MY DREAM…

The following testimony was originally posted in 2007. I have done some minor editing and changed the title.

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One day, as I left my house to go shopping, I noticed one of my elderly neighbors sitting on his stoop. My husband and I had distributed gospel literature in our neighborhood, but had not yet witnessed to this neighbor. As I came out of my house and saw my neighbor, I had a strong prompting to share the Gospel with him. Instead of obeying the Holy Spirit‘s prompting, I said a quick hello and went on my way. I don’t know why I did that. I may have been feeling shy, or maybe a bit intimidated, I’m not sure. This neighbor was someone who we would often greet in passing, but we really didn’t know him very well. He wasn’t too friendly either, but I felt compassion for him and had been praying for his salvation.

A short time after that happened, I had a dream …

I dreamt that this same neighbor was in the hospital. I knew that I hadn’t shared the Gospel with him, and that I needed to go to the hospital and do that. There was an urgency, as if this would be the last opportunity to do so. Also, in the dream, he was looking at our Gospel tracts with a happy and approving expression on his face. That’s pretty much how the dream went.

When I woke up, I wondered a moment about this strange dream. But it was the day of my sister-in-law’s wedding day so I was busy, and before long I completely forgot about the dream. Later in the day my husband went to get his brother at the bus station. His brother lived out of town and had come in for the wedding. As they came into the house my husband said he just learned that one of our neighbors was seriously ill and in the hospital. The neighbor had cancer, and was having emergency surgery that very day. It was the same neighbor that I had dreamt about the night before!

I wanted to drop everything and run to the hospital to witness and pray for this man. I thought to myself, how am I going to do that. I told my husband about the dream, and he responded by saying that we needed to go to the hospital right away! I was so relieved. A Christian friend was visiting that day, so before we left we all prayed together. We asked the Lord to give us time alone with our neighbor so that we could share the gospel with him without hindrance.

When we got to the hospital we couldn’t locate the room he was in. This was because the transition from the recovery room to his hospital room was very recent. We waited, and when we finally found ourselves in his room he was sound asleep. We saw someone’s coat and book in the room, probably the belongings of his wife who had gone out for a moment. So there we were, in the room with our neighbor who had just come out of surgery. He was sound asleep. My husband and I looked at each other and started to wonder if we should even be there. We wondered if he would be angry if he woke up and saw us there. We didn’t think we should wake him up, we didn’t know what to do. Just then a cheery nurse walked into the room and said to her patient, “wake up, you have company.” Our neighbor woke up and looked at us. Then he said “God sent you here.” We were shocked! We thought so, and we were sure glad he thought so too!

While we were there, for that short visit, we shared the Gospel with him. We told him he needed to be born again. He told us something about “St. Lucy” helping him. We told him that “St. Lucy” couldn’t help him, only Jesus could, and that he needed to trust only Jesus, no one else. He was willing to pray with us, so we prayed with him. He cried and thanked us for coming. He was very grateful. We went back home rejoicing and got ready for the wedding.

Our neighbor, Mr. D., went home to recuperate, but we never had the opportunity to see him again after that hospital visit. A few months later he died from his illness.

Not every dream is from the Lord, probably most aren’t. I do believe this dream was of God. (It came to pass, and it did not in any way contradict the Bible, Deuteronomy chapters 13 & 18). Our neighbor heard the Gospel, and he was happy to hear it. When we shared the Gospel with him he did not resist, he listened and prayed with tears. This is just one of many a death bed ministry that the Lord has called us to, and it is always a blessing and a wonder to be used by the Lord in such a way.

Are you ready to die?

THE DANGERS OF HOLISTIC MEDICINE

Holistic health teachings found within the organized church can lead into new age occult thinking and practices.  Multitudes are being led astray by popular leaders that they trust.   

From around the web …

“soon millions of gullible people will like their health ideas and read their other material and be led into the occult.”

“a lot of them will be influenced by a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity, namely New Age Spirituality”

More on the dangers of Holistic medicine … here

NEVER GIVE UP!

I heard a young Evangelist give an awesome testimony last night about when his grandma was saved.  It made me cry and it made me want to dance around the room :-).  I’ll tell it as best as I can recall.

As a young boy the Evangelist prayed for his grandma’s salvation every Sunday in Sunday School and continued to pray throughout his adult years. She remained uninterested in the things of God and she never went to church. Then one day, when she was in her 70’s, she called him on the phone and asked him to come over.  He thought she just wanted to visit and was going to cook him some breakfast like she always did, but he said there was no aroma of anything cooking as he walked into the house.  

His grandma looked at him and said  …

I am old and I am dying and I have rejected God my whole life.  I don’t want to go to hell, I want to get right with God.  Do you think there is hope for me?

The Evangelist opened his Bible and explained God’s Word and the way of salvation to his grandma.  She said to her grandson …

Can I do this now, can I get saved now?

And so, in a little house somewhere in the mountains, his weeping grandma became a child of God, another soul came into God’s Kingdom, and the angels in heaven rejoiced.  

That night the Evangelist was scheduled to preach in a church.  His grandma wanted to go with him and asked him to pick her up.  When she was in church that night she walked up to the front of the church and gave testimony of God’s saving grace.  She testified of her newfound faith and said …

If God can save me he can save anybody.

Two or three months later she went home to be with the Lord.

Hallelujah!

It makes me think of my mother who was saved in her 80’s after many long years of praying for her and witnessing to her.  I knew she was saved when I heard my her unexpectedly witness to my father and tell him …

You need the Holy Ghost too if you want to go to heaven with us.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

Hallelujah!

Amazing grace how very sweet the sound!

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

More on … SALVATION

THERE IS A SUMMER COMING …

Psalm 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Gill Bible Commentary:

… thou hast made summer and winter; (see … Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.)

… the different frames of God’s people when under temptations, and clouds, and darkness, and when they enjoy peace and comfort;

… and the different state of the church, when affected with affliction, persecution, false doctrine, deadness, and formality, which is now greatly the case; …

but there is a summer coming, when it will be otherwise; (see … Luke 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.)

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:

The church silences her own complaints. What God had done for his people, as their King of old, encouraged them to depend on him. It was the Lord’s doing, none besides could do it. This providence was food to faith and hope, to support and encourage in difficulties.

The God of Israel is the God of nature. He that is faithful to his covenant about the day and the night, will never cast off those whom he has chosen. We have as much reason to expect affliction, as to expect night and winter. But we have no more reason to despair of the return of comfort, than to despair of day and summer. And in the world above we shall have no more changes.

Day and night, summer and winter, being counterchanged in the course of nature, throughout all the borders of the earth, we can expect no other than that trouble and peace, prosperity and adversity, should be, in like manner, counterchanged in all the borders of the church. We have as much reason to expect affliction as to expect night and winter. But we have then no more reason to despair of the return of comfort than we have to despair of day and summer.

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE …

Hebrews 9:17 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Where will I go when I die?

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)