Today’s guest on the podcast is not only a fellow believer, but also a good friend of our host, Jake. Brother Jeff House lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife of 14 years, Kara. Together they are raising their son, Elijah, and their newborn daughter Glory Faith.Jeff also has a grown son and daughter, and is a grandfather, too!He’s on the podcast today to talk about his desire for seeing men ministering to men, including his most recent endeavor in this area, and why this is so important to him.
Kingdom Warriors is a Facebook group consisting of hundreds of men across the country. Its purpose is to encourage men to live as what Tony Evans calls “kingdom men”visibly and in every area of life. The target is the Christian man who is still hanging on to sin and living bound and without peace.The page exists on social media so that men can connect with other men to encourage one another and to show love. Ideally, members of the Facebook group would find other men in their area to connect face-to-face, meeting for fellowship and accountability. Jeff acknowledges that Kingdom Warriors does not and cannot “fix” people; rather, members share their testimonies of faith in order to guide those who may still be in the grips of sin and disobedience.
Jeff’s childhood was less than ideal, as he describes the men in his life at that time as being both physically and mentally abusive. Without a father to lead by example, Jeff allowed the world to teach him instead. At the age of fifteen, pornography became a part of his life. He gave his life to Christ as an adult, but continued with the pornography. He brought that baggage into his marriage. He sought counseling and accountability for it. He’d repented time and again, and was transparent with some about it. Still, he couldn’t shake the bonds of it. In hindsight, he realizes that he wasn’t letting it leave him. In his own might, he was only able to stay away from pornography for three months at the most. His deliverance from pornography would not begin until Jeff finally fell to his knees in prayer, asking God to remove it. He asked God to discipline him, chastise him, and do whatever He needed to be free from pornography. Jeff didn’t want to be found in the end to have chosen porn over God.
Jeff describes how God dealt with him in the weeks that followed that prayer. Exhaustion, sleeplessness, depression, and anxiety taxed him, both mentally and physically. He made multiple visits to the emergency room, leaving frustrated each time as he was told that there was nothing medically wrong with him. His sixth trip to the hospital (this one via ambulance) resulted in a brief admission to the hospital. The paramedics who attended to Jeff ministered to him and prayed over him all the way there, and they told him they believed this ER trip would lead to him getting his answer. Again, test results showed there was nothing wrong with him. Jeff found no relief or comfort in that news. He continued to worry and again went to the emergency room. This time, his wife, disappointed and angry, asked Jeff, “When are you going to accept what God’s told you?”His marriage had been suffering as a result of his secret addiction. He had to tell his wife why he’d treated her bad all those years. Finally, he began to feel the burden that he’d been carrying lifted and replaced by peace and joy. It wasn’t until after all of the ER visits, hospitals, and doctor visits, that God would reveal to Jeff in their one-on-one time what he’d been unable to see. God had answered his prayer. He’d delivered Jeff from the grips of pornography, and He would now use Jeff’s diagnosis of sleep apnea as a daily reminder of what God had delivered him from.
Jeff’s final word of encouragement for others dealing with similar hardships is this: It’s never too late to give God a chance. He is a loving and gracious God, and He’s listening. Nothing is too much for Him. Pour it out to Him and begin to change your life.
Jeff House: 00:00 We throw the word around because we want to sound, holy and righteous, but meanwhile you have a storm brewing in your life that you don’t know how to come out of.
Jake Enriquez: 00:13 Man. Welcome to Press and Reach. On this episode, episode number 58, we’ll be hanging out with a good buddy of mine, brother Jeff House. We’ll be talking about becoming a kingdom warrior. There’s only one way to get up and the first thing you gotta do is lay it all down, so stay tuned for episode number 58 with brother Jeff House. Let’s go.
Jake Enriquez: 00:38 Good morning, afternoon, or evening. Whatever this may be to you, I sure hope and pray that you be found well in spirit, my friend. Hey, my name is Jake Enriquez, and it is a joy, honor and a privilege to be your host today. So please let me welcome you to Press and Reach, a podcast where we’re simply walking out our faith and encouraging others along the way to do the same.
