The false religion Santeria defined John Ramirez, but after years of evil Jesus offered him a new identity.
John Ramirez grew up in the Bronx, where his relatives practiced Santeria. “My father’s side came from a family of witches and warlocks,” says John. “My father was very heavy into Santeria, very heavy into Spiritualism.”
John’s mother was also influenced by Santeria. At his aunt’s suggestion, she took John to a tarot card reading. “The lady said in her cards I had thirty days to do a ceremony or I would be blind. So my mother, as a good mother, didn’t want anything to happen to her son, so we did it. They blindfolded me; they did a bath for me with herbs and they started chanting and calling their five main god/demons from Santeria.”
From that moment, John’s life changed. “My whole personality, everything who I stood for as a young boy was no longer there. I felt like someone took a black blanket and just put it right over me – spiritually. I was answering not only to my mom and my dad, but I was answering to the demons,” John recalls.
John longed for a relationship with his dad, but his father was abusive. “There was no love; there was no compassion. We watched him beat my mother in the house. He came in drunk most of the time–demanding stuff, asking for stuff. If things weren’t done a certain way it was always put down, hurtful words: ‘Dummy! Stupid! You’re going to amount to nothing.’ That kind of stuff,” John recalls. “I would just stand by the door and look and see what he was up to because I was looking to see if there was time for me just to have interaction. Hey, my dad and I did something. But he was connected to the demons; he was connected to Spiritualism.”
The Bible says, Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He is the one who is the source and the basis of our Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ. Its His Word that is the foundation of our Faith. As we rely and believe in His Word, Faith is activated in our Spirit. Faith is released by the Words we speak. The day we accepted Christ into our Heart, Faith was deposited in our heart and He will see to it that this Faith which is initiated in our heart also sees its completion and fulfillment. He is our high Priest now who intercedes for us and completes our Faith. In Him we Trust. Here is another teaching on Jesus the Developer of our Faith by Kenneth Copleand. Watch and Be Blessed!
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The Bible says, Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He is the one who is the source and the basis of our Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ. Its His Word that is the foundation of our Faith. As we rely and believe in His Word, Faith is activated in our Spirit. The day we accepted Christ into our Heart, Faith was deposited in our heart and He will see to it that this Faith which is initiated in our heart also sees its completion and fulfillment. He is our high Priest now who intercedes for us and completes our Faith. In Him we Trust. Here is another teaching on Jesus the Developer of our Faith by Kenneth Copleand. Watch and Be Blessed!
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Christian life is not to be lived by clinging on to certain apparently godly things which gives a purpose to life and run with it. Christian life is meant to be led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14), in continuous relationship with Him and continuously hearing from Him.
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