Every few months, we will select a few testimonies to post. Always remember, your testimony is not who you were before you met Jesus. That's your history. Your testimony is who He is to you today, how you are encountering Him and the transformation that is occurring in your life because of that.
Here are just a few of your stories and testimonies from 2017. (Some have been edited for length) Please continue to share your testimonies in the "comment" section of each BTV episode. They are a wonderful source of encouragement to others and to us!
We are a family are forever changed by your teaching - even before you started Brilliant TV.
My daughter Sarah who is being Healed of Autism. Loves, loves, loves your teaching. She listens to you everyday. All on her own. Your teachings has to taken me from knowing God. To Truly Experiencing Papa God.The Holy Spirit and Jesus so much. A Richness a Fullness.
Everyday is a new day. We are learning more, more about the mind, will and emotions. Learning more about mental illnesses. Experiencing The Holy Spirit in ways. We never did over 20 years.
Jesus did so much more on that cross that day. I am learning now. It's not just getting to the property. That God gave me in dreams. When I was 8-11. But every single day. Experiencing Him anew. Truly Resting in Him. Being with Them.
We are trusting, Resting and Experiencing the The Father , Son and Holy Spirit in Ways we never did.
In response to your question of the Lord: “What is Your Highest Good for Me in this Situation?”
I was just thinking about this before the question came out. One thing I have struggled the most with in my life is insecurity. I won't go into much detail but a couple years ago, I came face to face with the accuser.
I stood my ground. It stung at first and one of the hardest things I've been through because it also involved someone I am very close with. After that however, my husband and I received a major breakthrough in our life.
Looking back to how I used to be, I am a lot more secure in who I am now. I'm also able to love people better and don't feel threatened by them and no longer afraid of confrontation.
I was able to do that because of what I learned here.
Thank you for taking time on BTV to respond to us all with such wisdom and grace.
I never get enough time here on BTV but here is a summary of what I am learning...
You said when I keep experience the same difficult circumstances over and over again I need to ask and pray "where I am not practicing my new man in these reoccurring themes/circumstances ?". So I have done that. And man did I get some words and insight.
I cannot use my strong will, influence, self effort and even humility to corral people into relational repair.
2. My Heavenly Father will never ever abandon me. My security has to be in this. If it's truly resting here I will have better capacity with difficult people.
3. I have far too much faith in myself to fix things. Which is silly but I often persist in that. Not only it it an idol to trust my own abilities it's so flipping exhausting. I have permission to love by faith. Permission to let go. Permission to rest. If the restoration of the relationship is critical to my well being and development then it will be restored in Gods way and Gods timing. I remain open as I wait for God to do the work!
Thank you so much for this beautiful space to grow and learn and be inspired
This weekly mentoring class has been helpful because of its consistency. If I forget a previous message or forgot to practice truth, I would be reminded on a weekly basis.
Being able to share with another Sunday School teacher helped reinforce the truth as we pray about our work situation. He ended up buying the Warrior Series.
Ignoring negativity in the office environment and focusing on God allowed me to see things through God’s lens and also increased my empathy for others. This process helps me to mature.
Last year I accepted a very good job offer but I struggled to stay on as the workload was beyond me physically, mentally and emotionally. Subscribing to this weekly mentoring class has kept me going.
I have been praying for a mentor, and so when I signed on with Brilliant TV just a few days ago, I went directly to the Mentor Series. Let me just say that God has opened a window and offered a word that is nourishing the hunger in my soul.
And the crafted prayer you gave us at the end of this week's teaching has already been life transforming to me. Yes, I have walked with the Lord a very long time, but in these last few days, I have known Him as a very close and present friend.
Thank you for your openness on your own story and for suggestions for our continued deepening relationship with the Father. Your practical tips on how your developed intimacy with the Father have been eye opening. I came from a family that was a visitational family in relationship to the Lord, and not habitational.
Also the focus of my growing years in church was of a God that was severely displeased with me, when I failed. Having loving but perfectionistic parents, to whom as a child, no matter how hard I tried, I ever felt I couldn't quit get it it right, I have had a bias when viewing the Father's heart, the son's heart or the Spirit's for me.
Your mentoring sessions not only help me to grow personally but have given me a window for how to pray for my pastors, declaring a new day, and a new understanding of God to grow in them, cause they can only teach what they have experienced. I am learning how with the encouragement of the Spirit, I can partner with God, in interceding for my pastors, for more rapid development of their understanding of Him.
The teachings have been refreshing to me and helping me to see a different way of relating to the Father and a different Spirit then I have been used to. Your teachings have given me practical ways of growing my interactions with the Father and I am excited to get to know the Godhead in a different way.
