TME-CHAPTER 7-What’s Your Life All About? The Demons of Thug Mentality
Many go through life aimlessly, never finding their God-given purpose. The average motivational speaker will tell you the purpose of life is to obtain your maximum potential and be the best humanitarian you can be. This is partially true; however, there are so many who have achieved their personal goals and still have a sense of emptiness. This leads them to set more challenging goals; yet still, they remain satisfied.
Goal setting, new relationships, exotic vacations, higher education, money luxuries,religion, hobbies, thrill seeking-all these things can fill that void temporarily, but then empties away after a period of time. Countless individuals after going through numerous cycles in an out their void temporarily through substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, and other bizarre thrill seeking ventures.
They base their value or self worth on their material items, reputation, and performances. These people are continually seeking for the peace to fill that void, and seek it through worldly resources. This insane cycle can be repeated over and over in an individual’s life until their life here on earth, eventually expires.
If you look at the human body, it is intelligently, uniquely and wonderfully designed. Every part of our body has a unique feature and design, different from anyone else on the planet. Every part has a specific purpose which benefits the other parts of the body in order to all work in perfect harmony towards our God given purpose.
Our universe was fine-tuned and made specifically for us and it supplies all our needs. We can look at the beauty all around us, such as the ocean,mountains,trees,flowers, animals and tropical fish and know that it was designed for our pleasure in every way. Yet, many are born and go through life without ever giving real thought to their purpose of why they are here on earth.
It is like reporting to a new job at a big company and once your there, never attempting to contact your employer, but allowing co-workers and the work environment to dictate to you what your position, title, salary and job duties will be. Meanwhile, your employer is trying to contact you and tell you what your job title is, along with your duties. He has paged and sent you emails, but you have allowed yourself to get so busy by taking assignments from your co-workers or on your own agenda, that you don’t even have time to check in. He has left you the company’s job manual on your desk; however, you believe there is no time to read it due to all the tasks other people have given you.
As the weeks go by, you start to feel you should be doing something else, maybe in another part of the company. You notice that though you are working hard and at times being praised by your peers, your employer never appears to be satisfied with your work. You explain to him all the great things you have done. Yet, he informs you that you still have not done what he has assigned to you. He brings to your attention that you are working in the wrong department, under the wrong job title. He has been a kind and merciful employer and gives you another chance.
You look around in the company and you realize that those, who are the happiest and most fulfilled meet with employer on a regular basis to ask questions, obtain advice and assignments from him. They attend all his training sessions, and are prepared to do a good job. These employees are also steadily receiving pay raises, bonuses, and promotions.
Many of us have checked into this world and behave like that new employee. God has placed you in his company called earth, to fulfill His purpose in your life, however many don’t check in with him. They listen to their peers, media, themselves and latest trends for their purpose. God has given us all gifts and talents, which the world is eager to pay you for. The world, which Satan and his demons temporarily run wild in (resulting from the fall of Adam and Eve), is ready to prostitute your God-given talents in an attempt to get you away from developing a relationship with God, your creator and employer. He is prepared to give you bonuses and all the other perks in life, which he has created, as long as you work for his company and follow his job assignment and stay within his policy. Satan is always persistently advertising his job openings, but watch out! His perks always come with strings attached and are meant solely for your destruction.
Though I used this analogy of a company setting, Jesus referred to us as friends and children of God, so I like to look at God’s kingdom as a family owned business.
How do we become good employees of this family owned business? By developing a strong relationship with God by reading His Word (Holy Bible), praying and being obedient. God cares for you and has talents and gifts for you that will give you great joy and fulfillment. To understand what they are, and how to use them, we must spend time with Him praying (communicating with God) and reading His Word. Understand that whatever the world gives you can and will be taken away. But what God gives you, no man can take away without His permission.
Every successful corporation has an operations and procedure manual. It is the same in life. God has given us His company policy, which contains His wisdom and the blueprint for our lives. It is called the “Holy Bible.”
Though we will go through life with trials and tribulations, God has promised that if we abide by his manual, it will always work out to our good (Romans 8:28). Then when our life has come to an end here on earth, he has promised those who have called on His son’s name Jesus Christ, and have accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior, will go on to have eternal life in the spectacular, joyful and flawless city of Heaven. What a great company plan!:)
No Greater Love
Imagine a love that knew and cared about your every thought. A love that would give you direction and wisdom for a guaranteed solution for every challenge or problem you should ever encounter: A love that would be willing to guide you 24-7 with counseling, friendship, and support.
God’s love for you is far beyond all human understanding. He made the earth, universe and all that is contained in it, just for us. When you look at earth’s beautiful landscape such as Yosemite National Forest and the Grand Canyon, the ocean and all its living wonders and the beauty of the sunset to the shining stars in the sky, it is evident that the awesome beauty that surrounds us was made for our enjoyment and to marvel at.
We don’t even have to look that far, just look down at your hand and how purposely, and wonderfully it is designed. Our eyes, mouth, ears, nose and entire body are made for the purpose of utilizing and enjoying all the elements and sensations of this vast universe. When we look at all the wonderful food here on earth, such as the sweet and delicious taste of the strawberry and mango, and the large diverse selection of vegetables and poultry, it is evident that a nurturing and loving creator made these foods for our nourishment and enjoyment.
Yet, though he created all these marvelous wonders for us, God decided that was not good enough. The awesome God of this universe wanted to have a personal relationship with you and me. Yet, he gave us free will to make that choice on our own. However, man opted to take the solo route of sin. God did not want to make us robots-He loves us and wants us to love Him through our own will. I heard a pastor once say, “Love is not Love unless there is an option not to.”
Though man opted to go his own way, God called us back into His family. In order for Him to have done that, He had to pay the price for man’s sin. The price for our sin was death. However, there was not a sufficient sacrifice on earth to atone for our sins. Man was disqualified to atone for sin, due to the only sacrifice for sin had to be a sinless offering. God, the Father, out of his abundance of love gave His Son Jesus to pay for our sins, who was without sin. Jesus, out of His love for the Father and for us was willing to go to the cross on Calvary.
Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth without sin, which qualified him to be a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ life on earth was a perfect demonstration of how God the Father expects us to live our lives. The blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross was pure sinless blood; he was born from a virgin, by a seed planted by the Holy Spirit. This brought us mercy and grace and forgiveness for all our sins. In the Old Testament, or old covenant, sin could only be forgiven through the bloodshed of the innocent. That is why animals were used in sin sacrifices. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we can now come into the faily of God and before God’s throne, to petition our prayers. God the father has honored the blood of His son. We are now accepted into the family of God and called righteous and friends if we accept His son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Once again, Jesus, God the Son was willing to give up the luxuries of the Kingdom of Heaven to become poor here on earth and suffer the most excruciating pain known to mankind. Out of pure love and humility, Jesus endured the crucifixion on the cross. Actor and producer Mel Gibson did a spectacular job portraying the crucifixion in the film “The Passion of the Christ.” The film displays the most realistic depiction of Jesus’ suffering. At any point, Jesus could have called on an army of angels to rescue Him, but He didn’t. His surpassing, unselfish and compassionate love for us refused to retreat until the sacrifice was finished.
His perfect sacrifice took the cold gripping hands of death off us and gave us eternal life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). God the Father raised His son Jesus from the dead on the third day. The Bible tells us that Jesus now sits and reigns on the right hand side of God the Father’s throne in Heaven, petitioning our prayers to the Father. Where death once reigned in our soul for man’s sin, we now have been given the opportunity to fill our soul with Christ’s eternal spirit, making us one with Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit if we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life.
Some more good news is that after Jesus resurrected from the grave, He did not leave us alone. He left us a comforter who would protect and guide us in His perfect will for our lives. This comforter would be God the Holy Spirit which is one with the Father and Son. This is the same spirit Jesus received from the Father when He was baptized by John the Baptist at the beginning of His ministry that was filled with miracles.
In describing the oneness of God in three, I like to give the analogy of the U.S. Government. You have three branches of government: The executive, which is the president; the legislative, which makes the laws; and the judicial, which are the courts. All three have their own specific functions, yet they are all the U.S. Government. This is how the Holy Bible depicts God within the oneness of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
1 John 5:7
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The Holy Spirit
God loves us so much that He sent His Holy Spirit to empower us so that we could overcome all the powers of our spiritual enemy the devil.
We become supernaturally empowered when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome the obstacles and temptations of this world, in order for us to stay on course. Yet, we have a choice to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us or not. Satan is always utilizing worldly things and temptations to distract us from the Holy Spirit’s voice which is why it is important to develop a close relationship with God so you know His voice when His Holy Spirit is speaking to you. The world is constantly throwing up a variety of flashy illusions like a Hollywood movie set in order to bait us and gear us off the course that God has set for us. Yet, God’s word and spirit will give us warnings and instructions to overcome every one of them.
7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
16 In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are many. There is the gift of tongues, healing, word of knowledge, wisdom, prophecy, faith, teaching and others. God gives them to us as He sees fit. The purpose for them are for His saints to use them to minister to the world, as a demonstration of God’s power and love and for the building up of His Church which God refers to as the Body of Christ.
Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues
1 Corinthians 14:1-12
1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.3But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues,unless he
6Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7Even in the case of lifeless things that make is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. 12So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
God created us and knows everything about us; He knows our likes and dislikes. His plan for our lives is better than any plan we could ever make up for ourselves. This is why we should pray and ask Him to give us our desires and talents for our lives, so we can be guaranteed that we are in His will. The terms in the psalms passage means a passion to do God’s will, not to wait for a winning lottery ticket. You see, encoded in God’s desires for us is our instructions for our lives. For example: After coming out of a prayer meeting, I have a desire to go visit a co-worker in the hospital. That desire came from God; this is the instruction He has given me.
The Bible tells us, delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:14). I know many whom have given up on God because they feel they have served God, and their desires were not met. The problem here is not that God is not true to His Word, but that they expected God to bless them with their self-created desires. God’s word says you ask and don’t receive because your requests are selfish.
When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reason—for your own pleasure.
Others come to God with pre-made plans that might appear honorable, yet their plans are not God’s plans for their lives.
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
I have heard a lot of Christians, including myself in the past, ignorantly “naming and claiming” things in the name of Jesus, such as specific jobs, cars, houses, even mates, validating the prayer by scriptures such as, “Whatsoever you ask in prayer, believe you will receive and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
This is why it’s so important to be in tune with the Holy Spirit, so we can obtain God’s big picture of His life plan for us. God is not our errand boy who is waiting to run and get whatever we plan and say. He is our Father, of whom we are first to ask what’s best for us and wait for His answer and if approved, wait patiently for His delivery.
Many have lost their faith after praying for things and not getting it, believing that God failed on His Word. Yet all along God was waiting with something better, or was delaying while He was working out a character flaw in them that was hindering their walk with Him. God knew giving that blessing to them in their immature state, would distract them and take them further off the course He has planned for them.
The Armor of God
Putting on the armor of God is vital to winning the day-to-day battles over the enemy that we are faced with on a constant basis. To be an elite spiritual soldier you have to train; this takes developing a good work ethic by maintaining a consistent training program which I’ll go over at the end of this segment.
In the United States military, soldiers first go through a rigorous training, called boot camp. Here, they get familiar with their weaponry and obtain physical and mental conditioning before they report to their assigned post. At boot camp, the soldiers minds’ are conditioned to be ready for warfare. They go through extensive training to develop the habits of a superior soldier.
