Suprised By God

I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic schools for most of my life. My experiences with God were pretty
non-existent as far as a personal relationship was concerned. I just followed blind tradition and just did whatever people told
me I had to do to be "accepted" by God.

Through the years I had the opportunity to meet people who had rewarding personal relationships with God. These people
let me know that it was possible to have a personal relationship with God. I was taught (overall because of my particular
dysfunctional Catholic upbringing) that God was more or less out of touch- not really caring for you unless you made great
sacrifices and suffered greatly i.e. only those of us who suffers the most might be given an opportunity to experience God. I
was taught by other Christians to abandon that thinking and to seek a personal relationship with God. So I prayed the
typical, "I want to give my life to Jesus prayer forgive me I’m a sinner etc."-Not really expecting too much but I did have faith
that something good was going to happen. What happened was seriously nothing like I was expecting.

I went to bed one night and I had a dream that I was walking along the street and there was a terrible thunderstorm raging.
For some odd reason I couldn’t find my way home-although this dream was taking place right in my very own neighborhood.

The storm grew increasingly worse. Lightning began to strike the ground all around me. The rain began to pour. Trees were
being struck by lightening and being destroyed. It was very loud thunder. I was very very scared at this moment because I
felt like at any second I was next to be struck by lightening. I was feeling very lost and overwhelmingly afraid, so afraid –
 that I began to crawl around on my hands and knees along a dark alley way that I had stumbled upon trying desperately to
make myself smaller and insignificant as to avoid being struck and killed by these lightening bolts.

The storm only got even louder and the rain began to pour even heavier. The lightening was even fiercer. Although I knew
which way to go to get home I was completely paralyzed with fear. I had never before felt so vulnerable and completely
alone in my life. I just knew at any second I was going to be struck by lightning bolt and destroyed. So I just closed my eyes
and shivered like a little child.

All of a sudden a voice came from the area behind me. The voice said," Stand up and do not be afraid." The voice was a
deep, resonating and calm, I was surprised even to hear it among this great storm. My own fear kept me down on the
ground. I was still very afraid and I didn’t know who’s this voice was or really even where it had come from.

So I stayed trembling on the ground.

The voice said again, but this time with absolute authority, "Stand up and do not be afraid!" Let me speculate upon the
authority of this voice for a moment.

The authority in this voice was so definite and undeniable and reassuring that I knew, I had never in my life heard anything
like it before. It was a voice of GREAT power and authority and I knew all of a sudden this was a voice and/or person of
such power and authority that I had better summon up all what little courage I had inside to do what ever it told me to do.
The storm in all its fury was no match for the great authority in the voice.

Nonetheless and oddly enough- in all it’s power it was non-threatening. I didn’t feel for one moment that if I didn’t do what
this voice asked that I would be punished in anyway. It was a loving reassuring voice but still had an undeniable authority.

Believing this voice, I summoned up whatever courage I had inside to stand up. I temporarily pushed a side my great fear
and slowly stood up. I didn’t turn around to face this person but I knew he was standing behind me. Immediately I felt this
great Love coming from behind me, and the voice said," Do not be afraid of anything because I am in you; you are in me
therefore you and I are one." When he said these words great tears of joy began to pour from my eyes. I felt a great over
whelming sense of warmth and Love at this moment. Then he said," Take my hand" and I guess I was a little shy because I
didn’t even raise my eyes to look at him I was crying so hard and so over whelmed with emotion – the feeling of pure love
was incredible!

From my peripheral vision I remember seeing a just the sleeve of a brilliantly white robe. After I took his hand we began to
float upwards into the sky!

I was starting to feel a little nervous…almost afraid again because we were now flying above the earth. Without me saying a
word, he knew that I was beginning to get scared because he said," I told you; Never ever be afraid of anything because I
am in You; you are in me therefore you and I are one." I began cry again tears of joy. I began to feel the great love and
power of God and it was in me at that moment. I felt so completely loved and powerful.

Indeed I need not fear anything again. I felt like I was at home. It was wonderful. I just wanted to stay with Him forever.

At that moment I began to look down upon the earth. I remember looking at he houses and buildings. They appeared empty
and useless like cheap cardboard boxes and it appeared to me like they were burning. Not flames but orange – red hot
embers just burning them from inside. I could see this through the windows of the buildings. No words were exchanged
between us at all. He just slowly began to lower me back on to the earth. I remember feeling a great sense of despair
because I was now being sent back to the earth and I really wanted to stay there with him forever.

After I touched the ground I was in complete awe of what had just happened to me. I wanted to tell the whole world what
had just happened to me and that Jesus was real!!!! I felt like everybody should get to know what this felt like. In the dream
I began to look for a minister that I know in real life who had helped introduce me to the Lord.

After that, I began to look for the minister, so I could tell him what I had experienced and to let him know that I now knew
that God is real! That dream seemed to me to be more real than our everyday reality.

I woke up the next morning and I shared my story with my Grandmother – the only person in my family I figured who would
believe or even knew what I was talking about.

She encouraged me and told me that she believed it was in fact something very special.

From that moment forward, I knew I was saved. Shortly afterward I contacted the minister that I was looking for in the
dream. Then I went to his church to be baptized.

I have since found many references in the Bible to support the words that Jesus spoke to me in those first moments he was
with me. Here’s two (John Chapter 14 vs. 17 and vs. 27) and (1John Chapter 4 vs. 16).

Since then I have experienced all types of spiritual things and met all kinds of spirtual people. I also have suffered all kinds of
personal and family trauma and tragedy. A lot of very terrible things most people couldn’t imagine happening to them.

