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December 13, 2017 by James

 

 

Prisoner for Christ

My name is James. Words cannot describe the fear and sadness I was lost in. In complete bondage to fear and addiction, afraid of everything and using drugs, I was arrested for about the 30 something time for drug possession. In September 2016 I was sentenced to a 1 year drug treatment prison facility in Missouri called Ozark Correctional Center; a Gateway Foundation intense long term therapeutic community collegiate model drug treatment camp. I was 33 years old. I suffered from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and turned to drugs for comfort at a young age.

I desired change, but for 33 years I could not escape the grips of satan. I prayed to God for help. I prayed to God for death. I wanted my life to end desperately.

Before I was sentenced to this facility, I spent 14 months in God’s Word in jail in Texas and Missouri. Along with these preachings, I got a hold of a book called “From Faith to Faith” by Kenneth Copeland and a Bible. Rather than conform to what others were doing, I stood alone and I sought God with my whole heart. I applied the teaching in the Word to my life with genuine obedience. The Word began to take root in my Spirit and I began to grow. I continued to seek, I continued to be taught, I continued to be an example, I continued to encourage others, I continued to pray for people that would spit at me, and swing fists at my face. I ignored the naysayers as I walked alone as a quiet witness in places where people were afraid to walk alone. Little did I know God was about to show up…

On December 3rd 2016, in OCC in Fordland, Missouri, I walked up to the Chapel because I was trying to get a DOC Job there. I walked into a full Chapel and sat in the back row as the band “Bert Smith and The Walk” played and “Sons of Thunder Ministries” stood by a few chairs imitating an altar. One of the Chapel Clerks sitting behind the desk walked up to me and grabbed my hand and led me to the altar. There was a visiting preacher named Josh who I had never met before. He looked at me and said, “Do you have anything you’d like to pray to God for?” I said shyly, “I don’t know, he brought me up here”, pointing to my friend who brought me up there. He said, “Well what do you want ask God?” I said, “Well, I want to make this chapel a more loving environment than it is (being a prison chapel) but I lack the courage to talk to people really.” He said, “Alright James, (reading my DOC name tag) we’re going to pray for boldness”.

As we knelt to pray, as if I was hit by an anvil, I was knocked to my face as I felt this tremendous pressure pushing my face to the floor as tears began to fall. I couldn’t lift my head but my nose never touched the ground. As Josh is praying with his hand on my shoulder he begins laughing uncontrollably while he’s praying things that only God could know. As he’s praying, being steadily interrupted by his own loud joy-filled laughter, I felt this intense tugging from the pits of my stomach. I felt as if I were “heaving” tears as my gut wrenched and my face felt as if something was pulling me. (I remember trying to hold back because I didn’t want to cry in Prison but the tugging/wrenching continued harder and harder. This continued for maybe a full minute or so. (I also had bruises on my knees from the weight pushing me into the floor) I stood up, in tears still overcome with “Joy” is the only way I can describe it in the natural. Josh stood up, in tears. I looked at him smiling and crying and said, “Thank you, whoever you are.” He says, with a smile on his face and tears falling from his eyes, “THAT’S THE POWER OF GOD MAN!” Everyone in the room was in awe as the Spirit of God filled the room. I stood worshiping with my hands to the sky smiling and crying, just praising God.

He then walks over to me and says, “The Holy Spirit is about to leave, you may feel a jolt.” I felt this intense feeling of tears and sadness for just a second as I said “Please No.” He said Don’t worry James, He said I will never leave you nor forsake you, now every time you read your bible and pray He will return. The Lord is zealous with you, I want you to read Acts Chapter 2.” As the service is now ending, he shakes my hand and he says “Get Ready”...

As I leave the service I am filled with what I can only describe as “Joy” in the natural. This was not a feeling. This was a very strong presence. It affected everyone around me. I go to a service next door, and as I’m sitting at a small bible study table, my eyes suddenly get very heavy and im blinking because they kinda hurt. Suddenly, something overwhelms me and causes me to look around the room. I look into a sea of people and I see a bunch of lost children through eyes of compassion. I can’t sit still at this point, I felt complete purpose. As I looked from one person to the next it was as if they had crosshairs on them and something like a tractor beam was drawing me from one individual to the next. (I don’t speak unless spoken to, I walk around with blinders on so to speak, so this feeling is not of my own will). I then felt God’s pleasure with some, and compassion and empathy for others. When someone made me laugh, I remember feeling, “God is pleased with this character, this personality, this is one of his children who creates laughter and joy for others.” When someone was hurting, I could see it and feel it, and I wanted to help them. I also saw demons manifest in the eyes and faces of some and others my presence just made them smile.

