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January 1, 2022 12:00 pm
The story of the 7 Mile bridge continues on when we last left our hero, he was calling his mom after leaving West Palm Beach. What will our hero do next?
Hi this is Roy Jones with man talk radio podcast I miss is to break down the walls of Bryson's nomination, your chosen truth radio broadcast will be starting in just a few seconds. Thank you. This is the Truth Network and the resurrection power of Jesus Christ absently transforming and restoring life and making all things in this power; free from the captivity darkness hell, and delivered God this is Jesus breaks the chain podcast Jesus breaks chain series, Vandals Michael Bowen. I pray that the Lord blesses you greatly. So I decided to go back to Key West. I knew where to go and I just figured it all just go down there and get drunk and high and see what happens. So before I left West Palm Beach I went into a grocery store and stole food, bottles, wine and beer in a cooler with some ice. I loaded in my car and took off and headed to the Florida Keys. After a few moments of driving, I began to feel a great amount of shame, guilt and hopelessness.
As I drove down the highway, began to drink alcohol and smoke the last bit of crack that I have what I got to Miami I stop and call my mom I knew she was worried about me because she had heard from me in a few weeks and Opera and probably knew I relapsed I was, my pattern you not always, mom delivering five or six days. At least once a week and it shouldn't hurt me in a few weeks and I was tippy when they haven't heard from me.
They know what I'm what I've done the probably relapsing on amount run around smoking crack and stealing and doing all things. It that you do when you're addicted to drugs. So I got on the phone and when I spoke to her. She's very upset. She asked me what was I doing and I told her I want to call her before I went to Florida Keys. I told her that I was sick and tired of smoking crack. But I could not stop.
I told her I loved her and hung up the phone and I took off down US Highway one, a high rate of speed. Once again headed for Key West.
More than likely destruction. I'm going to read you the article. It was in the newspaper. The following morning from the Miami Herald, the date is March 22, 1997 the title of the article is this.
Deputies use spikes to stop falling car on US one driver reach top speed of 136 mph. This is the text of the article.
Metal spikes stopped a motorist driving erratically down US one, at speeds up to hundred 36 mph early Friday Charles Michael Bowen 29 of Palm Beach Gardens refused to stop his car for Munro deputies at mile marker 89. At that time he was traveling 71 mph in a 45 mph zone. Deputies said bone was also seen passing in a no passing zone and in turn lanes, said Deputy Becky Herron share spokeswoman deputies radioed colleagues down the road, telling them to look out for the 1997 infinity Herron said deputies put out stinger spikes metal spikes embedded in a rubber strip to poke holes entire small enough to make the car stop without hurting driver stop Bowen at US one in Coco Plum Rd. in Marathon. He was charged with fleeing and eluding police driving under the influence of alcohol possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and reckless driving in the infinity were beer and wine bottles and a pipe with crack cocaine residue. Herron said that newspaper articles from the front page of the key section of the Miami Herald newspaper in 1997 when the Florida Highway Patrol chased me for 40 miles of driving to the Florida Keys at night and have my sunroof open and I was angry because I was addicted to drugs and could not stop using them. I hated myself I hated being a drug addict would let everyone down. I was headed for the 7 mile bridge want to hit the crest of that bridge at hundred 50 mph to see what would happen at 29 years old. I was already sick and tired of being addicted it could not take all the devastation it did because I was ready to end it all. I was yelling out of the roof.
The sunroof my car God, you made me like this, it's your fault that I'm this way you did this god, God, you made me like this well to my dissident dismay. God had other plans for me that night instead of me trying to jump my car off that bridge just far reached the bridge as I entered Marathon Key, the police and set up a roadblock with stinger spikes that would flight my tires.
I did not make it to the bridge and I was arrested. I remember being pulled out of my vehicle at gunpoint and taken to jail and being put on suicide watch already ended all that night on the 7 mile bridge. Now, let's fast-forward to 2014 I been released from prison for the second time, but this time, however, I surrender my life to Jesus and he set me free and I'm loving my new life in Christ.
