When I first became a Christian I believed that if you professed to be a Christian, you could say no evil, do no evil or think no evil. I also naively believed that I wouldnīt find one iota of error in a Charismatic church. God sent an angel to correct me and divert me from disaster.
My friend and I were at a meeting which announced that they were going to start īLearn How To Healī classes. This peaked my interest as I had already prayed for many that were sick or in pain and God had wonderfully healed them.
I was suggesting that I could take some time off work and Fiona could get a baby sitter when my body jerked so vigorously that I almost flew off my chair. We were sitting in the very last row and I very abruptly turned to see who would kick me in the middle of a church service, when I heard a voice, though it was not out loud, so clearly and sternly state, "You do not learn to heal, it is a gift from me."
I grabbed Fionaīs arm and rambled, "We canīt go. We canīt go to this. Itīs a gift! You do not learn to heal, itīs a gift from God!"
When I wrote my autobiography I included this incident and was very disturbed to discover that two ladies, who I felt were the pillars of my church, adamantly insist that God does not kick people and that Jesus was meek and mild and just tiptoed around. They had been Christians their entire life and had never heard of such nonsense. Since they were supposed to be my mentors and my role models, I concluded that I had a very serious problem. I needed to find out immediately if I had a supernatural experience or if I was bouncing off walls and possibly psychotic. Especially since I was meeting more and more Christians that had never walked in the supernatural realm that seemed to be a constant in my life.
I had just finished reading a book where the man was so serious about hearing from God that he got on his face on the floor and prayed for seven days and seven nights. I decided I was going to do the same and not get up until I heard from God and He was going to have to explain to my husband when he got home from work what I was doing there on the floor. I needed to know if God was truly the God of the bible or if I should be on medication.
I wasnīt there even 10 minutes when God said, (impressed upon me) "Get up, lickety split, get your bible." Well, Glory to God, I just happened to open it at the story where Peter was in jail and the angel came and slapped him and said, "Come on Peter, letīs go, weīre outta here!" I thought,"If God can send an angel to slap Peter, who am I to tell God He canīt send an angel to kick me?"
Those ladies were sincere but they were sincerly wrong. They based their understanding of God solely on what they themselves had experienced or should I say NOT experienced. This unfortunately brings much intimidation and quenches the faith necessary to live our lives led by the Spirit of God. This is why my next encounter with an angel kept me from discloseing what God was speaking to me. As a group of us were praying, the Lord said, "There is an angel, sent from the throne room of God with a special message. Tell them."
I opened one eye and peered around the room and thought, "Nope, I donīt see anything, I donīt say anything." The Lord repeated the same sentence again. This time I had a sense that he was more than 12 feet tall, jutting (stretching) through the ceiling of the room into the apartment above us. Since I could not prove that there was an angel amongst us, I decided to write the experience down on a piece of paper and wait until I received some sort of confirmation.
Not even a minute later, one of the ladies got up and said, "God just so strongly impressed upon me to read the last chapter of the book of Revelation." She picked up a bible and read, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star............Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Two thousand years ago angels announced that the babe in the manger is the Savior of the world. Today they are announcing that He is returning soon as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords to judge the living and the dead. On that day, what will be your fate?
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com