(Luke 15:13, 18, 20, 32)
First off God is truly awesome!! And Jesus is a true friend, savior, and king. My journey with the Lord has been an adventure. From meeting Him early on in life to leaving Him to encountering Him on a deeper more intimate level in my mid 20’s. First let’s talk about how I met the Lord.
I was a young man living in Germany going to high school thinking I had it all together like every teenager seems to think. I was 15 to be exact. There was a Christian youth group overseas called “Club Beyond” that ministered and taught the word of God to middle and high school students. It was summertime and I went on a revival trip to Italy where we would be able to meet kids from all over Europe and embrace and share the word of God. Even though that was why we were there that still wasn’t the reason I went there for. I was there for the “fun” and the ladies. Funny it seemed then, but unknowingly to me what was being planted in me was so much greater than I could ever imagine. Feeling as if I didn’t grasp or take anything from the trip I left satisfied with my fleshly desires and went along with my life or so I thought.
Not even a week after the trip I remember confessing to the Lord in the bathroom of my house much of my wrong doings and wanting to be changed, wanting to be different, wanting to be more like Him. Thus it began. I went on a year long journey where I found out who the Lord is and was revealing to me what He wanted me to know about Him. What I found out was awesome!! God is awesome and a faithful and a giver of all good things. (Psalm 68:35)(Psalm 47:2)(1 Corinthians 1:9)(James 1:17) I can remember that time very distinctly receiving EVERYTHING I asked for from the Lord. He was blessing me beyond my imagination. Fighting my flesh on a daily basis it became tougher and tougher to stand on the truth of what God showed me within the last year of my life. Being surrounded by kids my age doing what worldly children do around that age I faced my first true challenge.
I met my high school sweetheart when I was 16 and it took me on a 7 year journey away from God and where I yielded to my flesh more and more everyday and found myself distancing from the one true God. High school sweetheart led to marriage. Marriage led to a nasty divorce. Nasty divorce led to Unforgiveness, Shame, and Rejection, (Luke 11:21-22) and a deep rooted seed of them all. 2 years of anger and resentment, I gave it all to the world. I was selfish. I was arrogant. I was prideful. I was evil and didn’t care who I hurt on my path to destruction. Not knowing how to turn back to God or even if God still loved me. I left my childish and worldly way (to an extent) and started my journey back to the Lord, where 10 years after I deserted my relationship with God I was faced with Him in a point of desperation not knowing where to turn or what to do. And landed smack dab in Savannah GA trying to pull myself out of mud and quicksand and the torments of life (lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life). (1 John 2:16) I was in a deep sea of debt. I was chasing dreams of the world and I was indulging in wrong types of relationships.
Building love for another person placed me right in Kingdom Life Ministries (KLM). Where I could truly learn the Truth of the Living God. That He is not only just the giver of all good things. But a loving Father who doesn’t want us to suffer but wants us to prosper and be happy in all things and wants a relationship with us more than anything else. Not even 2 steps in the door of KLM for the first time I received a witness, a word was spoken that pierced and connected with my heart (spirit) and instantly I knew that I knew that I was home, exactly where I needed to be and where God wanted me to be in order to establish and grow His ministry within me. Supernaturally I was changed!! I became extreme for the Lord. Overnight the Lord broke a variety of spirits off of me. No longer did I curse. No longer did I speak death. No longer did I fornicate. My mind was being renewed by His word and stood on His word and supernaturally He blessed me. No one I knew could do what God did for me. As I continue on my journey and walk with Him I know that He is faithful to finish the work that He started. (Philippians 1:6) From a 15 year old teenager wanting Him and leaving Him to a 25 year old man searching for Him and never wanting to lose Him. God loves everyone unconditionally and without His love we cannot do anything. (1 John 4:16)(Philippians 4:13) Praise God for His love and patience and diligence in all our lives.
Overnight the Lord broke a variety of spirits off of me. No longer did I curse. No longer did I speak death. No longer did I fornicate. My mind was being renewed by His word and stood on His word and supernaturally He blessed me. No one I knew could do what God did for me.
When I think of testimony, I think of all that God has done by only His power and strength. I grew up with a single mother household and five siblings. I grew up longing for my father, not through my words but my actions. My mom worked two job while raising us and getting us through grade school. When I graduated high school I moved to Savannah, GA for college. I started to party, drink, fornicate, curse, and more.
When I think of testimony, I think of all that God has done by only His power and strength. I grew up with a single mother household and five siblings. I grew up longing for my father, not through my words but my actions. My mom worked two job while raising us and getting us through grade school. When I graduated high school I moved to Savannah, GA for college. I started to party, drink, fornicate, curse, and more. During my last year of college, I was invited to Kingdom Life Ministries. Jesus was already drawing me to the Father, but I was not aware of it. One service I felt this overwhelming connection to God and that day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Since then, I have been set free from the bondage of many sins.
The Lord empowered me to stop fornicating and now I am happily married with a beautiful daughter. I am now freely able to worship God with my whole heart. Prior to this, I could barely say the name of Jesus out loud without feeling shame. My ears have been opened to hear God. Prior to receiving Jesus, I never read my Bible because I could not understand it. Now I am able to receive whatever revelation the Lord is pouring out to me. These by far are my most precious transformations.
Victory belongs to Jesus, Victory belongs to Him. He continues to exceed my expectations, I am so thankful for the relationship with the Father that I always longed for.
I am now freely able to worship God with my whole heart.