Sunday 14 April 2013

From Rags to Riches: A Testimony of God's faithfulness

Ifeoluwanimi is one of my very good friends whom I have lots of things in common with. We both love to eat and cook, we love engaging in discussions about God, we both stand for the truth even if it means losing friends, and our surnames sound and look very similar.

Ife created time to write an article for my blog. Thank you so much Ife.

Be blessed as you read.  Below is the post:

From Rags to Riches: A Testimony of God's faithfulness

Singing...'I never knew you could honour me this way 3xce
Honour me this way thank you Jesus'.

It has been three years since I made the decision to burn the bridges behind me and walk in absolute trust and surrender to the instructions of my Saviour.

Though I had called Him my Saviour since I was 10, I never really gave him room to be my Saviour and Lord. I still had control of my life, until I came to total surrender.

I really wanted to love God but I also wanted to have fun. After all, I was young and ached for the fun and exuberance of my youth. I soon got carried away. I started with sweet valley, then M&Bs, Harlequin, Silhouette, hints, hearts.

Everybody was reading them, they are fiction anyway I told myself but I failed to remember God's word that tells us to guard our hearts diligently. 

My mind soon became polluted with romantic thoughts that warped my imagination. Sexual urges had to be controlled through masturbation, then later sex... but only with my fiancé I thought.

I went far from the mark. The wave of guilt each time I had sex or masturbated gradually waned. I couldn't control myself any more.  I began to avoid church activities and fellowships. It seemed everybody in fellowship was all out to condemn me although nobody knew what I was doing. I quickly reduced fellowship attendance, I thought it would make me feel better. I thought I felt better, but no, my conscience was dying.

I have come to realise that the devil tends to isolate a believer in order to destroy the soul of that believer. The devil's ultimate aim is to see you in hell so he won't relent until he takes you out of touch with your maker. I lost touch with the things of the spirit. I became carnally minded, gratifying every wimp of my carnal desires, not only sexual, I tried to get my joy and happiness.Brethren, remember that the scripture tells us that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). 

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians.5:11). We can't have fun the world's way; there is fun, joy and peace in waiting on the Lord and letting Him have full control of our lives.  Like the prodigal son, I somehow found my way back to my maker. I found it difficult to believe that he was waiting for me to come back home all the while. I had read Isaiah 1:18 several times, but I didn't really understand how loving God really is and how he is ever willing to have us come back to fellowship with Him.

No matter how far you may have gone, you can lay aside every weight, burden, baggage and RAGS situations and circumstances have formed for you. He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of Joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sin according to the RICHES of His grace.

- Ifeoluwanimi Adebara

About the writer: Ife is a graduate of Computer Science.  She is selfless and loves helping others.  Ife has a passion for baking and cooking.  Ife loves eating. Ife’s life totally depicts a life that is dedicated to please God, in her character and conduct.

Note: This story is not about Ife, but it was inspired by true-life events.

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  1. My learning from the above article:

    We are products of things we watch, hear, read, the people we interact with and the places we go.

    These things contribute to how we live our lives, our perception about life, they also determine how we think, speak and act.

    Also, regardless of past actions that we may have undertaken and actions that were not pleasing to the Lord, God is ready to forgive us and welcome us back. He has changed so many people’s stories from rags to riches.

    Some people’s stories have changed to the extent that, some people gossip about them and make such comments: “She is used to be so bad in school, how come she married a good guy, he was part of the famous Cult group, now he’s a Philanthropist”.

  2. Beautiful write-up sis. Keep it up!