“ This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. ” - 1 Timothy 1: 15 KJV

When it came to sinning before the Lord and living an unholy life, I felt that no one could hve surpassed me. I was the worst there was. And it wasn't because I was not raised properly, or because I was just a purely wicked individual. No, all of the sins in my past were committed because I was looking for something. And the thing that I was looking for I found in Christ Jesus while sitting in a prison cell.

Whenever I give my testimony concerning the things that I did in the past and when people find out that I am a convicted felon who did time in prison, some people flinch and turn away. But the truth is, the only difference between most of them and me is that I got caught. And my time in prison compares nothing to the things that some of these people have done, and are continuing to do in their lives. Yes, I was an alcoholic. Yes, I was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker. Yes, I was a crack cocaine user and abuser. Yes, I was a womanizer. Yes, I was a thief. Yes, I was an habitual liar. Yes, I was a pornographer. I attempted suicide twice, and failed. In 1985 I body-slammed a woman I was dating through a glass coffee table and her brother and two friends backed me out of the house into the parking lot and beat me with baseball bats. Yes, Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I must have been at the top of he heap.

It was a set-up. I didn't realize it, until after I was saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and given the commission by Him that I am slowly beginning to fulfill this day. All of those sins I was allowed to commit was for a divine purpose. In 1992 I was convicted of felony forgery. I was placed on 5 years probabation. I violated that probation by leaving the state in which the conviction toook place. While in that state, I was caught by the local authorities. I was locked up inside the county jail awaiting extradition. While in the jail that night, I sat on the end of a metal bunk and made the first prayer I had ever made in recent memory to God I did not know.

Through tears I prayed to God to take my life. I prayed to Him to end it because I had came to realize what a mess I had made of it. I hated my life and I hated myself and only death, I felt would release me from the pain and mental anguish that I was feeling. At that moment, I saw a light shining through the slit window i the prison door and that beam of light fell on a Bible that was laying beside me on the bed. It was one of those "Gideon" Bibles that you find in most hotel rooms around the country. I automatically picked up the Bible, and it opened to the Book of John , Chapter 14 . Right then, and there I begin to read as the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples how, in His Father's house that there were many mansions and that He had gone there to prepare a place for them. I read the part where He assured them that anything they asked in His name, He would give them. I read where He promised them the gift of the Holy Spirit and that He would leave them with peace - told them not to be afraid or have their hearts troubled. And when I came to the Scripture that read, in Chapter 15 , " Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends ," I fell to my knees and wept. and immediately in a vision, I appeared in the upper room on that night and heard those words again spoken in the voice of Jesus Christ - my Lord and my God...

That night, in the Spokane County Jail in Spokane, Washington on 14 February 1997, I gave my life over to Jesus Christ and became His servant forever.

The reason why I was allowed to commit and experience all of the sins that I committed in the past is that what better representative of the Kingdom of God - you can think of - one who can reach out to those who are addicted to cocaine and crack? What better repesentative of the Kingdom of god - you can think of - who can reach out to the ones who are in prison, or reach out to the convicted felon who is having trouble getting a job, or the womanizer, or the alcoholic or whoever else who is committing all manner of vice? Who else, you can think of? I was allowed to commit these sins for a reason. And with this testimony, God has intended to save many through it.

The Lord Jesus Christ saved my life in February of 1997. And He, alone, is the one who commissioned me to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God without partiality and without holding back anything in the Word of God. To Him I owe my allegiance. To Him I owe my life. To Him will I serve all of the days of my life. And I am prepared to die for him and this Gospel that I preach. " For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth ,” ( Romans 1:16 KJV).

To my friends, here on Yahoo 360 (and you know who you are), you have made my experience here on this page enjoyable and rewarding as I continue to spread the Good News of Christ's coming Kingdom. I look forward to continued friendship with you and I pray that there has been something written here that has given you peace, given you hope, edified and encouraged you and educated you and enlightened you. Amnd for a few of you, I hope that something I have written in these blogs has planted a seed in your conscious that will lead you to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and salvation in His Precious Name through His precious blood.

