Friday, February 26, 2016

Receive the Holy Spirit (Testimony and Beliefs)


     I know I talk a lot about the Spirit-filled life, so I thought I would share with you my beliefs and what I have been through.

     I believe the first thing I need to tell you is that I believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity...God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.  All three are wrapped up into one deity, but they are separate in identity according to the scriptures.

     On the night I had my spiritual rebirth on September 28, 1982 at the age of 18, I remember crying out to Jesus to save my soul. I was seeing scenes of different periods of my life flash before my eyes.  I was convicted of my sins and asked Jesus to come into my heart and to forgive me of my sins. I was raised in the baptist church my whole life, and did not know anything about the Holy Spirit. I believed there was a God and that there was Jesus.

   Several days later I was telling someone I went to school with of my experience and she told me we needed to go see her pastor.  She was a member of the Assembly of God church.  I don't remember exactly what was said during our conversation.  I know something pretty powerful had just happened to me that Sunday night, so my heart was open to the idea of getting more of God.

     What I did know at that point, is that I had a intense hunger and thirst within my heart for more of what I had experienced several nights earlier. I felt a cleansing had come upon mind and a peace within my heart. In other words I had a clear mind...something I had never experienced in my entire life. Up until I had my experience, I know that I was tormented and harrassed by demons in my mind. I don't know how else to describe it.

     I remember that the three of us, my friend and her pastor and I,  talked about my experience, and he opened up the scriptures to me about the Holy Spirit.  We started praying, and they were encouraging me to pray out loud in my new language. All I can remember was that a few words stammered out of my mouth. They were encouraging me to keep on, and I did. The words kept flowing from my lips, I had received my new heavenly language.  

     When we were leaving the pastor told me to keep praying that way, and I did. I started going to the assembly of God church after that. and I had that intense hunger for the scriptures. My eyes were opened to the scriptures in a whole realm. It was almost like a veil was lifted.  I read the bible all the time and memorized scriptures.

    I believe that that time of prayer stirred up the gifts of God within me. I don't doubt that the gift of tongues was given to me. I don't diminish or doubt that gift, and it has developed over time and I often use it when I privately pray to God. However, I do not believe that speaking in tongues is a prerequisite of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. I have prayed and meditated over the years on that belief. May God forgive me if I am wrong but I don't believe you have to speak in tongues to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

     In the Gospel of Matthew, John the baptist said that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. That is the only reference to a baptism of "fire" I see in the Gospels.  He shall baptize us with the Holy Spirit is in the other gospels as well. In Acts 1 Jesus Himself said in verse said we shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

    In the second chapter of Acts on the day of Pentecost it is recorded that cloven tongues of fire like as of fire set upon them. It goes on to say they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

   I believe Jesus did save my soul that night, and I believe that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit that night. The gift of tongues was given to me by the Holy Spirit.  When I spoke in tongues that night it was not as dramatic as the Sunday night I gave my heart to Jesus.

     I believe the Holy Spirit is our counselor, teacher, and comforter, and I believe we can be daily filled, and display the fruits of the Spirit. I believe we can be released to operate in our giftings.  I believe we can be lead to walk in the Spirit, and lay down our fleshly life by being filled and abiding in His Presence.

     For some may disagree with me,we will just have to agree to disagree, and that is fine. One day all  these things will be known and made clear to us. That is when we shall see Jesus coming in the clouds in all His splendor and glory with His angels, all will be revealed!!

Maranatha, Richard

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Stand Up and Fight like a Man!!!"

     It is high time you stopped allowing the enemy of your soul to bully and run over you! For so many years, I let the devil run all over me like a steam-roller, just because "Momma or daddy did not tell me any better."   In other words, at a certain point in your life you have got to stop blaming your parents, and be accountable to God for your own sins!!  Your soul can be so infested and your heart infected by the weakness of sin in your flesh. The enemy and His minions can be glued to you like a magnet. If no one has told you, I am here to tell  you that you are in a spiritual war and it is high time like for you to "Stand up and fight like a Man!!"

     Do you wonder at times why you fail into the same old trap of sin again and again?  The Father of all lies, will make you think you its all on you, that its your fault that you are carnal and fleshy. The devil had a hand to play in making you think that way.  Its time to take a stand for the King, and spiritually get back into the ring! 

     Its time not to take the defensive!  Haven't your tried that already?  This time take a offensive stand where we are firing the first blows of this lifetime wrestling match. That my brothers and sisters is going to take a heart sold out to Jesus, walking the steps that Jesus walked by God's Holy Spirit. It means where you were once a passive by-stander, you are now in the trenches fighting valiantly on the front-lines as a soldier of the King. You are in active duty soldier!!

     You cannot fight this kind of fight in the flesh, this is a supernatural war and you soul hangs in the balance.  The word of God says our weapons are not carnal, but mighty in God through the pulling down of strongholds, taking captive every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ!!

     It is so easy to get in the flesh and regrettably saying that the devil doesn't help matters any way, form or fashion.  For a true born again spirit-filled Christian to to die to the flesh, By the Spirit of God inside of us.  We are putting to death the deeds of the is that simple.  We cannot fight the fleshly desires by staying in the muck and the mire, but by allowing the Spirit of God that resides within us to overcome by the blood of the spotless lamb. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit!!  We should not be full of carnality, that is where the enemy deceives you into thinking that you can never change. I am telling you, "You can!!"           

     We have to push through the crud by the Spirit of God. We have a real live threat and that is Satan and his forces of darkness. If you doubt and do not believe that there is a spiritual realm around you, and the revelation of it, you will always fight a losing battle, You have to identify and recognize who your real enemy is, and that is not a human being.  You also have to recognize your victor and that is Jesus Christ. He is the Lion of Judah that resides in our hearts that gives us bold victories!  I pray He can reveal these truths to you.

     I wish I had known this revelation when I first became a Christian. You cant brush things under the rug, you need the full truth of the word of God.  God gets all the glory, man cannot be ruled by his sinful nature. 

     The enemy of your souls wants to dig up as much dirt as possible on you. Why? He is out to destroy your character. All the godly characteristics in you are from God. You know full well what they are. The righteousness of God resides in each one of His children!  We have no goodness or righteousness on our own. The Scriptures say that our righteousness is as filthy rags to the Lord.  

     Satan wants you to look at your sin, and throw in the towel. He wants you to take the easy way out and grovel in the miry mud pit. He doesn't want you to move on, he wants you to stay in  your corruption...

     God wants you to look at His Son and what He has done. Through Jesus Christ we have been delivered and set free from the darkness of hell into God's marvelous light! We have been brought by the price of the spilled blood on the cross of Calvary! This is not a small thing, but it is a giant deliverance from the grip of the prince of darkness! We should not have any problem looking and lovingly putting the true lover of our soul--Jesus Christ--first place in our life. It's when we have lost sight of this is when the enemy comes strong to distract us... that we need to give the victory completely to Jesus. He will stand strong and bring us forth as Champions!

     To sum it all up, I want to say, "Stand up and fight like a man!!"  The enemy will not let up until he sees that you mean business.  Do not let the enemy run all over you with past sins and mistakes.  Trust me He will bring out all the artillery.  Stand-firm and steadfastly fight the fight of faith! and watch the enemy and his minions flee from your life!  You will not regret it.

Why am I Here?


     Why are you here on this earth? God has strategically set you up in the place you are in for a good reason.  No one else can fill your shoes.  No one can tell your story of light like you can.  You hold the keys to that door. You have the power to open that door, or close it... The keys to the kingdom are not hidden from your sight.  Jesus went to the grave to get those keys for you. Don't hide your story from those around you...

     There are doors that only you can open.  Don't you think it is time to stop trying to hide your testimony?  As a christian you are not of this world. Let your light shine so that the people around you will see that the hand of God's blessing is upon you.  They will be drawn to the light inside you. That light is Jesus!

     When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you let Him, by your own choice, into the door of your heart.  Don't shut Jesus out of your life, He can do so much in and for you!  It is never too late to open the door of your heart again to the wonder working power of the blood of the Lamb. He can and will give you hope, and give you the courage to move on with your life.

     I do talk a lot in my blog about being "stuck." The fact of the matter is that Jesus helped me to get out of those spiritual ruts.  I did not do it in my own energy, but by the power of holy boldness in God, I opened the door of my life and let the Holy Spirit have control. Only by the Spirit of the Lord can He take you on the mountain heights.

     There are many doors in your life. Jesus is one of those doors. He has not locked you out, but He has graciously opened the door, and you can experience all the gifts that Christ has to offer. Now is not the time to give up. Now is not the time to close the door and reject all that God has for you.

     I don't believe that God has locked any door to us, we can experience the many treasures that God has for us.  If we are willing to share what God has given us, He will shower us with more treasures that only by His grace and mercy can offer to us!

