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The Night I Got Shot!

My Story

Greetings. I want to share my testimony. I have to admit this was unexpected. Looking back 34 years ago, I can talk about this and get excited.

I was driving a taxi, trying to make a living. That evening, I felt the Holy Spirit moving me to pray in tongues. I spent hours praying in tongues, not knowing what awaited me.

Friend, I have been focusing on the need to be a better listener, especially concerning matters of the Holy Spirit. It can mean life or death in some cases. Having worked long hours at my job, I felt a voice telling me to go home. I ignored that voice, and it got me in trouble.

I stopped at a convenience store, and two girls came to my cab. I took them to their destination, and they got out. I asked who was going to pay my fare. Looking back, I felt foolish being concerned about a miserable $2.75 fare. They told me that someone else was going to pay for it.

A guy came to the cab wearing baggy pants. He pretended to look for the money and then pointed his gun at my face. Out came two shots. The first shot hit my arm by the grace of God. Then, he goes to the driver’s side to finish the job with the second shot. I felt a hand put my head out of the way, and he shot clear thru the window. I could feel the bullet narrowly missing my head.

During that time, I saw a blue light. I later found out it was my angel. The guy fled the scene, thinking he had finished me off. I had never seen so much blood sprinkling from my winter coat like a fountain when I came to. I called the dispatcher, and she directed me to a convenience store. She instructed me to wait in the cab for a police officer.

When the police officer came to meet me, I filed a report about the incident. Soon, paramedics surrounded the area along with some detectives. When I finished answering questions, I rode with the paramedics to the Emergency unit. I saw the bullet, which came from a .38 revolver. Later, I discovered that bullet missed the main artery in my arm. 

During my time in Emergency, I called my wife. My main concern was her pregnancy. She was five months pregnant, and I was concerned about her reaction to this incident. God gave her grace, and she managed to deal with it. My stay at Emergency was just a few hours, but the repercussions of it stayed for months on an emotional level.

Final thoughts

This incident happened as a wake-up call to me. Friend, the word of God tells us that our life is a vapor. If you are a believer and don’t know your calling, seek the Lord with your whole heart. I knew I had a calling when that incident happened, but I had allowed life’s circumstances to sidetrack me. Death could have had me, but God intervened. If you don’t know Jesus as your savior, now is the time to accept God’s gift. Please don’t put it off. If you need prayers, please let us know in the comment section. God bless.

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The Prayer Zone

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Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Ps 100:4) The gates of heaven open when we pray with thanksgiving. It is time to enter the Prayer Zone!

How would you like to have a piece of heaven on Earth? As you look at this picture, I want you to picture yourself under an open heaven. Did you know that when you pray, you are entering heaven? Heaven’s gates will open to you as you give the Lord thanks for what he has done to you. As you do this, you will enter the Prayer Zone!

When I was a kid growing up in New York, my family would watch the Twilight zone. A series of stories that were filled with mysteries. At the end of the program, I would get scared at seeing how these episodes ended. Now, I am in a far better dimension- A dimension of prayer. A dimension of signs and wonders. A dimension where wisdom is found. My next stop is the Prayer zone.

As I grew older and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I discovered that I could change my destiny. I was destined for a burning hell, but my decision to accept Christ changed everything. Now, I am a citizen of God’s kingdom. No longer do I have to worry about life’s most challenging problems, because I have the mind of Christ.

These are perilous times. The body of Christ cannot allow the luxury of distractions to sidetrack its purpose. With today’s technology and entertainment, it is easy to be distracted. These obstacles can make us comfortable and lose sight of God’s purpose in our lives. Let’s look at the following verse–

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! (Amos 6:1)

Amid the coming judgment, Israel was at ease. The mountains of Samaria were fortified and well built for battle. The people had drawn away from God, being swayed by their prosperity and safety. We are no different. God is calling his church to prepare. To prepare to examine their hearts and get right with God.

Many in the body need to find their calling. Others need to shake off the ease and comfort to start getting busy for the Lord. God is starting to bring America under judgment, and we must prepare. Judgment starts in the house of the Lord.