I'm driving down the highway and I begin to feel God's presence in the car with me and began to weep. I began working worshiping him and praising him and yelling out loud at the top of my lungs yelling out loud at the top of my lungs. He was so good. Then I heard him say no.
I made you like this, you see God weight is 17 years to respond to my yelling at him out of that infinity driving to the Florida Keys. At hundred 36 miles an hour back in 1997 God is patient and his love endures forever. He will never leave you or forsake you news with you to the good times and the bad. I love Jesus. Please give him a chance to change her life like he did mine. You can even yell at God.
If you're mad about your life. Just don't expect an answer until you're ready to swear in your life to him.
So we can change it. The word of God says that God knew us before he formed us in our mother's womb.
We are chosen in Christ before we are born God creates each one of us for a purpose were predestined to be conformed in the image of his son. He sets us apart from the world to be loved by him and to be used by him to be his precious children are reading from from the Bible and the book of Jeremiah chapter 1 verse five what God says before, this is God. God's words before I formed you, I knew you before you were born I sanctified you the means to be set apart iron Danes you a prophet to the nations. Ephesians chapter 1 verses 3 to 6. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestined us to the adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace by which he made us accepted in the beloved. Psalm 139 verses 13 to 16 now this is King David in the Psalms, whose crying out to God and in and in being tender in the moment telling God what he how he had created him and how how he informed him his mother's wombs.
Verse 13 starts for you formed my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed and in your book.
They all were written. The days fashion me, when as yet there were none of them. The book of Romans chapter 8 verses 28 to 30, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who the caller who are the called according to his purpose for whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called whom he called these he also justified and whom he justified, these he also glorified. You see my friends list.
In this podcast, I was not born to be a drug addicted maniac trying to drive my car off the 7 mile bridge while yelling at God through the sunroof that he may be like this. Born to be his precious child was born not to have a spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of power, love, and sound.
Mine you see that spirit of fear had me hating myself so much and so fearful of trying to move forward as a drug I come alive I want to end it all. I was so fearful and and and and in crazy in my mind me who would do some like that drive off a bridge like that a high rate of speed. But God but God did not give me a spirit of fear, but rather of power, love, and sound mind. I was born to be filled with his Holy Spirit and to be used by him in this world that I was born into, as created by him and predestined to be his witness and help them save the world.
This plan of salvation one soul at a time.
I was formed by God in my mother's womb to be his disciple to be as evangelist and going all the world and make disciples of the nations and to preach that gospel to preach his gospel to every creature. I was made by him to love him and to be loved by him and appraise his holy name and to worship him every day of my life and that is what I'm doing right now and that my friends is what I was doing in 2014, when God finally answered me and said no major like this. Hallelujah.
Want to tell everyone listening to this podcast, the God made you for something greater where you are in your life today.
If you not surrender your life to Jesus Christ yet and you can do it right now. If you walk away from the Lord than today is the day that you turn around and go back to him. He is right there waiting for you repent and turn away from your sand turn to God. Now in Jesus name. Go to your knees in prayer and ask God to forgive you and to save you like I did on that prison chaplain for tell Jesus dear giving your life to him that if he saves you, you will serve him the rest of days your life and then and only then be changed. This world can't change you money can't change you making yourself pretty can't change you. Nothing can change you, but the resurrection power of Jesus Christ have a relationship with him.
As Jesus in your heart now all you need to do is trust Jesus and give your life to him and he will take you places you only dreamed about.
I encourage all to do this now and you will not be disappointed. This is what I did in 2013 at prison chaplain floor and since that day I've not had a desire to drink alcohol use drugs as a man of God and disciple Jesus Christ. I'm now the head and not the tail. I'm a good man.
I'm a good husband and a father to my children.
