Seasons in the Word Lead to Victories in the Spirit

waveI have noticed that God gives us seasons where He leads us into studying His Word. During this season, we seem to have a greater desire to read the Word more than at other times. The Word seems to be more alive to us and the mysteries of God seem to jump off the page. Holy Spirit is illuminating new revelation to us as our faith is being built up in the truths of God.

These Word seasons last for however long God has determined and then we begin to notice a transition in our walk. Often the change is first noticed during our prayer and Bible study time.

During “dry” times, the scripture doesn’t seem to be flowing off the page as it was before and can seem difficult to get anything out of the Word at all; the Teacher is silent during the test. God’s silence is a good indicator that the waves now crashing a shore have changed from the Word season of growth and learning waves to spiritual waves and a season of trial and testing.

Holy Spirit shifts our lives into spiritual seasons so we can walk out what He has been teaching us in the Word. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.” A spiritual season is to give us experiential knowledge of God’s Word and the applied knowledge truly gives us true understanding of God. Our faith isn’t faith at all until it has been tested under fire. The military knows that a battle hardened soldier is much more effective than a soldier in basic training because they’ve been in battle after battle and have endured because of the training they have received.

Jesus taught and demonstrated the Kingdom to His disciples before He commissioned them to go out and demonstrate it. Jesus repeated the process of Word seasons and spiritual wave seasons time and time again.

 In Luke 8:1, Jesus is going from one village to another proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God with the twelve disciples following Him. In verse 10, the disciples are told that it has been granted for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God meaning that they would begin to understand the Word of God and the Spirit of God and how it must work together to demonstrate the Kingdom of God.  And in Luke 9:1, the disciples are commissioned with the power and authority of Jesus to go out with demonstration and proclaim the kingdom of God. So you see, the disciples had to go and get experiential knowledge for themselves.

These Word seasons are to build us up in our faith so we can stand strong during the spiritual seasons. Years ago during the night I heard the Father say to me, “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah. 29:11). Then He said, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)

genesis manThe Lord repeated Jeremiah 29:11 and Numbers 23:19 all night long in this order. Twice in the night I got up out of bed, once to adjust the thermostat and once to go the bathroom and immediately afterwards, I went back to bed only to hear Him repeat the verses over and over again. This continued all night long, even as I was beginning to wake up and dozing in and out of sleep, I would hear Him cycle through these verses over and over again. The verses were waves and waves of the Word that came to me all night in order to build my faith for the spiritual season which lay ahead.

 Shortly after this wonderful night of soaking in the waves of God’s Word, I entered into the hardest and darkest spiritual battle of my Christian walk. As it got closer I could see it coming yet I couldn’t do anything to get out of the way…the spiritual season was upon me and what a spiritual test it would be!

The company where I was working was bought out by another company in a merger that placed me under new management with the new owners. I could discern evil coming, but I couldn’t put a name on it, I just knew the spiritual atmosphere had changed and it had changed for the worse. I pressed into God like never before sensing the danger which was coming upon my life and I too wanted this cup to pass from me.

I wasn’t alone in sensing the danger of the hour as other Christian co-workers agreed that there was an evil and demonic presence in our building which was thick, heavy and intimidating. I knew God had assigned me in the work place ministry and that I couldn’t be fired, layed-off or quit until He released me from my assignment no matter what was going to happen to me.  

 Months passed as the new management transferred me out of my position into another location farther away, making my daily commute two hours round trip thus removing me from where God has placed me to minister. Instead of complaining, I just used that extra commute time to listen to preaching tapes and to meditate on the Word. My pastor at the time, had no information of my work conditions but when he would pass me in the fellowship meetings he would say, “When you come out of this you will be promoted and much stronger.”

The spiritual attacks got worse but I kept pressing into prayer, studying and petitioning God to teach me what He wanted me to learn through this experience. We’re ultimately tested in order to learn that God is able to bring us through anything the enemy can throw at us if we won’t give up, give in and quit.

On Sunday, July 7, 2002, Holy Spirit gave me a verse, “His left hand [is] under my head, and His right hand doth embrace me.” (Songs 2:6) This was my rhema word, I read it over and over and meditated on it all week long.

I knew in the Spirit that evil darkness in the earth and the demonic kingdom was trying everything in its power to take my life this week. On Thursday, July 11th while driving back from lunch, an out of control driver raced out of a parking lot headed right at the driver’s side door of my vehicle. There just happened to be a side street where I was able to take evasive actions and I wasn’t even hit. It was so miraculous, that I couldn’t even get mad at the kamikaze driver that was used as a pawn by the devil’s kingdom.

