I finally got into a Christian Rehab, a place of safety where I found my Saviour Jesus the Messiah. It was here that I learned about His love for me and how He died to set me free. I remember the day I asked Him to come live in my heart as if it was yesterday. My life was forever changed and I never looked back. Never again did I pick up a cigarette or ever return to drugs. I was changed but I still walked a long road to learn about His grace for me and about His father heart. Recovering from the wound of fatherlessness takes time and it has taken me years to go there with God and to allow Him to access that place and bring healing, I am still learning.
Yet in all this, my problems were not yet over. Due to my previous lifestyle choices, I had many criminal convictions and warrants of arrest still hanging over my head. I remember how I prayed and asked the Father to help me to know what to do and how to go about getting things resolved. I remember speaking to the pastor of the rehabilitation centre and how we should pray about it, yet he said we should wait before we did anything else.
One Friday afternoon the police finally arrived at the centre with a warrant for my arrest. I was scared, yet I had peace at the same time. I remember going in to the holding cells and knowing that it was okay, God was with me. I knew that I was saved, yet I had to face the magistrate knowing that I was guilty of the things I had done. I remember praying and asking Jesus to save me from the hell of prison, if it was His will. The grace of Jesus is something that we will never truly understand. I came to know the meaning of having faith that day like I have never before. Every single charge that was issued against me was dropped and my slate was clean, it was a miracle, everyone knew it and I was given a new life and a second chance.
Two years later after completing my program and serving as a staff member helping other drug addicts, I felt God call me to bible school to become a pastor and teach people about His amazing grace. It was there in my first year as a seminary student, where I met my wife. A woman who loved God and radiated His beauty.
Today together with her, we serve the body of Messiah as ministers of reconciliation. I have come to see the power and love of the Father in ways that I cannot explain. He saved my life and set me free from the bad choices I had made. There is hope for you too, if you are willing to admit you have a problem and need help. Being an ex -addict and a criminal, as well as a gangster in prison, was not enough to separate me from the Love of Jesus, nothing can and I know that there is no freedom without Him.
You might say that is your opinion but no friend, it’s a fact. I have seen it all and I know that once you go down the road of heroin abuse, there is no return. Jesus restores every part of your life if you will let him and I pray that whatever you are facing today, that you will know how much God loves you, how He died for you and how nothing can ever separate you from His deep love, nothing.
Listen to Yosef’s full testimony here and hear just how powerful our God is: