When I was just a young boy, my two older brothers where drafted into the army and at the same time my sister left to attend medical school in a different city. That year I was to grow immensely, as it was just me living with my parents. My dad was an exceptional man of God. He was extremely respected and a powerful preacher. He was always invited to speak at various events including weddings, memorial services, youth conferences, and churches from all over.
You can say I grew up in the backseat of my dad’s car as we traveled frequently across the former Soviet Union. I saw him preach. minister, and love to all. I don’t wish for a different childhood, nothing could have made it better. His passion to preach the Gospel was inherently strong, and he spared no sacrifice to keep on fighting. It wasn’t an easy task considering the oppressive communist regime present in that time and prior; but the Fire of the Holy Spirit kept burning inside of him as he was escorted by miracles and the protection of the living God.
By the time I turned 8, we had lived in 3 different cities, and my father pastored churches in every one of those cities. He was truly a Man of God. Migrating to the U.S. my dad was not satisfied in just being a pastor, but he built a bible college starting in Sacramento and later adopted in more than 3 countries in the former USSR including Kiev, Ukraine in which over 6000 students have graduated.
My dad was an important man, but humble, simple, and open to all. My entire personality was shaped by witnessing God use my dad in the most amazing ways. A few years before his passing I asked, “Dad, why do you do, what you do?” he replied, “It’s simple Vadim, I love people.” The day before he left to be with the lord, I came to his room and laid next to him. He embraced me and said, “Vadim, don’t ever miss a chance to preach the Gospel. Whether its one or two people, or hundreds and thousands.”
Over the years his anointed words shaped me. They were powerful and gave me strength to fight the fight. His entire life was an example to all, and I was blessed to have that experience. He loved his wife and kids very very much. I believe in the generational blessing passed on from my dad to me.
1 Peter 2:9 says that, “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” As believers in Christ we need to wake up, and realize that our life is short. The bible proclaims in the book of James that, “you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Every single person is a chosen Man of God, you are equipped with the Holy Spirit, and the power to move mountains, raise the dead, and heal the sick resides in YOU. God will stand behind his promises as you live the Godly life and preach the Word of God. Today is the day to break the chains, a time of forgiveness and salvation. There might not be a tomorrow.
Put God in the center of your life and interests. People will see God in you, and He will manifest his presence in your everyday walk. Think about it. Your faith will grow exponentially as your relationship grows with God. You are created by God not only to tell people of his salvation, but so people can see God in you. His name is our hope.