Skip to comments.As I lay dying a voice said: ‘Let’s go’ (the near-death experience of a cynical prof)
Posted on 04/13/2012 5:50:52 AM PDT by NYer
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Now I’m gonna have to try and dig out your phone number . . . talk about a needful miracle . . . Wheeee.
LUB BRO. SIGH.
Nah. God appreciates your sense of humor.
Okay, well, thanks, but if you are serious, you ought know I’m not. That will help you direct your efforts to people who might actually need it.
Quix posted - “...that God is still in the business of miracles...”
Amen to that. And large or small, they are miracles, just the same.
May God guide our course.
One wonders whose God a Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, other-than-Christian sees in these NDEs?
I know for a fact that is not true!
We're still overdue for a meetup of some sort. Alas, I have pefected procrastination.
Maybe He is trying to get your attention...If God hated you and thought you were a lost cause, you’d be dead already...
God has every hair on your head counted....Who else would do that for you?
“That will help you direct your efforts to people who might actually need it.”
One of the most dramatic prompts I ever got from God came at a time when I was absolutely sure I neither needed nor wanted it. Nevertheless, I get your message. I will leave you alone. Peace.
Welllllllll ya sure had me going there for a while.
I just think such a lot of you.
And have been down some similar paths as you describe.
[BTW, NYer, the Hippo video has a lot of Biblical richness in it. Thanks.]
For those who may truly be in such hard spaces . . . here’s some good Biblical food for thought:
RE RUMINATIONS OF DOUBTs e.g. about God’s Love, Salvation etc.
SUCH THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ARE SATAN’S SPECIAL STRATEGIES.
HE DELIGHTS IN USING THEM.
With me, he’s plagued me off and on with such stuff for most of my 65 years.
The best help FOR ANYONE seduced into a doubt-filled rummination cycle . . . that I know is to quote SCRIPTURE back at him.
Doubt was what satan used to trip Eve up in the first place—causing her to DOUBT WHAT GOD HAD SAID.
GO BACK TO HIS WORD. CONFESS IT. FEED ON IT. KEEP IT A FOCUS IN YOUR MIND AND RESIST THINKING ANY OF THE SATAN FOSTERED DOUBT-FILLED THOUGHTS.
TAKE EACH THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO CHRIST’S TRUTH. HIS WORD IS TRUTH AND LIFE. HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY & BE REPLACED. HIS WORD WILL STAND FOREVER.
These are Scriptures from Neil Anderson’s books via a fellow FREEPER . . . I think they are good to post on one’s fridge and near where one sits to review as needed and confess as needed.
Note: the Scriptural truths below are also good to bolster one’s self with when facing any struggle, trial, challenge.
THIS IS WHO WE ARE
Who I Am In Christ
I am accepted...
John 1:12 I am Gods child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christs body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure...
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant...
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am Gods temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am Gods workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!
(From Victory Over the Darkness , by Dr. Neil Anderson)
WHO AM I?
I am the salt of the earth. Mat5:13
I am the light of the world in & through Christ Jesus. Mat:14
I am a child of God. John 1:12
I am a part of the True Vine and Christs life flows through me John 15:1,5
I am Christs friend. John 15:15
I have been chosen by Jesus to bear much fruit. John 15:16
I am Jesus personal witness sent out to tell everybody about Him. Acts 1:8
I am a slave to God, making me holy and giving me eternal life. Rom 6:18
I am a child of God. I can call Him my Father, Daddy. Rom 8:14, 15
I am an heir with Christ, inheriting His glory. Rom 8:17
I am a dwelling place for God. His Spirit and Life live in me. I Cor 3:16
I am forever joined in God and am one spirit with Him. I Cor 6:17
I am a new person in Christ Jesus. My past is forgiven and everything is new. 2 Cor 5:17
I am at peace with God and he has given me the work of helping others find peace with Him. 2 Cor 5:18, 19
I am a child of God and one with others who are members of His Family. Gal 3:26, 27
I am a child of God and will receive the inheritance which he promised. Gal 4:6, 7
I am a saint, a holy person. Col 1:2
I am a citizen of Heaven; seated in Heaven right now with Jesus. Eph 2:6
I am Gods building project, His handiwork, created in Christ to do His work. Eph 2:10
I am a prisoner of Christ so that I can help others. Eph 3:1, 4:1
I am righteous and holy Eph 4:24
I am hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:3
I am the expression of the life of Christ because He is my life Col 3:4
