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0:00 i didn’t see god more as the loving 0:03 father per se i saw him more as the 0:05 correct 0:05 father like you do something wrong and 0:07 he’s ready to just 0:08 beat you back into submission rather 0:10 than he had grace 0:12 raised in the church corey heard a 0:14 sermon at 16 that made him want to give 0:16 his life 0:17 to christ however the guidance he then 0:20 sought from the pastor 0:21 and church leaders only robbed him of 0:24 hope they kind of treated me as if 0:27 i needed to work to earn god’s love but 0:30 it wasn’t like they were saying 0:32 that directly it was like how i was 0:35 treated it was 0:36 um i couldn’t sing on the choir unless i 0:40 reached a certain level of like holiness 0:43 or you know i couldn’t 0:44 go out to dinner with them like they 0:46 would take the youth on groups 0:48 and leave me out because i needed to 0:50 work on my salvation more and i was 0:52 confused i didn’t know what any of that 0:53 meant 0:54 i was getting ignored and you know eyes 0:56 rolled at me and 0:58 when i get prayer it was always some 1:00 kind of uh 1:01 god’s not pleased with me kind of word 1:03 being that they were the mouthpieces 1:05 of god they were our their pastors 1:08 ministers 1:10 the way they treated me is how i felt 1:11 like this is how god is speaking to me 1:14 this is how god feels about me 1:15 and this is his view of me i thought 1:17 because i had to earn their love 1:19 apparently that’s how god feels as well 1:23 after the constant rejection from those 1:25 in the church 1:26 corey fell into a deep depression 1:29 it pushed me into like a i want to say a 1:33 season of isolation where i just 1:35 didn’t want to be around people and when 1:38 i did i never i always found myself 1:40 comparing myself to them because 1:41 the other um young people per se were 1:44 were being treated very good 1:46 and some of them weren’t even giving 1:48 their hearts to god and it had me 1:50 just crying and not even fully 1:52 understanding what i’m crying about 1:54 when they told me like i wasn’t good 1:56 enough i needed to 1:57 get better i immediately like i started 2:00 fasting and i really prayed i write my 2:03 bible for hours so i felt by myself 2:05 and since i wasn’t being accepted what 2:08 am i doing wrong and that’s where 2:09 depression came in 2:10 desperate to know he mattered to someone 2:13 corey 2:14 ran away i jumped out of my window and i 2:17 ran away i left 2:18 home for at least a month and no one 2:20 ever sought me out 2:21 i came back and when i went to church 2:23 the pastor had this 2:25 he said he had a revelation of the book 2:26 of life and he was saying god revealed 2:28 to him 2:29 the names that were in it and he were 2:30 like if you want to know if your name’s 2:32 in this book 2:33 you know come get in line i got there 2:35 and this man was like oh you’re going to 2:37 hell and i was like 2:39 you know what i’m done i’m like i’m 2:41 fasting i’m praying i’m reading my bible 2:42 i’m doing everything 2:44 the bible says i’m supposed to do to get 2:46 there and you mean to tell me that 2:48 i’m still not meeting the expectations 2:50 i’ll never be good enough for you and 2:52 i just didn’t want to be here no more i 2:54 give up 2:56 corey tried to erase his pain with 2:59 alcohol in women 3:00 still feeling empty one night he took 3:03 enough pills to end the pain 3:05 permanently i was out and i had this 3:08 vision 3:09 um it was a vision of an angel and it 3:11 was this really big figure so i was a 3:13 little afraid and it just he said and 3:15 today i’m gonna break the power of 3:16 depression off of your life that you’re 3:18 called to reach the nations 3:20 he said that to pursue purpose and to 3:23 not be afraid of the faces 3:25 of people and i woke up i felt 3:28 immediately i felt better i felt free of 3:31 that weight 3:32 soon after corey met a young christian 3:35 woman 3:36 named siobhan she was so on fire 3:39 and meeting her and talking to her it 3:42 was something about how she saw me 3:44 and it was aside from how everybody else 3:46 saw me that made me 3:48 open up to her and trust her you know 3:50 because she saw things in me 3:51 that i’m doing now that i had no idea 3:53 that was in me to even do 3:55 so that opened me up like man let me let 3:57 me see what this girl’s about you know 3:59 and she pushed me 4:00 into that place where i was able to get 4:03 free 4:04 and get out of that church corey and 4:06 siobhan 4:07 fell in love and got married for the 4:10 first time 4:11 corey witnessed the unconditional love 4:13 of jesus 4:14 my wife she’s very observant so she 4:17 already knew that there was something 4:19 broken within me 4:20 so she was praying behind the scenes and 4:22 she was always encouraging me as well 4:24 but it was through her love i got to 4:25 really see 4:27 god’s love through her like the right 4:28 way 4:30 seeking direction corey took a prayer 4:32 walk 4:34 he asked god a question so 4:37 as i was praying in the park i asked god 4:40 like 4:40 what more do you want from me what more 4:42 do i got to do 4:44 and he said you don’t have to do 4:46 anything more but what i 4:47 do need from you is that depression 4:49 that’s when he revealed to me that the 4:51 core 4:51 was not depression