"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."Acts 14:22
Thirty four years ago, while sitting in the church for Easter service, which happened to be my 21st birthday, I heard the audible voice of God, like rolling thunder. Then shortly after, He told me to get rid of everything I had, except for a change of clothes and my Bible, and head north.
I travelled around Australia for a number of years and God took me through many experiences, to teach me the truth of the scriptures, through experience, because experience is the best teacher.
Though the process He takes us through, is not really a teaching process, but a debrainwashing (cleansing) process.
Seven years after I began my walk on the narrow path, His presence came upon me in absolute, supernatural power and glory, and I was literally taken "out of my mind" and into His throne room.
The thing that strikes you the most when you're in His presence, is the absolute, overwhelming sense of holiness, that is so overwhelming, it brings you to your knees in absolute humility and reverence, because in His presence, you realize just how short you fall, so very, very much further than you ever imagined yourself to be.
His love is like a river, that flows through every fibre of your being, with such unrelenting, unrestrained and unadulterated power, passion and purpose, that it literally fountains through every pore of your body and makes you a fountain of absolute love, life and youth.
The virtuousness of His absolute love, is so majestic, it makes you feel like a king and His absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, is so absolute, that it is absolute, pure, heavenly bliss, beyond anything you could possibly imagine.
When His presence came upon me like this, the person who's house I was in, entered the room and immediately fell to her knees and gasped, "it's you!" She wasn't talking about me, I can assure you.
I saw my mind before me, like a computer is the best way to describe it that you can understand, and I saw a thought rise up from it, like a puff of smoke, and that thought was, "what I could do with this!"
You see, even after His presence left, that woman followed me around like a puppy dog, hanging on my every word, ready and willing to do ANYTHING I asked. That's the power of His love and He doesn't give it to anyone who will abuse it, in any way, from their instinctual pride, vanity, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts or fear for their survival.
I asked Him, where that thought came from, because it wasn't a thought I consciously conceived and He told me, "It came from your subconscious and you have to be made absolutely humble and brought into the full knowledge and understanding of the true way of life in My presence, before you can walk in it 24/7 and no thought like that will arise."
I knew that would mean many trials and tribulations, and so I said, "whatever it takes Lord, whatever it takes." Be careful what you ask for, because I had no idea it would take 27 years or the amount of trials, tribulations and humiliations it would involve.
Though I can testify, that God has finished the work He began in me and when it's truly finished and you have absolutely overcome and crucified your instinctual, sinful nature and every spot of its characteristic pride, vanity, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival, you are more free than you can possibly imagine, in your wildest dreams.
For the kingdom of God, the eternal realm and reality of His absolute, undying, virtuous, true love, is literally and absolutely, beyond your wildest imagination. So as He told me many years ago, expect a roller coaster ride to get there and yes, everyone around you will think you're crazy, because it's beyond everyone's wildest imagination or instinctual knowledge and understanding.
I can also testify, to the absolute truth of Jesus' words, that unless you forsake all and give your life to God, absolutely, without any worldly distractions, you can't possibly overcome your sinful, instinctual nature and enter into His eternal presence, realm and reality of absolute, true love and virtuousness.
Let those who have the ears to hear and eyes to see, get the picture...