Thank You for visiting my website. If you are wondering about the author I'm here to help. My name is Den and like most of you all, I have a story to tell, I'll call it my testimony. First let me say that today, I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but I was not always Christ's disciple, quite to the contrary, much of my life I was far from it.
My childhood days were blessed because it was a time of innocence and simple things, a time before FM radio stations and the distractions of today's digital world. I was saved at the early age of 10, not understanding much about my salvation, I only understood that I needed Christ's forgiveness as I knelt by a pew and prayed a prayer of conviction, no lightening, or tongues of fire, only the beginning of a life's journey of both good and evil.
During this time of my youth I loved reading the bible and at the age of 12, I would take long walks in the forest. I would set under the shade trees and read in the quiet of the day, the bible was alive and spoke to me clearly with every page.
I walked and talked with God and He had fellowship with me, it was a wonderful time, just me and my creator and fellowship through His word. Those are the greatest and most treasured of my childhood memories, knowing God on a personal level.
Many say its not possible to commune with God, but I know that it is, I experienced it, I felt His presence and I enjoyed His peace. Satan, the Devil, or Lucifer, whichever you choose to call him preys on those ignorant of his devices and the innocent in Spirit. We are no match for his ancient cunning, his lot in existence is to make us choose a path to walk.
When you are confronted by Satan or his minions, don't rebuke or stand up against him on your own, your defense rests in Christ and Christ alone. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He used scriptures as His defense, so learn from Christ's example by putting on the full armor of God, making your stand by being hidden in Christ Jesus, He is your only refuge.
Just as the Archangel Michael did in Jude 1:9, don't confront him, but rather say 'the Lord rebuke you Satan. I learned the hard way when I was 15 years old. Late one night while lying in my bed, a tempter came to me and rather it was Satan himself or one of his minions I can't tell, but there was a evil presence in the room and as he spoke, in the darkness I saw a vision of the earth and it was covered with a strange looking plant, one I had never seen before.
At 15 years old and ignorant of his devices, I focused in awe at the vision of the plant covered earth above me and as I wondered, the tempter said to me: 'You will join me in my quest to cover the earth'. Not sure what I was experiencing I arrogantly answered back to the dark presence, "I will never follow you Satan, I love Jesus Christ and I will only follow Him". The tempter replied once again with the same statement that, 'I would join him in his quest to cover the earth'.
Again, I argued back into the darkness saying that I would not, then the tempter simply said, in a deep powerful voice of wickedness "We Will See" and I retorted back to him with equal arrogance "Yes, we will see". A Prideful spirit coupled with arrogance has to be two of Satan's greatest tools in his quest to snare us into his many traps. When considering the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life, he has had millennia to perfect them.
It was such a short temptation of only a few moments, but looking back, I now see that during the time of my tempting, a seed was planted which was the beginning of my fall from innocence and from that point in time my life changed. I found myself in a life of open doors and UN-tempered conscience as I roamed the streets, living like the devil and within months I became a rebel against the God I sincerely pledged to follow.
Having never seen Marijuana, I didn't understand that the strange looking plant which covered the earth in my vision was the Devil's herb in a rising drug culture and that I had in indeed involved myself in the tempters quest to cover the earth, rather through ignorance or innocence, it seemed that the tempter had won, God's presence was hidden and darkness had compromised my surrender to Christ.
I lived the life of a rebel for 20 years, having the concept of right and wrong, but shunning anyone who tried to witness to me about the foundations of it, never looking back I lived only for the present day, and the night to come. Through those years there were many times when I should have been killed and why I survived only God knows. God knowing the end from the beginning knows all my days, He doesn't look at us as who we are, He looks at us as who we will be.
Most belief systems of today are built on a Salvation of works with the mentality that God is removing and adding your name to the book of life daily and that you are just one sin away from hell. God the Creator sees our lives complete, from beginning to the end, the day you were born and the day you will die, God knows you, each and every thought, each and every action, our lives are open with Him and there is nothing you can do to trick or fool Him.
God knew, from the very foundation of time. who would be wheat and who would be tares. God knew the pick axe murderer who was forgiven on death row. He knew the Gospel singer who left his wife and children and turned homosexual. Through those years of rebellion God never gave up on me and many, many times He tried to guide me, in the back of my mind He was telling me that He was what I really needed.
