When I awoke from a dream today, I noticed that I was crying and my tears had wet my pillow. In the dream, I was attending church with my grandmother. I recall relating to the sermon. It was soothing. Following the sermon, the Pastor asked, “Is there anyone here today who wants to be saved and baptized?
After a brief moment of silence, my name was called. I was thinking to myself, “I believe I am saved, so I said it aloud. The attendant pulls out a massive book that she can barely hold. She found my name after flipping through the pages. He’s right there, she said. I was thrilled that my name had been written in the Book. The amazing thing was that I had never been to that church before, but they knew my name and who I was. I was overwhelmed with joy and relief. I couldn’t stop crying after that.
At that point in the dream, I reflected on my life and how everything makes sense. Because I am a God’s child, my name is written in the Book of Life. Then I awoke to find that my joy had spilled over into my reality because my pillow was wet. Then I started crying all over again. Wow, what a dream to reflect and confirm my reality.
By Marcellous Curtis
Dear you, me, and whom it may concern,
I awoke today to God’s love and grace. I feel overwhelming Joy for who I am in Christ Jesus and to God. As I searched the Bible for my place in the world, I realized that I am not of this world; I am a child of God. God has lavished His mercy, grace, and love on me. I truly am a new man. Because God has blessed me with wisdom and spiritual discernment, I can see things so clearly now.
Over the years of figuring out who I am and what I want out of life, I have discovered my identity, origin, and purpose in God. Surprisingly, I grew and strengthened my relationship with God during difficult times in my life. When things are going well, you can get by with just knowing of God, but it is only through trials that you truly trust God.
I was so fed up with bumping my head, hurting the people I care about, failing at my goals, and falling short that I broke down and asked God, my creator, for help. I picked up a letter he wrote to me in which he encouraged, taught, guided, and inspired me. The Bible was His words. The more I read, the more I cried, the more I realized, the more joy and peace I felt. Everything I read spoke directly to my heart; I could relate to it in some way and at some point in my life.
I suddenly had answers to my questions, solutions to my problems, relief from my stress, strength to overcome my weaknesses, and light to guide me. I was alive and not just existing, looking for meaning.
It was as if I had read a book that had become my reality. My life unfolded exactly as I read it as God spoke it. Everything, from the ramifications of my sins to the benefits of my obedience. I could hear God instructing, guiding, comforting, and loving me. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to have the favor of the one who created me.
The more I read about him, the more He revealed to me, and the more I prayed to Him, the closer I felt to Him. I could see and feel Him working in my life, transforming me into a witness to His mercy, love, patience, and grace.
An Angel came to see me a few years ago. He came over to my table, sat down, and started talking. I thoughts it was because I was a local favorite and knew a lot of people there. “You know they respect you; you could make a difference in their lives,” said the Angel, a man I had never seen or met before. I sat there, taking in all of my friends and acquaintances. I was a little perplexed because I didn’t know the guy, but I felt he needed my assistance with something. “You could really help them; look at them; they will listen to you,” he continued.
I had this vision of myself standing at a podium, talking to people who were staring at me, waiting for me to say something. I wondered who this person was, what he wanted, and why he told me all of this. If I close my eyes, I can still see him sitting there, as if he doesn’t belong there,
He tapped me on the knee and told me to think about it as I pondered the situation. He then stood up and walked away, weaving his way through the crowds. I was beside myself for the rest of the night, unable to comprehend what had just occurred.
I remember driving home with the radio turned off, replaying what had happened in my head over and over. When I got home, the first thing I said to my wife was, “Guess what happened to me tonight?” I kept replaying it in my head for days, trying to make sense of it all. Could I assist help? How can I help them? Who was he to suggest I help them?
As I sit here writing this, I recall thinking that he must be a Rockstar and that he wants me to do some kind of outreach work. I remember thinking how big this could be. I needed money, and if some were involved, I might be able to persuade them to listen to me. He didn’t offer me a business card, so I didn’t take him seriously, but I did wonder what if. I rationalized it all by saying he was just a caring person who noticed how well I knew everyone and how much they liked me.
I went to prison about a year later. That year, God touched my life in ways it had never been touched before. He opened my eyes to see my life through His eyes. I realized how fortunate I was and how much God loves me.
While I was in prison in, a lady named Mother Vincent prophesied over me. She told me that the Lord has a calling on my life. You have a role to play in the body of Christ. You used to wear a purple robe, but you gave it up for women and money, and the Lord wants you to return to him. Her words pierced my heart, and I cried.
The second time she prophesied, she told me the Lord has a ministry for your life. It could be up here behind the podium or somewhere else, but you have a ministry; you will make a difference.
When she prophesied the third time, she told me that the Lord wanted me to tell you to hold your hands up when you surrender to him. Ironically, I had just confessed my surrender to God in my prayer, but I didn’t raise my hands. While I was praying, I had the thought to hold my hands up, but I did. The voice I heard was God telling me to raise my hands. He confirmed it was Him through her.
About a month later, I was in church when the pastor asked, “What’s your name?” So, today the Lord put it on my heart to ask you to come up and speak for a few minutes. I’m not sure why, but He just placed it on my heart.
