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Friday, February 15, 2019
God Speaking Ignites Anti-Chirst
When it comes to sharing life-changing spiritual experiences, Jesus tells us: "Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you." (Mt 7:6)
I know sharing one’s Christian experience provokes people. Some people fear I am trying to act superior. Others are aggravated that it is possible I could be telling the truth. They resent making them deal with it.
But what does a contributor do when called every name in the book for sharing a normal Christian experience, i.e. God speaks to us?
It is ironical, but of all the attacks, it was the snarky commenter who got under my skin when he asked me what God thought about Trump and Putin’s friendship. Trivializing something so precious, was more than I could handle. So in spite of Jesus’s forewarning, I am obliged to respond.
Following is the first time Jesus spoke to me. 40 years ago, I’m riding down the highway when I heard Him for the first time. I had just received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Out of the blue He called me by name and said: "I love you. I have always loved you and I will always love you. Nothing you have ever done, are doing, or will ever do can come between us."
How did I know it was Jesus? First, each word was infused with Love, like caramel candy wrapped in chocolate. (Words are inadequate here unless the reader has had a similar experience.) The words were not coming from outside but from the deepest part of my being. Yet they were so powerful that if I stop and focus, I can still hear them now.
As all this was happening, it seemed to me that He had stopped running the world and was focused entirely on me as the only person on earth. As strange as that may seem, many people who have near death experiences and have gone into Heaven and interacted with Jesus, have described the same experience.
NDE experiencers explain what happens like this: "You know in yourself that He loves all, but the love for you is so personal it seems as if it is only for you. You know He has cared for you forever and will continue to care for you forever."(1)
Since my first experience, I have read that this sense that God is totally focused on you is found in many of the writings of the greatest saints.
(1) Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You John Burke, P.73
See also: The Prophetic Voice of God: Learning to Recognize the Language of the Holy Spirit
Lana Vawser. (Both books on Amazon Kindle)
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