I was born in a large Christian family. Ever since I know my father he has always been a Minister of the gospel. He is also the founder of a church in the community where we lived.
Being the youngest of twelve children, it was only natural that I attended church on a regular basis.
I accepted the Lord as my personal Saviour at an early age. Actually this was during my early years at High School.
At that time my only desire was to seek the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. I tried tarrying for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost in prayer meetings, however, to my dismay, I would only be sanctified. That is, stuttering of tongue. The disappointment of not being made a part taker of the Holy Ghost somehow seems to weaken my strength in the Lord; thus allowing the Devil to find a way in – resulting in my turning back to sin.
After many years of not going to church and living in sin, I migrated to the United States in 1992, to Quincy, Mass., where I went to College. During this time, I did not attend church and had no desire to go. The main reason for this was that the idea of going to church for the fun of it has never appealed to me. My belief has always been to serve the Lord with all my heart, soul and body or forget it. I suppose Revelation 3:16 has always been embedded somewhere deep inside my subconscious mind: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
I spent several years in Boston, then migrated to Canada to join my husband in 1998. After spending over two years in Canada the desire for going to church to even read the Bible was still not there.
My sisters and parents never gave up on me though, they kept praying and encouraged me constantly to return to the Lord. The more they encourage me though, I would respond and say; “yea, yea, I know” and that would be it.
Since the year 2000 came and went by, I began to have a burning desire to serve the Lord again. I said to my husband: “Byron – there ought to be something more in life than only getting up in the mornings going to work, and eating and sleeping.” “We need to worship a God, whomever we conceive our God to be – we need to worship him!” I knew however, that there is only one God, and that is the true and living God, the one that created the heavens and the earth. With my coming to the conclusion that there is a God that needs to be worshipped and I was not doing it left an empty feeling within my being.
On October 29th, 2000, my sister came from Connecticut to visit me and she brought along an evangelist by the name of D.C. Chambers. He came for a convention at a church in Toronto. That Sunday, I went to church with my sister and while Evangelist Chambers was preaching his sermon, he came down from the altar and laid his hands on my shoulder and started to pray. Shortly after, there was an altar call so I went up with a few others. What happened at the altar was most amazing – this changed my life forever!
This man began to prophesy about my life. He placed his hand upon my shoulder and began to prophesy. “These were his words: “The Lord says to tell you that he Love you… He Love you – He love you! He said that after today, you will never be the same again!” He continued with his prophesy telling me things about my childhood life that only my close relative knew. I thought that what he was saying is too good to be true, so I was not too keen on listening to the entire prophesy. There was a spirit within me that was saying maybe my sister told him a few things about me; so I was not too keen on listening to the entire prophesy.
He then caught my attention when he says: “The Lord says he wants to take you back to your school days – Primary school, High school, the type of person that you were….” wow! This caught my attention. (During my High school days, I used to pray and read the Bible a lot; none of my family members knew this; I was even baptized in those days). He went on prophesying: “He said remember promises that you have made; when you use to sit by her feet and make promises…” (Here he is referring to my Grandmother – I did promised her that I would be there when Jesus Christ comes for the rapture of the church. He continued prophesying: “The Lord loves you, He loves you, He loves you; He has his hands upon you; He says after today, you will never be the same again – The Lord says; “Lots of prayer going up for you – lots of prayer!”
Now I know that the Lord was speaking to him that day. I really regretted not listening to the entire prophecy.
That day I gave my life to the Lord all over again…. The prophecy came through within a few days, I made a 180 degree turn in my life. First Thessalonians 5:20 says, “Despise not prophesying:” because I did not despise prophecy, and take heed to the word of God, my life has never been the same since, both physically and spiritually.
Today, I can tell you that I was lost when Jesus came and found me. Matthew 18:11 says; “the son of man is come to save that which was lost.”
I really want to thank God today, that he did not give up on me, even though I went astray. I was like a lost sheep; strayed away from the fold, and he kept searching until he found me and brought me back to the fold. Matthew 18:12 explains: “How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that [sheep], than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
Bless your Holy name Lord, Thank you Jesus. Blessed be your Holy name Lord for remembering me.
Now my husband, Byron, as well as the Evangelist were amazed of how quickly my life was changed. I have changed from an ungodly person to a totally spiritually focused person. Before I got saved I could not read the Bible; Now, I am so much into the word it is like food for me. I have been going on fasting regularly and praying a lot in the mornings; for what specific reason was I fasting for? I had no idea at the time, only a burning desire to go on fasting and prayer. Breast feeding my baby at the time did not seem to stop the desire.
When I got saved however, it seems as though something was still missing in my life. I felt as if I was not at the place where the Lord wants me to be. I mentioned this to Christian individual and he said that most Christians are not at the place where they should be in the Lord, so I should not worry about it. That suggestion however, did not satisfy me so I continued to search the word of God for answers.
The Holy Spirit mentioned to me that I needed to read the epistle of John, in order for me to have a connection with God. I have started to do just that when my husband, Byron, told me about an Internet site at http://www.bible.com/ where I could find the Bible on the Internet. To my surprise, there was also the movie of the crucifixion of Christ. As you can tell, I watched the entire movie on line. This movie was taken from the entire Chapter of Luke. At the end of the movie, there was a sinner’s prayer. After saying the sinners’ prayer with conviction, I knew without a shadow of doubt that I was saved. My hands were in the air shouting out: “Here I am Lord, I believe.” There was a tremendous amount of joy
in my heart – I knew that the item that was missing in my life was the joy of salvation. ☺
Moreover, my spiritual life has become even more fascinating. I began to have heavenly visions/dreams which I would like to share just a few with you.
It is important to note that my visions are not for entertainment purposes, they are scripturally based. They are messages given to me by Jesus to be given to the world concerning His Second Coming, The Marriage Supper and Heaven. As well as the reality of who he is.
I have recently written a book called; “His Second Coming” Most of my visions can be seen in this book. This book is now in the hand of a Publisher.
You can read more of Marlene’s vision and ministry at www.residenceforchrist.org
Minister Marlene Brown
Email: mlbrown_98 [email protected]