As I head back to my living quarters, (imagine a barracks; people hanging out talking, cards, etc.) I get up on my bunk, and I remember feeling this peace unlike ever before. My mind was clear, focused, no rushing thoughts, blank, with songs of worship 24 hours a day in my inner Spirit (and it’s been like this ever since). As I close my eyes to pray, I see a man in the blacks of my eye lids. As if a lit sparkler traced the night sky, I see a man with long hair and a robe…Applauding.

It was Jesus.

I still don’t fully understand what happened to me that day, but I know I don’t need to. Im just thankful to be given vision and focus, and a chance to enjoy my future. I will just continue to seek Him and walk with Him and try to be my best. I no longer have to let feelings of defeat or my senstive emotions get me down to the point of giving up ever again. I have hope.. And that is means everything.

I was released yesterday, Nov. 27th from OCC Long Term Treatment Prison. This experience happened 1 year ago. I live in Houston, Texas and I am currently looking for a church to get involved with in or around the Northwest Houston/Cypress area. If anyone knows where I can get involved and grow I would sure appreciate any help/advice. Thank you smile

- James

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December 13, 2017 by Denise Ratliff

 

 

Through The Storm

I was in Hurricane Katrina. I was very scared and I could see that right in front of my eyes was death. I walked through all that water in order to get where I had to go, but I still was scared and alone. I prayed and prayed, hoping that someone would come through and get me because it was very dark out there at night and very scary. People where still killing one another. I just got on my knees and asked God to please help me get me to a safe place where I could get my life back on track, and to watch over my family also. I finally got into a boat, and I cried and cried. I remember the officer saying that I would be OK now. I know this had to be God’s doing. I got somewhere safe, but I was still worried about my family there because they had my son as well.

God is so awesome! My life was gone right before my eyes, but I’m still here thanking God for all He has done for me. I want to get closer to God because I need him in my life today and forever.

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December 13, 2017 by Drew

 

 

Working Hard

I had a report I had to take notes on, and first I complained about doing it, but then I realized I needed to remember to Choose Joy. So I took notes and I thought about the Joy Pledge. And so I said it out loud. That is why I CHOOSE JOY!

I Choose Joy.
When I Keep My Eyes On Jesus, I Have Joy.
When I Lose It, I Will Choose It and Be Strong.
I CHOOSE JOY TO JESUS CHRIST!

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December 13, 2017 by Selene

 

 

God’s Protection

After working so many extra hours at his job, my 23 year old son was so happy to be able to put some money aside for Christmas. He went to cash his check at about 7:30pm at a check cashing place. He then went to his car and separated the money he was saving for Christmas, and the money for his bills, and put part of it in his wallet. Afterwards, he headed to a Walgreens to pick up some things that were needed at home. As he exited his car and closed the door, two young males came from behind him and proceeded to rob him at gunpoint. One pointed a gun to his head and the other to his back. They took his money from his pocket which was about $500 and left in a hurry in a dark vehicle. My son was in shock and called the police to make a report when he got home.

I pray for God’s protection to be with us each and every day. I know God was there with him because they did not hurt him and I just want to say I am so thankful. I listen to KSBJ everyday and I am thankful for everything you do. This morning while listening, I was just so compelled to share this with you and to say thank you.

Material things can be replaced but one’s life cannot. God’s love is great and he never leaves our side even in our darkest hours.

Blessings,
Selene

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December 13, 2017 by Katherine Taylor

 

 

Adopted

I want to tell you an amazing story of when I was in foster care. When I was in foster care, I was moved around from house to house until finally I was put into a wonderful family that adopted me in 2013, all because of God’s help. I want to thank God for everything.