I am chosen of God to be holy and dearly loved. Col 3:12
I am a child of The Light and not of the darkness. 1 Thes 5:5
I am chosen to share in Gods Heavenly calling. Heb 3:1
I am part of Christ; I share in His Life. Heb 3:14
I am one of Gods Living Stones, being built-up in Christ as a house for God. 1 Pet 2:5
I am a member of the chosen people, a royal priesthood, a people belonging to God. 1 Pet 2:9, 10
I am only a visitor to this world in which I temporarily live 1 Pet 2:11
I am an enemy of the devil. 1 Pet 5:8
I am a child of God, and I will be Christs when He returns. 1 John 3:1, 2
I am born again in Christ and the devil will never defeat me. 1 John 5:18
I am not the great I AM (Ex 3:14) but by the Grace of God, I am what I am. 1 Cor 15:10
SINCE I AM IN CHRIST, by the GRACE OF GOD:
I am now acceptable to God and completely forgiven. I live at peace with Him Rom 5:1
The sinful person I used to be died with Christ, and sin no longer rules my life. Rom 6:1-6
I am free from the punishment my sin deserves. Rom 8:1
I have been placed into Christ by God. 1 Cor 1:30
I have received Gods Spirit into my life. I can recognize the blessings He has given me. 1 Cor 2:12
I have been given the mind of Christ. He gives me wisdom to make the right choices. 1 Cor 2:16
I have been bought with a Price, I am not my own; I belong to God. 1 Cor 6:19, 20
I no longer live for myself; I live for God. 2 Cor 5:14, 15
I am Gods possession, chosen and secure in Him. I have been given the Holy Spirit as a promise of my inheritance. Eph 1:13, 14
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Eph 1:3
I was chosen in Christ to be holy before the world was created. I am without blame before Him. Eph 1:4
I was chosen by God to be adopted as His child. Eph 1:5
I have been brought out of slavery to sin and forgiven. I have received His generous grace. Eph 1:7, 8
I have been made spiritually alive just as Christ is alive. Eph 2:5
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in Heaven. Eph 2:6
I have direct access to God through The Holy Spirit. Eph 2:18
I may approach God with confidence, boldness, and freedom. Eph 3:12
I have been rescued from the dark power of satans rule and have been brought into the Kingdom of Christ. Col 1:13
I have been forgiven all my sins and set free. The debt against me has been cancelled. Col 1:14
Christ Himself lives in me. Col 1:27
I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built-up in Him. Col 2:7
I am complete in Christ. Col 2:10
I am spiritually clean. My old sinful self has lost its power to rule my life. Col 2:11
I have been buried, raised and made alive with Christ Col 2:12, 13
I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My new life is hidden with Christ in God. Christ is now my life. Col 3:1-4
I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7
Because I am set apart and one with Christ. He is not ashamed to call me His brother or sister. Heb 2:11
I have been given great and valuable promises. Gods nature has become a part of me. 2 Pet 1:4
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MAY WE ALL BE READY TO MEET THE LORD AT ALL TIMES.
BELEIVE IN YOUR HEART AND CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD; THAT HE CAME IN THE FLESH AND THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD!!
AN EXCELLENT SOBERING SERMON BY UGANDAN PASTOR JOHN MULINDE about being sold out to Jesus and forsaking sin etc:
The meaty !WHAM! to him personally begins about 25 min into it.
Yes! He is always in the miracle business!!! AMEN !!! AMEN!!
Often, it is hard to see a Miracle,
Not because Miracles are rare,
But because they are So Numerous.
I have been reading this story from different websites for years. I truly believe this true. But some times some aspects are left out. Just like when you or I tell a story we might forget some things.
Number one is the power and anointing of prayers.
Why would I bring this up ?
As Paul Harvey would say Now the Rest of The Story.
When you read it completely you will realize that before he died he mocked a woman of faith. She wanted to learn about Art. She was in his class. She was verbally abused by Mr. Storm. He told her if mention anything about faith outside of Art, he would fail her. They made a agreement. But he still abused words toward her.
Well she left that class and prayed for this man with her friends for years. She was so concerned for this man's soul. She Never let up on the prayers. Seeing the results before it happened.
He went back to her to apologize as a Christian. She pointed out why what took you so long. Lol! What faith this woman!
It does not matter who as a Christian who prayers for others but this woman was a Catholic nun. A sister devoted to prayer.
Pray! Pray! Pray for All!!!
Do No Let Up on Pray!!!
What a Glorious example of Prayers offered for others.
A Humble or Contrite Heart He will Not Ignore!!
