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"Blessed Assurance"
Ezra Bufford

My name is Lala Bernabe and I live in the Philippines. I wrote this testimony because I believe there are a lot of people who are now where I've been, suffering with sickness or disease with seemingly no hope. I want to tell them what I have experienced in my life, that our Lord Jesus Christ is true to his word when He says, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you."

Ever since I was a child, whenever I had a cough, it would develop until it became very severe and I would have to be treated with anti-asthma medication. I would use the medication until the cough was gone, and soon there after I would be able to go back to my normal activities. This was the normal pattern for me until last July of 2004.

I was on a vacation with my sister when I started to get a real bad cough and it wasn't long before I was having a hard time breathing. It develped to the point where I had to be taken to the medical clinic emergency room. There I was given a medicine, that they discovered later I was allergic to, and it really aggravated the already bad condition that I had been brought in for. While I was in the emergency room, I began to pray hard because I was really terrified. Praise be to our God, I survived that terrrble ordeal.

But ever since that attack something new had developed regarding my condition, I found myself being consumed by fear. I realized how fragile life really is and that I could lose my life with the snap of a finger. One day I'm doing ok and living a somewhat normal life and the next day I may be dead. In an attempt to try and make myself feel better I began to console myself with the thought that maybe the doctors can help me after all. Maybe they will be able to explain my sickness and make my life normal again. Possibly all I need is some more medicine and then I'll be fine.

Trying my best to put it all behind me, I tried to go back to my usual routine in life until one day I accidently ate some food that I was allergic to. Then all of the problems came rushing back again. In short, the reality of my life was that I was now living with a sickness I couldn't understand, and one that the doctors were unable to help, but instead aggrivated by administering the wrong medication. What I was left with was living a life with a sickness that could attack at a moments notice, and whenver it attacked would make it nearly impossible for me to breath and a life consumed with fear that everyday could be my last. I tried everything I could think of to get free of this but nothing worked.

Then one day I came across this website, Abiding In The Healing Word, and I began to read all of the great verses of healing and of God's Love and His wonderful intentions for us. My life began to change as the symptoms began to become less severe. I will say that it was not an overnight change but it was a start! I turned to God's word and was inspired by the testimonies on the site and I began to learn to trust in God's Word.

Psalm 30:2 says. "O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me." This became a reality to me one day when I had an irritation in my throat and once again I was consumed by fear and I thought, oh no here itcomes again! Then I said, "Please God help me" and true to his word he did. Not only did our Lord God remove the sickness but also my fears. I am no longer afraid and I have learned to trust our Father God. I said to myself, "I learned from the Bible that our Lord Jesus Christ gives Life because He is Life. He never intended to harm me and surely my sickness is not a punishment because He already died for my sins, He already paid the price for my transgressions and what He offers is life to those who believe."

Now I am thankful to God becuase from out of my worst circumstances He gave birth to the greatest thing that has happened to me. That is, to know more of my God and his love for me. Through His word I also learned of the great blessings He has given to me and I was so thankful to Him. Truly my soul and spirit shall praise Him forever. When I surrendered my life to Him I realized this is the most rightful thing I ever did. Now I am no longer afraid of what tomorrow brings because as it says in John 4:4 ". . . . greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." Truly greater is He that is in me than he who is the world.

I am a work in progress but in Our Father God's hand I know I will be fine. Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for saving us and showing us the way to our Father in Heaven. Truly His Love for us is evident if we let him live through us. Truly this testimony has been hard for me to compose because I really can't put into words all that God did to me and is still doing in my life. All I can say is He is wonderful, and everyone can experience great things in God if you will let him in. Some call what God has done in my life a miracle but for me it's God's Love. I thank God for this website and for the website team of prayer warriors who prayed for me. Yes, it truly is all about love!

Lala Bernabe

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