The Deliverance of God: A Testimony
We Live in a world full of sin.
We live in times of sorrow and distress.
We are all seeking the truth; seeking a way through our individual situations, and seeking the true Light of our Lives.
The Truth is Jesus.
The Way is Jesus.
The Light of Life is Jesus.
Jesus is the Beginning and the End (Alpha and Omega). Jesus has already overcome all of the battles that we face today. There are times when we become stuck, not knowing who we are in the 3 in 1 (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit), and not knowing who God has called us to be; believing in God is the 1st step. Trusting Him is the next, and placing your faith in Him more and more— and trusting that He is able— is yet another step. We all must come to the conclusion that nothing is impossible for Him. Healing you is easy for God, as Jesus has already paid the price; Jesus wants you to cast all of your burdens unto Him, because He already has the solutions to our problems.
"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
See, we aren't perfect, and Our Father in Heaven knows that; He has already provided us with His Grace, Love, And Mercy, when He gave His only begotten Son to be the atonement for each and everyone us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)
He has given us such a precious gift, because of His love for us. How could we not praise and worship Him for the Love He has given us? It is only through His grace and mercy that we could hope for a better future in Him. To live like Jesus is to carry our cross too— instead of burdening our hearts with the pain of the past or the present. We should all strive to know the fruits of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Through Him, we shall not give the enemy any room to steal, kill, or destroy. What the enemy wants most, is to take you away from knowing and believing in Jesus Christ; because even the enemy himself knows how much power is in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I urge you, with all love, to run to your Father no matter what! I can't sit here and say that it's always going to be easy, but we are Warriors in Christ, and we must put on the full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-20).
Putting on the full Armor of God is knowing who we serve, knowing who we bow down to, and who we give the Honor and Glory— because the victory has already been won. Jesus said in John 14:12:
"Most Assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will."
Promises upon promises, victory upon victory, grace upon grace— He has given that to us.
Here's my Testimony:
My name is Ibelis Melendez.
I have sinned, and I am not ashamed to say it anymore.
I was taken advantage of. I was prideful, and I was obsessed with being respected by others. I opened doors and portals that I didn't need to; and I have lied to defend myself, or make myself seem more than I was. I carried myself the way I felt I should, but it was in all the wrong ways. I tried to be what I thought was truthful, yet I was dishonest with myself. I didn't have self awareness, but I was quick to know the false motives of others. I went to psychics and tarot readers, wore bracelets and necklaces of what I once believed will help me; when I was younger, I played evil games like ouija. In my heart, I always wanted to help others, but my idea of helping others was to defend them, even to the point of lying for them— or myself— to make the situation right.
I built anger and bitterness within myself. I wouldn't pay attention to real help, because I thought I knew it all. I didn't trust anyone, because I knew they either had hidden agendas, or God put them in my life so I can help them. I was comfortable with living like that; and I just continued to live my life with the thought of, "another day, another battle." I put myself on the back burner, in order for others to get ahead — because that's how strong my loyalty was. However, I was least loyal to God, and myself. I meant well, but didn't do well; I kept wanting to get ahead in life, but then, I would drown myself in defending others or myself— ultimately sinning in the process. I continued to look for resources in every direction; without looking to God for answers. I always believed in God since I have a family that does; but I didn't know the Word of God. Once I began to learn more about God for myself, I realized that I knew nothing. If you had tried to tell me that back then, I would have had an answer for everything. I always tried to fix someone else, believing that I could help; but once I realized just how much I had to give of myself, I began to hate my heart for loving others more than God, or myself. This caused me to make wrong decisions that would end up hurting me in the long run. I was continuously tired of not having anyone there to help me, when I would go above and beyond to help others. I didn't recognize that the Only one that could save me — or them— was, and is, Jesus.
I held onto pain; lying to myself that being a sacrifice for others is what was right. I allowed myself to be used a stepping stone, because I refused to be anyone's stumbling block. I allowed abuse, and suffered many consequences for it. I thought that how I was living, is what was right; however, that assumption was absolutely wrong. I continuously made decisions based off of what everyone else wanted for me; and I believed in myself to help them in their circumstances. Yet, who was helping me? I wore my heart on my sleeve, and I didn't know how to say "no." I constantly made my own plans on how I could build myself, but would be too fearful to follow them through because I didn't want to be alone. I knew exactly where to go for help, yet I still didn't go to God with all of this. Even through everything, God continued to show me favor upon favor, mercy upon mercy, love upon love, miracles upon miracles, blessings upon blessings, and Grace upon Grace from Our Father in Heaven; but I wallowed in the feelings of defeat and weariness. During this time, I still continued suffer from my own shortcomings, and I had no idea what to do with all the warnings I began to receive spiritually — this was a battle I had never fought before.
Slowly, my life was beginning to shift. I was bombarded with fear and doubts — not loving myself, not being a good mother, not being where I could have been, not having the stability in my mind I once had, remembering every wrong I've done, constantly asking for forgiveness. I quickly began to slip into a depression; into a dark place that I had