Douglas Watts Ministries

 

 

 

 

Invitation

Hello friends! Again, welcome to Douglas Watts Ministries. This website is very simply my declaration of the power of God, and provides my testimonial evidence that God is a living God, and that he is still in the miracle working business. Chances are that you received this invitation from me personally as I was handing out tracts that reference this website and I thank you for taking this necessary step in your faith towards becoming even more convinced that God is more than a match for this present Godless world. Hopefully, this website will provide for you clear and unmistakable evidence that the only reason for my existence, and yours, today is by the grace of God. And, for us to continue to function in our "right" minds is nothing short of a miracle. I have come to realize that there has been, since I was a small child, a very powerful force acting against my life, threatening to destroy me more times than I can mention, and creating barriers that would make my life absolutely unbearable and worthless for advancing the Kingdom of God. Many times I have considered suicide, or turning my back on God's purpose for my life during these times because of the intense pressures acting against me. However, through it all, God kept me, and brought me through, sustaining my body, mind, and spirit in the process.


You might say I was like the burning bush that Moses saw (Ex 3:2-4), and although I was completely engulfed within the raging fires that fueled my addiction and sustained my temporary insanity, I was not consumed by it. Just the simple fact that I had received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, though I was not walking with him, was enough for me to be precious in God's sight, to find favor with him, and for him to delight in me above any other people. Although I went through  a lot of things (Isaiah43:1-7) that should have destroyed me while I was yet in the midst of my sin, God was with me, and I was brought through it all by his grace and mercy.  I'm sure some of you probably feel this same way because of the present economic conditions that seem to be acting against you, threatening to tear you - and your family - apart. It may have placed doubt in your mind about whether God even exists at all, or if he cares about you and your family's wellbeing. You may have considered suicide, or abandoning your family as the only "reasonable" options. Some of you may even be looking to relieve these pressures with substitutes that in themselves will create far greater problems for you than the ones that "appear" now to be life-threatening, overwhelming you with anxiety and doubt.

However, I plead with you to hold on to yourself long enough to read what God has blessed me to share with you. See for yourself how God has demonstrated both his love and protection for this previously tortured soul and given him something that would stand the test of time, including these times. I encourage you to take freely from everything I am presenting here for yourselves, or for those in need. I happen to know that God did not save me from everything he saved me from just so I could eat another hamburger or buy another pair of sneakers. No, he saved me because he knew that you would need to hear what I have to share with you. He had a reason for what he did, and that reason cannot be fulfilled without you. The very fact that you are reading this message comprises two of the greatest miracles ever performed in the history of mankind because I was not supposed to be here to write it, and you were never intended to read it. I'll bet you can think of plenty of reasons which might have prevented you from ever coming to this website. That's the power of God over the puny efforts of circumstances to separate you from him. You have just experienced for yourself this awesome power. God himself saw fit for you to gaze upon this website in spite of the astronomical odds against it ever happening. Your reading of this message is not a coincidence, and was a necessary part of God's will for your life, and mine. Now, permit me to use this website to show you even more jaw-dropping and eye-popping demonstrations of God's power. Now that you are here, the question you must ask yourself is this: Can I afford to not know what's contained within the contents of this website that could very possibly give me revelation into God's purpose for my own life?

Since you have decided in favor of continuing to read this invitation, please allow me to continue to persuade you that your choice is the only logical one. Please be patient with me because I have so much to say to you my friends, but so little time to say it and hopefully you will not be disappointed with the content here. But if you are, come back after awhile because it will prove to be a constantly evolving website that reflects my present point of view of things and may even challenge some of my more recent ones, should I continue to evolve in my knowledge of God and my understanding of the world around me.  First, let me say that I am not an ordained minister, nor have I ever had any formal theological training. This website is an extension of my relationship with God, and provides my testimonial witness to all who visit this site. As Christians, we are all ministers of the Word, and are called to fulfill the great commission: And he said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)

This website is very simply my attempt to tell you about the Lord Jesus Christ, and what Jesus has done for me in spite of my attempts to contend with him. I have adopted this website approach because of its global reach, and because of the time constraints associated with speaking to people in person.