God’s Word states in Romans 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. God instructs us to read His Word in order for us to be conditioned for spiritual warfare. A great place to start your conditioning is in the book of Ephesians:
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
These are our instructions from our spiritual war training manual, the Holy Bible. Don’t worry, God did not leave us to train for this ruthless spiritual war by ourselves, He gave us His superior trainer the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is so essential to our Christian walk, that Jesus commanded his disciples before he ascended in heaven not to leave Jerusalem to be witnesses without Him (Holy Spirit is a person).
Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
I have to ask God daily to purge me from any selfish of unclean desires and to refresh his desires in me. He is a loving Heavenly Father and will give me exactly what I need (not always what I want). He sometimes guides me into tough circumstances, but it is always for my good, because it builds and strengthens my character and prepares me for life’s tougher courses.
Nothing is wrong in asking for those things you desire, but when you pray you should make your request known, asking God if it is His desire. We know by faith if it is, we will obtain it. If it isn’t, then we should rejoice also, because a wise individual doesn’t want anything that God doesn’t want for them. The Bible says a wise man’s steps are ordered by the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-7).
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
The Mechanics of the Body, Soul and Spirit
You are not just a body; you are Body, Soul and Spirit. The body is perishable, our soul and spirit is eternal. Let me give you a brief description of these three components in the order in which they operate.
Is a force either of sinful nature or Righteous nature through Jesus emotions, will).
This is the Mind, Emotions and Will (Our decisions).
This is the physical anatomy that houses our soul and spirit. The body is animated by the soul. To give you an example; the airwaves is the soul, the body is the television picture. In others words, you can’t see the airwaves, until they are transmitted into the television set, which displays what the airwaves were carrying.
There are two foundational spirits a human can possess, either what the Bible calls the spirit of the sinful nature or a righteous spirit, given when one confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, known as the “Born Again” experience.
The sinful nature is the spirit that every human inherited from the first couple on earth Adam and Eve when they sinned. This spirit cultivated by Satan (Eph 2:2) produces thoughts and desires in individuals to act out in ways which are contrary to God’s commandments.
The spirit of righteousness which comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ does just the opposite. It cultivates desires to think and do acts of righteousness (Psalms 37:4).
These two spirits are at constant war with each other, struggling for control of our soul. Though it is our will which makes the final decision of which spirit gets control, this is preceded by both spirits attempting to draw us in through the other two components of the soul which are the mind and emotions.
The sinful nature attempts this through a baiting technique, which requires getting the mind and emotions stimulated, which is connected to the pleasure zones of our natural body, in order to get the body to act out the will of the sinful nature, which comes from the spirit of Satan.
A little boy wanders into a store with no money in his pocket. The sinful nature knows he likes candy bars and that he is also hungry. The sinful nature also knows that if he can get the boy to sin, then by God’s spiritual law, it will open a door for him to inherit the curses of sin.
19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Here is a step-by-step scenario of how spiritual warfare takes place everyday over our souls numerous times a day:
1. The sinful spirit places a picture thought in the little boy’s mind of a candy bar. This brings forth the emotions of happiness and excitement.
2. The boy’s emotions suddenly change to sadness when he realizes he has no money. The sinful nature puts a thought in the boy’s mind that, “The store owners are rich, one candy bar off their shelf is no big deal and besides you have earned it, because you have been faithfully doing your chores at home and haven’t received a raise in over a year. You should just reward yourself as soon as the store clerk goes in the back room, by just placing the candy bar in your jacket pocket when no ones looking.
3. The spirit of righteousness acting with the conscience immediately tells his mind that this is wrong, because stealing is sin, which produces an emotion of fear and guilt for the intention to convince and instruct the boy’s will to make the body walk away from the temptation.
This is where the spiritual warfare really intensifies: “Resist the devil and he will flee”(James 4:7).
Words from Satan through the sinful nature and righteous words from God’s Word (Eph. 6) through the righteous nature are formulated into thoughts as weapons against each other. Their purpose is to gain control over the prized soul.
The will which is the deciding factor will hear the arguments or statements from both opposing spirits. The spirit which is likely to win the majority custody of the soul is the one which is catered to the most.
Catering to the spirit is a way in which we feed the spirit. My brother-in-law had a sermon entitled, “Which ever you feed will lead.” This is very true, because the stronger of the two will lead.
How can we strengthen our righteous spirit? God has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit when we are born again by accepting Christ into our hearts by becoming one with our spirit (John 17:11).
Getting Spiritually Fit
When someone is really serious about getting physically fit, they will seek out and obtain as much nutritional and workout information as they can. Some will go as far as hiring a personal trainer or nutritionist. From my own personal experience in conversing with personal trainers, I discovered that all of them said the following were vitally essential:
· Well balanced meals
· Consistent workout
Doctors and fitness trainers will all agree that if you stay committed to all three of the above components that positive results are almost inevitable. It is easy for most to understand the importance of these three essential health tips; it basically goes under the category of common sense. Yet, unfortunately common sense is not that common. Many fail to do these three basic health principles for various excuses, and in the long run they pay the price with health issues such as: obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, and other diseases.
Failing to abide by these principals is very detrimental to the physical body because continued improper maintenance of the human body will cause it not only to slow down and be less unproductive, but eventually it will cause it to shut down before it’s time. Leaving any life goals left unfinished.
Our spirit, like our physical body, needs proper maintenance. Let me explain. We are made up of three components: body, soul, and spirit. As Christians, our spirit which was dead because of sin becomes alive in Christ after salvation.
The purpose of the Christian life is to have the new spirit of God within us, control our soul (mind, emotions, will) which will then control the body. When this order is out of alignment that is when sin takes over. The soul and body is left on its own and will be on a self seeking mission for immediate gratification, led by our old sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-25). Jesus said:
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
How productive would you be in your everyday life if you went without water and food for a week?
There are Christians who go without God’s Word for days, weeks and sometimes months. Many believe that a “pit stop” to a Sunday service or weekly bible study is all they need. Could you sustain your health by just eating one meal, two days out of the week?
As Christians, we are called to be soldiers for God’s army. God has a mission for each and every one of us. We are going to need a healthy spiritual eating plan each day to have the strength to accomplish the many missions God has planned for us.
There are too many Christians who are spiritually out of shape. They wonder why their Christian life is like a roller coaster ride up and down. Why sin has them in a strapping headlock, which they can’t get loose from. Their spirit has no strength; their sinful nature has taken control of their soul. They need to get their spirit in shape, so it can get their soul out of sin’s viscous headlock, and send the sinful nature back into the spiritual grave where it belongs.
The Bible has a successful meal plan that will strengthen your spirit. I call it the Four Course Spiritual Meal (The following program is a recommendation I give to those starting their spiritual workout plan)
· Word: Make a commitment to read the Holy Bible in its entirety, from beginning to end, in order to understand God’s Word in it’s full context. Start with the 2-&- 2 Plan, which is two chapters of the Old Testament, starting from the book of Genesis and two chapters of the New Testament, starting with the book of Matthew. Take notes, and highlight key scriptures you want to memorize. Then after you have read your 2&2 go ahead and scan ahead or go back and review.
· Prayer: Pray at last 30-60 minutes a day minimum. Create and maintain a prayer list of family, friends, co-workers and the unsaved. The Holy Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Remember, we can pray anywhere at all times, driving, walking, waiting in line and elsewhere.
· Praise: Set the atmosphere in your home, car and work (if possible) with Christian worship music. Take the music with you going to the gym or jogging. The Bible says sing a new song to the Lord. Make it a habit to spend more time thanking God rather than asking Him for things.
· Obedience & Spiritual Work: The Bible says God wants our obedience over sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). God did not just call us to be saved to sit around, be blessed and feel warm and fuzzy. He called us to save us from eternal damnation, and to commission us into His army to save the P.O.W’s (Prisoners of war) in satan’s prison camp. We accomplish this by learning how to witness, which is learning the skill of sharing the gospel to the lost. I recommend keeping Gospel tracks (Christian literature on salvation) and a pocket Bible with you at all times. These are your weapons to save the lost. Also, write down your testimony and memorize it. Be prepared to share it. This will be your most effective witness to the lost.
For all God has done for us, it is impossible to repay Him. All He asks is for us to accept Him as Lord and love him. We show our love for Him by following His commandments and loving others as He loves us.
Remember, the happiest, most fulfilling and safest place in the will of God.
7 Steps in Developing a Strong Walk in God’s Will:
1. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and ask to receive his Holy Spirit.
“Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I believe that You died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and receive you and your Holy Spirit, into my heart, as my Lord and Savior! Amen”(Romans 10:9)!
2. Read and study the Bible daily.
3. Memorize and meditate on Scriptures and then apply it in your prayers and your everyday self talk (Hebrews 4:12).
4. Develop a consistent prayer life.
5. Find a Bible believing, spirit filled church and become a member and get involved.
6. Internalize the information in this book.
7. Share your Salvation on a regular basis.
Does God Still Do Miracles?
I know God still does miracles. I have seen miracles which many wouldn’t believe. I can remember the first miracle I witnessed with my own eyes. This was about 15 years ago. An elderly lady at the beginning of a church revival service at Calvary Christian Center in Sacramento, California was hit with a large video camera, when the cameraman fell off a platform and the camera struck the woman in the center of her forehead. She was bleeding profusely as many around her went into a panic state. I was there on assignment as a photojournalist from the Observer Newspaper. As they took her out, church staff and members were frantically asking to see if a doctor or nurse was present. At this time, I remember seeing Pastor Phillip G. Goudeaux come out in a calm manner, move towards the woman and then lay hands on the lady’s head, which was bleeding uncontrollably. He spoke out the word of God in prayer and the lady was healed instantly, the gash and bleeding gone. That was the first miracle I was truly able to confirm which by no explanation, I knew it had to be the working of God.
God showed me recently that He is still granting miracles. At the time, it had been nine years since I had entered the California Youth Authority Academy. While in the academy I contracted a toe fungus on my right big toe, which grew black and brown. It literally looked like a deformed piece of tree bark. After this, I always wore socks, because the sight of my discolored and deformed toe nail disgusted me.
About nine years after living with this diseased fungus, one morning I was watching a preacher on television (Pastor Greg Dickow) who stated that many Christians have gotten into the habit of praying faithless prayers. They pray out of routine, habit or obligation, not really expecting to receive anything.
That morning I thought hard about what the pastor had said and realized that the message was talking directly to me. I then felt compelled to look at my nasty toe. As I did, scriptures of healing started running through my mind. I had prayed countless times before using those same scriptures, yet to no prevail because though I prayed, I never could visualize my toe being healed.
As I began to pray, all of a sudden, I felt some faith arise in me as I began to meditate on those scriptures and I started to visualize my toe going though the stages of being healed. Then with great spiritual boldness I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak to my toe in faith. I said, “Be healed in Jesus name, By Jesus’ stripes I am healed” (1Peter 2:24). I got into the shower with my toe looking the same, but I knew something was different this time, and didn’t think about it any more.
The next morning I was down stairs studying the Bible and it felt like I had a penny in my sock. I took my sock off and to my amazement my old crusty toe nail was hanging off. I looked closer and realized new healthy skin had grown on my toe and a new toe nail had already started growing. Today, my toe is totally restored back to normal. It was a miracle. God had listened to me because I believed in Him and Holy Bible. This really taught me God’s awesome love, it taught me that God even cares about our toes.
