From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
Due to how “Stephanie” had minimal maturity in the Holy Spirit and limited understanding of The Word of God, she came to believe that she would never be good enough in the Christian faith…But her own spirit struggled to toss aside the accusations of how she and her children were supposedly unrighteous in the eyes of God, despite how much she sincerely tried to develop in the Holy Spirit. She eventually fed on enough distractions and negativity that led her to change her God-feared lifestyle. She completely ceased the habit of church attendance
anywhere, placed The Holy Bible down, allowed herself to become distracted in the faith, and became influenced by the bait of addiction.
Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
There were times when “Stephanie” tried to pray and have the type of inner peace that she previously was accustomed to. But everything changed and seemed different to her. Prior, she always happily took her thoughts, plans, and desires to the Holy Spirit while she interacted with Him… “Stephanie” formed a habit in which she bitterly thought about all that was on her mind while she tolerated her addiction meantime.
1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
1 John 2:1-3, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
1 John 2:5-6, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
Hebrews 4:15-16, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 12:1-3, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
The scriptures from The Holy Bible became gibberish languages, unreadable, and complicated to “Stephanie,” which aggravated her enough to where she placed The Holy Bible down during those isolated moments. Yet, she often prayed about how she yearned to feel the strong inner peace that she used to experience from within.
Job 14:7-9, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.”
Psalms 145:14, “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.”
“Stephanie” wanted to walk in the Lord and obediently abide by The Word of God again. But she did not think she would ever be acceptable to God, regardless or not if she had an upright heart and lifestyle. She made herself believe that she could never possibly walk in the Spirit of the Lord as she used to, constantly prayed for the type of relationship that she used to have with Him, and often begged Him to help her quit her addiction. During one of those moments, she strongly felt inner relief and clearly acknowledged from within that she still was able to resume the quality of her previous relationship with the Holy Spirit. From that, she received comfort, and began to refocus back on God and His Word.
Psalms 37:23-24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Hebrews 2:10-11 and 16-18, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
St. Luke 15:7-10, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
2 Peter 2:9, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, …”