8. I AM INSTRUCTED: PART I
A response to questions and concerns.
This is not about a healing today…but perhaps it is…
About my faith, belief, coming to Jesus, receiving salvation through Jesus Christ, I will first share my salvation testimony again here.
It was almost exactly 47 years today that I sat in the White Rock Library, reading one of my mother’s “positive thinking” exhortations that she regularly sent me with instructions not to throw them away if I wasn’t interested, but put them away for another time. This envelope contained the usual Helen Steiner Rice encouraging booklet and a book: The Power of Positive thinking, by Dr Norman Vincent Peale. She didn’t know but I always read everything she sent me. I decided to read the book there in the library.
Now, I need to set the scene here before I tell you what I came across in the book. My mother was raised on the 10 Commandments. She was raised by her grandmother after her mother abandoned her and her two brothers and of course, her father. My mother was 3 when her mother left them. So her grandmother took on 3 more kids after raising 6 of her own, and a drunken son. They were all raised on all the thou shalt nots. The only ones that did not grasp the message were my mother’s two brothers; they decided to follow their father in the pubs and fights and worklessness. My mother on the other hand had a strong knowledge that God existed and He was interested in her and what she asked of Him. She raised us three kids on the same 10 commandments. That meant a lot of instruction and discipline. My mother was a disciplinarian and expected, while her children lived under the same roof, they respected her instruction. I learned obedience and a desire to do things right, although I did stray away from my mother’s teachings for many years…until the day in the library.
I had just recovered from one divorce and heading into my second. I wanted nothing more than to have a happy life, whatever that looked like. I sat in the library that day reading Dr Peale’s book, actually hoping there might be some sort of insight to help me keep my marriage together. Somewhere, as I was reading, the author suggested for those struggling with life issues that they might consider becoming a Christian and knowing Jesus. I stopped reading, closed my eyes, and asked, “Are You really there?” INSTANTLY!!!! I WAS ENVELOPED IN AN AMAZING PRESENCE! IN A PUBLIC LIBRARY, NO LESS! I knew immediately that this powerful presence was Jesus. He really did exist! I sat motionless for some time, thinking that if I moved the wonderful presence would leave. I don’t know how long I was sitting there. There were other people reading magazines and moving about. I was not aware of any movement or people as the presence continued to envelope me. I opened my eyes and decided I needed to go and find a Bible. I found a local Christian book store that I was aware of on the main street on the way in to White Rock. I found myself the biggest, red letter Bible I could find. I did not stop reading that Bible for 4 years. I started reading my Bible first thing in the morning and kept reading all day, every day. Just before my husband came home I would hide my Bible. I didn’t want him to have what I had just discovered! Nasty little thing that I was. During those 4 years I experienced an incredible anointing of revelation knowledge. Every day, I received revelation, after revelation so that I could hardly bare to keep reading, it was so much to contain and absorb. I could not stop reading though. This continued for 4 years, and then the Lord, through His word, instructed me to find a church. I referred to the, then, Yellow Pages to see what kind of churches there were. I was only familiar with the United Church and Anglican Church, but somehow I knew that there was more than what I had heard there. The only one thing that I could think of as I chose a church was “Did they fully immerse when baptizing?” I wanted to be baptized and that was all I knew. I did not want to be “sprinkled”. I made phone calls, asking the question…of
all the questions I could have asked, “Did they fully immerse?” (Makes me laugh thinking about how I went about finding a church. The Lord does have a sense of humor.) I spoke to a nice lady at the Seventh Day Adventist Church and she ensured me that they did fully immerse. They met on Saturdays, so off I went all by myself to attend the Seventh Day Adventist Church. (I assume my husband was golfing.)
As I was driving down the main street, I noticed a building on my right. I had a strong prompting to turn in to that building. It was a former pub converted to a new church. I noticed there were cars in the parking lot and somewhat cautiously entered the building. There were assorted young people gathered, some playing guitars, some rehearsing worship songs and just a general happy bunch. I approached one of the guys standing in the isle strumming something on his guitar and asked the big question, explaining that I was looking for a church. “Do you fully immerse?” I asked. A little chuckling broke out and the young man responded with a big smile, “Yes, we fully immerse. Why don’t you join us tomorrow?” So I did. I had tried to sneak out of the house without my husband, but not long after the service started he appeared beside me, arms folded across his chest with a somewhat, “Caught you, didn’t I?” smug look on his face. THE REST IS HISTORY LOL, LOL! Praise You, Lord Jesus. I give You all the praise and all the glory! Oh, how You love us! Thank You, Father for this wonderous, glorious walk with You for over 47 years. Amen. More, Lord! More! Amen.
God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land. Psa 68:6
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jer 3:15
Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Matt 18:12
#8 cont’ Part II I AM INSTRUCTED:
Well, this is going to be short. As I moved forward, recording each healing and watching the responses on my ad page I was quite amazed at the haha icon responses. As I browsed through each person’s profile who had left a haha icon I was amazed to see that many were of like profiles and connections in life. I am doing a sincere work here to reach any and all walks of people in hope that their lives will somehow be impacted with hope and lifted faith in God as they read the amazing acts that Jesus has done on my behalf. One must agree that to be miraculously healed over 25 x is worth taking note of!
I have deleted each person’s profile in order that no one would cause them any embarrassment. I am sorry to see so many without any more hope than what they see in front of them. I was there once myself as you can see in my above testimony. I now have a list of people I am so privileged to pray for each day.
Once, when I objected to God that I could not write what He INSTRUCTED because I was a woman, and what man would listen to what I had to say. HE INSTRUCTED ME “Go with the heart of a mother.” That evening, I opened my Bible directly to Prov 31. It was a wow moment as I UNDERSTOOD what he was telling me as I saw the heart of a Queen instructing her son. Wow! Since then, when He INSTRUCTS me to write, I don’t argue with Him. I UNDERSTAND….
God is doing a mighty work on the earth right now, taking away stony hearts and replacing them with hearts of flesh, hearts of understanding….
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezek 36: 26 KJV
His Holy Spirit is moving upon a multitude of lives and changing lives.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. Joel 3:14
His Name is magnified above all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness on this earth.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Eph 1:18-21 (also Eph 6:12)
Do you know He laughs at the nations plots….
Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Psa 2:1-4 KJV
This section was entitled: I AM INSTRUCTED
Well, He has instructed me regarding this topic. “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.”
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil Matt 5:37
And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” John 10:17-22 NKJV
I have been INSTRUCTED by the Holy Spirit/God/Jesus to not change a word of what was written in the ad…or attempt to explain what was written there. He instructed me as He has for over 45 years, and I have written what He instructed me to write. Keep moving forward. Keep reading. There is more to come. Amen.