YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD - MATTHEW 5:14

Your breakthrough will embolden another.

Your pain is someone’s purpose.

Your tragedy is someone’s teacher.

Your suffering is someone’s saving grace.

 

SHARE IT.

 

OUR MISSION:

Obedience to Jesus’ Great Commission has never been easier than today, thanks to our digital connectivity. 

 

[Read why speaking out about your faith is now more important than ever]

 

This blog is dedicated to sharing faith stories that comfort, uplift, and inspire others to place their faith in the Great Physician, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace named Jesus Christ. His name is above all names! We can literally reach the ends of the earth with this good news from the comfort of our own living room.  We can start a blog, add our testimony to the signature line of our emails, or pin it to our social media accounts. We can share our faith without awkwardness or without even having to break the ice.

Right now, someone (perhaps you) is turning to the Internet, "Googling" a problem, hardship or circumstance...searching for advice or answers. I am honored to share these stories of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. My hope for Light in a Dark World is to recycle pain, tests, and trials into purpose and to transform the life of a reader with that same struggle. Our testimonies contain the saving power of God. It's amazing, praise God!

Someone who is going through the hardship you have come out of is searching online, right now, for the hope you have already received. 

Your faith story is unique to your personal faith journey.

 

No two stories are alike. We are called to be the light shining in stark contrast to this ever-darkening world. Revelation 12:11 says, we are saved by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and by the words of our testimony.

Did you hit bottom, lose all that you held dear, and in your humbled state turn to Jesus for help? Did the Lord intervene in your circumstance with a miracle? Perhaps your story doesn't have a happy ending by human standards, but do you have a new found peace and hope to tell of? Did you realize that the plans you had made for yourself pale in comparison to the one God had in store for you? 

 

If your test did not kill you and you have God’s hope and love to share, then acknowledge that God did not bring you to and THROUGH your trial or tragedy for nothing. Although your test may have been the catalyst that brought you to faith in Jesus, and your salvation is now eternally with Him, this is not the full reason you have undergone this trying experience. Your faith journey does not stop there and end with you. God wants you to share with the world how Jesus has changed your life.  We are not saved THROUGH our fruitful works, but we saved TO works that bear fruit.

You were given a gift to share with the world for the benefit of others,

to bring hope to the hopeless.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 says we have been comforted and are to use this comfort to comfort others. Our stories are told in obedience to the Great Commission of Jesus by recounting our pain, adversity, or tragedy and sharing how the Lord has comforted us and transformed our minds, circumstances, or lives. While some stories demonstrate clear supernatural intervention from the Lord, and others speak of God's steadfast comfort and love, all are equally amazing faith testimonies of His presence and His purposeful plan for our lives. The common thread between our stories is that Jesus Christ is the intercessor between us and God (Hebrews 3:14-16) and we will never doubt God's presence in our lives again. Jesus has changed us and we are new creations in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). Perhaps our starting points differed: we were athiests, agnostics, new age mysticals, or had dry, dead religion composed of rules and rituals, instead of a relationship with the creator of the universe. We were not converted...we were reborn (John 3:1-21) into an eternal promise and relationship that was bought for us some 2,000 years ago on a cross at Calvary (John 19).

 

Bloggers and contributors are welcome to share stories of a trial or test that God has made beautiful from the ashes of sorrow. Don’t waste your pain…someone who is going through a similar situation needs to hear from you and be introduced to Jesus! If you have received physical, emotional, or mental healing and deliverance, please consider publishing, republishing or linking your story here by contacting us. If the faith story the Lord has given you involves a breakthrough that can encourage others, we want to hear from you too!

 

Still feeling hesitant to share what you have gone through? Please know that there is no longer any condemnation for our past mistakes (Romans 8:1). You are a new creation in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, be bold and fearless (Hebrews 10:35-39) to share what Jesus has done in your life (2 Corinthians 3:2-5)! The great apostle Paul often wrote of this boldness in sharing the gospel (2 Corinthians 3:12, Ephesians 3:12, Ephesians 6:19and particularly, his own faith story of his conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). 

It's been said that our lives as Christians are the only Bible some people will ever read. Let your let shine before them! However you decide to tell your story, tell it with confidence and without fear (Hebrews 10:35-39), and as our culture becomes increasingly hostile towards HIS name, remember Jesus said if we deny Him before men, He will deny us (Matthew 10:32-33) when we stand before the Father on that day. 

As you will read in my faith story below, I am a lifelong lover of music, and so felt led to include a healing music ministry section.

 

Music transcends language with raw emotion that can be understood on a soul level. This is why music is an important part of my life and my worship to God. The songs I have streaming here contain lyrics that lift downtrodden hearts and eyes up to the one who knows their sorrows, hurt and pain and can make a way out. They also serve as a reminder and reinforcement for believers that the Lord's love is never changing and His presence is constant (even when we can't feel Him). Scroll down to the footer to take a listen to some inspiring faith songs. 

