A New Chapter
After blogging for a year and a half, I have finally looked at messages sent to me via Facebook!! Being an old man I am somewhat digitally challenged! From today on I will be responding to your questions. The following is a message sent to me earlier this year, which I just read!
Hi Dr. Anderson! I just finished reading your book Victory Over the Darkness. Praise God for what He did for me through your book! I have to say that I have never felt so much freedom in Christ in all my years as a Christian. Growing up, I was in a religious home and rules were of primary importance over a relationship with Christ. Church was the center of our household but we lacked in prayer, intimacy, and an actual personal relationship with Christ. I enrolled in college after high school and it wasn’t long before I fell away from Christ all together. Since I didn’t have a solid foundation, how could I have ever had a walk with Christ, like you mentioned in your book? It was so insightful. I was around 24 years old when I had given my heart to Jesus completely. I began a personal relationship with Him and then I was raped and beaten. I felt so angry for so many years that God could allow this atrocity to happen to me. I felt victimized and even shamed and responsible for the rape. I never deserved this, but I believe Jesus’ intention was NOT to harm me but to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29). Through your book, I was able to gain victory and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus over this terrible event. I find myself at night time going over thoughts I’ve had in my head during the day, or that come to me right there in my bed – and because of your book I am quickly able to identify that they are NOT my own thoughts but from the enemy, AND that Jesus doesn’t want me to accept those bad thoughts. Don’t you love that scripture – cast down every thought or idea that presents itself above the knowledge of God? I was unaware before of how much my thought life was infiltrated by bad thinking – victim thinking – and negativity about myself. I have a new outlook on life and a new lease on life and I am very happy now. I know that the devil hates me tremendously because Jesus lives inside me – and Jesus battled and gained victory over the devil on the cross and in the resurrection. I want to thank you and say you are loved. I am interested in reading your other books that you have published! I’m 32 years old, married for over 2 years now and we’re expecting our first child. It is so refreshing to see a warrior that is on fire for the Lord fight for the scriptures as you did in that book – and show us that they are not mere ‘religious’ words but they are meant to guide us throughout our entire life and make us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
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