I was born and raised in the church until I was about twelve years old. At the age of six, I was water baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of about thirteen years old life's circumstances pulled me away from the church & into the world. It was from this age until the age of twenty that I experienced much of sins dreads sway.
The Dark Years:
1st Peter 4:3 perfectly sums of these seven wasteful, yet graceful years of my life.
1 Peter 4:3- "You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy--their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols."
I refer to them as graceful because I'm so ecstatic that Jesus did not allow me to die in my sins. It was only by His amazing saving grace.
In fact, the Lord was calling me for many years even while I was in sin and yet I'd been resisting Him. When I was nineteen years old, that all changed whenever I had a supernatural experience that would forever change and help shape my life.
My Road To Damascus Experience:
Unexpectedly one night, I had an extremely clear, yet terrifying vision, and partial experience of hades, or what we often refer to as "hell". My spirit went down to the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18) while my body remained on earth. There, I saw people that I did not know being tortured beyond earth's adequate description
That night I heard both the voice of satan and Jesus. There, I also had an angelic visitation that ministered to me and began to lead me out of the dreadful state that I was in.
Needless to say, this experience got my attention, and I ran to a Spirit filled Pentecostal church as fast as I could. I renounced my old life and was born again.
My experience and the things I'd seen that night, led me into a desperate searching of as Abraham put it, 'the Judge of the earth". The God who had just spared my soul. (I'm still on that journey by the way). I wanted to know Him, I'd heard about Him all of my life, but now I had experienced that He was real and so was the devil. So was Heaven, so was hell, and so was eternity. I now knew that there was a life and an experience beyond that of simply the flesh. My soul was the real me. The Spirit realm was real. So I began to fully devote my life to the Lord and His Church. I began telling everyone I knew and did not know about the Lord.
Several years later I heard from God and obeyed a call to start a ministry, a ministry known today as Disciples Of Christ Jesus. You can learn about its purpose here. As a pastor for 10 years and counting I also do the work of an Evangelist (2nd Timothy 4:5). My greatest desire on this earth however is to be a servant of God. Thank you for listening to my story.
Sincerely, & In the service of The King of kings, & Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.
The Old Man
The New Man
31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”