Christian Edwards

002: Overcoming Addiction, Finding Hope, and Servant Leadership with Christian Edwards

The second episode of the King’s Council features none other than the incomparable and powerful man of God, Christian Edwards.

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KC 002 – Christian Edwards

Mon, 2/22 9:12AM • 49:07

SUMMARY KEYWORDS

lucy, god, life, wound, pills, day, addict, people, council, rehab, christian, steve, king, felt, talking, kids, heart, lord, dude, new jersey

SPEAKERS

Christian Edwards, Rylee Meek

 

Christian Edwards 

God just took me through this, you know, like in movies where they kind of like show this, this flashback and like three to five seconds span, right? It was like that all the times I cursed out God, all the times that I had said, I hate you, God, all that all the times like literally middle fingers in the air. And God showed me he was right in front of me the entire time continuing to love me continuing to seek out my heart seek me out. So I could have salvation so I could be freed from my addiction so I could be freed from the bondage of sin period. And I just jumped into his arms, and I felt this warm embrace. And I know that’s when the Holy Spirit enter me. I felt the love. I felt the power I felt the strength like I had never felt before in my life.

 

Rylee Meek 

How right Alright, everybody, welcome back to another episode of the king’s council podcast. And I am so excited, stoked, excited and pumped to bring to you one of one of the dudes who’s probably become one of my best friends here as of late over the last couple months. Mr. Christian Edwards, welcome to the show, brother. Thank you, man, I received that too, because I feel the same way about you, brother. This is gonna be fun. As you guys know, this is the king’s council podcast, a new addition to just the king’s Council, the tribe and what we’ve got going on here now in the first few episodes, we really just wanted to Steven I rip the ripped off the first episode together. And the next few episodes really just want to bring the leadership team on. And just the founding fathers we call it or sisters, we’re gonna have a few ladies that come on as well. And just share their story and let you guys just get to know them a little bit more. And then we’re certainly gonna have a lot more guest on, we’re gonna have some amazing speakers that come on and just share their experiences with life. And really just talk about real life topics, relevant topics that are going on in the world today. But like I said, the first few episodes, I just wanted to bring on the leadership team of the king’s council tribe, and let you just get to know them a little bit more. So one of the first ones here, Christian Edwards, you’re on are one of the very first online challenges that we did the full court press Right, right. Yep. Yeah, dude, first off, everybody knows that Christians from Jersey, New Jersey, right now we are sitting fireside, at my house in Minnesota, it’s negative eight degrees outside right now. And we literally had to pull a couch up in front of the fire, just nice and cozy in front of the fire.

 

Christian Edwards 

Just to stay warm here. But we thought it would be awesome just to rip this episode for everybody and get to know Krishna a little bit more. So I’m going to turn it over to you, man, because you have such an amazing story that I think a lot of people can relate to maybe even some listeners on here right now that are in a position that you were once in and dude, the fact that you’re even here sitting here talking with me. I know you. You give so much credit to your wonderful wife, Lucy, but at the end of the day we know is it was God that had his handprint on you this entire time. So give us a little background of your story, bro. Yeah, amen, man. Thank you. I’m 39 years old. And I’m a guy who grew up in a house that didn’t have God at all. There’s no semblance of God anywhere. My mother’s borderline atheist, agnostic, my father. He said, we’re Catholic. But I think we went to church two times in our entire life. And it was on Christmas Eve. So I didn’t know, church. I didn’t know God. I didn’t know Jesus didn’t know the Bible. And I grew up just always having this like void in my heart. Because I didn’t have that foundation. And I grew up finding my identity, through basketball through sports, being able to, you know, be the all star being the guy who, the kid who stood out because of his athletic accomplishments. So, my story, my testimony is so remarkable. And I say that not to boast in any sort of way. But it’s so remarkable because I never, ever in my life up until the age of 30. When I did get saved. I never thought I’d be sitting here sharing my faith on a podcast, man. Never. So I grew up. My identity was basketball. I was pretty good in high school. I played at St. Benedict’s prep in North New Jersey, but my junior year, I wound up injuring my back. And that led to not just one back surgery, not two, not three, but four back surgeries. It obviously ended my basketball career, and I wasn’t unrealistic about it. I didn’t have plans other than division one college basketball and that’s what I had in my head. I wanted to play in college. You know, meet the woman of my dreams get marry We’d pursue a job in law enforcement. Like my father, he was a cop in the city of New York. And that was who I was my identity because I had no faith, my identity was as basketball player. So when I got injured, and that got taken away from me, I just felt lost. And then, after my first surgery, I got prescribed painkillers, and I got hooked like that. So the painkillers, helped to fill a void of me not losing my identity, and just fill in every void that I realized that I had in my heart. So fast forward. I wound up trying to play in college a little bit, but I became an addict right away at the age of 16. After I had my first surgery, and I tried to play in college, but I was my back was never good enough. I was an addict at this point already. So I wound up at 22 years old, coming back to New Jersey, I’ve been in Florida for a while for college, coming back, a full blown addict. And my father said, Well, I’m going to get you a job doing something, you’re not just going to sit on the couch. So he got me this maintenance job at a hospital. And it was there where the job actually enabled me to be an addict. Because I worked off hours, I work weekends, and I just literally had to show up punch in and I was able to do my dirt right there on the job site. At this job where I I befriended a woman named Lucy. And this was a woman who showed me love like I never felt love before, and not even in a romantic way it just in a way where she cared about me. And I confided in her about my drug addiction. she just, she rocked my world, man. When I met her, she was just different. I didn’t know what it was about her. And this kings Council, so we’re gonna speak candidly. Yes, topics. Yeah. I mean, I was I was a scumbag. I was an addict. I, you know, when you say addict,

