Changed Hearts: Antonette's Story
I posted a pic on instagram the other day that said “I love when I tell people a little of my past and where God brought me from". People who just meet me look at me and my walk with Christ and think I have it all together. Then I tell them a little of my testimony and they are floored because thanks be unto God I don't look like what I used to be. People look at me now and don't see a girl who was broken, had low self esteem, overcame molestation and abuse and was delivered from a life of witchcraft, and an alternative lifestyle.
I used to be afraid to share my testimony because I was afraid of what others may think of me or I was afraid that people wouldn’t see the new me but would still judge me based on my past. But I thank God I am not my past! I will shout it from the mountaintops that God delivered me from lesbianism, witchcraft, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and fornication. The Bible tells us that we are overcome by our testimony (Revelation 12:11). I used to sit and wonder why God allowed some things to happen to me then I realized that it’s not about me. God allows things to happen for a reason. He wanted to show others how powerful He is by taking me through and out of those situations. He used those situations for me to have a testimony and be able to use my experiences to help try to bring someone out of the same direction I was in.
As a youth leader at my previous church I can’t count the amount of times I was able to discern a certain spirit in some of the youth and by the Power of God was able to talk to and pray with them and for them to break that spirit. Most people in the church don't understand the power of their testimony and what God can do thru them based on that. This is why the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit is so important. The Holy Spirit will give you the discernment to see that spirit in someone and you'll have the power to call it out and cast it out. (Luke 10:19). From experience I know that these types of behaviors aren't just behaviors but are spirits that attach themselves to a person. This is why it’s so hard to break free from them. (Ephesians 6:12-14), 2 Corinthians 4:10. I can truly say it was the power of God that delivered me from these strongholds. And it is the Power of the Holy Ghost that keeps me from falling back into sin.
Each day I’m more grateful for where God has brought me from. Some days I sit and think about how far I’ve come and I’m amazed by how God cleaned me up and wants to use me for His glory. I pray for each person that struggles with the issues I had or even your own issues that you will fully surrender to God. Once you come to him He will clean you up. I pray that the spirit of homosexuality will be broken, that the yoke of bondage will be broken. I pray for restoration. I pray that you will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit and that you will find refuge in God.
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2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.