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January 22, 2022 8:30 am
When was the turning point in your life when you realized that you were dead without God? This week listen to the very moment Evangelist Michael Bowen came out of his grave and into the arms of the Lord.
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Microphone and I pray greatly word love this podcast is title, grade like to begin with an opening Scripture from the book all 31st three verses of that fall I will extol you or you lift me up. Now that Michael Joyce over me oh Lord my God, I cried out to you and you healed me oh Lord, you brought my soul up from the grave you've kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit eight and half years ago in 2013 I dug for myself a giant pit and I fallen into it. Once again I made myself a great and I decide to go back to a crack house like I got for so many years and get high on crack cocaine once again I been battling alcoholism and drug addiction for over 20 years already. During those 20 years in and out of countless drug rehabilitation program. I been arrested on many occasions and sent to jail, probably over 30, maybe even 50 times and not already been to prison once, and even to complement hospitals because nothing ever tried to stop drinking and doing drugs ever work.
People literally thought I was crazy and had mental health issues that I in 2013 I decided to go get high crack out. I had every intention of going home to my children in the morning before they got up and I had to take them to school. Well morning came the morning with and I could not pull myself out of that dark and nasty grave are starting out, getting high at the time I thought I was getting high but in reality it was taking me way down low. I did not realize at the time just hello, I would go until one day I found myself in the deepest darkest place in my life. Three months after I disappeared I was living in my car smoking crack selling crack should methamphetamine migraine stealing out of storage people and businesses like you keep getting high. I was discussing lowlife good for nothing drug addicted thief and I hated myself for much. I could even look at myself in the mirror anymore hello can you go Michael Bowen how difficult grade you continue to dig for yourself. When will you ever stop falling down the pit you made for Tiffany. The Lord help you answer those questions on May 19, 2013 I was arrested for six felony counts of theft and placed in the back of a police car are everything to myself when I was getting arrested. Thank you God faithful because I knew that if I was arrested I be locked up in jail and not be able to do drugs anymore. Stealing more things committing crimes.
I was so sick and tired of running did not want to get high anymore, but I could not stop getting needed a helper for sure. I needed rest of under a tremendous amount of emotional stress. I was having thoughts that I be better off dead by being in jail.
I thought I might be able stop digging that deep grave for the dead man walking. I become.
I now offer to that day is a day I was captured by God.
When I arrived in jail. I knew something had to change.
I knew if I didn't do something different this time that I go right back to using drugs again rest again that a point where I hated myself and I hated the world in which I found myself Lydia, I received a myself and had nowhere to turn except for one when I went for the judge my crime. She sends me one year in prison for some strange reason I was happy to go. I'm no stranger through not already done. Pearson in the state of Arizona for stealing a car taken police on a high speed car chase through the city of Phoenix when I was in a car that I had stolen the file crack cocaine and methamphetamine in the police behind me and turn on the lights. When I saw the light on the side to run. I did not want to start getting high, they call me I wouldn't be able to get high anymore. And at that time I was going run run as hard as fast as I could. I did not want him to catch me and I knew for pull me over. I was sure to go to jail. I try to get away and wreck the car in the van and took off on foot to the neighborhood and the police helicopter put a slide on me and the police arrest the now in 2013, I found myself back in prison for a second time, this time something is different.
I was desperate for change that a point where I'd rather be dead than the live another day is a drug addict.
That is when I decided to hit my knees in prayer and open my Bible and read and when I read this Bible words started jumping off the page and speaking directly to me and this is one of the Scriptures that I read had a profound effect on me from the book of John 11 verse 25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. Jesus is he who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live there. I was rated I would rather die than live another day is a drug addict just spoke to me, though he may die, he shall live mean I can live I can have a life in the Scripture just just spoke to me reading the Scripture. I realize the old drug addicted man and they needed the die so the new man could be resurrected in his place, and I could live a good life in Jesus, that all men need to pass away and I met prison so the new man could come out of the grave and rise and cry.
Hallelujah thank you Jesus for this powerful promise in your work. This touched me greatly now wanted to live before I could live God's word says I must die.
What is that even me how my supposed to die so I just prayed and prayed and prayed and the Lord led me to a moment when I in the prison chapel. I would go to the prison chapel it any time that they had church services in prison. I would be there and one of those nights. I went to the prison chapel.
We had some praise and worship him and I began to praise and worship, and during that song.
There's a song called a better way and by Jason Upton it it's Jesus and I will show you better way. I found myself during that song on my face on the floor, weeping and crying out to Jesus crying out to him.
I told that I hated myself and hated the oral and didn't want anymore that all I wanted was him. I told Jesus that I was going to walk out of this prison. Go smoke crack cocaine. Once again, the better.
Just kill me now take my life for me right here right now on this prison chaplain for I am ready to die and I said to him, but if you will save me. I will serve you the rest the day of my life in that moment I felt the hand of God like a hammer hit me and it felt like my soul cracked in my spirit pouring out of me like dirty water pouring out from a broken base. This took a while. I laid there left to cry and I have such godly sorrow. When I was just begging Jesus to save me and I know how sorry I was for all the decisions I had. I had I had done in the crimes are committed and the people I heard, lied to, and all the disappointments and and and the failure that I caused in my life and in those around me and once I was empty. I felt myself completely empty, with no strength and and I just my so I just poured out almost like a drink offering unto the Lord Bob's I was empty out poured out once I got to that place where I just didn't have anymore, I was totally empty.
I was able to pull myself up from the floor and stand on my own 2 feet and that is when I felt his present hallelujah the old man had just died. That's what was that that death that I couldn't understand how you die. That was when I died when I could please trigger my life to Jesus Christ on that prison chapel floor and I was ready to let that old man go. That old man die and and him without old man died the new man stood now. Students place a new man now connected to Jesus Christ light and life. Romans 642 11 says therefore we are buried with him the baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. We have been united together like this.
It is definitely also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that old man was crucified with him that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, for he who has died has been free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him, knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more death no longer has dominion over him for the death that he died he died to sin once and for all but the life that he lives, he lives to God. Likewise you also reckon yourself to be dead indeed to sin but alive to God and Jesus Christ see when I die for the death that I died on that prison floor I die to sin once and for all. And now the new man that new life that I live I live to God. Isn't Jesus Christ.
This Scripture speaks to the process that I went through on their prison job for we all must go to this process to come.
The place of life to be made alive in Jesus Christ. We live, because he died and rose again for us we rise and walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ because he gave us his promise in his word. If these promises that I read that there probably to my knees and surrender to Jesus, I started reading the word believing what I was reading God gave me the faith to believe in part of the faith to believe what I was reading this truth that led me to my car. Godly sorrow and repentance and and produce my salvation on that prison chapel we die in Jesus Christ and we live anew in him because of what he did for us at Calvary and through his resurrection. First Corinthians 15 2222 but now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep percent met by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive on that prison chapel floor that I cried out to him.
The old man died in the new man was made alive in Jesus Christ. What a promise.
It's amazing to me when I can reflect back on that day and remember the goodness in the love that Jesus poured out on me.
It was his love that brought me to my knees was his love the trivia.
It was a love that broke me and allow the old man Anita die is like a rise again a new man hallelujah first printed 614 and God both raised up the Lord and will also raise up by his power, God is not dead he is alive, for he is risen, is come out of the great he is.
There are more Matthew 28, 128 says now after the Sabbath is the first day we began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the two and behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning is clothing as white as snow, and the guard shook for fear of him and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women. Do not be afraid, for I know that you think Jesus was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen as he said, come see the place where the Lord lay go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead and indeed he is going before you into Galilee. There you will see him, behold, I've told you so they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples were Jesus came alive. Jesus came up became great. Their people listening to this podcast not excepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have not been made alive give your life to Jesus. Now I encourage you pick up your Bible and read who were if you don't have a Bible go find a church and after a Bible and they will help you surrender your life to Jesus join that spirit filled church and get baptized and become a disciple of Jesus Christ best decision I ever made in my life. I promise you there are also people listen to this podcast I know who have many Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior which are still sitting in your graves and you need to get up you need to get out now come out of the darkness, shake off the dust must come out of your gray if not late for you. You will not achieve this by your made alive yeah stop living the life of death hallelujah that he delivered you from second Timothy 31297 but know this, then the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, both the proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloading unforgiving slanders, without self-control, rule despises of good traders have strong hardy lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away for this sort of those who creep in the house of the make captives of global women loaded down with sin led away by various less always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth now is John's and jam rest.