 

Rylee Meek 

man, we’re talking just like pain pills.

 

Christian Edwards 

pain pills. Yeah. Okay, I got hooked on painkillers, Oxycontin, Percocet. And at the time, in the state of New Jersey, it was probably like this country wide. I could go to any doctor’s office, show them my scars, from my back surgeries and get prescribed anything that I wanted. And, you know, doctors that didn’t keep track of there wasn’t a central database, like there is now for prescription opioids, right. So I was getting my hands on anything and everything that I wanted. And it led to some other things, mostly cocaine, I tried, you know, an addict mentality. I tried to get off the downers with an upper share. You know, that was my Brainiac plan, which didn’t work out very well. But yeah, opioid painkillers were my big advice. And Lucy, she worked at the hospital with you, man. Yeah, she worked at the hospital. And like I said, I was in the maintenance department. But I would see her from time to time and she was the only person the only good looking woman at the hospital that I didn’t try to sleep with. I had no respect for myself. Therefore, I had no respect for women, I had no respect for anybody. Matter of fact, I hated myself. I, I will go weeks without shaving because when I looked in the mirror to shave, I hated the man that was looking back at me, because I never chose to be an addict. I was a good kid, I worked hard at school worked hard with basketball, when my kids, my friends back home. And in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, when they started getting into drugs and alcohol. I was the one saying no, I’m an athlete, I’m, I have a different route from my life. And here I was a full blown addict, taking obscene amounts of pills, and just sitting here with that victim mentality. How did I get here? I can’t blame myself. But I have to blame somebody. So if God is real, this is what I will be thinking if God is real. He’s the one who did this to me. And I will go into these fits of rage. And I would literally have middle fingers in the air. If you got if you’re real. You did this to me, you cause my back injury, you cause me to become an addict. And that was the relationship I had with him all through my 20s and it was a dark, dark place. Man, I struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts. I wanted to kill myself many times and I took probably enough pills to do it. But I was always too scared to really commit to that. And one of the things that was always in the back of my head was if I kill myself, I’m so an insignificant of a human being. Nobody’s even going to show up to my funeral and that made me nervous. Wanna kill myself?

 

Rylee Meek 

Oh man has deep dude through this time period. You’ve mentioned just being an addict multiple times, but obviously functioning like you were going to war, right? doing live, not happy, certainly angry, frustrated, but still functioning. Right, like, and I think there’s a lot of people out there that are that do that whether it be pills or alcohol or, you know, marijuana, whatever it is, man, there’s, I think there’s a lot of people out there that are functioning, but still just have that feeling of kind of unfulfillment or, or just that you have depression.

 

Christian Edwards 

Yeah, definitely.

 

Rylee Meek 

It’s just like, why am I here? What’s the point of this? So talk to me about like, when Lucy came into your life, and you know, just how that relationship kind of developed, because I know she was obviously a huge impact and change within you, working through her for you. So talk to me about that a

 

