Saturday, October 21, 2023

Thomas Dabney Tannehill - Testimony for Jesus

The Power of Testimony: One Man's Journey from the Occult to Salvation in Jesus Christ

Testimonies of faith have the power to inspire, convict, and spur spiritual growth. In this accompanying blog post for the Coffee with Conrad podcast episode featuring Thomas Dabney Tannehill's powerful testimony, we'll explore key themes surrounding his journey from occult practices and drug addiction to experiencing new life in Christ.

Here is the original Facebook Live 

Dabbling in the Occult Opens Doors to Darkness

Like many young people, Thomas was exposed to occult practices like using Ouija boards and tarot cards from a young age. Little did he know the dangers of opening doorways to the demonic realm. The occult should be avoided by believers, as it gives the enemy a foothold (Eph. 4:27). Thomas also experienced poltergeist activity in his home growing up. 

Drug Use Leads Down Destructive Paths

Down the road, Thomas' involvement in Eastern religious practices, psychedelic drugs, and rock music sent his life into a tailspin. He had demonic encounters telling him to worship Satan while high on LSD. Drug use leads to addiction, poor choices, and dangerous consequences. Seeking enlightenment or spirituality through substance abuse can open people up to darker forces.

Crying Out for Help in Your Darkest Hour

After a terrifying drug trip where Thomas saw his body convulsing and hordes of demons, he cried out to God for mercy. Though far from God, Thomas retained a flicker of faith from his religious upbringing. God hears our prayers even at our worst moments. When all seems lost, He provides hope.

Christian Fellowship Helps Restore the Lost

Just when he thought he was alone, Thomas encountered his old friend Mickey sharing the gospel. This divine appointment led to Mickey mentoring Thomas in his newfound faith, discipling him in God's Word, and providing a community of belief. Surrounding ourselves with strong believers helps us grow. 

The Holy Spirit Illuminates Scripture

As Thomas read the Bible, its truths came alive by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Mere intellectual study is not enough. When we invite the Spirit to teach us, the Word transforms us. The Bible is the Spirit's sword (Eph. 6:17) to cut through lies and point us to godly living.

True Repentance Leads to Lasting Change

After failed attempts to clean up his own life, Thomas fully surrendered his heart and will to Christ. This repentance led to supernatural freedom as he turned from darkness and embraced the light. When we submit ourselves to God, He breaks sin's power. Our old self dies, and we become new creations in Him (2 Cor. 5:17).

The Journey May Be Slow But Progress Comes  

Though saved, Thomas still stumbled at times on his spiritual walk. Sanctification is a process. The righteousness of Christ is gifted to believers, but living it out takes time. Thomas discovered the joys of forgiveness and getting back on the right path when he faltered. God's grace sustains us.

Testimonies Build Faith and Give Hope

By generously sharing his story, Thomas inspires us to cling to Jesus above all else and reach out into the darkness with Christ's love. Our testimonies matter―they build faith, give hope, and point others to the One who can set them free.

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- Podcast Episode:  ****Getting into the Spirit - The Biblical Way****  

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