My salvation story PART1: I do not remember my parents ever taking me to church , although my dad grew up in the dutch-reformed church in his early life and my mom was the first born daughter of my grandfather who was a well known priest in his province. I am the youngest of out my 2 older sisters whom I grew up with.
My grandfather would also preach on a well known radio station. However, our Sundays were spent hearing my dad playing music from the 80s, some jazz collections or whatever happend to be playing that sunday on the radio.
My mom would be cooking a delicious feast while my sisters would be visiting friends and I be playing outside in the garden. I did not know anything about Jesus or being born again.
We also never went to church unless there was a family funeral somewhere . One night when I was about 9years of age I had an interesting dream/vision of the night.
In the dream there was a knock on the door, I woke up to see if I was hearing things but I realised I really heard the knock again. My parents were sleeping in their room, my older sisters were also still sleeping.
So I went and opened the back door and the Lord was there😲 ! Whaaat?! I was actually so pleased and my heart was burning with joy. There were 3 invisible people following the Lord, only their shoes were visible so it looked like the shoes were walking by themselves.
. what a sight!🤭 The Lord sat down and I offered Him some black forest cake (which was my favourite back then!) and some tea.
He was talking with me!😃 (I believe one day very soon the Holy spirit will tell me what we were talking about, nowadays we are much more close you know like besties🥰🥰) it was then time for the Lord to go and I walked out the door with him and he started ascending up, up ,up and he shouted "You owe me. .
I don't know how I knew it was the Lord! However many years later when I started to listen to Pastor Chris I learnt that there is no introduction in the spirit realm- just as on the mountain of transfiguration Peter, James and John were not told that the two people they saw were Moses and Elijah but they just knew by the spirit (Matthew17:1-13, Mark 9:1-13). The Lord appeared to me as an ordinary looking man like in John 20:11-18, Luke 24:13-21,John 21:1-13; I perceive He did that so I can relate with him more easily as a child because about 14yrs after this dream I had a vision of the night where Lord Jesus appeared to me in a more excellent glory (this was when I had been born again a long time about 2017 ) and I could not see his facial features here except a blazing light (like John the Divine described in the book of revelation) and he put his hands on my shoulders and shouted 3times "I am coming!" After the third shout the vision disappeared and I "woke up" crying and shaking.
What really gets my attention though is how that although I had visions and dreams about the Lord that didn't get me born again. Just like in Acts9 when Paul had his first encounter with the Lord .
The Lord had to get Ananias to minister healing, salvation and baptism of the Holy Spirit to Paul! Truly the responsibility of preaching the gospel - the ministry of reconciliation has been committed to us the body of Christ on earth. The Lord is not going to do it, angels can't preach salvation, we are on the scene today!! **PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE REALLY INTERESTING PARTS.
. ***To be continued.