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ” He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
God’s Word Works when You Work the Word
“God’s Word works, when you work the Word,” Pastor Phillip G. Goudeaux, of Calvary Christian Center in Sacramento, California used to drill in my head over and over, Sunday after Sunday. The Holy Spirit used this man to teach me that the Word of God is alive and active.
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Saved for Real?
Being saved is not just about repeating a prayer and confessing your sins, or even confessing Jesus as Lord. It’s about making Him Lord over every area of your life and having a clear understanding of what that means in your heart.
Many times Christians who witness believe that the confession, “Jesus is Lord” is enough. The Bible says that every living thing will eventually say that Jesus is Lord, including the devil and his army of demons, but that doesn’t mean they will be going to heaven.
I ask gang members all the time when they tell me they used to be saved, “When you got saved, did you give up your gang and your gang banging lifestyle?” A long pause usually follows, followed by the excuses such as, “Well I slowed down, or I chilled out for a minute.”
When we choose to stay and live in sin, we have not made Jesus the Lord over our lives.
1 John 2:4-6
4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Make no mistake, God is not requiring us to be perfect in order for us to be saved and He knows we are not going to be perfect after we are saved. However, he asks us at the time of our coming to be saved to willfully surrender our soul to Him, so He can begin His perfect work in our lives. He knows it’s a process and He is patient with us.
God searches the heart; he knows whether we are sincere about whether we truly want Him to be Lord over our life, or whether we truly want Him to be Lord over our life, or whether we repeated the prayer for mere fire insurance, while we go on and live in idolatry by being lord over our own lives. This is the real struggle over being saved. No one wants to go to hell, but not everyone truly wants to stop being lord over their own life. This is why there are so many that attempt to poke holes in Christianity. They want the benefits from the Bible, but they want to do it their way, or do it by making Jesus co-Lord. They believe if they can find flaws, then they can rationalize their sins. They believe that if the Holy Bible has some flaws, then there are no absolutes.
When we surrender ourselves to Christ, the Bible says that He makes us a new creature. We become a spirit creature, desiring those things God has intended for us to desire, being fulfilled with true purpose and joy. However, we must strengthen our spirit through our obedience to Him or else our sinful nature will rise up and contaminate our soul again.
Many I talk to tell me living the Christian life is just too hard or say they don’t want to miss out on all the fun of their youth. This is the great deception of Satan. What many don’t understand is that anytime God has called someone to do His work in the Bible, He always planned to take them someplace better, as in the story of Moses, when God called for him to take the Israelites out of Egypt into the land of Canaan. God wants to take you to a better place; it starts with Salvation, by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord over your life.
I was talking to a white supremacist the other day that told me that he has been struggling with his beliefs of Christianity. In his cell, he had numerous books on various theologies and philosophers, some which presented a negative critique of the Bible. He told me that he had tried Christianity before, but it didn’t work for him, and now he was after the “truth.”
He said years ago he had accepted Christ as Lord, but admitted that he refused to give up his racial views and leave his racist gang. I find this very common, people wanting to customize their own salvation, bring their own sacrifices and expect God to bless it, and when He doesn’t, they get angry, leave God and then slander His name.
Many don’t want to make themselves a living sacrifice which is what God has called all of us to do (Romans 12:1). Christ made himself a living sacrifice through a horrible death on the cross so we could be reconciled with Him and obtain eternal life in paradise. He gave up the beauty and luxuries of heaven out of His love for us who were sinners going to hell. Jesus just asks that we love him back. “If you love me, you will follow my commands” (Jesus Speaking, John 14:15).
Many I have talked to make the excuse not to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior by saying that they don’t want to commit their life to Jesus, because they don’t want to be a Hypocrite.
I respond to this reasoning by asking, “So you think becoming an enemy of God, promoting and doing everything that’s contrary to his commandments is more respectable and makes it better for you in His eyes?”
What are you working and living for that’s lasting? Not just for your lifetime, but the here after, better known as eternity. Think about eternity. I heard a minister once say that eternity is like having a small sparrow pick up one grain of sand from a beach in California and fly all the way to China with that one grain and repeat the process until every grain of sand on the beaches of California were totally sand free. At this point, eternity would just be beginning again.
Our souls are eternal; our body is just the container, which houses our soul (soul=mind, will & emotions). Our soul is the real us, and it will live forever, whether in heaven or hell. When you look at our lives and equate the fraction of time we will spend our lives here on earth, it computes to less than 1%. The remainder of our lives will be spent elsewhere in eternity (Heaven or Hell), determined on how we live our short life here on earth, it computes to less than 1%. The remainder of our lives will be spent elsewhere in eternity (Heaven or Hell), determined on how we live our short life here on earth.
So why are there so many stressing and working their fingers to the bone attempting to seek pleasure and wealth from this world? We often are told “you only got one life to live”, which is true; however, many are unaware that our lives are but a vapor here on earth before they are sent into eternity. Look at it from this scenario: an eccentric wealthy family member gives you $1,000,000 on the contracted condition that you can never work for anyone else.
If you are wise, you will get a good tax attorney and financial planner and invest and budget your money wisely and watch it steadily grow. A foolish person on the other hand would squander their money on immediate gratification, buying expensive material items and on lavish vacations until eventually the money was depleted. Then after the depression sets in, the IRS would summon them to pay taxes on the $1,000,000, at which time they would be left in a bankrupt state and then incarcerated for a long prison term for tax evasion.
Our life represents that $1,000,000 in the above analogy. Like that individual who acted foolishly with his valuable gift, there are so many individuals when it comes to similar gifts of life. The gift of life here on earth is our limited term investment, which means after a period of time (death) we are forced to withdraw it. Sadly, there are many who refuse to accept the gift of eternal life through accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This leaves them spiritually bankrupt when their life expires here on earth.
God has given us His investment plan for our lives. He is our manufacturer and has full knowledge of our entire being, physically, financial,mentally and emotionally. His investment plan is guaranteed eternal life in Heaven’s paradise, along with generous dividends paid to us during our temporary residency here on earth. The dividends on earth are insignificant to dividends we will receive in Heaven. The Holy Bible tells us while on earth we should focus more on building up our treasures in Heaven. 19”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.(Matthew 6:19-20).
Satan has an alternative plan; his dividends are paid to you quickly here on earth, which requires a deposit of your will to his allegiance. In other words, he requires for you to give him the authority to customize a path just for you. His offer is very tempting, in that a multitude of carnal pleasures are delivered quickly down this path. The downside is that his benefits are a limited time offer, and are laced with lies, destruction and eventually spiritual death.
Yet, many pay no attention to the fine print and are enamored by Satan’s glitzy presentation. He dresses up the sinful life like a Hollywood movie set. They are ignorant to the fact that Satan’s investment plan gives him the deed to their souls.
Is there an alternative plan to these two? God in His Word tells us “no.” There is only one path to eternal salvation in Heaven and that is through his Son Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2:5
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Why Believe the Bible?
For centuries, the world has been warned over and over by preachers to repent because the rapture is coming. Jesus is coming back for His church (Christians) to take them to heaven before the lawless one (Antichrist) lets all hell loose on the world during the horrific tribulation period.
Much of the world has become desensitized to these warnings; some don’t believe it at all. Well, is there any more reasons to believe and be concerned now than centuries before? Before I answer that, let me present my argument with as much clarity and simplicity as possible. This chapter is also written to help the believer defend their faith.
We can trust and believe God’s Word, because God has given the Holy Bible his authentic signature that is the fulfillment of His prophetic Word. Just as God gave his ambassador’s (prophets) credibility in the Old Testament by giving them a prophetic word, which he validated by miracles, His word the Holy Bible is still alive today and still fulfilling prophecy, which was prophesied thousands of years ago.
Here are just a few prophesies that validate the truth of the Holy Bible:
In the Old Testament in Micah 3:11-12 it prophesies:
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.
This prophecy came true in 135 AD. Micah said that Jerusalem would be destroyed and that Zion (central part of Jerusalem) would be “plowed like a field.” Jerusalem was destroyed in 586BC, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans in 70 AD. A collection of ancient Jewish writings called the Gemara, reports that the Romans ran a plow over Zion on the 9th day of the Jewish month of AB. There was even a Roman coin minted during that time that displays an image of a man using a plow.
Isaiah 35:1-2 makes this prophecy:
1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,
2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.
This prophecy came true in the early 1900’s. The prophet said that Israel would become a barren land, but its desert would one day blossom again. This prophecy has been manifesting since the 1900’s. A movement called Zionism started in the 1800’s, the movement was all about the Jews moving back to their homeland Israel at which time was called Palestine. In 1917, it was reported that there was less than 25,000 Jews in the land. Today, the population is at 5 million and steadily growing. Millions of Jews have returned to Israel, and advanced farming technology has converted once barren dessert terrain into productive and thriving farmland. At this time, there are more than 200 million trees that have been planted in Israel since 1900(according to the Jewish National Fund).
This next prophecy got the world’s attention to finally take notice that the Holy Bible is not just an ordinary book, but a truly supernatural book. Here, in the Book of Isaiah 66:7-8, the prophet prophesies the rebirth of Israel in one day, describing a woman giving birth that is metaphorically Israel. It also foretells that the birth pains of the country would come after the delivery.
Prophecy: Isaiah 66:7-8
7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.
· This prophecy was revealed in 1948 when Israel was rebirthed.
· This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 – when the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2900 years.
· The same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land.
· During a 24-hour period, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally born in a single day.
About the birth pains after the delivery, within hours of the declaration of independence in 1948, Israel was attacked by surrounding countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but, as we see, Israel still stands.
God’s Word prophesied that Israel would have divine, supernatural protection by God. Hear the words of Moses spoken around 1400 BC:
3 “ ‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
6 “ ‘I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. 7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.
This Bible passage says that five people would be able to chase away 100 people, and that 100 would be able to chase away 10,000. Miraculously, it happened just the way it was described, in the following order:
· Within hours of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel. The combined population of those countries was at least 20 million at that time. Israel had fewer than 1 million Jews. Even so, the Jews won the war and expanded the size of Israel by 50 percent.
· During the War of 1967, Israel attacked the air force bases of the surrounding countries and took control of also seized additional territory. That war lasted a mere 6 days.
· On Oct. 6, 1973, Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. Other countries later joined the attack. But, the Jews were able to push back the attacking armies and occupy land outside of Israel’s border.
Matthew prophesies before the end of the world (the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ) that the Gospel (the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) will be preached through out the whole world.
Prophecy: Matthew 24:14
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
As of today, The Bible has been preached throughout the entire world, with the advancement of technology and worldwide availability of satellite television and the Internet. Daily, a multitude of lost souls are coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and are accepting him as Lord and Savior.
Another series of current events we can trace back to Biblical prophecy is from the New Testament book of Luke:
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (Luke 21: 25).
Most recently, we have seen this prophecy of Jesus, manifest through out the world. The South Asian Tsunami that killed countless thousands and the New Orleans “Katrina” not to mention the countless others.
The Bible has made many prophecies about the future of entire nations. For example, It prophesied that Egypt would never rule over other nations again. The prophet Ezekiel said:
It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.
Up until the time of Ezekiel, Egypt had been a world power for centuries, dominating many nations, including Israel. But for most of the past 2500 years, Egypt has been controlled by foreign powers, including the Romans, Ottomans and Europeans. Today, Egypt is an independent nation again. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, Egypt attempted to dominate Israel but failed each time, despite the fact that Egypt is 10 times larger than Israel. Egypt as we know is still in existence, however since the time of Ezekiel, it no longer rules over other nations.