Many Christians want to know their future. I find it amusing that Christians seek Facebook to know their future. When I was backslidden, I used to begin my day reading the Horoscope. I was interested in the psychic phenomenon. I used to read people’s palms and tell them about their future. Looking back at my life, there was a spirit of divination that was guiding me.

Now, God guides me with the spirit of Truth. The word says that he will show us things to come. Do you want to know your future? Stop going to places like Facebook and other nonsense and allow the Spirit to reveal what’s in store for you. Praying in tongues is an excellent way to enter into the dimension of God’s mysteries. I like the testimony of Pastor Kenneth Hagin. Pastor Kenneth Hagin, while praying in tongues, saw his future wife’s face.

The apostle Paul was given a preview of his future ministry. He was struck blind by the light of God’s power but entered into another dimension. He went into a forced fast, having nothing to eat or drink. Fasting is barely mentioned in TV ministries, but it is a necessary tool for us to see our future.

In his forced fast, he saw Ananias coming in to lay his hands and pray for his sight. God, purposely, took him from the natural into the spiritual realm. Our eyes need to be enlightened, and amid the middle of bad news, we cannot allow ourselves to lose our joy. We may be going thru hard times, but God will give us victory in the end.

For more on this, please listen to our podcast listed above. It is time to prepare. God is calling his body to pray. Times are not getting any better, and it is up to us to seek the Lord like never before. Jesus is coming soon, and we need to be about the Lord’s business, so the word for today is—Prepare!  

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The most important contract.

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What is the most important contract that you can have in your life? If you read the terms of most contracts, you will find that it defines them as a covenant. The most important covenant you can have would be with God. In the Old Testament, God made a covenant with men. It would command men to be circumcised eight days after birth. (Lev 12:2-4) When studying the Bible, pay attention to numbers. They have hidden meanings.

Eight in Biblical numerology means new beginnings. Our God is a God of new beginnings. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you enter a new dimension in the spiritual world. The next step is water baptism. Upon completing this process, you lock the contract with God to follow him as your Lord and Savior.

Your enemies are my enemies.

When we enter into covenant with God through baptism, we partner with God. What belongs to him belongs to us and vice versa. One of my favorite movies was the Godfather. I like the part where someone is asking the Godfather for a favor. This person had his daughter assaulted, and he was not getting justice from the law. The Godfather told him that had he come to him earlier, his enemies would have been his enemies, and they would fear him.

Once we enter into a covenant with God through water baptism, we bury the Old Man. We enter into a dimension where our enemies become the Lord’s enemies. I have moments where I have looked back at my water baptism and saw my sinful nature buried along with sickness, disease, and financial lack, among other things.

Take some time to hear my podcast and see the video below. Learn to stand on your covenant rights. For those who need to get water baptized, please don’t hesitate. You may be losing the greatest deal of your life.

Prayer—Thank you for speaking to me, Lord. I thank you for my water baptism. I see myself dead with Christ. When he died, I died. When he rose up, I rose up. I have resurrection life. I love righteousness and hate iniquity. My past was buried with him. My sin-loving nature was buried with him. My sickness and disease was buried with him. My poverty and lack was buried with him. I walk in victory today in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Put on Christ.

Fight the good fight.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (I Tim 6:12)

The word for today is to put on Christ. Beloved, we are in a war, and preparation is key. First thing in the morning, make sure you put on the armor of God. Second, in any war, communication is an important factor. It is no different in the Spirit world. We need to hear God’s instructions for the day.

Having a life of prayer will help us hear from God. I am reminded of a sister in Christ who prayed in the Spirit for two years to prepare her for a life and death situation. She overcame that testing because the Lord alerted her ahead of time. Proper communication will help us win in the battle of life.

