See my weakness was my family and those who I love and Satan knew that. I was a big protector and had zero tolerence for anyone threatning my people. So before you knew it, shootouts and fights became a regular for me. I was trapped with no escape route, thinking to myself "how did I get here?". Then out of nowhere I begin to have dreams of Jesus Christ returning and I was left behind. I would wake up terrified but thankful I had another chance to get it right. I prayed for God to keep giving me these dreams because it was the only thing that had my attention. The summer of 2013 I was invited by my sister Gariesha to attend a revival at my home church, New shiloh christian center. Once I walked in the building there was a peace that I had so long been seeking. And for that little time I was there, I felt like this is where I want to be. I felt like the prodigal son returning home after a long journey.
That night I decided I have tried everything else, why not try God? What do I have to lose? From that day I decided that rest of my days are going to be ordered by God. I remember getting sick to my stomach and vomiting because of the judgement I was about to face from my enemies and those who know me. I even began to question myself, if I'm really going to follow through with this. I was thinking to myself, "You have done the worst of the worst, who do u think you are transforming in the middle of this chaos that you helped create?". Then I remember telling myself to just go through with it, God has your back.
Today is February 8th 2015, ever since I decided to stick with God, He has shown me just how real He is. I am married to my lovely wife Kayla, and a mentor to young men in our community. This journey cannot be put in words, especially if I'm the one writing it. God is beginning to take me further, so this testimony is nowhere near complete. I left out a few things in the story because I refuse to give satan any glory. When I first began sharing my story I had many details that would've captured your attention, but now my focus is to concentrate on how to live as a saved man of God. I am a warrior for Christ and a threat to satan's kingdom, so there have been obstacles designed to take me out, but the God I serve will not let it happen. Sometimes I feel like Job, like God is using me as an example to let satan know that he can try me and take everything from me, but at the end of the day God has trust that Cortney Johnson will not faint.
To anyone reading this story, the bible states that warning comes before destruction. If you look at Matthew 24 you can see that the prophecy is being fulfilled. Give your life to Christ while you have the chance. Heaven and hell is real. Stay tuned for my future testimony. God is working in my favor.