In Pursuit of God by Daniella Bivona

Today I want to introduce to you Daniela. I meet her through a mutual friend at my church a little over a year ago. She is a huge inspiration to me and I know that you will be blessed when you read her testimony. The biggest testimony is how she came to Florida from New York with an eleven year old daughter, with very little resources, but she brought her faith in the living God. Watching her story unfold has been a miracle in itself. Seriously, as I watch her faith in God, it makes me question my own level of faith. That's why I am so pleased and honored to introduce to you my friend and sister, welcome to the platform Daniela!


My prayer is that when you read my testimony of what the Lord has done in my life over the past year that the God of all hope fills you with His Spirit and empowers you to be transformed into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18). That you see that He is the God of miracles and that he is not slacking in his promises concerning you (2 Peter 3:9). That your eyes are enlightened to what the hope of your calling is (Ephesians 1:18) and that you know, that you know, that you know, that God has a plan and a purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) In Jesus name. Amen. And it is so.


I declare and decree over every reader of this article Victory is yours. Victory over your life, over your children’s lives, Victory over your finances and health in Jesus name.


If my testimony has encouraged you please share it and tag your friends thru your social media pages and email. You never know who may need to be empowered and encouraged. For we have a charge to keep and a God to glorify.  Broken hearts to bind, hurting people to heal and captives to set free. We have a Gospel to preach, it’s time to emerge……….


“Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen” Hebrew 11:1


July 1st, 2016, I woke up and looked around and said to myself this cannot really be my life. I must be dreaming. Literally overnight I had gone from the pit to the palace. I was in Venice, FL a place that I frequently visited. I loved this place for its beauty, simplicity, and the freedom I felt in Christ every time I took a breath. I had so much to process that I couldn’t process the most important word that forever changed the course my life. Faith.  My faith in God’s word was the vehicle that prepared me to make the biggest step of my life to move my daughter and I from Glen Cove, NY to Venice, FL. 


“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6


I had given away everything I owned except for three boxes and $500 dollars to our name. Yes $500 dollars in 2016 seems unimaginable to survive off as I am writing this. I was hungry for change and thirsty for more of God and less of me. I knew the only way to acquire change in my life was to do something I had never done before. Be bold and courageous” (Joshua 1:9) The Spirit of the Lord whispered to me as we pulled out of my long driveway at 10:30pm on June 29th. There was a trade-off, handing over to God everything I knew that was comforting and familiar for uncomfortably and nothing familiar. I answered the call of God on my life, withholding nothing (physically)


“For with God nothing shall be impossible” Luke 1:37


  As I look back over the past year and I celebrate all what God has done for me. I am reminded that it was God’s word that sustained me during my transition. His word combined with my faith in His word produced miracle after miracle in the past year. You must understand that obedience to order is the key to producing miracles in your life. I was obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit moving me towards Venice, FL and obedient to the house I served in. Before I could act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit I needed first to confirm this with the overseer of my soul, my Pastor. Once he confirmed it he prepared to release me over a course of 3 months. 


   “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”  Proverbs 10:22




When the time came for me to leave my home. My Pastor prayed for me and blessed me and then called my brothers in Christ in to pray for me. I will truly never forget this moment. I never had a father figure that exemplified wanting the best for me. I never had a father to bless me. Then when he called my brothers into the office I felt protected and safe for the first time in my life. The blessing I received that day is the blessing of the Lord that comes with safety, protection, peace, provision, and purpose. Had I not shifted to make this move in excellence the blessing of the Lord would not be free flowing in my life today. Order produces oil. The oil is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage. I put myself in a position for every yoke to be destroyed. 


“For we walk by faith, not by sight:” 2 Corinthians 5:7


 As we drove straight thru the night I remember feeling excitement but fear came in once we passed South of the Border. We were getting close. Fear and Faith cannot reside in the same vessel. It hit me. Did I just make the biggest mistake of my life? I really did not even have our housing situation secured. Where were we really going to live, what would we eat, what would I do for work? These questions were going thru my head. Wouldn’t you know the God that cares so much about us gave me peace that morning to step back into my faith. I received a phone call saying that a family friend had a villa that would be available for me to stay in for 3 months free of rent! HALLELUJAH JESUS! It was confirmed half way thru my trip that once again the Lord makes a way out of no way. We must keep on moving by the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

     We arrived June 30th at about 830pm. My mother was at the villa and opened the electronic garage door and instructed me to pull in. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world a garage door that opened electronically I never had a garage! We got out and I walked around to the front door. Went thru a beautiful screened in front porch. Then, the front door opened and I got a glimpse of what the new life, my second chance had looked like and I wept. It took my breath away. I walked around and wept some more and finally got to the living room and fell to my knees praising God, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). I had never seen a place so beautiful. I had never felt the peace and abundance of God before. I honestly did not think I was worth it. But my savior proved me wrong. He blessed me and I didn’t even deserve it! 


“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5


  I woke up July 1st in my fresh start! Around 7am I went to go sit on the back porch overlooking the lake with my coffee. I couldn’t even pray a prayer of thanksgiving I was so overwhelmed with the precious view of His creation that was now my view. I wept and raised my hands in surrender and said here I am Lord use me for your glory. I continued in my worship and adoration and when I opened my eyes a dove yes, a dove flew right up to the screen door! I was shocked. Then the dove dropped a little twig out of its mouth. Did that just happen I said aloud. In amazement, I deiced it’s time for me to go inside now. Just as I was about to stand up the Lord said to me if is “safe now”. Those two words pierced me to my soul. 


