As you can see by the title of my blog post, I have confessed to the world that my God and I often have in depth conversations that are embellished by The Holy Spirit. This cherished relationship has gone on for decades…and I have loved and sought after it every awaking moment. The Guiding Light of His Presence has never failed me yet.
So, for this week’s blog, I decided to let my readers in on a very deep conversation I was blessed to engage in with the Holy Spirit around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning back on December 2, 2004. I was around 65 years old at the time and serving as a Deaconess and a member of the Board of Christian Education at a Baptist Church I belonged to at that time. Since my encounters with the Lord were coming so frequently, I always kept a pen and a pad of paper at my bedside along with my Bible.
Please allow me to share with you my entry into the ethereal…
I found myself in an extremely delicate and light and weightless place that seemed too perfect for this world.
Around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, December 2, 2004, I was gently awakened, and for a moment, I just laid there. My mind began to recall the stirring testimonies of the night before at our Wednesday night prayer meeting. Passages from Ezekiel and Jeremiah were read during the closing and I began to reflect on them as I lay awake. Out of no where I 'felt' a voice say, "My child, you have to become your title...Board of Christian Education." At first, I was confused and had no idea why my mind spoke to me in that fashion. Suddenly, my subconscious was at work and reminded me that ever since the last Board of Christian Education meeting in November, I had been asking the Lord to speak to me concerning the question put to the members by the president. For the next fifteen days I had received nothing! Then, finally, on that distilled morning (and in God's time), He decided to answer. "Is that You, My Lord?" I said with excitement. At that time, I immediately grabbed my Bible and turned to the book of Ezekiel. As I re-read Chapter 2, the Lord spoke again... "Ezekiel's life was a living parable or object lesson for the people. And, Daughter of Education, I see you as I see Ezekiel. A representative of Who is to come. For I call Ezekiel, Ben Adam, which is when translated, Son of Man. "Now, Daughter of Education, get up, wake up, get a pen and write. I am sending you to the children of your church, a rebellious congregation, who has rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this day." So when I heard Him, I grabbed pen and a piece of paper and I began to write. But then I said, "Oh, Lord, how have we rebelled against you?" I did not hear or 'feel' anybody speak, but my spirit nudged me and caused me to have a fixation on the expression, 'eat the word!' Then God said, "The Word I have for the Board of Christian Education is one of encouragement. Persons on the Board are to see themselves as a Jeremiah and as an Ezekiel. Both of these men's messages to My people were proclamations. Their preaching was laced with future event happenings. Both of these men's messages were warnings to the people, telling them to get ready for things to come. "So, when their prophecies did not happen in the time frame that suited the people, they began to shut their ears and mock Ezekiel and Jeremiah and call them a bunch of names and hoped they would stumble in everything they did. "Because My appointed and ordained priests were also human, their feelings were hurt and their personage was wounded. Instead of getting angry at the people, they got angry with Me. Jeremiah said, 'I will not make mention of HIM!' Board of Christian Education, BEWARE!!! "Listen My Child, you are to become Ben Christian Education. For like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, your words will be a stumbling block and a proverb to My people. The captors are coming and My people will be swallowed up, but My Word will ring true."
And so ended my conversation with God using Scripture. And I was returned to the solitude of my bedroom. But as I look over my life, I have been in a lot of situations where my prayerful remarks on biblical subjects have been a stumbling block for my comrades. However, sometimes the Holy Spirit has allowed me to witness that God was glorified in their lives. Yes, my feelings were often hurt, but I reminded myself of the precious words of John the Baptist…He must increase, I must decrease.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing the prayers of the righteous and bringing comfort and relief where needed. We also thank you for the promise that You are a refuge and a shelter for us; a help in times of trouble. Please make it possible for us to be calm in the midst of trouble and to acknowledge that You are God and God alone. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the the heart of the sea. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:2, 11
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It is wonderful that God speaks to his children. Thanks for sharing this encounter with us. We will be studying Jeremiah in the next quarter starting in June.
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I love the study of Jeremiah. He loves detail and if you read his chapters very carefully, you can see his brother, uncles and other members of his family. The Holy Spirit allows Jeremiah to ‘see adventures’ before the beginning of his life time. Boy, would I love to time travel.