 

 

I need, and want to tell you so much but there really isn't enough time during a typical brief in-person encounter, unless that is, you are my captive audience. Using this website approach, I am able to say all the things I want, and need, to tell you without holding you captive no longer than the time you decide to spend with me during your visit. Hopefully this website will compel you to visit often enough to read its entire content. But then maybe you will only require a very brief encounter to get what you need to get. It depends on you. Be advised that my narrative approach, and consequently the content posted on this site, is subject to change, just as if I were speaking to you in person. Speaking about the wonders of Christ is a very dynamic practice, and tends to change as we are lead by his Spirit. Suffice it to say that the true author of this website is indeed his Spirit, and I am only the instrument used. This website's objective is very ambitious, and shall boldly endeavor to illustrate through the written word a demonstration of the awesome power of God to comfort, protect, encourage, strengthen, prosper, and deliver. Particular note is directed to the passage below and will serve as the foundation for the hope this website will stand upon.


"Whenever the gospel [of Jesus Christ] is effectual, it comes not in word only, but also in power, by the Holy Spirit, quickening dead sinners, delivering persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, renewing them both inwardly and outwardly, and comforting, strengthening, and establishing the saints, which cannot be done by the persuasive language of men, but by the power of God."—Matthew Henry Concise

Persuasion is man's means of moving his fellow man. God's means is demonstration, leaving no doubt, and inspiring implicit faith by the powerful working of the Spirit exhibited both outwardly by miracles, and inwardly by working on the heart, (ref Mt 7:29 Ac 6:10 Heb 4:12;Ro 15:19). The same simple power accompanies divine truth, producing certain persuasion and conversion when his Spirit demonstrates by it. My life has been a very challenging one and I have had my share of bumps and bruises, pains and sorrows, and ups and downs. For a long time I thought I walked this world alone, but then I met someone who would change that. I have something that I want to say to you but not in one sentence or paragraph. What I have to say to you can best be said through a constant diet of the entire contents of this website. Not that you have to exactly devour the contents in one sitting or two, but you will certainly want to revisit it at regular intervals until you have gotten what I am certain that you will get from reading it, and meditating on it for yourselves.

However, I would be remiss if I did not also try to fulfill God's exhortation (
Eze. 3:18-21)(Acts 18:6)(2Tim 2:25) to you regarding our fallen nature. The following passage should help to make this clear:

We are not only to encourage and comfort those who appear to be righteous, but they are to be warned, for many have grown high-minded and secure, have fallen, and even died in their sins. Surely then the hearers of the gospel should desire warnings, and even reproofs.—Matthew Henry Concise

It is my hope that you will not only enjoy reading the content here but that you are also able to empathize with the range of topics that span a vast spectrum of human experience. Some of them will make you laugh and some will make you cry. They will exalt you to the clouds of high hopes and then plunge you into the dark abyss of despair. Yes, my friends, you should definitely experience this website because in many ways it is about you. After all, it was written for you, and not for me only. You could say that it is about us. I like to think of it as being my gift to you. Yes, my gift to humankind, to the world. When I think about how much I owe to so many, I can’t help but think of this website as a partial payment for a debt long past due. This is my attempt to make such payment and it is my prayer that it will be received graciously.  The main focus of the website is my story, and should become the starting point for reading after you have found out a little about me. This way you will find out why my website is here in the first place. Alternatively, you might want to read through some of my writings to get some additional feel for this website's demonstration of God's power.

 

 

I have included photos of me to give you a glimpse of my world and some of the things I have been involved in. Whatever way you choose to go about it, I’m sure that the journey will be well worth it. The rest of the website is for your information and is simply me wanting to share myself with you. A contact page will be provided for the purpose of hearing from you regarding how effective this website is in reaching you and accomplishing its purpose. I will be relying heavily on your input for ways to make this website more effective, and more accessible. The major way this website will be promoted is going to depend on a partnership between us. I will continue handing out tracts that point the way to this site. However, should you find that this website is worthy of sharing with others, it is my hope that God's grace will be with you. I welcome any other promotional methods suggested by you. Again, welcome my friends, and do take the time to look around. I'm sure you won’t regret it.

