Mike Hanes

Mike Hanes   I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My dad was very abusive and beat my mother and all of us kids quite frequently. He ran around on my mother from the time I was born. When I was five years old, he caught my mother bringing us back from the Methodist church down the street. He scolded my mother severely and told her to never take any of us to church because there was no God. I remember thinking, how could dad be so stupid? Of course, there was a God. How did creation just happen?

   I always believed in God but did not realize that the devil believes also and trembles. I prayed whenever I had needed something, but I really did not know God and did not know that I had a part to play in having a relationship with Him. I remember the Holy Spirit drawing me to the altar at a Baptist Church camp. The only reason I went to the church camp is so I could play softball on the church softball team. I remember the pastor telling my mother said he did not know why I did not receive Jesus.I did not go down to the altar because the devil was whispering in my ear, “You love God don't you? You don'twant to let him down by making a commitment that you know you cannot keep. Look at all your friends who have made that commitment. None of them could keep it and neither can you. So, I did not go down to the altar because I did not want to let God down. Never let the devil talk you out of all that God has for you.

   When I was 14 my dad ran off with a girl five years older than me that he had gotten pregnant. I became surrogate father to my four siblings. I did not handle that responsibility well. I began to drink a lot. I joined the Marine Corps while still in high school. In the Marine Corp I was exposed to every kind of drug that you could imagine. I had just taken LSD the night before when a Church of Christ evangelist came to my door. He asked me if I wanted to go to heaven. Of course, I said yes. Then he proceeded to show me a ladder of works where I could work my way to heaven. Gaining heaven is not about works, it’s about the blood of Jesus and God's grace.Although he told me I had to work my way to heaven, I still was miraculously saved and baptized. But I still felt like something was missing. I had a friend of mine talk me into going to a charismatic church with him. They were all joyful and singing and worshipping God and something felt so right. I ended up receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. I went back to my Church of Christ and told them that I had been filled with the Holy Spirit. They told me that I was crazy if there was no such thing anymore. But I knew something had changed. And my life would never be the same even though I backslid several times.

   The last time I backslid, I became a drug dealer and drug addict. I was around Mexican mafia and people from the Texas syndicate drug cartel. I ended up beating my wife just like my dad did my mother. I cried out to God all the time to deliver me from drugs and he told me to choose. I said God he cannot be that easy. I am strung out on drugs. He said yes, it’s just a simple choice. You choose Me, and I will deliver you with my power. One day while on my way to my part time job, I cried out to God and told him I wanted to be delivered. He told me to picture the needle and cuss it out in tongues. I thought that is the weirdest thing I have ever heard.However, what did I have to lose? So, I pictured the needle and cussed it out in tongues check my drugs out of my glove box in my car threw it out the window and cussed it out in tongues and was miraculously delivered. I went home and my wife could see the change in my countenance and knew that I had been totally delivered. She was indignant. She said I do not care if you gave your life to the Lord, I will not go to church with you because I know you just backslide again soon. She ended up running off with my best friend.

   I joined a church and ask the pastor to give me a job doing something so they would know when I was missing and so I could be accountable to them. With the pastor's help, I never went back to drugs. I ended up going to college and became involved with a campus ministry where I eventually became the worship pastor. I also began to teach Sunday school. I was involved in children's ministry, the worship team, evangelism, and youth ministry and was a kid’s camp counselor.  I was also privileged 2 witness preach and lead worship on the streets at Mardi Gras 2 years in a row. One of the most awesome things that happened to me during that time was I reconciled with my father and he apologized to me for all the things he did to us.

   In 1990 while attending the international worship Institute in Dallas, I met my wife Cherry. We met in June were engaged in October and married in February. We have ministered in music together in leading worship all our marriedlives. We have been blessed to play and sing with Dennis Jernigan, Morris Chapman, Larnelle Harris, and others. When my wife was choir director at one church, I was able to play in an orchestra in a musical and numerous cantatasthat she directed. I had played in rock bands but who would have ever thought I would ever play in an orchestra. I have been playing and singing in church over 30 years and what a blessing to be able to be in the music ministry with my wife.

   In 1996 I received my bachelor’s degree in information systems and changed careers to move into IT. In 2002, I received my MBA in eCommerce.

   In 2007 I started my own IT consulting and recruiting firm ProVisionTech. In 2013, I was blessed to be able to go on a mission trip to Tanzania and teach 58 pastors in the Bible school how to reach out to Muslims with the love of God

   I know I still have so far to go, but when I look back and see how far God has brought me, I stand amazed.

   Is God calling you today?

   Have you received Jesus as the Lord of your life?

   Where is he brought you from?

   Where is God calling you to?

   God has a major plan for your life that is more amazing then you could ever fathom.

   Will you accept his plan for your life today?

Mike's Hearing His Voice Testimony

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