I do not understand the Bible! How many times have you said this?
I would grow so frustrated wondering how was I suppose to live something I couldn’t understand.
I speak many times about the old Mhykee. She did a lot of things wrong, but there was one thing she did right. She made a decision to give up her lifestyle, mindset, and self righteousness in exchange for a beautiful life in God. She got tired. Tired of the same old thing. Tired of being bound. Tired of anxiety, sleepless nights, tired of the void that couldn’t be filled. As a result, she went on a hunt for God.
I went to over ten different churches but I left the same. I cried day in and out because something was telling me there were people fully living God’s word, but I couldn’t seem to find them. One day I was invited to Refuge Temple Ministries and I was blown away at the message. The minister didn’t just scratch the surface, he ministered on things in the Bible that I’d honestly never heard or seen before. I ‘d never heard a minister preach so boldly about getting sin out of my life. I’d been told I was good. I was raised that if I confessed the Lord as a my personal savior that I was saved. This man of God began speaking on this very saying letting the church know it was not in the Bible, but was established by man. What? My entire life I was proclaiming to be a Christian and saying I was saved and this saying wasn’t in the Bible! I was angry! Why did they lie to me? My soul was at stake? Why?
But I knew he was right. Deep down, I knew that if I died I was going to hell! I couldn’t necessarily explain why but I knew. He confirmed it. He was a light in my darkness, pointing me to God through the word. I needed that message. I needed that preacher. I needed him to condemn things I was engaging in that separated me from God. I needed him to teach me the word of God. I needed him to show me how to be free from sin. I needed him to show me what to do when I was tempted by old habits. Prior to this service, I would have never admitted this to anyone, but I desperately longed for someone who would preach against things I was doing and show me I could be free. Yes these habits were pleasurable for a moment, but after I felt like a cancer was eating away at my soul. I felt heavy, confused, worthless, weak, but as a slave I kept going back for the temporary high no matter what price I had to pay emotionally. I didn’t have the power to let any of it go. I couldn’t defeat me!
I attended more services and began taking heed to his word preached directly from the Bible. He didn’t sugar coat anything and he didn’t promise me prosperity. He fed me only the word of God. The word began to wash me. I made up my mind that I wouldn’t continue the way I was going but I would take a leap of faith that me sitting there in that moment was no coincidence but it was the mercy of a loving God that was pointing me in this direction. I later repented, was filled with the holy spirit, and began the journey I am now on.
I am a result of the power of God in a person’s life when you completely surrender. Surrender the boyfriend, surrender the fornication, surrender the alcohol, surrender the turn up, surrender the girlfriend, surrender the lusts of this world, surrender everything and seek to live God’s way no matter how strange it looks to others.
The Bible says “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? I wouldn’t have been able to get here on my own! I needed the man of God. Can you get a degree in Nursing without a professor there to answer your questions and bring understanding to what you are reading? No. We also can’t live a life pleasing to God without someone sent by God showing us the way! It can’t happen!
I sat in many churches, but I wasn’t delivered in my mind. I wasn’t given a message of hope that I could be any different than I was when I walked in. I was simply entertained for a moment, leaving with the same mind and bondages. If you find yourself in this situation, run as fast as you can away from this type of ministry. When you stand before God you will not be able to point the finger at anyone else. It will be you and God alone.
Chief Apostle Wendell Archie’s
book Determining Truth from Error has blessed Trev and I so mightily. It is the same message and understanding he gave me the very first time I sat and heard him minister. He preaches only the word of God! It freed me from lusting after men and women. It freed me from drinking, smoking, cursing, anxiety, depression, and much more. His teachings showed me that a sanctified wife would sanctify her unsaved husband, and now Trev serves God with me. He taught me that we could live holy and it has been seven years since I smoked, drank, cursed, fought, went to the club. It’s been seven years since I had the desire to show off my body in a way that didn’t please God.
Not only have I not done these things, I am free from the desire to do them as well. I’m not even tempted to do any of it. The Holy Spirit has given me power I didn’t have before; now I have overcome things that were driving me to sin.
I am in no way saying I am better than anyone who finds themself in these categories, but I’m a witness that you don’t have to stay in this condition. The same God that changed me is waiting to change you to. He is waiting to take you out of the low standard of living you are in! I’ve seen the scriptures come alive in our life time and time again and it all started with one service, one message, from one preacher!
God used a man that was sold out for the gospel to minister to me and our family has reaped the natural and spiritual benefits being obedient to his word! The Bible says you will know them by their fruit. Everything I am is because of the vine I am connected to. I am a fruit of Apostle Wendell Archie. I am connected to a ministry of people that have a standard and believe in holiness.
Determining Truth from Error brings simple understanding of the scriptures for the person desiring to grow in the knowledge of God’s word. It gives understanding and reveals/debunks the lies unsent preachers continue spreading throughout the generations. Lies that speak directly against God’s word & aren’t able to produce any fruit in your life.
I leave you with this: What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Yet so many chase after things that profit them nothing spiritually. Invest in your relationship with God. Repent, turn from your way, cry out for his spirit, and begin to walk in his ways. This man, this message, this ministry is here to help and assist you in your walk with God. God is waiting, he simply needs your “Yes.” So, will you be made whole?
God bless you