June 10, 2012
The past six hours at my church God has moved in awesome ways. I’m so amazed and encouraged. I have to share these testimonies and praise Him!
During worship at church today, songs we sang lined up exactly with what God has been showing me. The simplicity of those words had such depth because of the understanding God has been revealing to me in my personal time with Him. When we began singing the song about the glory of God, my heart smiled because just last night I was reading about that and God was showing me more about what that means. God also gave me a vision that was in perfect unity with the rest of the prophetic words shared later during worship and it was exactly the same as what God has been speaking to our Pastor who also shared.
During worship after the prophetic words were shared with the rest of the church, the leader led us into a song that was prophetic and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Many of us were ministered to just by listening. Then they closed with the song (which the worship team did not plan or prepare to play but just went right into it) “You’ll Come”, beginning with the bridge:
Chains be broken
Lives be healed
Eyes be opened
Christ is revealed
Which pretty much made me weep because that is my heart’s desire. Every day at work I see people who desperately need Christ’s freedom, healing, and their eyes to be opened to the revelation of Christ and to know Him. This is what I pray for and what I want to see.
Then my pastor couldn’t give announcements because the presence of God doesn’t just leave when worship ends. ;) Instead he shared what God has been showing and speaking to him first, which was in perfect unity with everything else that had been shared. He welcomed all the visitors by saying, “We’re happy to have you here today, and as you can see, we just let the Holy Spirit do what He wants.” And what an awesome things He did do.
As we all were coming forward to give our offerings, our Pastor said, “If you have a testimony, come tell me about it and we want you to share that.”
Immediately I felt the Holy Spirit basically surround me with His presence and I knew I was supposed to share my testimony about how God healed me. When I was handed the microphone to share in front of the hundreds of people at church, God gave me all the words to testify and give Him glory for healing me (and helped me keep it short, something I can’t do without Him ;D).
I also got to share a little about Matthew 9:20-22 / Luke 8:42-28 and relating it to what God did when He healed me. That passage was so key for me when I was sick and kept my faith strong and hope alive. I was thankful that the testimony wasn’t just about my physical healing, but also how God sustained me through that and became my everything in a whole new way. I’ve been wanting to share about it since the day He healed me, and thankfully God knew today I was ready and it was time.
Then, the entire message our Pastor preached was led by the Holy Spirit and not what he’d prepared. It was straight from God’s heart and our Pastor was just speaking His words. This led to a call to repentance and everyone in our church responded. I mean, out of hundreds and hundreds of people, everyone went forward and repented. OUR ENTIRE CHURCH. We flooded the altar as one. Maybe twenty people were still sitting (I was one of them, watching it) and later I went up, too.
My mom and dad were out of their seat so fast, my dad about ran my mom over. He ended up on his face on the floor. My dad has never done that. Just repenting before the Lord. It was so powerful to see. I can’t even describe.
Then, there was a girl who was my childhood best friend; we grew up in this same church together and I have been praying for her for years to return to the Lord. I didn’t think she would go up but I stayed and prayed. Suddenly she stood and responded, wiping a tear from her eye. It was real. I cried because that was something I’ve wanted to see for over a decade.
I got prayed over and God encouraged me so much with exactly what I needed to hear. My pastor prayed and prophesied over every single person that came up (hundreds) and seriously that would not be possible unless it was absolutely the Holy Spirit. So powerful.
I could go on, I know this is long and I don’t care, nobody has to read it- I just have to share that God did awesome things today and praise Him for it! Praise God!
And the day isn’t even over.