Face to Face Appearances With Jesus

These are testimonies from my wife of her face to face meetings with Jesus on her birthday.

For years my wife had struggled with the burden of deciding what steps to take next in her career. Although she was trained as a painter and her heart’s desire was to create fine art that flowed from her imagination, she’d worked as a graphic designer for the past 15 years because it paid the bills. The design work no longer inspired her as it once did and it often left her with neck pain and a headache. She feared making the changes that would allow her to become a full-time painter. Part of the struggle was that she wasn’t certain what God wanted her to do. She wondered… if she made the career change, would God bless that decision, or would she fail, leaving us in a difficult place, financially? There was also some anxiety and regret that she had waited too long—that she probably should have done it years ago.

On her birthday in 2014, she had a dream where Jesus paid her a visit, face to face. In the dream, He came to her rather excitedly and handed her a piece of paper. The paper was blank except for the letterhead at the top that appeared in a beautiful pink font which read: “Super Praying Medic’s Wife.” After handing her the blank piece of paper, He looked excitedly into her eyes and asked, “What are you going to be?”

This dream changed the way in which my wife saw her relationship with him. Rather than thinking she had to somehow know what He wanted her to do (and suffer the consequences if she was wrong) she realized that He was actually her biggest fan, and that regardless of which choice she made, He supported her decision. Jesus gave her the sense that she could write whatever she wanted on the blank canvas of her life, so to speak. The dream destroyed some bad theology she had picked up and replaced it with a more accurate portrait of God.
On her birthday in 2015, Jesus paid her another visit in a dream. This is her account:

I had another dream on my birthday this year. I was sitting (at an easel, I think) painting. There was a wall in front of me as well. Suddenly something red, like blood or paint, began splattering on the right side of the wall in front of me. It started dripping, running quickly down the wall. I wondered if it was coming from a leak in the ceiling. I looked up, straining to see, but couldn’t see any evidence of a leak.

With a horizontal motion, I smeared my hand from left to right through the drips, trying to keep them from running all the way down to the floor. Then I looked up again to my left. On the wall, was a large, fabulous, freshly painted portrait of Jesus’ face. In the dream, I somehow knew that He painted it Himself—it was a self-portrait painted using only the color red. The portrait was very large and expressive with wild brush strokes, spatters, and drips. To me it was just beautiful!

In the dream, I felt so excited that He painted it—but mostly that He let me see it. I hurried to tell my husband and some other friends in the dream.
Looking back, it all makes sense to me. The red splatters on the wall in the beginning of the dream were coming from the wild brush strokes of Jesus himself. The paint was flying. He is an artist, a creator of beauty, and He does it with passion!

This visit from Jesus helped confirm that my wife’s interest in painting was divinely ordained and perhaps there is even the suggestion that He’s so interested in art that He’s painting beside her. From the testimonies I’ve heard where Jesus has visited people face to face, His visits seem to be to help us understand our identity and divine destiny.

One of the most important things you’ll ever do is discover your divine destiny. Although there are general purposes for which we were created, there are also unique reasons why each of us is brought into the world. Your divine destiny is the unique set of purposes for which God has created you. We were created for God’s good pleasure. Part of His pleasure is watching us grow into what He designed us to be and to do.

How do we know what God has created us for?

Your specific destiny is closely tied to the passions of your heart—the things you desire more than anything else. God is the one who gives us these desires and they’re given to motivate and propel us toward our divinely ordained destiny. However, many times we let obstacles like time and money prevent us from fully pursuing it. One person’s destiny might involve being a painter, but if they believe that painting won’t pay the bills, they may forego their destiny and settle for a job at a bank. Another person’s destiny might be to record music, but if they feel they can’t earn a living as a musician, they might settle for a job in a factory. Through face to face encounters, Jesus is willing to personally show you what your divine destiny is. It’s up to you to ask Him for those details.

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This is an excerpt from my book Hearing God’s Voice Made Simple. Click on the link or on the image below to learn more.

Receiving Revelation from God for Others

A frequent question I’m asked is what to do if we feel we’re not receiving revelation from God. Sometimes we want to hear God for ourselves but in this message, I’ll discuss receiving revelation from God for others.

When I want to give someone a prophetic word, I begin by requesting information from God. This might sound obvious to some but it’s a step many of us overlook. The Bible says we have not because we ask not. Yes, He is God, and He knows our needs but we’re not being presumptuous or rude by asking Him to give us revelation for someone.  Ask Him to show you something specific. But here’s a warning: Be prepared to receive something as soon as you ask. Many times the revelation you’ll receive is nothing more than a brief thought impression or an image that flashes in your mind. It can appear quickly and then disappear.

Soon after I began giving prophetic words, I was at a meeting when I received a word from a mature prophet. He looked at me and said, “You doubt what God is saying. You’re not sure that what you’re hearing is from Him and here’s what He wants you to know: The first thought that enters your mind after you’ve asked—that’s Him.” I’ve found this to be true. In most cases, the first thought impression that enters my mind after I’ve asked God for revelation is what He wants me to know.

After you’ve asked Him to reveal something, expect Him to speak in whatever way He wants. It may be a thought impression. It might be an image in your mind or a series of images, or something that appears to be a video. It might be a strong emotion that suddenly grips you. It might be a sudden pain in your body. Try not to assume too much about what He’s going to reveal to you.

As you’re receiving revelation, you might begin a dialog with Him to clarify what it means, if you’re not certain. This can be particularly helpful if you’re new to prophecy. You can have the conversation aloud as if you’re talking to a friend nearby, or it can be in your mind between you and Him. If you have questions, ask for clarification. You might receive new thought impressions, visions or other revelation.

Giving a Prophetic Word
Once you’re clear about what you want to say, simply say it. You can use your normal tone of voice. It isn’t necessary to raise your voice or emphasize certain words. You don’t have to say things like “the Lord says” or “thus sayeth the Lord.” You don’t need to call the person “my son” or “my daughter.” You don’t need to be weird when you prophesy. I sometimes give people prophetic words in public places like hospitals. I can’t afford to be dramatic or appear overly religious in these settings. It’s fine to speak the way you would if you were having a normal conversation with a friend.

A few years ago, my wife and I visited a shopping mall while on vacation. As she looked for dresses, I gave people encouraging words. It began when I asked God for a word for a male store employee. In my mind’s eye, I saw the word “insecurity,” so I encouraged him in the area of developing strength and security in his life. I also asked God for a word for a female employee. As I closed my eyes, I saw the word “inspiration.” I told her she was inspiring to others and that God would use her to be even more inspirational in the future. A prophetic word can be very short. It doesn’t require you to get to know the people you’re prophesying to, though if time allows, God can speak to them even more if you’re able to spend a few minutes getting to know them. Receiving revelation from God is relational. It flows from our relationship with Him and it can help build relationships with others.

This is an excerpt from my book Hearing God’s Voice Made Simple. Click on the link or on the image below to learn more. 

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