Christian Edwards 

little bit. For sure. What when I sit here today and say I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Lucy Edwards. And yes, Edwards because the end of the story is my wife now, if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be alive today. And the scary part about that is not just physically dead. But I would have never received Jesus Christ and I’d be in hell right now. So she befriended me, which was strange, because I kind of had a bad reputation at, at my job, just kind of being a womanizer. Some people knew I struggle with addiction, and people just thought I was a straight up dick, honestly, because that’s how I was. That’s how I came off to people. So she befriended me. And like I said, there was something different about her. And I didn’t know just from that first encounter what it was, but it turns out, she was different because she was a Christian. She had more peace about her than I had ever seen or felt come from anybody else. I’d never wound up meeting anybody that’s more loving than her. So she, she just seemed to have it all together. And then when I got to know her, I came to find out. Well, she didn’t have it all together at all. This is a single mom raising four kids like she’s struggling, she had a horrific upbringing. She got pregnant at the age of 14, ran away from home, wound up in North New Jersey, gave birth to Isaiah at 15. And that’s when she surrendered her life to Christ. Because when the baby handed her Isaiah, it was just her Isaiah, and who else I need God in my life. So that’s when she surrendered to Christ. She showed me this love that I had never felt before. And I, I’ve told you before, I’m a mama’s boy, like, my mom loved me. But she wasn’t safe. She didn’t have the love of Christ in her. So there was a ceiling to her love, as there is for anybody else who doesn’t have the love of God in them. So she loved me in a way in which I never felt before. And we became such close friends. And she would tell me, after I surrendered to Christ, that from the moment she met me, God spoke to her these words, through loving kindness will I draw the and she knew that God was using her as a vessel to get to my heart. And I was going to be a tough nut to crack because, like I said, My relationship was God was I hated him, right? If he even existed, right? So how am I going to go from that to surrendering, surrendering and letting all my walls down and just jumping into the arms of the God that I don’t even know is real. So what she did she she was so sensitive to the Holy Spirit, where she was obedient. She didn’t beat the Bible upside my head. She would. She She was almost like strategic with it, of how she would give me scripture, how she just showed me the love of God, how she kind of would incorporate praying for me without even realizing it. Like she was just like, Ninja strategic with how she was giving me Jesus. And I still wanted nothing to do with him. I was receiving it because I loved what I was getting from her. But I was like, yeah, God, church Bible. That’s your thing. That’s not for me. But I so wanted what she had. I saw she had I saw what her four kids had. And yeah, she brought me around her kids like we were she knew there was a special connection with me as I knew that was with her. But I was like, Alright, I know this woman something special. And I even told my mother, I want to marry this woman. But I knew how could that ever happen, right? I’m not a Christian. I’m a junkie. My life is in shambles. I don’t even want to live most days. But this woman brings me a type of joy and I know that There’s something there beyond what’s just what somebody would see on paper.

 

Rylee Meek 

Yeah, that’s a catchy off, man. But all through this time, you’re still popping pills. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Big time. And you said you you want what she had, like, what’s what specifically? Do you mean by that?

 

Christian Edwards 

If we talk about the fruit and people’s life, or what did she have, she had a boldness and a confidence in herself. And as I came to know, her story, her upbringing, there was no reason why she should have that type of confidence. But it’s like, Alright, what is it? What is it like is this she keeps talking about Jesus is there’s something to this. She has such a piece about her. She the way she loved her kids, the way she loved others the way she served others. She has such a selfless heart to even let me into her life at that time. It’s like, okay, you’re different. Because even even though I alienated everybody that I loved, still, nobody was going out of their way to try to help me right. You know, I was putting up walls, but she was just gracefully kicking those walls down and saying, No, I’m here for you. Yeah, it was remarkable. And she actually took me to a Christian counselor. And

 

Rylee Meek 

how willing are you to go to that man?

 

Christian Edwards 

Well, here’s the thing. I told her. I said, I’m not a Christian. So I don’t think I should go to a Christian counselor. But I know I knew how special she was to me. And she was loving on me. And I mean, you met her. She’s, she’s smoking hot, too. So God for that. But I was like, all right, I kind of trusted the process that she was taking me through. So she took me to this Christian counselor, and this Christian counselor, her name was Miss Winfrey, this old black woman who just sat in front of me and just read my mail, she was able to just speak everything about me. I was like, Oh, my gosh, like the Lucy tellers, woman, everything. And Lucy didn’t. She just had an annoying thing. She had a prophetic gift. And she saw right through me, and she sent me up with the rehab in Florida. Me typical addict, I was like, Yeah, I got stuff to take care of, I got important things like I had nothing like my life revolves around taking pills. I said, let me do that, like three, four weeks from now. So we scheduled it for three or four weeks down the road. And in the meantime, Lucy said, you really need to wake up every morning. And I didn’t realize this was how she was going to get me to pray on my own. She said, you need to wake up every morning. And thank God, you’re alive. So I’ll never forget that the next morning, I woke up, open my eyes, looked at the ceiling. And I said, Thank you, God for waking me up this morning. Now, I said the words but most mornings, I don’t even care. Like a lot of nights I fell asleep. And I was like, I too scared to take all these pills. But, you know, maybe, maybe this is the time you allow me to leave this earth. So I was kind of like talking to God already, in that sense, just from being around Lucy. But she told me to thank him that I was alive. So begrudgingly, I woke up in the morning. Thank you guys for waking me up this morning. And I looked around, nothing happened. I was like, What the heck I called Lucy. Said Lucy. Yeah, nothing happened. What I thank God this morning, she kind of chuckled, said I do to get tomorrow and hung up. So I did that for a couple weeks. And it was really like two, two and a half weeks into doing that. Or I felt something or I felt somebody on the other end, hearing me just kind of receiving those words. So I look back at it now with so much clarity. Yeah, I was establishing my relationship with the Lord. But at the time, I was just kind of like, Alright, this is new territory. What is this, but I will find myself now random times of the day just talking to God, whether out be out loud, or in my heart. So I know if I’m rambling you cut me off. You reel me in. If I go too far with this,

 

 

I’ll do that man. No worries. This is great stuff, brother. Keep keep firing man.