That same night, I walked out the front door of my house and was praying to God and said, “I present my body to You as a living sacrifice and I trust You with my life, use my body for Your glory.” 

The very next day, I was riding my motorcycle home after work, a car came rushing out of a side street right in front of me. The driver stopped in front of me as my motorcycle sped toward certain collision at over forty-five miles per hour. I had always heard everything slows down when in a death situation like this and it’s true. It just appears to slow down when in fact the human mind races with thoughts and the adrenal gland kicks in and pumps like crazy.

cautionThe first thought that came to me was that this wasn’t God’s plan for my life because He had told me all night long that He didn’t bring calamity into my life and that He would give me a future and a hope. It didn’t take a “rocket scientist” to figure out a speeding motorcycle about to T-bone a car isn’t God’s plan for me. I said, “This isn’t God’s plan for me and I shall live and not die, I’m going over this car Lord!”

As I pressed hard on the front and rear brake levers, my speed didn’t slow down due to the short closing distance to the vehicle. Then “bam” I heard a loud crash as the front wheel of my motorcycle impacted the vehicle and I was airborne flying high over the car in the center lane. I wasn’t wearing a helmet and I was thought I wished I had it on for the impending impact to come. I said, “Lord if I hit my head I’m dead.” All I could see was the concrete road and thinking how much this was going to hurt.

Suddenly, I noticed that my forward direction traveling down the center lane was being changed. Some external force was moving me from the center lane over to the left lane even though I couldn’t feel anything touching me. I landed on my right shoulder and head in the middle of the far left lane. I tumbled over and over as I could hear the impact of my head on the concrete. Amazingly, I didn’t feel any pain as I thumped along the concrete. Truly His left hand [is] under my head and His right hand doth embrace me.

After I stopped tumbling, I lay there a few seconds completing my injury inventory. I was awaiting the message of “horrendous pain” to be sent through my body notifying every member that we’re hurt really bad, but it didn’t come.

I got up to my knees and saw the people in the passing cars starring at me. In every direction people were just as though they had been frozen where they stopped their vehicles. They didn’t know if they had just seen a person die or at best seriously injured. All but two stayed in their cars and watched as a few came rushing to my aid.

 One man ran up to me and said he used to be a paramedic and he instructed me to stay down but I just couldn’t let the enemy have a moment of satisfaction in this. What the enemy had meant for my harm had failed and he needed to see me stand up, and stand up I did! Right in the middle of the devil’s snare, I rose in victory. In some ways this was no different from Daniel in the lion’s den, he was kept safe in the midst of death and so was I.

Right beside me in the middle lane next to where I had landed was my motorcycle, all 800 pounds of it. It had obviously flipped end over end after colliding with the car and had been in the air flying right behind me. If an angel of the Lord hadn’t moved me out of the way, I would have been crushed to death by that motorcycle.

I walked away from the accident with a quarter sized road rash on my left elbow, a slightly separated right clavicle and a pulled groin muscle, that was it.  The groin injury was miraculously healed the following Monday night when a minister called out a word knowledge saying that someone had a groin injury.  When I heard him say that word out loud I said, “That for me!” I immediately felt the power of God heal my groin injury.

doublemanThe traffic officer who investigated the accident asked me three times what had happened, I’d tell him and each time he would respond with, “You shouldn’t be alive! You need to go home and thank God you’re still alive!”  He went on to say that he had been investigating traffic accidents for many years and he had been in a motorcycle wreck himself and he knew this is a miracle.

 The following Saturday morning, while in prayer, the Lord said in an audible voice, “It’s the spirit of Jezebel!” Now I knew what had been the driving force behind all the evil at work and the cause of the attacks on my life for the Jezebel spirit opposes the prophet as it did with Elijah. The light had come and shined in on the darkness to reveal it and how bright the light was, I knew I had the victory!

 Early one morning, before anyone was at work, I went to the office of the person the Jezebel spirit was operating through, and I bound the spirit from manifesting in their lives at work. Always remember that our battle isn’t with flesh and blood (people) but against rulers, against powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)  We are still required to pray for those who oppose us and love them regardless of what they are saying or doing to us at the time.

The individual the spirit of Jezebel was operating through, was on vacation at this time and didn’t return until the next day. When I saw them, they were refreshed, happy and free and they thought it was all due to being on vacation – but I knew different.

