"I'VE BEEN SHOT!"

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Emilio's video testimony:  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

The need to be accepted for who we are runs very deep in some people.  Emilio Piontes had that need.  With his family moving from Venezuela to Chicago, Illinois at a young age, the language barrier and cultural shock he experienced found him even more needy than ever to find some way to be accepted. 

He seemed to find acceptance in street gangs, and so in his teenage years, being in a street gang not only filled his need for acceptance, the gang world was also his identify.

With gang violence came drugs, and with drugs came prison.  Yet even while in prison, he still found security and acceptance being a gang member behind prison walls.

In his world of drugs and crime and prison, he was a heroin addict for 17 years.  From being shot by someone he was going to rob for money for another drug fix, to knowing nothing about God Ö  God was patiently working behind the scenes, though Emilio had no clue of it until years later. 

With a grieving mother praying for years for her wayward son, telling him time and time again:  "BOY Ė THERE IS A BETTER LIFE OUT THERE FOR YOU." Ö Emilio finally came to the place in his life where he had a knowing that if he didnít start asking God for help, God was not going to keep bailing him out of trouble.

In time, Emilio came to realize that God fully accepts us and loves us unconditionally, and will forgive us if we ask Him to ... no matter what we have done, and that once we realize that God loves us and accepts us just the way we are, we donít need to spend anymore time trying to find some earthly way to have those needs met.   Afterall, when we stand before God on the Judgment Day and give an account to Him of our life, being loved and accepted for who we are will not have any relevance for the rest of eternity from that point on, unless our identify is in God at that moment. 

Is God YOUR identify?  He wants it to be. 

This is not your typical: "I WAS MESSED UP AND GOD RESCUED ME" testimony, though it is that as WELL.  It is an amazing story of the patience of God giving a hopeless drug addict opportunity after opportunity to surrender fully to Him while Emilio kept falling back into his old ways ... time and time again!

If you think you or a loved has brought God to the end of His patience, and all hope is gone, take the time to listen to all of this testimony.  It is proof that God will extend his forgiveness and mercy beyond anything we can imagine.  If God will do it for Emilio, God has unlimited forgiveness, mercy and patience for every person on this planet.

Of course, none of us know when our time is up either, so riding on the mercy and grace of God indefinitely as though God will never say:  "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!"   Well Ö we pray no one reading this would be that presumptuous with God and what eternity holds in store for you.

Today is the day to take action with God, because we have no assurance we will have tomorrow to get right with God, do we?     

Emilio's video testimony:  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
 


Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from the Holy Spirit that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to cover your sins?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

To be at peace with God; to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity; to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help understand the importance of being reconciled to God.  What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one.  Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life. 


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