Bravery can look like so many things…maybe someone fighting for what they believe in, standing for what is just, speaking HIS truth in love, and even sharing part of your testimony despite what some may think of you in order to reach those who need to hear it….even if its just one. So here goes…
Did you know theres a place the bible describes people who were in GODS presence as what appeared as drunk to mans eye? Well read for yourself…Acts 2:15…
“For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
Acts 2:15-21 ESVhttp://bible.com/59/act.2.15-21.
I know this will be controversial to some, but it’s in there. I recently had an encounter with GOD that has become another testimony in the story of my family’s life for HIS glory. I had been listening to Heidi Baker recently and over the past seven or eight years off and on. Her life is not what the world would call normal, but in the eyes of GOD I think it’s probably more of the normal HE has in mind for us as believers. Heidi tells her story much better than I do so I encourage you to look her up and listen for yourself. She is completely sold out for JESUS to the point of selling everything she owned with her husband to move to a garbage dump in Mozambique Africa because it’s what GOD wanted. They started an orphanage there that helps feed thousands of children and teach them the gospel of JESUS. I have watched documentaries where the LORD leads her to often preach the gospel to villages who have never heard it by first calling for the deaf and and then praying for he LORD TO heal them those that the whole village know have been blind or deaf their whole life. I have even seen her call the children from the orphanage to lay hands on them. When GOD heals them in front of masses of people it opens up the entire village to receive the gospel. She challenges me to change my perspective of normal. She loves well and lives a life totally abandoned to JESUS. Todd White and Dan Mohler also challenge me in my perspective of the normal CHRISTian life. I want to grow in GOD not stay stagnant. Stagnant water starts to stink it has to flow like a river inorder to thrive.
So I recently prayed a simple prayer driving in my car after watching a message where people were saying what she has is not of GOD. My car happens to be my secret place. I said, “God if what she has is YOU getting that wrecked (in a good way) from YOUR presence YOUR HOLY SPIRIT… Then I want it! If it’s not you I don’t.” Simple childlike prayers in my life have often led to beautiful encounters with the FATHER.
Well a couple weeks if not a week later HE answered me by taking me to that place. Challenging me entering into worship that Sunday even in a totally different way. Not by singing which is the little box I had entering into HIS presence in, because I’m a worshipper. I just thought I had to sing my way in and in praise and thanksgiving. I just began to pray and sing some but I felt HIM leading me differently that Sunday. So I was at the back of the home church we attend in Louisiana. I was alone there just focusing on me and GOD. HE has had me there at the back for a long while breaking off things in me. Helping me see things in me that needed pruning and refining. HE had me kneel and then I felt the HOLY SPIRIT lead me to pray this prayer my right arm extended to HEAVEN reaching up to my FATHER. I prayed, “God I am reaching up to you, but I can’t reach you. Please FATHER reach down and touch me. I need you to touch me.” Well that led to me laying down on my face continuing to pray it was not pretty it was messy. It was laughter, tears, joy, weeping, and pouring my heart about things I needed HIM to help with ….yet it was between my breath and the floor just between me and Him, and postured in reverence. Then I felt HIM leading me to stand and face the wall. To sing my song to HIM and then to turn around. HE then showed me my friend Holly. I had told Holly about a month earlier that I kept feeling like I was suppose to go sit down by her feet as she worshipped the LORD. The weirdest prompting, but I hadn’t done it yet…until this Sunday where I prayed this prayer over a month later … So after I turned around HE showed me her and led me to do what I had been feeling in my spirit for so long. As I walked I told the LORD I’m walking to the front to get closer to you to touch the Hem of YOUR garment … There is a red scarlet carpet where a podium and a chair sits from the Welsh revival. So I went and I sat down like a little kid by her feet. I also felt led to touch her right leg at one point. Weird I know. Sometimes GOD has led me to do somethings I just didn’t understand, but there’s always a reason. When I did I felt like our faith joined and as she laid hands on my head my left hand was raised, and as I was seated there on the floor it began to tremble. It was happening . HE was taking me to that place I questioned was HIM or not, and the words from a sermon Heidi gave from HOLY SPIRIT years ago brought to my lips over and over …” HOLY,HOLY, HOLY!” I was bent over and felt an urge from HIM to press in more so I knelt and touched the carpet as if it was the hem of HIS garment. I had never felt this before I have been filled where people thought I was actually drunk before years back with other dear friends, but in actuality we were filled overflowing with the SPIRIT and JOY OF THE LORD. This was something new though, something I hadn’t tasted before in this way. Not to discredit other encounters as lesser, I cherish and value every single one. It was during this recent encounter I then heard Him whispering to my heart… ,
“This is what happens when you make yourself available. You made yourself available to receive. I AM available. There’s always more. For those who are hungry there’s more. For those who are thirsty there’s more. Come and eat and drink. There’s always more.”
