I have included this
section in my testimony because it describes a very significant event in
my life transformation process. Looking back, it truly marked a major
milestone in my walk with Christ because very soon afterward (as you will
see in the coming sections), He started to take me into spiritual areas
that would later prepare me to be a warrior in the spiritual realm.
In the Fall of 2007, I had started working on a special project involving
a major enterprise system implementation at Applied Materials that
required me to travel almost every week to Santa Clara, California.
During all of my trips to Santa Clara, I always stayed at the Marriott
Residence Inn Sunnyvale Silicon Valley I in Sunnyvale, California.
In fact I stayed there so much that among the staff and management there,
we used to joke that it was my second home.
did come to serve as my second home… a place where I came to experience
weekly retreats. I continued my early morning prayers, always rising at
5:00 AM and spending my quiet time kneeling over the red sofa-sleeper that
adorned every room (there was no closet). Later when I would return from
work in the evenings, I always turned on the radio to a local station that
played bible teachings from the Calvary Satellite Network (CSN Radio).
CSN Radio was playing at 24 hours a day in my room except when I would
turn the volume down at 5:00 AM during my prayer. I even left it playing
when I left for work in hopes that it might be heard by the hotel workers
during the day when they visited my room. One thing to note… I don’t
think I ever tested a television in those rooms to see if it even worked.
A Special Prayer of
Early one morning during the week of January 9, 2008 in my 5:00 AM prayer
on the red sofa, I had another significant and memorable event. After
starting out my prayers with my praises, adorations, and some requests,
the Spirit of the LORD came upon me in a very powerful way. I gave the
most valuable thing that I possess as an earnest and heartfelt offering.
There in the early
morning darkness of that room, I stood up from kneeling before that sofa,
reached up my open hands, lifted up tear-filled eyes, and with a loud
sobbing voice cried out as I stood before my LORD. I told Him that I
wanted to give Him everything… my life, my possessions, my family, my
career, my future. I told Him that I didn’t want to hold ANYTHING back,
that I was pushing it all in, my all-in-all as a sacrifice for Him there
on His altar. I told Him that from there on out, I wanted to live
everyday, every moment only for Him.
been but a few times when I have experienced so strong and powerfully the
presence of the Holy Spirit. This morning was one of them. From this day
forward, God began to accelerate my spiritual walk and development and
soon took me into battle.
In many ways,
this event marked an even further deepening of my walk with Christ. My
old life became of no consequence to me and the things that used to
attract my attention (like television or most types of secular
entertainment) offered no appeal to my senses. My hunger for the things
of God and His kingdom began to grow exponentially and in the coming
months would lead to me praying to my LORD to take me away and let me
dedicate all of my life and passions to His Kingdom (see the section
titled Passion for Ministry).