My Personal Testimony

LaTreceDavis-01212014-150-163MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY

By Minister LaTrece Davis

When the Lord led me to move to Georgia I wasn’t sure what to expect.

He was talking to me about moving, around the month of May and the same week He started telling me about this move He confirmed the word through my pastor. At first I fought against it. First of all I loved my church family, and I didn’t want to leave them. And also I didn’t want to leave my mom behind in Jersey, especially after my dad had passed away the year before. The Lord dealt with me about moving and obedience, and I finally came to the place of surrender. Throughout the course of that year I found that the Lord had been dealing with my mom about moving as well. My sister was already living in Georgia, and so we were excited to be united again.

The Lord had given us specifics about what to take and what not to take, when to move, and where to move. When the time came for us to move, it was such a supernatural experience. I mean, everything that we needed was supernaturally supplied. The first few months after moving to Georgia, was a time where our faith was stretched. We came with very little and so we had to believe God for everything. During that time the Lord was also revealing more and more to us, His will for us, which was serving. It was also a time of healing. There was so much that had gone on with our family in such a short period of time (my dad passing away, leaving a church we had been with for over 17 years and the Lord leading us to a new one, and a few other things). So after the Lord began to open our eyes and enlighten us, that it seemed like we were in the fight for our lives. Our faith was surely tested.

I remember, one day, walking into my walk-in closet and smiling BIG because it was filled with clothes and shoes, and the very next week the Lord telling me to throw some things away and to give everything else (except for one outfit) away. I didn’t understand it, but I obeyed Him. Then He told us to take certain furniture and appliances and give them away. This wasn’t old or rugged, this was new stuff. We had gone from living in a nice and cozy apartment to staying in hotels and motels, and at times sleeping in our car. To me, I felt we were being stripped of everything, and even some relationships. Had God sent us all the way to Georgia for this? We had gone from place to place in search for some help. We went to different government agencies and non profits, we had filled out tons of job applications, and searched for places to live. But it just seemed like door after door was being shut in our faces. We had been seeking ways of trying to get out of this situation, but we didn’t seek God as to what He was calling us to do. You see, the Lord had been preparing me for this. Months prior, the Lord was giving me dreams about this, and He was talking to me, and had me to write all of this down. I didn‘t understand what He was saying nor did I take the time to ask, I just wrote it down and shut the notebook. And so, going through, I had forgotten all that He told me and showed me. All I knew was I didn’t like going through all this and I wanted out.

Before we moved out of the apartment we had in Georgia, the Lord told us the next city He was calling us to. No matter, how far we traveled or where we went, somehow we always ended right back to this specific city. Even though I had tried my hardest to leave this city, I just couldn’t escape it. One night, I remember my mom, sister , and myself had all come to a breaking point. For me personally, I was just ready to throw in the towel. We were all in the car, driving back to this city God called us to. My mom was driving, my sister in the passenger seat, and me in the back. It felt like the enemy was screaming loud in my ears “Why don’t you just give up and quit!” “God doesn’t love you! If He did why isn’t He helping you?” “You’re such a failure!” Tears were pouring down my face. Then the Lord showed me a vision of me sitting outside on the curb and someone walks by me and asks what I was doing. I turned and said “I gave up and quit!” The Lord then says “You can either cry and accept the lies the enemy is throwing you, or you can open your mouth and praise Me.” As hard as it seemed, I opened my mouth and praised God! There was an immediate shift in the atmosphere. I had no clue how we were going to make it through. I had no idea what God was up to, but I trusted Him. The following day was Sunday, and it was on all of our hearts to go to church. We didn’t know what church. My mom turned on her GPS and the Lord told us which church to attend. We had a tiny bit of gas left, but the Lord got us to this church. Talk about a divine appointment! The Lord provided us with what we needed and also connected us with some lifetime friends. There was a reason why He led us there. Now, what if I had given up and quit? What if I kept my mouth shut and refused to praise God? Sometimes we are closest to our breakthrough, when we feel the most like giving up and quitting!

As I look back, I can see the hand of God in all of this. He was removing that old foundation of self reliance and built a new one on Him. It wasn’t until we cried out to Him that He answered. Even through the hurt, the pain, the confusion, and everything else, God has time and time again proven His faithfulness to us. It wasn’t just about us, but God has used us as His vessels. Throughout this time people received salvation, healing, deliverance, and some were filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. God has used us to minister to and even to serve so many people. I am reminded of Joseph every time I reflect on this journey. Throughout everything that Joseph went through, the Bible tells us that God was with Him. His situations didn’t change the favor of God on his life.

Recently, the Lord gave me “For the joy that was set before Him, Christ endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame.” (Hebrews 12:2) The Holy Spirit has had this scripture on my heart a lot. That is, until it finally clicked to ask what it was He wanted me to get. It was the last part of that scripture “disregarding it’s shame.” You see, I felt shame about parts of this journey, sleeping in the car and staying at hotels and motels. There were parts that I didn’t want people to know about. I was afraid of what others might have to say. But what really was there to be ashamed of? Had the Lord forgotten us? Had He disappointed us? And the answer is NO! Never be ashamed of your testimony! Never be afraid or ashamed to share what God has done! I was in fear of the opinions of what those I knew might say, but you know what, WHO CARES???!

The word testimony means “do again”. When you share your testimony you are opening the door for God to “do again” in other peoples lives, what He’s done in your. And it is also a part of overcoming [Revelations 12:11]. There are people in need of hearing our testimonies. Not just of the good things but our journey as well. The GOOD the BAD and the UGLY. Sometimes we can feel as though we are the only ones going through something or have gone through something. But that’s not true [1 Peter 5:9]!

Another thing is, get the message and lesson in what you are going through. Don’t just beg God to get you out of it. I remember crying out to God and begging Him to deliver us out of the situation we were in. He led us to a library almost two hours away, for a book by Paula White called “You’re All That.” There was one part that really stuck out to me and that I needed and it was about asking God about the purpose of what you are going through. Once I asked, the Lord showed me, and I felt His peace flood my life. It made going through everything so much easier. He showed me that this was more than just being about us. I needed to believe the word He gave me before the storm came. Think of Jesus and the disciples and that storm that they encountered. There was a reason why they needed to get to the other side. It wasn’t just about them, it was about the deliverance of a man held captive by demons. Think of what his testimony did to that city he lived in after seeing him go from possessed by demons to delivered by God and now being in his right mind.

I am so glad that the Lord didn’t allow us to give up and quit. In those points and times of weakness was when His strength was perfected in our lives. This has truly been a time of growth for me. I can honestly and truly say that I am not the same person that I was going in that I am coming out. So much has changed and I give God glory for all He has done. I say it a lot now, but I thank God for every part of this journey, I truly wouldn’t change a thing! I pray this is a blessing to you. God bless

Minister LaTrece Davis was born and raised in New Jersey but now resides in the state of Georgia. She was ordained a minister of the gospel March 2012 by her spiritual parents, Pastors Emilio and Vahlia Drakes of Christian Ambassadors Worship Center International (Turnersville, NJ). She is founder of SALT Ministries and is currently in the process of writing and publishing her first book.

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