Episode Transcription

Hey, everyone, welcome to the podcast. My name's Jacob. I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. It's been about a year since I felt God nudging me in this direction, I would say. I just didn't do it because I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing, if I was supposed to be doing it with someone else, or what was supposed to be happening. So I feel like I was pushing it off for some time, we can talk a little bit more about that later. I feel that I could talk about that for a while, about why I was pushing it off, but I guess recently I just realized that I feel like I almost need to be doing this.


I feel like God's calling me to it. So, you know, I might as well do it. So yeah, welcome to the first episode. In this episode, I want to talk about what this podcast is. I guess you could say my expectations for it, or maybe more like my vision, or what I feel called to talk about on this podcast.


But first, and most importantly, we're going to be talking about who I am; my testimony. I think that a testimony is one of the most important things that a Christian can share. It is just a tangible example of God bringing me out of darkness into light. It's a really good way to tell who God is.


Also in the future, if you're listening to this podcast, I don't know how long this is going to last, but hopefully, if you're watching it months after it's made, you can come back and see who I am. And also see where I started and where I'm going. Anyway, so yeah, I wanna talk about my story. Let's get straight into that.


I'm someone that believes that your story, or my story, God's children's story, began at the foundation of the world. I still see it all over the Bible. Just like for example, Ephesians 1:4-5 says


"even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will," - Ephesians 1:4-5

So right there, I see that my story began before the world began, which is cool to me. So all that to say, I would love to start there, but I don't feel like I can. I feel like that would take a lot of time to start before the foundation of the world up until now. So, I guess I'll talk more about the last 20 years, I'm 20 years old. And what that has played out in my life and we'll fill in the gaps between the foundation of the world in the rest of the episodes of this podcast.


But anyway, I would say a crucial element of my story is my parent's story and you'll see why. I want to have my parents come on here to talk about it in more detail because I want them to be able to tell it from their perspective. It happened to them, so they need to tell it. So hopefully I'll have that in the future.


But for now, I’ll give you a really quick overview. We live in the south, so we have always been in a Southern Baptist church, the same Southern Baptist church that my parents were at my age and even before that. So basically my parents were in the same church since they were born.


So they were in that church for a very long time. They thought they were Christians. They did all the stuff that you do. They went to church, they read their Bibles. They went to Wednesday night small groups. And they did those things and they thought they were Christians.


If you were to ask them back then they would say, yeah, I'm a Christian. I would say their lives did not resemble that, but they didn't know that or if they did, they just ignored it. Anyway, in 2012 God revealed himself to my mom. He opened her eyes and she realized that she was in darkness, even though she thought she was in light. He revealed to her that she was in darkness and then he brought her into the light. And because of that over the next maybe two to three months, she was talking to my dad quite a bit about what she's learned, what God's teaching her, and just kind of being like, “Hey, we weren't Christians.”


So my dad was thinking about that. Because of that, and my mom obviously did not save my dad, but because of that, God used that to speak to my dad. One day He, God, revealed himself to my dad as well. And it was crazy how that happened so quickly for both of them, like in that span of time.


But anyway, so because of that, it directly impacted me, even though at the time I was about 10, I guess, if that was about 10 years ago. So I was 10, so I didn’t understand what in the world was going on. It immediately impacted my life. I mean, here’s just a quick rundown and of course, I wanna talk about this so much more in the future.


We switched schools. So I was in public school. We went to a private Christian school and then we went from private Christian school after two years to homeschool. As a side note, I have a lot of things to say about public school and hopefully, I'll be able to share those. But if you're considering homeschooling right now, do it. It was so good for me and I think it was good for my sisters as well. I mean my younger sisters have never known public school and I wouldn’t say I’m jealous of them (because that’s a sin), but I think that's a cool thing.


We moved houses twice. We moved our church to a Presbyterian church. We'll talk about that at some point. We adopted. Almost, if not every, aspect of our lives got flipped on its head. And anyway, it was an immediate change.


