Sharon’s Testimony (with audio link)

Spring 1987, I walked into an inner city church where a young Presbyterian pastor greeted and ushered me into his jam-packed office. Smiling warmly, he said, “How can I help you?”

I smiled and repeated what my friend has told me to say, “I’m demon-possessed and want to know Jesus Christ.”

Smiling warmly, the pastor replied, “Of course I can help you, but first tell me about yourself.”

“I’m a marriage and family therapist and a single mother of an eleven-year-old boy. In my mid-thirties, shortly after his birth, I sensed emptiness in me. I had a good marriage, a successful practice, and close friends, so I concluded the lack was spiritual. I explored the ‘alternative spiritual expressions’ of the seventies.” I described my experiences with spiritualism, various divination and meditation practices, yoga, and the Eastern and Native American religions and then said, “January 1985, I felt fragile and isolated, and decided to stop communicating with spirits. The next morning I awoke to hissing and vile cursing in my mind and painful attacks to my body. Horrified, I realized that the evil that I had denied existed controlled my inner life and threatened to destroy me. I’ve survived for two and half years by refusing to act on their input and by constantly saying to myself that this isn’t me. My friend said that Jesus Christ is the superior spiritual Presence—I sense it’s true. I want to know him.”

The pastor took Steps to Peace with God from his shirt pocket and showed me a picture of a man standing on a ledge staring across a deep cavern. Then I saw Jesus Christ stretched across the cavern. Suddenly, evil spirits unleashed hatred of Jesus and in my mind’s eye, I saw a naked man writhing on a cross. They hissed Jesus’ name. The pastor asked, “Are you okay?”

“Yes, they regularly flood me with vile feelings, visions, and lies, which I ignore. Please, go on.”

The pastor said, “You become a Christian by confessing your sins and asking Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of your life. Are you ready to do that?”

Nodding, I read aloud, “Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against you. Please forgive me. I want you to be Lord and Savior of my life. Amen.”

“Good! Let’s pray.” As he prayed, I immediately saw the man hanging limply on the cross. His skin was flayed and blood poured from puncture wounds. In my mind, a spirit taunted, “God killed his son. Why follow him?” I stilled—he just acknowledged God’s existence! The vision vanished. He taunted, “Want to see another sacrifice?” But it was too late, for I already knew the truth and so did he.

In a twinkling, the Holy Spirit filled my icy core and broke their control. Simultaneously, I knew that the Bible was God’s official word and that I was to give it and the Holy Spirit authority and credence over all else—my desires, thoughts, feelings and demonic input. I sobbed, “I’m free!” God had rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the Kingdom of the Son he loves (Col. 1:13).

Until that moment, I knew the arch antagonist and his evil script, but God mercifully opened the curtain wide and revealed himself. Instantly, I witnessed his power and authority to save and his ability and willingness to personally communicate with me. The invisible heavenly realm and God himself became as real as the trees we touch, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Eventually, I learned that everything in the physical and spiritual universe comes from the Father through the Son Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. From beginning to end, salvation comes from God. Yet, I had much to learn about God and the part I played in my transformation and fulfilling his purposes in the world.

I converted my hour of meditation and yoga to writing in my journal, reading Scripture, and praying. As I drew near to him with full assurance of faith (Heb. 10:22), God transformed me from the inside out and demonic attacks significantly lessened. I learned that Satan and his minions are bit players, albeit vicious ones, in God’s drama of bringing light to darkened souls. God in his wisdom and grace incrementally transforms us as we cling to him and boldly step onto his stage, where rather than enfeebled ends, we look forward to the day when we reign with the King of Glory.

2004 I gave my testimony to a class of approximately 120 students at Denver Seminary. Click on this link to hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtR35anh6_Q

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