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Overcoming the Darkness with Jesus Christ
My story and how you too can overcome the darkness!
By Gordon King
© July 21, 2015
First off I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this short book.
These are my beliefs: God is composed of a trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are God and all are One. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, died and shed His precious blood to cover all of our sins. He was buried in a tomb for three days, then arose and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, sitting at His right hand in heaven. Repent of your sins and believe in these things and you will be saved!
This is a true story of my life, not all of my life, however a very significant portion which brought me down deep into the abyss. Darkness which cannot easily be explained, nor can it be ignored.
The darkness which I am going to speak about is one of a spiritual nature, yet manifests itself into this physical dimension.
Without God in my life I most assuredly would not have made it to where I have today, and that is walking daily with the Lord, spreading His word, and hopefully reaching the lost.
Since this time (approximately 3 years ago), I have been led by the Lord my God to begin a bible prophecy website: “End Time Bible Prophecy” (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com), dedicated to God, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and made worthy through the blood of the Lamb.
Over the past few years I have grown in my faith, strengthened my resolve, and rededicated my life to serving God Almighty!
Life is difficult, and for the believer in Jesus Christ it can be even more difficult. We will endure trials and tribulations, that’s a fact and is written in scripture. The bible tells us that we will endure both of these things, but we are to stand tall and endure, and then we shall receive the crown of life!
If you are living in a trial or tribulation, if you are suffering and in pain, then please read this book. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, nor do I completely understand what you may be going through, but I have endured many hardships, many trials and tribulations of my own. I know what pain feels like, I know suffering.
I know that if you humble yourself before the God of the universe; if you pour out your heart to Him with humble adoration and humility, He will hear you, and I believe help you. This is true for all believers in Jesus Christ, yet untrue for the unbelievers. In order for God to hear you, to answer your prayers, you must first believe. You must be saved, born-again!
It is my hope and prayers that the words found in this book will be enlightening, comforting, and empowering through the Holy Spirit. Encouragement to hurting believers and a testimony to unbelievers is my goal.
May the good Lord bless you, give you enlightenment, and the comfort that you need. May He help you in your time of trouble, take away your pain, and replace it with faith and peace that only He can. Amen
As the sun sets the sky becomes darker and darker, until eventually there is no more light. The darkness which I am going to write about in this book is not of physical darkness, but of spiritual darkness.
This darkness is straight from the pit of hell. It relishes on destroying lives, on creating confusion, pain, and suffering.
This darkness looms around every corner, upon the hillsides, and behind every tree. It knows no bounds on earth or in the sky. This darkness is demonic, spiritual beings led to satanically attack those that dwell on the earth.
Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”
These demonic spirits are real, they are here on earth just as you are sitting here reading this book. Theirs is to seek, kill, and destroy by whatever means possible. They are pure evil, wicked, and hateful.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Ephesians 6:12 “ 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.”
They don’t always come appearing as bad, sometimes they change appearance and come as good. This, my friends, is a deception of demons and a ploy to bring you down, down into the depths of darkness.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
These satanic beings have been around since before the creation of the world. They have been causing havoc and destruction since the first man and woman, Adam and Eve.
I have personally seen the darkness, being brought down to the lowest of lows, to the bottom of the valley. I have been tormented by demonic spirits and drained of all my understanding of what humanity is all about.
This evil has no borders; it has no restrictions on who, what, or where it can torture. It thrives on the living and laughs at the dead. It brings darkness to the furthest corners of the earth, the deepest of the seas, and the highest of all mountain peaks.
As I found out, these demonic spirits can and do attack even the believers in Jesus Christ! As a Christian, I was attacked by demonic spirits. With that being said, I was also a prodigal son. I was saved when I was seventeen years old; however, I was not always walking with the Lord.
Darkness, spiritual darkness, is being separated from God. It is taking away what is righteous and holy and replacing it with evil, wickedness, and sin. It means being brought down low, being lonely, afraid, and in pain. It doesn’t always mean that you may be the one sinning, but you are brought down with it, by it. You may be taken down to a depth which is unfathomable, into darkness that no one else knows, which no one else understands, down to a depth that you do not understand.
There are at times however, that even Christians walking with the Lord will encounter darkness. This does not mean that the believer is not close to the Lord, walking with the Lord, or that God is not there. It does mean that all of us are targets of satanic influence and spiritual darkness, times which will test our faith and our beliefs, and our confidence in God. Evil spirits want nothing more than to bring down a believer, to weaken our relationship with God, even try to break it!