     I believe God has put His light within each one of us.  He desires to display our lives as we live and walk in His light. I believe that may just be why we are here on this earth.   We spend so much time and energy praying for God to open the door of opportunity...the door is open if you will look closer. Unlock the door and enter into fellowship with Jesus!

 You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I'm putting you on a light-stand.  Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand---shine!  Keep open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, then generous Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16 (Message)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

We've GOT The Power...


     When we humbly kneel in prayer, no evil force can even stand against us. It must crumble and disintegrate before the presence of Jehovah... As we yield and submit our hearts to God, humbling ourselves in intercession, He "takes over" the situations and circumstances around us and works them out for our good.  

     "Can you imagine the fighting going forth in the spirit realm for the people we are praying for?"  

Now a lot of Christians are saying to me, "Hold On, the battle has already been won."   My brother and sister, you can say that all day until you are blue in the face.. thinking that way and walking in defeat!! Do not be a hypocrite, for the enemy of your heart goes around roaring like a lion seeking "whoever" he may devour...That is for another blog at another time.

     Our carnal minds are not capable to grasp in the flesh what is really going on behind the scenes. We have to see what is going on in the spirit realm by walking in the HOLY SPIRIT...

     "I see a vision of a person yielded and humbled before God. I see a person kneeling before God. and I see a golden sword wielding around this person who is intently gazing upon the face of God. that person is intently praying for God to move... "

     I just looked up the word wielding in the online dictionary and there are two really good definitions:

1. To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.
2. To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively.

     To handle our "weapon"  we have been given effectively and skillfully, I believe that is when we are bowed before Jesus in prayer, for that is the greatest weapon against the forces of darkness in our lives.  When we go forth into intercession before God we go as a well equipped soldier of the King exercising the authority we have been given in Jesus' name!!

     The enemy would like nothing more than you and I "not" praying. I believe that is the one thing that he battles with us the most is to "Render us prayerless instead of prayerful."

    Do you need more ammunition? Prayer is the key that unlocks the throne-room where our greatest weapons of warfare are found. Not only that but the vast riches that the Father God has given us as our inheritance.

     I have been there and not been able to muster up a prayer, and at times struggle with not bringing every need before God. I can't preach to someone something I have not been through. I must confess I have been through many seasons where I did not pray, and the enemy wrecked havoc upon my life. Are you sincerely praying in the Spirit? Its time to start seeking to be filled with the Spirit of God, pouring out our hearts to the Father in Heaven!!

Saints, now is the time to "take a stand and bow before the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob," in humility and battle in the Spirit .  I believe that is satan wants to blind us to this truth. 

     "Prayer is the greatest weapon you can use in your Christian life."

     Whether or not you realize it my friends, you are in a spiritual war. God has anointed "you" to get the victory over the devil!!  

     The only hearts that will not become casualties of this spiritual war are those who are sold out to the King of Kings using our weapons to intercede like never before.

I pray that God gives us hearts that are so intensely focused in that force-field of intercession that nothing can penetrate our hearts. I pray that you are so full of the Holy Spirit, that you cannot keep silent..."and the things of this world will go strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!"

Thursday, February 11, 2016

It is Your Turn...

     How many of us have fallen from grace, and not got back up? We wallowed in self-pity and whined like the little piggy.  We also wondered about 'Joe' over there, who seems to be so confident, taking steady-strides in his walk with God--making life look so easy. Well, have you ever talked to Joe? You may be surprised to see that there is not much difference between you and him. He wasn't born with great confidence or that determination to keep going.

     As Christians, When we are born again into the Kingdom of God, we have to make those steps up certain mountains to get to our destination before its 'our time' to go home. God has put in your heart as a christian, certain goals and responsibilities, and we cannot give up if we fall and take ourselves out of God's will.  Not everyone has those same ambitions. We cant compare our life to Joe's life. Some of us have done that at one point in our life.

     We may step out of His will at times, but we never step out of our Father's great loving care and kindness.  No matter how long we set in the pit of despair - without realizing we fallen short of His glory...God can bring us back, just like he did with 'Joseph' in the Holy Bible.  Can you imagine what he was thinking?   God gave him a dream alright, and he wound up being thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by His own relatives, but that dream motivated and moved Him into a greater glory in God....See sometimes people treat you like you are worthless idiot, but it is them with the bigger problem.  They are not seeing the greatness of God in you, and they become jealous and resentful like Joseph's brothers did.