God had built me up in the Word by sending wave after wave of His wonderful Word to sustain me in the coming spiritual battle of my life and He will do the same for you. When you have done all to stand…stand!

Scripture References:

 

Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand {there} on the rock; Ex. 33:21

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:11

for now we {really} live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 1Thes. 3:8



  • My Wisdom Floods the Earth

    Prophecy 1/17/09

    In retrospect I am all things to all people. My wisdom floods the earth and My counsel is wise beyond all measure of problems and doubt. I am full of the wisdom of the ages to come, for I alone have understanding in these matters. Few seek My counsel in these matters for they think they can not know. Indeed they can know for I am not far removed from their paths. Pro. 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

    gpsInside of each human resides a part of Me and the spirit of man is molded from creation for man to communicate with Me. It is as much a receiver as it is a transmitter. In your terms today compare it to how a Global Positioning System (GPS) works. It tells Me your location, direction, speed, course and it is always on, always transmitting, always tuned for My monitoring.

    Is. 3o:21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

    The difference between a believer and a non-believer is that the believer is receiving information about their course, speed, trouble, such as roadblocks, detours and the like as well as information about rest stops, provision, encouragement to press on and so much more. It is My desire that all would come to Me. I love all of my creation equally. In these last days it will become more and more vital to tune in and listen to My distinct voice as I prompt you with information about all manner of things from the smallest detail of your daily life to the realm of heavenly importance.

    Knowledge will flood your soul; the knowledge of God will come in flashes of revelation, in special counsel within My courts, dreams, visions and the unlocking of the mysteries of My word.

    girl_handMy plans are absolute, non-wavering and precise. I will accomplish My plan with you or without you, you must decide your choice. Come along for the ride of your life or pursue your own course that leads to defeat, confusion, disappointment, unbelief and a turning away from Me, ultimately death.

     Jer. 7:23 “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’

    Now is the time to come and buy from Me fine gold and silver. This is the time to prepare for the wicked days ahead. Now is the time to be in prayer, soaking in My Spirit, permeating your soul with the love and wisdom of the Unwavering God.

    Take heed and listen, the storm of all storms is coming in the earth, but now is time of “Preparation of My Bride”. I say Come, Come Now!

    Bro. Bill



  • Holy Dreams Given After Brad’s Passing (Move On But Remember!)

    On September 3, 2008, Brad passed away five months ago to the day. We still have moments from time to time but shortly after his passing God did give the family some dreams to help heal and show his marvelous love for us. Our hope is that when you read these dreams you will see how Holy Spirit comforts and confirms that the righteous are truly loved and taken care of in the marvelous, illuminating light and love of the eternal God. God assured us that Brad was in heaven and having a BLAST!!!!! WOW!

    New Dreams Added -Update 10-14-09

    These two dreams came to Wendy and Jodie on the same night. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. What an amazing God we have.

    Wendy’s Dream:

    brad-montagueI dreamed that the “O” was all spending time together and someone looked over and said, “LOOK!”  We all looked & there was a large Egyptian-looking tomb with steps leading up out of it.  We saw a man’s figure walking out of it.  I looked closer and said, “THAT’S BRAD!”  He was wearing khaki shorts and his green island shirt he used to wear on the cruises.  He was smiling and walking towards us.  We all stared stunned, of course.

    He walked up to me and smiled real big and said, “Hi Pook!”  I said, “HI!”  He hugged me real big.  We felt such love for each other but it was like a very special brother-sister type of love.  He looked at Chris and said, “Hey guy!  How’s it going for you two?”  Chris looked dumbfounded and said, “It’s going great!”  Brad laughed and playfully said, “That’s awesome!  I’m very happy for you!  And hey, why don’t you wipe that silly look off your face!”  We all started to laugh.  He knew we were in shock, he was just being funny…like Brad!

    I looked over at Bill and he had his phone out video taping everything.  He had started videoing the minute he saw Brad walking out of the tomb.  He said, “I want all of this documented as proof for people to see!”  I said, “Hurry everyone!  Hug him before he has to leave!  He probably can’t stay long!”  Brad said, “Actually I got a 3-day pass!  I get to stay and visit for 3 days.”  I said, “Really?!  You can do that?!”  He laughed and said, “Yes I can.  I missed all of you and requested it, so here I am.”  We were all so excited.  He took turns spending time with each individual member of the “O”, talking privately with Mom, with Jas, with Jo, with Bill.  He played with Mollee and told her how big she had gotten & how beautiful she was.

