I have a financial testimony I would like to share. Every year around March / April, there is a performance review that my department is required to complete. The company I work at has not consistently given raises to each of their employees for 6 years. Yet every year (for 5 years since I started full-time at my job) I have seen an increase in my salary. My prayer in the first quarter of each year is that God would bring financial increase so I can increase investing in His Kingdom.
Last year I was tasked with several other assignments and projects that fall outside of my scope as a result of lay-offs and others finding another position elsewhere. It seemed as if my hours doubled over the past year and I was not sure of whether or not I should stay with what I was making. I was called into a meeting with my manager several weeks ago to review my overall work and accomplishments in 2017. She received such positive feedback from the other managers that I have been assisting and told me she went straight to the VP and said that I needed (not deserved) a promotion and a raise. The VP agreed and I was given a promotion to a higher-paying tier and also received a 15% increase in my salary! The standard raise is roughly 2-3%. This promotion and increase in my salary has been a tremendous blessing and an answer to prayer. Hallelujah!
Apostle had told me to look for the gates. This was concerning finances and how when people ask to help or offer to help its a gate where there is a flow coming to us. Many times I have rejected the help. I actually was stopping the flow of what God wanted to bring to me. After Apostle told me about the gates, that week I was very attentive and I was able to recognize them. Everyday I was seeing the gates and was receiving money and one day, because I recognized a gate, I ended up coming home with almost $90 worth of groceries. That helped a lot! Glory to God! I thank God for Apostle teaching me this! This was definitely eye-opening!
Before this past Thursday, for at least two weeks or so, I had been having a hard time waking up. I had 3 alarms that were always set but for some reason I just could not manage to get up. There were mornings when I don't even remember turning my alarm(s) off. This has never happened to me consistently for an extended period of time in the past so I knew the cause was more than just not getting enough sleep, possible stress or poor diet. I received prayer during this past Thursday's class and I immediately felt whatever darkness that was over me lift. Since that night, I have been sleeping much better and have had no issues with waking up at all. The best way for me to describe how I felt the morning after being prayed over is that I felt renewed. As if I had come out of a shell of something demonic and into the Lord's protection. Hallelujah!
Similar to Edwin's experience, a few weeks ago I was going through my belongings and noticed I had something that kept me connected to the past. I went to reach for it and heard "maybe you should keep it, you never know." I immediately threw the item in the garbage and felt relief. After the lesson given on demonic influence, I went through my phone, deleting contacts and pictures that no longer have a place in my life. A day or two later I took a few minutes to shred every card, letter and picture that has kept me from moving on because of the emotional tie I had to them. My mind is so much clearer and I can say with certainty that I am free from the demonic voices that tried to keep me bound to what once was. Thank you, Lord for new beginnings!
in class, we have learned that demonic spirits have a source of strength which can come from items in the home to bring torment. As I went to my room, there were seasons of my mind being bombarded by missing the past. I immediately went into my room to search for any times that were connected to the past. Then I remembered I had a box with old letters from past relationships and items. I began to tear each letter apart and throwing away the items such as clothing and cds. I sensed a little resistance to keep the items where they were. I screamed out loud I AM FREE and finally I threw them all out. That night my mind has been in complete peace. Hallelujah!
I received a text Friday morning from a coworker. She said that for several days one of her eyes would swell up upon awaking and would stop around the time she would come into work (9AM). The text she sent me said that her eyes had felt like they were swelling out of their sockets since 1AM. She wrote, "Warning...your view today will be a puffy face." When I got in, she said they were gradually swelling since and actually had a bag of ice on her desk hoping to bring them down. I told her it was time to pray and she responded, "Yes!" I laid my hands on her and commanded the stress that was causing the swelling to go in Jesus' Name. I went to a meeting and then when I returned to my desk I had asked her about the condition. She said she felt the swelling stop though her eyes were still a bit puffy. I told her that if she felt the swelling begin again to remember what I had spoken over her and to say aloud (with her voice) that she is healed. Within the hour, she was completely healed. Hallelujah! Our God is Healer.
Our God is great!
For several weeks, I have been feeling burdened by temptations of my past and feeling fatigued in what was going on with my family. I knew that I am free from my past however we have learned that demons come back. My mind felt as if it was under attack with thoughts however I began to resist. As we were in class, hands were laid on me and broke the influence of that spirit. Today, I am completely free. Not only is my mind at peace, the Lord strengthened me also. I am completely grateful our God is a deliverer!
I had been struggling with getting good rest for over a week. I wouldn't be able to fall asleep until sometime between 2AM-3AM and only to be woken up every hour or so. I was tired, fatigued, and just felt drained. I also had two demonic encounters over that week in which it felt as if I was being choked and restrained to my bed.
The Lord met us wonderfully at Monday night's class. His presence and power were available and came to bring deliverance, healing, and strength. I received prayer and hands were laid on me. I felt three "jolts" of power flow through me from the top of my head down to my feet. Within seconds, I felt COMPLETELY NEW! I am delivered and free! Thanks be to God! I have had the best nights of sleep over these past couple of days. For the first time in months I was able to sleep a full eight hours without ANY interruption.
Two weeks ago, I came home from class and found my dad sitting up in a chair with a look of pain on his face. I asked him what was wrong and he said he had a shooting pain going from the top of his abdomen down to his groin. He felt great pressure pressing up against his side as well and he could not sleep because of it.
I fell asleep and had a dream in which I was filled with a holy anger and I told him that the sickness had to go. I spoke healing to him and he had a look of shock as I had raised my voice and said what I had said to him (as he has never received or even seen divine healing). The next day, I said exactly what I had said to him in the dream. He was showing signs of recovery for about a day and then he became even more ill. He was worried that it may have been pneumonia which he had years ago (he was ill for roughly two months when he had contracted it). I waited a few days and I was challenged by a brother to pray again and this time to lay hands on him (Mark 16:18). I prayed once again, laid hands and commanded his body to be healed. There was no immediate sign of recovery but I know our God is Healer and that He would reveal Himself as Healer to my dad. I heard a couple of hours after "He will be restored tomorrow."
Sure enough, the next morning, my dad was restored! He woke me up early Sunday morning and said, "I feel good! You feel good! We are all good!" Hallelujah! Ever since that day, my dad has had more energy than I had ever seen. He is in good health and I thank the Lord for healing him.
I noticed about 1-2 months ago that there was a slight pain in my right heel. I was not sure of what had caused it (excessive walking, weight-lifting, a bad step, et cetera). I did not give it much thought because it was more of a discomfort than anything else.
A group of students went to a service yesterday and Apostle Richard had given a word about healings taking place throughout the congregation. With one sound, we were all giving God praise and thanksgiving for what He was doing among us. Before I even realized it, the Lord had healed my foot. The pain was completely gone! I stomped the ground to see if there was any tenderness and nothing. I took my shoe off and tried to find a sore spot on my heel and there was no pain! Alleluia! The Lord is Healer!
"And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony..." Revelation 12:11