Instead of sharing with you from a book that I am reading, I wanted to do something special today and share straight from the pages of my life. Particularly, I want to share a testimony because the Bible declares that the saints of God overcame (as in past tense… and I can preach a whole message on that one) the accuser of our brethren (who is the devil) “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Rev 12:11a NIV).”
This is a picture of me with my sister:
We were both raised in the church by loving parents, but when my mother passed away, my sister (who was 18 years old at the time) turned to the world for comfort, as I ran straight into the arms of Jesus.
While wandering, my sister became a mother of four beautiful girls. The Holy Spirit began working on her heart a few months ago and she surrendered to his prompting. My sister is now married to a man who is also seeking the Lord and my family had the benefit of witnessing their baptism on Sunday morning, August 7, 2011!
Throughout this time, I have continued to love and pray for my sister. I am thankful to God for his love, grace, mercy, and faithfulness in the both of our lives.
Following the baptism service, our family (three rows of us) attended the Sunday morning worship service. The pastor preached with great authority and conviction about God being able to change things and people. At the end of the service, my father (who has been away from God and the church for over 11 years) walked to the pulpit in front of the entire congregation and admitted that he needs God’s help to change him.
“I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10 NIV).”
We are rejoicing with the angels and our hearts are glad that God’s word is sufficient and he hears and answers the prayers of his children who call on him for deliverance.
We continue to intercede for our family members and friends who remain lost with no hope in this dark world. For those who are interceding in the same manner, let me encourage you —
Continue in prayer: “The prayer of a righteous man [or woman] is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops (James 5:10-18 NIV).”
Continue in correction and accountability: “My brothers if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of is way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:19-20).”
In Christ’s Love, Natasha
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011