As for the material posted here that’s written by me, I would like to gladly extend unlimited downloads of it in accordance to copyright and downloading restrictions. This should be readily apparent but all the material can be downloaded for private reading; only its dissimulation has certain restrictions. You should also be informed that this website's layout and content will evolve in stages and will never reach a conclusion until I cease to exist in this world. This dynamic website is temporary at best until I finish designing a much more elaborate and fancier one. This may take some time to complete but will be an ongoing project for me. I shall endeavor to expedite it with all speed but I will not set any deadlines for any of the various stages. However, please bear with me because web design and development is a relatively new technology for me and the learning curve may prove to be quite challenging. Another area I ask for your patience is with the proper editing of the material embedded here since I along will be doing both the designing and the editing. I don’t have to tell you how difficult it is to edit one’s own writings but I will give this matter considerable attention and try to get someone else to edit it for me if possible.  

Why I created this website.

 

It is my prayer that this website will either plant a seed of God's spirit or water the withered spirit in desperate need of refreshing. God will give the increase. Here are two trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1Tim 1:15,16

 

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.        Luke 22:31-32 (KJV)

 

These are the words of St. Paul the apostle but they are personal to me, and quite possibly to you, or could be. Although this site certainly welcomes those people who have not yet received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, it is especially directed at those individuals who are struggling with God to find a way out of the emptiness and hopelessness of drugs, alcohol, pride, and other addictions that are making their lives unfulfilled, and a living hell. I can't say that I have been totally obedient to the word of God over the years since I first started to walk with Him but I know that God is faithful in spite of my weaknesses, and if I boast in my weakness I will find strength through Christ to overcome them because when I am weak God is strong, and His strength is made perfect in my weakness (ref 2cor 12:9). Neither can I say that I don't struggle with the temptations that once made my life a living hell. What I can say is that now I have a friend in Jesus who helps me through my weaknesses and short-comings, and my natural inclination to struggle with God's purpose for my life. God is still molding me and shaping me into Jesus Christ's character and, needless to say, that takes time with me but I am learning to surrender more of myself so that the breaking and crushing of my will doesn't cause me so much pain.

It is my sincere desire and prayer that by knowing a little about me and my struggles you will gain knowledge and revelation about the Lord Jesus, and an understanding about the struggles of your own. Back in February of 2004 I chronicled a 40 day journal that ended just a couple of weeks before the Lord blessed me with a timely employment opportunity. The journal was a companion exercise for reading The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren. I started to write the journal in the midst of one of the most faith-challenging periods of my life, literally from the floor of a homeless shelter (photo). Because of my rebellion towards God I had lost my job, my place of residence, had my red 1997 Mazda Miata convertible stolen, had my unemployment benefits cancelled, had been locked up in the county jail 3 weeks for mistaken identity, had all my personal belongings tossed into the dumpster, and found myself homeless living in the streets of Seattle with barely anything but the clothes on my back. In short, my whole world seemed to crumble down all around me like a house of cards. As Job would say, "For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me ..." And like Job, as a result of my pride, I deeply dreaded losing the small social status I had acquired, and didn't know if I could start back over again with nothing, or whether I even wanted to. All this happened over a matter of weeks, if not days. I was at my wit's end and I felt my hope was lost. My faith was being sorely tested and I didn't know if I was up to the task of holding on. I do know that I had to trust God - whatever! Completely! Period!

I soon found out that because of the way I had been trying to live, God's hand was against me, and that I would have to turn from my wicked ways if I wanted to regain His favor. Although I had been an active member in the church, I thought I could continue to live like the unsaved and worship other "gods". But God is a jealous God and took issue with my behavior just like He did with the children of Israel (see Det 9:1-29) I didn't have Moses to intercede for me but I did have Jesus (see Heb 7:24-25). Although Job wasn't guilty of my sins, nevertheless, the below scripture was quite relevant in my life at the time. "He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. Job 19:8-11 (KJV)

 

The journal chronicles the state of my mind, faith, and my struggles to understand what was happening to me, and why. It reflects my attempts to earnestly search my soul and come to terms with the person that I evolved from, in hopes that knowing my history would help me to put my present in perspective. This coming to terms with the person I evolved from enabled me to receive revelation from God with writing my story mentioned above, and consequently, to create this website based on my S.H.A.P.E. (S.H.A.P.E is taken from The Purpose Driven Life) My reflections also helped to root out most of the things in me that were not of God, and to incorporate new things that were of God regardless of how painful, humiliating, or uncomfortable they seemed to be. The scripture below expresses the hope I stood on during my trials.

" ... behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost ... can these bones live? O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet ..." ezekiel 37:3,4,5,10,11.

 

Granted, the author may be speaking figuratively but God is indeed able to breath new life into us. If God can do this with dry bones, just think what He can do for us. God breathed life into my dry bones and I lived, stood upon my feet, climbed up out of the pit of hopelessness and despair, and gave Him all the glory! Friends, God will do the same for you if you submit to Him, obey Him, and trust Him. I cannot begin to tell you the extent of God's favor and blessings I received after I had gone through, and then come out of this wilderness. God is an on-time God and He brought me through it, and out of it just like He said He would. Just as He has done time and time again. I would not give anything for this experience regardless or how emotionally painful, perplexing, and humiliating it was. After it was over the Lord blessed me to get back up on my feet again and I came forth as pure gold, singing and praising the Lord all the way. 

 

I also owe a great deal to my friends for their invaluable spiritual support during this time of crisis in my life. Unfortunately, as Job would say, "Men at ease have contempt for misfortune, as the fate of those whose feet are slipping." Job 12:5. Because of my trials, I was disappointed by the reaction of some whom I sought out for comfort. No, I wasn't perfect, and I had not been living right but I was a child of God and had been an active member of the church and thought I at least deserved their mercy. However, I turned from my wicked ways and trusted God to bring me through, and He did. Click here to read my 40 day Journal. As I was going through this challenging time of totally trusting God, I imagined it as being similar to walking on water. I felt this an appropriate analogy because, like Peter, I had to keep my mind off of the tempestuous nature of my trials and tribulations and stand firmly and confidently on my faith, with my eyes stayed on Jesus. I'm sure it will be a blessing for your life. The battle is not ours but the Lord's, and we need to be still, stand firm, and know that He is Lord. We must trust Him to be the answer to our every need; the author and finisher of our faith.

I am now living back in my birthplace of Atlanta, GA. I am a proud "Grady baby" and seek out opportunities to meet other Grady babies. I attend church at Elizabeth Baptist Church and have plans on becoming an active member. Remember, whoever you are, whatever you are, Jesus is the answer! Look around you for signs of His unmistakable presence and know that He is watching over you, and is beckoning you to come to Him. "He is patient with [us], not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. God does this so that we will seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28 niv. For those of us that have witnessed the Lord work miracles in our lives, and through our ignorance or disobedience have failed to heed His call, God's word says the following: "You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to me ..." amos 4:11 niv. I pray that my personal story will be just the thing to get you to stop and think, and then take hold of God's unchanging hand ... and never let go! "Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing ..." Joel 2:13 niv.

I encourage you to pray the following prayer so that you too may know the hope to which you have been called:

 "Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you will give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation, and that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me." (ref Eph 1:17,18).

 

My friend, if you have not asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and become your personal Lord and Savior please take this moment to do so. "That if you confess with your mouth, " Jesus is Lord, " and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." {Rom 10:10-11 NIV}

 I ask you to please take this time to pray aloud to the Lord the following prayer:

"Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the son of God. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins. I believe that you raised from the dead, and you are coming back for me. And, because I believe this I am saved."

If you have just prayed this prayer, please contact me and let me rejoice along with you, and formally welcome you into the body of Christ. If given your permission I will also post your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior on this website.

 

If you represent a religious organization, or would like to invite me to your establishment for a free speaking engagement, click here and complete the registration form. I call upon all my friends to help me to fulfill God's purpose for my life in sharing my testimonials with the world. Let's stump on the devil's head and defeat him with the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!

 

And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and the word of their testimony ... Revelation 12:11

 

 

 

God bless you richly!