How about some current Middle East prophetic news in the making? Look what the prophet Ezekiel tells us with remarkable accuracy in Chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel:
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia) and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah (Turkey) from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.
7’Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?
14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
17’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD. 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’
1 Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of] Meshech and Tubal. 2 I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. 3 Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. 4 On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. 5 You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. 6 I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the LORD.
7’I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel.
8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.
9 ‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10. They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD.
11 ‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east toward] the Sea.] It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.
12 ‘For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. 13 All the people of the land will bury them, and the day LORD.
14’Men will be regularly employed to cleanse the land. Some will go throughout the land and, in addition to them, others will bury those that remain on the ground. At the end of the seven months they will begin their search. 15 As they go through the land and one of them sees a human bone, he will set up a marker beside it until the gravediggers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 (Also a town called Hamonah will be there.) And so they will cleanse the land.
In Ezekiel 38-39, God foretells of a “latter day” invasion of Israel by a confederation of forces led by Russia. God states that several Arab nations will be part of the invading force. He states that these Arab nations will be: Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), Libya, and the House of Togarmah [Turkey].
This invasion will be coming at Israel from both the North and the South. Libya and Ethiopia will be invading from the West, marching through Egypt, and then up from the South. Russian forces, along with those of Iran and Turkey, will be coming from the North. Israel will be surrounded by hostile armies.
Let us now examine this prophecy in some depth (Ezekiel 38-39):
Verses 1-2: “And the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, of Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against himP [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
This verse plainly identifies Russia as perpetrator of this invasion.
1. The word, “Rosh” is the old name for the country we now call “Russia”.
2. The word, “Meshech” is the root form for the city, “Moscow”
3. The word, ‘Tubal” is the name of one of the main rivers of Russia and the Ukraine.
A One-World Government
Prophecy in Progress: Russia would team up with an Arab Coalition to attack Israel.
Prophecy in Progress: 10 World Kingdoms
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from sea, diverse one from another. 4. The first was like a lion [England – the British Royal Family], and had eagle’s wings [America]: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked [USA – destroyed before NWO is fully setup], and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear [Russia], and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thug unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.6. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard [European Union – Germany], which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast [UN One World Government – New World Order], dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns [Club of Rome – 10 Earth Regions]. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn [Beast – Antichrist], before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things…
15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wounded was healed. 13 An he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast… 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
· The Club of Rome in its September 17, 1973, report, presented to the world a Global World Government System. The Club of Rome is an organization whose members are economists, scientists, industrialists, and international government officials. This report is prophetically aligned with Daniel’s prophecy in the book of Daniel (Information on the Club of Rome is available at: www.clubofrome.org).
Prophecy: Mark of the Beast
· In Revelation 13:16-18, the Bible says that there would come a time when a powerful leader would force people to receive a “mark” on or in their right hand or forehead, and that no one would be able to buy or sell unless they had that mark. When the book of Revelation was written about 1900 years ago, it would have been nearly impossible for a world leader to force everyone to receive such a mark. But, today, with modern technology, it would be much easier. Today we have advanced technology which can implant a microscopic bio-chip under a person’s that could be used like a debit card. Currently corporations Verachip and Digital Angel are now selling this technology on the market.
God knew there would be skeptics concerning His Word; so His prophecy is His authentic encrypted password. No other religious book in the world can make this claim. Along with being accurately prophetic, the Holy Bible is also used as a creditable resource for archeologists, scientists and historians for its geographical, historical and scientific accuracy.
Scientists and meteorologists have marveled how there has been an increase of earthquakes and unusual weather patterns in recent years. However for Christians, this has been expected: “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places, there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs’” (Matt. 24:4-8).
Since the 1950’s, earthquakes have continued to increase in frequency and power, just as the Bible predicts for the last days before the return of Christ. Look at the number of killer earthquakes since the 1950’s, up until this time there was an average of two to four earthquakes a decade:
· In the 1950s, there were nine.
· In the 1960s, there were 13.
· In the 1970s, there were 51.
· In the 1980s, there were 86.
· From 1990 through 2000 there have been far more than 150.
When we look at the Tsunami which happened in December 26, 2004, which took over 150,000 lives, we can look at God’s Word and see His warning in the book of Luke, for us who are living in the last days. Luke 21:25 reads:
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.” God tells us in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
First, let me say that though no atheist, skeptic or agnostic can logically dispute the past and current manifestations of biblical prophecy. There has been no time in history like the present where we have seen the rapid positioning of prophetic events for the premiere of the tribulation period as prophesied in both the Old and New Testament. The bible states that no one knows the day or the hour except for the father (Matthew 24:36). However, the Bible does warn us to pay close attention to the signs. What signs?
For starters, Daniel’s prophecy in the Bible tells us that there would be four world governments before the tribulation events would unfold. God’s Word shows us that the rapture will happen before the tribulation (Thessalonians 1:10). God promised to save his church (Christians) from the great wrath of judgment of the tribulation.
The first kingdom was Babylon, next was Medo-Persians, then the Greeks and last, Rome. In the prophecy, Rome was said to be made of iron. It is true Rome is no longer an empire, however it was Rome’s government which shaped the foundation of almost all western nations. From the architecture of government buildings such as our Nations Capital to the Supreme Court building, to the creation of laws in the senate, it is evident that Europe and America’s governments are extensions from Rome According to biblical prophesy, the world stage is set for the coming of the one world government. In 1973, an organization that calls itself the “Club of Rome,” made up of the world’s elite leaders and scholars met for a meeting. The meeting that would take place was the planning of a one world government and right in line with the script of prophecy. Their blue print contained a world government divided into 10 kingdoms.
Daniel prophetically writes that it will be the Antichrist who will rule over the 10 world kingdoms. A component to strengthen this one world government will be a one-world church. Believe it or not, this one world church concept is already growing in popularity.
Not too long ago, I was photographing an event for a newspaper at a church in Sacramento, called Christ Unity. It appeared on the surface to be a traditional Christian Church, however during the program I noticed that almost everyone who got up to minister whether in speech or song, conveyed the message, “There is one God and many ways to him.”
At the end of the service, my curiosity got the best of me and I went to venture into their bookstore located on the premises. As I entered, I immediately obtained clarity to the church’s interfaith doctrine. What I saw disturbed me. Inside this “so called” Christian bookstore were books, charms and ritual paraphernalia of numerous pagan religions, such as Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism.
This new interfaith belief system is the primal top agenda item for a one world government planning commission. Why? Most government wars are rooted primarily by religious in differences. In creating a belief system that brings the world’s religions in harmony with each other, it will securely strengthen the foundation of a one-world government. There are already inter-faith organizations on course of making this a reality at this time.
In 1986, the late Pope Paul II met with a 130 religious leaders from around the world at the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Conference for World Peace in Iccese, Italy. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, pantheists including the Dali Lama all who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior participated in this conference. Pagan workshops were presented, rituals from various pagan beliefs were taught and believers of all faiths in attendance were encouraged to participate in them. These conferences are still on-going, and growing stronger and more influential every year.
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”
John 14:6, Jesus states: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
1 Corinthians 10:21: You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
Revelations 17:2 -Prophecy of the one-world church, the wine represents the false teaching or doctrines of the Antichrist: 2With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.
Therefore, the interfaith concept of many paths to God is heresy or false doctrine according to Biblical scripture. Again, the stage is set for the second coming of Christ. Biblical prophecy and the world’s current events are tracking in perfect unison.
To follow-up on this evidence for Bible credibility, modern science is another forum that validates scripture. For example, science proves that the earth is not millions or trillions of years old as some scientific theories state, but between the age of 6,000 to 10,000 years old which parallels with the Holy Bible. They have discovered moon dust accumulates at a rate of 14.3 tons every year. After 4-5 billion years (evolutionist age of the earth), the moon’s dust layer should have been 140 to 300 meters thick. Yet, today, the dust layer size is about 0.5-7.5 cm. thick . Now, who swept it away? Or why doesn’t the scientific math add up to the rate of dust accumulating at 14.3 tons per year. Not only does the yearly moon dust pile not add up, but both the Bible and science can also validate the evidence of dinosaurs as a clue that the the Bible’s word is truth.
In Job 40:15-24, God refers to a great creature called “behemoth.” Some theologians believe this was a hippopotamus. Yet, one of the characteristics of this creature is that it had a tail the size of a large tree. Hippos have small tails like a small branch and thus could not be the creature the bible refers to. Dinosaurs and pre-historic man also help to illustrate the validity that the Holy Bible is a form of truth.
Evolution’s “Nebraska Man” was created out of the discovery of one tooth, which later turned out to belong to an extinct pig. Peking Man was said to be 500,000 years old, although all evidence of his existence has mysteriously disappeared. Piltdown Man’s jawbone was found to belong to a modern day ape. Also, the skeleton of the most famous Neanderthal Man was announced at the 1958 International Congress of Zoology to really belong to an old man who had suffered from arthritis(www. creationevidence.org).
“He hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). It wasn’t until 1650 that science discovered that earth hangs upon nothing. The Bible had already recorded this in early B.C.. The Bible also reveals the earth is round in Isaiah 40:22. The book of Isaiah was written between 740 and 680 B.C. It wasn’t until 2000 years later that Christopher Columbus inspired by this scripture proved to the world without a doubt that the earth was round (www.creationevidence.org*Ray Comfort, Scientific Facts in the Bible,2001,P.73-74).
DNA God’s Software
Multi-Billionaire owner and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates once stated “DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised.”
Evolutionists and Atheists embrace the theory that there is no intelligent designer. They believe that all the spectacular and amazing creations in which we see and experience with all our five physical senses just happened by random chance, by a few chemicals meeting and exploding in a bang to make this wonderful fine tuned planet, which happens to house the right temperature, minerals, gases, plant life and all the other essentials to sustain human life.
Science continues to marvel at how DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) with its six feet of software that’s securely coiled inside every human body’s one hundred trillion cells provides the genetic data necessary to build the uniqueness of our physical anatomy structure.
Let me break it down for you a little further. DNA has its own language or code made up of four chemicals called: adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. Scientists label them as A, G, C and T, because they operate as alphabetic characters in the genetic text. Each of us has our own unique code, which makes up who we are physically. Change just one letter out of its sequence and we are reprogrammed to be something else. From curly hair, straight hair, dimples, eye color, skeletal structure, short or tall, DNA is the software which makes us physically who we are. Atheists say this all happened to us by chance.
If someone told you that a high-definition video game with all it’s spectacular and intricate graphics and audio, had just evolved from an explosion in a software facility, would you believe it? Scientifically, I don’t think you could come up with a mathematical equation for the odds of creation happening by accident. However, a theory with worse odds than this is being taught in our educational institutions. This course title is called “Evolution.”
Just look at all the wonders around us in this vast complex universe. Our solar system keeps us rotating around the sun at precise speed and distance calibrated perfectly with our seasons and the temperature it radiates, which is conducive and safe for life to exist on Earth. Think about the moon which by gravity pull sets the earth at a precise tilt, which regulates our seasons, weather and ocean tides, and stirs up the minerals in the water that we need to sustain plants, animal and human life.
The sun also is an essential component that fine-tunes our planet. If the sun were moved just five percent in either way from the earth, scientists say that animal life would be impossible because the zone for animal life in our solar system is narrow. This is why the earth needs a circular orbit to keep the sun’s movement in perfect rotation and zone to sustain life. In saying all this, my point is, if there is a design, then common sense says there is a designer. Just as every software program has a software programmer, the creation around us, points to an intelligent and loving designer and creator.
