WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES!  The JERRY WILKERSON Testimony

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Jerry Wilkerson was exposed to Christianity in his younger years, but by the time he was in his teens, he gave himself to rebellion against God and human authority, and he began to associate with friends who took great pleasure in breaking the law and watching blood flow from their victims.  With his law-breaking came drugs and alcohol, and sexual promiscuity.  Jerry and his friends were society’s rebels, and were very proud of it.  Violence became not only his way of life -- it became excitement to them as it is to most who get caught up in it.  It was nothing for Jerry and his friends to rob 5 to 20 homes in a single night. 

One time Jerry decided to go gambling.  A friend began to interfere, and Jerry shot him, having no remorse. 

Then at a later time, the tables were turned, and it was time for Jerry to be shot.  By a close friend, no less! 

Jerry should have died from that shooting.  Emergency people was certain he wouldn’t stay alive long.  Family was notified that he wasn’t expected to live.  Yet by the mercy of God, Jerry miraculously did survive, and was given a space of time to get his life right with God.

Even when Jerry did get his life right with God, tragedy after tragedy visited him.  It was the will of God that Jerry learned a very, very difficult thing.  Jerry learned that no matter what pain a Christian goes through - no matter how bad the tragedy might be – there is only ONE thing to do:  KEEP BEING THANKFUL and KEEP PRAISING GOD!

That might seem like the craziest thing you've ever heard, and if so, here are a couple of writings that can help you gain a little better understanding of WHY giving THANKS and PRAISE during our trials is so wise:

http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/f-j/forsaken.htm 

http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/f-j/feel.htm

You may being going through a major trial of your own right now.  Or maybe your story is one where you have experienced painful trial after painful trial, and you are wondering WHY God is allowing these things to happen in your life. 

Jerry has learned a multi-trillion dollar lesson when it comes to spiritual matters.  Anyone can stay a Christian when God keeps bringing blessing after blessing, which He often-times does, of course.  But what if YOU happened to be in the category where Job was?  What IF God allows Satan to sift YOU like wheat, time after time?  Are you willing to KEEP thanking and praising God through the trial?  Through the trials and storms you’ve gone through:  May be going through right now - or may have to go through in the future? 

This testimony is the equivalent of a modern-day Job story (Of the Old Testament variety).  It is a testimony of a boy who knew the right path to follow, but chose to walk the wrong path.  This path was taking him on a one-way trip to hell.  But it is also a testimony of the immeasurable mercy of God like you may have never observed before.

Above all, it is a testimony that gives so many others hope, when it seems like they have so messed up their lives that in their own reasoning, they may believe God would neither forgive them, let alone shed His mercy on them now and God could make something out of THEIR lives. 

Be reminded:  God is the Master at taking our messes … and turning them into one glorious message for His glory and our good.  Jerry’s life is just that.  Once upon a time ... one big mess that has been turned into one glorious message.  Your life can be TOO!

If you would like to contact Jerry, you do so at this phone number:  616-455-2579

Jerry's video testimony: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5
 


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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