In one of the previous post, “As A Result Of Relationship II,” we had talked about the one thing in which we all have in common, and that was our beginning: we all have a beginning in which we came to know Jesus, and later on the Father. And as I have mentioned in every post since the start of the “As A Result Of Relationship” series, if the Lord gives you the faith pulling you to go forward and read the previous post, then jump jump jump to it; however, if the Lord gives you the faith pulling you to go forward and just continue on from here with this post, then continue on as you are lead. I always do a decent job of including any information you may have missed when it is necessary for you to know it in order to understand where we are in the present account. And the one thing that we all have in common, is the same thing that we all have that is different: we all have a beginning in God, but we all have a beginning that began somewhat different for each of us. So think about your beginning, my beginning was spending my first twenty-five years of my life as a member of the Baptist denomination: I was so blessed to have received the level of Christian foundation that allowed me to be rooted in the Word, and to build a great relationship with my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. If you want all of the nuggets that you’ve missed, the Lord will give you the faith to go forward and read the previous “As A Result Of Relationship” series. Now let’s set up to make the transition into, “what more was next in my training, wisdom, and revelation in the knowledge of Father.” Yes, I wondered what more could it be right now also. I had finished high school with honors and scholarships, finished a four year degree in four years with my economic professor informing me of my name being submitted for an MBA scholarship, and at the young age of twenty-four, I had the best job I thought on the planet working for Xerox. I’m thinking that my relationship with the Lord must be going pretty good, since the proof is in the pudding, right? Anyway, as I said earlier, we all have a beginning, and then we all have our own beginning that will take us up our own pathway to the Father.
The thing that I didn’t know was that the Father had plans for me to know him in a way in which I was not aware of. One night in my living room while I was praying, the room became filled with white clouds, and I was just in the midst of it all without really knowing what was happening. I went to my Pastor the next day to talk about it, and he told me that I had a visit from God; and that God would make his will clear to me in time. Of course I remained excited about the experience I had with God back then at my young age, and I continued to see God moving in ways new to me since I’ve been coming to the new Church. I at the time had always heard how you have to come to the Son first, before coming to the Father, but most members including myself at that time took it to mean that with one stop, you have relationship with all of the Godhead . However, little did my twenty-five year old self know about having a relationship with Father at that time, but boy was I on track to find out all about it. Let’s look at that scripture verse again: John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It is true that to get to heaven to be with the Father, you must come to Jesus first to save your soul; however, to have a relationship with the Father while you are still here on the earth, you still must come to Jesus first, and have a relationship with him before Jesus will begin to reveal the Father to you: it’s just the way it is. I don’t know how long you have had a relationship with the Lord Jesus, but at that time in my young life, I had been in relationship with the Lord Jesus from the time of accountability up unto my then current age of twenty- five years old.
I knew that I was already in line for Jesus to reveal the Father to me because of the great relationship that I had with him as I have explained in the earlier post in this series. I had especially mentioned in the earlier post how I leaned on Jesus to direct me through high school, and college by his righteousness: when I was at a crossroads, I would always ask myself what would Jesus do here, and then I would do it. This trust in the Lord was how I built a strong relationship with the Lord Jesus at a very young age: in order to build a strong relationship with Jesus, or with some one, you have to show that you trust what they stand for as Jesus stands for righteousness. Now along with my having a strong relationship with Jesus at the time, remember from the earlier post how I was out at the park for a run, minding my own business, and this Pastor of a Pentecostal Church, unknown by me, stopped me to talk for a while? Well as you know from previous post, I did make a couple of visits to his Church, and because of those few visits, I begin to go regularly to a similar type Church that did preach more on the relationship with the Father and the Son, as well as with the Holy Ghost. I was taking in as much as I could from scripture, but there was no one there to really teach on the Father, and the Holy Ghost. We do learn as we go to never count God out when it is he that is in charge of the operation, for we know that he will not ever leave us hanging. I continued on a couple of years at that Church in strong faith as is my code with God. When I find myself not having the answers that I am looking for, I always find myself standing even stronger in the answers that I do already have.
So I went to bed as usual on an unparticular night, and I had a dream with a man in it in which I had never seen before; but his face was made to be so clear to me to where I wouldn’t forget it. There was not a whole lot to the dream, except for the clarity of the man’s face. I stayed in strong faith, still looking to know more about why God had brought me to this place in my life, to hear about all of these great things of God: even the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; but still to receive no real teaching or training on any of them other than on the Lord Jesus. And then the direction from God as to “what more was next in my training with Father” came through near, here, and clear. The Church where I was now attending was having a week long revival, and there was a different speaker to come in on each night. I don’t remember which night that it was all these years back, but which ever one night that it was, let’s just say that it was the night in which my spiritual dream was made flesh. The dream in which I recently had with the man in it, was the exact same man speaking at my current Church on this particular night: the directions from God was indeed coming through as the man in my dream was now here, near, and very clear. Need I say more about what more was next for me in my training to have relationship with the Father? I think not, and I know you already can conclude on your own what happened next after that week of revival. Yes, you are correct; I talked to my Pastor, then I talked to that man, and found out that he had his own Church. Many may ask did I pray over it to get confirmation that I should leave the current Church, and go to the Church of the man in the dream? No I did not because I didn’t need to. If I am thirsty, and I see water, do I not just simply drink of it? I did not bring the dream of the man to myself to be an answer to what’s next; no, the dream of the man was revealed to me by the power of God. Do I need to go ask God if I should trust the dream he sent, and then have to turn around and then trust the answer he gives. No. I had already prayed to God to send me the answer, and once the answer comes, I don’t need to go back in prayer for what I’ve already prayed about: but once I see the answer, do I not just simply drink of it? We make it hard to move in God because we live in hope so much, that we don’t feel comfortable just simply living in faith.
Okay, this is enough to digest today, and let’s finish this series in the next post: As A Result Of Relationship VI.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.