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A testimony is a personal declaration of what God has done in your life. It does not focus on what he has yet to do. Gratitude, with public thanksgiving, is the doorway for bigger things. How have you broken out of your small story into the bigger story of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit?


Writing your testimony will strengthen you, giving you a “stone of remembrance” whereby you can call to mind, in difficult times ahead, the great work the Lord has done for you. But your written testimony is also a ministry to your brothers and sisters in the faith. You become an encourager, a signpost for others on the path toward freedom. In this way, you will build up your brother’s faith and help open your sister’s eyes.

EMAIL YOUR TESTIMONY TO RACHEL@HEARTOFTHEFATHER.COM

**The identity of the writer will be kept confidential.

ABANDONMENT

become too much for me to bear, and I would give up and possibly do something rash. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me was an experience that I had had when I was eight--the first time I remember tooth pain. I was with my parents at my dentist's camp. My dentist and my parents were friends and were planning to go out to dinner. I had an abscess in one of my teeth and told my mother that I was in pain. She told the dentist who said that he would remove the tooth in a couple of days after his vacation. I remember sitting at the bottom of some dark stairs and feeling abandoned as I listened to my parents and dentist laughing as they got ready to go out. Through the insight of the leader, she led me into the knowledge that my fear of being abandoned stemmed from that event. Through prayer and the Father's blessing, I left the conference assured that God would never abandon me. As fate would have it, since the conference, I have experienced another tooth problem. However, I am at peace with the secure knowledge that God is with me and will get me through it. I wish that I could say that my tooth issues are over, but that is not to be, at least not yet. But I can stand pain when I know that God is in the pain right there with me. Thank you so much for your ministry.

THE OLDER BROTHER

"Everything about you is so heavy." Heavy? Me? I'm the one walking with the Lord, going to mass, listening to Catholic tv and radio. But he was right. I guess I had become judgmental, like the prodigal's older brother. The analogy fits us to a 't'. Now I think I understand the other side of the parable and am reading your book on it to learn more. At your conference I realized there was still a lot of baggage I had been dragging along with me. I felt I had forgiven everyone for past insults and injuries, but I had never asked God to forgive me for my uncharitable response to them. I guess I still felt they 'owed' me, and I was being the big one to graciously 'forgive' them. This knowledge turned into a blessing later with the prayer team. We had gone through the 5 Keys of forgiving, renouncing, etc., and as they were praying for me I felt great, like a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders. If that was all that happened, the whole weekend would have been worth the trip. But then just before we broke up the leader asked if anyone had a word. Nothing, and then, one of them said 'You belong'. Wow. That went right through all of us. It felt as if it came right from God. And I realized, I never really felt like I belonged in my family. I always had to be better, try harder, and strive for perfection. I was trying to earn the love of my family. I had an intellectual knowledge that my parents had punished bad behavior, but never rewarded good behavior, and that their standard was different for me. When I got good grades, no big deal. I was supposed to. And I was harboring a real grudge. Especially when my brother got bad grades and flunked out of college. Even though I could see the unfairness, and tried to distance myself from it, it was a wound that hadn't been healed yet. Knowledge is not the same as healing. So that weekend I forgave them, and asked God to forgive me for allowing myself to be bitter and resent them for it. And here's the thing - as I realized I was caught up in the relationships, looking for validation from my standing with them instead of my standing with God, I realized it was because I believed the lie. In this case, Satan's lie that the unfairness was evidence that God did not love me. I think all our sins in one way or another come down to believing that lie. This has opened up a whole new dimension of faith for me. Your teaching on that really opened my eyes. God must have had that specifically in mind when I learned that you were coming.

LUST

I shared that I had worked in a High School and found it difficult to stay because of the dress code. I didn’t understand why the girls had dressed so immodestly and asked why. I was told they just wanted to attract and tease the boys. The team understood how difficult it was for me to shed this burden and offered to pray over me. At the conclusion I felt a freeing and tingling to the point where I found it difficult to stand. Also I exclaimed to the team that I now have control of my eyes! At the end I mentally started to praise Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the new found freedom. I had to sit down for I felt I would fall over. At the end of the evening I hugged the team member who through her prayers set me free from this burden. As I am writing this, I recognize that there are temptations which do follow, but in those instances, I call upon Jesus by praying “Jesus I trust in you” and if the temptation is too great “Jesus have mercy on me, for I am a sinner” and look the other way.

