How On Earth Did I Get Here?


James H. Willis, III

For 2020, we are doing a 12-month summary of my book. It is filled with unbelievable personal stories of conflict from family fights, divorces, and personal insecurities to living in a tree at 15, homeless. Later, the book recounts how the Lord’s guidance put me on the path of an overcomer! From being unloved, unwanted, and uncared for to healthy, happy, and whole.

I want to tell you about the story, the moment, the appointment, the timing in my life, when I knew God was talking to me and about my next growth step.

The obvious first step is that we must get saved. We must begin with a forgiven life and the cleansing of Christ’s blood. The rest of these Defining Moments, which very well be Divine Appointments, can actually occur in any order that God chooses. But I have chosen to put them in this
order because it shows a logical step-by-step process in our growth to be more like Jesus. We have to all remember that this is a spiritual process and not a rational one. God is in control…or is He?

And we are not…or are we? This brings us to the second step and that’s the topic of surrender.

My so-called mentor was the associate pastor. One Sunday morning, he patted me on the back and said, “Hey boy, don’t you know we have church on Sunday nights?” One evening there was a large praise-and-worship group from Liberty Baptist College in the service. They were singing songs and my heart started to stir inside of me again. In other words, that night, I learned to surrender all to God. I learned to give it all at the altar…everything I wanted to be, and everything I had was surrendered to God. Everything I am is His. I learned that He was my Lord.

I hope, I pray, I beg you with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul that with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can help you understand this one verse. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

When you get my book, you will learn about the 4 Surrendered Life Process of A. W. Tozer.

You also will see the 7 Principles of Surrender that empowers all who choose to follow.

My final thought on this is that with surrender. It’s an ongoing dependence and an intimate relationship with God that helps you grow every day to be more like His Son.

These articles contain an abbreviated version of my stories. The stories will continue next month!!

The stories will continue next month!!!

Warning…Don’t read this book…
…unless you are ready for a Huge Personal Commitment!

Book Cost: $20.00 – Includes tax, shipping and is personally autographed
by the author.

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Also, Jim is available to speak to your church or small group of any kind.

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