There lurks such an evil in the world which seeks to destroy all that God has created, an evil which seeks to destroy humanity and keep people from living for and with God. This is the evil that we are facing today. Evil, demonic spirits set out to destroy the lives of humanity, to strip us of our dignity, to steal our souls, and to take away our faith in God.
Have you ever been in such a dark place? Have you ever experienced the darkness to the point of utter desperation? Where nothing else in the world matters anymore, what you thought had value and meaning was now senseless.
The darkness can do strange things to an individual. It can take you to new depths and it can strip you of your soul. It can bring you to the breaking point, and lower you to the point of suicide.
This is where it brought me, to the point of thinking about taking my own life, into a dark, dark place where nothing else mattered any more. Satanic spirits clouded around me and weakened my senses, putting thoughts into my head that normally were not there, giving me the feeling of worthlessness, without hope.
What I am about to share with you I have only told a few people about. I’ve told close family members and only a few close friends. This has been my secret for the past four years.
So why I have I kept it a secret? First of all fear. Fear of what others might think of me, fear of rejection, of humiliation. Second, the thought of retelling this story over and over again is overwhelming. Third, to protect others involved in the story which you will soon know about.
The Nightmare Begins
As a single father of two boys most of my adult life, I find it needless to say that I have always been close to my children. I raised them alone from babies for at least half of their childhood.
I love my children more than anything, other than God. I raised them for part of their life going to church and instilling in them the teachings and values of God. I taught them that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven. However, I have to say that I wasn’t always following the Lord, and I did not always set the best example for them, I admit that.
As a parent my biggest fear was for something to happen to one of my children. The loss of life, disability, or being locked up in prison. This is where my life gets really ugly and dark.
One day while at work I received a voice message from someone (I am not going to give names or places but she was thousands of miles away from where I live). This person introduced herself as a probation officer and that she needed to speak to me about my son. Of course my heart began to race and every thought went through my head as to what this was about. I called this person back immediately and was given very little information. She told me that my son was arrested by the FBI and was locked up in jail; however, she would not give me any further information.
My son had finished college and was working out of state, several thousand miles away from home, so all of this came as a complete shock to me. It was about a week or so before I was given any information regarding what had happened. They questioned me and asked me a hundred questions before they would tell me anything.
Can you imagine being a parent and your child is working thousands of miles away from home, then to get a phone call like this with very little information and still not knowing what it’s all about? I wasn’t even allowed to speak to him for a couple of weeks.
Finally after about a week I was told that my son was arrested for possession of child pornography on his laptop computer. I could not believe that he was arrested by the FBI for child pornography on the computer. I am not saying that it’s not bad, of course it is, but arrested and locked up? This was only the beginning of much pain and many sorrows.
A week or two later I found out that it was not just having the pornography on the computer, but that the FBI was going to sentence him for “the conspiracy to distribute child pornography”. Although they had no proof that he was planning to distribute, this is what they thought he “might” do.
With all of my heart, mind, and soul, I do not believe to this day that my son had any intention of distribution. He did something that was wrong and sinful, but does not deserve what they gave him.
They ended up sending him to two states, with the second state keeping him locked up for fourteen months before he was even sentenced. Keep in mind, that this was thousands of miles away from home and very difficult for me to visit him.
I had to come up with ten thousand dollars to hire an attorney to represent my son. At the end of fourteen months my son was sentenced and convicted of “intent to distribute child pornography” by the Federal government.
His attorney told us that if we decided to fight the case that there was a ninety percent chance of losing, and that if he lost then he would face twenty-five years to life in Federal prison. The other option was to plead guilty for a lesser charge, so that’s what he did. They ended up giving him eight years in Federal prison and 15 years of probation. The judge also recommended that he receives his fourteen months of time served, however to this day they have not taken that off of his sentence. So all in all he will not only serve eight years but an additional fourteen months that he spent awaiting sentencing and trial.
The Federal government convicted my son on something that they “thought” he was going to do, not for something that he actually did. To me this is an outrage, excessive control and abuse of power. But hey, try fighting the Federal government! They were on a mission at that time period to arrest and lock up distributors of child pornography. My son was used to set an example and is unfortunately a statistic, a number. This is what he represents to the government, not a human being, but a number on a chart. At one time they were out to lock up heroine dealers, meth dealers, then marijuana dealers.
