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In Identification with Jesus Christ

As I sat in my rented room, in an old Victorian house on Summer Street in Springfield, Vermont, loneliness took its toll.  Chain-smoking one cigarette after another, searing my lungs along with my sin-sick conscience, I cried out to God with the same pain that the Apostle Paul must have felt in Romans 7:24, when he said “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of sin and death.”

Pastor Bill’s challenge echoed in my ears.  Thoughts of all those people from Pastor Bob’s church kneeling in prayer at the foot of the cross flooded my heart.  In my mind’s eye, I could see them waiting patiently, beckoning me to come.  It was on that night in early September of 1981 that I came to the end of myself.  I was standing on the banks of what was to be my own personal Jordan River experience.

True to the Biblical scenario in the Book of Joshua, Chapters 3 and 4, God sent a “Joshua” to me in the form of Dr. Carl Stevens.  He had presided over the convention I had attended earlier that year.

Someone in the church had given me a taped message, entitled “Certain Certainties,” which Dr. Stevens had preached years earlier.  It was a moving apologetic, defending the veracity of the Scriptures, and substantiating the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.  I could no longer deny the truth.  Every time I was tempted to call my physician for another prescription, to alleviate the pain of withdrawals throughout the long nights, I simply played the tape.

Still, it was a perilous crossing, perilous because I had to trust God rather than the idols of destruction that I had learned to depend upon in my wilderness wanderings, which ironically lasted forty years, almost to the day.

Christian writers and friends too numerous to name had been an inspiration to me throughout my life.  It was through their love, prayers, and investment that I was able to cross over.  “Fellowshipping with His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10) at the Cross of Calvary, in identification with Jesus Christ, I had finally exercised my free will in a positive manner.  Calvary was the place where He nailed the desires and lusts of my flesh by His death on the Cross in my behalf.

Many times I had attempted to do the right thing, make the right choices, flee from the bondage of my sin.  No matter how hard I tried, or who tried to help me, I would ultimately fall back into the pit of addiction.  But, this time, like the song says, tarrying at the “Old Rugged Cross,” I finally let Him take it all, and I have continued to do so daily ever since.  The fears, insecurities, and cravings of my past are now dead; they are buried in the finished work of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I no longer try to overcome my flesh; it is dead.  I can now live in the resurrection power of the risen Christ who sustains me and upon whom I cast all my cares.  By His shed blood and abounding grace, and because I am in Christ, and He in me, He has overcome all that which I could not.  That is why I am a Grace Overcomer.

Dan Lightsey

Dan's life was forever changed in 1981 by Jesus Christ, whereupon he attended Bible College, graduating with honors; was ordained as a pastor; learned the home improvement business to make ends meet; conducted Grace Overcomers meetings for 18 years, using the addictions manual he wrote and published; went to the mission field in Mexico City; and served for a time as full time chaplain at the Salvation Army.  

In his mid-sixties he took a job as a salesman for Owens Corning Basement Finishing Systems and became the top designer for five consecutive years, selling over 5 million dollars in business during that time.  He is currently working on the autobiography entitled Dirty Feet. In addition, his book The Ballad of King George and Other Poems is being produced on CD. He resides with his wife of 25 years, Sandra, whose heart he won with a poem.

To schedule an appearance of Pastor/author Dan Lightsey, along with a live recitation of his award-winning power packed poems, and his life transforming testimony, followed by an evangelical presentation of the gospel of grace, email

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