to type my other testimonies and things, as well? Today, at 11 in the morning, I realized that I had not prepared a blog for this week. I pondered about it, but then I decided, “Why won’t I just let my Lord decide this blog?” So, I lay on my bed and prayed, waiting for an idea for a blog. A few minutes later, I got hungry, so I got up to fix some lunch. As I was heating up some lunch in the microwave, I glanced at the cover of a magazine on the kitchen table and read the phrase “How the [economic] crisis has changed you.” I thought to myself, “Faith was involved… wait. Faith…”

I then remembered an experience from last year. It was June 2008, and I gave up on college, as I had no passion. I was merely drifting, getting college credits as I go. My parents were heading to Galveston, Texas, on vacation, so I decided to use the opportunity to fast, because I was desperately looking for an answer to my problem. On the second day of the fast, I read from the Book of Matthew. Matthew 6:31-34 caught my attention:

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

I figured it was then time to end the fast, since I found my answer. I placed my faith in my Lord since that day. On August 2008, my pastor and principal took me out to lunch. They knew I wanted to use the time off from college to work as a teacher. So, this year, they made me a full-fledged teacher at Restoration Christian Academy, and as I worked there, I discovered my passion. I also worked as a private tutor, to help those who were struggling in Math. Despite the trials that required patience to go through successfully, like days when I had trouble getting the students to settle down, I loved my job.

January 2009, I reregistered as a student at the University of New Orleans. With this new passion, I wanted to go through college and graduate. My Lord has definitely been there for me, the whole time I was in college, because half the credits I had obtained from prior college years worked with the curriculum.

Despite any situation that may occur, I know that if I put my faith in my Lord, I do not need to worry.

“Any my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19