And during all of that, I would say that I realized that there was a change in my parents. I realized that they talked about God quite a bit more, especially my mom because I was with her every day, being homeschooled by her. She was my teacher. I remember her talking about God all the time. And let me tell you, it annoyed me. Like nobody's business. I was annoyed by her so much because at every waking moment she'd be sharing something that she's learning or something that God has revealed to her or a different book she's reading or whatever. She's just talking about it all the time and I was like “oh my gosh, just be quiet.”


At this point, I'm probably like 13 to 14. And I'm just like “Oh my goodness, stop talking about it, you're obsessed with this God.” Like I understood who God was, I went to church since I was a baby, for my whole life. So I understood who God was. I understood that Jesus died on the cross. You know, those certain like Sunday school things. But I did not really believe in God. It’s weird to know who He is and hear about Him so often, but not be able to believe in Him.


I remember, especially around that time, like 15 to 16 years old, I started to want to believe in Him. But it was impossible for me too. I could not believe in Him. I wasn't really reading the Bible, but I would hear things in church and that would make me like be like “Oh my gosh, I wanna believe in this! God, I don't wanna go to hell.” So I wanted to believe in him but you can see that my reasons for wanting to believe in Him weren't all that good, or were not full.


I remember at one point, maybe I was like 16 or 17. I would just walk on the beach with my mom and I was talking to her about how I wanted to believe, but I can’t. Like I remember saying I want a YouTube tutorial on how to become a Christian. I wanted these 5 to 10 steps I could do, that were pretty easy, that I could just become a Christian. I guess in my head I thought that for my whole life, I've just taken stuff into my own hands and it's worked out, I mean, not perfectly, but if I wanted to. I could make something for dinner, I could follow instructions and then it would be there. So that's sort of what I wanted to do with God. Of course, He does not work that way. And my mom obviously informed me of that. But I just didn't understand what she was talking about.


I also didn't wanna hear that God was the only one that could save me because I'm like if that's true, then why isn't He doing it? Is he ever going to? That was a scary thought in my head, “What if he never does save me?” And why can't I do anything about it? Like, I should be able to do something about it, that's how the rest of my life has worked. So why can't I do it?


I would say for years, that's kind of how I was. I was not reading the Bible, like ever if. If I was, it was maybe like once a year. I mean like whenever I went to church, I would read whatever they told me to read and whatnot, but I was not reading it in my alone time at all.


And you know, what’s funny is that during that whole time when I couldn't believe in Him, I was still praying to Him which is really interesting to me. Thinking about it now, it’s like, why are you praying to Him if you didn't believe in him? But I was, and my main prayer was that He would reveal Himself to me because that's all I really wanted at that time.


I've said this many times, I just wanted to believe in Him and I couldn't. So I was wanting Him to reveal Himself to me. I was praying that over and over and over every night, even though I didn't necessarily believe in Him. I think I thought that He could, but I didn't think He would.


There is a lot of stuff that happened during those times. I struggled with a lot of depression. I am a very anxious person, I have social anxiety, so a lot of stuff led to a lot of different things. I do wanna talk about that, but I feel like that's so much that I could talk about. I don't wanna just gloss over it, I guess I kind of am right now, but there's a lot more to that, just know that. We'll talk about it hopefully in the future.


2020 was the year a lot of things happened for a lot of people. It was a very bad year, but in some ways, it was a good year because we learned new things. That was the year that God revealed Himself to me. I would say in November of 2020, during the first or second week, I wasn't doing anything really special. All of a sudden, I just realized that like I believed Him. I believed that He was good. I believed in what He said. I believed in the Bible. I just believed what was happening.


The earth didn't shake, I didn't get blinded by light, and I wasn't blind for a few days. Nothing crazy in that sense happened. But all of a sudden, I believed in Him. I wasn't on my knees asking for it, it just happened. I all of a sudden believed in him. I knew it almost immediately. I remember just all of a sudden, my mom was talking to me about Him and I wanted to hear more.


I wanted to talk to her about it. I wasn't annoyed by what she was saying. I didn't want her to just be quiet. I wanted to talk more about it. That in itself was enough for me to be like, okay, something's different here because that's not where I used to be at all. Just two days ago, I was annoyed by what she was saying, and now, all of a sudden, I want to hear more.


