As you will see from the pictures, the cabin isn’t exactly rustic. But it was very secluded and really helped me get unstuck in some areas in my writing adventure.
I had been working on sections, basic outlines on and off for several month, but just couldn’t seem to get the body of the book itself going. But by the time I had left my cabin adventure I had the rough draft of three complete chapters, along with almost 20,000 words in the mix for the other chapters. So I thought the trip was a big success, to say the least.
My book is basically about my personal journey in finding my life in the Father’s embrace and how this has completely upgraded my worship experience and turned my whole Christian worldview and understanding of the Bible upside-down (or should I say, right-side up).
Of course, this blog is centered around this paradigm shift.
On that note, one serendipitous blessing from my time there was when I was recalling some of the encounters I’ve had with Jesus and the Father’s love. As I was thinking about them and writing, it was like I was being transported back into the experience again! I found myself laughing and crying with tears of joy, much like when I first experienced them.
I am reminded of what the angel told John in Revelation…
“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev.19:10c NKJV)
I have known for some time that when you share a testimony or experience you’ve had with God (either verbally or written), you often enter into the same experience again. The same is true the other way, with other people’s testimony or prophecy. If it touches your heart, it belongs to you too!
This is why keeping testimonies are so important.
One easy way to do this is to close your eyes and recall a positive memory or encounter you’ve had with the Lord (If you don’t think you’ve had a direct encounter, just think of a positive experience in general).
Recall as much detail as you can about the encounter.
What did you see, sense, hear, what emotions were you feeling? Where did you feel it in your body?
After this memory is clear to you, express aloud to the Lord your appreciation for the experience. Next, while still connected, bring it into the present by asking the Lord if there is any more He would like to share with you. Be ready to receive a heavenly download! If you lose the connection, just start over. It’s worth the effort!
It’s critically important that you express verbally what you’re feeling or sensing (either with someone if in a small group, or write it down if you’re by yourself). The encounter becomes more real when you verbalize it.
You may not think God is speaking to you but He is. His voice sounds like your inner voice and He uses the same “inner screen” you use for your inner thoughts. Of course, God isn’t the only one who uses these senses. You are using them with your own thoughts and the enemy can also access them in order bring confusion, condemnation and shame.
How do you know it’s from God? Of course, it takes having faith that God is speaking to you. Your confidence will grow with practice for this is how you become mature, by having these spiritual senses exercised (Heb.5:14).
Here are three practical ways you can confirm it’s from God:
- Do you feel affirmed, loved, healed?
- Is it biblical, not contradicting what God says about you?
- By confirmation from others who have experience hearing from God.
The point is, God’s people should hear His voice and they will not follow another (John 10:4-5).
There is a great resource for connecting with God like this called the “Immanuel Approach.” It can also be used to heal deep emotional wounds. They have lots of free resources to help you connect with God and learn how to understand and minister healing to others this way. It’s best done is small groups of 2-3 people.
As we approach Christmas, remember that our Savior didn’t just come to forgive our sins. As important as that is, it only scratches the surface of our great salvation. He came to set us free from every bondage and make us whole, body soul and spirit, and to bring us into the same fellowship with the Father He has enjoyed since before the world ever was (Luke 4:18; John 17:3; 21-26; 1 John 1:3-4). Jesus’ ministry on the earth demonstrated this good news. And now Good News lives in us and works mightily through us.
May you have a very blessed Christmas, filled of His joy and peace, experiencing the testimony of Jesus in you, overflowing in the Father’s love and held in His embrace!