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“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2

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Posted on April 18, 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

If you could convince people that our country’s economy is going to collapse, and you could get everybody talking about it, what do you think the result would be? The economy would collapse! The simple reason is that our economy has one essential foundation: confidence. The same is true of every similar system—financial, political or spiritual: if confidence is undermined, it is certain to lead to disaster.



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At 9:38am on April 26, 2010, trevor gave Johnny a gift
At 1:26am on May 4, 2009, lynne said…
hiya! thought id drop u a line, hows things?
At 3:39pm on February 20, 2009, felixpadua said…
saw you online, so i came to your page, read and learn about you. see you more often.
At 2:32pm on January 18, 2009, lynne said…
hello! got your email address. have added you on msn, think ive done it right but not much good on computers!! speak soon, hope all ok with you, love lynne.
At 10:50am on January 2, 2009, lynne said…
hello just to say ignore the bit about facebook.im not on it anymore, it started not to feel right so thats that!!! hope ur ok, love lynne and all.
At 2:44am on December 28, 2008, lynne said…
hello friend!! hope you and family had a great christmas day! as you can imagine mine was very noisy haha! some amazing news though - ive just had the first alcohol free christmas since i was 13, thanks to our god and his strength , love and grace!!! i no im totally delivered anyway but christmas is always a tempting time and ive never stood firm until now! it helped that dave has kept all alcohol out of our house and i dont go to pubs or off-licences but all glory to god! we worked at the charity shop for 3 and a half months, just as volunteer managers (no pay), until god said the season was over and its now time for dave to go back to paid work, so hes at the beginning of starting his own building business and im back to being wife and mum at home!! i'll never forget the experience though and a lot of seeds were sown, plus i no that i can cope with working and running a home. i dont come on here much, to be honest i find it boring now. i am on facebook if you are add me, i no its wordly but theres more going on, plus i even get to witness on there!!!! hows your sister? my other son (damians twin brother daniel) gave his life about 4 weeks ago!! he had moved out, smoking cannabis, drinking etc, and i really thought id lost him until one day he came home broken and at the end of his tether,came to church, and surrendered, how amazing??! we are still at the baptist church on a friday night and its going well, would love to hear how you're doing. Lots of love in Jesus, have a great new year, any plans? i'll probably be in bed on new years eve, listening to the fireworks and thanking god i wont have hangover in the morning!!! speak soon, lynne dave and all xx
At 12:29pm on December 22, 2008, lynne said…
hello, hope you're ok. have a great christmas and even better new year, love lynne.
At 4:04pm on October 5, 2008, Gilly said…
Hi Johnny. The Lion of Judah is very much on my heart in my walk with Jesus.Have you heard Roy Fields sing The Lion of Judah?
At 5:06am on October 5, 2008, lynne said…
hello my friend!! have just been looking at your photos theyre great! i wish i lived somewhere peaceful, but i no we're all where we are for a reason. Great news again about your sister, i pray she grasps God's perfect love and learns to love Him back, her life will never be the same, we know that!! me and dave are staying at the charity shop for now, loads has happened, ive been able to tell my testimony to everyone who wants to hear it and the boss has opened up to dave, it seems he'd backslidden a bit without realising until it had happened and thats why he cried when we prayed!! Dave, my son damian (who's just give his life!), my daughter laura and a couple of friends have gone off to the abundant life church in bradford, and im catching up with my housework! my son damian has joined here as hes got lots of friends but none are christians and he finds it quite hard, so if you feel to add him and you get any wisdom for him that would be great ( damian evans) hes 17. As we know at 17 the world is very tempting! speak soon, hope you had a good meeting, love in Jesus lynne.

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My story with God
When I was growing up neither of my parents were Christian although they always tried to bring us up with the correct values. I heard the Gospel from my grandparents on my mothers side although it really didn't make much sense to me as I was probably too young to understand it. As I grew up I used to often contemplate God and where everything came from and wonder if there was any purpose to it all. Although I never mentioned anything to anyone because my friends might think I was weird! So I just tried to eliminate such thoughts and grew up like most kids in the UK. Going to school and hanging about with my friends. Getting in to some trouble, drinking, smoking etc. Only after I got married did I hear the full undiluted gospel in the whitewell metropolitan tabernacle in Belfast. We had seen the pastor being interviewed on TV and I remember his exact words "If you are not the sort of person who usually goes to church we would love you to visit us. No matter who you are or where you are from, you will be welcome here." Still being curious about God I asked my wife Sheree if she would come with me on Sunday just to check it out. She agreed and after attending the Church for quite a few weeks we both yielded to the holy spirit and came to the Lord. We were Baptised in water and walked with God for a several years and during that time our son Matthew was born. A lot of things happened over the following years and I would not have the space to write them all down here, but to cut a long story short Matthew was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, we both slowly began to backslide (the enemy is so subtle you hardly even notice at first) I began drinking heavily and eventually we were separated. I was diagnosed with cancer but even then my heart had become so hard that I no longer wanted to know about the gospel. I reckoned that if the gospel was true then no way could these disasters come unto me. (Don't neglect the book of Job!) I did however make one sincere attempt to call on God the night before my operation when I was convinced beyond all doubt that I would soon be dead. But it appeared that the Lord had truly left me and I can not begin to describe the emptiness and dread that I felt. I was not afraid of the operation, or the pain that would come as the disease spread through me in the future. I was afraid of what would become of Matthew without me, but most of all I was absolutely terrified of going into a lost eternity. After the operation I was told that I would have to go for chemotherapy, But after tests I was told that they could not find any trace of the disease! However after my operation I carried on with my lifestyle of drinking and partying because I thought that God had abandoned me and I still only had a short time left as my consultant did warn me that because of the aggressive nature of the cancer that I had it was extremely likely that it would re-occur over the next couple of years. (That was 9 years ago and I am now officially cured) But a lot of things happened over the next year of so and Sheree and I got back together and slowly began to rebuild our life together and to care for Matthew. I was however still very far from God and had become involved in various organisations that basically revolved around sectarianism, football and alcohol. Then just over two years ago I was out for a stroll on my lunch break and I was contemplating my situation. About how I had been blessed with everything, lost absolutely everything and then got it all back again, when the question "what are you going to do about Jesus?" popped into my head. I tried to ignore it, but every lunchtime when went for a walk the same thing happened. It would not go away. I had to decide, was Jesus a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord? Finally I made up my mind to start with a blank sheet and investigate one last time with a view to dismissing not only Christianity but God in general. The strange thing is that the more I looked for proof against God the more I found proof for God. The more I looked for proof for evolution the more I found proof against it. The more I tried to dismiss Jesus as the messiah the more certain I became that there is absolutely no doubt that he is! (How can you interpret scriptures like Isaiah 53 any other way?). All the while I spent every lunchtime walking with and wrestling with God. Finally the Lord revealed to me through the Holy Spirit that I had to choose. Once and for all. No going back. Walk away from all my friends. Depending only on him. Give myself to him totally without conditions or if I wished then he would leave me alone. I got down on my knees and repented, pouring my heart out to him and the weight and the fear that had been on me lifted immediately and I now have an assurance that without doubt, no matter what happens to me in this life I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39).

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