I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
It was a cold and clear winter night, I was in the comfort of my home in New York City, it was about 3:15 in the morning. Why was I up at that time? You might ask, well I was actually pacing from one side of the living room to the other because the pain in my lower back area was unbearable. Due to an ailment not yet known to me at the time, I had developed a very high level of calcium in my body which had caused the formation of kidney stones, not just one or two but over one hundred of them. As I write, I have already passed 140 kidney stones and one of them was so large that it had to be removed by surgery and some other undesirable procedure. but that particular night I was going through a unique situation, I had 7 stones stuck between the right kidney and the bladder and I had a lot of liquid built up between the top of my right kidney and my stomach area, causing excruciating pain in my lower back. I was pacing back and forth, I was crying, I was praying and I was asking this question, Lord, where are you? I couldn't understand at the time What purpose would the Lord have to allow me to go through such a difficult experience, and in the midst of it, the pain, my feelings and the anguish that I was experiencing made me feel so lonely and forsaken by my God. I had made a conscientious commitment to the Lord, that it didn't matter what I will go through due to my illness, I would never give Satan the glory, whether good or bad my circumstances belong to God and to God alone and that I would praise his name no matter what. But that night I needed God more than ever, and I felt like he wasn't there. I remained calling on him for a good part of the night, and in the middle of the night when I felt that all was lost, there it was like a faint voice, like a whisper in the depth of my soul and my spirit, the words as clear as the night, I AM HERE.
In James 1:17 the bible reveals a title of God, “The Father Of Lights”. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. During normal readings of the scriptures, most Christians glance at this biblical verse without giving it a second thought, and there are those that the title would catch their eye and intrigue then into curiosity, but after researching on their own they resign themselves to accept that they will never know. A good hermeneutics (the art of biblical interpretation) will yield the answer to this question. What does the Father of Lights mean? In John 1:4 the bible informs us that Jesus (the Word) was the life and the life was the LIGHTof men. In John 8:12 Jesus also says: I am the LIGHT of the world.
My life is dedicated to the passion for preaching and teaching the Word of God, seeking to reach the minds and hearts of my audience so they could receive life through the fresh breath of God's Word and the everlasting love of Christ.