Jake Enriquez: 01:11 Welcome back, to Press and Reach. My name’s Jake Enriquez, your host, and today we have a special guest who has come to hang out with us, but before we get to that, just remind you to share the episode today if you feel so inclined to do so. All you gotta do is if you’re on the phone, simply go into it and share this episode with a friend. Listen, if you don’t know how to share, ask your kids, Hey, you kids know how to share it, and if a, again, I’d tell you all the time, if you don’t have any kids, ask somebody else’s kid. There’s a bunch of them running around here right now. They’re on the phone and probably standing next to you so we ask you to share the episode if in fact you will. So today again, I have a friend of mine who’s coming to hang out with us and I want to introduce you to him. He’s a good friend, a brother whom I love and I’ve spent a lot of time with. I just want you guys to be able to meet him today. So welcome brother Jeff House.
Jeff House: 01:11 Glad to be here Brother Jake.
Jake Enriquez: 02:08 It’s good to have you too, Brother Jeff. Why don’t you go ahead and just, uh, introduce yourself, who you are and where you’re from. That way the listeners, just to get a chance to get to know you a little bit on a personal level.
Jeff House: 02:16 Well, I’m Jeff House. I am from Grand Prairie, Texas. I have a wife of 14 years. I’ve got four babies. Well, two grown, two still in the house. One is freshly out of the womb, a three months old and I got a grand baby and I belong to Jesus Christ brother.
Jake Enriquez: 02:40 OK, well, Amen. Brother. I know that you’re now doing a ministry called Kingdom Warriors, right?
Jeff House: 02:46 Well, yeah. I’m doing Kingdom Warrior. It’s a Facebook page. It’s called Kingdom Warriors. Now, Jake, it’s always been the theme that God has…actually it started…it’s all your faul. When God used you to lead the “Kingdom Man” lesson a little did I know that that would carry on into kingdom in a, as God used me to encourage and to speak to men about being men of God and you know, being who God called them to be, in in their purpose, in their position.
Jeff House: 03:23 And so that theme of Kingdom man has always carried and God has always kept that with me. And so any ministry that God puts me in is going to have some sort of title of kingdom something. So when I was doing the crossroads, a football, flag football, which I had no business being on the field, but I wanted to. I wanted to be able to share the love of Christ in any avenue that God puts me in a. We were called Kingdom Men. So when we did the softball team, I called it Servants of the Kingdom. So now with this Facebook page is now called Kingdom Warriors and the focus of a kingdom warriors in anything as a matter of fact, to do with the kingdom minded a ministry is this simply to get man turned back in. And keep things kingdom minded, right? Well, going back to the kingdom, man, that when Tony Evans gave the definition of a kingdom man, he says, a kingdom man visibly demonstrates the comprehensive rule of God underneath the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of their lives.
Jeff House: 04:34 Now, I only add another part to that. Not perfectly, but we do the best that we can. So the theme of this kingdom warriors is that theme, that purpose, that vision, is to visibly demonstrate the comprehensive rule of God underneath the Lordship of Jesus Christ and our homes and the workplace on the street, uh, to be able to stand and know who you are in Christ. Know your purpose and know your position.
Jake Enriquez: 05:05 OK, so Brother Jeff, let me ask you this. What is someone to expect a, as they join the group on Facebook or come and be a part of the group? What could they expect to receive from you guys?
Jeff House: 05:15 Well, hopefully with prayer, uh, this group is right now we’re at about 840 something, 860 something men. Somewhere around there. We have men that are all over the world. I’ve got men from Africa, Nigeria, Australia. Then I have local boys here in Texas. And then you got people that live in different states and you know, I started off, we did a men’s breakfast and I encourage the men, whether they listen or not is another story. But I ask all the men, tell me where you live, post where you live. So whenever somebody did that and we had over 200 and something men get on there and post where they live. And I said, OK, now that you see where everybody lives, maybe you have some brothers in your neck of the woods. And I encouraged them to connect with those men that they don’t know and to go have breakfast, go have coffee, go work out together, whatever, and get to know your brothers in the neighborhood. So because obviously I can’t reach every person, only God can. But, but so I, I, you know, those, that God connects me to on that page, you know, praise God.
Jeff House: 06:24 But See, God connects other men to other men. So this is this a telephone line, so to speak, of you know, to God. And to other brothers and you know, it’s a new page. So I had a brother ask me, you know, what’s the difference with this group and a group that he was already in and I just gave him the same definition and I said, look man, you know, we’re here to connect with brothers and to…iron sharpens iron and to encourage one another to love on one another. And after I told him that, he said, man, I’m excited to see what God’s going to do. Where’s this page going? This page is going in the direction God wants it to go. And I don’t know, I won’t get to see everything that happens.
Jake Enriquez: 07:08 OK, well I can, I can definitely see that Brother Jeff, how you would tie that ministry in to what you’re doing now. And, but I also know this, that uh, you know, I’ve known you a long time and I know that you walk that way with a compassion for others. But I know that you probably haven’t always walked that way. In other words, there’s gotta be a reason why you now go and embrace other brothers and, and walk with them and encourage them along the way, and usually those things stem from earlier in our lives. So tie it back, man, now to childhood, tie it back to being younger. How was it for you, you know, growing up and does this really tie back to that for you or how does that all work out for you man?
Jeff House: 07:48 I always know that God takes your weaknesses and He ministers to you with those weaknesses. And growing up I didn’t have a father. The fathers that I had in my, physical fathers I had in my life were abusive. So you know my, where I’m standing today was not what I would expect because I didn’t have a good opinion of men or women.
Jake Enriquez: 08:11 OK, hold on Brother Jeff. When you say abusive, everyone’s definition of abusive may be a little bit different. So when you say abusive, what does that mean? Does it mean physically abusive, verbally abusive, mentally abusive? What was it for you?
Jeff House: 08:26 Uh, physical and mental abuse. My mother and I were beat and my mother was shot with a gun and…
Jake Enriquez: 08:26 She was shot?
Jeff House: 08:34 Yep, shot with a gun and uh, and only by the grace of God that she…she was shot in the hand. She put her hand up instead of, you know, because if she didn’t it would have went through her skull and you know, so it, the, the, the mental abuse was worse than the physical.
Jake Enriquez: 08:50 Sure. And we often hear that. Why, but why do you think the mental abuse was harder than the physical?
Jeff House: 09:00 Well because the physical heals. The mental, it doesn’t heal because you never forget it. You carry it around with you, you know, I’m reflective upon the apostle Paul when he was beat five times for speaking the Gospel and he talked like it was no big, I got these scars. I’ll wear them proudly, you know, and that wasn’t a problem for him. Beatings. And you know, at the time, as a child, I think beatings are just, you know, when you get them all the time, you know, I’d rather take the beating then and get it over with and go back to, you know, get away from the person. But mental, you got to stand there and listen to them all day, you know.
Jake Enriquez: 09:34 OK, sure. And I can see how coming up with the issues like that or experiencing things like that, that type of mental abuse where you could actually relate to others that they too have experienced the same. And you know, that you’re not the only one that’s gone through that.
Jeff House: 09:50 No, absolutely. And I’ve connected with some people in the Kingdom Warrior page that, that have shared their hearts. I do challenges on the Kingdom Warrior page on it. So, you know, and I challenged them to one time was to do three acts of love towards your wife and give a testimony of it or something like that and I encourage men to love their wives. And, uh, and the other thing is I challenged them, uh, just recently that, hey, what are you struggling with right now? What are you carrying right now? And it don’t have to be a sin. It could just be something that you’re dealing with. It’s a bitterness, it’s an unforgiveness or, and so I had a couple of brothers that got on there and I was just like, reminded just what you said, there’s other people that have been through it or if not worse.
Jeff House: 10:37 And uh, so that’s part of that Kingdom Warrior page is awesome to be able to, you know, we can’t fix people, but we can give our testimonies and comfort and encouragement to those that maybe not have come out of it.
