Hi! My name is Nick Serre. I come from the small mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. I was saved in Ottawa, Ontario in 1997 and I am totally hooked on the LORD Jesus. I am strongly addicted to the Love and Presence of The LORD and I am fully dependent on Him. He is my all in all!
God the Father has drawn me out of a background of excessive boozing and cruising through His Son Jesus Christ. This kid had his first real night of drinking when he was maybe 8 years old. From this point on, I was Hooked. My first time in the bar, I was 8. When I came out, I was 22 years old with a tattoo, a girlfriend, 1 child, endless jobs with a pseudo hippy, shamanistic religious view of Jesus Christ. I knew about Him but like many in the western world, but I did not know HIM. I loved music and musicians were like my gods. Guitar was my life and I wouldn’t lay it down for the world. I couldn’t always fit in although I had many ‘friends’ from different groups. I was always irritated with people who would put on facades to try to fit in with others always at the expense of someone else. I knew I had something inside but felt that people could not see that because of their outward judgment on me. You see, I wasn’t always as rich as the other kids that were part of the “in” crowd, and that seemed to be a problem. I seemed to always get along better with people who were more mature than me. I would hang out with my uncles a lot. I would always like to hear stories about my father and how he was such a generous man who loved the people. He would sometimes give even the very shirt off his back for another poor or a starving family. My father died in our home in Verner Ontario in 1979, when I was only 5. It was early in the morning and I could hear my mother screaming as I was running down the stairs. When I got to the doorway that opened up to the garage, all I saw was a corpse hanging there. I knew it was my dad, but I could not understand what had really happened. I was a fatherless child with one mother and brother. I never knew what it was like to join some sport team and have daddy coaching me on. I never knew what it was like to “chum up” with my dad. Our mother was doing her best.
I started doing drugs when I was 12 years old. I became a headbangin’, trouble makin’ young man. Later on, I started hanging out with bikers and gang members and I was always getting drunk and high and sleeping around. I always tried to be the life of the party. I became a workaholic. There came a time when I was working from 10 to 14 hours sometimes 7 days a week, and I would drink for 6 hours and sleep 4. I was pushing my limits. Around that same time, I started getting into cocaine. It would always come free. It seems as if the devil always offers his junk to you on a ‘silver plate’ whenever he sees that you want to change (no credit to him). I knew what I was doing was wrong. I tried a little ‘rehab’ but there was something or rather SOMEONE missing. A lot of people had a LOT of good advice but nobody could give me the Power I needed to change my life! I moved around a little everywhere trying to start over again but nothing was really changing on the inside.
So here I was, this little small-town french-indian Hendrix-Ozzy freak walking down the streets of Ottawa checking the local scene. I remember standing there in my cowboy boots and out of the corner of my ear comes this loud voice shouting something I had never heard on the streets before. It went something like this: “God saved this ex-military man from cocaine, suicide and loneliness. My friends you need Jesus.. Jesus loves you…..” My first thought? What a freak man! Of all the things this guy could talk about, he was talking about Jesus! Whoa! This is pretty cool. I thought that this was so different than everything else I had heard about. Something was happening. You have to understand that in a little drinking, religious mining town, these things just are (or were) never heard of. I felt like I should hear this guy out. Little did I know that God was sowing the gospel in my heart and that my life was going to drastically change. Anyway, I was kept there listening for 2 hours. Inside of my mind, a thought came into me that I should take this guy out for a coffee. Little did I know that God was telling Him the same thing!
He came up and talked with me and asked me what I thought about the message. I told him that it was a nice message and that I thought it was ‘cool’ that he was talking about Jesus. So, he asked me if I wanted to say a little prayer with him. I responded with yes, although in my heart I had mixed emotions. I remember telling God: “Hey God! I don’t know about this guy but I’ll trust You. You know my heart.” I had just come off of this big drunk and had been crying out to Him for help. So, we said the sinners prayer and then went to sit at a cafe right across the street.
I needed to really hear his story. So here we are sitting and talking about life and stuff and all of a sudden, he looks at me and starts to tell me things about my past and gifts that God had given me. I was stupefied but intrigued on HOW he could know these things! “God told me, and He also says that He is going to use you mightily for His glory”.
At the time, I had no clue as to how deeply and greatly these words would affect me and launch me out on an endless journey with GOD. I had received the message to a certain extent but was not YET filled with THE Power from on high.
A little time passed by. I knew something was different. I looked at people differently. I remember being hung over one morning sitting in a restaurant and all of a sudden, it dawned on me. I looked around and I could feel this glow on me. The people were just so beautiful. I saw the beauty in everyone. I just seemed to love them all. I was so inspired that I decided to write a poem.
