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God's Word Had Saved my Life

A sister
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Ps. 119:105)
Your statues are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. (Ps. 119:111)

A few months ago, there was a testimony entitled "The Lord Jehovah is my Refuge". The testimony was about my struggle with depression. My psychiatrist referred me to attend the meetings at Jireh Fund and an intercessor prayed for me during a meeting. After prayer, the intercessor said, "You will need to trust in God to be healed." Thanks the Lord for His grace and the daily opportunity to study His word, as I gradually recovered from this illness. On the other hand, God brought me through one difficulty after another through His word.

In December 2004, my husband's business went downhill and left our family in severe debt. I tried hard to find a job to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the loan sharks kept showing up at our home. Those were the darkest days that we had experienced. At that time I prayed using the "It is Written" prayer handbook before going to work everyday, and was often moved to tears as I read the verses. I felt strongly that it was important that we used God's word to pray. After sharing my testimony, a sister-in-Christ with a similar experience asked how I handled such an overwhelming experience. She and her family had already moved away and were shocked to find that I remained there. However, I put my faith in God and trust that His presence would go with us, although inside I dreaded such experiences and felt unable to take this on my own. I also trusted that He would grant me strength and faith. I held onto God and there was nothing I could boast about. Deep in my heart I often cried to God, "Oh God! You are my Abba Father, You must rescue me from this!" I experienced the presence of the Lord Almighty. I need not fear difficulties as God spreads out His loving arms to protect me.

One Saturday evening, loud bangs were again heard on my front door. Great fear gripped my daughter and we huddled together. She yelled, "Mom, they are here again!" At that time I was afraid, but the Holy Spirit moved me to proclaim the name of God. I told my daughter to calm down because we had faith in our God that His presence would be with us. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa. 41:10). After proclaiming God's name, the bang on the door stopped. I wiped away the tears on my daughter and reported the incident to the police. As I opened the door, we were shocked to discover that the front door was covered with wet paint and there were a few threatening notes. Had I not trusted in God, I would not have the courage to endure such an experience. During those darkest days of my life, I held tightly to God and read the "It is Written" prayer handbook everyday. Each day I asked God for His word of the day as I believed that He would grant me the right word. Indeed, God just gave just the right words to meet my needs everyday, so that I could be strengthened and encouraged. Every prayer encouraged and touched my heart. I proclaimed aloud the word of God in the presence of these loan sharks: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." (Ps. 145:18) Knowing that God hears our prayers, we know that we have what we ask of him. A sister-in-Christ called me and cried, "If God hears prayers, why doesn't He help me resolve my problems?" I exhorted her not to think that God has forgotten about us or has hidden His face from us. He wanted us to patiently wait for Him in order to refine our faith. We need to learn to wait for Him in hope. His promise would surely come to pass. "The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him." (La. 3:25) During the time of waiting, may mankind experience peace in the midst of unrest. Through God's word we are renewed and encouraged. We could also move forward with inner strength, according to the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work within us. It was only through inner strength from God that sustained me, for God is faithful. My favorite verse in the Scripture is: "In God we trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Ps. 56:11) When the loan sharks threatened to take me and my daughter away, I proclaimed: "Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce?" But this is what the Lord says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save." (Isa. 49:24-25). Therefore, brothers and sisters, I would like to encourage you to take more time in reading the Scripture for God will surely give us His word, so that our hearts may remain steadfast before him.

(Taken from the "Set Me Free" Worship and Prayer Meeting in February 2006)