October 26, 2017

A "Born Again" Experience!

In a posting on an internet forum, i had testified that "i had REALized a wonder-filled three day experience as i was "Born Again" of The Holy, Set Apart, SPIRIT that IS Our FATHER(CREATOR) and GOD(SPIRIT)"! (John 3:3,7, I Peter 1:23)

And someone asked, "please tell me what happened".

And i responded: That which i experienced began in the early afternoon hours on Friday, December 13th 1985.......

And the experience could be simply defined as the time when, liken unto The Messiah and His brethren, i began to Truly REALize that "i can do nothing of my own self"! (John 5:19,30, 8:28:29, Luke 12:26)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-messiah-testified-i-can-do-nothing.html

And until that moment in time when i receive that final breath(Spirit, air) while yet on earth, hopefully i will continue to REALize evermore how "poor and in need" of Our FATHER and GOD i Truly am; "crying unto HIM day and night"....... (Psalms 70:5; 72:13, Luke 18:7)

Simply, "you that are unable to do the least (for the breath {Spirit, air} which is needful to sustain our natural life needs be received), why do you take thought for the rest"? (Luke 12:26)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2015/04/you-that-are-unable-to-do-least-why-do.html

A Testimony (yet words seem so lacking) concerning that "three day wonder-filled experience" of  being "Born Again" follows:


Such began with a visit from two members of a mennonite group whose "bible tracts" i had read. And then i had contacted them requesting more tracts, for it seemed i had finally been led to the biblically sound "church" that i had been "in search of" at that time. 
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-multiple-choice-of-pagan-catholic-and.html

So a visit was arranged with two of their "members" on that Friday afternoon in December of '85, and i was very much impressed with their modesty, sincerity and their answers to the questions that i had asked.

And the end result of that time together was that i most certainly wanted to visit with them once again at their home base in Louisiana (u.s.a.). Our meeting had taken place in Colorado for at that time they were in Colorado on a mission for their "church".

And it seemed as though this was the "biblically" sound "church" that i had been "in search of".

Yet after the meeting, as i considered all things, all of a sudden a REALization startled me and my joy quickly turned to sorrow as i inwardly questioned, "how can i go and have my portion in their church fellowship while i'm still smoking"?

Such had not been spoken of in our meeting but their "bible" tracts made it quite clear that they frown upon such, and i did also! Yet i was addicted and could not quit, although i had tried to quit numerous times!

Now, needs be i take you back in time a bit to share another experience linked directly to this one, although the following experience was not manifest to me at the moment in time i just bore witness of.
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Back in October of '85 i and another person set out to pray and fast for we both desired to be delivered from smoking.

Now the other person weakened, gave up and ate a meal less than 24 hours after our fast began.

As for me, i lasted a bit longer yet i gave in and smoked a cigarette and my fast ended a short time later.

And as i went outside on a bright sunshiny day and sat on a stair-step there was great sorrow and a hopelessness within my being. It seemed i would never be free from smoking for i had tried to quit, what seemed to be, hundreds of times.......

Yet then!

Midst my agonizing i heard a Voice that clearly spoke, "You're not going to give it up, I'm going to take it away"!

And immediately i raised up my bowed head and sat straight up as Joy flooded my soul, because in that instant i believed! Yet then i heard another voice, not as strong though, speak words liken unto "you're never going to quit"!

And inwardly i shouted, "No! No! i'm going to be delivered!"

And at that moment in time i QUIT trying to quit smoking, believing that one day i would be delivered! (Luke 12:26, John 5:19,30; 8:28-29)

Yet two months later, and after that visit with the mennonites, that REALization was hidden from me, and so it was i was extremely sorrowful because i was still smoking.
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And after it came to mind that the mennonites frowned on smoking, i recollect beginning to feel physically ill later that day, and when i awoke from a fitful nights sleep, the next morning i felt even worse.

And Saturday throughout the day i became evermore weak and sickly. And finally that evening i remember writing in a diary that my whole body was hurting. "Even my beard"!

And, oh how i was crying to GOD for help! Just like a little child. And smoking wasn't even a remote thought during that time.