The Lord has worked so much in my life. He has touched so many people through me, strengthened me in times of great
heart ache and answered so many of my prayers that I intend to write a book about my experiences.

I give credit, thanks and praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for my ability to make it through such rough times.

Believe me people who are reading this; I want to tell you God is real.

Just open your heart and your mind to his healing Love. You’ll be amazed at the things that he can do for you in your life. I
have experienced my share of heartaches and pains along with the many blessings that come from knowing God. Please pray
to the Lord and receive his love. He is real and will always be there for you. He will never let you down!

Amen.

Thanks Mike! May God continue to bless you on your ministry!

Love,

R. J. Pann
[email protected]

 

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  1. I want to take time to thank whoever has been praying for me. Today I had a stunningly amazing day.

    Well, actually it was mixed, but I am focused on the good. Bad in the sense that I lost over $3000.00, but extremely good in that today some lights came on for me that have been dark for a couple years. I can only give glory to God for that light.

    I have been experiencing a protracted time of trial in my life, but I have not given up my faith, and of course, I pray and seek God every single day. I too have been praying Psalm 27:1 specifically for a few weeks. In short, the Holy Spirit today just flipped on light switch after light switch of personal revelation for me of things that have been laying dormant inside me for ages. These are things that are helping me to see clearly what are the true issues in my spirit man after my dad’s, then my wife’s death and the break up of my new girl friend following that. (The devil to me: ” Hey Doug, how about a nice Hawaiian punch? Sure. Here’s a triple for ya!” Me: “Where did THAT come from???”

    In short, I have experienced heavy emotional fallout, but had a hard time pinpointing the real inner issues. Now I have a handle on what some of them are, so I now know what I have to deal with.

    I’m sure there is more revelation to come from the Holy Spirit, but suffice it today that I wrote down copious notes today so that I would not FORGET these things that He showed me, for today I had a literal deluge of personal revelation, and my understanding was exceedingly fruitful all day.

    Not to mention that a couple days ago God uncovered for me exactly what I have been assiduously searching for as far as a “perfect fit” home business that I can do. Something that fits my temperament to a proverbial “t.”, where I can exercise the most luminous talents that I have been blessed with, and I’m pretty excited about getting started on that.

    So whoever has been praying for me, Doug thanks you, and please don’t stop!

  2. Hi Saints ,

    Listen, I am collating a list of leaders in the Christian world.
    This will put to rest , once and for all the perpetual question
    of whom to follow , and whom not to.

    The list will have 3 main categories.

    1.True Prophets
    2.Men and women of God
    3.Bread and Butter Prophets.

    Let me explain.

    1.True Prophets:
    would be those who seek the True God and not worshippers
    of mammon. They need to be greatly endowed with one or more
    gifts. May be TB Joshua or Robert Blessing might make the grade.
    The Apostle Paul (aka St Paul ) certainly would.
    Samuel of the OT might lead the pack 😉

    2.Men of God :
    would be those who seek and preach the true God.
    They might not be endowed with supernatural gifts.
    eg Billy Graham would be good example.

    3.Bread and Butter Prophets.
    Yes, …..this is what many of the preachers on TV qualify as.
    True seekers of Mammon and nothing else.
    They preach the Lord , for their bread , butter , …..fancy penthouses ,
    beach condos , luxury yachts and air-planes.
    No examples need be given. Switch on your TV , and there you have them
    clamouring for your tithes ,….saying, “Blessing will come upon you” , …..if you
    “sow into their ministry”
    prime example: Todd Bentley
    Some of them are homo-sexual , others adulteers , ….yet other
    plain worshippers of the once might dollar.;-)

    Now , listen carefully.
    Here comes your part.
    Just mail me any of the names you can think of ,….mentioning which category you would
    put them into. (Any additional info, or web links , would be a plus)

    1.True Prophets
    2.Men and women of God
    3.Bread and Butter Prophets.

    Mail your info to [email protected]
    I will collate all the data I receive ,
    consolidate it and send each of you a summary of
    my findings.

    Cheers

    In the Lord

    Vikki

  3. Those are incredible dreams and an amazing testimony!

  4. This is an amazing story. When I was younger I had a dream than I will never forget. I was in a bus, there were large boulders landing on top of the bus and going through the bus. They crushed me and half my body was underneath a huge boulder. I cried out to the Lord, “help me God!” then there appeared feet and I could see a white robe- I didn’t look up any further- I was terrified. My body was able to stand up and I ran because I was so afraid of Him. My other dream was not so nice-this was at a time in my life when I was doing all the wrong things. I was in a kayack, entering a cave, there were 3 large boulders emerged from the water. With naked witches sitting on top of them-laughing. There was fire, and you know who was there too. This next dream was recent, it was dark, thunderstorms, and it was just a feeling that Jesus was coming. I had another recent dream after that one- I was walking with my mother in law and my brother in law-we were holding hands-we were getting ready to go because Jesus was taking us-but he wasn’t taking my fiance-and I was screaming his name. He isn’t that committed to the Lord and I know God gave me this dream to tell him to shape up before he comes.

    My mother said one day walking home from school, she was looking up at the sky, there was a castle in the sky, the color of fire, she blinked and it dissapeared.

    While my great-grandmother was dying, she was going through different periods of her life. One minute she would be talking like a little girl, the next she was asking for her baby (my grandpa) then, at her final moments, while gazing at the ceiling, she said she could see the Kingdom of God.

    The biggest miracle God has performed in my life is curing me from a disease that no manmade medicine can cure. He has given me strength through the absolute toughest times in my life. He changed me from one of the worst sinners to a servant overnight. PRAISE GOD

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