Saturday, August 31, 2013

SNATCHED FROM DEATH - MY TESTIMONY


I sat on the edge of the bed with a handful of Valium in one hand and a razor blade nearby. A glass of water to wash down the pills sat on the dresser waiting to do its duty. Night had fallen and my heart was as dark as the sky outside. There was nothing left to live for I thought.

Earlier that evening my estranged husband had brought our 2 year old son back home after spending the afternoon with him. Their parting usually was a happy one, but this time little D cried uncontrollably as he watched his dad’s car drive away. Nothing would console him.

“Wanna go with Daddy and my other Mommy!” he cried. Those words hit like daggers. D was the one ray of sunshine left in my life since the sudden separation had occurred several months before. Now he, too, wanted out.

Something snapped in my mind. I heard myself assuring him that from tomorrow he would indeed be with his dad. As I prepared him for bed D was giggling and happy once again. I rocked him to sleep and when his little body was completely relaxed I kissed him, and gently placed him in his crib. He was a child who slept through the night…and slept very soundly at that, so there was no way he would awaken before morning.

Methodically, mechanically and completely drained from months of trying to hold things together, I began to prepare…packed D’s bag with the things he would need for daycare…put his breakfast dishes on the table…laid his clothes out for the morning…took the lock off the front door so that there would be easy access to get in….poured the glass of water….went to my bedroom…closed the door…found the razor blade…uncapped the bottle of pills…sat on my bed.

Thoughts swirled in my mind – a jumble of memories. All efforts to make life "normal" had added up to one word – failure.

I heard my own voice saying, “God, if you want me to live You’re going to have to stop me.” I waited a brief moment. Nothing. With that I poured out a handful of pills and raised my hand to my mouth. The razor blade lay nearby to be used right afterward. Then suddenly the stillness was shattered…





“MOMMY!!!”

It jolted me! I dropped the pills, raced to D’s bedroom and flipped the light switch. There was my two year old…the same one who never awakened, even during a recent earthquake. There he was, wide awake, standing up in his crib with that disarming grin, hands outstretched for me to pick him up. As I grabbed D and held him ever so close a flood of unexpressed emotion flowed from me.

God had heard my heart, and He had answered! He did care! He did want me to live! And He had used my little treasure to let me know that!

That night marked a turnaround in my life. I came to know God, the Father, who valued me so much when I couldn't see value in myself. I was soon introduced to His Son, Jesus and discovered that He, too, loved me so much that He willingly gave His own body to be battered, bruised and then crucified….all so that I could have true life - eternal life with Him!

Several decades later I am a mother and grandmother. But most importantly I am Jesus’ messenger, telling those who are lost and hurting and devoid of answers that there is One who has the answer to any and every problem. He even used me to lead my ex-husband to Him!

I can tell you that He is the only Answer, because before that fateful night I had tried so many other “solutions” – so many religions...attempting to fill the void inside me. But the emptiness always lingered ….until Jesus.

He knows the way out of your prison. He can heal your deepest pain. He will calm your greatest fears. He is with you when you think you’re all alone. He gives you hope. His plans for you are for peace. He knows all about your weaknesses, yet loves you with total abandon! He says...

 "“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

Whatever you need Jesus to be, He will be…
  • If you need someone to confide in – He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother
  • If you need healing – He is the Great Physician
  • If you need guidance – He is the Way, the Truth and the Life
  • If you are in turmoil – He is the Prince of Peace
  • If your world is dark and dismal – He is the Light of the world
  • If you’re plagued by guilt and shame – He is ready to forgive you and receive you as His own.

Will you ask Jesus to take control of your life, as He did mine? Will you ask Him to help you pick up the pieces? I can assure you that He is right there with you as you read this testimony. Just as He used D’s voice to snatch me from death, He is using this article to bring you back from despair...back to Him. The Lord loves you desperately, and wants you to know His love………a love like you have never experienced before. He created you just so that you could have intimate fellowship with Him!

He can take your mess and turn you into His messenger….just like He did with me!


All you have to do is call His Name….
JESUS.

