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My Miraculous Visitation and What God Told Me to Share...

Discussion in 'Spirit-Filled / Charismatic' started by Gideons300, Jul 11, 2019 at 5:43 AM.

  1. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    My Miraculous Visitation

    I was saved by an actual real miracle on Christmas Eve, 1970. Having been a porn addict since I was a young teen, and then having been saved through that miracle when I was 21, I had high hopes that my addiction would be a thing of the past. I was wrong. For the next 3 and a half decades, I was the poster boy for Romans 7. Sin/repent/sin again. Rinse and repeat, ad naiseum. LOL.

    Oh, I did not go down swinging. I tried everything I knew to finally walk as I knew deep inside a God wanted me to. I prayed, I fasted, I memorized large portions of the Word. I became a home pastor for my large Charismatic church. But in the end, my addiction had left me defeated, tired, hopeless, angry, judgmental, legalistic, disillusioned and tired of life.

    Friends would tell me that is why we need mercy, grace and forgiveness. Rhey would assure that God would change me eventually. But... 38 years and no progress? I couldn't buy it. And no matter how many told me that truly walking in victory over the world, the flesh and the devil was not really possible because we are only human, their words simply did not line up with what I read throughout the New Testament. Holiness is the standard, and even though it condemned me, I simply could not ever bring myself to lower the standard or to believe that simply time passing was the key to our overcoming our flesh and its inevitable antics.

    One night, I reached my end. I literally knew nothing else to try, to hope for, that would lead me to the ‘free indeed’ I saw so clearly in His Word. In tears and desperation, I cried out to God, not knowing what else to do. I had no more answers to try, no more resolutions to make, no more leaves to turn over. And then it happened.

    God appeared to me. Yes, visibly. Now, before any asks what He looked like, let me say this. I haven’t a clue. His golden light, brighter than the sun, put me on my face. I dared not look up. And then He spoke. Yes, audibly.

    He said ‘My son, for this I am well pleased with you.’

    Confused? LOL. Yeah, me too. For 38 years, I had tried desperately to feel like God loved me and was pleased with me. And no matter what Paul told us in Romans 8 that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, it was all I ever felt. If I gave, even out of my lack, I should have given more. If I read ten chapters in the Word, it should have been twenty. Even mowing my own lawn made me feel like I was taking care of my kingdom, not His. Can you say ‘miserable’? That was me.

    And now, at my lowest point of failure, now He comes and tells me He was pleased with me? It made no sense, none, until the next words He spoke....

    “I knew all along that you could not walk the walk I had for you, but you did not yet know it.”

    Did you catch that key word yet? ☺️ I finally knew it. I had finally, after almost four decades of trying to die to my sin-loving self, been brought to the point I had NO confidence in the flesh that was my prison.

    And the Lord continued. He asked me a question....

    “In all your trying to walk pleasing to me, did you ever do as I instructed you to do through my servant Paul?”

    My mind reeled, but in an instant, He simply took my blinders off and let me see what He was talking about. The key to my cell door swinging open was found in Romans 6. And as I opened my Bible, I sat dumbfounded at the secret, the key to my being able to walk as an overcomer that was hiding from me in plain sight.

    Here Paul tells us that there are two truths we must know.

    1) When Christ died, so DID we.

    2) When Christ rose from the dead, so DID we.

    I can hear them now. “That’s it?? That’s the secret?” LOL. Not yet. What did Paul say next? What was the response He asked of us to these two truths that were etched in the stone foundations of Heaven?

    "Likewise (in the same way) reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:

    but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

    Romans 6:10-13

    I pray your ears are open. And I assure you, if you truly hear this truth and DO IT, your walk will never be the same.... ever.

    You see, I had memorized these verses. But..... never, not once..... had I actually done what those words from the Lord had been telling me. I had never reckoned that those two truths were MY truths. I had never appropriated the victory He had bought for us as MY victory.

    So what did I do? Through my tears, my awe, my joy, my confusion, my fear, I spoke. Out loud. LOUDLY out loud. I reckoned that the old me was dead. Not needing to die. No, no. DEAD. I reckoned that I was a brand new creature that sin had no authority over. I died to sin once...ONCE.... just as God had instructed us. And praise God, I yielded myself to God, but this time I did it differently.

    Previously, I would try to give myself to God, but as the mess I knew I was. But that is not what God asked for, was it? He said that we are to, now, because of what Christ had accomplished for us, yield ourselves to God in faith, faith that what He said was true was true for US, right now, this very day. We are to yield ourselves as those who are alive from the dead. Whoa.

    And when I did, something deep inside began bubbling up inside me. God caused my hard, dry but viable seed of faith that had been given to me at my salvation to actually begin sprouting. I had finally held up my shield of faith and praise God, what I found was that satan’s arrows truly were extinguished. I tasted freedom that night for the first time, and it was.... and is.... glorious.