    He looked around and said, “Where’s Caleb?”  I said, “OH!  He’s taking a nap inside!  C’mon let’s surprise him!”  Brad smiled so big, excited to see him.  We walked into a dark room and I said, “Wait out here!”  I went in & told Caleb, “Hey Bud, wake up!  I have someone that wants to see you.”  Caleb sat up and rubbed his eyes.  Brad walked in and smiled SO big.  He stretched out his arms and said, “TA-DA!!!!”  Then sat down by Caleb on the bed.  Caleb looked at him in disbelief, then he started to cry and wrapped his arms around Brad in a big hug.  They hugged for a long time.

    Later that night, I told Chris, “Do you think he’s really still here?!”  We went to check and Brad was laying on the floor, asleep, on a pallet.  I touched him and said, “Brad…are you asleep?”  He blinked and said, “Yeah what’s up?”  I said, “I was just making sure you were still here..and not…gone again.”  He smiled & said, “No Pook…I’m here for 2 more days.”

    A few days later we were at church after Brad had gone back to Heaven.  I was taking Bill’s phone around to person after person showing them the video saying, “LOOK!  Heaven is SO real!  Your loved ones are ALIVE!  You will see them again!”

    This was a wonderful, LIFE-LIKE dream.  It was SO good to see Brad!

    Jodie’s Dream 10-14-09

    dream journalI cant tell you how this has blessed me. I had been thinking about him alot lately and talking to God about how much I missed him. Night before last I dreamed I was walking along side a river. It was Spring time and I was taking real deep breaths of air because the smell of flowers was so strong. Birds were chirping. I could feel the grass under my bare feet. When I stopped to look at the water I heard grass crunching like someone walking up behind me. I turned around and it was Brad. He was walking kinda slow and was grinning from ear to ear…lol….I can still see it. I said in excitment,”Brad! Oh my Gosh!” I began to cry and as he approached me he put his hand up in a manor to say “hold on a minute”…and he said, “Now whats that all about, Sis???” I said, “Brad I’ve just missed you so much..we all have! I cant believe Im standing here talking to you…I wish everyone was here!” He put his hand on my arm and said,”Sis, I have so much love…I feel so much love…like I’ve never felt before.” I smiled and said,”I am so happy for you Brad.” He looked down a minute as if he heard something and then looked right up into my eyes. He said,”Jo….that’s what its about…Love. That’s what it was all about….Love….”
    ….Then I woke up….I knew right away what “it” was. The whole process of why he went to Heaven and didnt stay. It was so awesome and I have such peace about the whole thing. I didnt know I needed it, but I have it now! lol….

    4-14-08

    JODIE’S DREAM ABOUT BRAD

     brad beachI was walking into a house I had never been in before but was somehow familiar…As soon as I opened the front door and stepped inside I heard Brad laugh and it startled me! I started toward the door I thought I heard him in and he walked passed the door way with a platter in his hands. As he walked by he was smiling and talking to someone sitting at a table. I wanted to go in, but couldn’t. I thought inside,”But I want to talk to him! I want him to know I’m here!” He looked up from the table toward me and said, “In time, but not right now.” He turned and kept talking to whoever he was visiting with…

     

     

    4-14-08

    MOLLEE’S DREAM ABOUT BRAD (As told by Jo)

     I woke her up this morning for school and she turned her face into the pillow and said, “No I’m not through yet…!” I knew she was still in dream mode……she opened her eyes and looked at me and smiled and said…”Uncle Brad is proud of me..”  I said “huh?” She said Uncle Brad told me he was so proud of me for making right choices….I said,”Did you dream about Uncle Brad?” and she said,”Yes! and you woke me up and I wasn’t through!” I said,”what was he doing?” she said, “I didn’t see him but I could smell him and hear him…”   Wahhhhhhh….  OH! and she said he was holding my hand!

     

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    Bill’s Dream About Brad

    I walked up to a door that was shut. I knew Brad was in there. I pushed open the door a slight bit and peeked in. I saw Brad lying on the left side of the room in a hospital bed with his head and feet pointed away from us.  Someone came and placed a mattress that just fit the doorway opening so we couldn’t go in or see much. I did see a bright light that was coming in through an east facing window.  It shone on Brad brightly.  We tried to see him two or three more times but he was gone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     4-18-08
    Wendy’s Dream About Brad

