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Pamela Friesen Testimony

Pamela FriesenAlthough I went to church all my life I was full of anger, control, lust, pride, rebellion, anti-authority, disrespect, and I gained 117 pounds because of greed for food. Our family finances were out of control. My back, hips, and knees were in pain most of the time. My lungs and heart were stressed. I had hypoglycemic symptoms, stomach, gastric, digestive and circulatory problems. I thought these were just the typical symptoms of getting older. From the age of ten, I tried more diets than I can count. I starved myself with anorexia, tried exercise and weight lifting but nothing worked permanently. My mental attitude was worse than the physical problems.   I was mean, unkind, rude, obnoxious, impatient, and gruff. I loved getting angry. It made me excited watching people react to my anger. Anger drove my life. It was the underlying force that kept me rebellious, lustful, prideful, disrespectful, controlling and anti-authority. I was a horrible wife and used food to satisfy my anger.  My life was all about me. The thought came to my mind that if I spent this much time on my body and not on what God wanted, something wasn’t right; yet I didn’t know how to DO what God wanted.

Hopeless, angry, and broken, I found the Weigh Down Ministry. I immediately saw that the lessons are full of truth. I learned the hope of how to DO the will of God and stop sinning! I was so happy to turn, repent, and replace love for food with love for God, and I lost over 100 pounds. What pierced my heart most deeply was learning that my anger was sin. I began crying out to God for how to remove the anger from my heart. Suddenly it popped into my head, "You know what to do, because you have done it with the food." I turned, repented, and focused on God! I praise God for having so much mercy. I cannot believe it. It is a huge miracle from God to be able to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit instead of anger.  The Breakthrough Seminar has led to complete freedom of the deeply rooted fear of anorexic control, and I am completely free from the 117 pounds now, and thus free from the health problems.  Praise God!! Complete PEACE! Full STRENGTH! Restored YOUTH!

The verses in John 5 tell about a man that Jesus healed. Jesus told him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” In verse 14 Jesus says, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." I am well again and have heeded to stop sinning. Whatever God gives to test my devotion to Him is only a chance to share in Christ’s suffering and focus ALL love and glory toward God! Through Weigh Down, He has healed my marriage, my attitude, my life, my body, and our finances. I love to pick up the Weigh Down Diet and Rise Above booksand listen to audios from Reinforcement packs to be reminded to focus on God and DO His will only. There is no other way to live but free from sin. Jesus said, "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life," John 6:63. This is life, truth, and peace! I know how to DO the will of God! I have learned true repentance forever! My relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ is everything! Now, my life is ALL about God and loving God with ALL my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Pamela Friesen