I have a confession. I've been hesitant to tell my most radical stories. My primary concern has always been anonymity and confidentiality. Having been in ministry for a long time, I have had access to people's most personal pains and intimate secrets. It always felt as if they weren't my stories to tell, until now.
I've learned there are ways to tell stories that maintain anonymity and confidentiality. You can tell a story and maintain the dignity of others, yet you can honor God by sharing the truths you've learned. If you've come to me for ministry, there's no need to be concerned, you won't be exposed by me.
I believe the cons of sharing are far outweighed by the pros of telling the stories. The greatest pro is found in Revelation 12:10-11 (NASB).
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even [e]when faced with death.
Salvation, power, the authority of Christ, the kingdom of our God came. They overcame the accuser by the word of their testimony. Those sound like good enough reasons for me to share the testimonies, don't you think?
The only risk I was concerned with is my reputation. I never wanted to be on the grand radar screen as some whack job or categorized at some hyper-spiritual fruit loop guru. I wanted to maintain my credibility and preserve reputation. Those fears are gone.
I feel prompted to share now. I've even been exhorted by the Lord to tell the stories. It is His job to defend me. It is my job to glorify Him and love people. He was the initiator of these encounters, not me. All I did was say yes to Him and facilitate what He was doing. As one of my good friends would say, "what other people think of me is none of my business!"
So here I go.
I ask that you would take a journey with me with an open mind. Many of my tribe on this path already and none of this will be a surprise to them. For some of you though, your brains will be challenged but your hearts will be drawn in. Choose to be a seeker, a thinker and a believer.
Much of the work I've done has been in the area of healing and deliverance, prophetic ministry including dreams, and visions and the more supernatural kind of work. Those are the stories I want to tell. God is speaking through experience as well as His word. Let's explore it together.
The topics I'll be writing about will be things like raising the dead, physical healing, demonic oppression, emotional brokenness, dream interpretation, prophetic processing and more. In some of these stories, I will include scriptural backup and some of them I will not. You will ultimately be responsible to think for yourself and research for yourself. You will be responsible for what you believe and discern. That will always be between you and God anyway. Going forward, ask God to open up your mind and awaken your curiosity about who He is.
I am going to begin right now with an encounter I had in a dream back in the 90's.
I went to bed like any other night. I am an active dreamer. I have been dreaming all my life, so dreams are not uncommon to me. While I was sleeping, I was raised up from my body and was flying. It was almost like a sensation of swimming in the air. I flew to a house and entered through the roof. In the house I found myself hovering over a bassinet of a baby girl.
The baby girl was still and not breathing. I looked up and asked the Lord, "Who is this girl?"
"Her name is Savannah and she is leaving" said the Lord.
I turned again and looked at her and saw a shadow, the shadow was that of a fully grown woman sit up out of Savannah's body and begin to run away quickly. My heart felt like grief and shock and I shouted loud and compulsively, "SPIRIT WOMAN, RETURN TO THE BODY!"
The shadow turned around and stopped and looked at me. I said again to the shadow "You heard what I said! Spirit woman return to the body! Savannah go back to your body where you belong!"
The shadow stepped back into the body, sat down, and sighed. A peace washed over the shadow and she lay down peacefully and absorbed back into baby Savannah. The baby began to cough and cry and her mother came in and picked her up to comfort her. I sensed the approval from the Lord and my mission was complete there.
I slowly withdrew from the home and went back to my house and back into my own body. Then I woke up. Somehow, I know this was more than a dream. It felt real. All the sounds, the sensations everything was very much experiential. This was not my imagination, not a nightmare, not a regular dream. This was a trip and I knew it. I went back to sleep.
The next day there was an article I stumbled upon in a magazine regarding sudden infant death syndrome, or what is otherwise known as crib death. I was well aware of the phenomena already having children, but it wasn't something on my mind in that season. The article was all about how it had been on the rise again recently prompting new studies and new courses of prevention education. I knew this was a confirmation that my experience had been real. God was concerned for infants. I believe He used me to raise a dead infant.
I believe God swept me up in the Spirit that night and took me on a road trip to raise the dead. I believe there is a woman named Savannah out there who was supernaturally raised from the dead as an infant that night. Maybe someday I'll meet her.
Don't believe in traveling in the Spirit? Don't believe in raising the dead? Many in the body of Christ are talking about these hot topics right now and sharing their stories. Some of my favorite people are writing books about it. It's all in the bible, in multiple places. Look it up. You may be surprised at what you will find.
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