Frienemy pt.1

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).

I have watched God’s Word manifest into reality over and over again in my life.  Just the other day as I sat in funeral for a woman I didn’t know, but was kin to my wife; I watched a prayer I always prayed everyday while I was in prison manifest itself once again in my life.  Every night before I went to sleep I would pray that the Lord make me to be at peace with my enemies.  For those who may not know, I spent over eight years in prison for manslaughter.  All the details can be found in my book Convicted: A True Story: My Life After Death or on my About Page at http://www.larrygilkey.com.Vector illustration of a man lock up in prison  I prayed this prayer every night because when the tragedy causing my imprisonment happened, I received a great deal of death threats a long with threats on my wellbeing.  Although no real attempts were ever made at my life, I spent my prison sentence with one eye always focused over my shoulder.  Before I go into the incident which happened the other day at the funeral, I want to revisit the time when I first saw my prayer become reality.

Towards the end of my prison sentence, I came across a guy who didn’t know me, but was dedicated to the neighborhood he came from.  Word had been sent to him from the outside to basically attack me.  Prison is a very small place and word travels fast, so I already knew he wanted to get at me if ever given the right opportunity.  He also made it very clear with the mean looks he gave on every occasion we crossed paths.  However, it didn’t really bother me, and I was prepared to protect myself.

One day we happened to be in the cafeteria at the same time.  After I finished my dinner, I sat at his table and let him know how I felt about the situation.  I basically let him know that I understood he wanted to tear my head off, however; both of us were very close to going home which would make a confrontation between us stupid on both our behalf.  I explained how I was sure he had a family who loved him and wanted to see him home as soon as possible, and so did I.   Therefore, if he disliked me that much for reasons he really didn’t have the full truth about, then, I would be more than happy to handle our feud on the streets.  Evidently, I made a valid argument because he didn’t react in a violent or threatening way; he just gave a subtle nod.  I simply got up and walked away.

About two weeks later he ended up getting moved to my dorm. When I saw him walk through the door with his belongings, I figured it was only a matter of time before we ended up fighting.  However, by the grace of God, we actually sat down like men and discussed the reason why he didn’t like me.  Needless to say, he ended up becoming a very good friend of mine.  He let me know the guys who had told him to hurt me and who to watch out for when I got out.  He ended up getting out a year before I did.  Nevertheless, when I did eventually get out of prison and ran into him on the streets, he still honored the friendship we developed before he left.

Each time we see God’s Word come alive in our lives, it grows our faith just a little more than what it had previously been.  It helps us to believe and trust in God just a little bit more.  Let’s face it; we’ve all had our doubts at certain points in our lives as to God’s Word and its authenticity.  Most of us don’t start off in our faith just believing whole heartedly in His Word or His abilities to perform everything He promised us, his children.  Well I am here to tell you that His Word is the absolute truth and will do everything it says it will do if only you can believe.  The other day I witnessed just how powerful praying God’s Word can be once it is rooted in your heart.  To be continued……….

My Dear Friend,

The other day I received an email in the account I just recently established.  It said someone was about to pass and wanted to leave me $10,000,000 in order to help with spreading the gospel.  I must admit, it sounded really good, as a matter of fact I will let you read it for yourself:   My Dear Friend,

Do not be surprised, is God’s Work. I decided to donate the sum of $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) to you for the good work of the Lord, and also to help the Motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows according to (James1:27).

My name is Mrs. Margaret Dean; I am dying women who have decided to donate what I have for you in order to use it for the benefit of our nation and the rest of our citizenry. I am a native of Russian Federation , but my husband is from London . I was diagnosed for cancer about years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who had left me everything he worked for.

I have adjusted my WILL and my Executor is aware I have changed my will; you and he will arrange for the change of ownership of the funds as it is presently deposited in Barclays Bank, and lodged the box in a coded Security company whose name is Access International.

Contact my Executor: Barrister mark fernando with this specified email: Barr.fernando@aol.com with your full names contact telephone/fax number and your full address and tell him that I have WILLED sum ($10,000, 000.00) to you and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a specific and good work. I know, I don’t know you but my spirit have been directed to do this, while am still in sick bed waiting for an operation tomorrow morning.

Sincerely
Margaret Dean

This is how so many people get scammed on a daily basis, while most figure this is just another scam, somebody will actually pursue this a little further to see if it could, by the grace of God, be true.  A con artist is really good at using a person’s emotions and greed to lure them in to the scheme.  I just wanted to share this because I’d heard about these types of letters or emails, but I had not actually ever received one until now.  I am sure the next step would have been to send my bank account information so the money could be wired to me.  The sad thing is that the thought did cross my mind for a fraction of a second as to whether it could have possibly been true.

Under Construction

web buildingAlthough I have published my website, larrygilkey.com, I still have a lot of work to do with it. I know it will probably be under construction for quite awhile, but at least it is up and running now. It feels really good to start blogging again, and has been a long time coming since the last post. I chose to leave most of my old post so people could compare or notice any growth which might have taken place over the last couple of years as far as my writing and  thoughts are concerned. The book I just published, Convicted: A True Story: My Life After Death, has taken things to a entirely different level and I am excited with beginning to operate on that level. With that said, thank you for joining me for the Grand Opening  of larrygilkey.com and please continue to check back as I will be making changes on a daily basis. Praise God!

Tears of Two

I realize I have probably posted this poem before, but it has so much meaning to me, and the way I feel about my mother.  I actually wrote it after I had recieved my prison sentence, and it wasn’t life without parole.  Her and I were happy because we knew I would have a chance to experience life outside of prison again. Even though I had recieved 25 years, in which I was suppose to do 12.5, we still had the victory because it could have easily been 50 years or life.

After making it through the storm we had just come out of, we knew God was on our side and we didn’t have anything to worry about. I was content and ready to face the next storm, which was actually doing the time. Moreover, God had already placed Romans 8v31 deep into my heart, therefore, I was fully equipped and prepared to face all things. Glory to God!  All mothers should put God first and give your children to him before they come out of your womb. Place the Word in their hearts when they are young, and although they may stray a bit as they become older, they will always find their way back to the foundation you built them on.

Momma always felt my pain
Though tears it would often bring
Momma always stood the rain

Though tears she’d be slowly crying
Momma never stopped trying
Though inside she’d be slowly dying

Momma always saved the day
Through words of wisdom and knowledge she’d say
Momma always made a way

Through help from the Lord above
Momma filled my life with love
Through the hands of the Lord above
Momma is my soaring dove

All our fears have come to past
Tears of happiness we can cry at last

Spiritual Warfare

Glory to God! The other week I was listening to one of Bill Winston’s sermons called Spiritual Warfare. He starts by reading scripture from Ephesians 6 v10 which refers to putting on the full armor of God because our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual forces of wickedness. That is a quick paraphrase; you will have to read the entire scripture for yourself. None the less, I had a revelation concerning the beginning of my incarceration and some of the things which led up to it.

I thought about the beginning of my incarceration, and how my mind was all messed up. I always tell people I am a good example of what the word of God can do; just the fact that I am able to hold a decent conversation with someone today is a miracle. I will never forget how my mother and I would sit on the phone for hours at a time praying and her reading scriptures in order to calm me down. I was so paranoid and scared that I would call her back sometimes 10 or 15 minutes after we had just gotten off the phone; I would be frantic and discombobulated that quick. Her voice would give me a peace of mind and sense of comfort. Looking back she was such an amazing woman not to ever get frustrated with me constantly calling, because I thought someone or something was trying to get me.

She would just start reading daily breads, faith to faith books, and scriptures. I remember she would always tell me that even Moses killed someone and God still used him to do his work, and that I wasn’t any different from him. I mean she drilled that into my mind until I started believing it, and using it to help me cope with the horrible thing I had done. As soon as we would get off the phone I would run back to my bunk, read the Bible, and pray myself to sleep. She never gave up on me even though I was draining her mentally, physically, and spiritually by her not being able to physically come and take care of her baby boy. She said the only thing she could do was pray and ask God what to do, and those were the things he told her to tell me and do for me.

I very seldom tell people about the way I felt when I slept at night, and it only seemed to take place at night. It felt like there was a fight going on inside of me that I was semi-conscious of while I was sleeping. I knew something was going on; I use to tell myself that God was fighting for my soul back. I recently had a revelation about what I was going through during those nights.

I had let so many evil spirits into my body and mind with the way I was living and the things I was doing on the streets; I was basically overtaken by them spiritually. I truly believe that the sherm/PCP was a gate allowing demonic spirits to come in and take control of me, and anyone who smokes it. Think about all the crazy things it causes people to do. Then think about what you have seen on TV and heard stories about it seeming to give people super human strength. There was a guy on “Cops” who was fighting several police officers, they kept referring to how the PCP had that type of effect on suspects and how they had to be careful when trying to subdue them. Look at Mark 5: 2-20.

In my opinion, that is the sign of a demon spirit taking over someone. I remember feeling so numb and almost dead to a certain extent while high on sherm. It just seemed to suck the life out of me. I know it might be hard to fully understand what I am talking about, but it really had me doing some things that looking back on weren’t me at all. I am not placing responsibility for my actions on something supernatural, because I take full responsibility for the crimes I committed and the people I hurt. No one told me to ingest such poison into to my system, and no one forced me to live the way I was living. Those were all conscious decisions I made.

We already addressed the fact that fear is not of God and paranoia isn’t either, so where else would these things come from? I got the revelation that there was definitely a fight going on within me spiritually per se. I was too weak spiritually to resist these demons; however, through the word and prayer, they had to come up out of me. My prayer was calling in angels to fight off all the unclean spirits that had encamped inside of me, and they were being replaced with all the word I was reading during the day. I can even remember having visions and mental pictures of these things taking place. Now, I realize that it was the Holy Spirit giving me comfort and letting me know not to be afraid of what was going on. I remember being terrified at first and not even wanting to go to sleep at night, until I received that revelation of what was happening.

