Reflections On A Heavenly Wake Up Call
It was 4:20am on Thursday 24 June 2010 when "Good Morning" entered my brain like an alarm clock! My eyes opened wide and I looked around the room. I was wide awake and "switched on", if you know what I mean, I was aware of what was around me, and besides my wife, who was sound asleep beside me, there was no other being (that I could see) in the room and yet "Good Morning” was still in my ears.
Milliseconds later a second message "it is the father", with the emphasis on the “it is”! I heard it distinctly and clearly in my mind then silence. I lay there reflecting on what had occurred and for five minutes I couldn't quite put it together, but I knew what I had heard, “it is The Father”. (now I'm sure, so respect is due)
Then my thoughts went to the previous night, (were they directed? I cannot say), to when I had been reading prior to sleeping, and particularly, my mind was focussed upon what I had been reading; "The Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost - What the Bible Teaches Part 2”, written by Pauline Edwards and posted as a blog entry. In this study Pauline cites John 14:15-18 and as an illustration of what she is saying, she presented it as follows:
15 If ye love me (Jesus) keep my (Jesus) commandments.
16 And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and he (The Father) shall give you another Comforter, that he (The Father) may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him (The Father) not, neither knoweth him (The Father); for he (The Father) dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I (Jesus) will not leave you comfortless: I (Jesus) will come to you.
Having read these passages and also quoting these verses over and over for many years and seeing ONLY Jesus in all of them, regardless of what other verses of scripture told me, e.g. Isa 42:1 which is cited again in Matt 12:18 and Ex 23:21, despite these and other passages I ONLY saw Jesus in John 14:15-18; So Pauline's reading of verse 17 was troubling me.
Until today that is, when a message from heaven awakened me, not only to another few moments of life, but to an expansion of a truth within a truth I had not seen before.
By the time all the aforementioned had played out, it was 4:40am and that is about the time when I normally would arise to go for a walk and pray, or to just get out of bed to begin my morning, prayer session. This morning I decided to walk and pray, perhaps I needed the cool morning air to further clear my mind which was still processing thoughts. So off I went for a nine km walk/prayer.
I was half way through the walk when my mind and prayers were interrupted momentarily by the thought “read the 23rd verse”, again somehow I knew that the thought was related to John 14:15-18 so I went home and for morning worship I shared my experience with my wife and we read John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”.
This statement by Jesus was in answer to a question by Judas, (not Iscariot), “Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world”. John 14:22
It was then that I knew that what Pauline had written was truth and real and try as I might, even in such a short time, I cannot now read John 14:15-18, especially v 17, as I read it for so long and ONLY see JESUS, but like blind Bartimaeus, “I see, I can see” BOTH, The Father AND His literal Son, my Heavenly Father (by adoption) and my Saviour, Michael Christ Jesus, together in EVERYTHING, as they have always been.
Now, I have twice as much to rejoice about and twice as much to LIVE FOR now that I read v17 correctly.
PRAISE GOD!! And
Thanks Pauline for those many hours of study and writing! AND
PRAISE GOD again for getting you to blog those studies. What a BLESSING!
My Heavenly Father in 2009 finally, after 42 years of trying, convinced me that He loved me enough to send His Literal Son to die for me and then had really and truly adopted me warts and all, on the merits of His Son!
As if that wasn’t enough, now in 2010 approximately 18 months later, He (my Father) lets me know that He is abiding (living) with me, alongside His Son, through their Spirit.
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER as GOODNESS AND MERCY, FOLLOW me in the latter years of my life.