I posted a pretty long piece this morning titled “Heart Poured Out.” What I did this morning was share my testimony of how and why I came to believe in Jesus. I am writing this as an addition to that post in order to expand on a few things.
This site is not about me or for my glory. This blog is to bring fame and glory to Jesus Christ by telling people what He has done for me. I know my testimony is strange. I know when somebody talks about angels and demons that person is going to look crazy. Look, I know. I was the ultimate unbeliever, very worldly, and I used to hate Christians. All I can do is tell people the truth of what I know, and hope and pray that people listen. I can’t force you to accept Christ and I can’t make you listen. What I can do though is serve God with my whole heart and tell people openly and honestly about the supernatural events I have lived through…and not just me, but what my whole family lived through (Dad, Mom, and my younger sister). My hope is it will help you make the best decision you could ever make regarding your eternal soul.
What would people rather I do, not tell them? What would you do? What if you had moved into a house haunted by a demon when you were 13 years old and had to live with it all through your High School years? Would you tell anybody, or would you hide it out of fear of rejection and ridicule? Nobody wants to look crazy, right? What if you had accepted Jesus your freshman year of college, and you had defeated the demon in the power of the Holy Spirit? What would you do if angels rescued you from a violent man? What would you do if you had stopped breathing at age 33 and Jesus saved you yet again? Would you tell anybody then? I sure hope so, and that is exactly why I wrote my book (One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life) and started this blog! That all happened to me and more, so I have devoted my life to Christ and I tell people.
Not telling people is like watching a man drowning and doing nothing to help save the man’s life. What kind of person would I be if I kept what I know about the spiritual realm and Jesus to myself? I would be just like the coward who does nothing to help the drowning man. The world is drowning, and I have the life raft. I’m trying to help save you!
The Lord told his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
That verse is called the Great Commission and that is exactly what I have been doing since I met and received Jesus in 1996. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, and He told us to share the Gospel and spread it to all nations. I am obeying the Lord, trying to help the lost, and I am not ashamed of Jesus (Romans 1:16).
Ephesians 6:12 explains perfectly what is really going on in this crazy world.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, 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.”
That means our struggle is not against each other. It is against real evil on earth! Satan, a.k.a Lucifer, really was the lead angel of music, he really did get kicked out of Heaven when he rebelled and fought God, and he and his army of demons (fallen angels) are still here on earth. I know, I used to think it was a bunch of bologna too, but it’s not! That is why we need God! We absolutely need Jesus and the Holy Spirit or we are naked and weak before evil. We need Holy Armor to be protected and to be able to defeat those spiritual forces of evil. That is not some metaphor folks. There are actual demons on earth and they attack people, invade homes, and invade people too. I’m not trying to scare you, but if it does it should if you don’t know the Lord.
You understand that just because you might not believe in something, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or isn’t real, right? I didn’t believe in it either…until my family moved into a haunted house and we were terrorized for four years poltergeist style. That is what led me to Jesus. It wasn’t until I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior that I had the power to overcome evil. It wasn’t until I read the Bible that I found the answers to what we had lived through. I didn’t want anything to do with Jesus or church or any of it up until that point.
The real enemy is the evil one! I listened to Satan’s lies for years, and all he ever tried to do was kill me!
In John 10:10 Jesus says,
“The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
1 Peter 5:8 warns us,
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Jesus defeated the evil one when He died on that cross and He defeated sin and death too. The Power of Jesus is still here today. It is available to you at anytime. All you have to do is repent and receive Him. He will receive you as His own and forgive you just like He did for me. You will also be empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and evil. It is so awesome that my writing couldn’t even hope to capture that power in the most perfect prose!
God bless you all, and remember, nothing is impossible with God!
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
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Your writings are truthful and bold, Ryan, and always end with encouragement, hope, and love. “Amen!”
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Praise the Lord, thanks! God is good!
Love it brother. I am not catholic or Christian and my beliefs are very different from yours but my name is Mateo named after Matthew in the Bible and the phrase you quoted from Matthew I am very familiar with. Anything that leads people to knowing their soul I am a fan of. I am eternally grateful that you have followed me and that we have developed a friendship over this app. Your testimony is powerful and I love it. Bless family, love always ❤️
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Man, thanks brother! I feel the same way! That’s cool about your name. Your poetry is deep brother, and it definitely connects with the human soul! Bless you brother!
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Hey, by the way, did you read “Real Talk” or “Be Slow to Anger”? Sorry if I was confusing. The shout out to you was in my post titled “Be Slow To Anger.”
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