I was particularly helped by your crafted prayer I just listened too and am excited to put it into practice. This talk assisted me in a unique way and I can't wait to go back and listen again and work through the activation.
I have struggled knowing how to nuture my relationship with the Spirit and these teachings are assisting me to a new level in Him. I find I have to forgo the Western temptation to simply listen to more and more teachings prior to really focusing on one and growth in that area and that is my challenge, to move from informational learning to relational learning, and your mentoring classes are assisting with that.
I have so many experiences to share that have just happened over the past 6-weeks that have rocketed my growth in God because of the mentoring classes! I listen and re-listen every day, take notes, and even made a deck of index cards of the truths.
I'm learning new ways so I can ingrain them into my spirit!
I was in a very dark season of my life; well I thought I was until I listened to you. After I watched the first video I said, "Wow I think my brain just got a cramp."
For the first time ever I heard God laugh!
I laughed and laughed for I don't know how long. I was so excited I couldn't sleep that night. Worship went to another level! I started to listen regularly and take action on what I heard.
I used to think of God as a distant God who was angry, Jesus was the buffer. I was filled with the Holy Spirit but had no idea the treasure inside me. I wasn't sure if I was hearing God and was under constant condemnation.
Fast forward to the present: I am amazed each day with God's goodness, kindness and intentional relationship. I'm in awe of God, enamored with Jesus and Holy Spirit is my best friend. My life has changed significantly; especially my inner life. Circumstances are changing and I no longer see them as giants but opportunities.
For the first time ever, when a major challenge came; I didn't hide from it but actually laughed. I thought, Wow if that is the problem the blessing must be substantially larger! Yah Jesus! Anytime I sense a downturn in emotions I quickly stop it and change it to a positive thought. I also see people differently, I actually love them. :)
I said all that to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!
The perspective God has given you has helped me immensely in my relationship with Him.
Growing up fatherless and not having my encounter with Holy Spirit until the age of 45, though I considered myself a Believer most of my life, my orphan attitudes and perspectives have been dealt with every time I listen.
I am grateful for my relationship with my spiritual father, mentor and Pastor who has revealed to me the heart of my Father in Heaven as well as the value from the Fathers like yourself in the faith who we also the Lord uses to impart aspects of His nature for me to glean from.
I have many of your teachings, every book you have written I think and am very grateful you have started this site and have so much teaching in one spot!
The mentoring series is wonderful! Bless you!
I can't express in words how grateful I am for your mentoring. I bought a few teachings online and time again new things are revealed. Also, funny comments made me laugh, thank you for this!
I am looking for answers, the H.S reminded me to subscribe as a member. It is real: Father is talking, Jesus is praying and holds my hand. Becoming a member of BTV is amazingly spiritually enriching! I started with " Developing your Destiny", I didn't know Father sees/ speaks as if I arrived already at His intended destiny (related with a prophetic word given now) though I think/ feeI regularly as an orphan.
Father speaks very clearly and straight forward through your teachings and I am excited to grow in love. A wealth of wisdom is available on this site, practical truth to do life as His children.
After months of a great sadness, really wondering if God is really there for me, I am beginning to see to have hope once again.
The journey, my story, center stage, permission to go out and explore with him. Want it soo much to be free to the limiting beliefs I have had for soo long. He is calling me to be free, to embrace HIS goodness. I am ready and I am willing.
Thank you for your teachings, gentleness and always offering hope and not judgement. I am just a little excited inside that all of this could be true. One step at a time…
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I have walked with the Lord for a very long time (I'm 58 years old), but I feel for the first time like I'm really coming alive.
Much of it has come through the Mentoring teachings and the New Man Theology. I'm looking forward to more of the Story! Thank you so much to all of the team!
I'm very excited for this new journey with God in Christ. Everything the Father does is so exciting, awesome and wonderful and I'm like a child filled with awe, wonder and excitement.
I’ve been excited, awestruck and still in wonder since I found accidentally ( on purpose) 😊 BTV several months ago.
I am being challenged to change from glory to glory, my mind is being challenged and transformed and I'm experiencing new found freedom from religious thinking. Thank you for all that you are doing.
You are truly blessed to be a blessing to us. Graham I hope you don't mind me saying this but when I see you it's like I'm seeing the Father. You're so a son bringing glory to your Dad and to Jesus.
Just joined, soaking it all in. Been going to church like forever, but never had my journey made so clear. Before I was depressed, but now I am excited about every next step in the journey and process with God. Thanks for the clear teaching.
Where to begin? I’m on Week 4 of the Mentoring Series [Story & Journey]. I love that He is relentlessly patient in waiting for me. I'm watching the videos twice - once to take notes, once to simply listen.