My Faith Story

 

My name is Cindy and below is my faith story. It was told at my baptism in 2014 and originally published anonymously in 2016 on another website designed to lead people to Jesus through their testimonies.  I buried my experiences for a long time because as I returned to work, I was keenly aware of the stigma and discrimination that people with disabilities face in the workplace. I also did not want to look back on the pain I went through. But I knew that I could no longer keep my faith story to myself because I had not been physically healed for the sake of my own life becoming more pleasant or free of stress. My healing experiences are the spiritual breakthrough others will be inspired by to seek a real relationship with the Lord. 

 

Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:7-8)

Today, by the grace of God, exceptional medical care, holistic nutrition, and complementary/alternative modalities, I am healthy and manage a Christian health and wellness blog and coaching practice. After taking a virtual tour of Liberty University online in August 2017, I was accepted into their Master's of Public Health degree program in September....I am excited to graduate in 2019! I solely manage Light in a Dark World

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Rev. Susan Wynn


It is an honor to share Rev. Sue Wynn's testimony on Light in a Dark World. As you may have read in my own testimony, it is in great part through her written testimony (From Death to Life) that my faith was coaxed, encouraged, and strengthened to seek the Lord in my lowest and darkest moment after a revision surgery. PRAISE GOD that JESUS is our healer, our redeemer and our deliverer!


You may read more Bible-based truths from Rev. Susan Wynn on her blog:


My Father's Place – A ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.


“Restored Ruins”


Physically and spiritually in ruins, a new ager rebelling against God and stricken with progressive MS, I had nowhere to turn but back to the Lord. My plans and dreams, my promising managerial career, evaporated like a morning mist.


Then I saw the light of Christ, revealed through one who is used by the Lord to restore ruins, Pastor Doc. But first I had to see that I was in ruins.


Physically, it was obvious. Both feet were paralyzed, both legs were paralyzing, my bladder was paralyzed, my muscles so spastic that no muscle relaxant could relax them. My head and right shoulder were in constant, extreme tremor. And I had lost cognitive function. She who made an art form of multitasking could no longer even do simple addition.


But I didn’t see my spiritual ruins at first. The first step was to realize that something was missing in my life, I knew it was God. So I went back to church, after a 22-year absence. As I sang the old hymns, I was stirred up inside, to the point where I became hungry to know the Lord.


Pastor Doc told me that he could not minister to me until I had asked the Lord two questions. The first was, “Am I right with You, Lord?” So, I asked the Lord, and no answer came. I called Pastor Doc the next day and said, “I didn’t get an answer, so I must be right with Him.”


Then Pastor Doc gave me the second question, “Do you have any unforgiveness in your heart?” Immediately, I knew I had never forgiven my first husband, who beat and then abandoned me. So, I prayed to the Lord, “Lord, I want to know You, and this stands in the way. I can’t forgive, but please make it so I can.” I literally felt a weight lift from me, and I knew He had done it!


As I look back, I know the reason He didn’t answer the first question. I was not right with Him because I had not forgiven my first husband.


My sessions with Pastor Doc began, now unimpeded. He assigned me scripture prescriptions, and told me to surround myself with worship music, and pray continually. I obeyed. At the end of third session, he asked me to pray for healing. He had prayed at the end of the first two sessions. I knew all the medical jargon, and asked the Lord to repair the ruins in my brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.


Less than two weeks later, in the middle of the night of September 1, 2001, I was healed by Jesus Christ. After I went to bed that night, every doubt came streaming into my mind — Who do you think you are? MS is incurable. Your tremors are irreversible. You are fooling yourself! I cried until I was all cried out.


Suddenly, as I laid there in bed, I remembered Peter walking on the water toward Jesus. When he looked at the wind and the waves, he began to sink, and cried out, Jesus! Save me!


At that moment, I heard the Lord speak this to my heart — “You are sinking in a sea of doubt.” I reached up in the night, and said, “Jesus! Help me!” He did!


I arose, grabbed my forearm crutches, and went to the living room couch. As soon as I was situated, I opened my Bible, and started reading what had become my beloved scriptures. Suddenly, I felt a sensation, starting at the top of my head and perfusing through my whole body. I knew it was the Lord, and cried, “Jesus, You are healing me!” I rejoiced and prayed for a while, then went back to bed.

The next day, I woke up feeling like I’d been plugged into a supercharger all night! MS causes great fatigue, but I was full of energy and power!


I arose, and found I could walk without my forearm crutches. Every symptom had suddenly disappeared! I cried, “Lord, you did it!” I am amazed my dear husband, Jeff, didn’t hear me. The words to the third stanza of Wesley’s hymn, “And Can It Be,” came to mind:


“Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night; Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light! My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee!”


And He has done it! My dungeon flamed with light! My chains fell off, my body and heart were free! I rose, went forth, and followed Him!


He came to set captives free, and He surely set me free!


I pray that my testimony encourages you to seek Him for no other reason than to know Him. You will find that He is much more than you could ever think — Savior, Healer, Sanctifier, oh, my! Just as with me, He longs for you to know Him for all that He is!


Susan Wynn


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Faith Songs: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

Due to copyright restrictions, Soundcloud plays only a short sampling of songs by GO+ artists for non-paid subscribers. Therefore, I have added cover versions of some original GO+ artists' songs here.  These can be listened to in their entirety from my playlist. Here is a list of some my favorite Contemporary Christian artists. 

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