For those who are spreading so much discord and hatred on the pages of my 360 friends, I have already given you God's warning concerning you. You have no idea what you are doing when you come on this page, slander me and call me such awful names. You have no idea that the person you are attacking is not me, but Christ that lives in me. " The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil ,” ( John 7:7 KJV). Know this: that as long as I am in the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, as long as I am fulfilling the commission that He had given me back in 1997, and as long as I keep sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unsaved, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord ,” (Isaiah 54:17 KJV). I am INVINCIBLE and nothing that you do to me or say against me or any of my friends, will have any effect on them, on me or the ministry on this page. If I am on this page for personal ambition, or some other evil purpose, the Lord will expose me for the fraud that I am. But if my purpose on this page is of a truly divine nature, you are going to find yourselves fighting against the Creator of the Universe, Himself! " Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God ” ( Acts 5:38,39 KJV).

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless each and everyone of my friends who have came into my defense and have supported me more times than I cam name and may the Lord bless anyone else who comes to this page. May my personal testimony plant a spiritual seed that may grow and lead another precious soul to the feet of the One who unselfishly gave His life for the Salavation of the world. Glory to the Lord, who I give all praise, and all the honore and all the glory! Amen.

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Comment by brandi simmons on February 22, 2012 at 6:01pm
Wow ur aawesome man of God, i was whoremonger, alcoholic, and i was getting hi. I was homeless for six mnths because of my habits and addiction. I am a firm believer God know who to use in his kingdom. But now, i thank God he used my spiritual father Bishop hobson to scare me straight because i would backslide. Now i know God for myself im two years clean from my drinking,getting high, whoremonger. Keep doing the will of God may he keep u. Deaconness Brandi Simmons
Comment by Medaline Philbert on February 22, 2012 at 12:52pm

God is love!  Because of HIS love we're here and we carry on...hold on my family in Christ and just bask in God's love!

Comment by Jasrah Bay on February 22, 2012 at 10:28am

Praise God for what he has done in your life....He is so Good....

Comment by Evelyn S. Timmons on January 3, 2012 at 1:43am

How can we say “Thanks”  tor all fie all the things he has done? We celebrate him wgo sits upon the throne. We /. Declare and decree ,“To God be the Glory”. 20`1n2nwill be a blast. Let us face it with expectation and embrace his promises.

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Comment by Sister Scott on November 11, 2011 at 4:16pm

Powerful Testimony!!!! A deliverance Testimony for so many of our Men. God Bless You Brother!!!!

Comment by Apostle, Dr.Thelma D.R. Brown on August 19, 2011 at 8:00am

Good Morning!  I've read at lease two of your testimonies.  There at least 5 of my family members who have been in prison.  Two are still in.  One has been in and out since he was 14 years old and has just received a 5 year sentence. that was suposed to be 10 and the other one has been in this time 13 years.  He is supposed to be out in 2 years.  He has studied various books and trainings, and is now teaching other prisoners.  As an elderly woman God has given my strength to carry on many things and situations for my family.  I've been married twice and one was killed in Philadelphia in his 30's.  The other one died from cancer a year after we moved from Virginia to Georgia. to God be the glory.  Continue to fast and pray. Jesus is soon to come. Take care

 

Comment by Monica W on August 12, 2011 at 10:48pm

Wow .... what if God didn't love the world .... it makes you think!

 

Comment by Albert Davis Jr on August 7, 2011 at 9:55pm
From Elder Albert Davis Jr  ,Man of God  The best is yet to come because so many people will never understand until their sin called them out. There are many people in this world need a word  that suffering so much and tired and don't know to talk to because afraid they will be cut  down only God can judge man and saved man from his sin God has a Work in you that will reach may people that are hurting and tried of the life they are living
Comment by Pastor Aneesah Shabazz on July 5, 2011 at 12:07pm
MY GOD MY GOD!!!! PRAISING GOD!!! I FEEL A DANCE IN MY FEET. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME.
Comment by R. Denise Baker on June 17, 2011 at 12:15am
What an AWESOME testimony of deliverance and love!  Your transparency will cause many to turn to Jesus in this hour... people are looking for genuine people who have NOT forgotten where they have come from... and can tell them how to find REAL change... bless you and all those you touch with this great testimony...

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