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Joe Green Testimony

I went through a time in my life where everything that I had trusted in failed me.

My grandfather, who was like my father, died of Alzheimer’s disease.  I was in the US Navy and the promotion that I had worked so hard for was denied. Aside from that, I was in the middle of a divorce. This was the time that I should have sought after God, but instead I turned to the world and trusted in myself instead of God.

 

I was a terrible person; I was heavily involved in drugs, sexual sin, and did just about everything that dishonored God. I believe that I actually wanted to commit suicide but was not brave enough to pull the trigger. I had made such a mess of my life!

I went AWOL from the Navy; I was transporting kilos of cocaine between New York City and Virginia. I was a drunk, a drug addict, a liar, a thief, and a whore monger. There was nothing in my life that even remotely demonstrated any knowledge of Jesus Christ.

One night I was driving home drunk from a nightclub while high on cocaine. The Holy Spirit began speaking to me. I didn't know it was God but I now realize it was. The Lord said to me "Jesus Christ changed the course of human history in 33 years. What have you done with the years you have lived so far?" At the time I was pushing 30 years old; I had gone through a divorce. I had been administratively discharged from the Navy, and I had wrecked most of the relationships that meant anything to me. I only sought after whatever worldly pleasure that the world had to offer.

My response to the voice that I heard that night was that I knew I needed to get my life together. The Lord said to me "I am going to help you get your life together." When God tells you that, what happens next usually isn’t very pleasant. After that night the bottom dropped out. I lost my cars, houses, and everything went south. The Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating me while other drug dealers were after me for a deal that had gone bad. One night in October of 2000, I drove back to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in a 17-year old car that contained all my worldly possessions in it. I had been living in that car for several months; I knew it was time to go home.

One day in my mother’s living room I lay on my face and completely surrendered to the Lord. I grew up in the church and so I knew deep down where to turn. I told God that I was tired of living only for Joe Green. My way had gotten me here and now I wanted to begin doing things His way. That was the best day of my life!

God began to change my heart. It didn’t happen overnight, but I knew immediately that God was working in my life. I went back to the church that I had grown up in. I dedicated myself to studying the Bible, praying and fasting. Although I would stumble from time to time, God was faithful! He strengthened my walk and He renewed my mind.

What God did in my life is nothing short of miraculous. Because of my surrender to God, He turned my life 180 degrees. I now own two radio stations in central Pennsylvania.

I am happily married; I have authored two books and I have traveled the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. In January 2010 my wife and I founded Antioch Assembly in Harrisburg. God has done a great thing! I give him all the glory. I know without Him I would be dead or in jail.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28

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