Jake Enriquez: 10:55 Well that’s awesome, Brother Jeff. No doubt you can definitely share experience and by sharing experience, sharing your faith, we can encourage one another. But let me ask you this. I mean, it’s good to walk with brothers, it’s good to walk together and love one another, love together and continue to bear fruit. But what are some of the concerns that you see in men’s ministry as you walk forward? Walking with guys, what concerns you in some of these things?
Jeff House: 11:18 It concerns me to see men trapped, so to speak, or blinded, that are men that have been misled, mistaught, misdirected, that have accepted Christ. I see a lot of men that hang onto stuff because they don’t know, and this is why I said earlier, if you know who you are in Christ, if you know your purpose, if you know your position, you don’t hang on to that stuff. And you know, you know as well as I do Brother Jake, Romans eight, you know there’s no condemnation for those who believe in Jesus, but I was telling you this morning that we get very cliché. We throw the word around because we want to sound holy and righteous, but meanwhile you have a storm brewing in your life that you don’t know how to come out of. And so that bothers me to see men not seeing what’s really going on. Not knowing how to come out of it and following routines and traditions and in the church and in a. You know, there’s just a lot that, there’s not, I don’t see a lot…
Jeff House: 12:32 Do you know who starts the men’s groups? You. Me. Uh, the churches go through a routine of starting men’s groups. They never get to the root of what’s going on in a brother’s life. That’s why we carry that baggage around so long because even though we accept Christ our Lord and Savior, there is much to work out in our lives. Even though we have the Lord in our life, we still have to learn how do we have peace? I’m kind of like you, you know what did Brother Vic say about you? Smooth as molasses or something? But it’s not, what it is is you have that peace of the Lord in you Jake and people see that and I hope that they will see that in me and see that my desire is to see them have that. I can’t give them that peace. Only God can give you the peace. But if I can be a vessel, a tool for God to use to direct man to him, then praise God.
Jake Enriquez: 13:27 Well, brother, I know that, uh, you have been used and you are being used by the Lord to certainly direct people to him. So man, thank you so much for that and sharing that with us. And that’s just a little bit about growing up and as we’re coming up along the way and now the ministry that lays ahead for you, I’d love to hear about it brother, but I tell you what we’re going to do, we’ll take a really quick break and then we’ll be right back.
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Jake Enriquez: 14:37 Welcome back to Press and Reach. We’re hanging out with my good friend, my brother Mr Jeff House and you know, Jeff was just telling us before the break a little bit about how the ministry got started. A little bit about childhood and growing up, but Brother Jeff, I gotta ask you man, just like anybody else, you know, we all have a testimony and you know what to be honest with you, testimony is always taking place in our life because God is always doing great things. But let me ask you this man. Can you, do you have a testimony that you would like to share where you knew it was God and God alone that saw you through?
Jeff House: 15:10 Well there’s several, several I could point out, but uh, one that you’re familiar with that really has changed my whole life, changed my marriage and change the way I walk and see and speak. And that is the deliverance of pornography. Pornography come into my life when I was 15 because I had no father to lead, to be an example. And I’m so naturally I do what a lot of young boys do. I find my own satisfaction, my own, you know, I let the world teach me, bottom line. And so pornography has been a part of my life.
Jeff House: 15:46 It wrecked my first marriage of 16 years. And imagine two people staying together for 16 years through all the mess. It’s amazing to me we stayed together that long. But, but in the process of that is when I found Christ. So a long story short, they’re, you know, here I am, married to my wife of going on 14 years, my best friend. She is my number one accountability partner. And the Holy Spirit that speaks through her holds me accountable. I brought that baggage into the relationship. And, and I, I don’t know how many times, Jake, I fell on my, you know, I’ve talked to you over and over about it. I sought out counseling. I sought out, you know, brothers to hold me accountable. I’ve repented, I’ve been transparent about it. But it would never leave and the reason it would never leave is because I wouldn’t let it leave, but I didn’t see that.
