Royce Blanks

Royce BlanksI Found a Friend Forever

Good evening, my name is Royce Blanks. I was married in 1990 and have three grown children and one is married.  I have worked as a Database Administrator for Citigroup for the last seventeen years. Primarily, I am responsible for ordering and configuring servers that support the business and maintain optimal performance. 

I was born in 1970, the only son to my mother, and second son to my father.

I grew up in a typical home where both parents worked; kids played, and went to school.  I grew up with two older sisters – one passed away eight years ago from cancer, and another sister eight years my senior has dementia.

Our home was busy, and work was always the most important thing. We might attend church on Easter and maybe Christmas, but mostly Sunday was for relaxation or movies.

When I was fourteen, I was invited to a church camp by a friend of my mom’s. At camp, I was told the story of Jesus and during movie night the story portrayed how a boy similar to me lived his life for Christ. He had a protective love for his sister which struck a chord.  At the end of the film, I was overwhelmed with emotion and tears and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

From that moment on, I have never been the same. As a teenager, I struggled with the same temptations as other teenage boys. At the same time, I would not act, talk, or even think in a way that was shameful without a deep sense of guilt. I understood that to be the conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit, and I am thankful for it.

As I’ve grown to know the Holy Spirit as my friend, I have guarded and cherished that relationship. Like a good innocent friend, I would not want to embarrass or take Him places He wouldn’t want to go, or hear things He wouldn’t want to hear.  Even my thoughts were changed because I can’t have perverted or evil thoughts while knowing He hears every one of them. 

God is loving, patient, and wants to reconcile all men to Himself. It pleases Him to use me to share the gospel when I am available. I try to make myself available a lot. I don’t want to miss out on what He is doing, and it is my privilege to share the love of Jesus because He died for my sins and renews my spirit. His plans for me are better than my plans, and I am thankful for all He has done and is yet to do.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  I definitely experience these more and more.  I have been tested, sometimes quite severely, and he has been faithful to His promises to never leave me nor forsake me. This has brought me joy in some of the darkest times.

An increasing love for His Word has been very empowering.  I read what He has done and promised. I find direction and passion for life that He gives me. 

His word also says my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit so I try to make this home acceptable and pleasing. I desire His fellowship and welcome His presence.

The Holy Spirit talks to me when I worship, pray or read the Bible.  I have yet to hear an audible voice, but sometimes when I talk with others He gives me the words to encourage or correct them in a loving way.  On a few occasions, I have prayed for someone’s healing.  Just recently my son was in bed after a rear end collision.  He said he was in searing pain, a level ten in places along his spine.  Several prayers later, he had zero pain!  The Holy Spirit removed the pain!

His love has prompted me to share the gospel with my entire family and anyone I meet.  I’ve had a growing desire to evangelize. He answered my prayers and sent me to jails and prisons. I remember when I was younger and found it difficult or stressful to witness, but The Holy Spirit gave me boldness and opened my lips.  Sometimes the joy is so strong; I have to hold back my chuckles so I can complete a sentence!   

Several persons this year have accepted Jesus. Many others have regained their identity that the devil had stolen.

I believe the Holy Spirit has given me breakthroughs in writing programs for work.  I can’t take credit for them all; I’m not that smart! 

Without the Holy Spirit, I would probably not have my family, or we would all be blown to the wind.  I have joy knowing that my wife and kids are pursuing their own relationship with the Lord.

Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:25-26).

 I have been saved for 32 years. Only recently have I walk this closely in fellowship with Him.  He has given me words of knowledge and encouragement, opened my mouth to speak to God, power to heal the hurting, preach to the lost and give Jesus Christ all the honor and glory.

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Royce Blanks