Melissa's Testimony

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Melissa Feast

Melissa's Testimony

Post by Melissa Feast »

Hello Victor, Paul and all other forum members. I'm so pleased to be here and to know there are many others seeking, and hopefully finding, the truth. :)

My name is Melissa Feast and I live in Australia with my husband (non-believer) and two children. I found this site soon after my conversion in July 2016 and at first I was intrigued as the information was certainly different from what I had read elsewhere. Then I became somewhat shocked and dismayed by the list of false teachers as I couldn't understand how some of them could be false. Some of them seemed so genuine in their message. As a new Christian I continued to wade through the plethora of Christian information online in order to try to understand the Bible and its teachings. It was overwhelming for someone who did not have a religious background. I found that Christians couldn't agree on much at all and every denomination had a different interpretation of God's word. There were many contentious issues that it seemed Christians just made their best guess as to what was right. I didn't have a spirit of discernment for what was false, so I became disillusioned and cried out to God often to keep me on his straight and narrow way and lead me in his way everlasting. I came back to TPOT site from time to time and studied many articles and tried to understand, although I struggled with having understanding. Then recently I read your article about the lake of fire and the penny dropped, that most of Christianity are taking parts of the Bible literally when they should be taking it metaphorically. Certainly there are some Bible teachings that are literal but it's such a relief to know that hell, the lake of fire, the second death and such, are actually speaking of our inner state. Also, your teachings on the second coming made far more sense to me than the literal interpretation. So that is how I came to be here and I thank you so much for taking the time to write all these articles. You are very generous with helping people. Now I just want to tell you a little about how I came to believe in Jesus Christ.

I'm now 47 years old and I have believed in God for most of my life, although God was never mentioned when I was growing up. When I was about 16 years old I was introduced to the Bible by our school pastor. I was overjoyed with the Good News but the seed fell on rocky ground and I fell away after a short time, mainly because I was afraid of everyone's opinion of me. I was very much alone and depressed, then very quickly after that I started using drugs, drinking, listening to satanic music (unbeknownst to me), messing around with boys, got into new age teachings and left home at 17. I can only say that the next 15 years were a living hell of depression, loneliness, drugs and tumultuous relationships with men. I cried out to God but I didn't know about repentance or sin or that Jesus was the way. I had forgotten anything I might have learned from the pastor at school. I was heavily into new age teachings and thought it was a higher teaching than the Bible, that it was spiritually superior. I met my husband, conceived two children out of wedlock, then had ten more difficult years, no longer using drugs but still battling depression and a lot of problems with my firstborn who had all sorts of problems like asthma, nightmares, boils, itchy skin, disobedience, aggression.

Then in July 2016 God saved me. I can't explain it, except that I had called out to the ethers that I was lost, completely lost. And He found me. He reached me through a video on Youtube that told me what I needed to hear. One day I was a die hard new ager, the next I was a believer in Christ. I suddenly realised what sin was, and I had plenty of it. I repented, forgave, burned all my new age books, purged my house of every abomination, bought a Bible and became a new creation. No-one was more shocked than me, let me tell you, but I am so thankful that the Lord did not forget me. I am His forever.

Thank you if you've managed to read this far. It's a bit hard to give a life story in a few paragraphs, but that is the gist of it. I look forward to having fellowship here with others seeking the truth. God bless.


Victor Hafichuk
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Post by Victor Hafichuk »

Hi, Melissa! Welcome to fellowship with some of God's saints. If your report is correct and true, and it is, I have no doubt God is doing His Wonderful Work with you, which makes my day. If there's anything that pleases us, it's to see the Spirit of God moving on people and drawing them to His Son for His glory.

Looking forward to hearing more. God bless you, Melissa, and may He grant you to walk in faith, humility, and wisdom for your sake and His glory. Keep on! Fight the good fight of faith! He's what it's all about!

Paul Cohen

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Post by Paul Cohen »

Amen, Victor.

Good to hear what the Lord has done and is doing in your life, Melissa. He is faithful!

"For each one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:8 MKJV).

Dennison Rivera
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Post by Dennison Rivera »

Welcome, Melissa!

Beryl Knipe

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Post by Beryl Knipe »

Hi Melissa,

Nice to hear from you. Welcome!
South Africa.

Tang Williams

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Post by Tang Williams »

Welcome Melissa, just to let you know I am from Deniliquin NSW, Australia.

Great to hear what the Lord has and is doing in your life.

Brandon LaBerteaux
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Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:35 pm
Location: Currently: Denver, CO

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Post by Brandon LaBerteaux »

Thank you for sharing your testimony, Melissa, and welcome!

Praise God for bringing another believer to The Path of Truth! It is good to hear how He has worked in your life.

Melissa Feast

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Post by Melissa Feast »

Hi Victor, Paul, Dennison, Beryl, Tang and Brandon. Nice to meet you all. This is probably the first time since my conversion that I actually feel happy and that I'm heading in the right direction.

I look forward to chatting. I have a super busy week having just started full time study in Community Services, but I hope to join the Sabbath group soon.

I'm in Busselton, Western Australia for the Aussies here.

May God bless every one of you.


Luigi Di Benedetto

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Post by Luigi Di Benedetto »

Hello Melissa

It was great to read what the Lord has done in your life and it is my prayer that you get to know Him better and better throughout your life. i too am from Australia, a village called Reids Flat in New South Wales.


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