I mean one of my favorite passages to explain that and to see it in the Bible is Matthew 13:11-13, because it explains it so well for me. It says


"And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." - Matthew 13:11-13

That's just a perfect example of where I was. I was seeing, but not seeing. Hearing, but not hearing. Jesus is literally speaking about who I was and that's just like so cool to me. Like this was 2000 years ago… and of course, Jesus is God, so of course, he understands… but you would think that something that Someone said 2000 years ago wouldn't have any impact, but it does. And He's also God, so He has even more of an impact and it just explained so perfectly where I was. Whenever I heard that for the first time, that passage, and I'm sure I've heard it before, but whenever it stuck with me, because I was actually a Christian, I was like “Oh my gosh, like that's where I was!”


Now from November 2020 to now, a lot of different things have happened. Almost immediately from feeling the presence of God, actually understanding Him, I fell into the darkest depression I think I've ever been in and I wasn’t sad about anything. God had just revealed himself to me, I would say about two months ago, and it was so clear to me that it was an attack from Satan.


But what was funny is that, because of that, I feel like I grew closer to Him. With God, everything works out for good, and that was a part of His plan. I feel like Satan was trying to attack me, but if anything it made me closer to Him, which is cool. But I felt some sort of presence of Satan in my room one night and I was able to fight against it with God. Well, actually, only by God's power. I'll talk about that more.


In 2021, so many things happened to our family. We moved houses again; so many different things happened. I would say, towards the middle of 2021, that's where I feel like I started to grow my relationship with God the most. Of course, from that time in November of 2020, my relationship was growing. I was listening to a lot of podcasts, but I still was having a lot of trouble reading the Bible, which is interesting to me. I don't know what that was. Maybe someone can tell me, I don't know, but I was listening to a lot of a podcast by theologically correct people, but I wasn't reading the Bible, which of course is not how it works. You've gotta read the Bible before everything else. And so finally in 2021, all of a sudden, I was reading the Bible constantly and consistently and understanding it. Since then I've been doing, doing that.


So my story, like I said before, is not on the surface like some miraculous thing where like the earth shook, or some crazy miracle happened, in the sense of like that it was visual. But for me, the miracle still happened. I mean, the fact that I understood is miracle enough for me. I don't need any other proof of God. That was enough for me. And so that was, that was just a really sweet time in my life. And it's still obviously trickling down now. I'm still growing so much every single day.


And that's kind of the point of this podcast. This podcast has meant not to be me from an authoritative standpoint of me telling you what the Bible says in the sense of like that I'm like a preacher or something. This is sort of meant for me to share my thoughts on what I've learned from God; what I'm learning from the perspective of a new Christian.


I just feel like I have the gift of evangelism and I need to be doing something in that field. And I have experience with making YouTube videos in that sort of sense, so I know what I'm doing with this. So I really wanted to use these gifts that God has given me. I want to use the talents that God has given me, but also the spiritual gifts that God has given me to do something to the glory of Him.


So that's why I created the Glorify Initiative last year, or maybe at the beginning of this year. I can't remember exactly when but the whole point of the Glorify Initiative is literally to glorify God by whatever means. So originally, and continuing now, it was making Christian merchandise and I still plan on doing that.


I don't make money. I mean, I think I make a few cents off of the stuff just to help support me a little bit, but it's not very much, it might be like a dollar or two at the most. It's meant so that people can have good Christian merchandise, especially for guys because a lot of the Christian merchandise is geared toward women. I don't understand why and I was not very happy with that, so I wanted to make it. I was like “I have to make it myself, I guess.” So that's another thing that I do at the Glorify Initiative. I also want to have some blog posts out there and then this podcast is in addition to that, by whatever means necessary, glorifying God.


I feel like it's the best way for me to use that gift of evangelism that God has given. love making websites. I love making videos and podcasts, stuff like this. I love using technology to create and I've been given that gift that talent from God and I wanna use that talent to glorify Him. I don't wanna just be doing these little things in my life, working for different companies and doing nothing to glorify Him. I feel like I have to be glorifying Him explicitly in the things that I do. And so that's what I'm doing this podcast through, as I said before, sharing what I'm learning.