So, make it a point to put on Christ on this day. Learn how to use the word in prayer. Ephesians 6:16-17 calls us to attention concerning 2 major items of war–

  • A Sword– an aggressive tool of war. In Roman times, the soldier had a short sword. His opponent would carry a huge sword, slowing him down while taking a swing. The soldier would take advantage of this and wind up killing his opponent. We need to learn how to use the word in prayer. As we do this, we are attacking the enemy, circumstances, and other issues in life. Praying the word is a powerful tool against the enemy!
  • A Shield–Protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy. These darts are aimed at our tongues. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Speak life and not death. Guard what you are saying daily.

Enclosed is a message from Pastor Terry (my wife). She gives us a deep and detailed meaning of our armor. Take some time to listen to it. Learn to think like a champion and use God’s armor to win in life. God bless.

Prayer–Thank you for your word. As I put on my armor, incline my ear unto your voice. Show me your perfect will. Protect me from dangers seen and unseen. Expose the evil plots of the enemy against my family and me. Your word says my sheep hear my voice. I declare this day that I hear your voice. I am your sheep, and I hear your voice. I am destined to win in the battle of life. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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The prophetic word in communion

The prophetic voice


While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voiceharden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (Heb 3:15)

Did you know that you can hear the prophetic voice of God in communion? If you have listened to my podcast (listed above), it will describe how God spoke at communion. When we do communion at church, we rush through it and remember the death of Jesus. Sometimes, we must take our time and remember his 14 covenant promises. During that period, we can hear the prophetic voice of the Lord.

Jesus had a word for Peter. (Luke 22:31-34) Let’s see what was prophesied over his life–

1-He addressed him by his former name—Simon. This symbolized a return to the flesh.

2-The devil was asking permission to afflict him

3-He was going to fall away

4- He would return to the Lord and fulfill his ministry.

When we look at Matt 16:18, Jesus gave Simon a name change. He called him Peter. Peter means a piece of a large rock. Some translations describe his name as Rocky. He was the original Rocky. As I remember the Rocky movies, the challenger had a determination to win the Heavyweight title.

Rocky got knocked down many times. Apollo Creed (the Champion) would tell him he was going down. Rocky would get up, shake his head and say–No way. How many times have we stumbled and felt like a failure? We feel that we have passed the point of no return, and we give up?

Can your faith fail?

The word of God describes our faith as precious. Every one of us has faith inside of us as a seed. We need to develop it and guard it. Aside from pride, Jesus went further into Peter’s future. He saw that he was going to turn away from him and go back fishing.

I believe Peter loved Jesus, and when his denial convicted him, he had trouble forgiving himself. The word says that faith worketh by love (Gal 5:6). Sometimes, our worse enemy is ourselves. We don’t forgive ourselves, and that will hinder our faith.

Take inventory of your life if your faith fails you. What are some areas of love that you are not following? Ask God to reveal these areas so your faith will not fail you. Let’s pray the following prayer–

Dear Lord, I realize that there are many struggles in my life. Your word says that a just man falls seven times but gets up again. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I have often failed you, and I ask you to forgive me. Also, I will forgive myself. I will get up. I will fight the good fight of faith and win in life. Thank you for forgiving me and loving me. I will win in life because I am more than a conqueror. I cannot lose. I am destined to win. In Jesus’s name. Amen!

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Testimony of a cancer survivor

Impossible Problems

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

Are you facing impossible situations? Be encouraged. God has not forgotten you. I want to share three testimonies that will help encourage you, especially if you need physical healing. I will start with myself.

About 25 years ago, I experienced a lump on the left side of my head. While on a doctor’s visit, He tried to drain it but had some difficulties. Upon coming home, the lump was still draining, and it disappeared–Praise God! As I shared my testimony with others, the lump came back, and through the years, it grew.

One thing about the devil, he tries to come up with a counterattack. Many times, Christians lose their healing over a counterattack. I want to share some war history. During the Korean war, there was a battle to take over various hills, and it suffered many counterattacks. The word tells us to fight the good fight of faith. We are in a war, and counterattacks will come sooner or later.

Many Christians lose their battles over a counterattack. You may be experiencing victory in your finances. Things may look good for a while, but then an unexpected bill comes to the scene and threatens to take all you have. You are experiencing a counterattack, and it can affect all areas of your life.