     Courage is taking things a step at a time and not getting ahead of God's timing.  In His mercy and grace we become all that God has desired us to be. You know, I always beat myself up when the words do not come easy with my writing, it would be really easy to step into depression and the isolation that I lived in for many years.  That guy Joe didn't have it easy at all. Imagine the rejection he felt from his own siblings.  God put Joseph exactly where HE wanted him to save the land and its people from the famine. 

     In God's own way He has made me into that man of courage. It takes guts to go to a mental health support group, to the store and sometimes even to church, but you know what?   We take it a step at a time...take a look back and see how far you have come!

     Thank you for reading this all you Joe's out there! You know who you are, and God has His hand and his anointing all over you because He will never be finished with you until the day you cross that river into glory. Thanks be to God who always leads us into triumphant victory.  I trust you will come out ahead and not lagging behind. One day I will see you at the finish line, and we will sit at the table of that heavenly marriage supper of the Lamb!! To God be the glory for the work of His awesome hand is upon you to reach out with that Godly courage and be that champion God has called you to be. AMEN!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Scenes on The Soul..

Darkness follows the shadows of the night...

but we have the victory in the Lord's light!     

The darkness is on its way out.

Without a question 

or a doubt.


The evil one cannot taunt anymore...

The sunshine is beaming over the seashore,

 as it touches the horizon

 drying the dew on the grassy mountain.


There is a grace that will forever wash us, 

if we are willing we can be clean...

Come out of those shadows

 that would your soul cling.


Come into the fullness of the Sun's rays... 

layers touching white clouds  

radiating the blue scene, 

shining down on you...

and I.


Come to the river and wash your soul clean 

 it will change you on the inside out.

without a shadow 

or a doubt.


Let the Spirit flow...

 like a heavenly dove

filling the air with the fragrance

of Your Sweet abiding Love.


Dance in the delight of the Lord...

out of the shadows

into your majesty...

of  teh bridegroom.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bill Yount: "I'm Uprooting Insecurity and Fear in My People" Prophetic Word from Elijah List

Hey readers, In the midst of me writing my latest blog called, "Do Not Let Fear Hold YOU back!!" I got this in my email from the Elijah List. It is very timely with what I wrote about in my blog for me and I hope it encourages you as well. I hope you take the time to read it.

God Bless,

"I'm Uprooting Insecurity and Fear in My People" by Bill Yount Feb 8, 2016

Do Not let Fear Hold YOU Back!!

    This morning the Lord spoke to me concerning fear and worry. I must admit it got really personal, because I heard God ask me a tough question and that is, "What do you fear and worry about the most?" 

     I was reminded of the scripture that I stood on for a very long time in my first years as a young believer,  and that is 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV. 

"For I has not given you a spirit of fear; but of power, of love and of a sound mind."

     There is nothing mystifying about that scripture. I looked it up to find out it means just what it says.  A lot of times we make something out of scripture that it isn't.   We just have to take the Word as the truth just as it is.    

     The one major setback I can think of is how many times I felt like God had given me prophetic "Words of Encouragement" during the Sunday morning service of my church, and I did not go to the front and give that word.  I worry that I am missing out on the purpose of God by not boldly sharing "His Word."

     For me, the best definition of fear is the delay of action caused by the loss of courage that leads to procrastination over things you know you should do.  I pray I am not disobeying His voice. I sincerely do not want to do that... 

"We should boldly move out on what He tells us. That is one way of distinguishing His voice."

     Fear can be a paralyzing and disabling force that keeps us from experiencing the exuberance of walking or stepping out in faith..That just reminded me when I first got saved in 1982...When the benediction was played, I hesitated to get out of my seat and walk to the front of the church.   But I knew that what I had experienced was the greatest event of my life and I wanted to make a public display of my new faith. I remembered God telling me all I had to do was take the first step and He would help me the rest of the way. I set there in my seat and actually wrestled with the spirit of fear before I took that first step out of my seat. You know what, the rest was easy, I went to the front and told the preacher that I had said the sinners prayer and gave my heart to Jesus. 

     The first step to do anything for God is the hardest. There is no denying it. by the time we make the second step we know that God is there enabling us to walk in His steps, to be obedient to the leading of His Holy Spirit

     A young bird would never learn to fly if His parent did not nudge him out of the nest.  God does nudge us but its our choice if we allow fear to control us... God not only wants to teach us to fly like a eagle but to soar across the sky as mature Christians!! He wants to teach us to walk in his son, Jesus who was full of the Father's faith in the Spirit... took the ultimate leap of faith!! 

