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1. Delivered from Death

Updated on March 13, 2013
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Delivered from Death

Delivered from Death is the first part in a series of hubs in which I will be discussing my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime, prison and life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. In this hub, I will discuss the many times that I have survived near death experiences, and how I believe that God was watching over me because He had better plans for my life.

Toxic Lemonade

Many times throughout my life, I have literally been delivered from death. Once, I downed some paint thinner. A day earlier, I drank some lemonade from a container that was identical to the container the paint thinner was in; so I thought the paint thinner was lemonade. What saved me was throwing up immediately afterwards. My parents also rushed me to the hospital, where the doctor told them to give me plenty of sweetened water to drink. Had I not thrown up immediately after drinking the paint thinner, it would have burned my guts.

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Killer Bees

Another time, I got stung by a bee. Usually this is not a problem, unless you are highly allergic to bees like I was. And this is how I discovered my allergy. My whole face swelled up like a cube! I was rushed to the hospital. The doctor gave me calcium, which counteracted my allergic reaction to the bee sting. I was told that such an allergic reaction could be fatal. Fortunately, with age, my allergy to bees has decreased. This also occurred when I was living with my family in Poland.

Deadly Fun

I had another brush with death when I got onto a tractor on my father’s farm and got it to start rolling downhill, straight towards a well! I released the brakes when I was playing on it. Then I somehow released the clutch, and the tractor started rolling downhill towards the well. I started screaming at the top of my lungs. My grandfather and father heard me and came running to my aid. One of them jumped onto the tractor and hit the brakes—about four feet away from the well.

The past three events happened on my father’s farm in Różaniec, Poland, before I turned four years old; before our family had to flee from Poland to America because of Communist persecution. We ended up relocating to California.

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Watery Grave

When I was four years old, my family and I lived in in Pittsburg, CA, on School street. My older sister and I walked into an apartment complex with a built-in pool. We saw some people having fun in the pool, so we decided to join them and jumped right in . I don’t even think we took any clothes off. What made this so dangerous is that I did not know how to swim! I jumped right into the deep end of the pool, which was probably around nine feet deep, with my sister.

I remember struggling to get my head above the water, pulling on my sister to bring my head up as I gasped for air. My next memory was waking up on the side of the pool with someone performing CPR on me. I bent upwards and spewed water out of my lungs, all down my chest and stomach. Then I got up and serenely walked off, not knowing how close I came to death.

Drive-by

When I was 22 years old, someone pulled a drive-by shooting on me! I was stopped at a red light. A car from across the street, about 25 feet away, travelling in the opposite direction, slowed down and fired three shots at me. It startled me. I ducked down under my steering wheel. After I reached my destination, I parked my car and assessed the damage; but oddly enough there were no bullet holes anywhere.

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Police Oversight

When I was 23 years old, I was arrested by the DEA for drug trafficking. During the arrest, I was in the back seat of a 2002 model Ford Mustang when a number of DEA agents, which had surrounded the car with their guns drawn, demanded that I get out with my hands up. I was carrying a loaded .380 Colt semi-automatic handgun, and I did not want them to discover it; so while being ordered to get out of the Mustang, as overtly as I could, I quickly slipped the handgun from the left side of my waist band to under the passenger seat of the car. After the DEA agents discovered the handgun, one of them said, “How did you get that gun under the seat without us seeing you? We had our sights on you the whole time, and if we would have seen that gun we would have shot you.”

Near-Death Experience

Have you ever had a near-death experience? If so, please vote and share your experience in the comment box below.

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I came near to death many times in my life; from drinking poison, almost rolling a tractor in to a well, being highly allergic to bees, almost drowning, and being shot at. These events have led me to conclude that God was watching over me and protecting me, even though I did not realize it until later—until after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I would like to think that He had a purpose for me, and that is why He delivered me from death so many times.

In my next hub, I write about some of the experiences I had while growing up as a kid on West 7th Street in Antioch, CA. Experiences revolving around drugs and violence, which influenced the kind of person I was to become. Click the link below to read it.

