By Lawrence Angelle
Life we live outside the will of God will be a challenging life. Life is challenging altogether, but if we have a relationship with God, He will give us the strength to see you through—He did it for me and He will do it for you too.
The worldly me
I grew up in the hood—some call it “vzay,” a neighborhood of drugs and violence, and a whole street with nightclubs on both sides, all the way down. It was a main strip for partying, and I was a person that was known to get it “crunk”—in other words, get the party started. I was always on the scene, drinking, fighting, selling drugs.
Yes, I went to jail plenty of times, for all the things I was involved in—drugs, guns and fighting. I have been incarcerated numerous times, and have been in shootings two different times. I had been through so much, until my commonsense started talking loudly, telling me there was a better way to live.
I ended up doing time for five years, and that’s when my life took a turn for the better. I was praying in my cell asking God, “Why is my life the way it is?” and He answered, “The only way to anything better and in life, is submitting your life to Me.” And I did.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV) says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all…” A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory! So, I understand that the things I went through and will go through are only temporary, and bring light affliction—so the things I may go through aren’t really heavy at all, because God’s weight is in glory. So I keep the faith in God, who IS the King of Glory.
My couple of years I did in jail allowed me to meet the God of the universe—God who is the Master of all. Jesus is the true comfort, and when no one else is there, Jesus is. When you call on him, He will come through.
A new man
I got out of jail three years later. The will God has for my life and yours is far greater than our will—remember that. Even after I gave my life to God, the growing process in walking with Him, listening to the Spirit, and fighting the enemy of God isn’t easy, but God gives strength to those who are weak.
God will strengthen us to press on, give us love, peace and a sound mind to keep our thoughts on Him. In the midst of trials, God gives us the faith to keep believing, even if you can’t see. Despite all the things life threw at me, it made me stronger, and all the world did was push me in the right direction—to God.
Now, I have been married two years, I have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven, and my relationship with my kids and family are great. My family attends the Harvest Center Church here in Lafayette, and it’s on the same strip where the clubs used to be. So the same way He took me out of the dark, is just the same way He returned me to be a beacon of light in a dark area—so they may see God’s glorious light shine through me! Never forget God.
By trying to please myself doing wrong, I ended up losing at the end. Nothing done for the enemy will last—only what God offers us will last forever. I’ve learned God is the only one who I put my trust in. It’s God at all times, and He will direct our paths.
“…That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the NEW MAN, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV.