My Testimony in a Nutshell

Well... Where do I begin?  I suppose I'll just cut to the facts.

I became a disciple of our Lord Jesus the Christ-the Son of God.

First:  I was living in sin and I turned my life over to God and believed the Gospel.  Then I forsook all my belongings and friends and that lasted a day.  I was heart broken as ever after that first day; America is a hard place to do such things because you can't just work for money off a whim and make a wage after you forsake everything.

The first time I forsook everything was because of my motive derived from these verses:

Mark 10:29-30

29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

The second and I don't remember how many other times I have forsaken everything (I have struggled much) was because of my motive derived from this verse:

Luke 14:33

So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

I did this a number of times.  And yet for every case it is quite a hard life; ESPECIALLY in America. Because like I said before; it is not as if you can work for wages and eat food that easily when you are homeless.

And... Somewhere in between all of this I learned about repentance and obedience.  I cannot emphasize it enough... Hence:

Luke 13:4-5

4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Do you believe in Jesus?  He is the One Who spoke this.

So after repentance and obedience was out of the way and I became fit by the Spirit of God; I was able and am able to do every good work according to the faith God has measured towards me (Romans 12:3).

I have been through much tribulation and distress by the Hand of God (Romans 8:16-17 [the word 'suffer' in this passage is not a typo]) for good and have grown to have sympathy towards many who struggle with mental disabilities.

I myself have struggled with disabilities of schizophrenia and bi-polar;  thinking I am people that I am not.  Even I thought I was Jesus, Michael the Arch-Angel, Melchisedec, Elijah, Enoch, and God Himself.  I have thought that other people were people from the Bible and so on and so forth.  It really isn't fun.

But now I am stable on medication, taking things day by day, one step at a time.


So, that is my testimony in a nutshell.  I hope you understand this is not some anecdote to be enjoyed.

Consider this:

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 

Do those that suffer from mental disabilities really suffer from those things?

Consider this:

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore as it is written:

Ephesians 6:11

 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

And,

Ephesians 6:14-18

 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

And finally,

1 John 5:19

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.



  


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