I want to share what I see in the Bible. I want to share different things that God has revealed to me. I've said this, and I'm gonna say it again, this is not meant to be me from an authoritative position. I'm not telling you what to do, I don’t have the authority. I'm just simply relaying what I'm learning from the Bible and what God has revealed to me back to other people.


I'm just throwing seeds out there and if one of them takes root because of what I said, awesome! But if this does not work out, if no one hears this, then I still just want to be able to be throwing seeds out there. I mean, that's all I can do. God saves the heart. God turns the heart. I can't do anything. Maybe God will use what I say. All I want is God to use me. God can use me in whatever way, but it obviously it’s a lot more effective if I'm actually trying to glorify Him in what I'm doing.


Anyway, that's kind of the main point of this podcast. I wanna share what I'm learning. And you can kind of join me on that if you would like. I’m planning on putting this podcast everywhere so you can go find it wherever you listen to podcasts. I don't know where you're listening to it right now, but if this is where you listen to podcasts, then subscribe to it because you'll see whenever I post new ones I'm not doing this for the money.


Anyway, so I'll leave you with two scriptures that will kind of help inform what this podcast is. First of all, it's about working out your salvation. That's what I'm doing right now. It says in Philippians 2:12-13,


"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." - Philippians 2:12-13

That's kind of what I'm talking about right now. This podcast is a diary or journal of sorts of me working out my salvation and sharing with you that great work by God.


And also, I'm doing this because God calls us to share about Him, to share about being caught out of darkness and delight, which is most clearly stated in 1 Peter, which is the book that I'm reading right now. I want to talk about that more in the future, but in 1 Peter 2:9, it says


"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9

That's what I want to do, I want to proclaim those excellencies. Share about him in any way possible.


If you want to, go follow me on Instagram because I'm trying to post there at least daily. And then these podcasts will hopefully come out weekly, we'll see what happens. But yeah, if you want to, obviously you don't have to, this isn't me trying to get followers on Instagram. I'm just saying, if you want to, go follow me. I'll be posting stuff that I'm learning on a more daily basis over there. It's just @theglorifyinitiative.


Anyway yeah, thank you guys for listening. I guess I'll see you guys in the next one.

Episode Transcription

Hey, everyone, welcome to the podcast. My name's Jacob. I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. It's been about a year since I felt God nudging me in this direction, I would say. I just didn't do it because I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing, if I was supposed to be doing it with someone else, or what was supposed to be happening. So I feel like I was pushing it off for some time, we can talk a little bit more about that later. I feel that I could talk about that for a while, about why I was pushing it off, but I guess recently I just realized that I feel like I almost need to be doing this.


I feel like God's calling me to it. So, you know, I might as well do it. So yeah, welcome to the first episode. In this episode, I want to talk about what this podcast is. I guess you could say my expectations for it, or maybe more like my vision, or what I feel called to talk about on this podcast.


But first, and most importantly, we're going to be talking about who I am; my testimony. I think that a testimony is one of the most important things that a Christian can share. It is just a tangible example of God bringing me out of darkness into light. It's a really good way to tell who God is.


Also in the future, if you're listening to this podcast, I don't know how long this is going to last, but hopefully, if you're watching it months after it's made, you can come back and see who I am. And also see where I started and where I'm going. Anyway, so yeah, I wanna talk about my story. Let's get straight into that.


I'm someone that believes that your story, or my story, God's children's story, began at the foundation of the world. I still see it all over the Bible. Just like for example, Ephesians 1:4-5 says


"even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will," - Ephesians 1:4-5

So right there, I see that my story began before the world began, which is cool to me. So all that to say, I would love to start there, but I don't feel like I can. I feel like that would take a lot of time to start before the foundation of the world up until now. So, I guess I'll talk more about the last 20 years, I'm 20 years old. And what that has played out in my life and we'll fill in the gaps between the foundation of the world in the rest of the episodes of this podcast.


But anyway, I would say a crucial element of my story is my parent's story and you'll see why. I want to have my parents come on here to talk about it in more detail because I want them to be able to tell it from their perspective. It happened to them, so they need to tell it. So hopefully I'll have that in the future.


But for now, I’ll give you a really quick overview. We live in the south, so we have always been in a Southern Baptist church, the same Southern Baptist church that my parents were at my age and even before that. So basically my parents were in the same church since they were born.


