It has been six years since we first came to visit Remnant Fellowship Church. I still remember walking out of that assembly and wondering about the joy we had just experienced. We had been to so many churches over the years...seeking and looking for something, although we didn't know what it was that we were looking for. But my husband and I both felt it on that beautiful day! It was the Spirit of God...It was in this place and in these people. The genuineness and JOY were real! This place was pure and in love with God!! And I wanted what they had.
At that time of my life, I was so miserable inside. You may not have been able to tell from casual conversation, but...inside my soul and behind closed doors...there was an emptiness that nothing filled. I was frustrated with life, because it offered NO answers and NO hope. I had tried it all! Even church seemed to offer nothing. I was overweight, depressed, anxious, angry, greedy, selfish and very prideful. How can one be prideful when you know nothing? But I was.
What I found at Remnant Fellowship Church, though, was a truth that opened my eyes. Jesus talked about removing the plank out your own eye before trying to remove the speck out of another person's eye. Well, I had a beam protruding from my eye...it was my own deliberate sin. I was clinging to it and it was robbing me of the abundant life Jesus promised to those who abide in Him. The truth that we can lay down sin has revolutionized my heart and my entire life.
I praise God for the truth that is spoken here because it IS the truth that will set you free. I have lost 70 pounds of greed off my body and countless pounds of self-focus, anger and pride. I am learning every day how to love God more, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus more andto want nothing but the will of God to be done on earth as it is in Heaven! I have a sincere love and respect for my husband and we are raising our children to love and obey God first and foremost. Our home is blessed!
I love this truth and the conviction it brings because without this conviction, there can be no change! And I love a leadership that loves God, that daily leads by example and that isn't afraid to tell you the truth! It has led to peace and joy and all the fruits of God's spirit...blessings above and beyond!! May God get all the glory!
To see more of Carmen’s story, watch Remnant Fellowship TV – “Overcoming Bingeing on Sweets” – You Can Overcome Season 2 Episode 10/.