Jeff House: 16:40 And you know, I went through a men’s ministry called the Fourth Musketeer, went on an extreme character challenge, got out there in the mountains for the specific purpose of getting pornography out of my life. And when I went through that, and I mean, I say, God, I want to see you there on the mountain and I want to get rid of this. I really thought that, you know, it was gone and I came back and I didn’t look at pornography or three months. And that was a record, because I was looking at pornography every day. It was part of my life every single day. And it had nothing to do with my wife. I went back on another Fourth Musketeer and worked as a crew because I believe in the ministry, uh, anything to do with men ministering to men. So, uh, when I got back, I looked at it again and this final time that I looked at it, and it was the last time, is when I fell down to my knees, it finally hit me.
Jeff House: 17:36 I said, Lord, this was my prayer, and I’ve shared this with you. I’m not going to stop looking at pornography. I can’t stop looking at pornography and I’m not going to. Now you imagine telling the Lord what you’re not going to do? Wrong! Right? And I said, I’m not going to. And here it is Brother Jake. I said, Lord, please, you know, I love You with all my heart. Please don’t let me stand before You, when I leave this earth and come to You and stand before You. Don’t let me stand before You knowing that I chose pornography over You. So I’m asking You Lord, to discipline me, chastise me. Do what has to be done. Whatever You have to do, I do not want to stand before You, knowing that I chose it over You.
Jeff House: 18:30 And you know, and here I am now Brother Jake, almost two years. I, I have no desire whatsoever. And that just changed my marriage brother, because remember, uh, just to tell you, I had to tell my wife why I treated her bad all those years. And you know what? And here’s where God demonstrated His love, because my wife stood by me, prayed for me, encouraged me. She asked me a thousand questions, which she deserved to ask, and I answered every one of them and she encouraged me and she stood by me and I tell you, it was like this massive burden that was on my life that God removed and opened the flood gates of peace and joy. And my wife cannot stop praising me as her husband, a man of God, and she will not call me anything less.
Jake Enriquez: 19:24 Sometimes we say we’re trying to do this or trying to stop this, but truth be known, we’re really not. We’re just being disobedient in those areas. But I gotta ask you this man. I mean, you say you asked God for discipline. Did you get it brother?
Jeff House: 19:40 It’s one of those things, you know, if you to ask God to do something and it’s for His glory, it could be kind of painful. Man, but well, I’ll try to keep this as brief as I can, but you know why after I prayed that two weeks later I started, you know, I work for myself and I was really exhausted, tired, and I started…I came home and I would lay on the couch and get a cat nap. Whatever time I woke up from that nap, it was like, I felt like I was dying. Like I was fearing death. I went to the emergency room five times and every time they said there’s nothing wrong with him. So I, I’m getting upset now, and my wife…One day my wife says to me, she says, uh, where’s that godly man? Where’s that kingdom man? Hello? Kingdom man?
Jeff House: 20:28 That man, all I see is a defeated foe because what was happening was I was coming home and I was laying on the couch and just giving up. I was giving up, but see, I didn’t know what I was battling. See, I didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t function man. Uh, I felt like I was in a depression anxiety. I had these things going on and I’m just praying and saying, God help me. God help me. God help me. We had a men’s breakfast two, was it two years ago? Men’s breakfast and this guy, I want to really hear him speak at the men’s breakfast and so I went up there to hand to, you know, collect tickets for the men’s breakfast. And Scott Milburn was sitting on the left and I was sitting on the right. But man, I had a rough night man and I was feeling so bad that I just told Scott, I can’t stand at this door, man.
Jeff House: 21:12 I got to sit down now. You got to understand at this point, Jake, I’m checking my blood pressure 20 times a day. I mean, I’m losing weight because of stress. Uh, so much is going on. And so, uh, the police officer, Hispanic guy, comes up, what’s going on Jeff? And I said, man, check my blood pressure and, well come back here to the guard house. Uh, so they checked me in and they called the ambulance. I’ve got to call the ambulance to come check you anyway. We gotta check you. So these two guys come in and uh, it was the day my son was pitching his first baseball game, first time to pitch and they said, well, let us take you in, the paramedics said let us take you. And I said, no, no I’m not missing my son’s baseball game. And he goes, well, how long have you been going through this?
