THE DAY OF MY BIRTH
Since the day I was born, when the Lord brought me forth from my mother’s womb into this world, I have continuously been at war with the evil spirits of darkness. I know the nature of my enemy concerning my birth through the details of what my mother told me, “On the day I brought you forth, there was an unexplained fire in the hospital, and the Fire Department had to take us out.”
I now realize that the enemy of my soul, was not happy about my birth. After that, I found myself suffering through obstacles of demonic influence. I struggled with sleeplessness, dizziness and threatening dreams whenever I would lie down on the bed. In addition to that, I cried from unexplained pain in my body every night. I agree with what King David said “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5.
That is what we are, that is what we inherited.
My parents, Constantine and Maria, were simple people and could not explain what was happening to me, so they brought me to the local doctors. All my father’s salary went to doctors and pills, but they could never diagnose the problems. Later on, when my parents began to talk to me, I found myself unable to talk, I was a stutterer.
This resulted in me growing up as a child who became shy and rejected.
My grandfather John was a priest in a small village a few miles outside of the city of Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia) working in an Orthodox Church.
He brought me to his church as a child, to be a little helper to him, but the problem remained the same, without solution.
As a child, I had always known in my heart, that something good would happen to me later and that I would not pass away in that same condition, so I always waited for God’s intervention in my life.
Then one day, Heavenly thoughts came into my heart that I must quickly go out of this religion to seek the presence of the Living God. I now know, as a servant of God, that faith sees the invisible.
I left the Church and went to the bottom of Mount Paikon and found a quiet place where I started to pray, believing that He who created me has an ear to hear and eyes to see me. I said, “I am here God because I am a little boy who has problems without solutions and I need help.”
Then, all of a sudden, a Supernatural power came upon me that cannot be explained by the human mind.
I was not able to control my mouth and I began to speak in Unknown Tongues for two hours with songs of worship that I had never sung before.
I was not able to understand what happened to me but I was sure in my heart that it came from Heaven because I was feeling beautiful and peaceful.
After that, I jumped up and ran to tell my parents what happened to me, but they were surprised because they didn’t have an explanation, yet they knew that my behavior changed. My mouth spoke very civil, not like before.
I spoke perfectly, without any stuttering problems.
Also, I found myself able to sleep and rest without any demonic influences threatening my life.
I felt light, free, and without any burden or guilt in my heart. I now know that salvation is the new life in the soul.
Sometimes, the good things don’t last long because everything goes to the Lord tempted and tested.
That happened to me.
Unfortunately, the enemy of my soul came and showed me the negative things of the world as if they were beautiful. It was a big mistake to believe his lie.
I got involved with the wrong people, doing wrong things.
This is the reason why evil spirits returned and my problems multiplied.
Voices came in my ear and told me that it would be better for me to kill myself in a local river and be released from my troubles.
At that time, I was twenty-eight years old, working in Germany as a professional furrier in my workshop, but without prosperity. The first peace of my heart left and I was unable to sleep. All my blessings were gone and I thought that I have to do something.
At that moment, great thoughts came into my mind to remind me of how blessed I was as a young boy when the Lord came in my heart to save me.
RESTORATION IN CHRIST JESUS
That is when I realized that it was my mistake to run away from God, thinking I could have a good life without Him.
So, I lifted my eyes to God and opened my heart and tears filled my eyes. I started to confess all the negative of my past, without keeping any offense in my heart.
I said to the Lord, “God, give me another chance.”
That decision I made, to repent, determined who I am now.
Feeling weary from my past, I went to my apartment and slept straight from Friday evening to Monday morning.
I woke up because I had a strong dream.
I saw myself in my country and a voice telling me, “Prepare yourself, take your car and go back to your country and I will visit you there to give you a new direction.”
MY PAST IS OVER
Once I returned to Greece I asked the Lord to provide for me a small apartment with only a little table, a chair and a bed. Soon after, a Christian woman approached me and offered me enough money to rent a small apartment with a little table, a chair and a bed, just what I had asked for.
I was so excited and learned from that experience that when the Lord sends, He provides and protects.
During those days of my new life in Greece, I was on my bed resting and thinking about my future.
All of a sudden, I saw with my own eyes (Open Vision) that the ceiling of my room was moving and I was able to see the Heaven and through the Heaven I saw a Man, full of Glory and power and love upon His face. I was thinking that I had never seen anything like this in my life.
He was far away and came closer and closer upon me, until He spoke in my heart and told me, “John, look at My hands, these are the signs from the Cross of Calvary showing that I passed away for you to have life today. You are My chosen vessel from your mother’s womb and I want to use you for My glory to travel all over the world as My servant to bring the Good News on the Earth that I am the only Living God and Savior.”