WIFE AND HUSBAND

to my unbelieving, uncomprehending plan of God's the service was about families and marriage. Moreover, at the end we were able to go up for prayer, I did. The prayer counselor suggested I make it to the Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference that following Friday, so I signed up and went. That is when the burden was lifted. I have been FREED of the junk I thought I had to carry forever as a reminder of my choices. Not only my choices, but my parents' choices as well. I went home talking to God the whole way. I could not wait to see what was going to happen the next day. I have changed the way I respond to almost everything my husband says now. I changed fast and I felt so free. I still am free and I remember, "What is gained in prayer is maintained in prayer." Thank you. I gave the book to my husband and he read it every night when he could not sleep. I listened to what he was learning and I heard his questions. And when he was at a low spot I told him about the people at church that can pray with him. I also found him looking up when the next conference might be.

HUSBAND: During my experience at the Unbound Conference, for the first time I felt the love of our Father. During my Christian journey, I have learned knowledge without being able to incorporate it into everyday life. The verse about old things passing away and becoming a new creation has always been difficult to know but not experience. For those few days during and immediately after the conference, I could sense that reality. There is still more work that needs to be done in me, but I have new hope and for the first time a small feeling of God liking me. We are very thankful for the work you are doing. A few generations from now there may be a footnote in Church history about the re-introduction/ shift in the way deliverance is handled based on your family's work.

REJECTION & MIGRAINES

bring my freedom & deliverance. Since early December I started to watch International House of Prayer (IHOP) webstream on my computer in the evening & I would worship the Lord. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit & I would ask the Lord if I needed to forgive anyone. One night while I was worshiping I forgive my Dad & son-in-law & I actually felt something leave my body. Another night I was worshiping the Lord & this thought came into my mind that the Lord loves me & that he loves me first & that I did not need to make him love me. I was so filled up with the love of the Lord. All of this prepared me for what I needed to do on Saturday. I was suffering from severe daily migraines. They were so bad that I have been out of work since 11/09. One night after an Emergency Room visit in which I was in a lot of pain. I felt like I couldn't take the pain anymore. I put on IHOP & I worshiped the Lord & the message inside said it wasn't my fault. I started to cry so hard. The tears came from inside that I just cried & cried. I didn't understand what the words meant at the time. I said to the Lord I am so sorry over & over again. At the Unbound prayer session on Saturday, I was surprised at the questions the leader asked but I trusted in the Lord. Then we started on the forgiveness & renouncing part. I was amazed at the insight & depth of revelation that the Holy Spirit had given her to set me free. One example is to forgive my ex-husband for not loving me. That revelation had come to me the night that I worshiped the Lord listening to IHOP, when the Lord told me loved as I stated above. God had put all the pieces together. I struggled in a few areas but was able to be set free in those areas. Another area was to renounce the spirit of perfectionism. If I renounced & let it go then I wouldn't be responsible for all the problems in my childrens' lives. To go along with that was to renounce the lie that its my fault. Another area that was difficult was to renounce the spirit of rejection, especially my daughter's rejection of my love. This one was very difficult, however, the leader was very gentle with me & I was able to do it. After we completed the forgiveness & renouncing, I received the Father's blessing from the team. I felt such great peace I did not want to move from my chair. I felt loved & treasured. I wanted to stay right there in the center of peace. It is truly an amazing gift that the Lord has given you & others you have trained. Praise God!!!! I wanted to be delivered to from the root cause of the migraine. Now I know I am Free. I am free of chronic Daily Migraines!!!! The following week, the Lord poured many blessings on me. Each I was blessed in many different ways. I did not expect that. I felt truly by my healing. I have applied to some schools of ministry & the Lord has given me a great testimony on healing! Each day I claim & believe in my healing! I see changes in my relationship with my Mom, when I talk to her I smile & laugh. This is something I couldn't do before. I feel the love of the Lord for my Mom. I also see changes in my relationship with my children. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

