Saturday, September 3, 2016

Nick Willis (Nicholas Ian Willis) New Zealand Olympic medalist - Relationship With 'GOD' Testimony

Nick Willis Relationship With 'GOD'

• Living in Michigan, United States.

• Is a Christian.

• New Zealand record holder in the 1500m, at 3m 29.66s.

• Won gold medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Games in the 1500m.

• Won an Olympics silver medal in the 1500m at Beijing.

• Won bronze medals in the 1500m at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

• Won bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

• Is a staunch advocate for strong bans for drug cheats

           At the age of 4, I lost my mother to Cancer. I was left confused, angry and with a drive to go on with life on my own. The only person I thought I could count on was myself. For 20 years I tried everything that I thought would bring me happiness and pleasure. Successes in running brought me many great opportunities, but my self-focussed goals resulted in many hurtful decisions and actions. Something much greater was missing from my life. 

All I had achieved was nothing compared to missing my mother, blaming God (if he even existed), for her unfair death.In depression, I felt like I had no where else to go. I needed guidance and a direction with real purpose.


Something started tapping on my heart, telling me that my Mom was watching my life from Heaven. I tried to fight it off with more alcohol, and late nights, but the knocking on my heart became louder and louder. This became impossible to deny. I knew God was chasing me, and had been for many years. I decided to finally stop running from Him.

So in October 2003, I asked Jesus to forgive me for my anger and disobedience towards God, and for all the people I had hurt along the way.

He came into my heart and swept me clean. All the anger and bitterness towards my mother's death became healed, and I was ready to re-start my life fresh. 

My life has changed forever, and I will never feel empty or unfulfilled again so long as I don't put God on "call waiting". God is real, and he walks along side me every day. He convicts me when I stray, and loves me when i'm lonely. But greatest of all, he has given me his promise that I will enter his Heavenly kingdom (and celebrate with my Mother and family), when my time here on earth is finished.

Nothing I have done during my life has allowed me to deserve this. My selfish existence is proof that God can and wants to forgive everyone. We just have to ask. 

Jesus is the only man to have lived the perfect life. He never wronged anyone, and yet He was beaten and humiliated for crimes he was innocent. After remaining silent through all this punishment, He was hung and killed on a cross - a punishment reserved for the worst of criminals. 3 days later, Jesus rose from the dead, proving that He was the Son of God, and that He had fulfilled all profecies about a savior who would pay the price for all people's wrongs. He opened the gates to Heaven.

Jesus is not about religion. He is a living God who wants to be a part of our lives. He knows we are messed up, and struggle with different temptations. He wants to help free us, so we can enjoy life to the full, not live a boring life following strict rules and regulations.

Jesus offers his life to us as a free gift. It is up to us whether we choose to unwrap the gift waiting. I pray that you will open and see what you find inside.

"Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends"

- Revelation

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Facebook What Story Is Your Face Telling

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He catches the wise in their own craftiness 1Corinthians 3:19 (NKJV)

We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but you can sure tell a lot by the look upon a persons face.  It can be just about any emotion, including, sadness, anger, worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, happiness or joy.  The face is usually an indicator of what is going on within their heart, and it is how we usually view and determine a persons countenance.  Many a poker player has won or lost their stack of chips by allowing their facial countenance to show through, thereby allowing others to read what they possess in the way of cards.

The same thing holds true for us as Christian men and women - we too, can be read like a poker player, showing what we really possess, despite what we claim to have.  Truth be told, we can only shine if God's light is within us.  

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)

When I think of this truth, I can't help but think about one particular story contained within the Bible.   In the Book of Acts, we read about Stephen - a Christian believer who became the first person martyred for the Christian faith.  Luke gives us valuable information about Stephens character, and Christian walk, when he describes Stephen as being full of the Spirit and wisdom in Acts 6:3; as being full of faith and the Holy Spirit in verse 5, and he is finally described as, full of God's grace and power, in verse 8.

Stephen had been speaking boldly about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he was doing Great signs and wonders. His actions were becoming offensive to the pharisaical scribes, and elders, so they seized him, made false accusations and brought him to the council to be interrogated and judged.   But Stephen was not troubled, and his countenance gave testimony to this fact.  As they all looked upon Stephen, this is what they saw.

And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. Acts 6:15 (NKJV)

When asked as to whether the accusations were true, Stephen sidestepped the answer and instead seized the opportunity to began to give those in attendance an accurate history lesson, detailing how the Jewish people had a track pattern of being prideful and stiff-necked - unwilling to submit to God's anointed.  Soon these proud could no longer stand the truth and began to show their true heart.  We see in Acts 7:54 how this affected them. 

When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. Acts 7:54 (NKJV)

We see a valuable truth in this story - one continuing to this very day.  There will be two types of men who will hear the Gospel message - those who receive it, and those who rebuke it.  

One will be full of himself - looking to follow his own personal desires and who makes God in the image of man.  This one will not be able to stand the truth when it opposes his choices, and the result will be he will become antagonistic and aggressive in defending his position.  Perhaps, he will respond just as these men did - by gnashing his teeth in disgust. 

The other type of person will be like Stephen - he will welcome this life-giving message, and he will receive it gladly into his heart.  The result will be life changing.  His countenance will be transformed as his heart is regenerated, and he will shine brightly before all who see him.  His face will be like an angel. 

Living life does not have to be a gamble - it can be lived wisely and with security for those who seek the Lords wisdom (See James 1:5). 

Q:    What does this mean to us today?

A:    It means we can determine the hand we are holding in life.  We can know with certainty we will be holding a winning hand.  We can either be gnashing our teeth with a restless spirit, or we can have the peace of God and the appearance of an angel.  In the short term, it will affect our attitude and our faith when we are confronted with tests and trials.  In the long term, it will affect where we spend eternity. 

STUDY QUESTION: What did the face of Stephen reveal about his character as recorded in Acts 6:15?  What did the face of those who came against Stephen reveal about their character and spirit as recorded in Acts 7:54?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: If your life was the book, and your face the cover, what would the countenance of your face reflect; the face of an angel, or one of gnashing teeth?

APPLICATION: Seek the peace of God continually.  Think upon the things of God, and the Word of God.  Let Gods light shine through you onto others.