I have had nightmares every night all my life as far back as I can remember, because of all the abuse I suffered and witnessed growing up. These nightmares kept making me feeling so emotionally drained; it was like the nightmares kept making me relive what had actually taken place, causing me to feel scared and full of anxiety. I felt helpless as I would watched the past events in my life take place over and over again that I could not do anything about. Last year at 58 years of age, I woke up screaming from one of those nightmares saying repeatedly “Call 911”, because I had seen my mom being beaten by my dad.
As I was sitting in church praying the Lord’s prayer last year, “…And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us…” a thought came to me that I needed to forgive my dad for all the things he had done. I think it was the Holy Spirit working within me. I felt I needed to let go of all the negativity towards my dad and towards how I was brought up. This meant that I needed to forgive my dad for all the things he had done to me, especially for one of the most difficult things I remembered him doing to me that physically damaged my body. It was hard to forgive him, especially for that one thing, but I knew I needed to. I did not want God to hold anything against me, so I chose that day to forgive my dad of everything he did to me.
That night after I chose to forgive my dad, a miracle happened that I did not expect. I did not have a nightmare. Then, a week went by and I called my sister telling her what had happened – that I had one full week of no nightmares. Now, it has been one year, that I have been totally free of nightmares. When I chose to forgive, I was not expecting this added blessing of being free from nightmares that I had sought years of counseling for in order to get rid of them. But, it happened. What years of counseling could not do, God did for me as I chose to forgive my dad.
Not only are the nightmares gone, but God has lifted a tremendous burden from my heart. The darkness that I felt continually over my soul that I couldn’t get rid of no matter how hard I tried was finally gone. Now, God’ s light has flooded my soul where the darkness stood. If God can do it for me, I know God can do it for you.
The word “testimony” actually comes from a Hebrew root word, which means to “repeat” or “do again.” Revelation 19:10 says, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” These shared testimonies of what Jesus has done prophesy your breakthrough, the healing or miracle you need. What God did for these people, God is willing to do for you!
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Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Psalm 105:1