Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,Hebrews 11:1
the evidence of things not seen.
Our faith in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, really is a key to facing all of our current and coming realities. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Yesterday, I came across an Orthodox Jewish lady giving her testimony about having an open vision of Jesus with outstretched arms and love in His eyes, saying, “Come to Me.” Two years later, when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she did. Eleven years later, she is healthy and has a ministry sharing about His amazing love. I cannot tell you how much this encouraged me personally because of God’s word to me many years ago. Her testimony encourages me to share two open visions I had that bring home the reality of our living God.
I encountered breast cancer that resulted in laying my ministry down. We lost a loved mother and relatives at the same time. Physically, cancer didn’t cause the worst problem; the medicine they tried to give me to prevent cancer created a nightmare. As time went on, I realized happenings weren’t a Job spiritual experience but more a Jesus in the wilderness type of spiritual attack. I was sinking spiritually. My soul was under attack. Realizing this, suddenly I had the thought that Jesus is human just like we are. He has a soul! Out of the depths of my soul, I cried out, “Jesus, I bind my soul to your soul, my heart to your heart, my mind to your mind! Help me!” A few weeks later found me safely ensconced at a retreat to spend time away from everything but God. Lying on the bed for the night, I was emotionally spent and broken.
Without warning comes an open vision. I find myself sitting in a white nightgown like a little girl behind a huge great throne. It is emerald green velvet and gold. The back of the throne goes all the way to the floor where I am with my back up against it. I am like a child hiding. Suddenly this tremendous white robbed arm comes down from the side of the throne and motions for me to come closer. I scooted nearer and put up my right hand to hold His. We sat like that for some time. Me in wonder that my heavenly Father would sneak me into the throne room and comfort me. The Father is carrying on with the Kingdom. The vision ended, and I find myself sitting in bed, tears streaming down my face with deep gratitude and peace. The vision leads to the reality that our Father God profoundly loves me, and He is never too busy to draw me close to Him.
About a year later, I was growing stronger day by day. Although I had walked with the Lord for many years, it was as if the Holy Spirit was opening my eyes more and more to the wonders of the Bible and God’s ways. – Jesus always at the center. Then a devastating situation came up, and I was deeply wounded spiritually and in a situation with no easy remedy. That night I went to bed weeping, terribly troubled, and yet I began to sing praises to God – including “Halleluyah – praise the LORD in Hebrew. I was staring up towards the ceiling when a portal opened, and I began to sense swift movement and light around me. The next thing I knew, I was standing on the top of a mountain beside this vast giant of a man dressed as a mountaineer, He put down His great hand to hold mine, and we peered out over His vast domain – the Kingdom of God – together for a long time. We say nothing. I keep looking up and looking out. Great peace and wonder settled over me, and the vision closed with all tears gone. As I type, the vision is as clear as the moment it came, and I remember the reality – God is aware of our every concern, our every need, every tear.
Why am I sharing these visions with you? I share because God impresses me deeply that as a people, we must face reality. Reality can be complicated and ugly at times. I asked what the key is to facing reality, and I heard, “Faith, pure and simple – Faith and hope. Jesus Christ is who He says He is, and God is God.” The Holy Spirit spoke more, and I wrote it down, “Why is this key? Because all of hell has launched a many-pronged attack on the world. God is unraveling it, and in the process, we are at that place where, ‘even the very elect will be deceived’. as Jesus told us.”
On our own, we are no match for the Devil, but if we are true children of God through His Son Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead; He is called the Spirit of Truth. We are in the world, but not of the world. Usually, I give links for everything, but in this instance. I am giving you the assignment to dig into the Scriptures (For example – Duck, duck, go, or google) and check the facts for yourself. Reaffirm or confirm this precious gift of faith that always gives hope for our future.
Finally, I invite you to join me in praying a Scripture that I marked in my Bible only this past May. It comes from Psalm 31. I was surprised when I found it because I have visualised only Jesus hanging on the cross with these words uttered for decades. I have gained great comfort from them. Recently my soul was in great turmoil again, this personal upset coming on top of all of the horrible things facing our nation/world. (Does my story sound like I am reading from your booK? Why else would I be so open?) I found King David writes “into Your hand I commit my spirit is in Psalm 31. I perused Psalm 31 and thought deeply about it. The next day. I prayed Psalm 31:5 and committed my Spirit into God’s hand not with the thought that my last breath was coming – as with the mighty Crucifixion of Jesus – but as a child climbing up into the palm of God knowing there, I am in a place of refuge. Perhaps you desire a deeper sense of God’s covering in this hour? Psalm 31 is found HERE.
The verse to pray:
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;Psalm 31:5
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Thank you for visiting Unlocked today! You are welcome here. For those of you who prayed Psalm 31, let me come into agreement with you:
Holy God, Holy Might One, we praise you and thank you for loving us. You created us in Your image and our prayer today places us in the palm of your hand. We have no words that can express our graditude, but You can feel every beat of our heart. Flood us anew and afresh with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help us grow in Your wisdom, lead us into a deeper understanding of the miracle of our redeemption through your glorious Son so that we may overcome the enemy by the blood shed for us at Calvary and the word of our testimony. And Father, let the sound of America’s freedom ring loudly unlocking the spirits of untold millions of fellow Americans and, hence, people throughout the world. Amen.
God bless you always,
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