I'm a good son to my parents about five years after I got out of prison. My parents came up to me one day it was the day it was March, May 20. That's my sobriety date that the the day that I eye my first clean day of my life was on May 20, 2014 and because May 19, 2013 which prison and and and in that prison. Jesus change my life's last day ever did drugs was May 19, 2013 in May 20 when I woke up in that morning in that jail and prison. I never did drugs again. From that day so on that day upright. In 2019 apparent site. I was sitting in at a chair at their house and I felt them come up behind me and you know how your Sitton Aaron and you feel some kind of present bias. I turned around and there standing next together next each other together and they had this funny look on their face and I turned around, started what you are doing there. They, look, look, I do know what they were doing and I said what you are doing, they said, come here, so I stood up and they pulled me close to them. They said to me we are so proud of you son, we know you're never going to do drugs again and and I was just such a wonderful moment in my life and it is just a marker in my life where where I really knew my parents really knew that I would never do drugs again and and I'm just so grateful what the Lord is done in my life and who do the same thing for you. Anything are struggling with to give it to him.
Give your life to now I'm evangelist to the heart broken and lost. I'm a missionary in Liberia, West Africa, Jesus change my life when I gave it to him once us were in my life to Jesus and began to worship and praise his holy name. That is when he is able to show me my true identity in him no longer a slave to addiction and sin.
I have been set free by the king when the king makes you free your free indeed. Hallelujah praise the Lord want to tell you everybody listen in this podcast.
It is been my honor to be able to share this story with you about the 7 mile bridge and how I yelled at the top of my lungs out of that sunroof traveling. It ungodly speeds reckless speed yelling at God. You made me like this, it's your fault you made me like this and and then 17 years later he turned around and when I gave my life to him and I was driving down the road and his sweet presence came in the car and I begin worship and praising him as as it is a man of God as a disciple is his disciple and and and and and and and I remain and I just remember the presents was just so thick in that car began to weep and cry and after 17 years he waited so patiently and answered me know.
I major like this hallelujah is just so wonderful. I just want to tell you. My hope is for you to understand that no matter where you are in your life like I was on at 7 mile bridge in total despair and hopelessness. Wanting to in my life that matter where you are in your life what you've done. If you give your life to Jesus Christ. He can change you and made you into what he created you to be and he will deliver you once and for all from all of your distress.
I'm going in this podcast with this point, I wrote when I was in prison. It is for all you will find yourself lost at sea with no hope. Like I did and I was on that 7 mile bridge yelling at God. This point is called lost at sea alone at sea is a wanderer adrift now lost track of time.
Sun scorched without guidance.
A prisoner of this ocean my mind lost on the waters of self-reliance with the paddle made out of broken dreams friendly calling for anyone. Please come hurry and rescue me how lonely is this ocean want your arms all paddled out sitting perched on pieces of wreckage sharks circling to feed on my doubts the ship that that sailed me into my bright future now has dreadfully fallen apart, smashed by the storm of my addiction. Not at all what I intended from the start searching the painful horizon.
No signs of life can be found. Waves are crashing and tragic melody cords of her get making ominous sound, God's mighty spirit is calling the giver of light to all things Holy Spirit, always shining Fort beacon to all lost human beings a lighthouse standing tall on a clip for all his lost ships at sea. The mark of his safe harbor, a place of rest in peace for you and me, a compass of sure direction. He is the win that makes me come about. He delivers power into my sales. He is a rudder of guidance in the midst of my doubt God's given me a new vessel. This ship will for sure. So me home headed back navigated by his glory. No longer do I travel alone now as I turn for safety only his spirit knows the way I am headed for God safe harbor now. The waves finally obey the stars have become my music dancing across the beautiful night.
The bear jumps over Ryan my new heading takes off in flight.
No more wasted movement.
No need for awards like this. God now taken over my journey given the sailor much needed rest. My life is now good weather in this ocean.
I'm no longer alone selling alone in calm waters pointing towards Jesus carry me love you all and I pray that you too can find the freedom I found in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ change he is my safe harbor, and the like that always carries me into my bright. This is the greatest life I've ever lived. Living my life in Jesus Christ. God bless you all in Jesus name. I thank you for listening. For more information on Michael Billings ministry sons and daughters of thunder sons and daughters. Offender OIG and remember there is no addiction Jesus Christ Jesus breaks the chain. This is the Truth Network