 

Christian Edwards 

So I know. So now I kind of feel like God is there. I got I have plans to jump on a plane and go to rehab in Florida. Like Riley said, I’m from New Jersey. So I knew in my heart. I wasn’t going to get on that plane. I was scared to death to get on that plane. I’ve been on these pills since I was 16 years old. Now. This is 2011 I am 30 years old. And I’m supposed to get on a plane. Go to a state where I know nobody and give them like if I bring any drugs. They’re gonna take them they’re not supposed to be there for at least 30 days. That’s crazy.

 

 

Right? So Have you had you tried to quit? Yeah, stop taking them prior. Yeah,

 

Christian Edwards 

I tried everything. I knew in my power I’d read like every self help book, I tried to detox myself cold turkey, which was, it was like torture. It was horrendous. And, you know, now I understand the spiritual stronghold of addiction. But at the time, it was just like, I don’t know how to how to kick this. I don’t know how to do it. These things just have their claws in me. So I wound up. It was a few days before I was supposed to go to rehab. And my breaking point was, I was driving with Lucy. And yes, I was driving Lucy was in the passenger seat, despite the amount of drugs I was taking, I was functioning. And she said something to piss me off, which was commonplace because I was an addict. I, like I said, I hated myself, and, for the most part, hated everybody else.

 

 

So short fuse, you just short fuse,

 

Christian Edwards 

yeah, I wound up going into this rage at a bottle of pills army. And, you know, to spite her, I wound up packing up to bottle downing the bottle, throwing the bottle at her. And I blacked out in this rage. It wasn’t even because like I just down these pills, they didn’t kick in that quick, I blacked out. And All I knew is when I lifted my head, we were on the side of a road. And by the grace of God, we had to somehow come to this rolling stop and a patch of grass on the side of the road. And I looked up and I saw her face. And I’ll never forget that face. Because she was absolutely scared to death. And this this woman, I’ll probably get emotional, I am getting emotional and re just telling the story because I could have killed her. I could like she had four kids. I could have killed somebody else. It was just so stupid. And it was so selfish. I wanted to spite her. So I did something like that to myself that could potentially hurt other people, right? So I said, Listen, I know you’re gonna kick me out of your life after this. But please just help me get to that rehab helped me get sober. And even in that moment, I didn’t know that I needed a savior. I just thought that I needed to get sober. Because still, I was thinking of God to be the source of my problems, not the source of my solution. So the day

 

 

comes into that. Listen to that everybody. You’re looking at God as being the source of your problems versus the source of your solutions. Yeah. Yep. Interesting did

 

Christian Edwards 

so the day comes before I’m supposed to get on this plane. And I I asked Lucy if I could spend a day with her and the kids. And her kids knew me just as mommy’s friend. They thought I was kind of cool. I you know, my wife is black for kids or blacks. I was mommy’s like, this cool, white dude. Like she’s

 

Rylee Meek 

chocolate, like chocolate.

 

Christian Edwards 

So, Lucy said yes. And again, she was just this whole time she was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And she said, Yes, we spent the day together. And at the end of the day, she dropped me back off at my apartment, her and the kids came in to say goodbye, give hugs. And before she left, I said Do you mind if we pray real quick? I’ll never forget our youngest daughter mooch, she’s 16 now, but at the time, she was only seven. I’d never forget her precious little face cuz she didn’t know how bad of a junkie I was. But she knew I wanted nothing to do with God. So her precious little face looked up for this face like of bewilderment, like pray, like Christians pray, What’s this about? So we wound up holding hands, and Lucy was going to pray for me before she left anyway. But I initiated this, because in that moment, everything that Lucy had taught me everything that I felt my heart from this short relationship, I started to build with the Lord. And just what Somebody once told me I had in this moment, God blessed me with the gift of desperation. Where I was ready. I was ready to say yes to the Lord. So we held hands in a circle. And Lucy started praying. And keep in mind, if Lucy had given me too much of the Bible, I would have ran. So I knew a few scriptures I didn’t know much I didn’t really know. Like I’ve said it a couple of times the word saved. I didn’t even really know what it meant to be saved at this time. I didn’t know what it meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know what happened once you say yes to Jesus. Lucy led me in this prayer. And I can’t tell you how long it was. I I can’t tell you exactly what was said. All I know is the tears were coming out my eyes, not dripping out of my nose, there’s a puddle before in front of me. And in this moment, I 100% surrender my life to Jesus Christ and declared him to be the Lord and Savior of my life. And so vividly. Like my eyes were closed, and my head was down. But I just had this picture as this was happening, and God just took me through this, you know, like in movies, where they kind of like show this, this flashback in like three to five seconds span, right? It was like that, all the times I cursed out God, all the times that I had said, I hate you, God. All that all the times, like literally middle fingers in the air. And God show me he was right in front of meeting entire time continuing to love me continuing to seek out my heart seek me out. So I could have salvation so I could be freed from my addiction. So I could be freed from the bondage of sin period. And I just jumped into his arms. And I felt this warm embrace. And I know that’s when the Holy Spirit enter me. I felt the love. I felt the power, I felt the strength like I had never felt before in my life. I lifted up my eyes. And Lucien the kids told me later, they didn’t tell me there on the spot that when I opened my eyes, I have blue eyes. But when I opened my eyes on the spot there, they said, My eyes were a different shade of blue. There were like a piercing crystal blue. Like there was an actual physical transformation when the Holy Spirit entered me that day. And I didn’t know it at the time, but I got delivered from drugs in that world. And in there, I was born again. I didn’t know what being born again. And I didn’t know what regenerated heart was, but I had it man. I had it.

 

Rylee Meek 

It’s so awesome. And what was the date on that? I know you you know the exact date, don’t you?

 

Christian Edwards 

Yeah, that date was October 27. I got on a plane, October 28. I went down to Florida still went to rehab. And I had the boldness now the courage to do it. I got off that plane, somebody from the rehab picks you up from the airport. And I told everybody what it just happened to me the day before. Everybody, this guy who picked me up at the airport, I got to the rehab went through intake that I was telling everybody, listen, yeah, this 14 years, this is why I’m here, the painkillers or this or that. But let me tell you what just happened yesterday, right? Like, God has me here. Like, it wasn’t this addiction. God has me here, cuz I trust him in everything. Now. I was into that a detox in two and a half days, like detox was easy. I wasn’t able to go a couple hours without withdrawing from pills. I went, I was in a detox, I didn’t get sick one time. I didn’t sleep for literally like, a couple of weeks. Like it took a while for my body to physically adjust. But I didn’t get sick. And the time being up was a blessing because I wound up being at this rehab. And a lot of those hours I probably should have been sleeping I this rehab is on the intercoastal in Florida. I took a chair sat out by the water under the stars. And I was just sitting what God just talking to him just learning more about this God that I just surrendered to. And it was 30 days of I look back on it now. It was just bliss. It was unbelievable. 30 days of just learning how to be sober. But just getting to know my Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Rylee Meek 

That’s amazing, dude. So it’s been over nine years now.

 

Christian Edwards 

Yeah. And October will be 10. That’s amazing. Man.

 

Rylee Meek 

Has there been any time in the last nine years where it’s like, maybe a struggle? Or it’s like, you’re thinking about picking up another bottle of pills or anything like that? We’ve never even talked about this. I’m just putting you on the spot here.

 

Christian Edwards 

Yeah, man. No, it’s, it’s cool. Absolutely. And I have to equip myself every day. Because Yeah, I’m delivered from it. But the enemy knows what my voice is. Right? Like some guys. It’s porn. Some guys. It’s women like I yeah, I slept with women. But it wasn’t my thing. Like these pills. Were my thing. Yeah, the enemy knows. And it could be a beautiful day hanging out now with my family. All of a sudden, I just get this, this craving this urge. It’s like what the heck, but I’m equipped. And I know the power of prayer. I know that God can remove that thing. And that’s what I do. That’s what he does. Yeah, but the enemy’s gonna until the day I die. The enemy is going to continue to try to trip me up. Especially even more so now. I’m on this podcast with you. Yeah, dude. How many people are hear my voice right now how many people are going to be set free from this podcast set free because the king’s Council. And so you don’t think the enemy is going to try to trip me? Oh, absolutely.

 

Rylee Meek 

As I know, he has spent the last four or five months we’ve been doing this. There’s definitely been an attack in my life. So I know you’re getting it. Yeah,

 

Christian Edwards 

for sure.

 

Rylee Meek 

So let’s fast forward then brother. Like we met in October. Yeah. With this online challenge. Just so everybody knows. I’d never known this cat until four months ago. Yeah. And we met online. Not a dating site, not Tinder. He didn’t swipe right. But we hosted this online challenge. It was like it was called the full court press. Did you know Steve Weatherford, I mean, your football fan a little bit. But did you know of him? Were you following him? Is that how you got to it? Or how connected to us?

 

Christian Edwards 

Just to show you just how faithful God is. I wasn’t really on social media at all. I knew who Steve Weatherford was because I live in New Jersey, he won the Super Bowl with the giants. I mean, I’m a Jets fan. So I’ve known from when he punted for the Jets, I was rooting for him as a Jets player rather than a giants player. And actually, before I even mentioned that to backtrack, when I came home from rehab, on Thanksgiving, 2011, Lucy and I wound up getting married, like God spoke to me down there told me Lucy’s my wife, and I’m the father of her kids. God spoke to her while I was down there, told me, I’m her husband, and I’m the father of her kids. And when I came home, I tried to share it with her. And she was like, I know what you’re about to say God spoke to me said the same thing.

 

Rylee Meek 

Shut up and marry that quick.

 

Christian Edwards 

I didn’t know that.  Well, we got married in July. But that was like that set off our engagement really were like, what month Do you want to get married? We’re like, let’s do it in summertime. That’d be cool. And which didn’t matter, because we wind up having a very small ceremony is just our pastor and a couple people. So we could have done it. Whatever. Right? But yes, Lucy is Lucy Edwards. That’s the woman of God. Blessed to be her husband now. And we just gave birth after a long journey and many trials and a couple lost babies. We just gave birth to our first baby this past May little Ezra. Ezra. Yeah. Yeah, God. So I don’t want to go off on another Saturday, I could brag on my wife all day, for sure, man,

 

Rylee Meek 

for sure.

 

Christian Edwards 

So with Steve, I wasn’t really on social media. Once Lucy and I got married. While really when I got back from rehab, I started going to church with her. And I just want to serve immediately. I want to serve God serve others. I want to share my testimony. I wanted people who were in darkness, like I was for 30 years of my life. I wanted them to understand to realize No, God is real. And he can can and will set you free. He desires to set you free. Yeah, it’s on us to jump into his arms. So I was, you know, doing my thing. I never wound up leaving that maintenance job. Like I was always just kind of getting paid enough to that made me scared to leave and start something else. I was able to do ministry work. That was my heart and passion. Lucy did a lot of ministry work. So it was just this past year. I was realizing, like I said it wasn’t on social media. But God was kind of stirring in my heart. Because I if I could give an honest assessment of myself, I could say, yeah, I think I’ve been a good husband, a good father. Effective doing ministry work, I’m doing good. But what I realized is that I was allowing good to rob me from my best. Yeah. And God just wasn’t allowing me to sit in that. So here’s God faithful as ever, as he always is. He got me on social media. I wasn’t on it. I wound up getting on the Facebook, I had no Instagram account. And I think 87 Facebook friends from an account that I started like a decade ago, and I just shared a post that got put on my heart with all the racial tensions this past year. You know, I’m married to a black woman have four black kids. And God put something on my heart that I shared and wound up gaining some traction. And I was like, okay, social media could be a positive platform, right? Somehow, man, I was following like four or five pastors, Steve Weatherford saw my screen. I’m like, I know Steve Weatherford. You know, NFL is fittest man. And I clicked on him. I saw somebody posted. And I was like, Wait a second. This dude loves Jesus. This dude sold out for Jesus Christ. All right, let me really take a closer look at this guy. So I want Steve wind up being like the number one the like, almost one and only guy I was following. And I was just loving what he was doing his commitment to God’s commitment to his wife to his kids. And he was a role model for me. I loved it. So then all of a sudden he makes this announcement. We’re doing an online challenge. called win big and business challenge. And I was like, I don’t have a business. I’d love to have a business but I don’t have one now it’s free. I could learn more from Steve Weatherford. Let me check this out. And then he mentioned this guy, Riley meek, my business partner Riley, me. Hello. Okay, so Steve’s, the Jesus guy Riley’s the money guy, I love it. This is a good combination. I do the online challenge. And at the end of it, you know that you guys made the offer to join this group? And God overwhelmingly told me Yes, do it. Because God allowed me to align with you guys. Because you guys want to allow me to settle for good, right? You guys won’t allow me to settle for anything other than my best in serving God serving others and the father that I am in the husband that I am in the friend that I am. Yeah, you guys won’t allow me to settle for good. So I joined on, wound up making the trek to California three times in a matter of like, six weeks or something.

 

Rylee Meek 

And you bet your whole family

 

