When I was little I went to a small Baptist church off and on. I received Jesus in my heart as my Lord and Savior. Though I think that I was more scared into it because I didn't want to go to Hell. I was taught under the assumtion that God based me on my performance, and that I had to be good in order to get into heaven. I remember trying to be perfect and always failling. I was under serious condemnation and bondage because I thought God wouldn't love or except me. I kind of just gave up hope because I couldn't be perfect.
When I was young my family went through some real tuff financial problems. My dad use to make over 100k a year as a wallpaper hanger. Then during the mid 80's the bottom fell out of his business and he couldn't get any work. He then realized he need something to make some money and was hired on at the place where my mom worked. It was a warehouse position and only paid $6.50hr. Needless to say we barely got by. We lived off of 15 acres that was pretty expensive at the time. He bought it for $6500.00 an acre, not including the house. My dad put our house and land up for sale and we couldn't get any buyers because the market was bad. My parents weren't big on God at the time but somewhat believed. Anyways after getting one of our cars repoed and the IRS was trying to take the land because of back taxes, my parents turned to God for help because they had nowhere else to turn. They got born again through the ministry of Robert Tilton ( I am not big on him but I he brought my parents to God. I just found this out a couple of years ago. So, I owe his ministry big thanks.).
It was great seeing my parents joy come back. My dad started listening to Kenneth Copeland and Andrew Wommack about faith and things started changing when my dad started walking by faith. My dad kept getting promotions and went from $6.50hr to 50k a year through the years. He was claiming victory and that he was debt free all the way to and from signing the Bankruptcy papers on the land. A few years later he sold 5 acres of the back portion of our land for a 1/4 of a million $. Then he recieved another 1/4 mill. from a lawsuite because a nursing home killed his dad 5yrs earlier. Then he sold another 5 acres for another 1/4 mill. to the school for a baseball field. That was wild because he still has all of the frontage property and that is the part that is worth the most.lol Anyways, my parents are debt free now.
I saw my brother do a 180 also. I couldn't believe the wisdom I saw come out of his mouth. I saw my family all have this new joy that was different than just being happy. I said to myself, that I want what they have. So, I made myself listen to the Kenneth Copeland and Andrew Wommack tapes. I found that God doesn't base me on performance and that he excepts regardless of my sins I have commited yesterday, today and tomorrow. I recieved a revelation of Gods Love!! I had so much joy and peace that I was dead to myself. We still had problems arise but they were not held as a priority, God was our priority and provider and ALWAYS came through.
I have seen my dad healed of a heart attack, a friend healed of a brain tumor, my sister raised from the dead, my uncle was a heroin/drug addict for 20+ years and was set free from it, my Nanny totally healed of 90% blood clots in her arteries(sp?), step daughter healed of a 104 temperature in under an hour. The list goes on. I never get sick. The list goes on.lol I could write a novel. But I will stop here for now.