Mourning into Dancing. Ps. 30:11

All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. 
Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar 
because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.  
And this is what God has testified: 
He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

1 John 5:10-12


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

THE SIN OF UNBELIEF

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

One may not consider that unbelief of the Word of God is a sin against God.  If you search the Scriptures you would find the Lord saying to us the following expressions...
  • ”If you believe, then you shall see the Glory of the Lord”.  John 11:40
  • He would ask – "Do you believe that I can do this?"  Matthew 9:28 
  • The Lord would heal saying, “Your faith (belief) has made you whole.”
There was a time that Jesus could not do any miracles because of the people’s unbelief.  Matthew 15:58.  Jesus also said that if you believe in Him you will not perish. John 11:26
Abraham had to believe God at His Word, leave his family and all that was familiar, and go to a place that God would reveal to him.  Galatians 3:6 says that Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.  Elijah had to believe God for an abundance of rain when he was seeing a cloudless sky.  Noah had to believe God as He instructed him how to build an ark in preparation for something that was never experienced before … a flood.  It would then be fair to say that God puts great importance on one’s belief in Him.

Let us look at the account of Lazarus in John 11.  Lazarus’ sisters sent messengers to Jesus with news that his friend Lazarus was gravely ill, meaning that He should come to him.  The Word from God to the messengers was – “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby!”  That was the Word that was spoken in that very situation, coming directly from the Mouth of God.  I consider that a done deal right there.

However, do you think that the hearers believed on that Word?  Did the hearers rest in that Word?  Did the hearers remember that God had spoken through Isaiah the prophet saying – “So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth, it shall not return unto Me void but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where unto I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11  The hearers’ response did not suggest that they had believed at all.

Even as Jesus spoke to His disciples concerning Lazarus, they did not fully grasp what He was saying to them.  They saw Jesus do miracles of healing, so they only recognized Him as the Healer and not as the Restorer of things that are dead.  In other words, in their hearts they limited God and His ability to do more than heal.  Jesus was revealing Himself to them as the Resurrection and the Life, but since they did not believe fully, they could not perceive what the Lord was revealing to them.

Jesus spoke another Word of Life to Martha as well as in the ears of those who were in their company.  He said, “Your brother shall rise again!”  However, they believed that Jesus meant that Lazarus would remain dead in the natural scheme of things, but would rise again on the last Day.

Though this thought is true, and though they heard the Word of Life from the Lord, they still saw a dead Lazarus in the grave and so everybody present kept up the lamenting and wailing.  This caused Jesus to be so grieved in His Spirit that He groaned and was so troubled that He wept.  He wept, not because of Lazarus’ apparent death but because of the fact that nobody believed Him at His Word.

We all have situations that are negative in our lives.  This has been so ordained for the people who follow Jesus Christ so that we can bear fruit.  Jesus has already warned us in His Word that tribulation must come to us.  This is the way of the Cross and we must take up the cross assigned to us and follow after Jesus.

When these negative situations confront us we must revive and apply the Word of God that is in us which pertains to our individual situations.  We must hold that Word up to God and wait patiently for Him to answer.  We cannot do that in unbelief.  Faith in God...or rather belief in God...is what pleases Him.  We can then surmise that unbelief displeases God.  Therefore it is sin to operate in unbelief.

The trial of your faith (belief) works patience – so says the Book of James.  James went on to say that we ought to “let patience have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” – but we first have to believe what the Word of God says.

God richly bless you.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

PT. 2 - BEWARE OF THE SEDUCERS

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

These days, the world is attempting to side line Jesus!  They will allow you to pray in any other name but in the Name of Jesus!

In some places believers are not allowed to walk with, talk about or teach from the Bible. However the world would allow witches and warlocks to practice and teach witchcraft openly!  They prefer to embrace demons while denying Jesus.... and we wonder why the most gruesome crimes are being committed in this day – more gruesome than was ever recorded in years gone by.  Headless bodies are being found.....gun massacres occur frequently in schools....children senselessly stabbing to death other school mates.

Unless we worship God through Jesus Christ (the only Way to the Father), we would not be worshipping the God who created the universe and all that there is in it.  If you make a god with your hands, you are bigger than that god because you have created and formed it. 