     Early this morning I dreamed that my phone rang.  I looked at it and it said “Pook calling”.  (Which was Brad’s name in my phone).  I stared at it in disbelief & started trembling.  I answered & said “Hello?”  Brad said, “Hey Baby, it’s me!”  I was completely stunned & said “Wow.  Hi.”  He said, “Listen, I only have a minute but I wanted to tell you that it’s glorious here!!  No words could ever describe it!”  I was still in such shock.  I said, “Really?!”  He said, “Oh yes…and Baby, it’s true.  When you get here, there is a schooling.  Some people get here and they think they know truth, but they don’t.”  Then he said with such excitement, “But, when I got here.. I KNEW!  I knew truth!  What I knew WAS TRUE!  Don’t ever wonder, Babe, because it’s TRUE!”  I said, “How did you call me?!”  He laughed & said, “I have no idea.  They just said you had sent me a couple of text messages and that it would be good for you to hear from me.”  (Twice at moments I missed Brad so much I sent him a text just to see his name in my inbox)  I said, “I love you so much & I miss you!”  He said, “I love you too…and I’ll see you soon!  I have to go now.”  I said, “Ok.”  Then he said, “OH WAIT!”  He chuckled like he was tickled about something & said, “Tell Mom…” and he started singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…”  As he sang it faded out until I couldn’t hear him anymore.

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     To read more about Brad click here Its About the Testimony

    I hope you have seen a side of God that you didn’t know before. He truly is LOVE and not only LOVE but ETERNAL LOVE!

    Bro. Bill



  • It’s About the Testimony

    John Bradley
    John Bradley

    His name was John Bradley Morrison. I first met him early in 2004 at a morning bible study hosted by Pastor Ken Smith of Heartland Church in Brownwood, Texas. Brad was handsome, charismatic, funny and had an infectious smile, the kind of gentleman you hoped to know better. I sensed that somehow our lives were going to be connected in some way, little did I know just how much.

    Just days before Brad walked into Heartland Church, he introduced himself to Pastor Dawn and told her of his past. Brad said to her, “I want to know God, am I in the right place?” She said, “You’re in the right place and you’re not the first.” Brad’s past mistakes troubled him and caused him great pain in his life.

    I wanted to see Brad hook up with us in our bible study and win in Christ and he did just that, Brad became a doer of the word and grew in the faith week by week. He was so hungry for the Word, that we nicknamed him “Sponge Brad Square Pants,” he identified with the name and even got up once in front of the whole church and spoke of those early days in his pursuit of God and his new nickname.

    From time to time I would counsel with Brad and he’d talk about the pain of his past and how it was troubling his soul. His job required him to drive many miles each day from city to city, as he drove, Holy Spirit would settle on him at times and he would weep and weep. God was washing him and cleansing him over and over again.

    In mid-October, 2006, Brad went on a church group cruise. I remember Brad and several of us were touring through the ship before we set sail. We walked into one of the lounges where they had Karaoke in the evenings. Brad did great impressions, especially of Hank Hill as well as other characters, so we asked him to step up on the stage and entertain us, we took our seats as he began to do impressions. Unknown to us there was a man behind the curtain who was tuning a piano, the man began to play a song and Brad sang along with the tune. After hearing Brad sing for a few bars, we heard the man from behind the curtain say, “Next!” Brad said, “Next song?” The man responded with, “No, next entertainer!” We all cracked up in laughter.

    In the summer months of 2006, my wife and I were shown in dreams and visions that Brad and our daughter Wendy were to be married. We didn’t say a word to either one of them but in late October, Brad came to my wife and I, to her son Jason, his wife Jodie and our pastors and asked permission to date our daughter; It was pure, holy, God ordained and the one word that best describes Brad is “honor”.

    They dated in our living room, we called it “the parlor” and kept their relationship pure before God, sensing a divine appointment had come into their lives and they didn’t want to mess it up. Little did we know, that we were all on a path of a divine encounter with God.

    Our Brad knew how to make everyone feel special regardless if it was the first time you met him or as a long time acquaintance.

    Wendy and Brad married December 8, 2006 in the living room of our home and the ceremony was attended by his family and pastors. During the wedding, Holy Spirit moved upon Wendy’s brother Jason as he went into travail and continued throughout the entire ceremony.

    Brad was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2007, it was inoperable and he was valiant in his fight, standing in faith each day. He never complained or showed any anger or bitternress. So many people were praying and standing in faith right alongside with him even though we weren’t seeing the healing manifest that we knew God could do at any moment.

