Pastor Stephen's Blog
Wednesday, August 10 2022
Have you ever had a day or a moment in time when you feel that the Creator of the universe invaded or stepped into your world? Please do not get me wrong; this is not a bad thing at all. This is definitely a good thing. Well, a couple of Tuesdays ago, I had an experience, and it rocked my world!
I truly believe that if and when we pray about something specific, and then we pay attention to all of the details surrounding our lives, the Lord can and will send subtle hints or even loud shout outs through His Spirit, letting us know that He has heard our prayer, and that He is there ready to answer us according to His will for our lives. I had an amazing experience happen last week where our Creator God intervened in my little world on a regular ole, workday Tuesday, and it was absolutely mind-blowing for me! I must share this story, and my hope and prayer is that you will be blessed by it too!
On Tuesday, July 26th, I was on my way to the Church for our weekly staff meeting with the rest of my day packed full of scheduled pastoral counseling visits, followed by our bi-monthly Grief Support Group we offer to the community that starts at 630pm. Tuesdays are my longest day of the work week lasting 12 hours or more. I was on my way to work for our 930am Staff meeting, and before I turned my KLOVE jam up on the radio, I began saying my morning prayers. I prayed my heart out for myself and my intermediate family members. I covered all of our closest genealogy connections starting with the Hebert’s, the Cortez’s, the Rich’s and the Beysselance’s. I covered my closest of friends and their families: Frank, Darren, Bronson, John and Hal. And then I moved on to my greatest mentor and our Senior Pastor, Dr. Mark Crosby and his family as well as the Church Staff, and the many people and families on our prayer list and all that they have been through. This is not uncommon, and it is something I try to do each and every day on my drive to work.
What was different about this day was the word “PROTECTION” kept rising up in my spirit. It was Heavy on my Heart, and it kept coming back up, time and time again as I prayed, and it seemed that this is where the focus of my prayers should be. It was interrupting my normal prayer routine, and I didn’t fight against it, I just went with it as I knew it was coming from the Holy Spirit. I began praying for Protection for all of those listed above, including myself. As a quick side note: This has never happen to me before. I have had people’s names pop up from time to time knowing I should pray for them, but this time it was a specific word and prayer for Protection.
I finished my prayer as I arrived into the Church parking lot, and said Amen. I was not able to turn on my KLOVE jam for the morning because my prayer took up the full time of my commute, but it happens sometimes, and of course this is perfectly okay.
Slowly but surely I worked through the day. I was constantly praying Protection over each and every counselee, and in the evening, I led our Grief Support Group speaking and praying Protection over them as well. Once I was finished, I locked everything up and headed home. I arrived at my house exhausted, and everyone was sleeping already. I warmed a plate of food and sat on the couch, and I turned the television on to TBN. Joseph Prince was preaching on the topic of guess what?? You name it! PROTECTION!! I was blown away. So now I’m feeling the presence of God right there in my living room, and the Spirit was super strong. I was really tired from a very long day, but I could not help but to be drawn in to the message he had for us. The scripture he was preaching on was Psalm 91, and it was so very powerful. My bible was in my bedroom where my wife was sleeping so I had to tippy-toe in there to get it without waking her up. Once I sat back down on the couch and opened to the chapter, I began reading along with him. The entire chapter is amazing, and I have read it many times in my life. But this particular moment was different, this moment was overwhelming. Verses 13 – 16 just melted me, and I began sobbing.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
In chapter 4 of my book COVID-19 One Family’s Journey, I share about a vision I had while I was on the ventilator which was a last ditch effort to salvage my life from this demonic disease that had taken over my body. In this vision, I was paralyzed and laying in some soft, cool dirt in the middle of a cave. I was surrounded by lions, and a few of them were actively wanting to pounce on me and tear me to shreds. I survived the COVID infection even though it was severe and I was in the end stages. I also survived the lions (v. 13) that surrounded me in the vision as the Lord protected and rescued me in my time of trouble (v. 14). Just over the last 6 months or so, scientist are finding that the origins of COVID did not come from bats as we were originally misled; instead it was developed from the venom of the king cobra and/or the Chinese krait snake. They have studied closely, found and proven that the venom peptides and COVID peptides are identical. When I first found this out, I was shocked, and I did as much research as I could to understand it. I figured we will not understand it all on this side of heaven, so I did what I usually do with troubles of this magnitude, and I handed it over to the God of all Creation in a prayer. Now, nearly 2 years after my life-threatening battle, I was given this revelation on a regular, ole Tuesday, in my living room, on my couch at 11 o’clock at night from my Creator Himself. There are very few instances in life where I was blessed so much, and this one truly melted me where I sat. I thank you Lord for my life, and I thank you Lord for my testimony. I thank you Lord for hearing us when we call, and I thank you Lord for your supernatural Protection in and over our lives.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
May we all find our rest in Him in Jesus’ Mighty Name.