Something was up. Obviously God was working on me. I was like a caterpillar coming out of his cocoon. Things at home were starting to stagnate. My roommate at the time was starting to distance himself from me. I started hanging out with this preacher dude. My roommate seemed “worried” about me. We had bills due. All the money was spent up on booze and we were going to lose our apartment.
KILLING THE FLESH
God was starting to cut in on my party time. You see, every weekend it was a requirement for us to party no matter what the cost. God was out to destroy my religion! Every time I would go for a walk, here was this “religious” guy. “Hi Nick!”, Terry would say. ..hmmm….. “Hi Terry”….. He was always so cheerful and so happy to meet me and would always slip Jesus in there. INSTANT CONVICTION! I would always want to avoid him but at the same time, I wanted to be polite. So the story goes that the LORD was sending him to encourage and convict me. I just couldn’t do dope and booze anymore. I was losing my zeal for being the life of the party. The highs of yesterday were losing their taste. It wasn’t satisfying me anymore. I was trying to change my ways. I had hit a few “bad lucks”.
I believe it was a week day morning that Terry came and asked me if I wanted to help him paint chairs with him at this new center that was opening just down the street from us. I didn’t want to get suckered into any religious traps but I did want to show myself friendly and helpful, so I said yes. He told me that the pastor there was a friend of his and that he was a really nice guy. So, I step in the door waiting to meet this guy and the first thing I see is this normal looking family man with his face on the floor praying to God.
This one act of humility still sticks with me today. My preconceptions about priests and religious leaders had been that of “holier than thou”, untouchable, lifeless, repetitious poises type of people. It was as if this stronghold was instantly shattered. So, off we went to work painting and sharing our life stories. I felt a real kinship forming. These guys seemed honest and real, not at all interested in selling me some cult or religion. Little did I know that I was soon to receive the most powerful revelatory manifestation of God ever!
POWER FROM ON HIGH!
Spring was in the air and I was starting to feel more confident and happy about myself. I was reading some stuff about some Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity. I was ignorant to the fact that this was a cultist book that my loving mother had sent to me from the Unity School of (false) Christianity (a buddha-Christ mixture type of melting pot). In the midst of this, I was thinking more and more about life, God and spiritual things. Terry had been teaching me about spiritual warfare in the heavenlies according to Ephesians 6:12 and I was greatly inquisitive. I was fascinated that there was a greater reality and that there was a war happening in which we were involved. I started to understand that not everything spiritual was good or of God.
YAHWEH (another name for God in the Bible) was accelerating His work in me and I was growing leaps and bounds. When I came to see that satan had deceived me and everybody else around me, I became furious in wrath and indignation against everything that had held me bondage. I destroyed ALL the old Satanic music, my record collections, my witchcraft posters, medallions, medicine bags and books (Medicine Wheel, spirituality, etc…). I had such a righteous boldness against the devil. I wanted the FREEDOM and Liberty that Jesus had died for me to obtain after His resurrection. My blues tapes were some of the last things to go along with some of the clothes that I knew were tied in with my old carnal nature. True repentance had begun and Jesus was out to set this captive free!!! During this time, I had been kindly invited to come back and visit this pastor and share some issues. GOD was up to something….
I believe it was a week day and there were only about 4 other people at the Ottawa Revival Center. It was just starting and they were all there to pray it seemed. We had been talking about being born-again and Spirit-filled. I had questioned a little about the baptism in the Spirit and was desirous in obtaining this. So here I was — I had never really witnessed people praying out loud and walking around with this authority in their voices. I wasn’t sure if they were mad or just what was going on! I could see that they were obviously stirred up about something. My time had Come!!
Terry asked me if I wanted to receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. He felt that I was ready and that God was going to bless me, etc.. This was all new lingo to me but I somehow felt I needed to trust God on this and that I somehow knew that this was THE crossroad in my life.
I recall telling God that if this is the “real” thing that I will never turn back, but that HE must make sure that He was never going let me be suckered in to any cult or religious garbage.
So here I go sitting on a chair and then this guy starts crying out to GOD: “FIRE, OH GOD! FIRE, OH GOD! FILL HIM WITH THE HOLY GHOST!” This other preacher is going along the same note and saying: “YES LORD! OH, HALLELUJAH!” He’s all smiling and waving his hand like something huge was about to happen. Indeed, something was about to happen that would totally change the rest of my life. Andy (my Pastor at the time) felt to encourage me to just let it all go and give it to the LORD (my burdens, that is). It was the first time that I totally surrendered my life to Jesus.