    When I asked the Father why we hadn’t seen his healing manifest, I heard Him say, “It’s about the testimony.” The next morning while in my quiet time, I asked the Father to help me better understand the testimony and He said, “You have to understand the testimony.” I knew then that things weren’t going to go the way we all expected, I knew that God has something special planned, but we would have to walk this out together with Brad to see what it was.

    As the months passed and Brad’s illness progressed, the Lord began to show us that there wasn’t going to be a healing miracle for him, and yet knowing this, we still prayed and battled right alongside with Brad every day.

    Two weeks and six days before Brad passed away, we went and picked him up from his home and brought him over to our house for the afternoon. He loved it in our home, it was a special place for him and has been for years for those who love God. He wept at the thought of leaving so we let him stay as long as he wished.

    Five days before Brad passed away he came to Wendy and my wife, telling them he didn’t feel ‘right.’ My wife came and asked me to come and pray for him. When I laid hands on his shoulders, I immediately went into travail, voicing to God in deep anguish all of our discouragement, pain and disappointment. In the battle against cancer, we had arrived at the place where there was nothing else we could do spiritually for Brad. As long as I live, I don’t think I will ever forget how helpless it feels to be in that place.

    As we were praying for him that night, I saw a vision of Jesus suffering on the cross, He was struggling for breath as his body lifted up and then back down. Jesus and I were breathing in sync together, over and over as He labored to breathe, I labored to breathe. I suddenly knew this was why Jesus bore the cross for all mankind, so we could come when we are helpless, hopeless and desperate and in time of need. Oh, the cross, how dear it us to the saints of God.

    Brad fought the good fight of faith and his body and soul was tired, and his quality of life had all but diminished. It was time to release him to Jesus at the cross and in deep sorrow I released Brad to Christ. When I did this, the mood of the holy encounter with Christ changed, I told my wife and daughter to listen, God wanted to speak. My wife and I didn’t hear anything but his wife Wendy heard, “I will come to Brad tonight and reveal Myself to him.” After that, the travail lifted, leaving the three of us in awe of this holy encounter with Jesus and the presence of God that rested upon us afterwards.

    That night, the Lord gave me a dream about what happened in the encounter that evening, He showed me a very corporate hand-off procedure that represented Brad was being handed off to Jesus. I saw an envelope with Brad’s name on it being transferred from our hands to Holy Spirit and then to Jesus. I woke up immediately after the dream at 2:00 AM and cried out to God, “Why Brad, why him Lord?” I heard the father say, “Brad has lived a tormented life and even tormented in death. He’s with Me now”.

    Brad bravely kept his faith and as our dear pastor ministered words of comfort to him that is was okay to go on and get his reward in heaven, he responded with a barely perceptible “amen.” Brad’s physical struggle eased and he went into a place of peace. Earlier the nurses were administering pain medicine ever half-hour and after prayer with his pastor, to my knowledge, he didn’t need anymore. Brad slipped away four hours later on Thursday, April 3, 2008 in our home, he was surrounded by his family.

    The night of his passing, I was awakened in the middle of the night by the Lord and once again I asked Him to help me understand the testimony, I told the Father our hearts were saddened and we needed to understand.

    The Father began to say, “I didn’t do what was best for Me but what was best for Brad”. Truly, God would have a received a great testimony should the miracle have occurred, and I thought of the analogy of a card game, where God was holding an unbeatable hand but chose to fold so Brad could win. Brad could have been healed but it wouldn’t have ended his torment.

    Some of us have things in our past which the judicial system and society has labeled us with. Brad lived with this every day. Everywhere Brad lived his past followed him, there was no way of getting away from it as long as he lived.

    After this, I began to see God in a way, a way that I had never seen Him before, instead of glorifying Himself, He did what was best for Brad. The bible says “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose. Romans 8:28

    “And God has proven His faithfulness by giving us His own Son which was better for us than it was for God. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

    This is the testimony that to those who love God you can trust Him to do what’s best for you in every situation regardless what it pertains too. The Father once asked my wife, “Do you want me to give you what you think you want or what you really want”? Trust Him in every situation and I pray that you will get understanding and grow in knowledge of Him character each day.

    Brad’s now totaly healed and experiencing glorious wonders beyond our ability to express or understand. The life and spirit behind his inspired prayers will continue to bear fruit in our lives and produce a great harvest in the days and years to come. I look forward to seeing him again when Christ comes!

    In loving memory of a dear son, a brother in Christ, whom we were proud to know, to love and whom we will miss dearly.
    To read the dreams Holy Spirit gave our family only a few days following our dear brother in Christ passing click here… Holy Dreams

    Bro. Bill