“Living the Gift” By Jacob Berry Just because I am disabled does not mean that I am the only one that is living on a gift, because everyday that you live is a gift from God. Life is a gift and we should never take for granted what God has blessed us with. There are many things that I can not do that most people never consider as gifts from God. However, I have no regrets being me because I have Jesus in my heart and that is all I need and that is all anybody needs, because His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (KJV) 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Everyday, I am “Living the Gift”. I may not be able to walk, but that will not stop me from walking with Jesus. I may have a speech impediment, but that will not stop me from telling others about Jesus. I do have a voice and even if it doesn’t sound like others, I am going to use my voice to boldly preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can’t eat, but that will not stop me from feasting on the manna from Heaven above. I struggle with each breath I take, but that will not stop me from praising the Lord. My life has been filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, trials and tribulations, but through it all, God has been there reminding me that I am not a mistake, but a gift from God and am able to do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. As the words of the song writer so eloquently put, “God has been my Father, my Savior, and my Friend. His love was my beginning and His love will be my end. I could spend forever trying to tell you everything He is, but the best way that I can say it, is this, God has been good in my life.” I still say, “I have been blessed with a gift called life and I will never take for granted, but always cherish this gift, because I know that Jesus freely gave His life for mine.” John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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About the Author
Jacob Berry is a young man born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, myotubular myopathy and was not expected to live past the age of 2. Despite this debilitating disease that placed him on life support at only 11 days old, Jacob persistently pursued God’s call on his life and became an ordained minister at the age of 16. He wrote his first book, his autobiography, “Living the Gift” at age 22. Although still dependent on life support and confined to a wheelchair, Jacob is “A Miracle on a Mission” traveling the country holding revivals and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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He could die prematurely and if he does live he will never amount to anything, but be a vegetable all of his life, at one time were words used to describe my life.
My family never believed these words and removed them from their vocabulary.
I am not a mistake, but the potter that created this little broken vessel knew His plans for me.
Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
Everyday, the potter gently takes me into His hands and continues to work on me and shape me.
On October 17, 2009, by God’s grace, I had defeated all the laws of my disease, rising above all the doctor’s expectations. My family gathered to rejoice what many thought would never happen as I turned 21 and stepped into adulthood.
What People are Saying About This
What an honor it is to write a few words about this great outreach ministry of literature by one of America’s premier preachers, Jacob Berry. He may not be able to physically walk but I assure you he will leave giant footprints in your heart from his writings and ministry. God has gifted him as an evangelist for these days. His words are not idle and every thought is soaked in prayer. The anointing of the Holy Spirit on his life will be self evident as you read this book. It will be an investment of time you won’t regret. So, read and be blessed by a life touched by God!
Dr. Calvin Ray Evans
Rubyville Community Church, Pastor
Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, Director
Through the years, there have been many opinions on the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” but most Bible scholars believe that it was a severe physical infirmity. We can see that Paul prayed for healing, and we know that God spoke with him about it. The following words demonstrate his resulting confidence: “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
To a great extent, this is also Evangelist Jacob Berry’s story. Although he has suffered with Muscular Dystrophy from birth, his life has been an example of God’s powerful, triumphant grace. And even though Jacob was not even expected to live at first, spiritually he has soared like the eagles of Isaiah 40:31. From a young age, he embraced God’s call to preach and as a result has proclaimed the Gospel to thousands, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that the power of Christ is resting upon him.
Samuel B. McGinn
Senior Ministry Correspondent & Staff Pastor
Boone, North Carolina