So they were in that church for a very long time. They thought they were Christians. They did all the stuff that you do. They went to church, they read their Bibles. They went to Wednesday night small groups. And they did those things and they thought they were Christians.


If you were to ask them back then they would say, yeah, I'm a Christian. I would say their lives did not resemble that, but they didn't know that or if they did, they just ignored it. Anyway, in 2012 God revealed himself to my mom. He opened her eyes and she realized that she was in darkness, even though she thought she was in light. He revealed to her that she was in darkness and then he brought her into the light. And because of that over the next maybe two to three months, she was talking to my dad quite a bit about what she's learned, what God's teaching her, and just kind of being like, “Hey, we weren't Christians.”


So my dad was thinking about that. Because of that, and my mom obviously did not save my dad, but because of that, God used that to speak to my dad. One day He, God, revealed himself to my dad as well. And it was crazy how that happened so quickly for both of them, like in that span of time.


But anyway, so because of that, it directly impacted me, even though at the time I was about 10, I guess, if that was about 10 years ago. So I was 10, so I didn’t understand what in the world was going on. It immediately impacted my life. I mean, here’s just a quick rundown and of course, I wanna talk about this so much more in the future.


We switched schools. So I was in public school. We went to a private Christian school and then we went from private Christian school after two years to homeschool. As a side note, I have a lot of things to say about public school and hopefully, I'll be able to share those. But if you're considering homeschooling right now, do it. It was so good for me and I think it was good for my sisters as well. I mean my younger sisters have never known public school and I wouldn’t say I’m jealous of them (because that’s a sin), but I think that's a cool thing.


We moved houses twice. We moved our church to a Presbyterian church. We'll talk about that at some point. We adopted. Almost, if not every, aspect of our lives got flipped on its head. And anyway, it was an immediate change.


And during all of that, I would say that I realized that there was a change in my parents. I realized that they talked about God quite a bit more, especially my mom because I was with her every day, being homeschooled by her. She was my teacher. I remember her talking about God all the time. And let me tell you, it annoyed me. Like nobody's business. I was annoyed by her so much because at every waking moment she'd be sharing something that she's learning or something that God has revealed to her or a different book she's reading or whatever. She's just talking about it all the time and I was like “oh my gosh, just be quiet.”


At this point, I'm probably like 13 to 14. And I'm just like “Oh my goodness, stop talking about it, you're obsessed with this God.” Like I understood who God was, I went to church since I was a baby, for my whole life. So I understood who God was. I understood that Jesus died on the cross. You know, those certain like Sunday school things. But I did not really believe in God. It’s weird to know who He is and hear about Him so often, but not be able to believe in Him.


I remember, especially around that time, like 15 to 16 years old, I started to want to believe in Him. But it was impossible for me too. I could not believe in Him. I wasn't really reading the Bible, but I would hear things in church and that would make me like be like “Oh my gosh, I wanna believe in this! God, I don't wanna go to hell.” So I wanted to believe in him but you can see that my reasons for wanting to believe in Him weren't all that good, or were not full.


I remember at one point, maybe I was like 16 or 17. I would just walk on the beach with my mom and I was talking to her about how I wanted to believe, but I can’t. Like I remember saying I want a YouTube tutorial on how to become a Christian. I wanted these 5 to 10 steps I could do, that were pretty easy, that I could just become a Christian. I guess in my head I thought that for my whole life, I've just taken stuff into my own hands and it's worked out, I mean, not perfectly, but if I wanted to. I could make something for dinner, I could follow instructions and then it would be there. So that's sort of what I wanted to do with God. Of course, He does not work that way. And my mom obviously informed me of that. But I just didn't understand what she was talking about.


I also didn't wanna hear that God was the only one that could save me because I'm like if that's true, then why isn't He doing it? Is he ever going to? That was a scary thought in my head, “What if he never does save me?” And why can't I do anything about it? Like, I should be able to do something about it, that's how the rest of my life has worked. So why can't I do it?


I would say for years, that's kind of how I was. I was not reading the Bible, like ever if. If I was, it was maybe like once a year. I mean like whenever I went to church, I would read whatever they told me to read and whatnot, but I was not reading it in my alone time at all.


