A Divine Encounter to Remember

When it comes to spiritual issues, my rational and scientific background often predominates and I am not usually an emotional man though I have experienced God’s presence (through the Holy Spirit) many times since becoming a Christian.  However, on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, I experienced Jesus’ specific presence and message to me as I had on only 2-3 previous occasions.  Yesterday, I was feeling mentally and physically overwhelmed dealing with prostate issues, an infected leg, bursitis and muscle pains. I was hurrying preparing for a 2 PM appointment with a physician and realized that I had not spent any time that morning reading God’s Word in short devotionals which was my regular habit.  As I finished brushing my teeth, I strongly sensed the need to simply bow down and ask the Lord’s guidance in the upcoming medical appointments.  I had only five minutes or so before I had to leave so I bowed down exactly where I was.  As I started to verbalize my situation to the Lord, His presence intensely enveloped that little room.  Immediately a picture appeared to me of several men lowering a paralyzed man through the tiles of a roof in order to lay him at the feet of Jesus since the room itself was too crowded. This scene is described in Mark 2:1-12 where Jesus manifested His divinity by forgiving the man’s sins and then healing him.  This was especially relevant because several friends and family were praying for me.  As I was on my knees, Jesus specifically reminded me of previous “instructions” I had received from Him, namely that I was to minister to medical personnel whom I would encounter and in turn, He would take care of my body as I yielded myself to Him (see Romans 12:1).  All this was accompanied by such a feeling of intense joy, peace, and especially thanksgiving and praise to the Lord that I had rarely experienced.  I began to weep with joy, lifting my face and hands upward.  I continuously uttered thanks and praise for several minutes.  Words were insufficient to thank and praise Jesus for his specific message of encouragement to me.  When I read in the Old Testament how God delivered His people Israel again and again, He told them always to remember the specific times of their deliverances as the details would be easily forgotten with time.  I write this for my own remembrance as well as an encouragement to any of you who may be in a similar situation. I had experienced similar direct messages from the Lord on few occasions.  For specifics, see the My Story section of this website, 2004-2005, specific entries dated Sunday, January 11, 2004 and March, 2005.  If any of you are not sure of your own personal relationship with God, please see this linked website section.  I offer my sincere thanks to you all for allowing me to share this encouragement.

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One Response to A Divine Encounter to Remember

  1. Mike says:

    I really needed to hear this today, thank you!
    One of “the” days of being tired of “it” always
    being just under the surface of everything.
    Your words encourage me and I thank The Lord
    for them…know that He is using you.
    God Bless!

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