And so my son sits in a Federal prison for the past four years, thousands of miles away from home (they were supposed to send him close to home). I have yet to visit him in Federal prison, as he does not think that he can handle me leaving.
The pain that I have felt is indescribable. The darkness that surrounded me and the depths that I went through were the deepest that I have ever experienced in my lifetime, and I’m no spring chicken!
I cannot explain in words just what I went through or what I am going through now. My life was shaken to the core, turned upside down, inside out, and chopped into a million pieces. It shall never be the same, nor shall I ever be the same.
This is darkness and straight from the pit of hell! Demonic spirits influencing, leading and guiding down a dark path leading to destruction. The pain and suffering can strike at a moment’s notice and without warning. This is what happened to my life, to my soul.
The ensuing months and years proved to be painful, torturous, and nearly deadly. Without the proper influence and spiritual force I was doomed for disaster. What happened next would also change my life.
Severe Depression and Anxiety
As the months passed by after hearing of my son’s initial incarceration I became depressed and anxious, and with each passing month it became worse. Getting up in the morning out of bed became a chore, taking a shower made me anxious, and driving to work a nightmare!
As the clock ticked by second by second so did my heart. I could feel my heart pounding, beat by beat. Each minute seemed to last for hours and my emotions were running high. It’s almost as if time was slowing down, even standing still, and I needed it to pass quickly!
What am I going to do? How am I going to survive? Who can I talk to? Who will listen? Who can I trust? I only spoke about this situation with a few of my closest friends, and they told me they were sorry, but that’s about as far as it went with them. I spoke to my best friend a little about it at first, but that didn’t last long. They didn’t seem to want to bring the subject up or even mention my son’s name. I suppose that I can’t blame them, I mean who wants to bring up an uncomfortable conversation. And besides that, everyone else still has their own lives to live, the world keeps turning.
None of my close family members even wanted to talk about it, all except for one of my brothers, we spoke about it a couple of times, but not very often and just a mention in passing conversation after that.
I needed to talk about it but no one really wanted to listen. I needed to get it out, maybe that would help to alleviate some the horrendous pain that I was in. When people tell you that they understand, or that they are sorry, do they really, and are they really? I mean to some extent I suppose. Yet how can they really understand what I am feeling, the intense loss, the suffering, and the pain. I felt like I was in the pit of hell itself!
I suppose that I may have spoken to a Christian counselor if I could have found one, but all that I could find in my area were secular counselors, and I was not attending a church at the time.
The depth of the darkness is so overwhelming that it consumes your very soul. There is nothing else in the entire world which even matters at that point. People around you seem to forget what you are going through very quickly. They act as if all is normal, that it’s all past and behind you. But hey, guess what, it’s not! It’s still there and it hurts.
It’s still on my mind every single day. I go to bed with it on my mind, and I wake up with it on my mind. I think about it day in and day out. It’s not over! Why in the world do most people act as if it’s all over? Sure for them it is, I mean they heard about it and that’s it. But please people, have some sympathy, show some kindness. Try to understand that for those of us going through such an ordeal it’s a daily event. That we struggle each and every day to wake up and get out of bed.
I still have to go to work each day, to act as if everything is fine. I have to compartmentalize my emotions from my daily tasks at work. I have to go out into the world and shop for food, pay my bills, and try to live a functional life. I have to act as if everything is normal, but it’s not.
My depression and anxiety was mounting severely just before my son’s sentencing. After his sentencing I was in a full blown, all out depression, with severe anxiety and panic attacks. Just the thought of going out into the world threw me into a panic attack, with my heart beating out of my chest I thought that I was going to die! The darkness had set in and completely enveloped my very being. I could feel the evil, the sin, the wickedness shrouding me from the top to the bottom, from the outside to the inner most depths of my soul.
I knew things were getting bad and out of control when I had thoughts of driving my car off of the road and into a tree. When suicidal thoughts were becoming more common in my life then good thoughts were I knew that I hit rock bottom.
Life seemed confusing and chaotic, nothing made much sense. The things in life that I thought were important just didn’t matter to me anymore. I didn’t care and I just wanted it all to end, the pain was gut-wrenching.
I knew it was bad for me and that if I didn’t do something fast then it would be over soon, in one way or another. It was time to buckle down and get some help before it was too late.