The elements in our solar system are far more complex than any design or program man could ever think about designing. I heard a minister put it this way, when referring to Evolution’s Big Bang Theory. “Explosions don’t bring things together; explosions scatter things about. Nothings better put together like our universe and us if you think about it.”
All this talk of evolution reminds me of the story of two scientists in a laboratory; one a believer in creation, the other in the theory of evolution. One morning the evolutionist scientist walks in the lab and sees the creation scientist observing a spectacular, detailed model of the solar system. The evolutionist said, “That model is magnificent. I’m amazed at the design, color and detail. This must have taken months to create, who did this?” The creationist looks at the evolutionist and calmly responds, “Nobody. I believe that a lab rat got out of its cage last night and bumped into some of the chemicals in the tubes here on the counter, spilling and mixing them and this caused a chemical combustion, which somehow created this spectacular model of the solar system that we are both marveling at.”
“You’re crazy, you expect me to believe that insane story? Tell me, who created this?” The evolutionist said, losing his patience. After an awkward silence, the creationist said to his peer. “you find that hard to believe?” It was then that the evolutionist realized that the ridiculous story told by his colleague was parallel in theory to his own belief in evolution. How foolish, the evolutionist thought to himself, to live in a world with such beauty, balance and complex design, and yet to give its credit to aimless floating chemical that by chance would collide together in space, creating a chemical combustion known as the “Big Bang.”
Confessions of Evolution’s Founder
Many people don’t know that Evolution’s founder, Charles Darwin (1809-1882), utilized the theory to justify racism (white supremacy) and immoral behavior. It is also not brought to the forefront about Darwin’s confusion and doubt in his own theory. This side of Evolution is often hidden from our school textbooks, but is readily available at the library in Darwin’s own writings. Here are some quotes from Darwin that teachers of Evolution wouldn’t want you to read:
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world” (Darwin, Descent, vol. I, 201).
“The more civilized so called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world” (Darwin, Life and Letters, p. 318).
“A man who has no assured and ever present belief in the existence of a personal God, or of a future existence with retribution and reward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those impulses and instincts which are the strongest or which seem to him the best ones” (Darwin, The Morality of Evolution, Autobiography, Norton, p. 94, 1958).
Evolution Violates the Basic Rules of Science
“Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a fantasy” (Charles Darwin, Life and Letters, 1887, Vol. 2, p. 229).
“Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation which is unthinkable” (Keith, Arthur, forward to 100th anniversary edition of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, 1959).
Evolution’s Unanswered Questions
“When we descend to details we can prove that no one species has changed (i.e., we cannot prove that a single species has changed): nor can we prove that the supposed changes are beneficial, which is the groundwork of the theory. Nor can we explain why some species have changed and others have not. The latter case seems to me hardly more difficult to understand precisely and in detail than the former case of supposed change” (Darwin, 1863).
“I am quite conscious that my speculations run quite beyond the bounds of true science” (From a letter to Asa Gray, Harvard biology professor, cited in Charles Darwin and the Problem of Creation, N.C. Gillespie, p.2).
“To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree” (Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, 1st Ed., p. 186).
The Bible says, “The fool says there is no God “(Psalm 14:1). The evolutionist in the story got the point that he had been a fool.
In Romans 1:18-20, God’s Word tells us:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Since what may be known about God has made it plain to them. Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.
Why is it easy for people to turn to the bible as it is for them to turn away from the bible. Do I personally believe in god? I’m not honestly sure, I do believe that something created all, but who? I don’t know, there are so many gods, so many bibles, so many other religions?
Which one is right? only a few times in my life have I ever felt close to god, it’s crazy how god demands for us all to follow His bible and to obey all of his laws. What the hell, what I see is war around me everyday, even if I wasn’t in jail it’s still there Ray, why does god allow us to hurt, hate and pain, when we where all given free choice that’s cool, we make are own decisions, but why does he let people hurt the children!, also the counter diction in the bible, why wasn’t the dinosaurs mentioned Ray? my mother is always talking to me to believe and pray, how come prayer ain’t answered at all? There is so much hate and hurt and god allows it to continue, it to happen. He also is a jealous god who will send his people to hell for not following his path. People live good lives and don’t believe in god, will they burn in hell for not being a faithful follower?
Also what about Job, that was f—‘d up, he let the devil pump him up for failure, he hurt someone who willingly did good for god. God knew he killed Job’s family. Whatever, he gave him everything back 10 fold, but they can’t replace the love for a first born and the memories. Why didn’t god take away job’s pain?
I don’t understand how people can live there life by a book man wrote, so many use god for benefits because they want happiness, why doesn’t god stop it? God helps those who help themselves, why doesn’t he answer prayer, why does he crush dreams? It’s gods will, it doesn’t work for me at all, I want to learn, but it’s hard to explain to me, I believe, but I don’t know in what.
Is There a Spirit World and Heaven /Hell?
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12:“We fight not against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers and rulers in high places.” The Bible goes on to say that there is a battle going on in the spirit world for our soul between good and evil.
There have been so many wards that I have counseled over the years that have conveyed to me that they could bear witness that the spirit world is real. Over and over, I have heard stories of encounters with the spirit world. From demonic and celestial beings entering their cells through walls and closed doors to come torment them, dead relatives and friends appear in their room to re-cultivate a relationship or to chastise them. Others tell their experience of strange voices that appear out of no where which attempt to befriend, torment or tell them to hurt others and themselves.
Are they insane? Or are these experiences real by them being in a deeper spiritual realm which most others can’t experience. Individuals who report their so-called hallucinations to medical staff are almost always prescribed medication for them. At the medical-secular level, there are no clear answers why these wards have these experiences. The creepy moving shadows, trees talking, walls breathing and demonic manifestations, is the brain really that creative on it’s own that it could just some how construct these Hollywood special-effects on the canvas of the mind, or is this a realm that truly exists. If you go to any drug infested area in any city, you are likely to see a person rambling or talking to himself or herself, sometimes yelling and screaming at the air. Most pass them off as just crazy people who have done too many drugs or drunk too much alcohol. But what if, what these individuals are seeing is real? What if they unknowingly entered the door of a spirit world through cultic rituals ,but the door never shut; now, they are seeing and hearing spiritual creatures mixed in with the natural world and cannot tell the difference? This happened to Professor John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant mathematician and Nobel Prize winner who was plagued by spiritual beings appearing in his life as real people, which he could not tell the difference between these spiritual creatures and the natural world ones. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic and insane, but was he really? This inspiring true story was turned into a motion picture called “A Beautiful Mind.”
Satan is always attempting to keep or pull us off the track that God has planned for us. He can accomplish this by tapping into the frequency of a person’s soul (mind, emotions, will), but he needs an open portal. Drugs, sorcery, fornication, witchcraft, alcohol (drunkenness) and generation curses (curses passed down by family members who practices immoral behaviors) opens up the portals to ones soul. At this point once access is gained, Satan can use the individual’s mind to be open to his theatrical visuals, which will stir the emotions, which will then prompt one’s will to do his (Satan’s) will or purpose.
A former satanist recently asked me the meaning about a dream he had where he looked in the mirror and saw numerous horrid holes in him which looked like pits which were opening and closing. Immediately, the Holy Spirit prompted me to tell him, that those were the open portals to his soul that he had opened up in the past due to cultic rituals. Demonic spirits were coming in and out of him controlling his soul like pilots. He already knew and felt that he was possessed by evil spirits, and expressed his desire to get free from them and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He expressed his frustration of wanting to do the right thing; however, he had an indescribable desire and passion to say and do evil things. I explained to him that the demons’ mission is to come in through the open portals and install these sinful desires into the soul, to stir the mind and emotions to prompt the will. These desires are the instructions of Satan, for you to do his work. Why do people want to open the portals of their soul? Satan instructs his demons to make the rituals of opening the portals to have a feeling of ecstasy to one’s flesh, so that people will continue to crave the visitations of these evil spirits inside them. The more they do, the more control Satan obtains over their souls.
If Satan can make people see and hear things that no one else can see, and make it so they can’t tell the difference between the natural and the spiritual, then he can make the person act and feel insane and convince others to believe the same. This is how Satan is able to lower or mute God’s frequency within a person’s soul or conscience by redirecting a person off of God’s path in their life, which is Satan’s mission for all of us. Satan doesn’t always send an illusion in an attempt to control souls, sometimes he will just plant thoughts into susceptible minds through various sources as I have discussed in this book so far.
At the end of this segment, I will tell you how an individual can close these portals to the soul. The natural and spirit world are interconnected, and God has made it that some natural remedies can cure some spiritual infirmities, if that natural remedy was instructed by God’s wisdom, which is spirit. In others words, I believe God will at times give medical doctors divine spiritual wisdom to utilize medication, foods or even surgery to cure natural ailments which were caused from evil spirits, however there are situations when the evil spirit must be expelled so a person’s mind or body can be restored to health. This is why it is so important to be on God’s frequency so you can hear His voice. We pick up God’s frequency in our soul by: studying His Word, praying, fasting, worship, obedience and doing his work. This opens the portals of our soul to receive God’s desires and passions, which are His instructions for us, to direct us down the path He has for our lives. When God opens the portals to our soul and enters, Satan’s will have to close. This means the so-called hallucinations stop and the sinful desires will start to die out as God’s frequency increases.
Spiritual guidance is now advertised everywhere from astrology and tarot cards to psychic lines. Millions put their trust in these works of witchcraft on a daily basis, because they are amazed by some of the accuracy done in the readings and divinations they receive. What they don’t know is that these so-called good spirits or angels are really demons masquerading around on Satan’s orders, setting up scenarios to lure people’s trust in them, in order to lead them into eternal damnation. Through divination or witchcraft, spiritists channel demons (usually masquerading as gods or angels) for fortune telling and to obtain secretive information. Demons are everywhere; many are amazed by psychics, when at times they give accurate information or readings. Again, they obtain this information through demons they have summoned, who are very familiar with the individual that the information is being requested about. This is all a plot to lure in the trust of naïve individuals, so Satan can lead them down a self-destructive path into eternal damnation.
There are also those who have never participated in cultic practices or substance abuse, but have experienced visual and auditory phenomenons. Some have had these experiences during a near death experience.
Dr. Maurice Rawlings, MD, a heart surgeon, has testimonies from patients in his own practice, who tell of their life after death experiences after flat-lining(dying) on the operting table, then coming back to life after being resuscitated. They came back from the dead testifying about a horrific fiery hell with demons while others came telling about a beautiful and spectacular place called heaven. He has a movie you can see on- line at: www.amightywind.com/hell/testimonies. htm.
Demonic Encounters within the Correctional Facility
Early in my career, at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility, a ward called for my attention one evening to talk to me. This ward and his cell mate were hard-core Hispanic gang members “tatted” up to show their allegiance to their gang. Both had been involved in numerous riots and assaults since their incarceration. As I approached their cell door, the ward that summoned me made it known by the low tone of his voice, that he wanted our conversation to be confidential. He immediately pointed to a pentagram (satanic symbol used for rituals) in the middle of the cell’s floor, then asked me if I could get him some paint or a Bible. He then leaned closer to the cell window and said, “All night demons fly out of the center of that pentagram and swarm all around tormenting me.” After he said this, his roommate on the top bunk jumped down and came close to the window with an intense and frightened look, and concurred with his cell mate’s story. They both at this time continued to urgently repeat their request of some paint to cover over the pentagram and a Bible. I will never forget the terror in their eyes during my conversation with them. Due to the late hour, I was able to obtain a Holy Bible for them, but no paint.