"Jesus was not scared to die for us, should we be afraid to live for Him?" He didn't walk in fear nor was He afraid to take our sins upon Himself!!

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 KJV

"Father in heaven, forgive us for being disobedient to your Holy Spirit. Help us to have the courage to do what You have called us to do and not to be ashamed to share our hearts in following You not only in action but in words as well.  Help us to remove all obstacles of fear and worry from our lives to walk and talk in your character and strength. Help us to summerge our lives in your supernatural faith to the point we will not hesitate to live for you in every area of our lives! In Jesus name we ask and pray, Amen."

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Alignment is Key! Plus 8 Prophetic Directives" by Ryan LaStrange & Jason Armstrong

Alignment is Key! Plus 8 Prophetic Directives

Under Attack!!!


     Since I opened The Sacred place of God's Grace, I have taught a lot about the spiritual realm around us. Yes, I am a firm believer in Jesus and His Angels, but I also know that there is a devil and demons that war over our soul everyday. I firmly believe we must fight a daily battle for our soul when we have a true born again experience with the Holy Spirit. Yes, I believe we are in a spiritual war with the unseen forces around us.  An all out attack is proof that have been targeted spiritually because we are God's chosen ones. The enemy will pull out all stops to break our will. He knows once he does that, we are that much closer to taking drastic measures into his own hands to ensure our destruction. If we are a real Christian that has been sitting idly by in life, the enemy has you exactly where He wants you. You are not advancing to the front-line to make war against him and his demons because you are not a threat to the kingdom of darkness.

A evil person that hates God or one that doesn't serve Christ 100 % can be used by the devil....a unbelieving spouse, a mom, or dad, or even child. They have to renounce the hidden deeds of darkness.  It can seem like it is the person attacking us but it's the devil who is attacking us because of the unrepentant heart or the stony calloused heart of that family member. Satan's hate burns deep. He loves to cause anger, separation, unforgiveness, bitterness and grudges and yes, even divorce.

What are the weapons of our warfare? For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly,  but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.  2 Cor. 10:3-5 HCSB

     1 Peter 5:8 in the NKJV  tells us to be sober, and vigilant;  your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by the brothers and sisters in the faith that are in this world.   We must be vigilant and sober-minded. meaning  that our mind is the battlefield where all the warfare is waged.   Remember the old saying that "An idle mind is the devils workshop?"  There is more truth in that than we realize.  What I am saying is that our minds can be very unproductive and distracted and zone out to everything around us. Just like a person when they are drunk! I Cor. 15:34 in the Amplified says, "Be sober-minded [be sensible, wake up from your spiritual stupor] as you ought, and stop sinning..."  We have the power to overcome any temptation. you must weigh it out and judge that it is a sin before God if you yield unto it. You must say to yourself, "Will this glorify God if I give into this temptation?"  A sin is not a sin until you yield to the temptation. A lot of demonic activity comes upon us from unconfessed sin. Its a wicked cycle that will develop into a stronghold in your life that you will be unable to control.  For a long time, I had so much crap racing in my mind, I didn't think deliverance was possible for me, I actually thought I was possessed by demons and nothing could  help me! I believed that lie from the devil!!   My mind had to be quiet...get quiet and peaceful and stay that way. I am talking about that "abiding in the presence of God in worship quietness," kind of quietness and peace and sernity by being on the mountain top with GOD!!!!!

I know alot of people are against taking medicine, but it has helped my mental state of mind by taking it. I can overcome by the power and blood of Christ, but the mind can be a powerful and wild, we have to tame it with what ever weapon that God gives us! I am a overcomer, but I may always take medicine, the Lord Jesus rebuke me if I am wrong!! 

         Therefore, submit to God.  But resist the devil, and  he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! James 4:7-8 HCSB

     There is a time to advance in our armor and verbally bind the devil and his minions demanding them to leave us alone. and there is a time to diligently standfirm, steadfast in the faith that you are called to.  There is also a time to retreat from temptations.  (the bible says to flee from sexuality immorality -- 1 Cor. 6:18)

When we make that decision to let Jesus into our heart, the arch-enemy Lucifer sets a all point bulletin out for all the demons of hell to attack our lives. I believe he has tricks and schemes (a plan and purpose)  for the kind of destruction for us, and he uses his demons to attempt to bring it to pass. It is so very important to be 'prayed up.' It is important to get prayer and to get other saints of God to pray for you, and to get spiritual counsel, deliverance ministry.

