Sid: I’m going to tell you something there is such a flood of God’s Spirit coming out of the airwaves right now that all things are possible for you. My guest has been handpicked by God to proclaim to you that no matter what circumstances going on in your life it’s not over. I repeat, it’s not over; well I have to tell you Ricardo the situation you were in it sure looked like it was over because you young son I believe he was 9 years old dives into a swimming pool and the report you get is there’s less than a 1% chance that he’s ever ever going to be normal again. He’s going to be confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life, he’ll probably have a breathing machine, a breathing tube, he went from normal to being an invalid for the rest of his life. But you were not ashamed of the gospel and you were right in that crowded airport and you got down on your hands and knees and you made contact with God and something changed in the spirit world and then you get a telephone call. Tell me about it.
Ricardo: We got a telephone call Sid from a doctor that we had no idea who he was, I was in Jacksonville, Florida, this was happening to my son in Atlanta, Georgia. This telephone call came from Central California from a man whom we had never met. My youngest brother-in-law is graduating from high school; they had a high school graduation party at some house that he had never been to. It happens to be one of the premiering neurosurgeons in Central California whom when my mother-in-law got the phone call about Josiah my son, my 9 year old baby this doctor happened to be walking right by her and said “What’s going on?” And she told him, what took us 4 hours the waiting room of four hours to find out exactly what was going to happen, what was going to be the official prognosis of our son. He picked up the phone and in four minutes had us on the phone on a three-way telephone call speaking to the surgeon. And again throughout this whole situation the supernatural was just unlocked and unleashed where it seemed so desperate we were so desperate for God to move and Heaven shake that we found out that my son was going to be fine. That they have to do surgery but what the reports that had come in the initial reports were dire exactly like you said. The diagnosis at that point ended up being that we have to operate but your son is going to be okay.
Sid: Okay, they operate and then recovery should take how long, physical therapy and everything?
Ricardo: It should take about 8 months total that he was able to get out of the hospital and continue the therapy he was able to get out of the hospital within a month. He was brought home with oxygen tanks to help him breath, he was brought home with a neck brace to help support and strengthen his neck. But even in that process you know there was still healing going on throughout. God speaks and he’s healed and he’s okay, but there was still a process that he needed to go through.
Sid: You know God was in this and God is in so many situations of people that listening to us right now and you just don’t see Him there. For instance when your son dove into the pool the shallow end and had this life-changing accident there was a friend of yours that had a dream; tell me about.
Ricardo: We were literally in a physical waiting room in emergency at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. And not just physically, we believe spiritually to a large degree in a waiting room. And we didn’t really report this to many people, some pastors, family from around the world would call us. And a friend of ours her name is Joanie she had just called because she had a dream; when she called our voice mail kicked in. She ended up calling a friend, they told her what had happened, she rushed to Scottish Rite Hospital in downtown Atlanta. She found us in the waiting room, she found us in the emergency waiting room. And her and her daughter she said “Ricardo, I did not know what was going on, but I had a dream; she said “And this is why I called you in the first place.” She said, I had a dream that your son,” she didn’t say which one, she just said “Your son dove into a pool and he dove in head first.” She said “But my dream was,” she said that “There was an Angel of the Lord at the bottom of this pool holding his head and protecting his neck and he whispered to me, it’s not over, it’s not over.” She wakes up, her daughter comes running into her room and says “Mommy, I just had” her daughter which is 13/14 years old “Mommy I had a dream and I little bit weirded out by it I’m not sure what it means.” She said “What is your dream?” And she said “I had a dream about Pastor Ricardo that his son dove in, Josiah.” She said specifically “Josiah dove into a pool and there was an angel protecting him and this angel said “It’s not over; it’s not over.” And so basically this mother had to contact us, she hears the story she begins to weep; she runs to the hospital and shares this story with us and we just fell to our knees,
Sid: Did she know about the song you had written 3 months earlier called “It’s Not Over?”
Ricardo: Sid the song was not even released yet, no.
Ricardo: It was only written, the song had not been recorded for another 4 months, it hadn’t been recorded yet.
Sid: But you know none of this would have happened I believe if you hadn’t activated what God was already doing behind the scenes by your worshiping God with every fiber of your being. That’s what I believe.
Ricardo: I believe it with you and in retrospect it becomes so much clearer because it’s hard to the forest in the midst of trees, it’s hard to recognize sometimes where you are until you get a bird’s eye view of where you are. And I believe when you tap into worship, when you tap into a prophetic worship flow that worship elevates your perspective, elevates you supernaturally spiritually and gives you a supernatural perspective where God is. God sees the beginning from the end, the end from the beginning. There’s no time in Him and that’s exactly what we feel that when we through ourselves on the floor, when we begin to cry out unashamedly that Jesus is Lord, that God is control, that Father You never leave us nor forsake us. That we believe within out heart of hearts every fiber in our being yearn for God’s presence to be activated. And I believe Sid when God comes according to the word “He inhabits the praises of His people.” And when God inhabits He brings His entire arsenal with Him, His entire Kingdom, His entire ability with Him. So when God’s presence is with us I believe we just need to tap into that presence to unlock the supernatural.
Sid: Is your son in a wheelchair today.
Ricardo: No sir.
Sid: Is your son on a breathing machine today?
Ricardo: No sir.
Sid: Does your son have a breathing tube today?
Ricardo: No sir.
Sid: How normal is your son today?
Ricardo: I just left, we’re actually traveling and ministering and we left my son two days ago. He had just scored 12 points in his basketball game; he’s the center of his basketball team. He scored 12 points and had 4 blocked shots and had 8 rebounds.
Sid: Tell me what effect people have when they hear your teaching, and frankly I never head a teaching on this area in such debt on Biblical hope.
Ricardo: Sid the world defines hope simply as having a feeling for something to happen, a desire to have something to happen. Biblical hope is defined as having a strong confidence or expectation that something is going to happen. Even in medical science you see Jerome Groopman he states in his book “The Anatomy of Hope” from all his patients it’s true, it’s proven hope is an important part. It’s even more important as medication, anything that he can ever prescribe. The Bible says through God’s promise of Abraham it can be summed up in Genesis chapter 12 there’s a sevenfold structure of promise that he directs to Abraham. And just a few the Lord tells Abraham that I’ll make you a great nation, He says to Abraham “You will be a blessing, I will make your name great,” and He goes on. What it’s found in is as God promises Abraham, Abraham I believe his faith was activated through these promises. To me that is exactly what it is. It’s a promise but it’s a strong belief and desire and/or expectation it’s through the covenants that God had said with Abraham of his first promise to Abraham. And that was “I will make you a great nation.” There are promises that I will give you and Abraham’s belief and his trust in God because that’s what faith is. Our faith is defined as trust, it’s defined as belief and it’s defined as reliance on God. And that’s what we activated in this situation with Josiah and regardless of what people are walking through they have to trust, they have to believe and they have to rely. Listen this is not a game or a country club that we’re involved in, this is our life, this is what we actually believe. That when God speaks that we’re to listen and we’re to obey regardless of what we’re walking through, and this is exactly what had happened with Abraham regardless of what Abraham was walking through Abraham trusted, he believed and he relied on the promises of God. And the promises for his family and future generations to come. The devil, the enemy will continually remind you of your weakness; listen the enemy knows your name, but he calls you by your weakness. God knows your weakness but He chooses to call us by our name.
Sid: Your know our time is slipping away right now but when you have your concerts or when people listen to your music and when they sit under your teaching supernatural hope develops, faith breaks through and there are no limits with God. People…you have reports of the deaf hearing, the blind seeing, the lame walking, marriages restored. People even getting their visions and their calling that they thought was dead…I proclaim to you that it is not over and with God you are a majority in any circumstance you’re in.