Eric Montoya Soldiers of God

Where do I begin.... well, let's start here...I'm 38 years old and in my lifetime I have done everything under the sun. From the start of my life at the young age of 3, I would witness my earthy father beat my mom like a man, sell drugs, deport illegal immigrants, and at one time was a assassin for an organization that later took his life. When I was 5 years old we lived in San Antonio, Texas. This is when my father passed. We stayed there till I was 8.

I remember when I was 7 that I came to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and the Lord worked thru me to bring my mother to the knowledge of the truth of His word. We both got baptized and thus began our journey of working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

My mother decided that it would be best if we moved back to Lubbock because all of her family was from Lubbock. So, she sold all of the big stuff in our home and loaded the car with as much as she could.

This is where the witness of God in my life began. On our way to Lubbock, unknowingly, my mother drove for at least a hundred miles before we had to stop and get some gas. At the gas station a man noticed that the two tires on the passenger side were both rim flat.

He said, "Excuse me ma'am, did you know your tires are flat?"

I just remember my mother filling up with gas, siting back in the drivers seat, and crying.

She said, "Son, it's a miracle. We should be dead."

I can tell you that car felt like it was floating, and I knew the Lord protected us. Well, to make a long story short, in my adolescence I fell hard. I got involved in a gang, sex, drugs, and money. You name it. I did it. I've always loved music since I was young, and, to a certain degree, music was used by the Lord to preoccupy me and help keep me balanced. I sang, made beats, and produced.

At the young age of 15 years old, the second miracle of my Father took place. When I was rapping with a worldly group and had lost my voice completely, I'm talking no sound at all, I remember crying out to God saying, "If you make my voice come back, I will give you all of me."

Well, needless to say, my voice still wasn't back. Suddenly, when it was our time to go up, I put the microphone to my lips and my voice came out crystal clear as water. I knew exactly what it was and Who it was, and for the stint of 3 long days, I walked in fear of the Lord. Yet, the Lord knew it was going to take more than that for me to listen.

I ended up selling cocaine in the summer of 98 to an undercover cop. I did this cause I lost my job and was in need of money. The reason I was stressing money was cause my daughter was on her way into this world. So, to make a quick buck I decided to sell drugs, and, of course, it didn't pay off. I got caught. I ended up receiving a 21 year sentence and doing almost 10 flat. I had lost it all - music career, my daughter, family, friends, car, house, job. Everything was gone just like that.

And as I sat in the county jail I heard the voice of the Lord tell me, "Now are you ready."

I saw a vision that I had when I was 5 before my dad died. He overdosed on heroin while I was with him on a drug run.

It was like the Lord told me, "Don't be like your dad. Be like Me." 

I cried and knew the Lord wanted me, called me and made me His very own.

On May the 5th 2001, I rededicated my life to the Lord and sat at the Masters feet, my Lord Jesus, for almost a decade, learning His word, hearing His voice, and being used by Him during my incarceration.

I came home in November of 2009, ready and suited to be used by the Lord for the advancement of His Kingdom. It was in 2010 that I met Jeremy as he was in a substance abuse class with me. It's funny how that guy always crossed my path, throughout my life, since my teenage years, from friends, places, even prison, until the day the Lord finally blessed us to meet up. I can get more in depth in regards to it but I'll save that for when I speak at our concerts in person. All I can say is that God is in total control.

Well, I ended up joining with Jeremy and some other brothers Colin and Kyle in a ministry that Jeremy and Kyle started called S.O.G. That stands for shut off gas (lol just kidding). Kyle usually says that when he introduces us. (lol) It stands for Soldiers of God, and we, as a ministry, have been nothing short of blessed. We have had our loses and victories but thru it all the Lord has given us the strength to endure and stand in love for each other and for those around us.

The ministry has grown in numbers since it was first birthed thru Jeremy, by the Holy Spirit. It's an honor to call these men brothers, friends and family.

I now am happily married to my best friend of 20 plus years, named Kassey, and I have a son from a marriage that didn't work out. Despite that, I, his stepmom and his mother were blessed with him, and we love our son so very much. I am still working, as the Lord blesses, to get back involved in my daughter's life. It's recently been prophesied that our relationship will be restored, and I believe that and receive that in Jesus' name. Well, all I can say, is I am truly blessed and fortunate to have what I have but most of all to be called a Child of the Most High God. As always, much love in Christ Jesus and amen.

Posted on June 24, 2017 .