 I believe every physical attack on our lives starts on a spiritual level.  We can be attacked on many different levels that manifests a physical attack:

1.   Our Spirit will be attacked--Attacked from the inside out.

2.  Unconfessed sins that fester in the dark places of our heart.

3.  Mentally--mind, depression, worry, stress, anguish

4.  Emotionally--through our anger and hostility, rage

4,  Eternal security--our salvation

6.  Right standing for God

7.  Past sins--even if you have been forgiven 

8.  Serving God--bible reading, praying, and ministering to the saints

9.  The gospel message, satan doesnt want you to share the word of your testimony.

5.  Financial attacks---not trusting God, not tithing, work related

6.  Marriage--infidelity, communication, adultery

7.  Children--rebellion, backsliding, running from God.

Not only should we be adorned with spiritual armor, (clothed in Christ) we should take up weapons of our warfare.  The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus has come that we can have the abundant life by His Spirit living in our heart.

As a young Christian, I didnt know or comprehend the biblical concept of spiritual authority. I was not taught to fight. I had to come to a spiritual realization that the devil wanted to destroy and stomp out my life and my light.

I pray that this ministers to you. This is long winded I know, but needed to be said. If you need prayer do not hesitate to leave me a comment in the comment section. You can use the anonymous, and leave your name or not. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lifted Up

    One dreary day in 1990, I stumbled upon a monstrous beast called a coal stacker.  In many ways it reminded me of a giant brontosaurus out of the Jurassic era.  It was a large machine in proportion, used at electrical plants to transport coal from one area to the next.  Its intricacies are even more difficult for me to describe in tangible words, because of the magnitude of this apparatus.  There were four levels with stairs to each part of this beast.  

     The grizzly boss’s name was George, and I helped him set up the company blasting machine.  It had a long hose with a spray gun at the end, just like what you see at a car wash.  This cleaning contraption had a generator and a large tank where you store the water.   When you cut the motor on the hose pressurizes, supercharging the water at an extreme force to wherever it’s aimed at.  Our task entailed cleaning the coal off every part of this looming monstrosity.  George had a bad attitude that day which added to my nervous condition.

     After a lengthy time of working at the top level of the coal stacker, I motioned for George, “Can you take over for now? I am getting tired and need a break.”
     In his hateful demeanor He yelled, “Why sure Ronny, I don’t have anything else in my plans!”

     He jerked the spray gun from my hand. I inwardly cowered biting my lip, silently thinking I would not speak to him for the rest of the day.

     I then made my way down to check the water in the tank.   I clamored down to the first level, a dizzying twenty feet off the ground.  To be safe I avoided the steps, because water was coming down the dinosaur’s neck.  I opted to take a nearby ladder that was fastened to the nemesis. I hurriedly made my way down, then all I remember is free falling to the ground.  

     My body jolted as I landed on the concrete slab under the coal stacker.  I laid there stunned as to what had just transpired.  The ladder only went down four feet from its top rung.

     The only alternative that ran through my mind at that moment was to turn off the blazing motor of the blasting machine.   I had the feeling that I would have been lying there all day, if someone even noticed me.  George would never hear me or see where I had fallen since he was still working at the top level on the other side. 

I was fully conscious as I cried out to God with every ounce of strength I could muster, “God in Heaven, please guide Your Angels to help me make it to the truck, so that I can get George’s attention!”

     All of the sudden I felt unseen agents from God lift me up from the ground to standing position.   I walked very slowly as I realized I was in extreme pain.  I made my way to the truck, turning off the motor to the blasting machine. After a several minute wait, George came down from the coal stacker.  

He fumed as I told him that I had fell, “I just do not believe you. You are making an ill attempt to get out of working!”

     I remained resistant to his verbal abuse as I got slowly into the truck.   He got in the truck, cut on the ignition and drove rather fast.  It seemed as if He was purposely hitting every bump on the dirt road. 

     He snickered haughtily, “How are you feeling now?” I just silently sat there anxious to get home so I could go to the doctor.

     I made it to the medical clinic, where I was immediately transported to the Emergency Room. The X-rays showed that I had two fractured vertebra and splattered one. 
     The surgeons were able to fuse some of my hip bone to the fractures, and repair the damaged cartilage - placing two rods in my lower back.  My family prayed and hoped for the best.  I am thankful that God and His angels had been in the room guiding the operation. George even called afterwards and apologized for being so hostile.

