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Bobbies testimony Nephew

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My Only Hope and Purpose
 
This morning I got a phone call from my aunt because she heard that I hadrecently accepted God into my life and Jesus as my savior. My aunt asked me if I
could write about how I found God. At first I hesitated,thinking I wouldn‟t
be ableto do that. What would I say ? Would it make sense ? Then, thinking about itmore, I realized that in my prayers I had asked God to use me as a vessel to carryout His message,to fill my heart with His word so it would pour out of my mouth.Plus at the church service that weekend the message was about spreading theword of God. I came to the conclusion that this was a prayer being answered. Itwas like the parable of the lost sheep.
Luke 15:3-6
New International Version(NIV)3 Then Jesus told them
this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundredsheep and loses one of them. Doesn‟t he leave the ninety
-nine in the opencountry and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, hejoyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and
neighbors together and says, „Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.
I wasraised a catholic by my parents and had God in my life throughout my childhood,but I rejected Him. I went to church because I was told to, I went through the
motions, but didn‟t really understand what a relationship with god was. So I lived
my own will and went my own way { got lost }. I was in a slow process of self -destruction, surrendering to the stronghold that had me in its grips, lost in thewilderness with no sense of direction, and giving into the temptations of theworld.
Galatians 5:19-21
New International Version (NIV)19 The acts of theflesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry andwitchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions,factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I didbefore, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.Eventhough I knew what I was doing wa
s wrong I just couldn‟t stop and do the right
t
hing. I told myself I just didn‟t know the way
.
Romans 7:14-20
New InternationalVersion (NIV)14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as aslave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do,but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law isgood. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 ForI know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a]For Ihave the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do thegood I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do
this I keep on doing. 20 Now ifI do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in methat does it.I clearly remember the day I was found. It was on a Sunday in Augustof 2010. I had pulled up into the parking lot to go to service, even though I was ina state of desperation, depression and broken mentally, physically and
 
emotionally. Everything around me was falling apart. I was losing my house, myjob, my family my relationships, all I owned and all the people I loved and wholoved me. Bound by addiction, I was losing the battle, but still had faith. I knewsomething had to change. I had gone to church on occasion, but this day wasdifferent.
Ephesians 2:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 For it is by grace youhave been saved, through faith
and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of GodWhen I pulled into the parking lot I had a feeling come over my whole body. The only wayfor me to explain it is that I felt as light as a feather,almost like I was transparent. If feltlike something entered my body,an enlightening feeling,a feeling I will never forget. Doyou know the feeling you get when you help somebody, I mean re4ally help them? Youknow you helped them and they are so appreci
ative, they can‟t express their thanks. It
was like that feeling but much more intense, and it wasn't just in my gut, but full-body. I
didn‟t realize what that feeling was because of my lack of understanding and knowledge.
Going to church that day in such desperation for help, and really needing it I receivedsomething.
Luke:13
13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give goodgifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy
Spirit to those who ask him!”
God gave me the gift of the Holy Spirit thatday.
Romans 5:5
New International Version (NIV)
5 And hope does not put us to
shame, because God‟s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us.
Even though I didn‟t realize it a
t that point , the help I wasasking for was given to me. I had been saved by God mercy. Today, I now realize that itwas the Holy Spirit that came upon me. Even though the Holy Spirit came upon me I wasstill battling with the flesh, stuck in way I was used to. I resisted the direction of the HolySpirit for about two weeks.
Psalm 40:2
New International Version (NIV)
2 He liftedme out of the slimy pit,out of the mud and mire he set my feet on a rock and gave me afirm place to stand.I was stuck in a pit I had dug myself, not pulled out until that Sabbathday when I was blessed with the Holy Spirit I had to be carried on the shoulders of mySavior for a while until I realized how hurt I was. In the two weeks before I surrenderedmyself to the Holy Spirit it was scary for me.But that happened because of my drugaddiction. I did not sleep or eat for days
Mark 14:38 
New International Version(NIV)
38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but
the flesh is weak.”
All the suffering I had gone through!To me, it was something that hadto be done.
James 1:12 New
 International Version {NIV}
12 Blessed is the one whoperseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crownof life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.It also made me realize I needed
help. I couldn‟t do it alone. I needed help from my heavenly father. It was mid
-afternoonwhen I called theSalvation Army While in tears on the phone with the director, I had myself admitted to the program,not knowing it was a Christian program. Through thework of God I was where I was meant to be. It brought me to not only realize what I hadbeen through and the reason for it,but also how to fix it. I now am letting go of my own
will and trying my best to live by God‟s will.
Galatians 2:20
New InternationalVersion (NIV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in

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