I wasn’t sure where to go or who to turn to for help. So I mustered up enough courage to go to the doctor. You must understand that I do not like to go to the doctor; I was raised that way, just take an aspirin, get some rest, and you’ll be fine.
The doctor prescribed me anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. I immediately began taking them as prescribed. Not soon after I began to feel numb. The medications did help some; I mean that I felt numb emotionally and also physically. I almost felt like a zombie. I didn’t like it at all, but I could live with the pain. I knew that the pain was still there but it wasn’t quite so painful, but it was still there.
I was still in pain and I was still suffering. I felt the anguish, the emotional distress, and the turmoil in my life. I still felt like I was at rock bottom. Although the medications made me numb, I had a life that was miserable and would never again be the same. Now where could I go, who could I turn to for help?
I was lonely, hurting, sad, distressed, and falling apart. The evil spirits had all but completely consumed me. They were continuing to torment me even with the medications.
One morning I just couldn’t take it anymore. I fell to the floor of my apartment and began to weep uncontrollably. I cried out to God to help me, to save me from my pain and suffering.
Almost instantaneously I felt a warmth come over me. It not only came over me, but filled me to the core. I could see God (it was either Jesus or God the Father) in my mind standing in front of me with open arms, He was wearing a long flowing robe and had long hair. He was telling me to come home, that He loves me more than anything!
God had filled me up with His Holy Spirit. He anointed me and gave me vision and clarity. He took away my pain, my suffering, and my suicidal thoughts. No longer did I feel alone, anxious, or nervous. He showed me things that I was never able to see before. About a month or two later He anointed me with His love (Read “Love can you feel it?” at the end of the book). I was filled with the love of God. It was one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever had in my life! Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, He will never leave me nor forsake me.
This changed my life. I was once a prodigal son and was now at home with my Father in heaven. As a Christian I never before knew God as I do now. I never experienced God as I did then or I do now.
I immediately began weaning myself from all the medications for anxiety and depression, it took about a month. I have been medication free ever since.
I went back to the doctor for a check-up. On the last visit he gave me a list of counselors to see (all were secular therapists). He asked me if I had been to see one of them and I told him no, I started going to church. He told me “I’m not a bible thumper”. I just looked at him and smiled. I also told him that I stopped all medications. I have never been back to see him.
I don’t know just how many Christians have had a similar experience with God like I have. I thought for a time that most Christians did, however, now I don’t think that it is very common. With that being said, I believe that God has a reason for everything and that if you have hit rock bottom He will listen to you. If you bow down and humble yourself before Him, He will listen and help you.
The Lord not only healed me of my depression and anxiety, He led to me to perform His will. He told me to start a blog for Him. This may sound strange to some of you, that God could actually tell you to do something, but He did.
Of course my response to Him was “I don’t know the first thing about blogs, and what do you want me to write about anyway?” He told me not to worry about it, He would lead me all the way, and if just one person comes to salvation through this blog then it is all worth it.
Well, almost three years later and the blog is going strong (EndTimeBibleProphecy.wordpress.com). It has almost 1.5 million hits, over one thousand followers, and has been viewed all over the globe. I know of more than one person who has come to salvation through this blog, so it has all been worth it.
I didn’t know where to start, but with the help of my other son I was able to get the site up and running in no time! I wasn’t even sure what I was going to post or write about, but God took care of that and has led me along the way. His Holy Spirit has guided me and given me direction. I feel led to write for the Lord and I do it, whatever He puts in my mind I write.
Not only that, but the Lord has given me clarity and vision regarding His word. I am able to see things more clearly, things which at one time I would not have even noticed. I view the world in a different light, and I see bible prophecy coming to pass before our very eyes.
Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in real time folks. The events taking place around the world are leading to the soon return of Jesus Christ. End time events which are prophetic in nature are happening now at a daily rate. It’s astonishing to see the world move closer to the end. God is good and He is informing us so that we are not ignorant of the times.
The Lord has also given me some visions and dreams. Some of which have already come to pass. When God is speaking I listen. I have written about most of these in the blog. Sometimes I sense God’s presence, other times I can feel Him, and other times I can smell Him like a sweet aroma.
The blog is not only an invitation for unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but also a platform for encouragement, enlightenment, and wisdom. It is a place for believers to share their experiences and give their opinions on biblical issues. It’s also a place to discover and learn to discern the truth from lies. Many people come who are of other faiths, many who are attempting to twist God’s words. This is also what we see happening in the world today, the twisting of the truth, the apostasy of the church. At first I was not so good at discerning those with a deceiving spirit, but I have become much more experienced at it over the past few years.