The first thing that happened is that I felt this great burden literally lift off my shoulder. It was as if I had this on me all my life but knew nothing about it until now. I felt so light. I then had a vision and in this vision, I saw heaven torn in two just above me and I could feel God pouring out a river of love from heaven that then gently fell upon me and entered the innermost part of my being, washing all of my sins away. I knew that I had received a full forgiveness and freedom from all of my addictions. At that Moment I could feel EVERYTHING that was in me being cleansed by this river. What LOVE! What JOY! I could not help but to burst in tears in a frenzy of mixed emotions while at the same time there was this surpassing peace comforting me.
I was then taken up into eternity for the first time. It was like I saw, heard and understood everything that God had for me. In a glimpse, I understood why God had let me come back to life when I was hit by a car at age 4. All my life I wanted to know WHY! WHY did you let this happen?! Why this and why that?! Now I knew that GOD had a plan, a mission, a calling on my life. God told me that He would use me to bring many souls to His Kingdom for His glory. God was prophesying through these men and they were all hearing the same thing. They said I was a leader and an evangelist. It seemed as if I was there in heaven forever yet I know it had been just seconds here on earth. I now knew that I knew that I knew that I was free from drugs, alcohol, witchcraft and all other sins. I had passed on from the kingdom of darkness and been translated into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son Jesus Christ. God had placed His Living Self, His presence in me and I could not deny that I belonged to God now and I took this mandate VERY SERIOUSLY.
God’s Word (Jesus) became very real and active in my life. He would teach me His Word by His Spirit (John 14:16) and the next day, I would hear the same thing being preached. God was speaking to me and having fellowship with me like His Word said he would (John 10:4). He would confirm His word with signs and wonders following as He had promised to His disciples (Mark 16:20).
There was no more turning back. Sin had LOST its battle for this soul. There were souls out there dying, heading straight for hell and they needed to hear the Truth. Jesus loved them and wanted to live inside of them. My family was being held captive by this horrendous enemy. No more fooling around! I was a man on a mission. God had taken this little nobody and had set him on FIRE. I wanted nothing but the real thing. God had put this unquenchable desire in my heart for HIM (1 John 4:19). So, I went out with the little that I knew and I started to share as He would lead me.
God had a vessel that He could flow through and was at work confirming His word and converting souls unto Himself! Every day, there is a miracle if you will but believe and walk as He leads.
Today, I am an ordained minister and God is really moving in my life. Much more and beyond just being a ‘minister’, I KNOW that I am a child of GOD, a Son of God because Jesus had made the way and His Word says that He is the firstborn among MANY brethren (Romans 8:29). I have seen many people healed and delivered through His Word that He has put in me. I have seen cancers disappear, backs healed and devils cast out in His Name! All this He does for His Glory. His Love has never died in me. In fact, it has grown and will continue to grow forever and ever. Amen.
“WHAT ABOUT ME?” (IE. THE READER)
Jesus wants you to walk in the reality of Acts 1:8. That is REAL Power. POWER to save. Power to heal. POWER over sin and death! He says that as many as receive Him and believe on Him, he gives POWER to become the sons of God (John 1:12). John 14:12 Jesus boldly states: “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father”.
Jesus is not waiting until you get all religious and and have everything worked out before coming to Him. In fact, He says: “I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13; Mark 2:17). The Holy Ghost also speaks through Peter and says: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost” (Acts 3:19). God can do it in any order that He wants but repentance is one of the first prerequisites! The stench and sweltering of sin CANNOT be compared to the awesome Liberty and inheritance that is found in Jesus. As you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He says that ALL these things (the things that He has promised) SHALL be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“Taste and see that the LORD he is good” (See Psalms 34:8).
Everything that you need is in Jesus! Jesus claims to be THE way, THE truth and THE life (John 14:6). In fact He claims to be the I AM — meaning God himself! (John 8:58). He is the Word Of God. Nothing goes by without going through Jesus (John 1:3; Col. 1:16). The good thing about heaven is that we get the honor and privilege of going though Jesus first.
Jesus wants to empower you with His Spirit and use you for His glory as you follow Him. Trust and believe in the One who died and rose again the third day for your sins and for your FREEDOM.
His blood cleanses us from ALL sins, according to 1 John 1:7. God has not asked you to join some religion but He desires a 100% LOVE RELATIONSHIP with YOU and ALL His children through Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior.
Will you also surrender to such a worthy God and become a Warrior in God’s Victorious Army in this end time battle?
The time is NOW!