Jeff House: 21:53 I said, well, I’ve been to the emergency room five times. They keep telling me there’s nothing wrong with me. And uh, they said, well, Brother Jeff we’re believing you’re gonna get your answers today. Let us take you. I said no, I ain’t missing my son’s game. And, you know Grumpy, the security guard up there? Randy, big old boy, guy’s always grumpy? But he’s got a big heart, right? He comes up and he puts his arm around me and he cries. He says, Jeff, you know, God’s used you to pour into so many. Let somebody pour into you. Let somebody take care of you. And that really touched my heart. And uh, and when I did, I said, OK, that’s all it took. I got onto the stretcher there and uh, another brother just come out of the blue, come up and kiss me right on the face! Who the heck is kissing me over here, you know, and, and, and he says, I’m, we’ll be praying for you.
Jeff House: 22:41 I don’t even know who that was. I was like, oh, thank you brother. I said, praise God, you know, this is all the beginning process of me finding out what was really going on. So, so the paramedics, one of them said, Brother Jeff, let me ask you a question. And I said, what’s that? Now I sound like redneck, so I’m sorry, but you know, that’s just the way I am. He goes, let me ask you a question. He says, uh, do you worry and pray or do you pray and worry? And I said, is this a trick question? And I’m sitting there for a minute. It wasn’t dawning on me what he was saying. He goes, you’re a godly man, aren’t you brother Jeff? You know, you go to this church and…Well, I’d like to think I am. And he says, well, do you worry in prayer? You praying, worried?
Jeff House: 23:21 And I said, well, I think you, when you start worrying, you pray. He says, so after you pray, what do you worry about? Didn’t you just pray? And I get what he’s saying, right? Brother Jake, these two guys, I believe that they were angels. God said, be careful, you may be entertaining angels. I believe they were because, Eh, anybody tell me on this podcast, have you ever been in an ambulance ride where the men are ministering you the word of God. They are taking you out, take you out of the ambulance, praying over you as they’re taking you, praying as they’re taking you into the hospital, praying it all the way into the emergency room and then they stay there until the doctor gets there. Now you tell me if anybody on this podcast that had that moment, I’d like to hear about it and I’ll probably tell you the same thing. Those were angels and so anyway, they said, well, you’re gonna get your answer today, Jeff.
Jeff House: 24:16 So here comes the doctor, walks right in, looks at me, goes what’s problem? And I said, well blah blah blah, blah. And she didn’t, she turned right around and she didn’t say a word, rather she walked right out. Next thing you know, for the first time they admitted me in the hospital and the paramedics said I told you, you gonna get your answer today. So they did a nuclear stress test, not already had a stress test already. This is a nuclear stress test. So, uh, they did a nuclear stress test and the doctor said, well, we’re gonna let you go. I like, what? They said, there’s nothing wrong with you Brother Jeff. He goes, what are you worried about? What are you, what do you…you know what was funny? One of the doctors, if I could just back up just a second? One of the doctors, we went to the emergency room, my wife went with me, she leans over and she turns her back to my wife, she goes ‘are you in any danger?’ Like my wife is beating me or something? And I go, well, she beats me but that’s beside the point. I’m not in any danger because of that!
Jeff House: 25:13 So, you know, so bottom line is I walked out of there and my wife was so disappointed because I still had that. Now those, now those paramedics spoke prophetically – you have your answer. I didn’t want to accept it and I didn’t understand why, Jake. So guess what? I went to the emergency room again, not two days later, on my own. When I told my wife she was disappointed, angry, when are you going to accept what God’s told you? That was it. I was going to turn. I said, you know what? And I started walking out in High Hawk and I started talking to God and I started listening to Tony Evans preach on fear and I started a listening to a couple of songs that really ministered to me, was a Toby Mac’s “Keep Walking”. You know, keep your head up soldier, keep walking. And the other one was a, you’re a “Good Good Father” by, was it from, a Chris Tomlin? And I just kept talking to God and I’m just laying it out to God. I ended up going to a doctor and the doctor looked at all the medical reports from the hospital, all the tests, everything. They go and she says they did an amazing job on you and you don’t have any insurance.
