Blessings to all! I want to share with you an absolute awesome experience that I had on Friday, April 8 (Good Friday). I had gone to bed and was watching a Christian service from a church in South America. I had set the timer so it would automatically turn the tv off if I would fall asleep. I was tired, so I fell asleep rather fast. I don't remember that I was having any dreams at all at the time this happened to me, I just simply woke up with my arms raised up to heaven and speaking. Not just speaking but speaking in tongues. My brothers and sisters I don't speak in tongues. I noticed that the way my arms and hands where raised up was not the way I raise my arms and hands for praising or worshiping. My voice too was different...it was calm and peaceful but strong and firm. I allowed it to flow as the Spirit wanted and when it stop I then continued to praise God and thanked Him. I was so overwhelmed by the surprise, the depth of the moment and the uniqueness of this experience that I began to cry. I never knew that such a thing was possible...to receive the gift of tongues in your sleep?! I can not begin to explain why or how this happened to me. I am not one to question the will or the ways of God anyway. If you have experienced anything like it would you please share it with me. Thank you! God Bless
Greetings Martha!!! I've been a born again Christian for some years now, but the last 4 years have been the most revealing and enlightening of my life. My walk with Christ is steady and firm. My faith increases daily and my passion to seek Him more is undescribable! I so much would love all to see how great is my God!!! He makes me smile, He makes me cry, He made me the woman I am today! May He touch you and your life in greater ways than He has mine. God bless!
Blessings my sister! Today I was browsing around the forums and read your entry. A while after as I was doing my reading on a study book I'm doing with my small group from church I read something that reminded me of you. I would like to share it with you if you will. The study book is called "Experiencing God" by Henry & Richard Blackaby Claude King, page 159.
"When God invites you to join Him, the task will have such God-sized dimensions that it will cause you to experience a crisis of belief. Your response will require faith. Faith will be demonstrated by action. The first thing you will do is adjust your life to God. The second step will be to obey what God asks you to do. You cannot go on to obedience without first making the necessary adjustments."
"After you make the necessary adjustments, He will tell you what to do next to obey Him. When you follow Him, you will experience Him doing through you something only He can do."
Yes, I agree with your family on one and only one thing, the task is impossible. It is impossible for the ones that have little or no faith. It is indeed a God-sized task my dear, and if God has placed this in your heart it's because He knows He can accomplish it through you!!! To Him be the glory! For to Him nothing is impossible.
If it is confirmation you seek from God on His plan, then go to Him and ask point blank. Fast and pray! The Lord will answer and will confirm through others. The answers will unfold right before you. Trust in the Lord with all your might and He will reveal His plan to you.
Father in heaven, I come before you with rust in my heart that you will hear my prayer. I lift up my sister in prayer, Lord, so You may reveal to her exactly what it is that You would have her do. She needs confirmation of the plans you have set in her heart and I ask that you increase her faith greatly, oh Lord! May the voice of the Holy Spirit be heard loud and clear so that she may have no doubts what so ever of your will. Give her a double portion of anointing and clear vision of the path she is to walk with you. In the name of Jesus I ask! AMEN
Blessings to all of you brothers and sisters. In seeking to get into a closer relationship with God and learning to trust the Lord in all things and through every circumstance I came across the title of a book called "Fasting". I was drawn to it by the Spirit and purchased it. Before reading this book I never had a full understanding of what a fast was. Glory be to Jesus, now I see. When I was not even half way through the book I felt moved to start a fast of forty days. I fasted coffee, sodas, all kinds of sweets and cookies, no red meats and no bread or crackers. Yes, a rather ambitious step for one that never fasted before.
My house was in foreclosure and I had it on the market for a "quick sale". A woman that had come to see the house fell in love with it and my realty estate agent was pressuring me to accept her offer. I had a very difficult decission to make because if I didn't sell the bank was going to take the house, and so forth. And if I sold I had to go to a shelter with my kids (16yr, 15yr and 16yr) because I had no place to go. I couldn't rent because no one wants to rent to people that will have a daycare on their premises. That is my source of income.
I was also concern about my 16 year old grandson. He was attending Sunday church services and the youth services on Wednesdays, but I wanted him to have a closer relationship with God and be more involved in church. As I began my forty days fast and prayers I ask the Lord for guidance over my house problem and to awake within my grandson a desire to serve Him more and increase his faith.
Two weeks into the fast I felt peaceful and certain to where the Spirit was leading me. I called the agent and told him I wasn't selling thank very much. I, then called the bank and spoke to them for what it seemed like forever. Finally they agree to do a review for a loan modification. (I was not succesful on other attempts prior to this time.)
Towards the middle of my fasting my grandson came to me and told me he was enrolled on the youth leadership classes. Aleluya!!!! By the end of my 40 days fast he had received his Youth Leader Certificate, joined a human video team and participated on the Christmas human video performance. (I have it on YouTube...hehe) He was baptized in water on Christmas Eve. Praise the Lord!
Two weeks after my 40 days fast I received a call from the bank saying that they accepted the loan modification. Blessed is the Lord! My home was saved. I should also mentioned that during that fast the Spirit moved me to do a full fast and I was able to go for 38 hours on just water and brooth. It felt great, except that I made the mistake to take the girls to the mall and wasted precious energy walking. I felt dizzy and had to go back to the part fast I was doing.
My brothers and sisters, I truly can not express the joy of this experience in which I felt and saw God working in my life. I have shared this with a group of ladies from church and they too have taken to fasting and are experiencing the power of fast and prayer. Praise Him.
Fasting brings you to a deeper level of intimacy with God, opening up the gates of blessings and becoming more sensible to the Holy Spirit. Since my first one back in late July 2008, I have done another 40 days and a 21 days on the begining of the year. May all the glory be to Jesus.
My grandson is going strong in the Lord and wants to go on this year missions trip to Haiti. We are praying about this to see what the Lord says. It will be difficult because in order to get his passport I need a letter from his father allowing him to leave the country and that is not possible. You see, I have no legal custody of my grandchildren. But it's in God's hands and we shall be still and wait on Him.
I love you all in Christ, be blessed and stay strong in faith!
P.S. The first 4 days of fasting were very painful with the withdrawl headches. But I felt victorious knowing that God was pleased with my actions.
Hello! Nice to meet you. I'm Nesaida from Deltona, Fl. I share your point about starting off with a real and honest friendship. God bless you my sister and may the Lord Jesus guide your heart towards the right path in meeting the one he has selected for you. Have an awesome day! :angel: