The Purpose Behind Got Got Me, God Got You:
SHARING THE TRUTH WITH BOTH JEW & GENTILE!
“Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But He wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it. I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so, all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and He will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.” Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people He loves because He chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn. Once you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so He could have mercy on everyone. Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give Him advice? And who has given Him so much that He needs to pay it back? For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen.” Romans 11:11–12, 25–36 NLT
Jesus Christ is returning soon for all of the children of God! We are closer today than when we were yesterday. We are here to encourage you that today is the day of Salvation!
God Got Me, God Got You was birthed through a testimony in December of 2013. This miracle came from the mighty hand of God, and I want to share my testimony with you. My prayer is that you do already, or that you will recognize the Hand of God upon you!
Before I share my personal testimony, I want to share a biblical story with you. In 1 Kings 17 verse 1, Elijah told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
In the next chapter, 1 Kings 18 verse 41 and 42, we read “Then Elijah said to King Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!” “So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.”
We then read in 1 Kings 18 verse 46 that the prophet Elijah received special strength from the Lord. This strength was given to Elijah to run ahead of King Ahab’s chariot all the way to Jezreel before the rain that the Lord sent following Elijah’s prayer had stopped them. Mind you horses can run up to 55mph, and Elijah was given special strength from the Lord to out run them. I’m here to tell you and show you that God’s miracles are still happening everyday!
Now, within my miracle, I was not given strength to run ahead of a chariot, but I was given the special strength and favor to defy every professional human prediction over my life.
The day was December 1, 2013. I woke up as the best collegiate wrestler in the country weighing in at 149lbs, and by night fall, I was in a coma fighting for my life. Life happens in moments, and, in this moment, God was with me and has never left me!
In Deuteronomy 31, Moses had finished giving instructions to the people of Israel affirming to them that the Lord had told him he will not cross the Jordan river with them, but that the Lord God himself would cross over ahead of them. Moses also shared with them that Joshua would lead them across the river just as the Lord promised. We then read in Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
The question for me through this tragedy was never, “Will I comeback from this?” I felt God was asking me, “Do you believe I can bring you back from this?”
I worked so hard to be the #1 college wrestler in the country, and I still appreciate being able to say that. My senior season was set up for me to have an amazing wrestling season, but what God seen me through was life changing for myself as well as others. How that season ended for me was not the way I envisioned it, but I still won one of the biggest battles of my life of being in a near-fatal car accident.
A few weeks after pinning my Iowa State opponent in the Iowa State vs Grand View dual, my teammate, his dad, and myself all drove to Ames, IA together to watch the Iowa vs Iowa State dual wrestling. After the dual meet, we were heading back to Des Moines for wrestling practice. A 25 minute route from Ames to Des Moines turned into a 24 day testimony in the hospital where God worked miracles for myself and many others to witness.
Long story short, an SUV going 75mph slammed into the car we were in while we were at a complete stop. I was sitting in the back seat of the car and took the brunt of the hit. The gas tank was just inches away from impact, and, favorably, there was no explosion to which then I was cut out of the car by what are referred to as the Jaws of Life. Suffice it to say, it did not look good for me.
After being life-flighted to a hospital in Des Moines, I was in a coma for 14 days with a fractured spine, hematoma, broken jaw in two places, severe brain trauma to my frontal lobes among other diagnoses. The first 14 days the doctors told my family I would likely die. To their surprise, I woke up from the coma, and their new prediction was that I would be in a vegetative state for the remainder of my life. Despite this bad news, my loved ones had faith, and God had other plans for me that humbled everyone involved.
10 days after waking up from my coma, God gave me the strength to stand up on my own, walk, talk, become a bit more conscious, and leave the hospital under the care of my mother. The doctors told my mother that, medically, it did not make sense that we were actually leaving that hospital.
God did so much for me within those 24 days that has carried into the last 10 years. I’ve seen the hand of God upon my life, and I’ve received a plethora of blessings throughout this time that God is continually doing. One of the greatest blessings has been being able to share God’s glory everyday since through my testimony.
After a few months of physical rehab, a re-broken and wired up jaw, lots of prayers, and faith in God doing what others said was impossible, I found myself heading into the doctors office to get cleared to go back to finish college and wrestle again!
About a year after the horrible car accident on 12/20/2014, I won my comeback wrestling match in Las Vegas. A few months after that on 04/25/2015, I graduated with a B.A. in Sports Management. A year after that I pursued Graduate school and graduated with my M.A. in Counseling on 05/11/2019 from Colorado Christian University.
Currently, I am blessed to now be a husband, father, and, professionally, a licensed mental health therapist. I am also blessed to say that the Lord has led me to guide clients to provide them using a style of counseling called unconditional positive regard. My little family and career have truly shown me what grace and hope the Lord grants us all!
God never promises us an easy life, but God does promise to be with us and never leave us nor forsake us. Yes, bad things happen to good people in a broken world, but that is exactly why we are still able to conquer and do all things through Christ who gives us strength!
We all have the choice through our life struggles to give into a spirit of doubt and crumble. Yet, God wants us to choose faith while listening to His voice which will, in turn, strengthen us wherever we go. We will hear,
I Have Even Greater For You!”
“Do you believe in me?”
“I am with you!”
I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your life. Can you recall a plethora of testimonies God has done for you also? I pray you will share at least one or several on our “Share A Testimony” tab which can help someone else see God through your own life to then be able to recognize God in every pocket of their own lives!
Something to be aware of and that I feel is important to highlight is the spiritual warfare upon us ALL. Do not let the enemy discourage you from carrying out the calling on your life once you receive revelation of it, or cause you to fall into habits or crowds you’ve been delivered from. The enemy that we all face ONLY comes to steal, kill, and destroy in the most sneaky, deceitful ways that will often times look innocent, but, with discernment, we know it is quite the contrary. Something also of note, all of our blessings that come from the Lord are only because of His grace, not our works, and belief that His son Christ Jesus came unto the earth, lived, died, and was resurrected so that we may have life in abundance. You Just Have To Confess, Profess, Trust, Believe & Keep The Faith!!!
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