What a humble woman of faith has done.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."
You aren’t alone. The Lord is a mind renewer. Just gotta say yes to Him because He wont come uninvited.
You have perfected procrastination?
Wow, that’s great.
I keep meaning to get around to doing that myself....
Sluggo and Nine Inch Nails ALWAYS always gets them.
Along with some folks’ compulsions to rationalize away anything supernatural.
I would also be interested in reading the rest of your story.
“Jesus!” God says.
” What is THAT?”
” That—oh, that is just Laz.”
” And how did that, that thing, come into My universe?”
” You know.”
” Humor me. Believe me, if I made that, I would certainly remember.”
” Yes, you would. Well, I had some spare parts and was just fooling around in the shop, and well, made the Laz prototype.”
“Jesus, you know that I love you, but whatever that thing is, it cannot stay here.”
” OK, Father.I know where I will send him.”
” Choose wisely. Where is that?”
” All I can say is, may I have mercy on the Freepers!”
Let’s hope the lightning rods on both our homes is in working order.
This is an excellent point and one often overlooked by so many christians. Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies and "those who hate us".
“As long as we’re being snarky, “pretty vestments” and all . . “
That’s worth another look at nasty chasibles.
The call to each and every person who come to know Christ is to become a living epistle full of light and salt. God did not save us so we could hide in monasteries or sit in the back row of a fellowship, He saved us to send us into a dying world we are all called to share our faith with the lost of this world. Many want to just write a check and send others out but we are the ones who are to share our faith with others.
Thank goodness it's Episcopalian (note the second bubble from the left) and not Catholic!
Can you blame him?
” COME UNTO ME “
Just makes me think Bela Lugosi.
(no, seriously, it's him!)
From that to Drac.
Makes you wonder!
Thank you for posting your experience, I would be very interested in hearing more also. Please ping me if you post more about it, thank you for sharing!
Are you saying the Lord wants to turn you into wine ?
>>What if my worship of God includes instructing others?<<
Instruction of what YOU do is a whole lot different than telling someone they are wrong. So if you are spreading the good news of your faith, I commend you.
>>Arent you instructing me?<<
Nope. Perhaps you missed the words, “I dont know about anyone else, but Im not going to let....”
I was speaking of what I do. It’s called an opinion and everyone has one.
Did you read about the nun who prayed thirteen years for him? She lives in a convent. Just Amazing.
I was woken up by the phone, and heard my brother George's happy voice saying "Hey, baby, I just wanted to let you know that Mama is all right". Then he hung up. I thought it was strange that my brother would be calling to tell me this, because Mama had died almost two years to the day before I had this dream.
I woke up then, for real, and realized it had been a dream. We didn't even have a phone in our bedroom. I went downstairs, and half an hour later, got a call from my older sister telling me that George had died a half an hour earlier, of a massive heart attack. He had 'called' me to let me know Mama was OK, and he knew that, because he was WITH her, at that point.
Even in our sadness at his sudden death, the knowledge that Mama was all right was a blessing to all of us, because we knew that Mama had been in respiratory distress at the time of her death, and we'd always worried about that. In our hearts we knew that she was in Jesus's loving arms, and in no more pain, but it gave us peace to hear that she was all right.
The strange part is Michael is my brother. That part I did not understand. I mean, I never dream about anybody dying. Nothing about death and suddenly this dream about my cousin (who just died only minutes ago and without me knowing)called me in a dream to tell me my brother just died.
I told my brother about it and he told me maybe I misunderstood and he was really saying "Tell Micheal I just died".
Either way it was really freaky.
The sad part of it is we conveyed those attitudes to our students. Many students came from homes where faith was valued. After a few short years in university they had nothing but contempt for faith. I think it was a horrible thing that we did.
Isn't that as equally the fault of the students? Long held beliefs discarded in "a few short years"?
Back in the 60s I had a 30 year old friend who was hospitalized for something minor.
One morning my phone rang about 8:30 in the morning. As I was walking to the phone I said,”Barb is dead”.
Did you not see the other complete story on this thread about the nun who prayed for thirteen years for Howard Storm. It is on page 65 of his own book. Descent into Death. Do not underestimate any Christian who prays for others.
You are trying to prove some nonsense about monasteries from this story? Amazing.
Hey Laz - you DO suck. Just like me. But God loves us, and hence he hasn’t squashed us. Yet?
Oh my, Laz, do you need some homemade oatmeal cookies again? I promise to send just the right ones. You prefer the chewy ones, right? Not the crisp ones?
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