As stated in an earlier post, I wanted to share my testimony. I feel it's important to let people know what you have been through. It allows them a chance to see that you know what you're talking about ! LOL
Born into a family cursed (formally, curse broken) with addictions on both sides. On my mother's side, 14 uncles and aunties all addicted to some form of illegal narcotic. On my father's side, all men we're addicted to Drugs, drinking and women.
Born into poverty. At one point only living on $300 cash a month and $500 in food stamps (and not the lil' cards they have now! LOL Ol' school printed paper food stamps!) We lived in shelters, and on the street. For up to two years of my life we litterally lived in a tent, or under a bridge, in parks, etc.
I've had to wear the same clothes to school for months on end. I have washed those same clothes in a local river.
I've had a gun pulled on me twice (No weapon..), been robbed about 6 or 7 times. And more recently I've had to make the hard decision to leave my church.
There's many details I could get into, but I'll stop there. There's no doubt to me that the devil had had his hand in many of those situations. I'll be honest and say that at some point I've blamed him for the cause and carrying out of many of those situations. But at some point I realized that he had to get permission. He is not to touch God's anointed, he needs permission.
I guess the next question then becomes, why did God allow these things to happen? Oh yes there was a point I asked that question, and actually became angry with God (ever done that before?)
I swear one day it was like I had an ephiphany. I realized that the things I had been going through, God was REALLY using them to make me stronger! See we have a lot of Cliches in church, and you hear all the time that your tests' become testimony and he will allow these things to make you stronger. This became truth to me.
God really did make me stronger. Stronger than I've ever been. The mess I went through gave me my power, gave me my joy, gave me my blessings.
I wouldn't be the man, or the minister I am if it were not for the things I went and still do go through