VISION: MY ANGELIC VISITATION & THE HIGH COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

Being conformed to the image of God’s son, Jesus Christ, and being transformed into His nature is not for everyone. It does not come without many sacrifices made and high costs being paid. Only those who are truly desperate for a deeper, more powerful relationship with God are willing to go through what weathers, matures and purifies them. Only those who are willing to be stretched to uncommon depths will encounter what lies beyond our imaginations. Only those will have access to life’s most amazing and rewarding experience made available to mankind.

Many are not willing to pay the price that is required for God’s definition of righteousness. The fear of man labeling them a self-righteous, over-religious fanatic is too much for them to bare. Many also fear the supernatural and feel that submerging themselves into the depths of the unknown is far too intimidating for them to fatham.

Mature Christians have discovered that the level of our spiritual gain is based on our degree of fleshly loss. We must be willing to die to self and we must be willing to lose all that we believe gives us life here on this Earth to truly live for Jesus Christ. For anything that does not draw you closer to Him draws you further away from Him and keeps you from experiencing the most amazing, most intimate relationship that is possible to have with God on this side of Heaven.

Child of God, you must know that for you to go deeper with our Lord, you must be willing to reach further beyond the basic Christian requirement of reconciliation with the Father. Allowing God to have His way with you so that He may purge your flesh, your soul and your spirit will hasten your sanctification. And why do you need to go through this? In order to progress in your walk with the Lord, God needs to purge your flesh of sin and carnality. He needs to purge your soul to cleanse your mind of unrighteous thoughts and emotions including your stubborn nature and your false self-assurances. He needs to purge your spirit of self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. All of this is necessary for you to move up to the level of calling that is on your life and so that you will receive all that God has for you.

The Lord was in the process of purging me of a stronghold during the time that I received the following vision. I didn’t realize it at the time and would not have believed it about myself if the Lord had not shown me. What was hindering my growth, as well as my ministry, was my strong attachment to the things of this world that are dear to me. This stronghold was preventing me from walking in the fullness of the call God has on my life.

In 2016, I lay in my bed one night wide awake for I was restless and could not sleep. My husband, who slept through this entire experience, was sound asleep next to me. In the distance, I heard the sound of what I can only describe as a whirlwind. It’s sound became stronger in intensity as it drew closer to me. At the same time a bright light began to envelop the entire room. It started as a small circle of light and began to widen and spread until it consumed the entire bedroom. I could see nothing around me but light. It was brighter than anything I had ever seen. I was not frightened for I immediately knew it had come from the Lord. In fact, I lifted my head up off my pillow and struggled to hear what I hoped wold be His voice through the sound of the wind which was loud and strong.

You see, in the summer of 2001, I heard the Lord audibly call out my first name. I was in bed then too the night that it happened. However, although I knew it was the Lord, (I don’t know how I knew, but I did) I was so frightened that all I could do was shake from fear so I covered my head with my bed sheet and was afraid to respond. That night, the Lord didn’t say anything more to me. He only called out my name. Ever since then, I have always regretted not responding to Him and wondered if that may have been the reason why He didn’t say more. After I recovered from the shock of the experience, I prayed and told the Lord that if He ever saw fit to speak to me again, I promised Him I would respond. So as the light grew brighter and the wind grew stronger and both drew closer to me, I struggled to listen for the sound of the Lord’s voice hoping that He would speak to me again. However, that evening He did not.

The bright light in my bedroom had consumed everything. Although I could see nothing but light, I could still feel myself laying on my back in my bed. Then out of the corner of my right eye, I saw a figure. The figure was in the shape of a human body and was brighter than the light that was in my room. I could not make out any features for all I saw was a brilliantly bright bodily form. As my eyes began to focus on the form, I saw it lean over me to place its arms under my body and I felt my body begin to lift up off the bed.

Within a split second, many thoughts began to go through my mind. I was reminded of a prophecy that was spoken over me also in 2001 – a week or so before I heard the Lord call my name. A woman of God told to me that the Lord had spoken to her about me. She said that He instructed her to annoint my feet for I would walk on Holy Ground. Thoughts of seeing my four-year old grandson, Prince, grow up also came to my mind. As well as thoughts of my son whom I have not seen in over 10 years, my two daughters whom I love dearly and my sisters. Finally, I had thoughts of the plans my husband and I had for our future.

Then, suddenly a different thought occurred to me. “What if the Lord is taking me away and I am not able to return?” Quickly, I thought to myself, “I’m not ready.” So I reached out my left hand to feel for my husband who was laying next to me and I grabbed his pajamas as I was not ready to go. Within an instant after grabbing my husband’s pajamas, everything was gone. The sound of the wind and it became quiet, the bright light disappeared and the Angelic vision left me. I then woke my husband and told him what happened.