I also want to tell kids that are in foster care that they shouldn’t give up hope. That God is there with them and He is going be with you every house and then He will know that this is the right family to be with. I know because it happened to me. I was moved from house to house, I was about to give up, until God finally helped me and answered my mom’s and dad’s prayers and they got their wish. I want to let kids know that God is there with them and they shouldn’t give up. God knows when it is a right time and if it is the right family to be with. Because now I am with a wonderful family that loves me, and there is a wonderful family that will love you too. Any foster kids who are reading this: DON’T GIVE UP! GOD IS THERE FOR YOU! And you will know when the time is right and when the family loves you - just like God loves us all!

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December 13, 2017 by Thessy

 

 

Success

Everybody has a story of success, but mine goes like this: I finished my degree this year in May, and went to take my final exam full of confidence. However, I failed and when I went to retake the exam, I failed yet again. But the one thing that kept me going was the kind of music I listen to on KSBJ. The songs are so encouraging and made me know no matter how many times you fall, you have to rise and face the challenge.

Well I took the test for 3rd time and I passed with trust and hope in God. So with God all things are possible. If there is anything you are struggling with, know that God’s time is the best. At the appointed time God will perfect all that concerns you. He makes everything beautiful in His own time.

Praise be to God!

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December 13, 2017 by Kim

 

 

God’s Power

I know God is real, because last year on my son’s birthday, my husband and I were in a motocycle accident and walked away with only road rask! We have been riding for over 30 years and this was our FIRST accident.

But the truly amazing thing is that my son has been in 3 motorcycle wrecks this year (all someone else’s fault - running into him from behind) and has walked away from ALL 3 with NO injuries! God is great and awesome all the time!!!

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December 13, 2017 by angela

 

 

Houston You Are Not Alone

While I am sure many will share, I have to tell you guys how much it meant to me to see the world through God’s eyes last night. The folks behind me were Latino and Vietnamese. Others in front of me were African-American and mixed race. Everyone seemed to know all the songs - from Tasha Cobbs to Hillsong - and I was overwhelmed by the unity of voices, but more so the presence of God’s spirit. No pushing, no shoving, no biting commentary under their breath, just joy in the Lord and shared love for His grace after the storm. Thank you guys for showing me that the news is not the story of the USA in these trying times. God’s love transcended the news’ negativity and I drove home singing praises to God! Bless KSBJ for building common ground through Grace.

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December 13, 2017 by Kyle

 

 

Answered Prayers - Big & Small

God has answered the prayers of a little girl! Since we left our house on August 27, Lucinda (6yrs old) has been praying every night for her first pet that was left behind to weather the storm. Our home is located between the dams and is still under mandatory evacuation orders, so we have not been able to access it. I spoke with the team at Westside command and mentioned that I had a pet rescue that needed to take place 10 days after the storm. The team leaped into action with the precision and organization of a well-oiled machine - flood maps were consulted, current patterns were evaluated (we were in a high current area), vehicles were being scrambled… About 5 minutes into the planning, I was asked what type of animal needed to be rescued 10 days into the flood. This team was ready for anything - horses, rabbits, dogs, cats… I told them it was a fish. The sigh of disappointment was heard like thunder rumbling through the adhoc rescue team only to return seconds later with laughter. I reassured the team that I was serious, and that I thought there was a strong chance that the fish would be alive. The next day, a routine boat patrol was able to access the house and recover the fish. As funny as it seems, the fish is now back in the care of my daughter that loves it like only a mother can. Lucinda was reunited with her beloved fish last night and I captured her reaction on video.

From horses to fish, God knows the desires or our hearts and when two or more are gathered on bent knees, He hears our petitions and prayers.

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December 13, 2017 by Jorge

 

 

A Flooding Miracle

We prayed non-stop during the flooding that God would intervene and keep our home as well as our neighbors homes from being flooded and stranding us in what appeared to be the lake that surrounded us. Yesterday evening, as the water approached our homes,  I asked God for a miracle because I knew that the flooding of our homes was imminent and certain and only a miracle would stop the flood! Myself and our neighbors prepared as best we could by stacking our furniture within our respective homes to try and save what we could and constantly prayed. Well God answered with a miracle! The water dramatically receded during the night and never entered our homes…unbelievable but believable because ALL things are possible through Christ!!

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