2. West 7th Street

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. God is wonderful, and there is a reason that God has kept you on this earth.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Thank you for your comment, sister. And I sure hope so. ;)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      You could have died so many times, but God had a plan for your life and praise Him that you have discovered this. I'll be looking forward to reading more of these hubs as you witness to how He has influenced your life and turned it around. God bless you.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Thank you. God bless you too!

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      Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

      It's obvious, your appointed time for death was not then. I believe the Bible shows us how Satan is out to kill children (for of such is the kingdom of heaven) from the time they're even in their mother's womb. I praise God you have such a powerful testimony and are doing what He's called you to do. I look forward to reading more!!

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Judah's Daughter - Thank you for your comment. And God bless you, sister!

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      OanaBoteanu 4 years ago

      Thank you for this hub, and for sharing your experience and the love God showed you. God bless you and do continue trusting in the amazing plan He has for you.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      OanaBoteanu - Thank you for your comment; and God bless you too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wow, you certainly have been protected by God through your lifetime. You must have a purpose and mission important to follow! Thanks for sharing from your personal experience how God has kept you safe.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      teaches12345 - Thank you for your comment!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow-thank you for sharing about your near death experiences. You are like a cat, with nine lives! Just goes to show... God has a plan and he isn't ready to take you home just yet. On to your next hub... again, thank you for sharing this :)

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Jamie Brock - Thank you for your comment.

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      pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

      Interesting hub...yeap that`s sure God`s protection throughout life. Praise God! May your story/testimony bless many.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      pearlmacb - Thank you for your comment.

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      anna 4 years ago

      Add Your Comment.moje życie też było na krawędzi wiem że gdyby nie plan wobec mnie ,NASZEGO ZBAWICIELA,nie było by mnie dziś wśród żywych. To BÓG dał mi ponowne życie,i choć czasem dalej jestem nieudolna,ON JEDEN MNIE KOCHA I TYLKO JEMU NA MNIE ZALEŻY...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      when I was a little girl I jumped in the deep end of the pool I did not know how to swim.. I sunk to the bottom of the pool

      Your description of almost drowning was so similar.

      great hub

      I will share it

      God is so good to keep you alive.. He has a purpose for you.. You have a wonderful testimony

      Debbie

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Deborah Brooks - Thank God you didn't drown. God bless you, sister; and thank you for your comment.

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      Jenny Pugh 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Very interesting. I can see now why your user name is Xcon..a bit scary name, isn't it?

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Jynzly - I can be, I guess. But it provides me with some anonymity. ;)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I think you should turn your story into a book. I've only read this one chapter, but I can't wait to read more! I'm glad you are here to share it.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      DeborahNeyens - Everyone keeps telling me that. I actually tried doing that; but it is a complicated process. So I'm just writing a bunch of hubs on it. God bless!

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      Eunice Stuhlhofer 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing and showing how powerful and merciful God is. Thanks for the follow too. Blessings

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Eunice Stuhlhofer - My pleasure. God bless you; and thanks for commenting!

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      LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      That's amazing with so many close calls

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      LoisRyan13903 - Tell me about it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words to me. I am touched that you would want to follow my Hubs, as we have led very different lives. Hopefully we can learn from each other. I find your writing very good - just shows you must be a person of strong character. If only all children could have an equal chance in life, the world would be a much happier place. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Vickiw - Likewise, my sister. God bless!

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      Sheryl Stinchcum 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. God definitely spared your life because he has a purpose for you. One of those purposes, of course, is to share your story with others. I love your writing style, by the way.

      I am not aware of instances when God spared my life (except for emergency surgery), but I can share how God spared my husband's life. When he was in college, he got drunk and drove onto the Interstate. He was in the northbound lane going south or vice versus ( I don't recall the direction but you get the point). He had no idea that he was in the wrong lane. Suddenly, he saw a person signaling him to turn his car around. (Why was someone standing by the Interstate at 2 am?) My husband immediately turned his car around. Soon after that, I truck came hurling by. Had my husband not turned the car around in time, he would likely have struck the truck head on. When my husband looked for the "man" to thank him for saving his life, the figure had disappeared. To this day, my husband believes that the figure was an angel in disguise.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Sheryl Stinchcum - Looks like your husband had an intercounter with his guardian angel. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Very interesting and inspiring story, on my way to read the rest of your life story.