Then I saw that He was carrying a Book, and the book had a name, ‘The Word of God’ and He gave it to me and said, “Read it and do it and I shall be with you forever.”
The Holy Spirit gave me time to read the Holy Bible, and my mind was very open and I understood things like never before, not just seeing Jesus as a historical Man.
Living close to God, I found that the trials and tribulations I began to face from religious people only made me stronger and more rooted, giving me purpose in my life. Then I came to see, as one who had been part of the rejected, that the Lord was promoting me from the level of salvation to another level of Spirituality called “Born Again Christian”, where I found myself waiting for the Lord’s guidance to show me how to work for Him as a servant, which I did.
I started preaching the Gospel in my city, telling the people to repent and confess that Jesus is the Living God and that He is going to coming soon on the Earth.
A few months later, the fruits of this action came as the Lord provided people around me who received and I gathered them in my house. That was my first group of believers. The characteristic of this first Church was love, as they were singing together and praying together. Soon after, the whole city and the surrounding area were under great revival and people spoke of how something new had happened at this time.
As we await the return of Christ, we need to remember that we are disciples of Christ and the Holy Spirit is our teacher.
“All your sons will be taught of the Lord; And the well-being of your sons will be great.” Isaiah 54:13
IN THE OPERATING ROOM
During that time, the Holy Spirit also worked in me to bring me to another level of wisdom and knowledge, seeing that I needed help to be a better leader. Then I had a dream, a very beautiful and teachable dream. I saw a surgeon who told me, “John, I want to invite you to the operating room with me. I have to do open-heart surgery.”
I went to the operating room where he started performing surgery on the patient. When I was in the operating room, I saw a bodily man covered with a white sheet, waiting for the doctor to operate on his heart.
Watching the surgeon carefully doing his work, I saw that the patient looked like me. I took permission from the doctor to lift the cover and see the man’s face, I was very surprised and said to the doctor, “It is me.” The doctor told me, “You diagnosed perfectly. I have to do surgery to take out all the negative from your past that dwells in your heart. Then I will refresh your heart with fresh water and I will close it up and give it back to you.”
“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.” Ezekiel 11: 19-20
THE DECISION YOU MAKE DETERMINES WHO YOU ARE TODAY
I want to encourage you with these words. “It doesn’t matter what level you find yourself in, there’s always another level to reach for. Nothing happens for nothing in your life, everything serves a purpose.”
During those days when I was reading the Bible to become more teachable, I saw that Jesus had a big group of five hundred disciples.
Then I saw that there was another group of seventy apostles (Luke 10:19) who received a mission from the Lord to go out with authority into the nation of Israel to pray, to heal and to cast out demons.
There was also a smaller group of the twelve apostles. The difference was that Jesus was among them and each one had a name. Jesus spent three and a half years with them and then gave them a great commission to go all over the world to preach the Word of God with miracles, signs and wonders. (Mark 16: 15-18)
I also saw an even smaller group, different from the others. In this group were three apostles, Peter, James and John. They witnessed Jesus on the Mountain of Transfiguration in a different form, full of glory and light speaking with Elijah and Moses, two great leaders from the past. The three apostles were very surprised. I found that the disciples were not ready to understand Jesus in that different level of spiritually. Peter made the mistake by saying to the Lord that they have to make tents. My opinion is if you are to be in God’s presence, then He has to speak and we have to listen.
I was thinking, as I read the Bible, that the Lord inspired me to see that in the beginning of my life with the Lord I was among the five hundred who rejoiced in finding their new life in the soul, carrying my Bible and testifying what the Lord had done in my life, and rejoicing because my name was written in the Book of Life. (Luke 10:20)
Then I found myself hungry to move myself to the smaller group of seventy, as an apostle sent to go in my country, from city to city, to testify what the Lord has done in my life and pray for those in need. And because He knows the desire of my heart, He moved me there and I was rejoicing in my new promotion. It was a good time with new experiences, but then I found myself still hungry for more, believing that God had something more for me in the future. The Holy Spirit moved my heart to pray to the Lord and ask Him to move me to the group of twelve because I saw that they carry their own names, they were more effective servants of God and the difference was that their Master spent time among them, to give them experience, to feed them, to teach them and in the end, He gave them the Great Commission to travel all over the world with miracles, signs and wonders. Then I received a message, “Yes, My son, this is your call to be an apostle to many nations. Love your local brothers, pray for them and leave them. I am sending you to the nations, as I did to my twelve apostles. But you must know that you will have to sacrifice many things to live in My circle. Sometimes, you must deny yourself in order to come to me with covenant to serve Me with all your mind, heart, soul and spirit. Do not worry that the people reject you, they already rejected Me. Trials, tribulations, and persecution shall be part of your life. “
I agree with Apostle Paul, when he said,
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
READ THE STORY OF JOSEPH
As a leader of God, when I read the story of Joseph (Genesis 37 – 40) I realized that it was very helpful to me because I saw how I faced similar trials and tribulations as Joseph did. This great man of God faced uncommon challenges for thirteen years without complaining and murmuring. He stayed cool and calm knowing that it was not his real value.