Now i REALize that is was by The Grace of Our FATHER and GOD that i made it through that day and the night that followed, and when Sunday morning came i was hurting all the more!

i was bed ridden, unable to rise up, and it was then i began visually seeing what was liken unto a newsreel playing before my eyes. My sins in years past were being displayed, and as each sin was revealed, i cried "forgive me!" And finally at the end of the "revelations", i somehow managed to kind of slide out of my bed of affliction to a kneeling position on the floor. Such was my intent for Thankfulness had now flooded my soul for being forgiven of those sins in the past, and i began to give Praise and Glory unto Our FATHER and GOD, after which i was enabled once again to rise up and walk, although my knees were a bit wobbly.

For i wasn't healed totally in that instant, but slowly my body began to recover and the weakness and sickness subsided evermore during that day, and finally that evening it came to me that i needed to shower. And after the shower(?baptism?) as i considered the events of the past two days, i heard a Voice which was liken unto the Voice i had heard on the stair-steps two months before, only it seemed louder!

Yet this time The Word was, "Throw the cigarettes in the garbage"!

And as i took up the cigarette making's (tobacco and papers) and lighter and headed to a garbage can i had a thought, "maybe i should give this cigarette stuff to Joey". And The Voice simply spoke once again, "In the garbage"!

And then another thought came to me as i looked at the lighter in my other hand, "maybe Joey could use this". And once again The Voice spoke, yet a bit more forcefully, "IN THE GARBAGE"!

Now when i finally quit thinking and had thrown all in the garbage?

i had never before had an experience to rival the next six, or so, hours! i don't know the exact amount of time for i did not keep track of time, and it seemed as though the experience was not in "time". But i do know that i saw the time just prior to going to bed and although i am not 100% certain, i believe that time was 2:30 a.m. And i do remember waking up at my usual time(5:30 a.m.) feeling as though i had slept for a week!

Now i  can not specifically state what time it was when that final portion of my "Born Again" experience began, yet again six, or so, hours would approximate how long the experience lasted, in time.

For it seemed as if i was in and of The Spirit in The Heavenly Realm, with these hands raised for the whole time! Yes! until approx 2:30 a.m.  i could not, not did i desire to do naught but give Praise and Glory unto Our FATHER and GOD!

For six, or so, hours with hands connected to The Heavens above, and with an audible voice, i gave Our FATHER and GOD ALL The GLORY AND PRAISE!

Thank YOU FATHER, Glory to GOD, HalleluYAH!, Thank You! Glory, Glory, Thank YOU! ALL Thanks and Praise Be Unto YOU Father!

A Transformed, Renewed and Thank Filled heart indeed and TRUTH!

And a question i had for quite some time concerning a particular scripture was answered during that time of Praise and Thanksgiving!

(Revelations 4:7-8) "The first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within. And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD GOD Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come! (Revelations 4:7-8)   
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2009/08/who-is-lord-g-d-almighty.html

Prior to that moment in time i had often questioned, "Why would GOD create such creatures"?

Yet in that moment in time i cried inwardly and vocally, "Make me like one of those creatures, FATHER"!

And when i awoke in the morning after that rest-filled 3 hours, or so, of sleep, and for the first time REALized that i didn't have a desire for a cigarette! Well i would not tell another soul of the experience i had received for a few days, because it was even hard for me to believe what had happened at that time!

Yet Thankfully such was the beginning of the REALization that Deliverance IS, and "ALL things are possible" indeed and TRUTH! And i yet REALize deliverance, from desiring "my will, my wants, my way", as i evermore experience being delivered from the "I(ego, id, self, pride)" way that leads an unwary soul along that "broad way to destruction"! (Matthew 7:13)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-must-die.html

TRUTH IS! As The Messiah testified, so also His brethren(naturally male or 'fe'male) evermore REALize "i can do nothing of my own self",  and so it needs be we evermore seek and desire that which The Messiah sought and desired above all else; (John 5:19,30; 8:28-29; 7:16; 12:49-50; 14:10,23-24; 17:8,14)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-messiah-testified-i-can-do-nothing.html


Yes! The Will of Our FATHER and GOD most certainly needs be sought and desired more than this natural, temporal life!