I also felt the word undignified come press on my heart like our worship doesn’t have to be pretty or accepted by people to be pure before GOD. I think of David dancing with his whole being to the point where it offended Sauls daughter, his wife. David worshipped GOD with all he was. A man after GODS own heart…for GOD alone sees the heart.
Holly got up from where we were after a few minutes, and I felt the LORD press on my heart, because she had seen and encountered HIM in that way before she knew how to interpret what HE was doing from the HOLY SPIRIT. She got up an shared a word and we stayed in that place for a while. It was like she was a mother in that moment to explain to the body what the LORD was saying and doing, and then we both were laid out on the floor laughing in the front under this heavenly heavy weighty glorious presence of GOD. I couldn’t get up, and I didn’t want to leave that place of HIS presence. I was laying on the floor and I felt like I had laid my life down on the altar for HIM that Sunday to use as a vessel in a way I had never known. I lay there thinking I know we have to have church now, but I don’t want to get up. Now I know why Heidi Baker uses the term laid down lover for JESUS. She says HE is looking for laid down lovers. Those who will lay down their entire lives for HIM. Deny ourself leave everything, and sell everything we own and know to follow HIM. This is biblical though the world would say it is crazy or radical, but we are not of this world.
“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
John 17:16-17 ESV
“Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.””
Matthew 19:21 ESV
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Luke 9:23 ESV
All I now know is there is no box for your rules about how to enter into HIS PRESENCE. HE is already there we just have to receive. We don’t have to strive or perform. We can’t earn our way into HIS presence. HE already paid for us to have access. The veil has been torn. JESUS made access easy if we abide and rest in HIM, and make ourselves available to just receive. It’s like HE IS WAITING ON US. We so easily complicate things. We so easily make it about us and not just living for HIM first and others. HE is truly a good FATHER who longs to have a intimate relationship with each of HIS children, and no one more than another. HIS love will undo everything inside you until you are left awestruck and in wonder of HIM. It’s truly beautiful the way HE LOVES US. It’s unfathomable. HIS patience for us even blows my tiny mind . I just want to be closer to GOD to know HIM more in such a intimate way.
The religious spirit loves to attack what it doesn’t understand. It lives from a place of no encounter, it’s a dry cold place, and the HOLY SPIRIT is not a fan of it. JESUS spoke out against that very spirit the religious of HIS time (Pharisees). If you want to read it it’s in the New Testament of your bible. We should search the scriptures for ourself not depending on others to teach us the truth blindly… Not that all will mislead, but people are human. They aren’t the HOLY SPIRIT in you. We should be able to give account to others as to why we believe the way we say we believe. Be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD He promises this gift to the believer in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, and Stand out with a joy unspeakable and fire unquenchable. Literally there are no words to describe that place of HIS prescence.
I pray for all of you to encounter HIM in a way in this next season that will set your soul on fire for GOD in a way that it could never be put out. That it will grow and spread for HIM all over the world for the GOSPEL to be told in love, the light of JESUS to shine in and through you, and revival to break out like never before, before your very eyes.
In JESUS name, Amen!🙏🏻❤️