And you know, what’s funny is that during that whole time when I couldn't believe in Him, I was still praying to Him which is really interesting to me. Thinking about it now, it’s like, why are you praying to Him if you didn't believe in him? But I was, and my main prayer was that He would reveal Himself to me because that's all I really wanted at that time.


I've said this many times, I just wanted to believe in Him and I couldn't. So I was wanting Him to reveal Himself to me. I was praying that over and over and over every night, even though I didn't necessarily believe in Him. I think I thought that He could, but I didn't think He would.


There is a lot of stuff that happened during those times. I struggled with a lot of depression. I am a very anxious person, I have social anxiety, so a lot of stuff led to a lot of different things. I do wanna talk about that, but I feel like that's so much that I could talk about. I don't wanna just gloss over it, I guess I kind of am right now, but there's a lot more to that, just know that. We'll talk about it hopefully in the future.


2020 was the year a lot of things happened for a lot of people. It was a very bad year, but in some ways, it was a good year because we learned new things. That was the year that God revealed Himself to me. I would say in November of 2020, during the first or second week, I wasn't doing anything really special. All of a sudden, I just realized that like I believed Him. I believed that He was good. I believed in what He said. I believed in the Bible. I just believed what was happening.


The earth didn't shake, I didn't get blinded by light, and I wasn't blind for a few days. Nothing crazy in that sense happened. But all of a sudden, I believed in Him. I wasn't on my knees asking for it, it just happened. I all of a sudden believed in him. I knew it almost immediately. I remember just all of a sudden, my mom was talking to me about Him and I wanted to hear more.


I wanted to talk to her about it. I wasn't annoyed by what she was saying. I didn't want her to just be quiet. I wanted to talk more about it. That in itself was enough for me to be like, okay, something's different here because that's not where I used to be at all. Just two days ago, I was annoyed by what she was saying, and now, all of a sudden, I want to hear more.


I mean one of my favorite passages to explain that and to see it in the Bible is Matthew 13:11-13, because it explains it so well for me. It says


"And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." - Matthew 13:11-13

That's just a perfect example of where I was. I was seeing, but not seeing. Hearing, but not hearing. Jesus is literally speaking about who I was and that's just like so cool to me. Like this was 2000 years ago… and of course, Jesus is God, so of course, he understands… but you would think that something that Someone said 2000 years ago wouldn't have any impact, but it does. And He's also God, so He has even more of an impact and it just explained so perfectly where I was. Whenever I heard that for the first time, that passage, and I'm sure I've heard it before, but whenever it stuck with me, because I was actually a Christian, I was like “Oh my gosh, like that's where I was!”


Now from November 2020 to now, a lot of different things have happened. Almost immediately from feeling the presence of God, actually understanding Him, I fell into the darkest depression I think I've ever been in and I wasn’t sad about anything. God had just revealed himself to me, I would say about two months ago, and it was so clear to me that it was an attack from Satan.


But what was funny is that, because of that, I feel like I grew closer to Him. With God, everything works out for good, and that was a part of His plan. I feel like Satan was trying to attack me, but if anything it made me closer to Him, which is cool. But I felt some sort of presence of Satan in my room one night and I was able to fight against it with God. Well, actually, only by God's power. I'll talk about that more.


In 2021, so many things happened to our family. We moved houses again; so many different things happened. I would say, towards the middle of 2021, that's where I feel like I started to grow my relationship with God the most. Of course, from that time in November of 2020, my relationship was growing. I was listening to a lot of podcasts, but I still was having a lot of trouble reading the Bible, which is interesting to me. I don't know what that was. Maybe someone can tell me, I don't know, but I was listening to a lot of a podcast by theologically correct people, but I wasn't reading the Bible, which of course is not how it works. You've gotta read the Bible before everything else. And so finally in 2021, all of a sudden, I was reading the Bible constantly and consistently and understanding it. Since then I've been doing, doing that.