When all else fails, and you are experiencing a counterattack, pray in the Spirit (tongues). The Word of God tells us that when you pray in tongues, you are praying mysteries. As you pray, ask God to reveal the mystery you need to unravel your miracle. I applied this principle when my lump came back, and I got healed. Enclosed in the picture below, you will see part of my head where the lump disappeared.

My sister’s testimony

Please take some time to hear my sister’s testimony (video below) and how she survived her cancer battle. It is filled with victory and blessings. Feel free to share this with someone who is battling cancer. If you do not know Jesus, as your savior, invite him into your heart today. [1] Thank you for taking the time to drop by and read my blog. God bless you.                                              

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Releasing the Spirit of Wisdom and Finances.

Wisdom

Greetings. Our primary focus in this study is to release the spirit of Wisdom and finances through the elements of communion. First, as we read Proverbs 9:1-6, it introduces us to the house of Wisdom. Who is Wisdom? The word says Christ is made unto us Wisdom. (I Cor1:30)

As we study Proverbs 9, Wisdom has built a house. It is his house, but he wants to give us that house. Hebrews 3:6 says that we are his house. Scripture also tells us that we are hidden in Christ. As we take his Identity, what belongs to him also belongs to us- Halelluya!

As we take communion and meditate on Wisdom, we see that it is associated with Identity. The word says not to take it in an unworthy manner. We got to see ourselves as a new creation, not a sinner saved by grace. Seeing yourself as a sinner will void the promises of God during the Lord’s Supper. Receiving Wisdom will provide answers to life’s most challenging problems and help you to make the right decisions in your life.

Here is a prayer to pray for Wisdom during communion—I have come into the house of Wisdom. I am his house, and you are hidden in me. I take the bread and wine now and declare your blessing of Wisdom. I also receive understanding. It is mine, and I thank you for providing me in advance with the answers to any problems I may face. I make the right decisions every time because I have the mind of Christ. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Finances

My heart aches for the body when they find themselves in a Financial challenge. Communion has the power to release your finances. How many times have you heard the term bread compared to money? It is not a new phrase because it is listed in the word. You have a winning combination when you use the bread elements with the wine. The word says that we overcome by the blood of the lamb. (Rev 12:11)

Pleading the blood and confessing his promises during communion will release the power to get you out of lack and debt. We need to make some things clear in this matter. You have to be a Tither and giver. It is a must. Here is a prayer for you to say when you celebrate this event.

Father, thank you for your promises. Your promises are yea and amen. I am a giver, and I claim tither’s rights. Open heaven is set upon me to receive your financial provision. I declare all my bills paid in full. Uncommon favor in business deals. I plead the blood over my checkbook and investments. I am more than a conqueror, and I consider this matter resolved. I claim the victory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

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My journey to forgive

Forgiveness

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25)

Forgiveness can be a controversial subject. Many have differing opinions, with some saying—“You don’t know what they did to me!” Others would tell me that they can forgive but not forget, but what does the word say?

I believe that when we teach any subject, we need to lead by example. I, personally, got tested when I got shot 34 years ago. I had opportunities to get even, but God helped me to overcome those temptations. It was not an easy decision, but my mind was made up. I had decided to forgive the person who shot me by his grace. 

For a season, I was traumatized because of this incident. The taxi cab company offered me a part-time job as a bookkeeper. I was happy to have a job, but I was not making enough. At this sad state of affairs, I decided to return to driving a cab and facing my fears. It was not easy, but little by little, I got used to returning to my old job.

After a while, a door opened for me to work for Verizon, making a lot more money. God is good! Facing my fears helped me build up my confidence and be an example to others. You can overcome your fears, but you have to learn to walk in love.

The word says that Perfect love casteth out fear. Can we be perfect in love? No, but we can strive for excellence in that area. The Perfect love that scripture talks about is God. God is love. (I John 4:8) He is the perfect love that lives inside us. When we know our identity in Christ and what belongs to us, he will help us overcome our fears.