    Look. I pray you do not misunderstand. This is not sinless perfectionism of which I constantly share. It is truly the beginning of the sanctification process, not the end. I have far, far to go in my walk with the Lord. I pray the lack and weaknesses others still see in me do not hinder their belief that God can set them free as well. But I would be remiss if I did not also tell you that the changes that He has brought about in me stagger even my imagination as to what God has done and continues to do by dwelling IN us instead of just being with us.

    I have much more to share concerning the last twelve years. I pray God continues to give me opportunity to share with you what He continues to show me and to teach me. Thank you all for bearing with this long testimony.

    Know this. Your weakness, your addiction to sin, your knowing how unloving you truly are.... it is a gift from God. I can hear you laughing, lol. Some gift, huh? But a I am quite serious.

    Who is it that can believe such amazing things? Is it not to him who has NO strength? To him who has come to the point that they have NO confidence in the flesh? What God has shown me He is now showing you. This walk of victory over the world and its endless pull, the flesh and its lusts and self-love, and the devil and his endless temptations and accusations, it is your birthright. Your weakness makes you perfectly fit to receive it. That, dear friend, is the upside-downness of the kingdom of God at its glorious best.

    Can our God be THAT good? Oh, yes dear brothers and sisters! Can He truly set us free indeed, despite our sinfulness? There is no doubt about it. Our God’s goodness is stronger than our badness. And should this not be self evident, seeing that He Himself told us to overcome evil with good? Because that is how HE does it, IN US! Glory!

    God is about to do a work in our day that if our eyes did not see it, we would never believe it. He is going to separate the wheat from the tares, and prepare His own for a soon-coming wedding. And guys, we are going to look GLORIOUS!

    Blessings to all.

    Gideon
     
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  2. A_Thinker

    A_Thinker Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Absolutely.

    When our own heart is unfaithful, He remains faithful.

    1 John 3

    18 Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth. 19 And by this we will know that we belong to the truth, and will assure our hearts in His presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things.

    Isn't it odd that our own hearts will condemn us (i.e. Satan does too), ... while God (Who is greater) ... constantly seeks to lift us up ?

    Very much like a good father, wouldn't you say ?
     
  3. A_Thinker

    A_Thinker Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Consider how old Paul must have been when he penned these words (at this point a following in Rome would have been established) ...
     
  4. Dave G.

    Dave G. Well-Known Member

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    I've had visions in a dream state ( clearer than a dream, detailed, in color). And some rather profound experiences as well. But never could connect them to a clear message, except for one or two . Thank you for your openness ! It takes assurance to come out with things like this because there are those who would surely be quick to mock simply because it's never happened to them...
     
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  5. Grip Docility

    Grip Docility Well-Known Member

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    Gids,

    Didn’t Paul Boast in his weakness? :)

    I caught that in here. I’m just making sure I saw it correctly... because if you’re boasting in your weakness and glorying in Jesus Christ... Amen is the only thing I can say!
     
  6. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    My friend Grip! Good to see you!

    One thing I have seen as an observable common denominator among the few I know who have 'entered their rest' and escaped running religious laps in Sinai is humility. Once one sees how amazing grace truly is, that it not only forgives you, but actually causes you to walk as an obedient child by indwelling us, what is there left to boast in? LOL.

    Who sees this truth of the new man first? Those with no strength. Those who have NO confidence in the flesh, and actually get to the point they actually hate their life.... the old rebellious fallen nature. Those who KNOW that all their righteousness is as filthy rags and will end in utter and complete failure, lest God step in and rescue them. Hunger and thirst for walking fully pleasing to God is a must.

    This is why on the highway OF holiness (not the highway TO it), a man can be a fool and not err therein. Oh, I am convinced by the Lord that every single one of the elect is going to see what I and others will be sharing, shouting it from the rooftops, and it will be from the weakest to the strongest.... but it will also be in that order! What a great God for us weaklings!

    I hope you are doing well.

    blessings

    Gids
     
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  7. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    Let me identify a real stumbling block for many who hear my words. They get excited about the possibility, but fear that they will fail, just like they always do. So they refuse to reckon the truth as their truth.

    Listen, saints of God. When you finally step out and are willing to ONLY believe, you have just begun what the Word calls "your good fight of faith". The truth is not the truth when you believe it hard enough. You believe it because it IS the truth.

    Can you still sin? Absolutely! Most likely you will. Does it change anything? Nope. Now trust me, satan will rush in at your failure and accuse you, hoping you bite, and continue to believe the lie that you are NOT a new creature and that you MUST sin. Liar!

    So what do you do IF (not when) you sin? You confess it, repent of it, but understanding that the reason you fell was that your shield of faith was small and wavering, you get up, dust yourself off.... and believe again rhat the old you is DEAD!