Resist the motor so these also resist the truth and frontlines disapproved concerning the fate but they will progress. No further, their folly will be manifest all there's also that was me I was this Scripture when I was in my drug addiction.
When I put myself in my own grave and live in that life with no self-control that that I was unholy and I was I was a lover of pleasure rather than a lover of God in our group going to church and I knew right from wrong and am so in one sense, I would. I might have a form of godliness but I denied it power to deliver me from addiction once and for all, until I finally came back. I stop resisting the truth like Scripture said, my mind was corrupt and God uncorrupted my mind I was able.
When I started reading his word, washing the printing of his words uncorrupted my mind and I was able to stop resisting the truth and is able to receive the truth hallelujah and and able to to surrender my life to Jesus Christ. These are those who are still in your graves. The one that are described in this Scripture. The ones like me. It may be addiction to drugs are to be addiction and the other thinks it could be many different things that you're putting in your life before your relationship with Jesus. Get rid of them. Jesus is the only way he's the one our relationship with him. His first come out now by the power the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus name, great put on the new man or the new woman and come alive like I came alive, repent, turn away from your sins, surrender God commit yourself to Jesus Christ only one who can save your soul and make you alive in him only one who could set you free from whatever has you in bondage money lying, cheating, poor relationships with others. Anything that separates you from the love of God cry out to him now.
I am now missionary Lager, West Africa one tell your story about a group of people in that country calls logos logos is a derogatory term is the least of these. These people are treated like dogs.
The throwaways of the drug addicts and criminals and many of them are the former child soldiers from the brutal Iberia Civil War. The leftover child sold many of his ogres literally live in the terms and crypts in the cemeteries and graveyards. When the Civil War ended in 2003 the child hold his head. Nowhere to go and many of them were orphans because the warlords killed their families. Many times in front of them when they were taking them during the warlords came and kidnapped young boys and made them fight these boys were as young as nine or 10 years old and they were scared to death.
You could just imagine the fear that they had in order for them not to be scared. The warlords fed them drugs and they became addicted warlords make them commit murder rates and even some are forced to cannibalize her victims.
This is the most atrocious thing that I can even imagine for young boy to be subject to this I when all you wanted to be a child and will be a child in their childhood is stolen from them in the made to commit these these these horrible war crimes.
You can just imagine the trauma that that they had to undergo an and it was left with them. When the war was over. The sonic came, the government took away the guns that the addiction in the trauma and the child soldiers stay.
Now there's an entire population drug addict. People living in the cemeteries in the gutter as long as that is all across Iberia drug addiction in library with immediate through these child soldiers and ceded to the Civil War and now it's a huge problem and it is it is it is reaching all areas of Liberian society in the in library and the capital city of Monrovia. There is a 13 acre cemetery called the Palm Grove Cemetery in the cemetery their tombs and crypts that are built above ground because Monrovia is next to the ocean because the child soldiers had nowhere to go when the war ended, they went into the cemetery and broke into the tunes and crypts and lived there with the bones of the dead body.
Some still live there today smoking and using the drugs that they are so desperately addicted to. In the same way that I too was so desperately, desperately addicted to the drug that I could not stop smoking and using father born library. I would be in cemetery with his logos identify the logos.
I do all the same things that they do. I did all the same things that they that they did. I know this to be true. Drug addicts go where the drugs are being used in a library that is in the cemeteries and the smoke out in the ghetto surrounding them. While the library are on a mission trip. I went to the Palm Grove Cemetery and had a church service on the said and then women came up that cemetery. They came up out of the ghetto.
They came up out of the tombs in the crypts of the greatest start worshiping and praising the Lord and begging me to help them. Currently we are building drug rehabilitation. The poems in library to help these people come out of a grave out of their addiction and to come alive in Jesus Christ. I'm telling you, brothers, sisters, friend of mine. Everyone listening to this podcast if they can come up out of the grave and come alive. If so, can you. Ephesians 417 to 24 says this I say therefore in test by the Lord no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk in the futility of the mind having the understanding darkened the alienated from the life of God but of the ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart, who been passed feeling have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all including this with greediness, but you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard him in a been taught by him as the truth is in Jesus that you put off concerning your former conduct. The old man, which grows corrupt. According to the deceitful last and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God and the true righteousness and holiness. New man new woman shake off the bandages and lint linens and come about your grades and start living a good life in Jesus Christ, that great shake off that dust and follow Jesus.
