If you can’t tell, I really try to allow God to direct this blog. The purpose of this blog is so much bigger than me and my desires. It is all about God igniting a passion in every Christian and putting a curiosity in every non-believers’ hearts. With such a huge goal, I obviously need God to take control. I try to remain sensitive to the Spirit and allow him to point this blog in the direction that He wants it to go. With that said, I’ve noticed the theme of prophecy has seemed to spring up out of nowhere. I thought it would be fun to share at least one more story of how God has used this gift in my life. If this topic makes you feel uncomfortable, that is not my intent. However, I encourage you to read the scriptures for yourself. Pray to God and ask him to explain the mysteries in your heart. Contact me and ask any questions that you might have. Talk to your pastor. It means a lot to me that we all begin to search the deeper things of God and how He uses his people to advance his Kingdom. Once we truly get it, it can transform the way we live our daily Christian lives. Remember, Christ came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10). I don’t understand how Christians can allow themselves to get bored, when there is infinite beauty in God and in the life he has planned out for us.
As I have said, the beautiful thing about prophecy is that it powerfully displays the RELENTLESS LOVE the Father has for his children. Throughout our journey to Zion, we go through droughts. We are emotional beings in a fallen world. Crap happens. But in the midst of confusion, frustration, even despair, God sends people full of His Spirit to prophesy Truth to make the person full of hope and joy. We need the Good Shepherd’s voice to coach us through our life if we want to accurately follow out his will. He never designed us to do it on our own. We need His voice and we need a community who knows His voice. Prophecy helps strengthen and encourage you (1 Corinthians 14:3) until you reach the point where you can confidently say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7). With a little bit of teaching out of the way, now I want to share a story of how God tackled a girl named Alyssa with his love.
In January of this year, some of my friends and I went to the Jesus Culture conference in Sacramento. To those of you who don’t know, Jesus Culture is an amazing worship band that holds conferences across America setting fires in the hearts of young believers. Actually, the words I have to say won’t do them much justice so just watch the video at the bottom of this page!
(Seriously, watch the video then return to read)
Yeah, I was there. And just like every year, it was epic. There is something very profound about an amphitheater that’s packed with thousands of passionate believers all seeking God in unified worship. God’s presence seems to be amplified in those sweet moments. As we were there, I had the privilege to meet a group of amazing people from Point Loma Nazarene University. I met them through Andrew’s friend Tim Little who happens to be an amazing man of God who inspires me to walk out my faith more affectively. Out of this group was a certain girl named Alyssa that God was highlighting to me. Throughout the night, I could tell that He had something in store for her. It is hard to explain, but I just knew that there was something God wanted to reveal to her. As the night went on, I just waited on God to see if He would give me a specific word for her.
During the waiting, there was an awesome encounter that God gave me. Right before the last worship session of the night started, we were finding our seats and getting comfortable. As we were sitting, I noticed a guy close to my age sitting a considerable distance away from me. Once again, God was highlighting a specific person to me, so I asked Him what he wanted to tell him. God began to reveal to me the plans He had for this kid. This prophetic word didn’t necessarily feel as strong as they often do for me, so I struggled with obeying God for a moment. However, I finally grew a pair and decided to approach the young man, his name was Melvin. As we engaged in friendly discussion, I began to spill out what God was showing me. I told him that I felt like God was calling him out into ministry. I told him that God gave him a pastoral heart and that God was using him as a leader where young men look up to him as a big brother type. As I was telling him these things, he and his girlfriend (I think she was his girlfriend…) were laughing in astonishment. He testified saying, “Man, God has been telling me this all week, but I want to be a rapper!” It was awesome to play a part in what God was doing in this man’s life. God had him on a journey of unleashing is destiny, and God was nice enough to use me as a deciding factor. At the end of the worship night, the pastor asked for people to stand who wanted to dedicate their lives to serving God. When the speaker said this, I couldn’t help but to look and I saw the same Melvin I spoke to standing with arms wide open and tears strolling down his face. It is really hard to run away from God’s calling when he starts sending strangers to help direct your path.
So that was fun, but it was only a warm up for what God was preparing! During worship that night, God revealed to me the things he wanted to share with Alyssa. (Don’t worry; I already received her permission to share her name and the intricate details of this story J) The way God spoke to me about her was very choppy. There was little explanation, and I was left confused. I will use bullet points to express how God was speaking. This is essentially what He said and how it was said:
· Been through a lot of things no one her age should ever go through
· Bold character and personality
· Girls look up to her and want to be like her. Wisdom will be used to help direct them
· Camp. Remain involved in camp.
· Will be married
Honestly, I am afraid that I may be forgetting some things, but this is the big picture. Once again, I didn’t feel extremely confident that this was a prophetic word from God, so I didn’t pursue to share this with her after the service. This was my thought process: If this is from God, he will create the opportunity to share it with her. Soon enough, we were somehow in the same place, at the same time, and talking. I knew at this moment, that I had to share it.
I began to share with Alyssa what God was maybe revealing to me. As I spoke, more understanding came. The words that I told her became more specific than what God was initially telling me. This proves how the Holy Spirit takes over and explains things that I would never know. Remember, I had just met this girl and I knew nothing about her! As I shared these things, she was fighting back the tears. When I finished sharing everything, the water works came and she expressed how accurate everything I said was. Everything I shared was intricately woven into her life and what she was struggling with at the moment. Even the camp thing! What was really amazing is that she said she was praying for like 5 minutes straight during worship regarding everything I shared with her. According to Alyssa, God had just used me to answer every single question that she brought to God.
This epic moment brought so much joy to her and filled her with the love of God. The Father had just proven to Alyssa He really does hear our prayers, he understands our pain, and He does send answers. What is also beautiful is that Alyssa has updated me recently with her life following up the prophecy. I had also told her that she would help girls who struggle with the same thing that she struggled with. Alyssa is now planning to start an anonymous club to help girls fight eating disorders. Apparently God has been doing the very things that I told her He would do through her. Check out this excerpt from a text she just sent me,
“Your prophecy just made me feel so loved and so needed in that moment and that what I was going through was going to turn out for God’s purpose in the end.”
Praise God for meeting her in a dark place and turning her weakness into strength. David fought wars using the Goliath’s sword – meaning the same weapon that was meant to destroy him, ended up being used for the kingdom. Sometimes God wants to use the very thing you struggle with to help others overcome the same obstacle. What a beautiful thing!
I want to quickly reiterate my beliefs, just in case any of the language I used has rubbed any of my readers off the wrong way. To be clear: I have no power on my own. These stories are only to express the power of Jesus Christ who ministers through me. I am only a vessel who says “Yes” to God. The things that he does through me are available to every single believer!