Glory to God!
It is an honor to share the gift of Christ and witness of God’s Grace! I am Daniel Braxton, also known as ‘Ready’ – Gospel Artist and Founder of READY® Truth Ministries.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a kid, around 9 years old. I recorded my first song in the Summer of 2008, at 16 years old. In my first few years as an artist, my songs were mainly about money, girls, and life experiences.
At the age of 19, God touched my heart and opened my eyes to see some areas in my life, including my music, that were not consistent with His will and the confession of faith in Jesus Christ that I had accepted as a child. He convicted my heart for being a hypocrite – for knowing what’s right, but still choosing to do wrong.
The conviction of my heart led me to honestly check myself and look to God for help. I recommitted my life to Him and opened myself up to grow in His will and purpose for my life.
Even with a mind set to do right, I struggled with some bad habits, wrong thinking, heavy emotions, and other issues. Condemnation, regret, shame, and even fear held me back, because of what I had done wrong in the past, and even for mistakes made along the way in my day-to-day journey. My focus was on me trying to turn from sin and live right, but in my own strength and ability, it led to failure, disappointment and confusion.
I started going to church regularly at More Than Conquerors Faith Church in Birmingham, AL, with Pastor Steve Green. Being in church helped me a lot, but I also started watching the Changing Your World Broadcast on TBN, with Pastor Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in Atlanta, GA. Hearing Pastor Dollar constantly preach and teach about the Grace of God helped me to get a clearer understanding of THE GIFT of salvation.
The message became a reality – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to complete a work that we, as human-beings, could not. I realized that the salvation I had RECEIVED from HIM was not earned, merited or based on any human ability or strength of mine; but that it had been GIVEN by THE GRACE OF GOD, through my FAITH IN JESUS! It is faith in Jesus that gives us access to God’s grace! It is God’s grace that saves us and delivers us from the power of sin – not ourselves!
EPHESIANS 2:8-9 (NKJV)
“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
ROMANS 6:14 (NKJV)
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
After getting an understanding of God’s Grace in Christ Jesus, I got excited about growing in my relationship with God and set in my heart to walk in His will, by Grace, through faith!
At 21 years old, with God’s help, I set aside my ambitions as a music artist to focus more on growing in Him. Thinking about it now, this decision was a major turning point in my life. It made me available to God in ways that I had not allowed myself to be before.
When I was 22, I read a book that belonged to my parents, called: The Purpose Driven Life by Dr. Rick Warren. Reading the book helped me to get a clearer focus on God’s purpose for my life, and doing the journals helped me to prioritize things in my life based on their importance to purpose.
After reading the The Purpose Driven Life, I borrowed another book from my parents, called: Smith Wigglesworth on Spiritual Gifts. While reading it, my heart was filled with respect for the Spirit of God, and appreciation for the gifts that He gives. After reading and learning about tongues, I wanted to be filled with God’s Spirit and to be able to speak in tongues. One night, I prayed and asked God to fill me with His Holy Spirit, with the evidence of me speaking in tongues, and He did! From that point, the living power of God began to fill my life in a real and personal way!
In June of 2014, the Lord put it on my heart to start sharing my testimony and witnessing to His Grace that had been revealed in my life. I started writing songs to share, and eventually had enough to put together an album – ‘7 Songs of Story’; it was released on October 31, 2014.
The reality of my testimony is that the power of God completely changed my walk of life! I stopped living as a man in his own way, and became as a man who understands and appreciates God’s way! His way is THE GIFT of His Grace in Christ Jesus!
II CORINTHIANS 12:9 (NKJV)
“And He said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
As of May 2015, READY® Truth Ministries (formerly The READY® Entertainment Group) has been commissioned while advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing the testimony and witness that God has given me. The ministry’s mission is “to be a global witness of God’s Grace – bringing awareness of the gift of Christ through ministry and gospel media.” The vision is for generations of individuals to be inspired by Grace, to embrace the gift of Christ and live by faith to the Glory of God, the Father.
EPHESIANS 4:7-8 (NKJV)
7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
As I fulfill this work of the ministry and others, I would like to give a special Thanks to God, my Pastors (Mark and Rhonda Garver, Cornerstone Word of Life Church – Madison, AL), my family, and friends who all help me to grow, mature, and be the man that God has called me to be!
I Love Y’all!