How do you write a testimony or what is the purpose of me writing a testimony?
Not long ago, a spiritual head in my life told me Christianity is not just for me but is for others. Therefore this testimony is to testify to Gods glory and to encourage a brother or sister in the Lord.
October 10th 2013 was the day I finally gave myself wholesomely to Christ and allowed Him take the reins of my life. The journey has been interesting, uplifting and joyful. Sure there have been days I’ve been down in the valley and nobody could hear me scream but there are many days where I was in the clouds soaring like an eagle.
Growing up in a Christian home I’ve always been reared to know righteousness from unrighteousness and yet still at University in 2009 I submitted to the sinful behaviours of a life of an unsaved young man. Drinking, smoking and sleeping around was never my portion and in some ways it did make me self-righteous. I could preach to one person about their sins because I thought I wasn’t as sinful as they were, all because of those three things mentioned. I was indeed your local “pharisee”. During my second year of university I tried going Bible studies, prayer meetings and other events; however, my heart was just never there. I was revelling in my sin and enjoying the freedoms in the kingdoms of darkness. There was no greater raver than me at university; from Luton, London, Leicester, Birmingham and Northampton I would lead the way. If I came into the party it would be me that would set pace; if my t-shirt wasn’t drenched then your rave wasn’t successful.
News Year Eve 2012 I declared fiercely that this would be my last. No more raving again after this last big bash in Birmingham. It was my big pact with God and the fourth or fifth time I had promised this change, and yet this time I was determined to make it happen. So when 2013 came around, why did I attend five raves up until October 2013? Why did I fall again when I knew this was the time to change?
My soul wasn’t renewed but 2013 unlike all the other years’ things had changed; my boys had settled down and stopped raving every week. What was left? Then I was applying for jobs and getting rejected until I found a job in banking. After receiving a job offer something very strange happened and they declined me at the last hurdle. My family were pressuring me to succeed and get a real job. University was over a year and a bit. Pressure. I’m too smart to be jobless. Pressure. I need money, McDonalds isn’t cutting it no more. My prayer life wasn’t consistent and reading was sporadic up until October 2013.
Consistency is needed for the overhaul by the Spirit. Just like a footballer needs consistency on training ground to get into the main football team.
In February 2013 I saw something that propelled my journey to change; I stood in the middle of the rave and I could feel my enjoyment being sucked from me. Everything around me literally moved in slow motion and I asked myself “What else is there to gain? Why are you here?” When I got home something else happened. Lust of flesh, desiring of women sexually, masturbation, objectifying woman by body, I wasn’t desensitized to sexual films, books, pictures or words as such and my dreams became sexualised.
After that rave I understood Matthew 12:45 and how seven demons come back to the place they were cast from. Going back to raves after Christ had now illuminated me with knowledge about raving would invite sexual demons into my life. Wow. Each time I went back to that sin they would get stronger each time; seven multiply seven. That scripture explains why when people recover, overcome addictions and bad habits. Then go back to those addictions; why it is so devastating the second, third, fourth time round. Seven demons return with another seven. That rave made it harder to leave that life behind; my flesh again had now new reason to rave. It was in a direct fight with the spirit, (Galatians 5:17) and raving was now my naughty secret.
October 10th was actually my last rave and I left everything there. I felt like I left all my old life at that last rave of my life. Yet even so, I had to deal with the masturbation demon that accompanied post raving. Unlike other times there was a direct fight within me the following night. My spirit literally wrestled with my flesh to say no more Masturbation, we must be free. For two or three hours I was contemplating grabbing my phone and releasing but something held me in my seat. As daylight broke I just knew I had overcome masturbation as well as my urge to rave. I was free from all of the constraints of what had held me back. Acts 27 is my testimony scripture; that night there was a storm and I thought about exiting Gods boat because it seemed too tough. The spirit of God had claimed me and held me back; so when daylight came I had become enlightened. I had attained victory and seen victory I knew how to overcome. Trial by fire. Now nothing was stopping me following God. So from that deadly day till now I’ve been tearing more of my flesh aside but that’s another testimony and another day. Just know GOD loves you.