      I feel that not only was God saving you for what he has in mind for you now, but trying to warn you that your free will was on the wrong path.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Rayne123 - You may be right. God bless you; and thanks for commenting!

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      God has a plan for your life and he keeps you alive for a reason. If dieing in one of those instances was the plan, you would have died. There is a much bigger plan than that, though. God Bless You!

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      MarieAlana1 - Thank you for the encouraging comment!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Your near death experiences all happened for a reason. You now seem to have an appreciation for your life and are exemplifying that they were life changing by the life you live today. I know that I will learn much from reading your post. Thanks for sharing with us how you found God and how you changed your life. I plan to read your entire story as time permits. I'm wondering why you have not been able to get a book deal.

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      sidney 3 years ago

      ok you might be blessed for been saved for everything and the whole clear picture that you state above, but lets be truthful, you seemed to have a peculiar taste for chasing troubles! not that I dont believe in God saving you, not that I dont believe in God, but you and only you are responsible for what you look for, and for what you find as consequence - maybe God isnt responsible if you put your hands in the fire they'll burn [ok cliché instances but still a good illustration]

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      raymond ramos 3 years ago

      GOD HAS SAVED YOU.BEUTIFULL TESTIMONY.GOD HAS MORE BLESSINGS FOR YOU.WOW.IVE BEEN NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE MY SELF.WATERY GRAVE ALSO.DRUGS OVERDOSE.KIDNAP TO BE BURN ALIVE AND SHOT.25 years in drugs.now I serve THE LORD.I SEE U SOON IN THE GLORY.IF U HAD NOT DIE YET ITS BECAUSE GODS LOVE IS AMAZING HE IS MERCIFUL.MY FAITH IS THAT IL MEET HIM IN THE CLOUDS SOON.TRANSFORM IN AN BLINK OF AN EYE.AND MY FAITH IS THAT HE WILL COME AND US THE SAINTS RIGHT BEHIND HIM WITH HIS ANGELS.GOD BLESS YOU.REMEMBER JESUS LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME AND YOU AND ALL THE HUMANITY.SEE YOU SOON.RAY.LOVE YOU BROTHER

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      X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World!

      raymond ramos & sidney - Thanks for your comments. They are appreciated!

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      X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World!

      ladydeonne - Sorry for taking so long to reply to your post. Book deals are not easy to come by. Believe me, I tried. It's easier to just post online. Thanks for commenting and God bless you!

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      christine 3 years ago

      its amaizing how God works in us and how he use people to see them selfs in others story,,God is truly amaizing,,thank you

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      X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World!

      Christine - Amen. And thank you for your comment. God bless you!

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      Middleofnowhere94 3 years ago

      I love reading your hub! Its so very interesting. I came close to dying three times. When I was four I was in the hospital for two weeks with Epstien Barr/Acute staph and something else(the chief of staff of the children's hospital worked my case it was so bad.) Another time when I was 8 I got lost in the middle of a swamp in the middle of winter when it was below freezing. The last time I was 17 and overdosed (I have chronic pain, and started using opiate pills to help with the pain which eventually led me to IV heroin. I am now clean though!) Your stories are fascinating/entertaining to read, and an inspiration.

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      joe harazim 2 years ago

      what u are doing is so very importend!thank u.i have an idea for a vidio clip

      how can i get into contact with u?

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      X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World!

      Joe Harazim: E-mail me: californiabay2013@hotmail.com.

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      courtland 2 years ago

      God spared my life a couple of times. I'm grateful he did. I needed to stay alive and take care of my mother. It was a time I almost drowned but something pulled me up. I thought I wasn't gonna make it. I thank the lord.

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      X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World!

      courtland. Amen! Thank you for sharing that.

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      Abhaque Supanjang 6 months ago from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia

      Nice Hub, X-Con...! Every human has been predestined in all matters by the Almighty far before they are born into this world (this is Islamic Belief); No matter it is their age, their destiny, their spouse, their children, their good luck, their bad luck, how they were born and how they will die. In your cases, for example, if Allah has predestined you will die in your 77; no matter how all creatures in this universe try to kill you, you won't get killed. But, when your time is come, you will die, even though it is only because of a toothpick....!

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