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PostSubject: My ongoing testimony   Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:52 pm

We all have a testimony of when and how we came to faith. But we also have an ongoing testimony as we never fully arrive in this life. 

I observe my continued testimony thus: 

1st was coming to faith in '89.

2nd was my growing and walking with the Lord for several years, creating a strong foundation by studying Scripture everyday, many days for up to 8 hours a day (I'd be engrossed until 2 in the morning at times). This helped me get a head knowledge of the Word and what God wanted me to know. However, reading is not a substitute for experience. That would come with suffering and seeing my sin for what it truly is.

That brings me to 3rd and current. Starting in 2005 when I had my 1st back surgery, then my Bible and study notes were stolen from my truck in 2006. This sent me from looking outward to looking inward. I began to suffer physically with multiple surgeries, addiction to pain killers, bitterness at life and God. I began over the last decade to see my own sinful nature - not just understand it from a head knowledge, book smart kinda way - but to truly "get" just what God has forgiven in us. I've seen the ugly, enemy of God sinful nature side of myself. I obviously don't like it, but I'm finally beginning to understand.

I am now weened off all medications and maintained by only 3 to 4 tablets a day (I finally asked the Dr and my amazing wife to help me as I knew I had a problem).
I've purchased another Bible just like the one stolen from me and am transferring all my notes to it... sort of a "new beginning"
I now feel the Spirit opening my eyes and heart to those outside of myself.

All in all I must say, I have not liked the last decade much... but I wouldn't change it for anything. It's shaped me into who I am now becoming.

God is good, all the time... even when life is unfair, we're suffering unimaginable pain and loss, and we're mad at Him. He is still there for us. I thank Him for not abandoning me and look forward to my ongoing testimony.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing testimony   Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:10 pm

Very cool!  Thanks for sharing!
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing testimony   Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:13 pm

That is an awesome testimony, Jim!

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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing testimony   Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:54 am

You are an inspiration Jim.  Your struggle helps give me strength (and makes me feel like a baby for complaining in the first place....if that makes sense).
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing testimony   Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:51 pm

Trust me, none of its me. 
I AM a baby, a whiner... but the God who chose me is faithful and strong. That's what matters.

All of us have our own personal struggles that are unique to ourselves. One person suffering a specific problem may be able to handle it better than another person dealing with the same issue. We're all unique
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing testimony   Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:28 pm

Awesome to read this Jim.
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