Not long after repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I received His promise by faith, that I was now a child of God. Many months later, He blessed me with a vision of Himself as MY Abba, Father! One particular early morning, I had free time set aside alone to pray, fast and meditate on God’s Word…a rarity. I had just read this verse:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. James 1:13-15
While praying, I vividly saw Jesus standing in front of me with his back to me. I did not see His face, only His back. Everything looked so real! He was walking forward and I was following close behind him. As a gap began to develop between us, He reached back and grasped my hands tightly. We proceeded together on a narrow path and, as I gazed around, I began to see many earthly temptations on each side of the road. They seemed pleasant at first, but turned into terrible, evil beasts as a veil seemed to be lifted from my eyes. Glancing downward, I saw that Jesus walked barefoot on scorpians as if He were simply waltzing across soft, green grass! Yes, I know that sounds crazy and no, I am not sure if I had my shoes on! I trembled in fear and yet Jesus said “close your eyes”. I leaned my face into His back with my eyes closed and we progressed in step together very, very slowly. He told me not to be afraid and at His words, my fear was gone. The horrible, hideous surroundings were replaced by a beautiful, iridescent light.
Instantly, we were in the throne room of God Almighty. As we approached, I could sense this unexplainable love between God the Father and God the Son. Father God was overjoyed to see His beloved Son and welcomed me as if I were His own! Jesus ushered me into the arms of God Almighty and only when I was safe in the Father’s arms did Jesus release His grip on me. I saw only an indescribable, blinding light. With my eyes closed, I felt myself cradled in the lap of my heavenly Father, like a 3 year old in her daddy’s embrace. I cried like a baby. His warmth, acceptance and love comforted me and healed me beyond words. While I was in the arms of the Father, my physical body radiated a great heat, especially my back. Time seemingly stood still and after many tears, I came to a point of complete and total peace.
This verse has so much meaning to me:
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13
What the Holy Spirit inscribed upon my heart with this vision is that we can trust Jesus so much that if we walk with Him, hold on to Him, we can walk with our eyes closed. He is holding onto us and will not let go. To be led in this way, we must willingly trust Him and come to Him in humility. It requires total surrender and confidence in the One leading. Jesus Christ has authority over all things and longs to lead each one of us to the Father. In Christ, we can be free of the power of sin and not only protected but armed in this spiritual battle on earth. Certainly, we will be tempted, but if we fix our eyes on Jesus, He will show us the way out. Jesus alone leads us to the Father. He is the only way to our Father. The Lord God Almighty loves you and me so much. He loves us like a new daddy loves his baby girl or boy – an unconditional, unfailing, warm, protecting kind of love. He longs to pour out His love on us.
When the vision was over the verse that was in my mind was:
Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
It is my prayer that the Lord would use my personal story to encourage you in some way and to remind you of His precious love for you. You are his beloved child! Read more of my testimony here.
Seek Him. He is waiting for you with open arms!