Life Goes On
The good Lord has blessed me with healing, wisdom, insight, and knowledge. He has given me the opportunity to serve him. He gives me life, provides for all my needs, and gives me peace and comfort.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Ever since the Lord has anointed me with His Holy Spirt, I have experienced a peace and comfort that I have never before experienced. I am still aware of my situation, I still experience some pain and sorrow, yet there is a peace and a comfort that is within me. It enables me to endure the hard times, to push on and live a functional life.
Without God in my life I would not be able to cope. I would be a zombie, or even worse, dead. If you ask me this is a miracle from God.
It’s been about four years now since my son was incarcerated, four long years. I wish that I could say that life has gotten easier but it hasn’t. Last year I almost lost my mother to heart failure. February of 2015 I suddenly lost my father. By the grace of God and His Holy Spirit I was able to give a rather long eulogy at my father’s funeral service. I am in no way a public speaker, and there were over one hundred people who attended his service, but I was not really nervous.
I do remember while giving the eulogy, a woman sitting at the back of the room. I don’t remember seeing her come in, and I should have since I greeted everyone as they entered. She had a large bright smile on her face as she looked directly at me during the eulogy. If you ask me she was heaven sent!
I am enduring trials and tribulations, even now. I often wonder how many people, how many Christians, live a life without much distress. I mean, how many go through trials and tribulations like I have? I look around and it seems to me that many people don’t seem to go through such things in life. Many seem to have it all together and their life is not quite so dramatic. Is this truly the case? On the other hand, I do know of people who have gone through much worse than I have.
1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you”
I know that demonic forces will attack anyone and everyone, and that these same forces desire to attack Christians who are performing the will of God and those who are bringing the lost to Christ. Can you imagine a war in which one side is converting the other side to theirs? What do you think the opposing side would do about that? Do you think that they would just sit back and relax? It’s the same way with these demonic forces, if we are winning souls for Christ, don’t you think the demons will try to stop us?
So at this point in my life, I know that I will endure more trials, more tribulations, and more satanic attacks. This I know. However, I also know that God is on my side, that He is with me, and that I have authority and power over these demonic spirits given to me by God. How do I know this? Jesus told me so.
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Even now at this point in time, I feel a darkness surrounding me, as if to overtake me. This is the same darkness which brought me down in the depths of the valley, the same darkness which leads the lost into destruction. This is a demonic attack against me, I can feel it and I sense it.
There is a difference however between now and then. I know that God is with me and that He will never leave me, I know how to fight against the darkness, and I know that I have power and authority over the evil ones.
Christians are under attack by spiritual forces, by demonic spirits. We must know what we are up against and how to fight the battle. The phrase “Ignorance is bliss” is in and of itself foolishness. Sure, it might be bliss until you are hit in the head with a battle axe!
We must not be ignorant of the times, of evil spirits, nor of how to battle them. We are in a spiritual battle against these evil spirits. They come at us every day, attempting to weaken our faith, to turn us from our God.
Like I said before, these spirits are real and they mean business. Just as these evil spirits are real, God is real and so are His angels. We are not alone in the fight.
This physical world that we live in is just that, physical. This is a mere representation of what God has prepared for us and only a mere shadow of the real thing. The real thing is much better than we could ever imagine. With that being said, the demonic forces are spiritual, however, they can and do manifest themselves into the physical world.
We see such manifestations by demon possession, demonic doctrines, evil, wickedness, and sin. These are all manifestations of the spiritual into the physical. We also see manifestations of God and His angels by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in believers, by miracles, love, goodness, forgiveness, and kindness.
Therefore, we must remember that we are not in a battle against the flesh but against dark spirits, principalities, and powers.
Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
These evil spirits are against us, they seek to steal, kill, and destroy. Their main goal is to keep as many souls out of heaven as possible. One way of doing this is to interfere with the will of the Lord, by stopping Christians from spreading the gospel and leading the lost to salvation.
Another method of attack is to weaken our defenses, such as our faith. By tearing down our faith the enemy can hit us from all sides and attack us with many fiery darts. These darts can consist of doubt, fear and anxiety. They can cause tribulation in our life and can influence us in the wrong direction.
