Editor’s Note: Click on this YouTube video to hear Gerardo share his faith story in his native Spanish language with English subtitles.
I’ll start with a story of faith in God. These days are difficult, and thanks for the invitation to share my faith with you: the faith each one has, the faith that motivates us to move on with the ones that are here.
We know the Why I Love Jesus ministry is reaching far. We know people need God. That’s why I’m here today sharing with you my testimony. Day after day, things are hard, things are bad. That’s why it is important to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
My family is from Reynosa, Tamaulipas. We are now living in Houston, Texas. But I am here working in Delaware building a solar farm. This opportunity is not a coincidence, but a part of God’s plan, so that my testimony gets where it is supposed to get.
God moves through many means, like this one, here. We know this testimony will reach people who need to know about God, to know about life, how God makes changes on you, how God transforms you.
The word of God says that with faith like a mustard seed we might change any difficulty that arises in our lives. Sometimes people wake up and look at a puddle of water and think it is terribly deep. They wouldn’t want to go through it. And that’s what people lack, they lack faith in Jesus, faith of having the Lord in their hearts.
If you are listening to this message, it is high time that you embrace the Lord; embrace His presence. We’ve got a handbook that’s the Bible, and there we find all the instructions we need to know in life.
We are carrying this message which needs to be announced all around the world. The word of God says the end will come, but we don’t know when the end will take place. Many “Christs” have come to mislead the world. Many “Christs” have claimed they are the Messiah. People believed them, they bought those lies. They have fallen into the enemy’s trap.
That’s the reason why I am sharing this faith with you, this faith that’s important to be shared across the world. In Houston, Texas we have a radio program called, “A Light in the Darkness.” Every Tuesday we are on Radio Aleluya, sharing through the radio, by means of the sound waves, sharing the word of God. We are telling the whole world the coming of Christ is imminent. It is going to happen in the blink of an eye. We’re going to be taken away, and we’ll be in the presence of God.
If you are listening to this message, it is high time that you embrace the Lord; embrace His presence. We’ve got a handbook that’s the Bible, and there we find all the instructions we need to know in life. Just like every product comes with a manual.
God has left us the word of God. That’s the handbook. Sometimes people are confused, people don’t know how to lead their own way. But all the answers are there for what we need day after day.
Sometimes, people make mistakes, people want to do things their own way, but it does not work that way. So here comes the handbook. Sometimes it’s hard to follow the manual to the letter, step by step. We know we are human beings, we are prone to make mistakes, but we do need to continue to believe more in Jesus, to believe in the Lord and in His word.
We see a lot of people with their cars in excellent working condition, one hundred percent, why? Because they do exactly what the manual indicates: oil changes, spark plugs, maintenance, regular care. So the car may have 200,000 or 300,000 miles, but it keeps running like clockwork.
That’s what is sometimes missing among us. What we lack is to have God in our hearts and do as His word commands. This is my faith: I believe in Jesus Christ. So let’s make this an invitation. Let’s hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.
There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it’s cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It’s something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.
There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I’ve got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.
This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.
Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that’s something that’s coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.
Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.
I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.
There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.
So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.
And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don’t wake up tomorrow; we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
This is the moment for you to say, “Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I’ve failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life.”
Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.
At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we’re in heaven.
So let’s make this an invitation. Let’s hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.
My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.
So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.
When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.
In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.
So, this is an invitation, whether you’re a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don’t wait until tomorrow and say, “No, I’d better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I’ve still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I’m older, I’ll see whether I change.” But we don’t know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.
I’ve had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that’s what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn’t, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God’s forgiveness.
Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn’t take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.
I mean, we don’t know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn’t have the opportunity of begging God’s forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.
That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That’s my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.
People get lost, people haven’t wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.
Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.
Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I’ve been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We’re the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let’s move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.
More Faith Stories
I remember being in church and going up to the altar and crying. I was so tired of the life I was living. I needed help. I felt a sense of peace at that time and knew that if this Jesus thing can work for some of these other guys, then it can definitely work for me.
I said to myself, “Why should anyone envy me and want to be in my shoes?”
God has led me to amazing places in my life, so let me explain how God led me from South Carolina to Kenya.
We built the first church with great difficulty. We went back to the States and the board asked us to become mission staff with the Outreach Foundation. That was 25 years ago, just about, and we’ve gotten more involved with Kenya as days and years went on.
I am a chef by profession. I’m happy because I do what I love. Now I work at Villadise Tours and Safaris, where I meet so many different people coming from far. Being helpful is just a blessing to other people.
Then God started tugging on my heart. There was a church sermon series that was about taking your God-given dream off the shelf. I was like, “I don’t know what my dream is. God, if you have a dream for me you’re going to have to tell me what it is.”