Christian Edwards 

right one of the trips brought my whole family because I just loved you guys so much. And you know, you and Steve started this, but all the leaders that were in place, and then everybody who joined to be a part of this tribe, everybody just had the same hearts. It became family really quick. And I had to bring my family like, you guys all knew my wife’s name, my kid’s name, just through zoom calls. So I’m like, yeah, I’m gonna bring them out so you guys could all meet in person. And like, that just blew me away to have my wife and kids who, if you know me, you know, my wife and kids mean the world to me. And me, guys like you, Steve Scott, Thomas Connor Mead, Tevin Schindler, Phyllis Blanchard and the rest of the crew from King’s Council. Because you guys, God placed you in my life. They, God wanted me to align with you guys. And I know that he’s calling me and listen, bro, like, I’m here. I’m doing a podcast with you. I’m sitting in front of a fireplace with you. As the sun’s going down over this lake. Right? I know, God called me to as my place of ministry, to be King’s Council, my heart, my passion, my calling is to speak life into people to help them find their identity. Like, oh, you you think you’re a basketball player? You think you’re just a husband? Just a father? No. Let me help you realize who God says you are? Yeah, man. Let me help you understand what your purpose is, what your destiny is. And it it’s just falls in alignment with what the group is, is teaching to everybody as it is about discovering, developing and deploying gifts. And, you know, God placed me here and I pinch myself on a regular man like how kid because all I’ve wanted to do is serve God. He could have sent me to be a missionary in Africa sleeping in a hut. But here I am. Sitting with you, like hanging out with Steve becoming and not just, you know, working with you like I’m a coach with King’s Council. No, like we’re doing life together. Yeah, yeah. And not just me and you but my family and your family. Right. Steve and his family Scott and his and Connor and Tabitha you know they’re still single but single sorry they’re not married right they’re not married they’re not single all the ladies that are googling them right

 

Rylee Meek 

now right yeah, they’re take her

 

Christian Edwards 

off the market

 

Rylee Meek 

well that Belen Phyllis all over us, yeah. Yeah, brother, dude. Thank you for sharing that your testimony there. And it to go back to the one big business challenge. I just remember coming on this zoom, which I’m like, literally, crapping my pants going into these things, because it’s not anything, you know, business wise, standing up in front of the room talking to people. That’s what I’ve done for the last decade. But actually, like, hopping online and speaking truth has been something, you know, a new role that I know like, that’s what this is, what God has been preparing me to do. And in Steve to do, we talk about that on the regular of like, this is just the beginning of this new movement that I don’t say that Steve and I have created but that all of the kings and the Queens within the king’s Council have built here, this foundation that we did this last quarter of 2020. And I remember just coming on the screen and seeing this dude with this big freakin beard. Big Red freaking beard. And this is like who’s this Christian Edwards cat? Like we’d get off these calls. And we’re talking about everybody that’s on this zoom calls. And I’m like, yeah, this Christian guy we need to get, we need to talk to him some more. And here we are rather. I mean, this is the worst. So we said, we’re sitting in front of we’re at my house in Minnesota right now it’s February, 8, below outside. Christian flew in from Jersey, which it’s still colder here than jersey, but

 

Christian Edwards 

Oh, yeah, this is a different type of cold air.

 

Rylee Meek 

It really is mad. But he says, you know, we’re doing life together. That’s what we’re doing Christians here for a purpose, obviously wanted to do this podcast together, but we’re talking, you know, about, like, what are the new roles? And you know, how can we make additional revenue streams together? How can we free time up, and which will allow Christian to step into what his true calling is? And that’s what we do within the king’s Council. It’s like, let’s do life together. And but you know, you We always hear a lot of like iron sharpens iron, and you know, discussion like that, but we don’t, we’re not just hearers of the word, we’re actually doers of the word. And that’s what this is all about is taking action together. And you know, anybody that’s been on any of our calls, or even our online challenges and things they’ll oftentimes hear me say, with action comes clarity. And that’s what this is about is we’re taking massive, massive action here in 2021. With all of our live events we have coming up with, you know, the online challenges we have coming up with this podcast. And I think that the most impactful time and you can correct me if I’m wrong, is when we get together in person. Yeah, like no doubt did that December event. I mean, we did the Wim Hof breathing, cold plunging. I kicked your button basketball. Maybe not maybe that but it was still fun.

 

Christian Edwards 

Yeah, yes. And Tom, you probably did. back surgeries, man.

 

Rylee Meek 

Well, he wasn’t a wheelchair folks. But those events are just epic of just getting together and just doing life together. But the real power is we hop on these coaching calls Mondays and Thursdays, which is awesome. We have some teaching, but really didn’t some application. And we talked a lot about getting the reps in of like, you know, yeah, it’s great to learn things. And I think that’s what happens to a lot of people on Sunday, they’ll go to church, and they learn something, but they don’t actually put it into practice. Right. And I think the vision that we have here is we’ve kind of broken down the walls of church. Yeah, like this is the body of Christ. And what we’re doing and if anybody on here is listening to this, and they’re hearing like this Jesus guy, Christ are saved, or you mentioned, like you were delivered, or you will just, you know, like, if that doesn’t make sense to any of you guys, I really encourage you just to to reach out to us, or text us, I’ll throw in my text line in which you can reach out to me directly. It is 727-472-3860. And if you just want to throw in the text, what’s next? I’ll know exactly what you’re referring to. So text 77 4723860, what’s next, and we’re happy to hop on the phone and just chat with you a little bit about what that actually means. Who this Jesus cat is that we keep talking about? And you know, if you’re curious, I’m just like, what the power of the Holy Spirit is and want to know more, or at least have an exploratory conversation. We’re happy to do that. I know. I know. Christian would be

 

Christian Edwards 

half really mad. But I live for anybody.

