The Saving Grace of God
I grew up in a small city in Washington State. Growing up in a non-Christian home, I was taught that men and boys were worthless and were to be slaves to women. I am the eldest of five children with two sisters and two brothers. As a small child, my mother trained me for service, not to God but to my mother and sisters.
As I grew, I rebelled against the system as I saw it. I got into fights and drugs. Alcohol became my coping mechanism. By age thirteen, I was a full-blown drug addict and alcoholic. I had been running with gangs for so long that I was a violent offender. Most of my childhood was spent in the county detention facility and foster homes. It was in the detention facility that I first heard the gospel. However, the message did not turn my heart to Christ at that time.
At fourteen, I went to live with my grandparents. Again, I heard about Jesus. However, my grandmother was wise enough to understand that simply telling me to change and follow Jesus was not going to work. Therefore, both of my grandparents modeled Jesus to me.
But, I wanted more of the dark side of life. I rejected religion and got into the occult. I worked for several years as a medium and fortune teller, eventually becoming a priest in the local Satanic church. Why did I go that way? Because I wanted power over my life. I wanted control of my life and what that control promised. Little did I know that what it promised was false power, imprisonment, no control, no destiny, and only pain and suffering.
The True Power of God
Then one day as I prepared to cast spells and worship a false deity, the Holy Spirit came to me. He put a hand on my back and pushed me down, not violently but with strength. As I lay there frightened and not understanding what was happening, a voice came to me and said, “ENOUGH.” The voice was not forceful but filled with power. Instantly, I knew that it was the voice of God. After a while (I don’t know how long), I got up and drove to a local church. It was not on my own but guided by what I know now to be the Holy Spirit. I went inside and found the first pastor I could. I told him my story, and he led me to Christ right then and there.
Calling to Minister to Men
That was in 2009. Since then, I have found true peace in my life, true joy, and the true power that only comes from surrendering your life and will to Jesus. I know the meaning of life now. No longer am I violent but a lover of peace. No longer a rebel, I am a willing participant in the Kingdom of God. I have been and still am being changed by the saving grace of God. I am called into God’s service in the ministry as a pastor and men’s leader. With this calling to minister to men, I have the vision to see men set free. They can be set free from the prison of sexual sin and lust addiction. I want to do this by facilitating a class on the subject. Like my grandparents, I model Christ for the world to see.
What I need now is ministry and Bible training. Recently, I searched online and found Christian Leaders. So, I enrolled at the Christian Leaders Institute. I will be ready to serve where God leads me. Thank you, Christian Leaders!
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