I have been a Christian for 35 years now and in 2007 I attended a Healing Retreat. Up until this point I thought that I had done a lifetime of repenting, being forgiven, forgiving others etc., and wasn't sure there could be very much more that could be done in terms of 'clearance' in my spiritual life. God was to surprise, delight and amaze me as only He can, by revealing behaviours and strategies I had been 'leaning' on and also the reasons why.
I was dumbfounded. He also revealed that I had unclean spirits within me that I had never, ever been aware of. These were summarily dismissed in the Name of Jesus during the evening of my Healing Retreat. This was not done with shouting and hysterics, but quiet, gentle but firm rebuking from the humble man leading. It was a revelation that astounded me.
What followed on in the next few weeks I can only describe as being 'born again' again!!! It was life-transforming! Where previously I had faltered continually in praying, worshiping and reading God's Word - now there was complete freedom, from distraction and disaffection. I felt like I was floating in a new sense of my walk with Father God, unburdened in a most marvellous way. I began to hear God much more clearly and much more regularly and was thrilled to hear the things He was sharing with me. My worship is now much deeper and my burden for the vulnerable is much more intense. It feels as though my heart has been enlarged and I love even more deeply than before.
My lovely, wonderful and awe-inspiring Father God has gently been opening me over the years, making me ready to meet Him in this way. God is ALWAYS gentle. It is the enemy's lies that we should be frightened to come to Him. I have experienced a depth of freedom that I never could have imagined. To His utter glory I humbly give this testimony of His unending goodness and glorious compassion.
Amen and thank you Ellel for being His willing channels.
- Centre: Ellel Grange, Lancashire
- Event: Healing Retreat