“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” John 11:4


    It was a miracle I made it out of NY alive and in my right frame of mind. I was shot at, went to jail, survived domestic violence and other forms of abuse. I went thru federal investigations not once but twice and was revived back to life not once but twice by the power of the Holy Spirit and survived two gas leaks! But GOD! He is the only reason I am alive today. But GOD had other plans for me and my daughter. He wasn’t done with me.


“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16




My daughter and I moved from the villa on October 1st, 2016 into a family members rental property. The deal was a rent to own for $700 dollars a month. On February 28th on my way to a service with my mentor in Ft. Lauderdale, FL I received a prophecy from God that he wanted me to give my house to my sister and move.Devastated! No other word to speak or think. But in my spirit reaching for more of God! I just got comfortable. I just went thru this with you God why are you requiring another sacrifice? I had no money. Literally no money. No job. No credit. Walking out this prophecy was the most difficult thing I ever had to do in my life. The struggle was emotionally, physically, and monetarily real! Now I answered the call to Withhold nothing (emotionally). I was stressed, not trusting God to make provision for us made me angry. Could you believe it after everything he had done for me I doubted in just a few short months. The human mind and flesh are designed to doubt that is why we must walk in the spirit, and the word heavy with a heart of repentance.


“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Hebrews 12:2


On April 14th, 2017, I found a place to live and submitted the application by faith. I asked everyone for prayer. I had to move by May 27th because that is when my sister would have arrived. I get a phone call that afternoon from the manager saying that I did not get accepted and she apologized because she really likes me. I laughed. Well on Monday April 17th the day after Resurrection Sunday I got a phone call from the same manager of the complex, her first words after she introduces herself are “I am so sorry please forgive me.” Me: “its ok I understand, it wasn’t meant to be for me to move in there.” She replies “No, I am so sorry” There was an error in your paperwork. You can move in on My 27th. I looked at the phone and SHOUTED HALLELUJAH JESUS. GLORY TO GOD! Hello, are you still there? I said. She said, “yes so I will see you this week to sign the paperwork.” This was only the hand of God. On Resurrection Sunday I sowed a seed believing in faith that my God would supply all of my needs (Philippians 4:19).  


“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” Genesis 22:14


10 days before May 27th I am sitting at my desk speaking to Jesus about the finances I need to move. I said Jesus you have 10 days what are you doing? He replied, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3). Shortly after that a friend called and said will you come over. I said sure we aren’t doing anything. Well she sat me down in a chair in her living room and said I want to help you the Lord laid you on my heart. I will give you the $3,000 dollars you need to move! I wept and worshiped as I hugged her.  My God He did it again!!!! HALLELUJAH JESUS


“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 3:17


  Living in freedom is a process that does not happen overnight. The access to freedom is found in the presence of God. But, it is faith that makes it all possible (Luke 1:37). Consistency and commitment in any relationship is vital for the life and longevity. Do your part and God will be faithful to complete the work he has begun in you (Philippians 1:6). By faith live day to day with God as your source of all. Do not dwell on your past because he has healed you and set you free. Do not worry about tomorrow (Mathew 6:4) for he carries our tomorrow in the palm of his hands. Trust is all it takes. I know it is easier said than done. If you struggle in this area of trust ask God (James 4:3) thru the power of His Spirit to reveal to you why you are having difficulty trusting him. 


Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10


     I still have no job, but for the first time I trust Him and am excited watching him make a way every day. I am standing on his promises and word with everything I have. I have no one else to help me but Jesus so I know he will help me and be with me and you as well. He has redefined the definition of work in my life.  My mentor once told me “When you pick up Gods Burden, He will pick up yours.” 


     I cast my cares upon him (1 Peter 5:7) and risked it all (Luke 19:26 MSG) to be where I am in my faith today. And He has not failed me yet (Joshua 1:5)! If God can do it for me I know he can do it for you (Acts 10:34).  I received the greatest healing for my life, in my mind, will and emotions this past year. It was worth every tear cried, every word said against me that was hurtful, every person I was separated from. It was worth the character assassinations, the persecutions for walking by faith and the slander. Oh, the words of people and their actions hurt so much at the time but it was all worth it. I have met the real Jesus and came to a very real cross that has redemptive, restorative, and resurrecting power! Your access to your miracle and your breakthrough is in your faith that the word of God is real and it will not return unto him void (Isaiah 55:11).     


I pray that my testimony has encouraged you. I would like to offer you the opportunity that I know will transform your life for eternity. Would you like a fresh start in your life? Would you like to know Jesus as the one who pardons your sins? If your answer is yes then repeat this prayer aloud unashamedly. This is a very private intimate moment that is a public proclamation.


      Lord Jesus I believe with my whole heart that you are the beloved son of God (Mathew 3:17) that was sent to earth. That you are the word made flesh (John 1:14). 2,000 years ago, you were beaten and bruised for me (Isaiah 53:5) so that I can be free from sin ad bondage. Healed from sickness and disease (John 11:4). You rose from the grave 3 days after your crucifixion (1 Corinthians 15:4) with all power, dominion and majesty belonging to you Jesus (Jude 1:25).  You defeated death, hell, and the grave for me.  You love me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).Holy Spirit enter my heart. Take over my mind, my will, and my emotions so that my life can be forever transformed for your glory, honor, and praise In Jesus name.


    If you just prayed that prayer I would love to hear from you and pray with you. Also, if you do not have a church home and are looking for one please reach out to me and I will help connect you to a good bible based Holy Spirit filled Church. If you would like a deeper study I encourage you to write the scriptures listed in my testimony and read them in your bible and write down any questions and revelations that you get.