Remove the direct debits you have in the world that are leaving you overdrawn; it’s time to cancel those debits. God wants followers in spirit and truth. Watch out God is moving with me and he can move with you.
His tweets are inspirational – @kojothedebater.
One of the top blogs I also enjoy reading…Gentleman Extraordinaire.
Get to know the Word, and He’ll win your battles…
Brother Kojo touched on some serious scriptures within his testimony, so I want to draw light into them so that when if again you find yourself is similar situations your may want to use these Word of God to fight the devil off. I hope it helps :).
Addiction is REAL. And when I say addition, I am considering sexual sin, drugs, gambling or alcohol etc.
There are times when we get caught up in certain addictions and then we make promises to ourselves that this is the last time. Like seriously, the last time! But then we find ourselves getting involved with this addictive activity again but this time we can’t label it as going “back to square one” but going back to “square minus, what value?” In other words, this time round you probably gambled more than you have done before, or taken new levels of units when drinking alcohol. Or maybe the influence of alcohol in your system has resulted you into been out of character.
This is where my understanding of Matthew 12:43-45 (particularly verses 45) comes in:
(43) “When an unclean spirit goes out of man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest and finds none. (44) Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And he comes he finds it empty, swept and put in order. (45) Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked then himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.
The unclean spirit which is a demonic spirit is never comfortable outside of man. That is his home. Once he has been casted out from man, he makes it his duty to visit his home periodically, to check if there is a leeway to get back into his home.
This is why it is important that when demons are being casted out either by a another Christian or by God Himself, it is important that the devil does not come back to that destination empty but filled with the Holy Spirit. It is the mysteries behind the Word of God that will keep demonic spirits away.
To leave it empty will result the devil into taking further action…bringing back seven more demonic spirits back with him. And they will be wicked than he is. Indicating that there are levels of wickedness/evil.
As I am writing this, this scripture is actually deep!
Anyway fear not…lol
As believers we have been given the authority to cast out demons (Mark 16:16-17).
(16) He who believes and is baptised will be saved… (17) And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…
Each demon has its own function …hate, lust, murder and so on. Demonic spirit are known to move in clusters. So which ever demonic spirit(s) that is evident in man should be identified and then be casted out one by one.
For the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do things you wish.
So the flesh and the Holy Spirit are constantly conflicting within us. These forces aren’t equal. Hands down the Holy Spirit is the ultimate winner. However, the problem comes when we rely on our own wisdom, by doing this – we end up making the wrong choices. If we try to follow the spirit with human effort, we will fail. The only way to freedom from our evil desires is through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
The verses that relate to this the testimony above are: 12 – 44.
This section of the Bible is an account from Paul.
Along with some companions, Paul travels to Rome. At first the journey was sweet. Ocean, wind, everything was calm. It was not long after that Paul gave them notice that a storm was upon them. As the long journey continued they met with a “great deal of tempestuous weather”. The condition was enough for them to lose their faith. It was enough for them to believe that they were more or less dead. *Pause*
Brother Kojo said in his testimony that:
“…that night there was a storm and I thought about exiting Gods boat because it seemed too tough”.
What a battle that must have been…
If we brainstorm around the term “big storms” they are ominous. They arrest our attention. They remind us how small and powerless we are.
We’ve probably encountered several forms of storms without even in knowing in our daily lives…the decisions of whether to give in to the flesh or run after the Holy Spirit. This can be associated with someone breaking chains from their addictive sin to just deciding on how to behave towards a certain someone who continuously shows us the hand when we are wanting to have a civil conversation to that person.
Depending on the source of our strength, wisdom and faith, it is easy to give up and give in to the flesh. To fight such battles and overcome storms, we must be familiar with God Word so that we can hear His voice, get that assurance, win the battles and know that everything is going to be okay.
I dare you to pick up your Bible today and start reading from any book in it. There are loads of sources online to help you understand the Word. There are numerous blog and there are even Bible Challenges.
I pray this post wasn’t all over the place. I hope it touches someone too.
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