Why is the Introduction an entire chapter?
I felt the need to write an entire chapter instead of the normal one or two page introduction. I really wanted to give you a sense of who I was and how I once felt about GOD.
I often pondered was GOD even real and if so did I ever stand a chance with HIM?
Sure... I've been to church from a young age and heard countless sermons about GOD and who HE was or who people thought HE was. I have heard JESUS spoken about in and out of the church, but at the end of the day, honestly, I still did not know it to be real and was not sure about my real views or where I honestly stood to "really" believe about all of it.
It's about me just taking a chance, regardless of how uncertain I was and picking up the bible to see if there really was anything to it. Surely if there is a GOD, HE could help me understand HIS existence. So I was honestly just rock bottom enough, that the only thought of hope for me, could only be achieved if there really was a GOD.
I picked it up (The Bible) and opened it, not looking for anything in particular, actually, I don't know what I was expecting to happen, I really didn't know anything about it. Sure I knew of MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, and JOHN... but that's pretty much it. I couldn't quote you the first scripture if my life had depended on it. Not that, that matters! GOD is so willing and desires to connect with us no matter what. So I found myself just letting the bible kinda fall open in my hands. I'm thinking to myself if there is a GOD, and it is HIS book? Just let HIM allow HIS book to open where HE wants it to open. So when it opened it, it opened to the book of REVELATION, now I remember I've heard that name before. At the time, I couldn't have told you where I heard that name before. But now here in the present, I can tell it was from a seed planted by GOD within me a long time ago. Now, I can tell you where I was at the time that the seed was planted, how old I was, what day it was and what its purpose was and is still is. That is a story all on its own, which I cover in RFH Volume 2, Chapter 1, Jesus the man. My point being in saying all of this is that my mental, physical and spiritual transformation, began from me just picking up the bible and reading it. I now know thru the word (The Bible) that GOD is the WORD and thru JESUS, the WORD transformed me and renewed me. So back to Revelation and the bible, after really getting curious when reading REVELATION... I begin to start going through different books and finding two scriptures that really spoke to me
JOHN 14:14 You may ask for anything in MY NAME, and I will do it.
JAMES 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask GOD, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Now at that time of reading this scripture, I'm locked up in jail and on countless charges. If you've ever been to jail, you know what your first thought is.
How can I get out of here?
So there I am in jail and it is one of the worst times in my life. After seeing the word REVELATION, as the bible fell open, it was like it jarred something loose in my memory. As bad as I wanted out of jail at the time, I couldn't for the life of me ask to get out. I asked for forgiveness, "in THE NAME of JESUS, if YOU'RE real come into my life and show me."
And what I discovered was THE GOD that I found that day, was a God that I had never heard the first sermon about. The way that HE presented HIMSELF to me, was nothing like what I thought HE would be. I actually was rock bottom enough that day, that giving GOD a chance was my only option and hope left, so I gave GOD a try. I opened the bible, that was it, the bible says that GOD is the WORD (the bible). It doesn't matter if you believe, don't believe or what you've done or haven't done. HE truly gave me knowledge and wisdom thru THE WORD, without finding my fault and weakness first. I have never gotten that anywhere else before, I have always had my faults pointed out by others or myself at times. Sometimes we are looking for a light show and a great divine experience of supernatural, not that these things are not possible and do not happen, this is a very real aspect to GOD. However, GOD presents himself at certain times and in certain ways to people and for very specific purposes. My experience started subtle, thru.... his WORD (the bible) and has grown and manifest from the word REVELATION!
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