I had the same vision I had before as I stood behind the podium. Then I heard God speak to me and say, “My Will be done.” I was speechless; I could see God’s Will manifesting right in front of my eyes. I was able to open the Bible and speak what the Lord had put on my heart, but I felt a greater purpose in my life was being fulfilled.
God was and has always been at work in my life. He has complete control over our lives. Romans 8:28, “We know that for those who love God, all things work together for good. To those who have been called in accordance with his purpose.”
God has a plan for my life that includes a purpose for my life. This realization is the source of my joy. God is always with me. Regardless of how I feel, God is faithful and loves me.
Today, in the name of Jesus Christ, I receive all of God’s blessings, grace, love, and purpose for my life. Today, I live by faith in the wisdom, love, and perfect plan that God has for my life.
I am thankful for who I am today. I am only saved because of God grace.
By Marcellus Curtis
I want to spend some time today talking to myself. I can be the biggest obstacle in my own life at times. That is something I need to work on for myself. For the past few days, I’ve had doubts about my future. There was some dishearting about what my mother had said to me today. The people and things in which I had placed my trust, had come to an end. Sometimes we can hold on to things and people we think we need.
When I consider what this means for my life, I realize God did this for a reason. I had put my faith in a resource rather than the source. It was as if I had dozed off for a moment, forgetting who I was as a child of God, ignoring all the signs and wonders that had inspired and strengthened my faith. Deuteronomy 4:9 reads “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,”. I needed to refocus what I believed in.
The book I’m working on is the biggest blessing in my life right now. Which I believe is the result of divine inspiration and Holy Spirit guidance. As I paid attention to my blesssings and meditated on God’s Word, I awoke and began to focus my thoughts on everything God said and did in my life. Everything works together in some way, for some reason at some time.
I reflected on God’s word and promises and realized He was with me. My life is serving its purpose. There is a reason why this happened in my life. It serves a purpose, and it is not happening to me; instead, it is happening for me. It’s God’s way of steering my path.
Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:12, ” “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Because we cannot receive everything we need to learn all at once, it is given to us line by line, precept by precept. The Spirit guides us into understanding why things are happening in our life. The lesson are meant to provide the knowledge we require to complete our mission, step by step, season by season, Lesson by lesson and experience by experience. Thus, everything is happening for a reason.
At this point, it makes sense to me. These things are happening in my life for a reason. It makes sense for me to seek answers to life’s questions because God leads me there. I must lose some things and gain some things but I must also learn to trust God over everything else. The questions lead to answers. He wants me to learn certain things that are relevant to my purpose.
Because my reality is promising, I feel better about myself and my future. I am God’s child, I can trust His Word and have faith in His love. I will fulfill my purpose no matter what ends or starts in my life. It all is meant to be and plays a part. My mother had done what was needed to make me refocus my attention on God, not man or money. Nothing else has any power in my life because God creates and gives us everything. He gives and takes away.
I’ll be honest, it’s a little difficult for me to bear the truth of life all at once. Lessons can be hard to learn at times but God has spiritually prepared me to handle it. It’s been 30 years of signs and wonders to comprehend, lessons to learn, and questions to answer that have led up to this point in my life. Everything makes sense, and this is where the road took me.
The truth is that God chose me for this calling and this purpose long before I was born. My purpose has been set, and every day of my life will be spent in accordance with God’s will. God will provide for me. My life has unfolded exactly as God planned. My life is in God’s hand.
Today, by faith, I declare that my dreams and purpose be fulfilled. I dedicate this book to my all-powerful and loving Heavenly Father.
Today is a blessed day. I am thankful for the good and presummablly bad things that happen in my life. This is only the beginning of something wonderful in my life. I give God the honor, praise, and glory in the name, Jesus Christ. May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen. May Your works and glory be done through and in me.
By Marcellous Curtis
Assume a movie is in the works, and you’re watching it for the first time. The film lasts exactly one hour and 49 minutes. The director knows how the film will end and every script and role that each actor will play. There is a scene in the film where two friends leave the house simultaneously but in opposite directions.
They will meet on a specific corner 1 hour and 13 minutes into the film. One person will call the other, unaware that they are on a direct course towards each other. What makes this possible? Because it was destined, it was written in the script. The truth is that their meeting existed before the Movie started. It was just a matter of time coming to pass before each actor performed all of the scenes.
In essence, life is the same way. We are exactly where we foreordained, predestined and should be in God’s Book and Movie of life. We constantly experience situations such as this, but we discredit them as crazy and just a coincidence. The truth is, it is impossible to occur repeatedly and consecutively since the beginning of life. It’s like picking the right situation, in the right place at the right time, and the right person every time. The odds are astronomical.
But it makes perfect sense when you analyze and process the countless situations and events depicted in the Bible that demonstrate prophetic power and events. Familiar face in unfamiliar places. Time after time, people meet and engage at precise times that were predicted 100s of years in advance. Think about the amount of time, people, and circumstances that must be accountable to accomplish exactly what was meant to happen.
There is no should thing as a coincident.
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