I can give countless other events during conversations with wards. On one of the unit’s I worked, a ward that claimed to be a satanist, murdered and raped his cellmate in a satanic ritual manner. He told authorities he was instructed by the devil to do so. On another unit, eight wards on a cell block had got involved with a Quija board. Upon performing my routine cell checks, one of the wards involved flagged me down requesting to talk to me. The ward was in a state of fear during our conversation and requested to speak to me because he knew I was a Christian. I opened his cell door and immediately he explained the rituals that were involved with their make shift Ouija Board. He told me that they would wait until night then cut themselves (as a sacrifice to the spirits.) to answer their questions. He had thrown away the board a day before out of fear and conviction, but that it appeared back on his cell’s desk the next morning. His cellmate confirmed his story. All of the wards had stated that as they asked the board questions, strange movements occurred and that owls would strangely appear in their cell window posted outside on the fence.
In another counseling session, a ward told me word for word how a demon was ridiculing me about the advice I was giving to him during a counseling session on his cell door. He vividly described what the demon looked like (said it looked like a normal man, with regular clothes) and what his body language was doing as I was talking with him.
The mental anguish and torment of the spiritual world is enough to make some individuals want to stop living. I remember talking to a satanic ward on suicide watch, who a couple days before, was restrained by unit staff, after he was observed choking the priest. When I asked him why he did it, he told me that he became angry when the priest denied his request to perform an exorcism on him. The ward told me that daily he is tormented by demons who spoke to him in screeching demonic tongues. He indicated to me that he was tired of the torment, and did not want to be a satanist any more. When I asked him, as a satanist, had he used drugs and performed any cultic rituals? He said “yes”. He also stated he had witnessed human sacrifices and was baptized in blood as a young child.
The Lord gave me understanding in this area as to why these portals to the spiritual world stay open, even after heart wrenched repetitive prayers to God. Many of the wards stay in torment due to unforgivingness and unrepentant sin, meaning sin they refuse to turn away from, though they told God they were sorry. God showed me that if these tormented individuals would repent and forgive, He would close Satan’s door to their soul and then will open His door, in order to reveal His perfect will for their life.
The thug culture opens up the portals of the soul for demonic influence and possession. The Bible calls demons unclean spirits. There is example after example in the New Testament on how Jesus dealt with these spirits. He even sent out 72 of his disciples (Luke 10:1-17) to cast demons out of people who were being tormented in the society and he still commands his followers to do like wise. Look at the great commission, Mark 16:17-18:
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.
Satan is organized and ready for battle. The Bible says Satan has formed governments in which he has set rulers over them. His governments govern specific sins, cities and countries. The book of Daniel makes reference to this in the following passage:
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty- one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
There is a Prince of Gangs, Drugs, Murder, and so on, and they utilize earthly resources to gain access to souls to do their bidding through various sources such as music, drugs, sex and anything else which they can utilize to draw the human heart from God.
· Sorority’s/Fraternity’s (These give worship to Greek Gods. “Stepping” was a form of worship to the Greek Gods)
· Sin in general
Why Demons Enter
Demons want to enter our souls in order to carry out their destructive tasks for Satan. An unbeliever is an open target, due to Satan having spiritual ownership over their soul. He has a right to it, due to man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. Satan carries out his destructive plans by assigning his demons to enter the souls of individuals who can be deceived by trickery.
The soul is our mind, emotions and will. The Bible states we are spirit, soul and body. However, when one is unsaved, their spirit is dead from sin. The spirit is possessed with a carnal and sinful nature inherited from Adam and Eve. It is the person’s spirit which influences the soul (mind, emotions & will), and it is the soul which then controls the body. So do you see why Satan attempts to send his demons into our body? By obtaining entrance into the body, Satan can get to the soul. Once he gains access to the soul, he can then mobilize people to do his sinful will.
Why does he want to make us sin? Well, sin is how he receives his praise and worship from us. That is why all the pagan (demon)deities which derived from Satan require sinful acts as their sacrifice. Sinful acts demonstrate obedience to Satan, and disobedience to God. Obedience is a form of worship to God, so sin is worship to Satan. God’s word states that the price of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and that’s exactly what Satan wants for all mankind.
However, if the believer willfully opens the door to sin, then the devil by spiritual law, has the right to enter into the believer. That is why God’s Word tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. When an evil spirit enters the believer’s soul legally, this spirit sets up an interference to the Holy Spirit and takes control over the sou. The influences the will to tell the body to commit sin, by giving it sinful desires.
Training for Battle
It is the believer’s job to train to be a good soldier. In Ephesians 6, the passage tells us to equip ourselves with the armor of God. Many Christians are untrained and unaware of Satan’s schemes. Therefore, Satan’s demons enter these believers’ souls by manipulating them to open the door, at which time they take control to do the will of Satan.
Many people associate the demon possessed as violent, insane individuals with saliva foam running down their mouths. Satan utilizes his army of demons very strategically in different forms and in different areas of an individual’s soul. Here are just some of the demons that have been dispatched into countless souls:
· Importance (conceited)
The following is an example of how these demons organize and work together to create entire cultures. Why cultures? Cultures embed ritual habits into people and shape their beliefs. Satan wants sin to become our culture. Earlier I told you about the “Hyphy Movement”, below is the story, from the same ward that gave his perspective on the movement and what it means to him. After he shared that with me, he gave me a little family background from his past. This ward told me that he actually feels and hears strange spirits come into him and out of him frequently. Many of those in his immediate family are deeply involved in voodoo. This ward conveyed to me that he was confused about whether to follow the spirits, or to follow Jesus Christ, who he once had a relationship with. He told me in his heart, he wanted to follow Jesus; however he greatly feared the visitations of these demons, which he felt overwhelmed by. He believed that it was certain family members through their witchcraft, which had induced much of what he was encountering. He expressed to me that in a way, he feels at peace being locked up, because the demonic visitations have lessened since he has been away from his family.
This is his story:
“So I Could See the Spirit Come In”
Let me start off like this. I’m or should I say, I was never the type of person to believe in ghosts or fairytales, and sh*% like that, but with some of the stuff that’s happened with me there is no other way to explain it. I believe around 2001 some type of spell or hex was put on me by my family. It was my first cousin, yes she is a girl. I think she is the one who did it but my grandmother had something to do with it. I don’t know if it’s true, but deep down inside I know it is. Plus my grandmother previous life included witchcraft. She came from Lake Charles Louisiana and I’ve heard a little about her and witch craft through other family. But it starts like this I had just met my first cousin. I don’t want to say her name so I’ll just call her DeDe through out my testimony. Well I had just met DeDe in 2001 and when we first met we was both damn near grown. I’m not even going to sugar coat it. It may have been wrong but we liked each other the way a man likes a women, you feel me. I thought that was both of our intention from the start. But I guess I was wrong. She had something else in mind for me. Well we started kicken it hanging out on the daily. She was pregnant at the time her baby daddy had left her, so it was like she was stuck with a unborn child by herself, until I came into the picture. She had the baby or what not and me being me I was there for her and her baby, even though I can’t explain it in positive that she used her baby as part of her plot to seduce me. Well anyway it all started after she got me hooked on “crystal meth” At first me and her use to kick it smoke and drink. I didn’t smoke meth at the time I just smoked weed and I would buy her, her drug of choice which was meth. So over time she got me using. I was on crystal meth some thing tough and I was all ways up under my cousin DeDe while on it. Well I would like to give the reader some insight before I go on. Before I was really hooked on meth I had heard my grandmother tell my cousin DeDe some witch craft type stuff. She told her that if a female was to get a peace of a males hair and string that’s the size of the male penis and wear it around their waist it would keep that male up under her, but yeah back to what I was saying. That’s what I think my cousin DeDe did as well as some other stuff because I was all ways up under her and now when I think about it I was under her too much. It was like she had a hold on me. Well I can’t really explain everything step by step because it’s kind of hard to write about it but I’m going to give you straight up what happened over time. My cousin DeDe would come into my body not her body but her spirit. When she first did it I didn’t know. I found out one day when I was listening to some music and I was dancing going dumb feeling myself and out the blue a voice in my head said, “that ain’t you going dumb” and the voice was my cousin DeDe’s voice. When I first heard it I thought I was tripin so I paid it no attention and kept dancing going dumb. Then I heard my cousin’s voice again she said like I said nigga that ain’t you, it’s me. Then in the mix of me going dumb in mid dance she said see and I instantly starting dancing off beat and no matter how hard I tried to prove to myself that I was tripping and I couldn’t get my re-thyme back I was off beat. Then when she knew, I knew something was up she said I told you nigga. They stopped everything I was doing as realization hit. My fu#%’in cousin was inside me controlling me. Then I went through the stage to where I just thought I was tweaked off crystal meth and that my mind was playing tricks on me. I don’t know exactly what my cousin DeDe did to me but I knew it was something because from the first time she let me know she was in me other people spirits could come in me to what I mean by this is say I was to go outside and walk by someone and there spirit would come inside me. I knew this because as I really started to see what was happening to me, it was like when a spirit would come into my body it was like the outer me was a body cast and I was inside the cast. So I could see the spirit come in. But I would only see it as it went in but once it was in it was like we was one, and the spirit would tell me something like let me ride with you, you won’t go wrong and the reason I know different peoples spirits was going in and out of me is because I first noticed it with my family and you know as well as I do everybody knows a little something about there family members. Such as the things they do and say and the way they get down. Well when one of my family was in me I would hear there familiar voice asking me to let them drive and when they were fully in control. I would see myself doing and acting the way they do. I’m going to be honest most of my family that went in me would be nicer to me, meaning they would not torment me or have me running around like a chicken with his head cut off. Where to if a strangers spirit were in me a lot of them would be mean if I didn’t give them full control. Like for example my cousin DeDe she was meaner than some of the strangers say when she would come in me and I didn’t want her in she would not leave me alone she would torment me and while I ‘m arguing with her in my head she would some kind of way inflick pain on me I would feel things poke me to where. I would really jump in real life and she would tell me inside me, see, let me in and no matter how hard I would fight her she would keep tormenting me until I gave into her. This is another way she would be cruel to me. There would be times when I would try to get away from her grasp and get away from her, meaning her body it’s self, not her spirit and she would tell me in spirit while she was in me to don’t even think about leaving and when I had it already made up that I was leaving no matter what. Say the radio or something was on no matter what it was it was always a subliminal telling me not to leave and if I did leave her spirit would travel with me so far, the whole time telling me things like if you past that tree I’m going to have some one beat your as# and it’s been time to where she had people approach me while she jumped in them and when I gave in she jumped back in me and the people that approached me walked the other way, but yeah but say the closer I get to the tree she told me not to past I would really hear people that was out side saying thing like don’t do it, or watch what happen and the things these people was saying they was talking to the respective people and not me but the things they said was fitting in the right place in the conversation I was having in my head. So yeah my cousin DeDe spirit was one of the ones that tried to torment me but I’m going to be honest at time she would be good to me it was like certain spirits would be my company. Because when all of the spirit stuff started happening to me I stopped hanging with friends. Well as for my dad’s granny and uncles spirit was nicer may be because they knew I was family. Let me rephrase that I know they knew I was family. When one of their spirits would come in to me I would let them have full control. Because they would say something like ——(ward’s name) you might as well let me drive we going to have some fun. I also remember my grandmother spirit would sometimes get in me and try to drive and when I didn’t let her she would say ——- (ward’s name) you not being fair you always let yo cousin DeDe in. And when me or yo uncles be in, we be blessin you with all kind of stuff (this is true) all that girl DeDe do is use you and if I wouldn’t give her full control my granny would just leave me alone as well as my uncles and try later. Unlike strangers and my cousin DeDe they would just torment me and scare me until I gave in or go away from them. Stranger didn’t really get full control over me because they weren’t around me long enough to scare me because I don’t be around people I don’t know all day so the didn’t really get to me like that because a person only encounter strangers. I can’t lie I had familiar spirits that I would let in on a regular bases like my cousin I really had no choice she would be around me long enough to scare and torment the shi% out of me until I gave in, but like my grandmother uncles and different people I knew I would let in willing because all the people I just mentioned would ask to drive instead of trying to torment me. And even though all this happened to me I still tried to have doubt. I thought it was the drugs and thought maybe some one slipped me a “mickey” so I even turned myself into a mental hospital. Well when it was all said and done I still thought it was the drugs. Because I got locked up for about six months and I was not having any encounter with spirits so I thought I was back and had my mind right. So I must have got out of Juvenile Hall and when I got out so far so good I had no encounters with spirits or anything like that well that same night I was on my way to bed I was laying down comfortable ready to dose off when I felt someone blow on my neck I smelled the breath and everything and then I heard my cousins DeDe voice say yeah it’s me “Lil Daddy” and I felt a feeling on my pe— as if someone was sucking my pe— and at that same moment someone knocked at the front door. I didn’t know who it was until the person walked past the room I was in. well as the person walked by and looked me in the eye it was nobody but my cousin DeDe. She didn’t say “Hi” or nothing and this was strange because I had just gotten out of jail. She just gave me a look like yeah it was me and walked in my grandmother’s room. Well I done said enough you can think I’m crazy if you want to but I know all I said is the truth. All the spirits that come in out me no longer bother me I just let them do what ever because I would rather let them in then to be running around like I’m crazy. Like I was when it first started and now that I think about it they may come in my body but I get to be them so I don’t see how I’m loosing, but I do refuse the bit%h as* spirits, the spirits got to have something I admire. But yeah all that I have said is true. I don’t usually tell people this because they will think I’m crazy or trying to play crazy. But I’m not, this is all real.