So my story, like I said before, is not on the surface like some miraculous thing where like the earth shook, or some crazy miracle happened, in the sense of like that it was visual. But for me, the miracle still happened. I mean, the fact that I understood is miracle enough for me. I don't need any other proof of God. That was enough for me. And so that was, that was just a really sweet time in my life. And it's still obviously trickling down now. I'm still growing so much every single day.


And that's kind of the point of this podcast. This podcast has meant not to be me from an authoritative standpoint of me telling you what the Bible says in the sense of like that I'm like a preacher or something. This is sort of meant for me to share my thoughts on what I've learned from God; what I'm learning from the perspective of a new Christian.


I just feel like I have the gift of evangelism and I need to be doing something in that field. And I have experience with making YouTube videos in that sort of sense, so I know what I'm doing with this. So I really wanted to use these gifts that God has given me. I want to use the talents that God has given me, but also the spiritual gifts that God has given me to do something to the glory of Him.


So that's why I created the Glorify Initiative last year, or maybe at the beginning of this year. I can't remember exactly when but the whole point of the Glorify Initiative is literally to glorify God by whatever means. So originally, and continuing now, it was making Christian merchandise and I still plan on doing that.


I don't make money. I mean, I think I make a few cents off of the stuff just to help support me a little bit, but it's not very much, it might be like a dollar or two at the most. It's meant so that people can have good Christian merchandise, especially for guys because a lot of the Christian merchandise is geared toward women. I don't understand why and I was not very happy with that, so I wanted to make it. I was like “I have to make it myself, I guess.” So that's another thing that I do at the Glorify Initiative. I also want to have some blog posts out there and then this podcast is in addition to that, by whatever means necessary, glorifying God.


I feel like it's the best way for me to use that gift of evangelism that God has given. love making websites. I love making videos and podcasts, stuff like this. I love using technology to create and I've been given that gift that talent from God and I wanna use that talent to glorify Him. I don't wanna just be doing these little things in my life, working for different companies and doing nothing to glorify Him. I feel like I have to be glorifying Him explicitly in the things that I do. And so that's what I'm doing this podcast through, as I said before, sharing what I'm learning.


I want to share what I see in the Bible. I want to share different things that God has revealed to me. I've said this, and I'm gonna say it again, this is not meant to be me from an authoritative position. I'm not telling you what to do, I don’t have the authority. I'm just simply relaying what I'm learning from the Bible and what God has revealed to me back to other people.


I'm just throwing seeds out there and if one of them takes root because of what I said, awesome! But if this does not work out, if no one hears this, then I still just want to be able to be throwing seeds out there. I mean, that's all I can do. God saves the heart. God turns the heart. I can't do anything. Maybe God will use what I say. All I want is God to use me. God can use me in whatever way, but it obviously it’s a lot more effective if I'm actually trying to glorify Him in what I'm doing.


Anyway, that's kind of the main point of this podcast. I wanna share what I'm learning. And you can kind of join me on that if you would like. I’m planning on putting this podcast everywhere so you can go find it wherever you listen to podcasts. I don't know where you're listening to it right now, but if this is where you listen to podcasts, then subscribe to it because you'll see whenever I post new ones I'm not doing this for the money.


Anyway, so I'll leave you with two scriptures that will kind of help inform what this podcast is. First of all, it's about working out your salvation. That's what I'm doing right now. It says in Philippians 2:12-13,


"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." - Philippians 2:12-13

That's kind of what I'm talking about right now. This podcast is a diary or journal of sorts of me working out my salvation and sharing with you that great work by God.


And also, I'm doing this because God calls us to share about Him, to share about being caught out of darkness and delight, which is most clearly stated in 1 Peter, which is the book that I'm reading right now. I want to talk about that more in the future, but in 1 Peter 2:9, it says


"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9

That's what I want to do, I want to proclaim those excellencies. Share about him in any way possible.


If you want to, go follow me on Instagram because I'm trying to post there at least daily. And then these podcasts will hopefully come out weekly, we'll see what happens. But yeah, if you want to, obviously you don't have to, this isn't me trying to get followers on Instagram. I'm just saying, if you want to, go follow me. I'll be posting stuff that I'm learning on a more daily basis over there. It's just @theglorifyinitiative.


Anyway yeah, thank you guys for listening. I guess I'll see you guys in the next one.

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