“My deliverance testimony” by Etcheberry

Deliverance Testimony by Etcheberry  Enriquez.

I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior when I was twelve. Then at sixteen I started attending in a Pentecost church and at eighteen I decided to be baptized. While growing up I had a lot of questions in my mind. Like, why couldn’t I serve at church, why couldn´t I trust the Lord, but trusted my family more? What is the use of going to the church even attending discipleship training without doing it for the Glory of God? And more questions like "why do I feel broken inside", "why do I feel empty inside, feeling there something missing?" I tried to fix myself, but I couldn´t. I tried to read some encouraging Christian Bible based books hoping they would answer all my questions, but they didn´t. I learned from the Church that it is not normal for a Christian to feel broken or to feel like as if you´re in a prison. Contrast in the word of God in the Bible, which is in Galatians 5:1(KJV) "Stand fast therefore in the liberty with Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again in yoke of bondage." I realized I didn´t value my life, I didn´t live a life that God wants me to have. There were lots of lies that the enemy had put in me.

	At that time I was led to Middle East. I remember I prayed hard because I was aware that it is a Muslim country. It was really a big step out from my comfort zone. But I was encouraged by this verse in Romans 8:31 If God is with us who can be against us? From Middle East I learned the basic foundation of relationship in Christ, which is believe and trust. I learned to know God through the bible and through the life of the prophets and disciples. I felt that I was inside the bible through the people around me in Middle East. I had the glimpse of the life of the people inside of the bible. God is indeed the best teacher, He knew how would I relate and learn effectively. It was one on one teaching. But along the way, the more I got to know Jesus the more He revealed my heart. I saw unforgiveness issues, bondages, generational curse and vices in my life that I need to let go.

	After a year I went back to the Philippines but after four months I went in Norway. There I experienced spiritual battle literally. It scared me. Then, one day I asked a Pastor in International Christian Fellowship (IKF) to pray for me because I couldn´t take it any more. I remember I was always having a bad dream but that time was worst. I was more sensitive to the enemies. One of my greatest fears was sleeping alone in the house at night. I was aware that it was not normal to a Christian to have a lot of fears, because it says in the Bible that we are overcomers because Jesus lives in us. God led me to people that helped me and understood what I was experiencing. Then, I went through counseling and deliverance. 

While I was in the process of counselling, trials arised that sometimes made me wonder what good things would come out from what I experienced. At that time I couldn´t let go of my past. The Lord reminded me of  the reason why I was in Norway. I was there to settle things with my mother and freely forgive her and also the other people who had hurt me. It was about time to let go and leave the excess baggage, because there was no room for it in me. Then, one by one my questions were answered and I even discovered the darkest parts of my life. It is really difficult to admit that I, the girl who was always at church, who always read the Bible and was surrounded by Christian friends,  hated God. That was the reason why I couldn´t serve Him, I blamed God from what I experienced in my childhood. Unconsciously, I slowly became aware of it. And that was also the reason why most of the time when I tried to serve the Lord I saw myself unworthy to stand in front of Him. The most important thing that God wants from us is our heart more than our offerings.

	Before I went through counselling and deliverance, I always felt that there was something missing in me, but now I can truly admit that I found what is missing and that is the genuine relationship with Christ. And I gladly say that I found my first and true love, which is Jesus. No more pretentions and dishonest hearts.

	God knows everything in us. We just need to to turn to him with a humble heart and ask for forgiveness. That will set us free. Because when we are in Christ it is impossible to remain in your old self. We are transformed. When you encounter Jesus you will never be the same again. And that is for sure. It says in the Scripture “ If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold they become new. “ (2 Cor 5:17)

I, Etcheberry Enriquez, who received Jesus Christ and who admit that I need to be saved by Christ everyday. God bless!