We must never create a fabricated image of God in our minds according to what or who we perceive God to be!  He has revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus and it is recorded in the Holy Bible for us to know!

God is our Creator and therefore He is much, much bigger than we are.  He is also Spirit therefore we have to worship Him in Spirit AND in TRUTH then He would allow His Holy Spirit to commune with us in order to remind us of the written Word and also to reveal even more of Himself to us.  The Word of God says that if you seek God with all of your heart you will find Him.  He wants all of us to know Him and to have relationship with Him.

If Jesus is the Truth, then we have to surmise that there are some lies being spewed posing as truth.  If Jesus says that He is the Way – then we have to surmise that there would be some other paths available that we could saunter into.

We are in a day of unmatched deception, and as the Word of God explains –
Except the days are shortened there should no flesh be saved – 
but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.  
Matthew 24:22

I am alive in a day where I see a former powerful man of God now joining himself to Islam, calling this new movement “chrislam” and he is now enticing others to embrace this doctrine.  Because of who this minister is, I think folk would not be discerning but will follow him in this teaching. 

I am also seeing in this day another powerful man of God, full of the Word of God inside of him, a man who has brought many souls to Christ, who is now embracing a woman who is clearly a follower of the New Age doctrine – a woman who has publicly denounced Jesus as being the only way to the Father.  This Minister of the Gospel has invited this woman to speak on his platform to a whole lot of Christian believers.  What do you think that she Is going to say to those believers in Jesus?

Just as satan beguiled Eve, his tricks have not changed, they are the same and his motive is the same – to bring doubt and to de-rail believers into believing a lie.

This article’s intention is to encourage believers to stay with the Gospel that Jesus Christ instituted.  To sway and to believe another gospel is to rub shoulders with the antichrist.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4.

Saints and beloved of God – I adjure you to beware of the seducers!
God bless you!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

PT. 1 - BEWARE OF THE SEDUCERS

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

...there will be false teachers among you. 
They will cleverly teach destructive heresies 
and even deny the Master who bought them. 
In this way, they will bring 
sudden destruction on themselves. 
Many will follow their evil teaching 
and shameful immorality. 
And because of these teachers, 
the way of truth will be slandered. 
2 Peter 2:1-2

There are seducing spirits now prevalent in the world, which are more subtle than they have ever been before. New doctrines have arisen “In the Name of Jesus” that are being cleverly projected as the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  However as of a truth, these “new” gospels have been concocted by satan himself.

As believers in Jesus Christ living in this age of apostasy, we must observe and do what is in the Word of God as it has been originally preached to us.  We cannot and must not be accommodating to those of other beliefs so as to join with them and call it our gospel as well.

In this day, some believe that Jesus is just a Prophet and that He is not God.  Others believe that there is no Holy Ghost.  Yet others believe that no matter what or who we worship, we are all worshipping the same God.  Some believe that God has made some homosexual and it is therefore their right to choose their partners because it is their “preferred lifestyle”!

These examples are just skimming the top of what persons choose to believe.  May I tell you that these persons are believing a lie and the father of lies is satan himself.  God’s Word clearly states that “No-one comes to the Father except by Me (Jesus)!  Meaning that the ONLY way to Heaven is through the belief and acceptance of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is more than a Prophet –
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  • He is the Son of God...and as the Father is so is His Son!  
  • Jesus is the Saviour of the World, to anybody who would confess accepting Him as Saviour.  
  • Jesus is also our Redeemer (He redeems us from Hell and the grave – He laid Himself down in death and He also picked Himself up again in life)!  
  • He is the Living God – the other so-called gods have eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear!! 
  • Jesus is our Protector - we do not have to protect Him.  
  • He is our Provider – we do not have to provide for Him!  
  • He is also our Healer
  • He is the Prince of Peace, therefore He is our peace
  • He is our Joy unspeakable and full of glory!  
As a matter of fact everything that is of God is all wrapped up in Him.  
  • He is the Fullness of Life and all godliness.  
  • Jesus is the Way, THE Truth (not A truth but THE Truth) and He is Life itself.  
Most of all He is Love

to be continued..... 
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