     Through rehabilitation and in a year’s time, I was able to go back to work with only limited mobility to not lift anything over thirty pounds.
Authors Note:  Google “Coal Stacker” to see images of it. This is a true life story. Only the names were changed. My friend Jason Hub helped me edit it. The story did not place in the writers contest in 2015.  I felt inclined to share it with the

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jan. 5 2016 --- I Am Raising Up The Unlockers --- by: Ryan LaStrange

I am Raising Up The Unlockers

Dear Readers

If you have read "A Cry in the Night --- Exhortation and Testimony"  that I posted yesterday morning and my blog post on Jan. 30 entitled "Courage to Continue,"  you will see some resemblance in some of the words in this "prophecy" by Ryan LaStrange, I believe this "Word" from Ryan is from the Lord and that I am supposed to share it with you. This "prophetic word" also resonates with me and with the "Words" I believe are from the Lord in my blog post, and I believe it will be a word for you as well.

Richard Hicks.



Afraid to move, John lay in his bed motionless at 4:00 a.m.   His body ached from staying in the same position for hours, as he stared at the ceiling.  With the shades drawn, the darkness seemed to envelope the entire room, including John.   With all the strength he could muster, he breathed in and out in overwhelming anguish.  He didn’t think he could take much more.    Gloom and thick darkness filled the atmosphere. 

     In the spiritual realm, Satan summoned the demons of death and suicide.  One by one, they assembled around John’s bed, like mourners around a coffin.   In disgust and hate, they looked down upon his struggling body and soul.  Finally, one of the suicide demons in the room spoke in a chilling, sinister voice, “Kill yourself.”  He motioned for the other demons.  All together, they began chanting those life-defying words in unison.  John could hear them loud and clear.   For several months, John had listened to their taunts; each blast had drained him more and more.

     In John’s trashcan lay several wadded up suicide notes, which he had attempted to write. As much as he tried, he could not get the right words.  The last note that he had finally written several hours earlier, lay on his desk.   The crinkled note, stained from John’s tears, almost made it difficult to read.  “I cannot handle living like this anymore.  No one cares or tries to understand what I am going through.   In a month or so, I will be forgotten. Goodbye. “ 

     John still heard the demons chanting, and even laughing in the background.   One criminal-like voice said, “Just hurry and get it over with.”   

     Yet, another demon spoke, “John, even the church people think you are a lost cause.   Do us all a favor and kill yourself.   It would be so easy to take that bottle of sleeping pills you have in your hand.” 

     Sensing John at the very edge of life and death, the demons began to rejoice. Some danced and clapped their hands in delight. Suddenly the demons around John’s bed stomped their feet in perfect rhythm. “Everyone wants you dead.”

     Still in the bed, yet wide awake, sweat started to drizzle down John’s face.   Something heavy suffocated him.  He could no longer handle his emotions.  From deep within his heart, he sobbed uncontrollably.   Suddenly, John screamed with everything that was within him, “God, please, help me!”  The pill bottle fell out of his hand and rolled across the floor.   John curled up in a ball and rocked back and forth.

     As a host of angels swept into the bedroom, the atmosphere took a drastic turn.  John trembled, unable to fight back the tears.  Angels of glowing light flew down from every direction as a voice loudly proclaimed, “That is enough!”

     The group of demons suddenly became disoriented and scattered everywhere.  They blindly stumbled and tripped all over each other. Some attempted to hide from the great light, but could not get away fast enough.  The brightness of the light incinerated several of the weak ones into ashes. 

     Angels reached out and ministered to John that night. “You are greatly loved, for The Father has great plans for you.”   Some spoke while others sang.    Soon enough, the angels ushered in the presence of Jesus.  Jesus, Himself, entered into John’s room that night.  He held John close.  “Sleep, my child, sleep.”   John fell asleep peaceful and unafraid.

     The angels lingered as John slept, worshiping God as the presence of Jesus filled his entire house.  One of the angels pointed to a scripture on the bulletin board over John’s bed.   The angel in charge said, “Get the note.”   The post-it note fell from the bulletin board, and glowed as if on fire.