Can Christians Be Demon Possessed?
Being possessed by a demon implies that a person is owned. A Christian is bought by the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross of Calvary; they are owned by Jesus Christ. A Christian can not be demon possessed because they are owned by God, however a Christian can be subject to demonic influence were demonic spirits can actually hover or dwell in a Christian in order to oppress, influence and create a stronghold on their will. Yet, initially a door has to have been opened for this to occur. Ignorance is the main cause. Christians who naively involve themselves in cultic practices do not even realize it due to a lack of a disciplined prayer life and the studying of God’s word. God tells us to be prayerful in all things and to obtain knowledge and understanding. Many Christians are too lazy to do any research on the activities or organizations they seek to be active in. They are moved by their own wisdom, emotions and self-will, not by God’s. Therefore, they unknowingly open the doors of their soul to demonic influence.
The Bible says that our body is the temple of God, so the devil can’t come in, right? No. Let’s look at what our body contains. Humans as a whole are body, soul and spirit. The bible talks of Jesus referring to certain illnesses as spirits in the Gospels. Yet, I know many true and faithful Christians who have had their bodies ravished with sickness and disease, often by no fault of their own. But hold on! The body is God’s temple, so why does God allow demonic spirits of sickness in His temple?
Do all Spirit filled Christians still sin? Yes, the Bible says those who say they are without sin are liars. In God’s eyes, the sins of the Christian have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. Well, how is this, when the Bible says a Christian’s body is God’s temple. How can we keep sinning? Because when a Christian entertains sin, they open the door to the temple to allow these evil spirits to defile God’s temple. What about sickness and disease. The Bible states that the believer has the right to divine healing and to tell demons to go in the name of Jesus. In no way am I saying that all sickness is related to sin, sometimes we get attacked, but thank God as Christians, we can claim healing by the stripes Jesus suffered on his back (1 Peter 2:24).
The Bible states that Satan has blinded the eyes of unbelievers (2cor 4:4). Most don’t understand that it is the spirit world, which we can’t see influencing and controlling the natural world we do see. Ephesians 6:12 states: we fight not against flesh and blood but with the demonic spiritual authorities and powers. Ephesians 2:2 states: Satan is the prince of the air, who operates in those whom are disobedient. There are examples in the New Testament, where demons are always looking to inhabit a human body in order to carry out the will of Satan here in this earthly realm.
Expelling demons was the commandment of Jesus in the Gospel’s “Great Commission.” I asked myself, “Then why aren’t there many churches doing it?” The Holy Spirit showed me that this was one of Satan’s greatest deceptions: we won’t fight what we can’t see, understand or don’t believe in. Many Christians don’t deal with this area, because they believe or feel others will think that they’re superstitious, or they don’t want to offend people by telling them that they might have evil spirits oppressing or possessing them because of the stigma.
The Bible tells us that we should not be unaware of the devil’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). It also says, “My people perish for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). It is a Christian duty to seek God’s knowledge and understanding with all your soul.
Steps to Deliverance
1. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 3:16, Romans 10:9).
2. Repent for all your sins (John 1:9).
3. Forgive anyone that has done your wrong (Matthew 11:25-26)
4. Pray for Deliverance:
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. You redeemed me by your blood and I belong to you, and I want to live for you. I confess all my sins-known and unknown-I’m sorry for them all. I renounce them all. I forgive all others, as I want you to forgive me. Forgive me now and cleanse me with your blood. I thank you for the blood of Jesus Christ, which cleanses me now from all sin. And I come to you now as my deliverer. You know my special needs-the thing that binds, that torments, that defiles: that evil spirit, than unclean spirit-I claim the promise of your word. “Whosoever that calleth on the name of Lord shall be delivered.” I call upon you now. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, deliver me and set me free. Satan, I renounce you and all your works. I loose myself from you, in the name of Jesus, and I command you to leave me right now, in Jesus’name. Amen.
(This Prayer was used in the ministry of Dr. Derek Prince, from the book Pigs in the Parlor written by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond.)
Jesus said, “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse that the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation” (Matthew 12:43-45).
The key to staying delivered from demonic influence is to protect the entrances of your soul from demonic invaders. The entrances of your soul are your ears, eyes, mouth, nose and your physical senses (touch, sexual organs). Whatever can impact your soul (mind, emotions and will) in an immoral way is a demonic attack. For example in Depression: Satan will often send an oppressive spirit to give individuals negative thoughts through the mind. Soon it negatively impacts their emotions, which then will compel the will to act out in a unhealthy and negative manner. This spirit can physically create an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. We see numerous times in scripture where physical elements were the cause of demonic spirits. The mind is our battlefield with the enemy. If Satan can control our mind, then he can have control over our will. This is why God’s word says:
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Because this is a spiritual battle, you must learn how to use God’s spiritual weapons. When a sinful or negative thought comes to you, you must say, “I rebuke that thought in Jesus’ name.” Such demonic thoughts might persist, but you must not give in. The Holy Bible says “resist the devil and the devil will flee”(James 4:7).
God’s Word is More Powerful than any Demon
The book of Ephesians is a good place to start to get your training. It addresses how we are to use the spiritual armor God has given us:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
We must remember that God’s Word is powerful and it is alive and active according to Hebrews 4:12. Many people are fearful about the spell or incantation made by a witch or satanist. They fear it, because they believe the words coming out their mouth has supernatural power behind it, and that it will accomplish what was said. However, when it comes to God’s Words being spoken, many don’t believe it or have very little faith in it. Spells or Incantations from a witch is incomparable to the power that God’s Words possess. God’s Word when spoken in faith will render any spell or incantation, null and void. That is why God’s Word is referred to as a sword in scripture.
