It is such a pleasure from time to time to share how God has impacted someone personally through the ministry of SFC. I hope this Easter, this testimony speaks to your circumstance as powerful as it is to have been a part of it, and to watch it transpire, Jesus has Risen! – JP Grier
Personal Resurrection – V. Castro
For as long as I could remember I’ve wanted a family of my own. Once I had it I worked hard to be the man my family deserved. One day the dream was gone, by my own hands and actions my life changed from one moment to the next. My life was on a downward spiral. I tried my best to recover, to pull on the wheel of life as hard as I could to bring the plane up from the nose dive it was taking into the forgotten. No matter how hard I tried my life seemed to have a destination I could not change. This was heartbreaking.
“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”Proverbs 14: 2.
It is at this moment in my life that God came into my life. I changed. I was a different man, A man with purpose, a man determined to be who God wanted me to be. The casualties were a 20-year long marriage, a wife, a friend, a partner, a lover, the mother of my children oh, and my four beautiful children. I had lost so much. But in my loss, I found comfort in that I was a new man and in this new man I could rewrite my Legacy through the love and guidance of Jesus Christ. I found the support and the resources in a local church called Flatirons Community Church.
“I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me will never die.” John 11:25
From the moment I walked into the doors I felt at home. The worship, the sermons, the leadership and the community have comforted me in my walk-through healing in Christ. The most profound connection I made was with my fellowship with the Sentinels for Christ. Led by JP Grier and others whose prayers, mentorship, and love have seen me through my darkest days and the good ones. This week I was the recipient of one of the vehicles provided by Flatirons. A practical expression of God’s love through the hands of the church.
The church embarked on a remarkable idea. Raise funds for people who needed cars, I did. I had lost everything in my divorce procedures. Vision was cast and funds raised. The proceeds would then be used to purchase vehicles for people in need, all you had to do was register to be eligible to receive one. I had just sold something that morning from a craigslist posting, so I had the money to buy a ticket for a chance to win a VW beetle! I couldn’t resist all the pieces were fitting just right, why not? I took a chance and gave my donation as well and received a ticket. I ran home and registered. Meanwhile life and all its’ pressures and requirements went on. So did my relationship with my discipleship group.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Several months passed but I never dwelled on it, maybe because I felt there were other people more deserving, more in need than me. God had other plans. My brothers at Sentinels for Christ also had other thoughts about that and never stop praying for the opportunity. We prayed and we prayed. I’ve never felt more love in fellowship than those times we prayed in a circle for all of us and the different circumstances we carry in our hearts and we bring to our prayer circle. This experience, the experience of walking in fellowship with other men that love and pray for one another in Jesus name has changed my life.
Today I walk with purpose, I wake up full of gratitude and thanksgiving, for Jesus Christ called me by my name and reached out to save me and I was broken enough to hear his call and I’m now and forever a child of the Living God. Today I know I’m healing from my losses and taking the necessary steps to get better. It a long road to recovery but all things through Christ are possible. This helped me overcome my past and restructure my present so I can have a better legacy I can be proud of. Oh, and by the way I picked up my new car last Friday, God answers prayers, God is always with me and that is one thing I can count on for the rest of my life. I am thankful for Flatirons Community Church my brothers in Christ, and most of all a God who loved me so much e sent his son to stand the gap for my sin, die on a cross and raise from the dead! This Easter will be a time of praise and community for me knowing God continues to work his will within my heart.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40: 31.
Victor is a member of Sentinel For Christ and attends Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette Colorado. Victor is a graduate of Sentinel For Christ Legacies 2017 and continues to “write his story” with Christ.V. Castro “Legacies” 5 2017
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