He has shown us the way he is the way the truth and the life.
Hallelujah, Ronald Reagan love God, the great about people, out of the gravy church use with the world. Repent and turn away from your sin, cry out to Jesus. He will save your soul today is your day.
You make the choice whether your state of grace to come out to be made alive. I had to make that choice when I was in prison and I made that choice. The greatest choice. Grace is ever made was asserting my life to Jesus Christ prison chaplain for left home and I see I had to hate my old man enough to let them do not to let him finally die hallelujah today and encourage you to choose Jesus into choose life now is your time to truly live brothers and sisters friend of mine has been my honor to be able to share this message with you. My hope is for you to understand that no matter where you are in your life what you've done to give your life to Jesus Christ he could change and what he created you to be and he will raise you once and for all out of your lonely grave I'm going to give this podcast with this point, I wrote when I was in prison. It is for all of you will find yourself stuck in the darkness of this world like I did when I was stuck in my diction is called cry out to him. Jesus Christ always patiently waiting. Silent whispers beautiful saving sound. The voice of truth always calling wanting for you to be found lost in the hell of your diction drowning head first in the mire disgrace falling into that deep dark. Tendency to hand in front of your faith, smoke and mirrors her dancing dark magic, setting the snares trapped in a wicked illusion crooked face mirrored spares crack Silverlining goal melted down and Hayes hot fiery furnace glowing only false effects of the drugs your soul bitterly pays broken leg from falling spotted IHOP fire stair hidden in poor many shadows. If you warning in their cold blood running freely, tears crying spirit calls freight needs on pavement in the busy street frantically chasing the runaway ball child of disobedience, deserving of punishing wrath. Love has come calling obedience. The much better path finally walking in darkness, confused by the black rushing waters of sin comforted by addictions wicked pleasures stop the insanity now and let him in the son of God is ready to answer is you who must cry out to him, no place your fall needs to dark his light is bright victory always do when I am out here Savior Jesus Christ, the mighty king of all kings your one and only deliver from addiction. A sharp, double-edged sword. He does swing dividing soul and spirit, hospitalizing to marrow and bone. His blood will cover you gently. The first step in your journey back home. Only Jesus can liberate this truth will set you free from addiction is only grave lift you out of your darkness shake loose the heaviness of guilt and shame. While now.
Dreamer what you're impeding him or listen to is always calling suite saving boys reach for the trust in handy extent. Today is your day to make this life-changing choice. God's word is your promise give you victory over all evil thing is Holy Spirit of fire living breath killing tear wounded spirit. It brings comfort to your soul conflicted. Now is the time to let your spirit find this out Jesus will come rushing into safe at the top of your lungs. Let it all out primal scream terror filled yellow. I Carico the resonating sound bringing down the giant walls break in the heavy yoke to bind you that the spirit of Christ, stop your continued fall level of EQ from your addicted. Like Joseph Alicia feet from the snare pull you from addiction fiery grave. So you had to deceive the Prince of the air in the name of Jesus is all power invoking God's highest authority from his throne. Jesus Christ is Lord over all creation. Let you cry out now to bring your home screen. Jesus screamed.
Jesus please come to say grace will carry on its wings, the freedom for you. This is your predestined day Christ have located your position.
Always standing there right by your side you have been too busy being fooled by magic, chasing the golden calf of your high dark valleys you have been have been your roadmap/journey had fallen hard and is unforgiving.
God is already marked you as is chosen in Christ Jesus.
Your destiny you will sit the enemy has you in hiding trick you into going underground into his brave take on the ignorance that blinds you let the light of Christ are sold. They cry out your life eternal interfered that Jesus will come charging in his ear. Freedom the power of victory over your right now the time you were calling boldly into your royal family arrived in place, God shed our diction exam dates and gift of God light shining rays. Jesus is waiting to answer, never seeking, always calling your precious name around him for yours procession taken handily delivered from indigenous dark magic dead man's brain. I love you all afraid to find that I found writing. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. The light that raised me out of the great race life ever lived my life in Jesus Christ. God bless you all, Jesus, and pray, amen. This is the Truth Network