Later, after praying to God about my experience, the Lord spoke to my spirit. He explained to me that He allowed me to go through that experience for there was something I needed to understand about myself. He wanted me to know that He has called me for a work, but until I am willing to break the ties that are binding me here on this Earth, He will not be able to use me to the full extent of His plans.

Jesus said, “If any man come to Me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yae, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

Reading and understanding this scripture in its context, we know that this statement is a metaphor. Jesus, in essence, was saying that we must count the cost of discipleship and be willing to pay it. We must also understand that if we desire to be His disciple, we must be willing to give up EVERYTHING. Jesus gave everything He had to give for us. The question He has for His Church is, just how much are we willing to give up for Him?

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

THE WHEAT & THE WEEDS (THE GODLY & THE GODLESS GROWING UP TOGETHER)

wheat-weedsIn the day of Christ, as well as in today’s society, the livelihood and success of a wheat farmer depended greatly upon the quality of their crops. If someone wanted to sabotage a farmer’s business, one way to do it would be to maliciously sow seeds of destructive weeds in among the wheat as this would affect the integrity of their crop. In the Parable of The Wheat & The Tares (Weeds), Jesus explains to a multitude of people how this principle compares to the Kingdom of Heaven:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares (weeds) among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares (weeds) also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares (weeds)?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares (weeds) you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares (weeds) and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus later gave the interpretation of this Parable to His disciples as it is explained below:

“Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares (weeds) of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man (Jesus). The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the Kingdom, but the tares (weeds) are the sons of the wicked one (Satan). The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares (weeds) are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13: 36-43

The enemy in this world, as in Jesus’ Parable, is still Satan. His age-old goal is, and always has been, to oppose and defeat Jesus Christ. One of his most successful tactics is to try and destroy Christ’s work by ‘planting’ false believers and teachers in the world for the purpose of deceiving and leading as many astray as he possibly can. There are many examples around us of people claiming to be “Christians” but whose actions only serve to taint and discredit the name of Jesus Christ. This has made it very difficult to know who is truly for Christ and who is against Him. This is why the burden is on each and every individual to develop a personal relationship with Jesus so that they can come to know Him based on His own merit and not what is seen by the actions of others.

As a true follower, we must be careful and tread lightly in the area of judgment for it is not the responsibility of a true follower of Christ to ‘separate’ by determining who they believe represent true believers and false ones. No one is qualified to make that determination but God. That crucial decision is reserved for God alone. The Holy Scripture tells us: “for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. “ Matthew 5:45. If true believers are obeying the word of God, which is evidence of their love for Jesus, by default alone, the true will automatically separate from the false. For as the Holy Scripture also says: “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3

You may ask: “Why does God allow the evil to prosper with the good?” According to His Parable, Jesus chose to allow the false to remain with the true – only for a time – so as not to uproot the immature Christians in the process. For the immature require time to be nurtured and this happens as they grow among the nurturing of the mature.

Certain weeds, especially in the early stages of growth, look very similar to wheat. Therefore, through the analogy of wheat and weeds growing in a field together, Jesus warns that what we may perceive as a false believer may in fact be an immature believer. Only God can see into the heart of a person. Only He, and those who exist in the spirit realm, know who is carrying His mark. It is not always easy for us to determine who belongs to God and who does not. God knows this. Therefore, for our own protection as we interact with the people in this world, He gives us the following criteria to guide us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3

Further proof of a true follower of Christ is evident by their fruit. This means that before engage in a relationship (business or personal) with anyone, you are to take the time to observe the life of a person, not just listen to what they have to say. The Lord gives us more criteria to guide us concerning this: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.Matthew 7:15-20

At the time of Christ’s return, it has been appointed to the angels to ‘gather’ together the ‘weeds’ of this world and they will cast them away into a fiery destruction. This walk we have with Christ is not an easy walk. The process of being transformed into the image of Christ requires discipline and time. It also requires going through some things that God allows for the purpose of re-shaping and molding us. Being that people come to the Lord at different ages and stages, it is impossible for us to determine where they are in that process and what God is doing in their lives.

Our job, as true followers, is simply to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone, to share our testimony of the wonderful things He has done for us and to speak the words of life – in love. This, in essence, makes you a farmer of sorts for in doing these things, you are planting Holy seed. It is given for some to plant and for some to water but only God can cause the growth and, ultimately, only God will reap the harvest.