For such IS "The Narrow Way" that IS "The Way, The TRUTH, and The Life"....... (Matthew 7:14, John 14:6)

And Thankfully TRUTH IS!  "Our FATHER", HE knows what IS best for HIS children!

And that deliverance from smoking i experienced was most certainly needful for me, so that i not only would be delivered from bondage, but that i might also experience another "form" of religion's way with the mennonites. And had i not been delivered from the "strong delusion" that is the mennonite way? (II Thessalonians 2:10-13)  http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2008/10/pure-and-undefiled-religion.html
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-religion-was-and-is-yet-needful-for.html

Well unquestionably, and once again! "Our FATHER", HE knows what is best for HIS children! 

And HE has HIS Way with HIS children, in spite of us.......

And Thankfully! Since i was "Born Again" of HIS Holy, Set Apart, SPIRIT, i believe HE has prevented me from being bound in the the chains of "strong delusion" that are the traditions, doctrines and theo'ry'logy that ARE religion's way! For i have REALized that HIS Faithful children ARE Family, The Family of Our FATHER and GOD, "of WHOM the whole Family in Heaven and ON EARTH is named! (John 3:3,7, I Peter 1:23, Ephesians 3:15)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2008/10/pure-and-undefiled-religion.html

"A Household of Faith" indeed and TRUTH....... (Ephesians 2:19, Galatians 6:10)
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/07/thankfully-faith-wins-victory-i-john-54.html

And New Jerusalem which IS above IS Free and IS !NOW! "The Mother" of us all (Spiritually "Born Again" sons {naturally male or 'fe'male} of Our FATHER and GOD)"! (Galatians 4:26)

Thankfully "The Mother" of the "Born Again" brethren (naturally male or 'fe'male) of The Messiah is no longer "mother earth", earthly and of the flesh....... For "NEW Jerusalem" which IS Heavenly IS SPIRIT and of The TRUTH!

So it is the brethren of The Messiah choose to remain but "aliens and pilgrims while on the earth", for soon and very soon we will be taken Home, Home at last! (Hebrews 11:13, I Peter 2:11, Philippians 3:20, John 14:2-3)  
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2015/06/are-you-alien-and-pilgrim-while-on-earth.html

And once again, for TRUTH always bears repeating: "Thankfully i REALize evermore, that which The Messiah bore witness of when He testified, "i can do nothing of my own self"! (John 5:19,30; 8:28-29; 7:16; 12:49-50; 14:10,23-24; 17:8,14)  
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-messiah-testified-i-can-do-nothing.html

For a child of Our FATHER and GOD REALizes how "poor and in need" of HIM we Truly are as we evermore receive of The Spirit(breath, air) that genders Life !NOW! and Forever! (Psalms 70:5; 72:13, Luke 18:7)

And every breath(Spirit, air) received is indicative of The Miracle that IS Life, for those souls who have experienced The Miracle that is "receiving a love of The TRUTH so that they might be saved". And then were "Born Again" of The Holy, Set Apart, SPIRIT! (II Thessalonians 2:10-13, John 3:3,7, I Peter 1:23)   
http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-testimony-of-receiving-love-of-truth.html

HalleluYAH!

And Thankfully Hope IS Alive!       For Miracles do happen......

And simply, "you that are unable to do the least(Breathing as well as breath{Spirit, air} are gifts that needs be received), why do you take thought for the rest"? (Luke 12:26, 18:7)

So it is the "Born Again" "son's(naturally male or 'fe'male) of Our FATHER and GOD" evermore sound and resound a Declaration of Dependence:  http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-declaration-of-dependence.html

FATHER Help!


So Thankfully, "The Peace that surpasses ALL understanding" IS! in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this evil world and/or religion's way(except it be The Active Faith as revealed in James 1:27) in this day and age!
(Philippians 4:7, John 14:27; 7:7, I John 2:15-17;5:19, James 1:27; 4:4)

ALL Thanks and Praise Be Unto Our FATHER(TRUTH, SPIRIT, CREATOR, GOD, LORD, MASTER, LIGHT, LOVE, LIFE,,,, ALL IN ALL that which IS Truly GOOD)! (John 20:17; 14:28, Mark 10:18)

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