Never let anyone tell you that you have gone too far or that God will never save you because of the sin in your life, your sin is why Christ died, all of your sins, past, present and future have been nailed to Golgotha's tree. God sees the big picture, He knows all our days and our lives couldn't be in better hands. I thank God that I don't know the hearts of men, only God separates the wheat from the tares, only God judges the hearts of men.
Yes, I was that rebel and I did aid the tempter in his conquest to cover the earth, but thanks be to God, He had a plan. There was a local pastor who would, time and time again, knock on my front door, desiring to witness to me about Jesus. Determination was a understatement where this preacher was concerned, he really had gotten under my skin to the point that I would kick against the pricks and storm out the back door as he stood on the front porch.
I was so angry yet he kept coming back. One day after many visits I had enough. The anger I felt toward this pastor had reached it pentacle and something had to give. I remember it like it was today, the day the light came back on. I was standing in my bathroom, with a joint of Marijuana in my hand as I was looking in the mirror, suddenly as I looked into my eyes I saw a part of me I had never seen before.
I caught a glimpse of my soul and the undeniable evil that dwelt within me. At that moment conviction came over me and the words: 'before you condemn him, take a look at your own life' came to my mind. All those years of living like the Devil was revealed in an instant, my Damascus road experience as I was confronted with my many years of rebelion, this was the turning point of my life, like a hammer driving a spike through a oak plank.
Satan's hold over me was crushed with 3 words, Lord, forgive me. Those memories of my youth was made new and I knew who I was in Christ Jesus, I remembered His plan for my life and not only did I understand the plant that covered earth, but I knew that I had been given victory over it. I gathered up all the Marijuana I had (about 1 pound) and took it out to my worm bin, rolled the compost to the side, dumped the Marijuana in, covered it up and never looked back.
Although I turned 180 degrees from backsliding and turned back to Christ, all was not well. Because I was forgiven at a early age I had many years of sin to deal with, God did not settle with a generic 'forgive me Lord' response. I had 20+ years of rebellion to face up to. While in bed God's conviction came upon me as one past transgression after another was scrolled past my minds eye, it was a wood shed experience that was long and hard, but well worth it.
It seemed like the night would never end, this rebel had done so much evil against God and others, but finally as the day dawned my mercies were renewed, I was forgiven and through that wood shed experience God gave me the great honor naming my transgressions one by one and I was forgiven of my rebellion, do I still sin? Yes, mortal imperfection is a part of who I am, but God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, if we will confess and turn from them.
Psalms 51 says: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness,: according to the multitude of thy compassion's put away mine iniquities. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from mine sin.
Romans 8 says: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake are we killed all day long: we are counted as sheep for the slaughter: Nevertheless, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you are a rebel against God, kicking against the pricks, caught up in a Luciferian snare and desiring to be set free I have great news to tell. For you, a Kings ransom has been paid, not only for your Liberty, but also for your soul. This Kings ransom, should you choose to accept it, was purchased by the King Himself.
This ransom cannot be bought by you and no labor or good works can attain it, it is a free gift purchased for you by the King, and not only for you, your race, or your religion, but it is a free gift to all who will, regardless of your past, receive this Kings ransom, turn from your sins and be Forgiven.
To be justified and declared righteous in Gods eyes you must be Forgiven of your sins and reconciled through faith in Christ Jesus of Nazareth, the One who paid this Kings ransom, and by the shedding of His blood, made possible the remission of your sins. To be Forgiven, that is my prayer for you today.
If you want to stand in line and follow mans religions today, you are free to do so, but as a strict biblical literalist I personally encourage you to take every word of scripture literally, not adhering to the opinionated Gospels of those pure scriptures, use a Textus Receptus (King James - Geneva) bible and not a modern translation and you will do well.
As a strict literalist we are able to be led by God's Spirit and not man's opinion. Having read the scriptures in this manner I can truly say without regret that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not only my Passover Lamb, but my Passover, my Manna and my Sabbath, I need no other. His New Covenant is the source of my Peace and Joy, and the foundation of the Mercy afforded me. Jesus Christ the Great I AM, the God of Revelation chapter 1 is my God. Thanks for reading.