When I was 21 my best mate Pete and
I were stoned sitting at the back of his house. I decided to put God to the test
and challenged Him to shake the big old tree out the back. As expected, nothing happened.
Nevertheless, I still believed God was real. I just hadn't seen any evidence that
He existed and cared about us.
I was the lead guitarist in a Metal band called "Sonarek"
(pronounced son-aar-rik). I wanted to write a hard-core death metal song so started
reading 'Revelations' in the bible because I knew it talked about the big bad devil!!!!!!
Nasty! Anyway, as I started reading Revelations it suddenly became really clear that
God had an actual plan for mankind which was being fulfilled now. The disheartening
thing is that I knew I wasn't right with Him.
“it suddenly became really clear that God had an actual plan”
A lot of things happened in the few days that followed which resulted in me wanting
to fast for as long as it would take for God to prove Himself to me. I WANTED EVIDENCE
and not just fancy convincing words from churchy people!!!! It took a simple message
by a member of the Revival Centres International who expounded unto me the graphic
details of the Lord Jesus' sacrifice and suffering He endured. It was a far cry from
the pictures we see in paintings today. It was indescribably horrific. But the pricking
of my heart / conscience was that He did it for me. I owed Him the decency of checking
out if He was real or not.
I WANTED EVIDENCE and not just fancy
convincing words from churchy people!!!!
I went to the Revival Centre church meeting the following Sunday with the intention
that I would never go to church again if God failed to prove Himself to me that day.
I can't remember a thing about what the pastor talked about. In fact, I was more
interested in the Ovation guitar a guy was playing in the band. The one thing that
did get my attention was when the pastor asked if anyone wanted to get baptised and
be married to God. I put my hand up and went to the baptism room. As I waited in
the changing room by myself, I prayed to God and openly reminded Him that I would
never go to a church again if He didn't prove Himself to me that day. The pastor
guided me under the water to be baptised (by full immersion i.e. right under the
water). He then tried to lift me up out of the water but I resisted and purposed
to stay under the water and make sure God knew I was dead serious about wanting EVIDENCE
that He existed and that He worked with mankind now.
I purposed to stay under the water
and make sure God knew I was dead serious
As sure as Moses parting the Red Sea or Daniel being saved from the Lions in the
Lion's Den, God proved Himself to me unequivocally. I instantly began speaking in
a totally new language. A language that I had never learnt. I instantly lost the
desire for cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana (of which I had been doing for at least
5 years). I noticed that "swearing" became like a kick in the guts of which I stopped
swearing within the week.
God proved Himself to me unequivocally
I was unsure what had happened but knew that something AMAZING and SUPERNATURAL
had taken place. It wasn't until after the meeting that church members began to congratulate
me for receiving. RECEIVING WHAT??? I had no idea of what I had received. When I
asked what it was that I had actually received....they said "The Holy Spirit". They
then backed up that comment by showing me the 3 accounts in the book of ACTS where
that same experience was had by Jesus' disciples and thousands of others around that
I instantly lost the desire for cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana
I am now 38 and the same God that proved Himself to me when I was 21 has continued
to bless abundantly. I have the same problems and day-to-day issues that everyone
else has, but one thing I can testify to is that over the last 17 years of being
spirit-filled; God has made every single issue a blessing when I have trusted in
God can prove Himself to you unequivocally
I now put you to the challenge of having God prove Himself to you unequivocally.
You too can have personal evidence that God is true. You won't and don't need any
fancy schmancy spiritual oversight to convince you that God is real. He will do it
Himself. He says our part of the deal is to "Repent" (put your thinking to the side
for a minute), and "be baptised" (by full immersion under water). His part of the
deal is to fill you with His Holy Spirit with the bible evidence of "speaking in
tongues" (a prayer language you will never have spoken before).
DON’T MISS OUT!
He has a plan! He will return! He is offering us salvation now in order to be transformed
from mortality to immortality at His coming. DON'T MISS OUT!