How should we live in this life? That is a question I’m sure we all ask ourselves. Well today I’ma tell how it is to live a “GANGZSTA LIFE!” you see it all started out like this. Ever since the late 80’s when I was born is the day I came into this life of evil. As I was growing up I seen people doing drugs, fighting, stabbing, and even sometimes shooting at each other, and as I got older I kept seeing all this and thought ”Damn this is the life!!!”I seen how some people had more respect then others and how they got what ever they wanted and how many people were scared of those people. I said to myself, “ I’ma be just like those people, but even better than them. So I started trying to kick it wit the older homiez on the block who are known as the “O” GZ (just so you know I was very young at about this time.) so yeah I would try to kick it wit the homiez, they would always tell me, “ what do you want youngster?” I would always say, “ I wanna kick it!” and they would just laugh and tell me to leave. That never stopped me I kept coming back every day just kicking it, well thinking I was, just standing around thinking I was cool, ya know? Anyhow, one day I was like, “f@#% it” I told the homies, sup wit a “pisto”(beer) and their like, ”give the lil homie a “pisto”. That was it, ever since then I would go every day and always drink. As years went by it went from drinking beer to smoking some bomb(marijuana) now I felt like I was one of them. I was one of them! Years have gone by and now and I’m in my early teens and am now ready to make a name for myself. I started going on lil missions wit the homies. Sometimes we’d run into the “enemy” and I’d watch my homies f@#% them up then stab them, sometimes shoot them. I’d watch all this and sad to say .’I liked it!!!! Then the day came where I had to do something. We came across an “enemy” and I’d watch my homiez said,” go f@#% him up! I said, shut the f*#@ up, I’ma do it my way, so now their trippin’ I walked up to this guy and he’s not even scared for the fact he’s probably thinking “what’s this lil foo ganna do?” With no feeling what’s so ever I walk up to this fool and did my thang. Now I’m not ganna sit here and just lie to you cuz I’m not. I like what I did to that guy; I want to hurt that guy and I did. Likewise, I did what I did, and in the zone in trying to destroy this guy someone grabbed me and said let’s go!!!!! If it wasn’t for my homies I don’t know what I would of have done to that guy. So the next day comes around and there’s talk in the hood that some fool got shot the previous night so who ever did it better watch it cuz the cops are on it. To keep it real the cops were the least of my hoods worries cuz we were more worried about the “enemy.” Lil did we know the guy that was shot was not a nobody and now people wanna know what happened. I kept my mouth shut for the fact that I had did some s@#% the night before and didn’t want people thinking that I did it, ya know? Which it time was the talk in the hood, yup everyone thought it was me. Me? Sh#@! “I didn’t care,” to me it was like” you want some come get some” I didn’t care, if they thought it was me then do something, feel me? I thought I was the s@#%. From that day on, is the day where my life is now in the life of a “gangzta” my life from there on out was not the way oneself would want it, but hey! I said I wanted that kind of life and I got it. I’d be walking down the street and all of a sudden bullets are flying by my head and come on! At a young age who would think that you’d have to be dodging bullets? Me, yup! That’s right. I wanted be someone and now I was. Years went by and it was the same s@#% almost everyday. I’m now in my mid teens and I’m use to this s@#%, thinking what can get any worse than this? Oh! But lil did I know that was just the beginning. Everything is now how I always wanted it. Peoples fear me, respect me, and I got everything I wanted. Life was lovely, so I thought. Through this time I’ve had a girlfriend whom I’m wit till this day and also have a kid by. What am I getting to on this? I knew no one can harm me, but I didn’t think that my “enemies” can harm the one’s I love. One day my girlfriend, wit my kid was walking down the street and no one knows who she really is for the fact I never let her it kick it wit me anywhere, I didn’t want people to know she was wit me, Anyhow, she’s walking down the street and all of a sudden a car pulls up and some guys get out. The guy pulls out a gun and puts it to my girlfriends head and tells her where is ***** and she says, “I don’t know where he is”, he says, your lying and points the gun at my daughter’ head and says, your lying to me, send your boyfriend a message for me and pulls the trigger. I don’t know why and by the grace of god or something, but when he pulled the trigger the gun jammed or something. I don’t know The guy got back in the car and took off. Now tell me, how you think I felt, I never knew what fear really was till my girlfriend told me what happened. Just the thoughts of losing my baby girl just 2 years old made me scared and realized that I am stoppable and can be hurt, “mentally” so yeah I was scared, but at the same time I only hated my “enemies” more than ever. I hated the world and wanted to hurt all that I came across. I thought “God” who is that?!!!!? Where he was when I almost lost the love of my life, there is no god! I was thinking all that but deep down I knew that is God who stopped that bullet from killing my girl, yet I refuse to believe that and just didn’t care and didn’t want to understand the truth. Why? To me what happened with my girl that was luck!!!! Nothing ever changed, but only got worse. Though out my time in this ganzta life of mine many bad things just kept happening. One day I was sitting on the porch with my homie and some car pulls up and me I’m not tripping cuz I’m up in my hood, ya feel? Nothing can happen to me. Anyway, this guy gets out and says, “Sup homie, remember me? I’m like, “who the fu@# are you fool” before I knew it, there’s a Pop! Pop! Pop! And blood all over me, my homiez blood. I look to my right and I see that my best friend is missing a peace of his face. I couldn’t feel anything. I just got up pulled out my hear gun and let loose on that b@#% as# fool, not knowing if I’m hitting him or not. God!!!!! Like I said “who the f**k is that?” I said before, what happened wit my daughter was just “luck” why would God let my homie die? After my homie died the only thing I wanted to do was find out who killed my homie. Not only did I have to watch out for my “enemies” I had to watch out for my own homiez for the fact there’s someone who always wants to be #1. I couldn’t trust anyone. I learned that people never respected me, no! They feared me for who I was, so yeah I couldn’t trust anyone. I felt everyone was turning on me lil by lil and all “my” close homiez were dying. You see in this gangzta life your time will come to an end cuz really it’s all just a game and in the end there’s always ganna be a “game over”, I ain’t ganna lie it was “game over” for me and now it was my time to be the one who has to go. I thought I was the badest mathaf**#% and I was, but I made myself to known and not only in the end do I have to pay for it, no! All my homiez payed for it and now their dead, that’s something I will have to live with for the rest of my life. You may be wondering .. Why are you still alive? Thinking about all this, hey! Maybe god has a plan for me I don’t know and I really don’t care. I still blame god for all that’s happened to the ones that I love. Why couldn’t it have been me, why? In the end I know it all wasn’t worth it, but I ain’t ganna lie. I’ma mathaf**% ‘in gangzta and am still ganna live this gangzta life till I die cuz once you live that life there’s no way out. There’s people out there still this day that still want me, if they do I hope there ready cuz I’ma bring it as much as they will. Yeah I know I’m ignorant and should be trying to change, but I can’t I can’t till I’m resting six feet under. My mission is not complete till they take me out and the day I do leave this world I will take many wit me, why? Cuz I’ma “Gangzta———.”
“Devil told him come with me forget him you going to die anyways”
Back in 199- when I was like 9 or 10 years old I was walking at about 10:25 to 10:20 at night to a nearby store in ——— Sac, with my big brother ——— and two cousins and a friend. A truck goes by as it went by it came back around as it did I did not know what was going on, I hear gun shots near by, I don’t know where it’s coming from but as we were walking in the little driveway store my big brother fell to the ground. I did not know what was going on and he tried to get back up and I took him inside the store and called the ambulance. I was telling him “it’s ok bro ; it’s ok hang in there.” As the ambulance came, everybody – my family, everybody – stared and was crying. I was just telling myself he is going to make it, I was hurt inside so when he was in the hospital I cared for him, months went by, he couldn’t see at all but you got to be on the right side of him to talk to him and for him to see you. So it was a trip to look at my brother lying there alive. So then he went to another hospital he got well and in like 2 months he came home. See me and my dad and him are very close with one another, so he told me everything, my dad knew. So one day he came by the house, I went outside with him, we took a little walk, we was talking about little things. I was thinking, like man this can’t be true that my brother is by my side. So he was like “let me tell you something little brother, he was like this, when I was in the coma I woke up and everything went blank. The door shut, he was just in the bed with nothing around, and everything went white, the whole room did he did not know what was going on. The window opened, as it did, he saw Jesus come in and stand by his right side and looked down on him for a minute and as the minute went by, he saw angels come in and was behind him, who do you want to go with?, who you want to go with?, everything went blank again but now the room changed to fire red all around him the room got red, the devil told him come with me, forget him. You going to die anyways, you broke, you sin already, you need me. So everything started to go red, white, red, white, so he was not thinking, what to pick, it was going back to back so he said, “Jesus, I want to go with you, take me now, as long as I’m with you I don’t care” so he did and boom, he came alive right at that minute everything went ok for him, he came out the coma alive and then he got out the bed, and started doing everything normal, I was thinking man, it can’t be, it can’t be. God helped my brother; I had to believe there is a God, had to be, as of right now he is doing everything like a normal human is doing. He got a kid, a wife and living a good life, I pray for him and his family and that Jesus help my brother stay alive in this world, I wish he can do that to a lot of people in this world. Well that is my story of my big brotha ——–.
“It was like no one cared about females.”
I saw all the dope dealers, hustlers and pimps, they had it all: from money and fame to power and women. I wanted to be like that. I picked up on what they did and tried to put it to use in my life. So I started hurting people and doing what I had to do to make sure I had what I wanted. That’s why I joined — MOB. I mean, look at what it stands for;Street Money over B#%@#’s — That’s the kind of mentality that got me locked up. Not caring for anyone. Other than taking what I wanted, I tried to look out for my family. Those were the only people I cared for other than the people in my gang. Music was another thing that played a role in my thug mentality. Since I can remember I grew up listening to rap and a rapper calling females hoes and tricks – it was like no one cared about females – you hear them glorifying selling drugs or killing someone. Those are the two major things that come to mind when asked what played a role in my thug mentality.”
“I wanted to be like the big homies”
I was born in the city of —-; my mother came from Mexico with my father when she was 16 years-old. She gave birth to me when she was 18. She moved to a low-income house otherwise known as the projects. In the —- side of Fresno, in this area there was a gang known as ——–. Slowly more and more of my family from Mexico started moving to Fresno. I had a lot of cousins and friends. By the age of 8 years old, I was already starting to understand that my area was a gang infused with Nortenos, I went to school with one of the head of —-(gang) little brothers, slowly we became friends. By the age of 9, I was asked to join their gang. By this time my father had left my mother and I had no father figures at home. So I was very hard to control. Once I joined the gang, I had to sell drugs for my older homies. There was a lot of hookers and drug addicts around the projects, my mother did not know English so I was influenced to sell drugs to help my family. As I got older the request got more serious, but I felt I could not refuse nor did I. I wanted to be like the big homies and I did everything I was asked. I began to steal cars, anything to make money even though I had no real use for it, all I wanted was to be accepted and was. I felt loved and needed. Everything I tried so hard for was finally happening, my family was never in need. By 14, I had my own car and all the drugs I could sell. I was considered a well respected and high ranking person in my hood. Once I got locked up a lot changed. I learned why and how my organization came about, which motivated me even more to continue living this life style and it may cost me a couple years of my life, it is worth it. I believe that if I wasn’t locked up I would have been killed by now. In my way I’m happy, but the better of me tells me I rather be free. I learned that I could be from my gang and not sell drugs or shoot people, but move forward with a positive state of mind but give to my organization what I can and forever my beliefs will stand firm in my heart and mind , but there is a lot more positive ways of going about how I can represent my gang. I hope you could understand my point of view. We are all different and come from different worlds as far as we were raised, but we are all human beings and all deserve to he healed with love and respect. Maybe one day I will leave my gang ties, but for now I don’t see that happening no time soon.
In today’s society it seems people believe they can get away with murder. This is partly because laws are not demanding. The respect they should have and partly because today’s generation is not politically aware. I feel that today people feel they can break the law as they wish, without having to, if you will, “pay the price.” The reason for this newly developed mentality is because laws are becoming more lenient. I say this not because votes were taken and that’s what the people want, but because I feel that our youth is getting “slaps on the hand” for what would be considered a serous crime if they were adults. If the law was harsher on juveniles it may discourage the criminal life style at a young age before young minds are completely molded. By discouraging criminal behavior at a young age our percentage of criminally active adults will decrease in a large number. Take my case for example. When I was in fourth grade I dropped out of school on my own will. By the time I was eleven I was using drugs and drinking habitually. At twelve I was involved in a strong armed robbery and sent to a group home 23 days before my thirteenth birthday. I stayed at this group home a little over three years due to my on going involvement in gang violence, drug use and all out rebellion. After three years at this group home they realized I wasn’t going to change so they decided to send me home just two months after I got two assaults with deadly weapons dropped due to lack of evidence. Just 15 days after being released from the group home I was sentenced to six months at Orin Allen Youth Correction Facility for vandalism on a police car. While at Orin Allen I got kicked out 3 times, once just three hours upon returning for inciting a fight in which there was a black out and I hit a rival with a chair causing a riot. I easily turned that six months into nine in a half months. Yet, Just three weeks after starting the riot I was still released due to the fact that my custody time was up. Only 25 days after being discharged from Orin Allen I was sentenced to CYA for a commitment of four years on which I have 13 months left. I feel if the court system would have done more than a “slap my hand” while I was at the group home I would have been discouraged to continue down the path I was headed. Now that I have had serious and valuable time taken from me I now have the thirst for a change for the better , but have a small fear that it may be to late. From experience, I developed the belief that laws should be strict on juveniles to prevent adult crime. “Develop character while still maturing, and the mature product will be of fined essence” said Mark A. Thomas , author of Mans Unconquerable Mind.
“Gang Banging ain’t like it was in the eighties. “
When I was about thirteen I thought it was cool to go around and victimize other people just because they weren’t from the same part of town as I was. As I got older I slowly started to realize how stupid I was: I used to always look up to older homeboys and my uncles. I had a lot of clout when I was out because of who my family was. I got roughed up a lot when I was a little kid. My mom would always make me fight with the older kids in my neighborhood. She said if I don’t kick their as#, she would kick my as*, I made sure I didn’t lose, but if I did, my mom would make me fight him again. Some of them would get so tired of fighting me, they would let me win. I realized that being in a gang ain’t what people really expect it to be. Back in the days, my whole barrio (neighborhood) used to get along, now I hear that they’re out there shooting each other and fighting and sh*t. Gang Banging ain’t like it was in the eighties. I guess it’s because they’re too many youngsters trying to earn their respect. I’m glad I’m locked up and not out there having to deal with all that bullsh*t.”