Stripped Naked in 2019 – Pt II
In the fall of 2018, I had a series of encounters with Jesus that changed my life forever. In my previous blog post, I shared the back story and the first encounter in detail. If you have not read that yet, I would encourage to do so. I believe that these encounters are very much relevant to the Church right now. There is a word for the Church through these encounters and we are beginning to see the manifestation in 2019.
The second encounter was very much, just as intense and real as the first. I was in a worship service at the Ramp Church in Alabama, and all of the sudden I knew that the King was standing in front of me. I was reluctant to look, simply because I knew that “feel good” Jesus was NOT there. I had begun to encounter Jesus the week prior, very much with a new reverence and fresh conviction. I could feel the presence of Jesus so close! I could feel the heat of His body and His breath upon me. Reluctantly, I opened my eyes. There He stood with the same, almost ornery grin on His face, just like when I encountered Him the week before. That encounter He had done some really deep work in my heart! But this time He had a different plan.
In an instant, Jesus himself reached into my head and touched my brain. He began to pull what looked like tiny black wires, out of my brain. I somehow knew that these wires represented my perspectives, belief systems, and thought processes. As Jesus began to rewire my brain the most amazing thing happened. I saw what looked like my nervous system, begin to light up from my head to my heart, then through my entire body. Then the encounter ended. At that point, I really had no idea the magnitude of what had just taken place.
Over the next week, I began to see areas of deep-rooted pride and arrogance in my life. I also had a real clear understanding that the hurt in my heart which I had been carrying, greatly influenced my thought processes. To put it into perspective, I began to see where in the name of Jesus, I had been intent on building platforms and positioning myself to be recognized. I had not only stepped in front of people, including my wife, but I had been so busy with “Jesus” work that I had stepped in front of Him. I unknowingly and unconsciously had exalted myself above Jesus. You know that you can busy yourself with doing a lot of “good” things and still not be doing the God thing!
I was so grieved and heartbroken over this revelation. To be honest, I was embarrassed and ashamed beyond measure. I felt really bad and couldn’t even believe that I had that in me. But feeling bad wasn’t enough. I found myself broken before God, in repentance. I let the waves of Holy Spirit purification pour over me. Did this feel good? Well, does having your whole being immersed in fire feel good? Does scrubbing the dirt and grime out of a fresh wound feel good? And then as if that’s not enough pour antiseptic in it! Of course, you know that does not even remotely feel good. I’m telling you that Jesus is showing up in a different way in this hour.
There is an all-consuming, fire of God, holiness movement coming on the Church of Jesus Christ.
“He is coming as an all-consuming fire” – Hebrews 12:29
We think we have been through the fire, better check again! God is calling us to have the “Isaac on the altar” moment where we lay it all on the line. Get ready for your deliverance, and get ready for your healing! But be ready for the uncomfortable visitation of God. There is a reverence for God here, right now, that I have not known before. I have been encountering Jesus in a way that I have not known before. It’s not the “feel good” Jesus, but the King of Kings who means business. I have a feeling what He is doing right now in the Body of Christ is some of the greatest, deepest, and most accelerated work that’s ever been done. It’s solely because God has an agenda. He has a plan and this is part of the set up for us to be successful in fulfilling our mission.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” – Exodus 43:18-19
We have a choice. To really deal with past once and for all and embrace the “new thing”. Or we can dig into our stubborn, stiff-necked ways and not “perceive” or recognize what God is up to.
The story is not over. There were two more experiences after this that took me even deeper into this revelation of deliverance and healing. For those of you who are done being stuck. Those done playing church and ready to truly fulfill Gods purpose for your life to the fullest degree, please pray this:
Lord Jesus, I come to you today in humility. I ask you to come and search me. Heal my heart and search my mind. Expose areas of wrong thinking in my mind. Expose the hurts that my thought processes are attached to. I give you the right away to come into the deep places and expose what needs to surface. Have your way. Root out everything that hinders me from fulfilling the plan that you have for my life. Holy Spirit come with fire to consume the pride and arrogance in my life. Forgive me for trying to make myself famous in your name Jesus. Help me to spend my life making you famous. You deserve all the glory! Rewire my mind that I might have the mind of Christ. Come and have your way! In Jesus name! Amen!
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