Evil spirits can and will place thoughts into our minds. They will entice us and tempt us into sinning. It’s not a sin to have these thoughts as long as you rebuke them. These spirits will also tempt us physically in many different ways, perhaps sexually, monetarily, or maybe through jealousy or envy.
By misleading us with the twisting of the truth is another method used by the enemy. Telling partial truths and filling the rest in with lies is a common attack used on Christians and unbelievers alike. We see this now with the falling away of the church. Telling us that we all worship the same God so why can’t we just get along? The merging of religions such as Christianity and Islam, or “Chrislam” is another sign of the falling away, or teaching that Jesus is not the only way to heaven. There are many more lies and deceptions, we must know how to discern the truth from lies.
There are many government leaders spewing words left and right, yet how much of what they are saying is the truth? Many will say one thing and do just the opposite. We must be wise and pay attention.
Tolerance is another ploy used by the enemy. Telling us that we must tolerate all and everything if we are to be loving and kind, in other words anything goes, anything but Christianity.
Often times the enemy will appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They may say that they are a Christian or a pastor, yet do not know Christ. They will lead many into destruction. What they say may sound good to itching ears, but beware, test all things against the word of God.
Distraction is a common tool of the evil spirits. The enemy will even use other believers to distract them from the Lord. A distraction could be anything available to lead the believer away from worshiping and praying to God. It could be a family member or spouse, a girlfriend, or a brother in Christ. It could be watching television or working out, whatever distracts us from our relationship with Jesus Christ.
So how do we fight these spirits, by what means do we keep them at bay?
I can tell you what the bible says to do and what I try to do.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The most powerful weapon against the enemy is the living word of God. The second most powerful weapon is prayer. Although I believe that they are both equally important. The bible does however refer to the word of God as being the sword of the Spirit in the armor of God. They are all important and vital in the battle against the enemy.
Ephesians 6:13-18 “Stand 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; 16 above 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; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—“
We all have troubles in life and we all sin at some point. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, the Lord knows I have. Being a Christian is a struggle; at least it is for me. I struggle between the flesh and the spirit. The spirit wants what is holy and righteous but the flesh is weak and wants the things of the world.
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
We all fall victim to sin in our lives, even the believer in Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to sin and it’s another to sin as a lifestyle. These are two completely different things. Sinning as a lifestyle would be a daily practice, one that represents who you are as a person. Falling to sin is something that happens to us all at times.
For any believer to say that they do not struggle with these things would surprise me. I strive daily to be more Christ-like, and this is my end goal. However for me it is a difficult task. We are all different in many ways, yet we all as Christians should be striving to be like Christ. I think that for some of us it may be a bit easier than for others.
Fighting the enemy requires reading and studying the word of God, praying daily to God, trusting in God alone, worshiping God, loving God, and performing His will on earth as it is in heaven.
Even after doing all these things, it is often difficult. The enemy will tempt us so our faith must be strong. He will try to mislead us so our discernment must be put into practice and our knowledge of scripture increased. We need to know the truth, what the word of God really says. We must not interpret it of our own understanding but from the Spirit of Truth.
We must stand tall and uphold what is righteous and pure. We must love those who come against us, help those in need, and give to the poor. We must know the gospel and be able to use it at a moment’s notice. We need to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
As Christians, we must also stand for what is just and right, we need to support those representing us who represent the values of God. We need to protect those who are victimized by evil doers. We need to support the nation of Israel and the Jewish people, as well as Christians around the globe. We should encourage our government leaders to do what is right and fight against such evil in the world, such as ISIS. We should stand for the values of God in society, in government, and in our public schools.
These are the things we must do: love one another, be kind, be humble, live peacefully, have self-control, joy, goodness, faithfulness, and patience. For these are the fruit of the Spirit.
These are the signs of the Holy Spirit indwelling a true believer in Jesus Christ.
Overcoming the Darkness
The Lord is good and He does have a reason for everything. For me I believe that He used this situation to bring me back home, to strengthen my faith, and to trust in Him alone.
For my son I believe it was to teach him a lesson, bring him home, increase his faith, and trust in God also. It’s also a consequence of his actions of course, although I still feel that his sentence was very extreme. What he did was wrong, it was sinning against God and He allowed this prison sentence to happen. When things in like this do happen I always remember a verse from scripture.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
I pray every day for the Lord to protect my son, to strengthen his faith, to keep him healthy and to release him early from prison.
Although God has healed me from my severe depression and anxiety, and has given me His peace and comfort, I continue to deal with the situation on a daily basis. There is still some pain and the thought of my son being in prison hurts. However, it’s not like it was before God healed me. It’s not so bad anymore.
The peace of God is like no other, and unless you have experienced it for yourself, then I cannot truly put it into words. It’s sort of like getting stitches for an open wound, you know that it should hurt, but because of the pain killers, you don’t really feel the pain. Not only don’t you feel the pain, but it just doesn’t seem quite so bad, and you know that it will get better with time.
The peace of the Lord surpasses all understanding, it is written in Holy Scripture.
Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The peace of God, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Pray to God, give Him thanks, and He shall give you peace.
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Not only did God give me peace, He gave me comfort and joy. He didn’t give me happiness, but joy. These are two different things. Happiness comes from things and circumstances in life, while joy is given to us from the Lord. It is a state of being content, satisfied, and exceedingly glad. It is found deep within our spirit and is long lasting. Whereas happiness is an emotion which is fleeting and short lived. Joy is also one of the fruits of the Spirit my friends.
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The darkness surrounds me, it causes me to stumble and at times I fall. Yet I shall rest in the arms of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is my rock, He is my salvation. He gives me hope, peace, comfort and joy.
I get back up and shake off the dust, then continue down that narrow path which leads to righteousness. For I know that God is with me and will never forsake me. I have experienced the goodness of the Lord. I have seen miracles happen and have been pulled up and out of the pit of darkness. I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death.
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
There will be scoffers and mockers among you, and this will be a sign of the end times.
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
They will tell you that there is no God, and will say that you are wasting your time. They will laugh at you and make fun of you for believing that Jesus Christ will soon return. As Jesus told us when these things happen take it as all joy unto the Lord.
2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;”
Unbelievers will be caught off guard at the coming of the day of the Lord. Some will acknowledge that the Christians were right in what they said, however many more will continue in darkness, hardheaded, arrogant, and proud.
Just because a person does not believe that God is real, does not make God unreal. Likewise, if someone does not believe that the world is round doesn’t make it flat. Or if I make a comment that the sky is a beautiful blue, their response that the sky is yellow doesn’t make the sky yellow, it still remains blue.
Jesus Christ is real, He is the only way to heaven, and He is God. Just because someone negates these facts does not make them untrue. It’s merely their belief or should I say “unbelief”.
Overcoming the darkness requires faith in God. It means believing that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and that He came into this world as a man and God. That He died on the cross to pay our sin debt, was buried in a tomb for three days then arose and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Repent of your sins and believe in these things and you shall be saved. This is the first step in overcoming the darkness.
Read and study the word of God, pray to God, listen to God, worship only God, trust in God, and give thanks to God daily. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). Do these things and you too can overcome the darkness in the world.
Are you Depressed, Lonely, Anxious?
There are many people in the world today who are depressed, lonely, and anxious. They are at the end of their rope, so to speak. They have hit rock bottom with nowhere to turn. I can actually say that I know how you feel.
Although each and every one of us experience different things in life, and not one is the same, I can relate to your sadness and depression. I cannot say that I understand every situation, nor can I relate to the loss of a child for instance, but I can relate to your pain and suffering.
I can relate to being rock bottom, at the bottom of the valley of the shadow of death, where the only thing that matters is the situation which got you there, and where the darkness encompasses your very soul.
I understand sadness, pain, and suffering. I know what it feels like to be alone. I can sympathize with those suffering from panic attacks, and those on the brink of committing suicide, I’ve been there.
I also know that there is an answer, that there is hope. Jesus Christ came into this world to save it.
John 3:16-17 “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
God came to save you. He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for your sins and your salvation.
This is the answer my friends, it is the way to eternal life and life now on earth. He is the one who can help you, who can heal you of your pain, suffering, and anxiety. He did it for me and He can do it for you. It’s all according to your faith.
The only true way that I know of to get help is through the blood of Jesus Christ. However, with that being said, God did provide for us doctors, nurses, and hospitals in case of need. Don’t be afraid to use them if you need them.
I myself have used medications to help me through my pain and suffering, until God healed me completely, and set me free. God does heal people, but not always, if he did then we wouldn’t need doctors and hospitals.
I know that God healed me of severe anxiety and depression, this is a fact. I weaned myself from the medications one month after being healed. No side effects, no recurrence of anxiety or depression, only joy and comfort.