 

Rylee Meek 

Right, exactly. That’s why I love you, brother. Yeah, I feel like I could rap on and on with you. But we’ve been on this for a good 4045 minutes right now. And we’re gonna go have some fun the rest of this evening. So

 

Christian Edwards 

yeah, man, well, let me take this opportunity real quick to honor you. Because like I said before, when I first saw you online, you’re the business guy to go alongside with Steve, who was the Jesus guy. And I learned very quickly that you’re not just a business guy. You have just as much fire and passion for the Lord as anybody else that I know. And I think that’s why we clicked so well, you know, because you got eight businesses. You’re the 100 Million Dollar Man. I don’t have those businesses. So we can’t relate on that aspect. Yeah,

 

Rylee Meek 

yeah. Yeah, right. Right. That’s one of the things you’ll learn. We cancel each other’s language out, corrected a lot here. And I appreciate you with that honor brother, before we hop off, I want Christian to actually share his contract. That’s one of the things that we talked a lot about, within the tribe is is we hold each other to these contracts. And the contract itself isn’t like, this is what I have to be all the time, all day every day, but it’s who we’ve decided to be in to continue to become, because I believe we talked a lot about God gives us the desires of our heart, if they’re, you know, in line with his will. And there’s a reason that those desires are there. And you know, if we want to do things, we want to have things that’s completely fine. But what we want what we have is only a fraction of what truly truly matters. It’s who we are. are becoming in the process. And if we continue to strive to become this version or this contract that we make with ourselves, for example, mine is, I am an intentional man of action, honor and integrity. And Christians. What’s your contract brother?

 

Christian Edwards 

I am a fearless beacon of light spreading the hope and love of Jesus Christ with intention and fervency. fervency.

 

Rylee Meek 

Love that word. And by the way, yes, you are

 

Christian Edwards 

Yes, you are. Forgive me. Yes, you are Riley, me. I love it. So if you guys are curious even about the contract language and that discussion, we have, again, shoot us a text 77 4723860 and just say what’s next, and then Christian, or I or somebody on our team, we happy to rap with you a little bit more about what that actually means. So, Christian, you want to pray us out of your brother. We didn’t start out with prayer. Normally we would we just dove right into it. Man. We’ve been we’ve been hot all day.  Well, we’ve been praying. We’ve prayed a few times since I’ve been here. So we’re always praying brother. But yeah, real quick. I just want to say anybody. You don’t have to jump into this group right away. Come to an event. You know, we have people who come in from all over the country. We’ve run them just about every month, the CEO of your life events. Be in a room with Riley meek with Steve Weatherford be in a room with the Holy Spirit, man, because the Holy Spirit is there every time we get together. And we’ve seen people get saved. We’ve seen just chains drop off of people. We’ve seen freedom. We’ve seen healings, we’ve seen breakthroughs. So

 

Rylee Meek 

I haven’t been to one that I haven’t cried multiple times.

 

Christian Edwards  

Oh, yeah. Yeah, I told you, I said, we we need more tissues for these guys. That would be like number one on the list. Yes. But

 

Rylee Meek 

if you want to see some grown man cry, yeah. The next CEO of your life event,

 

Christian Edwards 

right, right. But yeah, man, let’s throw this one up. Heavenly Father, we just thank you so much for this day, this, this time, this opportunity to just sit together to talk about you, Lord, to talk about our salvations who we are now, Lord, who you’ve called us to be. Thank you for giving us life and life more abundantly, Lord, just thank you for the alignment of kings. counsel, I thank you for the breakthroughs that I’ve received. In my life. I thank you for the breakthroughs. For like I just said those healings for those salvations that that we’ve seen through King’s Council. And Lord, we just desire to be a vessel that you use, to speak life into others to be the beacon of light to shine on the entire world, Lord in this this year, this world of chaos, Lord, just allow this to be something allow King’s council to be a safe place for others, a place where people can be encouraged people, a place where people could come and just have an outlet. Church may not offer it all the time. People have walls up with church people think I think there’s the stigmas attached they associate religion with church. Allow us to just just bust through all of that and allow people to know who you are because this is about a relationship with you. This is about us finding out who we are our true identities, our true purposes, our true callings, Lord. So we thank you continue to bless King’s Council, Steve Weatherford, Riley, the whole crew, and everybody under the sound of my voice. If you are struggling with anything right now know that the answer is Jesus Christ. We thank You, Lord, we love you and honor you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. Amen.

 

Rylee Meek 

I love you, brother. Love you too, man. Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of the king’s council podcast. For more information on the king’s Council, and becoming the CEO of your own life, visit King’s council coaching.com today, you can also follow us on Instagram at King’s council coaching. We’ll see you next time.

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