Jeff House: 26:30 I didn’t have no insurance, Jake. Do you know that bill’s not on my credit? They never charged me. They never sent the bill to the creditors. Nothing. They never sent it. So she said, Do you know what brother? She didn’t say ‘Brother Jeff’ – it’s a habit. She said, uh, I’m going to send you to a sleep apnea. Sleep apnea? Really, what the heck, you know, I didn’t buy into that man. So I went and the doctors, they say, OK, watch this video. We’ll be back. Here’s this great big old heavyset fellar, just tossing and turning. And I’m like, that ain’t me. You know, what is this?
Jeff House: 27:17 So the doctor goes in and goes, I bet you didn’t think that has anything to do with you, does it? I said, no. And he says, tell me your symptoms. And I told him. Here’s what I want to do. I’m going to send you home with a sleep apnea machine, it records your sleep. You come back tomorrow and let’s take a look at it. When I came back, the doctor had a shocked look on his face. You don’t look at me, you don’t look at me as a candidate for sleep apnea. He says, brother Jeff, look at this graph. He goes, every hour of your regular sleep, you’re choking 20 times in your rem sleep to where you get your recovery sleep. You’re choking 46 times every time. He says, brother, when did this all begin? I said, four months ago. He said you ain’t slept for four months, and you probably had slept longer than that and you just didn’t know it.
Jeff House: 28:03 What you have is when I’m sleeping with people, don’t sleep. You get anxiety. You get depression, high blood pressure. Yeah, you get high blood pressure and all that. Right now I’m still on high blood pressure medicine and anxiety medicine. Because of the sleep apnea, it doesn’t go away. But here’s where I’m going to give God all the glory because he goes, so you got to sleep with a machine the rest of your life. You cannot sleep without it because bottom line you could die in your sleep. And I’m like, oh, I don’t have insurance. And he goes, well, you gonna get insurance. And I said, well, I’ll try, I’ll go to the marketplace. You let me know what you find out. And I said, are you sure? And I said, yeah. So I left. And as I’m driving home than going to the home, I’m almost to my house and nurse called from the doctor’s office. She says ‘Mr House, are you still there?’ I said, are you close to the office? I said, uh, no I’m almost home. She said, well, the doctor wants to…he wants to reduce the price of the machine to 300 and you make payments on it. He wanted to, he said, he wants you to have that. And I said, praise God. So I felt like I got my answer, told my wife, we’re just rejoicing because this is a nightmare that’s going on man. I mean, really, I come back the next day and I whip out my debit card. And the doctor says in a nurses, well, the doctor changed his mind, kind of us thinking what happened, you know? And he goes, she said, he just wants to give it to you. He handed over $1,500 worth of equipment and everything and they worked with me for the next two months and never charged me anything other than a doctor visit.
Jeff House: 29:42 You knew that was God. And so when I’m out on High Hawk and I’m walking and I’m leaving out a lot of the testimony, OK? But when I’m out here walking on High Hawk every morning, never missing a beat. I’m out there for an hour, spending time with God, unrestricted, un… you know, distractions…
Jake Enriquez: 29:42 Walking where?
Jeff House: 30:01 At High Hawk. It’s a place. Just walk in a big circle and talk to God. Man, that’s all I was doing. Praising God. And when I’d finish walking, I’d always get on my knees, out there under the pavilion and thank Him some more. And when I’m out there walking, God spoke to me and He said, Jeff, you know I answered your prayer. My prayer? The one you’re on your knees, telling Me about the pornography. I answered your prayer. He says, now you know that all this time when the doctors told you there was nothing wrong with you, you knew, now you know it wasn’t anything wrong with you.
Jeff House: 30:37 And He said, you remember Paul when Paul said, Lord, if You could take this thorn from my flesh, but did I take it from him? I said, no, not according to Your word. And He says, what did I say? You said, Your grace and Your mercy is sufficient. He goes, now, Jeff, you know that every morning that you wake up and you take that mask off or every night when you go to bed, you’ll know that your life is in My hands and I delivered you from that pornography. You will never forget that I delivered you from that pornography. I’m not a candidate. You look at me and Jake…it, you know, and I said, and I, you know what? You know what I did? I cried. And I thanked Him.
Jake Enriquez: 30:37 Well, Brother Jeff, yeah, I remember you going through that time man and being out there at the hospital with you. But hey listen, I greatly appreciate you coming forward. And sharing that testimony, that testimony, man, I mean, I know it’s not easy to do. I know that, you know, a lot of people don’t want to do it, you know, but, and I greatly appreciate you coming forward and doing that because that in itself is a sacrifice when we give ourselves so that maybe somebody else would receive and understand that, hey man, Jesus can deliver you from that, and anything else. Um, so again, I mean, how would people connect with you? It’s king, it’s Kingdom Warriors on Facebook. So they just go on and sign up right there?
Jeff House: 32:07 Get on there. Yeah, just, on there when you, you got to be approved to get on there. And it’s not. I don’t make it complicated. I just asked you a simple question, why do you love Jesus? And some people will answer the question, some don’t. And I just, I submit them on there anyway. I mean, my thing is if you start getting on there and you disrespect God, I’m will kick you right off. Cause it’s, that’s to give God glory. But you know, it’s all about accountability, transparency, teach, being teachable. And uh, bringing the love of Christ, man. Keeping it real.
Jake Enriquez: 32:36 So they can connect with you on Facebook, but Brother Jeff, let me ask you this. What if you have somebody who’s going through something today who’s experiencing a hardship or just troubled in their faith? Brother, what would you say to them to encourage them in this time?
Jeff House: 32:50 It’s never too late to give God a chance. I mean, all we have to do just believe and have faith and trust him. If you’re going through something, it’s easier said than done. I get it. But if you would just pick you a spot. Pull over to the side of the road, go to a park, go to your bedroom, your backyard where like you, you like to do all your swinging on your swing in the backyard. But hey man, you know you’re spending time with God, right? So, and just do this. Just say, Lord, forgive me for where I’m at right now, but at the same time you had me right where you want me and I trust in that and just start talking to God. If you would just open your heart and talk to him and if you, if that is something that’s hard for you to do. Well, I mean, I’m sure there’s a lot of things that we’ve done that are a lot more complicated, a lot more difficult, you know, like going into the porn house for rent videos or something to try doing that.
Jeff House: 33:58 That’s embarrassing, right? But just talk to him because it’s like this brother Robert, I remember the marine, he told me one day he says, Jeff, can I come over your house and pray with you so I can learn how to pray and hear from God like you do? And I told him, I said, you don’t need to do that, brother. Jesus said, knock and I’ll answer you. Seek me. You’ll find me. God is a loving God, a gracious God and He and He’s listening, and if you just open your heart and say, Lord, let it come out of your mouth, pouring out to God instead of going to a counselor or going to a brother for that matter, which is a blessing to have a brother, but God wants you to pour it out to him. Cast all your cares and worries about me. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. It’s that simple. We make it too complicated. Pour it out to Him. Go to your word, start reading. Let the Holy Spirit Guide you and trust Him. It might not get fixed right then and there, but you’ll know by just doing that or even falling down on your knees and just crying out for mercy will change your life. That’s what I’d give them.
Jake Enriquez: 35:13 Man, thank you so much, Brother Jeff House. Man, well hey Jeff, brother, we love you and we thank God for you always. Keep doing what you’re doing, man, and keep pressing on. Hey, for the show notes on this episode, simply go to press and reach dot com forward slash pr 58.
Jake Enriquez: 35:25 Once again, it’s been a joy hanging out with you, so please keep pressing and reach and remember that you are not walking out your faith alone out here. For He has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Have a blessed and wonderful day.
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