The good Lord heals at His will, not ours, but it does take faith. Believe that He can do it, ask Him for help. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ then He will not hear you. You must be saved first, be a born-again, bible believing Christian, a child of God.
God does not always heal, for whatever reason He just doesn’t. But that does not mean He cannot or will not be with you. It does not mean that He won’t give you any comfort or joy.
I believe that with all of my heart that you can experience the joy and comfort of the Lord if you believe, if you turn from your sin and repent. Come to the Lord in repentance, with thanks, and with a humble heart. Cry out to the Lord from the depths of your soul, mean what you say.
Stay close to God and walk with Him daily, read His word daily, and speak with Him daily. Being a believer is about our relationship with God, not about religious practices.
Whatever situation you may be in, God will listen to you if you repent of your sins and accept Him as your Lord and Savior! He will be with you and help you along the way. God is a patient God, and His time is not our time. You must also be patient and willing to wait on God. Handover all of the troubles in your life and let Him be your guide. Listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him give you guidance, insight, and comfort.
I can’t say that God will heal you of any illness, it’s all according to His will. He loves you more than anything and wants you to love Him the same. That’s really what it’s all about, a loving relationship with the God of the universe who created us.
Give God a chance, do what I have said to do, and wait to see what He does in your life!
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, then I strongly urge you to consider accepting Him into your life. He is our creator, the creator of the entire universe. He knows your heart, He knows what’s troubling you, and the pain you suffer. He wants to help you, just give Him the chance.
If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then I am including a prayer for salvation. First off, you must believe what the prayer says; second, you must repent of all of your sin. That means to have a change of heart regarding your sin and commit to do everything you can to stop doing it. Then you must read the prayer out loud to God. That’s it! Once you’ve done that you are saved, born-again, a believer in Jesus Christ! Amen
Thank you all for taking the time to read this book. I hope and pray that each and every one of you has either learned something new, been enlightened, encouraged, comforted, or see things from a different perspective.
May the God of the universe bless you, guide you, and keep you safe in His loving arms. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
…………Love………..Do You Feel It!
Commentary By: Gordon King (originally posted on 2 December, 2012)
Do you ever just feel Love? Do you ever get the feeling of being full of Love? You can feel it springing up inside of you. It feels your entire being. It rushes through your body like waves, ripples. It courses through your veins and pulsates through your heart. Do you ever feel that way? I do. Sometimes it just overwhelms me! I feel the need to just hug someone and tell them that I love them, to tell them that they are loved and cared for, to share some warmth and compassion with them. Not in a sexual way. Just in a loving and caring way. It boils up and gushes out of my pores. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel the need to tell someone that you love them? To tell them that you care? To want to help others in need? I do. I just can’t help it. It is such an overwhelming feeling. It’s a feeling that I need to express, and it is one of the most wonderful feelings ever. I think that is what it will be like to be with Jesus. A feeling of constant, overwhelming, overflowing, unrestricted, unconditional love, warm, soothing, comforting, compassionate love. That is the feeling I get from the Holy Spirit of God. The feeling you should have at times, if you are saved. I don’t feel that way all of the time. I wish I did! When I do it is glorious, magnificent, and wonderful! God does provide comfort, warmth, peace and security!
1 John 4:8 NKJV “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
I pray for the peace, safety, comfort and love of everyone in the world. I pray that God will pour out his Holy Spirit upon the world and open our eyes, touch our hearts and save our souls. I pray that everyone possible will turn from their sin and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Amen
I am not perfect just forgiven. I Love you all! You are special. You can be forgiven of anything through Christ Jesus! He wants me to tell you that you can be forgiven. He said that he is standing at the door knocking. Will you answer? He loves you and wants you to follow him. He told me that we are all sinners. Not one sin worse than the other. Sin is sin. You say that you are a good person and that you help others and donate to charity. You say that you believe in God, you go to church. That is wonderful! But, have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you asked him to forgive you for your sins? Have you repented and live the life God has called you to live? We are not saved by works, but by faith in God, by being born again! We must accept God into our lives and repent!
Romans 3:23 NKJV “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
There is only one way to Heaven and The Father. That way is Jesus! You must believe in him and accept him.
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
God Loves You! I Love You! We do not have much time left before the wrath of God and the rapture of the church. Please accept the free gift of salvation from God! I pray for your salvation and wisdom. God Bless You!