IN PRISON

went berserk on drugs and beat up a couple of police officers so he wound up in her unit. This young man happened to be a firefighter who had gone through a bad divorce. After he came down off the drugs he was in great remorse for what he had done. So he was put on suicide watch. She said he is really a good and intelligent person so she has befriended him. She gave him the copy of Unbound to read and yesterday when she went to work he told her that the book had literally saved his life. Praise God I just really wanted to share that with you not only that after I told the story to my prayer group it inspired someone to finally start reading the book.

THE FATHER'S BLESSING

1. my name

2. that I had not received individual prayer that afternoon and

3. that I was wearing a pin in the shape of a tree.

Their prayers for me were right on. They said that I had healing hands. They said that I was a tree of life, bearing fruit. "And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Rev. 22:2) And that was just part of it.

Here is what they did not know. I am a nurse. I am a missionary, sharing the Gospel with Muslim women. God is so amazing.

And here is the verse that God gave me concerning my yet-to-be-scheduled individual prayer session: "Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens." (Romans 8)

I am so grateful for all that the Lord is doing in my life through your ministry.

REJECTION

, more often than not, begging God to take my life. I knew that I would never take my own life, but I so very badly wanted God to take it for me. The week of the conference I said to myself that I did feel like I was slowly dying.

I realized through the teachings I heard, that first of all, my very dear, and sweet husband, bought every lie the enemy was selling him. When the enemy whispered to him, "You're not happy, marriage isn't for you, you're too selfish to be married, this other woman is more of what you are looking for, etc." , he believed this with his whole being. Then the enemy turned his attention to me and I said sit right down and tell me how you want me to feel. Oh, he said things like, you are impossible to live with, that's why this husband and your first left you for other women, you couldn't keep a man if your life depended on it, you should have worked more hours, been a better homemaker, gotten a life for yourself instead of waiting around for your husband to come home, you know his family's business was always way more important to him than you were, and on and on.

After coming into this awareness of my enemy and learning how he operates, my eyes were so open to his tactics. He was especially concerned with my husband and our marriage, I see now, because prior to our marriage, my cradle Catholic husband had no relationship with God and the sacraments. After we married I had a major conversion and he seemed to have a small one; but big enough that he actually desired to attend daily mass for two and a half years and receive the sacraments on a regular basis. I am sure that the enemy hated that we had these conversions and that our marriage was becoming a sign to other couples. Oh, if we had known our enemy back then.

But Praise God! I see! I see! And what now has been revealed to me is that none of my husband's decisions were about me. He bought the lie and in turn I bought the lie. The oppressing spirit of rejection that has oppressed me for the past two years was commanded to leave and I truly feel that it is gone. I now know who I am, the precious, precious daughter of Almighty God. He created me and everything he created is GOOD and I am VERY GOOD and I am WORTHY OF LOVE, I am WORTHY OF FIDELITY, I am WORTH SACRIFICING FOR. I know this because I know my savior and HE has done a great work in me.

Thank you again for bringing this ministry to the world. I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned with others so that they also may experience the freedom that I feel.

SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY

A testimony is a personal declaration of what God has done in your life. It does not focus on what he has yet to do. Gratitude, with public thanksgiving, is the doorway for bigger things. How have you broken out of your small story into the bigger story of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit?


Writing your testimony will strengthen you, giving you a “stone of remembrance” whereby you can call to mind, in difficult times ahead, the great work the Lord has done for you. But your written testimony is also a ministry to your brothers and sisters in the faith. You become an encourager, a signpost for others on the path toward freedom. In this way, you will build up your brother’s faith and help open your sister’s eyes.

EMAIL YOUR TESTIMONY TO RACHEL@HEARTOFTHEFATHER.COM

**The identity of the writer will be kept confidential.

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