Jesus Did It!
By: Edward Woodson
really don't know where I was before that Sunday morning. After all I had been
saved, reborn, received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I went to church every
week and I prayed for everyone, even for those I did not know. Where had I gone
wrong, who had I become?
Looking back, I can only say that my infirmities were to blame, at least that is where I wanted to place my blame. But in reality I was living in doubt because of my infirmities. I had given up and I was placing blame on everything but myself.
Consequently I lost the fire, the fire that had burned in my heart for my Lord and Savior. I was never aware until that Sunday that the Lord had suddenly taken the reins of my life.
I sincerely pray that this testimony blesses you in a way that will touch your heart and that you too will come home to Jesus.
But, before you can have a testimony you must have a test and this was my test:
My testimony begins at
2:30AM on a Sunday morning when I was awakened and brought into a restless
sleep. During this time I was praying for everyone I knew---as if on cue I
jumped up with the words 'in His rest',
I am sure many of you will recognize that from :
Hebrews 4 as 'enter into His rest'.
Well, those words would not
leave me, like one of those songs that comes out of no where and seems to
stick-around in your brain forever.
Anyway, on the Christian channel
there is a ministry that I always record---I turned on the last sermon I had
recorded----guess what was being preached that morning??
'Enter into His rest'. Since I had been contemplating not going to church that morning, the more the Lord was reaching out to me.
And the cool thing was I knew He was reaching out...
Had I not been obedient that
morning, this testimony would have never happened, but it did happen---so let me
get back to facts.
We were barely into our Praise & Worship that starts near the beginning of Sunday Service. I was feeling the touch of the Holy Spirit in a way that I had never known---my knees were weak, I was sweating as we sung in worship---I just knew that I wasn't going to be able to stand much longer---so I stepped out into the aisle and got down on my knees---at that point I was quite sure that I was going to die...
Fannie is our adult Sunday school teacher and worship leader who was deep into her own worship, but was quickened by the Holy Spirit and got down on her knees before me, at some point she put her arms around me and I was gone---slain in the spirit.
I had never been in the spirit quite like this---I was in the arms of God---I was 'in His rest' ---struggling not to come back---not to wake up. Please Lord, I do not want to go back.
Of course I did come back---but, there is more to this testimony.
Scott was preaching that morning---guess where his teaching led---Hebrews 4?
At precisely 2:30AM on Monday I was awakened for the second night in a row---so like the previous night I started to pray---but on this night I mostly prayed for my dear friend Mabel who had been suffering terribly---I was getting frustrated with my own prayers and in my impatience---I yelled out to God, 'I don't know how to help her'.
And 'as the wind blows' I heard a voice that said to me, 'give her your gift'---dah, what is that Lord?
At 10AM Monday morning I
arrived at Mabel's home a little shaky, but willingly to do God's work---.
How Lord how?
Anyway, I started to tell her about my testimony up to this point---- as I finished we were both filled in the Spirit. ---
And I said, 'There is no time better than now to pray for you'.
However, at first I prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance, I then asked for boldness, power and truth. As I prayed for Mabel, I was quickened to hug her as Fannie first hugged me---instantly we were both crying and smiling at the same time---I had never seen Mabel cry so much as she did that day. She had received; she was 'in His rest'!
But wait, my story goes on for one more day:
At 2:30AM on the third night I was awakened for the last time---and was given the following words:
A Song of Praise
You are the Sun, the Moon and the Stars above my head.
You are the grass beneath my feet.
You are the new flowers of the spring.
You are the beat of my heart.
Yes, O' Lord these and more.
You are the living waters that flow from my belly.
You are the blood and body that sanctifies my soul.
You are the voice of reason when I am wrong.
You are the arms of comfort when I'm in need.
Yes, O' Lord these and more.
You are the rainbow of promise.
You are the peace, when there is none.
You are the fire that gives light.
You are the hope that never leaves.
Yes, O' Lord these and more.
You are the breath of life.
You are the lover of my soul.
You are the door that opens when I knock.
You are the strength of all.
Yes, O' Lord these and more.
But, above all---
You are the path that I follow.
You are the light of my search.
You are the praise in my heart.
You are the King, of all that I am.
Although I am still a man who lives with his infirmities, I can only say that during those few moments in the arms of my Savior---my mind, my heart and my very soul were healed.
Do you remember at the beginning of this testimony, I said, 'But, before you can have a testimony you must have a test'? The test in this case is Obedience.
By my weakness, He is strong---and by His Grace nothing else matters.
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