     That afternoon, John woke up in a peaceful state.   Noticing that the post-it note had fallen and landed on the floor, he reached down and picked it up.   Reminded about the early morning events, a single tear fell from his eye.  He read the scripture loud and clear that day.  “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.”  Proverbs 21:31 (NASB)

A Cry in the Night-- Exhortation & Testimony

     God is always working behind the scenes on our behalf. It may seem to you that He is not there or is distant. He knows us better than we know ourselves.  It does not mean that God is against you. It doesn't mean He does not care for everything that concerns you.

     What it means is that He is moving things around; aligning situations and circumstances because He wants the best for you.  You may not  hear his voice or see that right now in your life in the flesh or in your physical surroundings.

     Whether we care to admit it or not, there is a invisible and spiritual world around us. Jesus desires to bring us into His victory that He has set forth for us even when there seems to be no physical evidence of it.  God is working in the invisible realm around us to bring our deliverance into the physical realm. He is not a "convenient-store" God catering to please our flesh...or get it when we want it. He has a order and a plan. We can set up a plan but it is ultimately He that directs our steps. In other words, He is in control of your life, there is no need to try to control you life or anyone else's.  

     Deliverance is readily available to us more than we realize if we truly desire it in our heart of hearts. He is looking for the  prayers of the saints to set His plans into motion for VICTORY!!  His angels are at his beckon call, and I believe that as saints of God we have that kind of authority as well.  That's for another blog, but for now we are going to focus on you who are reading this...

     We should not hesitate on asking for prayer. We should not hesitate to cry out to him with all our hearts. If that means falling on your knees in your house, or in a wheat field!!

    I will never forget the summer of 2005. I thought I was stepping out in faith by getting off all my medicine.  It backfired and I had isolated myself once again and relapsed mentally. I cannot divulge all the sorted details but I was hearing familiar voices telling me to end my life. It was if the voices were verbally badgering and bullying me with the evil intent trying to break my will...How do I know it, they told me!! I had had enough anguish. I remember early one morning while I was laying in bed wide awake, some how in my mental and spiritual agony, I cried out to God with everything that was within me. I didn't care how loud I was, or who heard me. I cried out in a loud voice for God's help to make the voices stop. I could not mentally take it anymore.  Amidst all the turmoil  that the voices caused, I heard a loud voice that said, "THAT'S ENOUGH, NO MORE."  For some reason that voice calmed me down, and i learned very powerful truths that morning, but the most important one was praying heartfelt prayers. I went back to my psychiatrist which I had not seen in months and got back on my medicine, and was able to get some stability back into my life with out hearing voices.

    I "chose" to divulge that part of my story to let you know that every heart-felt prayer is a very powerful weapon in God's hands. These were some extremes where God got my prayers desperate for Him at different points of my life.

     I want you to also know that we all have our demons. You name it, there are just some of us who God has chosen and given us the courage to tell our story to help others.  Just maybe some of us need help more than others.  We could not find that freedom except hitting rock bottom and crying out for God's delivering hand!!  

     I do not care who you are, as long as you are alive you are either with God's army of with the dark forces of the devil... There is no riding the fence in this life. God's word says that If God be for me, who can be against me?

     No matter what you are going through, it is okay to get prayer and to get others praying for you. Those prayers will reroute the host of heaven which are on your side. His angels are closer than you think, just because you do not see them doesn't mean they are not there in the spiritual realm.

     When you are at the end of your rope, all He needs for you to do is cry out to Him. He is still behind the scenes hanging onto your every word to go forth into action for your situation to work out. Don't limit God or limit your prayers to Him. He really does hear you.  God loves us so much He sent His son, Jesus and whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  He didn't come to condemn us, but that we would choose to open our hearts today. Have you made that decision. Now is the time... 

Keep looking...your deliverance is on the verge of being seen as the greatest weapon of testimony to God's amazing grace!!

Father in Heaven, help us keep our eyes humbly upon You. even when we do not see what is really going on around us.  Help us to hold on to that hope that goes beyond the veil between the flesh and the spirit, as we lay our lives at Your feet of Jesus Christ. Hear our voice as we cry aloud to You, and help us get into that sacred place place of your amazing grace, where nothing will hinder us from praying to You with all our hearts.  We open the door of our heart and ask you to live in us and work through us magnifying and glorifying your son..In Jesus' name we ask and pray, Amen.

Authors note: I wrote a fictional story in 2013 called "A Cry in the Night," which is based on my testimony in this exhortation.   I will be posting it on this site when I submit this story. So look for it next. Some parts of this story are fiction but some parts are the truth.


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