In Week 2 I asked Him, "Who do you want to be for me now, that you couldn't be at any other time?" He said "I AM your Father, who provides for you in abundance." That undid me. My own father loved me totally, but he was powerless to change and did not provide for us as a family. His own pain engulfed him.
The one word I ascribed to him was "impotent." Now I face an impossible financial situation. And I am learning to trust in my Father, who will provide in abundance. I don't know how, or when. But my hand is in His and I am resting.
Thanks for asking me to comment to give you an update of God's progress within me! Because I believed God would make me more sensitive and more receptive to His voice, I have burst into more words of knowledge and more Prophecy.
I recently gave 12 ladies words of knowledge that they all confirmed! This was in a Baptist women's conference!!! Gods love and power was so evident that we all shed many tears! Oh how God encourages!!! Now I want to do this more and more so I am praying for more opportunities.
I am so enjoying this journey, just drinking it all in and walking with the Spirit in putting into practice what I am learning. This mentoring series was an answer to a prayer. I asked the Lord for a mentor, and He came through for me with your ministry.
Thank you for your obedience to the Lord in starting this. Thank you for sharing with us what the Lord has taught you. Thank you for being a part of my journey with the Lord.
Coming out of a legalistic, religious background the Lord taught me about grace. He gave me a revelation from His Word. He taught me about unconditional forgiveness and walking in unconditional love. He taught me of the need to give grace to others and never to judge. I never realized that I was not giving grace to myself.
I still have a ways to go in my process. Thank you for the part the Lord is using you to play in that.
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Experiencing this teaching is like turning the wilderness of my heart into the garden of Eden. I have so much to explore and experience. I get to live abundantly in relationship for the first time.
I'm not surviving life anymore I'm marveling that God is so loving, so good and my real Daddy! And that He goes before me laughing and singing. The questions you asked at the end of episode 3 are deeply penetrating and transformative for me.
You said "grace is more powerful than legalism" and I've lived in legalisms high security lockup prison and battled vindictive jailers out to destroy me for decades. I stretched just to peer through a barred window at a speck of His goodness and called it my faith.
But you just flung the doors wide open and walked me into the mountain air and streams of grace. Grace for the jailers too, and hope for them as well. Which is awesome since they are my family!
It's magnificent! Overwhelming. Causes random outbreaks of laughter and tears!!! Thank you for thoughtful gracious teaching that melts my heart into open communion with my real Father! This is really Big! - Tamara
I am eternally grateful for these series on Developing Your Destiny, and now on Story and Journey. I love the process of learning and growing WITH and IN Jesus.
His grace has kept, covered and strengthened me through each challenge and situation that He's brought me to....He continues to take me THROUGH them to the other side of victory. My faith is more empowered now than ever before. I love how you spoke about taking your promise and turning INTO your test.
THAT so spoke to me and the Lord used that to empower my faith for something that I am facing as well and He created a place in our service last Sunday that He stirred my spirit and enabled me to step out and release that word to our congregation... Taking your one smooth stone, your promise from God, and turning INTO your test, taking your giant down with THAT Word, THAT promise.
I felt an upgrade with that step of faith and obedience as I released that word of exhortation. God continues to build on that revelation as He builds my faith and confidence in finding my voice. I give God the glory and am grateful for this new place in our journey together.....I believe it's a new chapter into a new season IN God.... And am looking forward to the fight as you would say, cuz I know Who is on my side, and if God be for me, who can be against me?!
- Connie H.
Every time I listen to a video I am so blessed. There are so many of us out here who are just starting to receive the riches of who God is for us.
The process for me is slow unlearning 33 odd years of negative thinking, but it is so worth it. At first I was overwhelmed too, but it's starting to take shape within and I love the learning. I appreciate what you are doing. God bless you
On the Activation: I asked Jesus to reveal to me who He was for me throughout my journey with him. As I was taking my morning walk, Holy Spirit reminded me over and over again how He has always faithfully brought me the Truth. Because of a religious childhood, confusion has reigned in areas of my life but as I would daily bring this to Him, He revealed his nature to me.
It did take time and definitely has been a journey. But He is relentlessly faithful to reveal Truth to me which always clears away confusion. God is Truth. Holy Spirit always always answers any questions I have. I find great peace in that knowledge.
Thank you for always pointing me to Him :)
Going through a real upgrade currently and noticing the subtle changes in my language has been powerful!
My mother went to a Pentecostal church when I was a kid and speaking of tongues always freaked me out and turned me off. I never thought it would be something I did.
However, as God is working on my prayer life he keeps reintroducing me to it. It’s now part of my new, daily language with Him. Both in prayer language and every day language, there’s been a tremendous upgrade.