My Encounter With Jesus
“ A few days later, disturbed and completely overcome with anxiety, I stood on the platform at church in the sanctuary for a worship team rehearsal. Microphone in hand, I attempted to lead the team, but I just couldn’t do it. I cried out to God for help over and over again in my spirit….I honestly felt like I was about to faint. (But, this is where it gets good…. Jesus literally stood beside me.) “
I want to share one of the most memorable encounters with Jesus I have ever had. Well…now that I think about it, it was my only “vision type” encounter with Jesus…. and it was during a time of great testing in my life.
At the time, I was a worship pastor in a small church of about three hundred people. But prior to this, I was leading in a much larger church in a metropolitan area. Several years later, God called me to something different. I believed He was going to do great things, and within about two years or so, the Lord began to move among His people in amazing ways.
Excited about what God was doing, I was getting new insights from the Lord on His vision. Plans went into place, but they would never happen.
One regular, normal mid week day, I walked into my office and sat at my desk to prepare and plan for the upcoming Sunday service.
That’s when I received a phone call. (Isn’t that how it always seems to happen? Some of the most heart breaking testimonies about loss and pain seem to start with a phone call.)
On the other end of the phone was someone from my past, (who professed to be a Christian) and was coming against me with a false accusation.
A few days later, disturbed and completely overcome with anxiety, I stood on the platform at church in the sanctuary for a worship team rehearsal. Microphone in hand, I attempted to lead the team, but I just couldn’t do it. I cried out to God for help over and over again in my spirit….I honestly felt like I was about to faint. (But, this is where it gets good…. Jesus literally stood beside me.)
As I stood on that platform, I received the most wonderful affirmation from the Lord. I actually felt like my feet were not on the ground at all. I felt like I was in a dream, and was completely unaware of the people around me.
In this vision encounter, I saw a very large man standing to the left of me. He was built like a football player, tall and very strong. He put His rock solid arm around my shoulders and firmly spoke to me in my left ear. He said, “ You should not fear! I am with you! I was with you when you were accused, and I will be with you until the very end. I will not let them hurt you, or get away with their evil scheme.” Then after I heard Him say this, I saw with my eyes, a word. The letters moved individually across my eyes from the right to the left (like a marque sign) It read…T-R-U-S-T.
That was it. It was over just like that…nobody even noticed. I was the only one in the room who saw what I saw!
After my encounter with Jesus, I began to weep deeply and walked off the platform to gain my composure, and some kind of understanding of what just happened. In that moment, I felt encouraged, rescued, and so loved by Jesus.
Fast forwarding to today, nine years later, I gained the victory over evil in the name of Jesus! Jesus was with me all the way to the end, just like He promised me in that vision.
It took three years for me to see the victory, and there were times I was tempted to give up, but God was faithful! During this transforming and seemingly eternal three year wait, He taught me about His character and Biblical principles through His divine revelation. I read His Word every single day, because it was the only way I would receive peace and comfort. That’s where the transformation took place.
Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
I hope as you read this, you receive encouragement to believe that nothing is impossible for God to handle, and He can take care of whatever you may be going through… right now. God is ABLE!
Be encouraged to have faith in Him and His promises! He will deliver you. All you have to do is TRUST in Him!
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