Apologies folks, we both know its been too long, and rest assured so much has happened since the last blog post. There’s been a lot swirling in my head, somehow i’ve found a way to hold back from boring you all to tears with my constant rants. However, I’ve found a legit reason to break the silence – the TOF challenge lives on and today, i’ve most grateful for the privilege to share NotMadBlackWoman’s testimony of Faith with you. I hope you find it every bit as inspiring as I do. Should you want to, you can find out more about her at:
My Salvation Experience by NMBW
I grew up in a Christian home. We went to church every Sunday. Attended Sunday school, knew the the various bible stories about Abraham, Noah, Elijah, Moses, the parting of the Red Sea etc. thanks to Psalty and Mr. Donut man, I chanted happily to Christian songs and rhymes. I was brought up with Christian valueS; never for once did I doubt the creation of the world in 6 days by a supreme being called God and how He gave His Son to die and redeem us all.
By age 10, I had confessed Jesus as Lord and saviour and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I had preached Jesus to friends. I remember ‘coercing’ Veronica to accept Jesus just to get Pastor Funke’s (my then Sunday School teacher) smile of approval on Sunday. I looked forward to the gifts given each month to all that had witnessed Christ.
Fast forward 10 years later, I was in a relationship I knew I shouldn’t have started, but he was cute, kind, nice and all that seemed attractive enough to quiet that still small voice in my heart. Well, we dated and about 20 months into the relationship, I heard that voice again; He was merciful enough to tell me to get out fast! This time, it was hard to ignore/shake off the voice. So, against my will, for no just reason (except that I heard Him say), I ended the relationship. But by then, I had gotten involved in stuff even I didn’t know how.
I had consistent dreams of snakes and serpents; seeing myself in the midst of these creatures. At a point I couldn’t call the name of Jesus, all I would hear is a hiss, like that of a snake. There were times, I would feel the urge to put my back against the wall and just disappear. Did I mention that I found ‘jazz’ in the possession of this person in the course of that relationship? There’s no need to ask; sexual immorality was well present in that relationship too.
My turning point came in April 2006 when Pastor E. A. Adeboye preached a sermon tagged “ALL WILL BE WELL” in a Redeemed Christian Church of God parish I attended. That day, I confessed my sins and rededicated my life to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Also, I sought counselling at the church afterwards.
Jesus delivered me from the powers of darkness, redeemed me, showed me His loved and still keeps me in daily Christian living. I remember waking up the next morning happy and really light. It felt like I was floating on air.
Jesus still saves – He’s helped my through my lifetime; examinations, jobs, tasks, assignments, professional qualifications, through everything!
When I wrote ITIL v3 exams, I thought I had failed. I was so sure I had done badly. Right after the exams, I started calculating how to gather funds for a re-sit. To my amazement, I got an email from the examining body a few weeks later saying I had passed with a score of 80%!!! How?! Just Jesus!
At some point, I changed jobs and was offered a position beyond my then years of experience etc…. Just Jesus! (I excelled in the role)
I’ve been healed from jaundice… Just Jesus!
Health, Peace, Joy……Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
He is absolutely AWESOME (more than actually, but for loss of better words. Help with grammar , abeg).