How on Earth Did I Get Here?


By 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 had been saved for four to five months when my friend Stephen threw a Bible onto the front seat of my car and told me that needed to read the Bible. On my first “Bible reading night,” I grabbed a couple of beers, turned on my music, plopped down in my beanbag chair and contemplated how in the world I would read this book. I decided I would just open it up, and wherever it fell, I would start from there. It opened to the book of Proverbs, and I began right where I looked, chapter 20, verse #1. “Wine is a mockery and strong drink is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Have you ever been hit in the stomach and not been prepared? I realized that God wanted me to stop drinking. I had been drinking four cases of beer a week for three or four years – and He wanted me to stop! Wait, there’s more….in the book!

The topic we are talking about now is separation. I had learned the night before that God was asking me to separate from my worldly lifestyle. So, let’s talk about the truth to be learned – solitude. The Bible uses the phrase “set apart unto a holy purpose.” For me it was very hard, very obvious, and very uncomfortable.

The point is, that when I let go of all my old ways and old friends, there was definitely a time of loneliness and solitude. But I filled the emptiness with new church friends and new activities. This was the beginning of a new lifestyle in Christ. My world changed for the better. It was the beginning of a lifelong change called transformation. (Romans 12:2)

The concept of unequally yoked is easy to comprehend – it is just hard to do. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

I am a temple of God. God is Holy and He wants us to be holy. (Peter 1:16)
The topic is highly controversial, and I want to be clear that it is also very individualistic. By the way, separation is a two-step process. You separate yourself from sin, and then to God. When you read the book, you’ll find the “5 Things to Help Us Transform.”

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

Warning…Don’t read this book….
…unless you have a Burning Desire to Know and Love Christ more!



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