I recently read an article by Don Doran titled “ Have you seen God”, it made me really stop and think; have I heard God? Have I seen God?
I grew up attending a long list of Baptist churches, and as an adult, I attended for a short while, a local Christian Church, and in the last five years, I attended a Pentecostal Church. I guess you could say, I am a “Show me person” some might call me a church hopper, it’s ok because I believe I am being led by the Lord and feel I’m in a learning phase. I’m the person who comes to church and sits in the back row, I don’t want to be noticed, just quietly absorb the message and swiftly exist when over.
I am a sensitive person and it’s hard for me to be in large crowds I like to keep to myself. There has always been one outstanding factor in my belief in God, I know for a FACT God can heal and has healed me, not once, but many times. It’s the one iota that holds my faith together.
One night at a local Pentecostal church, I listened to a great sermon sitting in the back row, as a guest preacher was asking what do you believe in and he started listing:
My first thought was, am I covered decently and as I looked down, my attire was neat and straight. I looked up and this beautiful Saint of God, offered to help me to my feet. I said that’s ok, and jumped to my feet with strength and vigor, I had when I was twenty. I was healed of sciatic pain, though it would take me two weeks to realize I left those crutches under the pew. I felt like I was on fire, not literally, I was on fire for God, I felt like a 220-volt light bulb. My light was in the on position and I could not turn myself off. I reached up and began to pray and praise God, my tongue wasn’t my own as I began to speak in tongues I received the Baptism of Holy Ghost. Jesus is my Lord and Savior, I saw God that night. One thing I learned quickly as a Christian, was that everything will come against you and in the middle of these storms you have to stand still and just be quiet God is with you, he is fighting for you. You are being molded, from the shattered pottery you once were, Jesus has claimed you and you are now a work in progress until his return.
I was smoking close to three packs of cigarettes a day at my conversion, I had tried everything to stop, nothing worked, not even my daughter begging me to stop. Several weeks later I took it to the altar and specifically said” Lord, I want to stop, I cannot do it by myself, Please the next time I light up a cigarette, let it make me so sick, I never want another one. As soon as church was over, I went to the car and light up my precious cigarette, on puff number three, nausea hit me threefold, and I began to gag and spew, and “Yes, I really did get so sick” LOL. God is so good, when I left that parking lot that day, I had indeed smoked my last cigarette and have never craved one, had nicotine fit or desired a cigarette ever again God had delivered me and set me free from smoking, what I could not do on my own, with God’s help, smoking was defeated. God had heard me as I had heard him in my deliverance.
So yes, I have seen God, and it is what holds me, gives me strength, hope, joy, and faith, with immeasurable love not just for me, for everyone. All you have to do is believe in God and you will experience seeing and hearing God too.