Hi, my name is Michael Johnson and here is a little bit about my background and journey. I am the youngest of 5 children, born of United States Military parents and raised to value God and country. Although challenging at times, family is important to me. It is a joy to be a husband to my lovely wife and a father to my two awesome sons.
Taking the call of God seriously, I enrolled and graduated from Rhema Bible College with a focus on theology and teaching the scriptures. In addition to being trained in theology, I also am a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a B.A. Degree in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications and have worked for some of the top fortune 100 companies here in America.
After being licensed and ordained I lived abroad in the United Kingdom co-laboring with others, establishing churches in Glasgow and Oxford. I have over 15 years of professional ministerial experience and have served as Assistant, Senior and Founding Pastor.
Growing up on Chicago’s far south east side I made it through Gang/Drug Violence and childhood traumas. As an adult, I know what it feels like, through personal experience to not have a dime in my pocket, to be hungry, sleeping on the floor with no help in sight. I know what its like to be hurt, betrayed and bound by satanic oppression with seemingly no way out. I’m a survivor and a overcomer because of God’s love, His Grace, the truth of the word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Early in my walk with God during a church revival I heard the speaker say “If you are going to truly know Christ intimately and hear his voice it is critical that you learn about prayer and develop a consistent lifestyle of prayer” I took that charge seriously and learned about prayer and intercession under sound biblical teachers and intercessors changing the entire trajectory of my life. Prayer and Intercession plays a significant role in my life daily.
Why am I here? I am here to witness to the Truth that no trauma of any kind must consume or destroy your life and dreams. It does not matter if it is childhood molestation, suicide thoughts, bullying, offense, rejection, injustice, divorce, betrayal, insecurities, or anything else. You can rise above it all and realize a life free from the sting of torment, trauma, and pain. Yes, you can experience God’s unconditional love, acceptance, and win following God’s pathway.
The Pathway to Victory
“The pathway to victory and wholeness is a life pursuit. There are no quick fixes. I have tried.
While there are many resources that can assist anyone on their journey; God through His son Jesus must be the fundamental and foundational pathway to receive results that last. This is, not only because He fashioned and created the human being but that He is also all knowing. He knows everything about you, and He knows the best way to help you. The end result will be fruitfulness and wholeness in this life and living eternally with Him. The starting point is absolute surrender and inviting Jesus to be the Lord of your life.
This pathway begins with the new birth experience it is when a person becomes born again. This spiritual experience takes place when anyone accepts the gift of salvation given to all humanity by God in which He demonstrated His love for every human being through the sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection of his son Jesus the Christ;
This pathway is a combination of several spiritual truths and it has a guide who is also a gift given to those that are born again; this guide is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the third person of the Holy Trinity. He will lead you every step of the way.
It is the voice of the Holy Spirit in prayer that helps the believer through Gods word dismantle pain and confusion from the traumatized soul; positioning them to receive healing from soul and emotional traumas, wounds and scars; guiding the believer to wholeness and victory in every area of their life.
However, we must do the work by embracing and following spiritual truths such as fastings, consecrations, working out our own soul salvation with fear and trembling, receiving with meekness the engrafted word of God, taking every thought captive, casting down imaginations, presenting our bodies as living sacrifices unto God which is our reasonable service and becoming doers of Gods words and not hearers only.
The Holy Spirit sent from God the Father, testifying of Christ, speaking Gods words, enlightening our human spirit is what helps to get us to the place of victory and wholeness. We must study Gods word, but we also must know the Holy Spirit. He is our God appointed guide into all truth.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is One, but manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being coequal (Deut. 6:4; Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 14:16; John 15:26).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “...There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8–10).
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3–5; 1 John 5:12).
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36–39). The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received after the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1–7; Acts 2:1–4).
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12–14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “...This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “...The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air...” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17). Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).
HELL, AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19-20).