Emotional hurts

 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (Isaiah 61:1)

I realize that emotional hurts can hinder the process of unforgiveness. Joseph went thru a series of traumatic events. Sold as a slave by his brothers, he wound up in Egypt. Even though he prospered, he still had the hurts deep in his heart. We have heard the saying —Time heals wounds. That is not true; it only buries it deeper into the heart.

When the time came for Joseph to face his brothers, he gave them a hard time. After many long years, it was time to settle the score. Scripture shows us that he had a high position in Egypt. He recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

He gave his brothers a hard time, giving them a taste of their own medicine, but God had a plan. Joseph fell under conviction and repented. Hurts can make us do strange things. The good news is that Joseph allowed the healing process to do its job. He revealed himself to his brothers and forgave them.

The word brokenhearted appears two times in the word. When you see a pattern that repeats itself, please pay attention to it. Isaiah 61:1 mentions it as well as Luke 4:18. Who heals the brokenhearted? Jesus! He can heal you and help you to forgive. If you have a broken heart, decide to receive your healing today. Let’s pray–

Father, Examine my heart. Show me areas of unforgiveness and hurts. Heal my broken heart. Heal my mental hurts. Heal my emotions as well as my soul. Thank you for your healing inside of me. I forgive and release those who have caused hurts in my life. In Jesus’s name..amen!

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What are you hearing?

When you pray, are you listening?

Voices

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. (I Cor 14:10)

Many voices surround us. The voices of our loved ones. Voices on the radio and TV, etc. The question to ask is, how do I hear the voice of God? First, you must be determined to spend time with the Holy Spirit. Get yourself in a place where it is just you and God.

Second, be quiet. Nobody likes to spend some time with someone who is not listening to your views and concerns. Concentrate on the Lord. At first, many voices and concerns may pop up in your mind. Determine to press thru. It has been my experience that the Lord is about to speak when there are distractions in your mind.

Third, If you cannot get your mind free from distractions, start to worship. Sing the songs of Zion and watch the spirit of prophecy flow thru you. At first, you may make some mistakes. It is going to happen but learn from those mistakes. As you practice the presence of God and hear his voice, you will learn to discern his will and direction for your life.

When you start making time for God, you will know his voice. I have been married to my wife for 43 years. When she calls me, I know her voice. Let’s make it our goal to hear his voice today.

Prayer–Dear God, Thank you for your word for me today. I declare unto you that I am your sheep, and I hear your voice. Thank you for ordering my steps. Thank you for showing me your will for me today. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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Are you addicted to Christ?

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Are you addicted to Christ? (Identification Part 2)

Can you get addicted to Christ? It is possible. When we hear the word addictions, we tend to think of the worse, but addiction can be healthy. Webster’s dictionary defines it as a solid inclination to repeatedly do, use or indulge in something (whether good or bad). The Bible mentions the word addiction.

Look at the following verse below–

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) (I Cor 16:15 KJV)

Addiction will make you a prisoner of whatever you give yourself (Good or bad). The Apostle Paul was a prime example. We see him mentioned as a prisoner of the Lord three different times. ( Philemon 1:1,9, Eph 3:1) Locked up in a dungeon, he commanded his disciples to rejoice. He did not allow the circumstances in his life to dictate his joy.

You and I need to be a prisoner of the Lord. Where does it start? With our mindset, when we start arresting our thoughts. Did you know that we can have upwards of 6200 thoughts in our minds? That is a tall order, but it can be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. When you begin to monitor your mind, your soul will start to prosper, and a whole world of blessings awaits you. Let’s pray the following prayer—

Father, thank you for speaking to me. Forgive me when my thoughts have grieved you, Holy Spirit. Please help me to monitor my thoughts. Give me the mind of Christ today. I have the mind of Christ. I love righteousness and hate iniquity. My mind is the mind of Christ. The joy of the Lord is upon me, and I receive his strength. Thank you for giving me the victory today. Thank you for giving me wisdom for every problem that I may encounter. In Jesus’ name. Amen.