He didn’t jump into the dry pit to kill himself, somebody pushed him into it.
Later on, when the spirit of temptation came to him through Potiphar’s wife, he overcame. Joseph believed there would be a new promotion from God in order to fulfill the purpose of his life. Even while he was in the prison, the Anointing continued to work for him, as Joseph served the Lord by explaining dreams and serving the people,
believing that there was something far more important than the present situation. Then I learned that when God leads you into the place of battle, you will find and defeat your enemies.
Joseph did not focus on where he was- in the dry pit, slavery or imprisonment.
The time came when the king saw in Joseph a man of excellence who had the wisdom of God. Afterwards, the king gave Joseph the ring to be the ruler of all of Egypt and to save his whole family. I say to you my dear souls, when God unravels His plans for your life, He designs events that cannot be changed.
PREPARATION FOR MISSION TO USA
In the year 1997, the Word of God came to me and told me that He had a new mission for me far away in a big country and that I had to prepare myself to go there. I went very skeptical in the beginning, my heart was not ready to leave my house, my family and my country. I had been living totally by faith. The Lord encouraged me by saying, “I will be with you and provide for you.” When my mother saw that I was leaving, she told me that she had been saving some money and she gave it to me.
I had no American passport or Visa at that time, but I knew that if the Lord sent me, I had to go. I went to the United States Embassy in Athens and was surprised when the person interviewing me asked me if I had money. I told him that I had some money, but was going in faith, believing that the Lord would provide for me through unusual springs. He smiled with compassion and love and asked me, “What will you do in my country?” I told him, “The Lord sent me there to preach the Gospel. That is the reason why I am here now.” I was surprised with his answer, “Praise the Lord, my brother, I am a Born Again Christian. Come back in three days and pick up your Visa for ten years.”. It was unbelievable.
THE ROTTEN GARDEN
I was already in the USA to fulfill the purpose of my mission, preaching the Word of God through the doors that God opened for me. I realized that in the beginning, I was not so happy because I found that leaders were under the spirit of showman, teaching traditions of man, preaching prosperity and that His presence was missing from many meetings. Yes, they followed Jesus, but denied His miracles. When the Holy Spirits saw that I was skeptical about how to be successful in my mission, I had a great dream.
I saw a garden far away with a fence around it. The Holy Spirit told me, “Go there, I want to show you something about that garden.” It was beautiful, full of big watermelons, pumpkins, cucumbers and other vegetables that looked so delicious. I smiled as a leader of God, thinking the Holy Spirit was showing me that the Lord had sent me to work in a beautiful spiritual area. But, as I started to approach the garden slowly, I noticed that parts of the fence had fallen down. When I went into the garden, the same voice came to my ear and told me, “Pick up this watermelon and turn it upside down.” When I picked it up, it was rotten and decayed, full of bugs. Then I went over to the cucumbers, they too were all rotten. Then I went to one of the pumpkins, yes, it was big, but when I turned it over, it was all rotten. One by one, I was surprised to see the whole garden was not as beautiful as it looked. The Lord told me, “I brought you to this country to work with me as a servant, to heal and deliver those who are not this rotten, but are fixable, work with them.”
After I saw the vision of the garden, the Lord encouraged me with the words of Jeremiah,
“Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.” Jeremiah 1:17
INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
After being in the USA for twenty years serving the Lord of Miracles in the Prayer Line of Liberty in USA, I received this message, “God is expanding you, but it won’t come by the way you expect it. It will come through the seeds you have nurtured. You will reap a great harvest, not a blighted harvest. Continue to do what you are doing, take care of My wounded souls and help those who are in need, new things will spring forth.”
Your assertion remains suspicious, until confirmed by real situations (that is trials or temptations).
A real servant of God is someone who does not worry when trials, tribulations and attacks come, but one who worries when there are only cool Runnings in His life.
But, do not push the circumstances of God to be a leader. If Jesus needs you, He is going to find you.
King David says “I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” Psalm 40:1-2