    It is actually quite comical when satan sees this after fully expecting that your failure will bring you back into unbelief again. So here you are, fresh off a failure, immediately confessing....again.... that you are no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit as a new creature with a new nature, and sin has no more power over you. It drives him crazy! LOL

    And what happens when you do this? Listen closely. Your shield of faith grows bigger! Glory. And what is the end of this good fight of faith? That we finally become established in the faith, unshakable. Oh, we CAN sin. We just DON'T sin. Willful sin is GONE. Wonderful God! Thank you my Jesus!!

    And as we abide in Him as new creatures, miraculously, His character beings to grow in us from the inside out. Fruits!

    blessings,

    Gideon
     
  8. hislegacy

    hislegacy This is me.

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  9. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    Well, on this one, I hope you take it to heart.

    I am sorry if my testimony somehow offended you. People come and go here all the time. Some have read my testimony, and some have not. My only goal is to see saints walk in victory just as we have been promised. Those with no interest will certainly not hurt my feelings if they simply pass over them.

    So.... if you see another thread of mine in the future with a similar title, you can just skip over it so you can save time.

    Disagreeing with what I share is totally acceptable because of scriptural reasons and I would love to discuss those with you. But making comments like this just comes off like a poorly veiled attempt at a put down. If I am misconstruing your intent, a thousand apologies.

    I love you brother.

    Gids
     
  10. hislegacy

    hislegacy This is me.

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    There is no offense taken nor offered. Sorry I touched a nerve. If you want people to read your testimony - good thing to do - you just need to bump your thread.

    It's an observation, not a put down, veiled or otherwise.

    Obviously, you must not be aware of the ability to do this.
     
  11. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    No harm, no foul. Have a great night brother.

    The truth is, as I retype what happened to me that night and the dramatic effect it has had on my walk with God and my interaction with this world, it continues to bless me... far more than simply bumping the thread.... again, lol.

    blessings to you, dear friend

    Gideon
     
  12. Gideons300

    Gideons300 Our awakening is beginning. Prepare to be amazed.

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    Oh, meant to tell you I love the photo of you. Is that yuor grandson? He is adorable.

    Gids
     
  13. hislegacy

    hislegacy This is me.

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    That is indeed my grandson - thank you
     
  14. bmjackson

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    Thank you @Gideons300 for giving us your sanctification testimony again. I just would like to confirm it by telling of my own - 17 years after having a profound 'salvation' experience from atheism.

    I too had struggled, not with porn or anying like that, but accepting the Lordship of Christ to allow into my life whatever He chose, and after an abusive childhood and marrying an abusive narcissist, living in poverty, and poor housing and having no qualifications or the ability due to lifelong ill health to improve my station in life, it all came to a head over a house I wanted but was unable to get tenancy of. I did have a sin that I struggled over and that was anger towards my then husband, which was a common reaction to the abuse I suffered.

    I really had had enough of being a Christian, it seemed that all things worked for my bad and I had had enough.

    It was reading about being crucifed with Christ as being in the past from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee that opened the door for me and released me from the bondage to sin that had held me and showed me that indeed it is not okay to sin while one claims to be a follower of Christ.

    The old man or nature must be held in a 'dead' position and this is achieved through faith that Christ obtained this freedom on the cross, and is not be achieved gradually by 'taming the flesh' Dead means dead. Complete submission to Christ's commands.

    At this stage however, it is still possible to slip easily and as you say, repentance will bring one back but there is more than this to be gained in the promised land.

    If you read the Jornal of George Fox and others who have trodden the path you will see that there is a further work ahead. It also comes after a time of trial and so well described in Dark Night of the Soul but I will say no more about it as the suffering beforehand is even more intense and those who are not even in the first stage would be discouraged.

    But it is all worth it. Seek and ye shall find.
     
  15. bmjackson

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    I do question your prophesy regarding a large scale revival though. I don't see it in scripture and the 'end times' for me is the period of walking in the Spirit. I would be happy to see where you get it from though.
     
  16. mourningdove~

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    I have been crucified with Christ;
    it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
    and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
    who loved me and gave Himself for me.

    ~ Galatians 2:20


    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
    old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
    ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
     
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  17. mourningdove~

    mourningdove~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart"

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    ALL of the victorious Christian life is about "abiding in Him" …

    I am the vine; you are the branches.
    If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
    apart from Me you can do nothing.
    ~John 15:5
     
  18. mourningdove~

    mourningdove~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart"

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    To both you and Gids, thanks for sharing your testimonies.

    A famous quote:

    “Only God can turn mess into a message, a test into a testimony,
    a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory.”
     
  19. bmjackson

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    One of my infirmaties is being on the Asperger's spectrum, so l miss social clues which is not intentional and not a sin.
     
  20. SavedByGrace3

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    Thanks for sharing this with us Gid.
    As someone who has also experienced such things... I can commiserate with you as you run into those who question.
     
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