I realize this may be a little hard for some to grasp or understand, because it seems like something you would see in a fictional movie or read in a book. However, during the year of 1997, it was my reality and I was living it every day until all the unclean spirits were uprooted out of me, and I was able to think and function again like normal. Honestly, I started functioning better than normal. Ephesians 6 verse 12 sums it up the best, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

The worst thing you can do is let the devil trick you into believing that he and his demons are not real. However, the good news is that we have complete power over him and all his minions through the name and blood of Jesus. Look at Matthew 10v1. The only power he has over us is that which we allow him to have when we live in the world and not in the spirit. With all the things going on in the world today, the only true way to secure safety and comfort is giving your life totally to God. Admit Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, then seek God diligently and watch what happens. Look at Hebrews 10v6.

My Sunday Funday!

Ever since I started back to work waking up at 4am, my writing has taken a back seat. However I told myself I will not stop writing no matter what. Last weekend, my fiancé and I took a trip to Forest Park, Illinois in order to visit Bill Winston’s church on Sunday. I definitely had a wonderful time. The revelation that God gave him to turn a mall into a church is extraordinary.

The front side is built like a strip mall which houses a multitude of stores including a K-Mart, grocery store, and a buffet style restaurant to name a few. The actual church is built on the backside of the strip mall and is absolutely amazing. You can leave out the church and access the stores through the inside mall. The church also owns a bank and a Christian business school which is all located in the mall. It is one of those things you would just have to see in order to get a true feel for the setup.

The Holy Spirit was definitely guiding our way while there, because as soon as we arrived in Forest Park on Saturday, we went straight to their Christian bookstore located in the mall. While looking around we somehow indulged in conversation with one of the guys who work in the bookstore; the fact that we were from out of town came up in the conversation. He gave us a 15% discount and also told us to make sure we looked for him on Sunday, so he could have us seated.

The church has so many members that Pastor Bill Winston has to preach 3 morning services. The times are 7am, 9am, and 11am with each one running over into the next. We opted to go at 11am, because the 9am service is usually so full that they have an overflow room where you can watch the service on the big screen if you did not make it early enough to get a seat inside. This man would need a stadium built in order to house all the people from all three services. Moreover, we didn’t have to look far for the guy we meet at the book store, and he held true to his word. He had us wait by a side door to the seating area and told one of the ushers to make sure we got good seats. As the 9am service was letting out the usher first led us to seats a couple rows from the front. Then he came back and asked if we wanted to sit in one of the front rows. I don’t know about my fiancé, but I was ecstatic.

I usually watch his 11am service on the internet on the following Monday of each week, and here I was sitting right in one of the front rows with an up close and personal view. I am so thankful for my fiancé suggesting that we go, and what’s so funny is that it had to be the Holy Spirit that put it on her heart because she don’t even listen to him like I do. God was definitely showing me favor through her. I am telling you, my life has been so much more amazing since I have learned the truth about my blessings in the Kingdom of God and the true meaning of walking in Jesus. Next week I will get back to my regular writing, I just had to share my blessing.

Spiritual Awakening!

Wow! I know it seems like forever since I have written anything in my blog, but I have been busy fighting the enemy. Of course good always prevails over evil and the truth will always shame a lie. Here I am again, so obviously I claimed victory no matter how long it took. I can’t wait to fill you in on what went down over the last month.

The same day I went back to correct my last chapter concerning the circle, and attempted to post another article to clear up some things I had said, my internet just stopped working. Now I must admit the way I was receiving my internet wasn’t 100% the best way to receive it, but it was working just fine up to that point. Immediately, I suspected foul play by the enemy, because I knew what I had to say would illuminate some gray area. Moreover, I wanted to look up this pastor named Bill Winston and download some of his sermons off the internet. The enemy definitely did not want this to happen, and I most certainly know why, which I will explain a little later.

I found out about Bill Winston from a good friend and coworker of mine. He and I started driving to Kokomo for work each day, which was about an hour and fifteen minute drive for us. The only thing he listens to is gospel music, so one day he popped in a tape of Bill Winston’s sermon. Yeah, you heard right, and it kind of took me by surprise because I hadn’t even noticed that a tape deck was underneath the CD player until he popped it in. Well, Bill got to preaching and I got to listening and the rest is history. I hadn’t heard anyone preach as well as teach the word like he was doing. Everything he was saying was backed by scripture, and the truth rang out like a tornado warning to my ears and spirit.

I instantly wanted to get my own audio of his sermons except, I needed CD’s of course. The only dilemma was either you had to get them off internet or travel to Chicago and visit his personal Christian bookstore. As soon as the enemy knew I was about to start listening to Bill he tried to stop me, but only slowed me down and made me desire to hear him that much more. After a couple weeks passed by, I attempted to take my laptop to places where I could pick up the internet and pay for mp3 versions of his sermons. I was able to purchase the material from his website, however, every time I tried to download the mp3 material, I ran into some type of problem. After a couple days of being frustrated with my situation, something said why not try the church’s internet.

Sure enough, I was able to successfully download my material and begin listening to what ultimately changed my life. The following week I was able to get my internet back up and running and have been downloading and listening to Bill Winston almost day and night. All I can say is WOW! I can’t wait to start sharing my new spiritual awakening.