he told me that it’s 4:53 really rejection 4:54 is what my struggle is depression was 4:57 just a symptom of the rejection that i 4:59 was faced with 5:00 and he literally spoke and told me i 5:02 just want i want that weight you’ve been 5:04 carrying around because it doesn’t 5:05 belong to you 5:06 because god’s not just gonna snatch it 5:08 from me i gotta freely give it to him so 5:10 i yielded 5:11 that rejection to god which literally i 5:12 just said god you take it 5:14 and that’s when that burden truly lifted 5:16 off of my life he 5:17 when i gave it to him and all of the 5:20 pain and all those 5:21 those memories that came with it and he 5:23 set me free 5:24 right there in the park i felt it 5:26 dropped i felt it lived 5:27 and i i no longer struggled with not 5:30 wanting to be here anymore 5:40 finally knowing he was loved by god 5:42 corey began public speaking 5:44 and rapping under the alias change 5:47 sharing openly about his struggles and 5:50 the source 5:50 of his freedom grace isn’t based on 5:54 my performance but it’s based on my 5:56 position in him 5:57 it’s your position in him that gives you 6:00 access to his grace 6:01 it’s nothing you can work for he’s 6:04 rooting for me and he’s not waiting for 6:05 me to fail so that he can 6:07 condemn me he’s really loving me but 6:10 after 6:11 that that encounter with god in the park 6:13 when that spirit lifted 6:15 i was able to reach people deeper 6:16 because now it’s hard to free people 6:19 from something that you’re not 6:20 completely free from 6:21 god had began to use me to to speak into 6:24 the lives of 6:25 countless people with the same testimony 6:27 of breaking 6:28 that chain of depression off of their 6:30 life and even other things like 6:32 rejection and fear 6:34 be the the giant slayer of depression i 6:37 want to travel the whole world rapping 6:38 and singing 6:39 but making sure people understand when 6:41 the concert is over 6:42 that no matter who you are and where you 6:44 are god loves you and he always will it 6:48 feels great to be free 6:49 my name is david show me goliath my name 6:51 is david show me 6:52 goliath it feels great to be free and it 6:56 is 6:56 for freedom that christ has set each one 7:00 of us free 7:01 and i love that testimony because a lot 7:03 of people believe that you have to be 7:05 perfect to come to god that until you 7:09 reach some level of perfection then 7:13 god will bestow love on you that’s not 7:16 true friend 7:17 that is not true and if you are like 7:21 somebody like corey who’s been told by 7:23 others in the church or 7:24 other believers that you have to do this 7:26 this this you have to pray 7:28 20 hours a day and read the entire bible 7:31 in one month in order to receive 7:33 salvation in order to receive and really 7:36 feel and experience god’s love 7:39 that’s a lie it is a lie 7:43 it’s a lie from the enemy because he 7:46 knows when we realize 7:48 that god’s grace and love is for all of 7:51 us and we don’t have to do anything but 7:53 believe in jesus 7:54 he wants to throw lies and accusations 7:56 at you that make you not 7:58 believe the truth because the truth sets 8:01 us free you just saw it in cory’s life 8:04 what is the truth the truth is that 8:07 god doesn’t want anyone to be separated 8:09 from him 8:11 so much so that he sent his son down on 8:13 this earth 8:14 to die a brutal death on the cross for 8:16 our sins for my sins for your sins 8:19 so that we could walk in intimate 8:23 relationship with him and 8:24 all we have to do this is the only thing 8:27 is believe believe in our heart 8:31 and declare it with our mouth that jesus 8:34 is lord 8:36 experience that grace today friend the 8:38 grace of god which is the unmerited 8:41 favor of god it’s nothing we do 8:45 it’s just his lavish love 8:49 he loves you without rivals so receive 8:52 that today receive the love of the 8:55 father and forgive those who have just 8:57 spoken 8:57 lies over your life believe in your 9:00 heart 9:00 that jesus is lord and declare it with 9:03 your mouth 9:04 if you want to pray that prayer of 9:05 salvation with somebody please give us a 9:07 call at 9:09 1-800-700-7000 we have prayer warriors 9:11 on the line 9:12 ready and willing and able to pray for 9:14 you 24-7 9:15 so please give us a call 1-800-700-7000 9:20 hey everyone i’m ashley key thank you so 9:22 much for watching this video 9:24 be sure to like subscribe and hit the 9:26 notification bell 9:27 so we can reach more people with 9:29 encouraging content like you just 9:30 watched and so you never 9:32 miss a beat see you next time and god 9:34 bless 9:51 you

Due to cruelty from church leaders, Cory Williams saw God’s love as unattainable until messengers, both divine and human, taught him about God’s love. He is now a Christian rapper called CHANG3.

As a Gospel Rapper and Minister, his mission is to use his craft as a vehicle to help youth and young adults understand the reality of living the gospel in everyday life. Chang3 uses the tagline “Not my Show,” to remind himself and others to do everything to the glory and honor of God. It is only God’s presence that equips, guides and instills in us what is necessary for achievement.  | Visit website: https://www.chang3music.com

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