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Punished by God for Disobedience

Updated on November 27, 2011

Why God Punished Me


Some say God no longer punishes. I experienced first hand the truth.

In 1996, I owned three businesses in Philadelphia. My cash flow was almost a million dollars for all three. I had almost two dozen employees. One day, the Holy Spirit said He wanted me to go downtown and stand on the concrete blocks (Where the self-titled black Jews preached!) and deliver all the dreams of the destruction of America He had shown me. I refused.

After seven days, I came down with poison ivy. It covered me. It lasted for four months during the humid Philly summer. It was painful. I could barely sleep. Every time I opened the Bible, it opened to Jonah and the whale. Jonah, Jonah, Jonah. I used other people's Bibles (mine must be "stuck" there), I used new Bibles at Border's. I used a Torah- Still opened to Jonah!

Every time I opened there, I read the full book. In the Jewish version, the whale is named- "Sheol".

Finally, I decided to use a book which would certainly not have Jonah. I opened a copy of the Farmer's Almanac in the CVS. It opened right up to a full page dedicated to poison ivy. Poison ivy is a chemical reaction, the article explained. The oil from the plant is called "urushiol". Uru- Sheol.

Nevertheless, one of my partners began stealing. The other joined him and they attempted to frame me for it. Eventually, I lost two of the businesses without a cent in compensation.

God even told me, “I will send you out of this city. You will arrive in California with nothing and without a penny.” I believed it. So, I paid off my student loans with the money I had. I asked to remain for another year after the December, 1998 betrayal in the business. I didn’t want anyone to say I ran scared.

In December, 1999, I left Philadelphia and went to visit California. My car engine froze just over the peak of the Altamont Pass in California. I paid my very last $500 for a tow to Modesto. I did not return to Philadelphia.

Only in 2006 did the Holy Spirit tell me, “Before, I punished you. Now, I will bless you again.” About a week later, I was engaged to my wife. She is a blessing and I feel blessed every day!

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      A great story , one that should definitely take you to heights that most won't have the opportunity to to get to because they are so preoccupied with everything else that the reason for which the are here . Every man was given the exact same start, called "Life" from there on the tides turn that part is not fair, but the special strength to be had from the unfairness or whatever it is , should be the fuel through which the beauty of life for every man flows.

      Blessed a great I believe true story.

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      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      good story...nice to know God speaks to other people....maybe though what you thought was punishment, in the end was just the nudge to leave and find your wife.

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