Saturday, October 6, 2012

Living in Christ...part 4

Hello everyone! I want to begin by thanking everyone that has viewed the first 3 parts of Living in Christ and for the comments made up to this point. In part 3, I elaborated a great deal on my experience in Freemasonry. That experience was a landmark moment because it revealed God's faithfulness and His ability to deliver us from evil influences and potential harm to family and friends. During my Senior year (12th grade), two major events happened in my life. In 1992, during the month of October, I suffered from my very first seizure. The following year, by God's grace, I was able to graduate from Vineland High School at the age of 19 with the smallest graduating class ever. If I remember correctly, there was probably just over 200 students that had graduated.  I have since been blessed with working at one of Donald Trump's casinos, Trump Plaza as a security officer on two different occasions. Both of those occasions have been both very rewarding and challenging at the same time. I have had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with some of the executives of the company. Even though I was hired as a blue-collar professional, I ended up leaving the company with a white-collared mindset. In a nutshell, my time with Trump Plaza has been an immense blessing in so many ways.

I had the privilege of enrolling in Mizpah Bible Institute and eventually graduated after three years of theological studies. It was during those years where I had experienced God in so many wonderful ways. I developed a greater understanding of who God is as well as learn about apologetics among so many other classes. Beyond that I have been in and out of jobs due to the tough job market in the area that I live in. I also had the privilege of living at Maumee, Ohio and Sacramento,CA during the late 90's and early to mid 2000's. I had another seizure almost 10 years to the day of my very first seizure in 2002 shortly after arriving at home from a church service. The difference between this attack and the first one I endured was the severity and the length of the seizure. This seizure has lasted almost 10 minutes long. By the time the ambulance personnel came to my home, they found me unconscious. According to what the medical personnel told me, they told me that upon arrival and within the first 15 minutes of being in critical care, they were ready to pronounce me dead. All the symptoms that could be found in a comatose patient was present. My face was a pale white, with my lips being a purplish/blue combination. The 45 minutes spent under their care were the longest 45 minutes of my entire life. Little did I know that I had a 45 minute coma. Those 45 minutes were the darkest and most miraculous 45 minutes of my entire life. The miraculous part of the 45 minutes came when an angelic being came to me for two reasons: 1) I found myself standing at the front of the Pearly Gates that are described about in the Bible and the angel pointed toward the gate showing me that I was standing on the other side of the Pearly Gates. I experienced great peace during that time. 2) The angel reminded me that I still had alot of work to do. Within minutes of that "angelic encounter", I was able to wake up from the coma. Vital signs came back to normality and being a little groggy from being "asleep" the last 45 minutes, I noticed there were a bunch of people from church. The peripheral symptoms remain. I had a very hard time remembering the names of the people that were there, including my mom, yes, my mom. Other issues were there,but too long to list.

Ever since that experience, God has given me a greater appreciation for Him, life, and people in general. I have learned from that experience that any day could be our last. Tomorrow is never promised to anyone. My dear friends, never take your friends, family, and anyone else that God brings around your way for granted because there will come a day when you will be face to face with eternity. It is during that time, when your entire life will flash right before you like a Hollywood blockbuster movie for your eyes only. I wanna close this part by sharing with you that God is standing with you, even during that time when you are faced with your darkest moment. The irony of it all is that the light doesn't have to be at the end of the tunnel, the light is already right there with you in the form of a person named Jesus Christ.  Jesus died for you and me so that we can live in Him and with Him for all of eternity. He's waiting for you on the other side of the Pearly Gates and waiting to come to pick up His people again. God has given me life so that I can share God's grace, love, and mercy in my life to let you know that He will do the same for you. All you need to do is ask! To this day, as I'm writing this, I suffer from what's called Essential Tremors. Just over 10,000 people nationwide suffer from this condition. When that angel told me that I still have alot of work to do, he meant it! So here I am writing this blog for ALL of you my friends! I'm looking forward to sharing more with you through this blog and hopefully one day meet with you in person as God enables me financially and physically to do His work in this country and around the world. I love you with the love of Jesus and am praying for ALL of my current and future viewers and commenters. As the Lord lays on your heart to do so, don't hesitate to leave a comment below. I'm totally excited about what God is doing and would be very happy to know what He is doing through your life. Here's a another question! God bless you all!

When confronted with darkness, how does God impact your life?