About 6 years ago, my husband and I found the Lord. Well, what I really mean, is that we started on the path to read God's Word without trying to take anything away or add to it. Before that, we were a part of a rather large congregation. We loved it there. My husband and I both had huge responsibilities at that church. I became the director of the nursery and a teacher for their school. Hubby was a key holder and was responsible for opening the doors 4 times per week for different church services. We were exhausted Physically and mentally. And the worst part was, we were both spiritually dead. We excepted the word being preached to us every Sunday (and Wednesday) in a way that was totally contrary to scripture, but rather stroked our ego and worldly desires. Why were we still there? We thought we were needed by the church. If we left, then who would open the doors, who would run the nursery, who would teach my class?......All those thoughts ran through my mind, never taking thought of my own soul. God was dealing with both of us on a personal level.
We were committed to that church and we thought we were committed to God, but as we started to read the scriptures for ourselves and just allow God's word to speak for itself, we began to see how we were being led astray.....far away from God. I was crushed! How could someone lie to me? How could someone who says they love me allow me to pray for worldly things, encourage me to treat God like He's Harry Potter or a servant boy? How could someone tell me that a scripture means this when it really means "just what it says"? How dare someone blatantly teach me against the word of Christ in an effort to coerce me to give more money? And tell me that worship just was the lifting of my hand during a song or that by "faith" I can "tell God what to do"? It's all Blasphemy in it's most naked form!
I thank God for his grace and the miracle that was preformed in our lives! We wanted the Lord so bad and began to seek Him, in His word, together. We began to believe God rather than man and his traditions (Mark 7:7-8). We searched out the traditions of God and yearned to be more like Him.
Our whole lives changed! We don't watch the same things or dress the same. We refuse to be entertained by things that God's word speak directly against. Our desires have switched from wanting more worldly things to practicing God's will and storing treasures in Heaven. Sometimes, I think back, and if it weren't for His mercies, we would still be there.
Are you a part of a ministry that appeases worldly desires and teaches traditions of men rather than that of God? I encourage you to get out now. One day ALL of us will have to answer to God and you reading my testimony was not by accident....now, it's up to you.
Father, Forgive those that have, in past, led me astray
And thank You for being the my and only true leader.
Thank you for removing the veil from my eyes and allowing me
to see Your word for what it truly is. Help me to continue
to reject the traditions of men and hold fast to what you have already
set in place. Jesus, I have comfort in knowing that you are the
joy, peace and comfort in my heart. You are the one and only true God
and I refuse to grieve your Holy Spirit. Lord I worship you with my life. My fruit will
show that I am yours. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
the evil one. In Jesus name, Amen