I feel there is no better time than this when everyone could use encouragement. People on the verge of death need much encouragement , but the same is true for those whose death does not seem imminent. Those with wavering faith in God need much encouragement too. Many people read this blog but only very few comment. My hope is that this post will stimulate comments from readers so we have a long thread of encouraging and faith building words. For this post, any one with a supernatural encounter with God is encouraged to comment. I also encourage those with miraculous experiences in their lives. Anything authentic but also supernatural, phenomenal or inexplicable by human wisdom is welcome. Of course , the result should be drawing readers closer to God. Please add your contribution by leaving a reply in the comment box at the end of this post. Please give a title to your contribution. I will start by rewriting 2 of my previous posts.

When death is seemingly imminent, what goes on in the mind?

“I have some bad news”. I listened carefully because these words were not familiar in this setting. Those that followed would set off a series of thoughts in my mind that I`ve never had before. “The left sided engine has got….” That’s all my mind could take in for a while as it came to reality that the left engine of the plane we had boarded had a problem, passengers seated on the left row remember seeing smoke coming from it. We all later felt the plane losing balance as the pilot said he was flying back to Johannesburg after only 20mins of being air borne. The shaking increased as we descended and the smoldering from the left engine continued.

The journey back was a terrifying one to all of us. I had never been so scared in my life. I went through the well-known stages of grief within 20 minutes only. This usually happens in individuals with terminal illnesses.

I know every one would like to hear the events that followed ,but what I want to share today is what went through my mind in those twenty minutes. I imagine many people think about the same when facing death. Before that trip I had many plans , just like many of us but one thing I remember is that only a few of the plans I had really counted. The financial, career, prosperity plans really don`t matter. The three things I remember thinking about are : What has my relationship with God been like?; What  have I done for the people I love most? And why have I wasted so much time running after things that don`t matter in life? A quick self-assessment showed me that I hadn’t been doing well.. As I went through the last stage of grief which is acceptance, I begged for forgiveness from God- I repented for all the sins that I had committed. I realized that God forgives those who repent of their sins (1 John 1: 9) and knew very well that Jesus forgives our sins. But then after “accepting” the imminent death , I wondered how my loved ones will take the bad news, and how life is going to be… I then begged God for another chance to live.

Since then I very much know that the many things we commonly chase on earth really don’t matter. We usually leave out the most important things in life and pursue the “perishable” and those that don`t matter. When we are facing death  what really counts is how we have lived our lives, whether God approves of them or not and how we have treated our loved ones and those we don`t know.

Divine Encounter

According to Romans 1:20, God`s invisible qualities have been clearly seen and are understood from what has been made so that we are without excuse.

Despite the above fact, many choose not to believe in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Many skeptics will do whatever it takes to deny the existence of God and many go a long way to ridicule believers.

I hope this post will touch people`s lives and bring many to salvation. Share freely and widely to many others. Many people have died without salvation because of the denial of the existence of God despite the present evidence. Since creation, God has provided us with too much information about Himself and even to this day, miracles are happening but people still deny the divine nature of God and the Lordship of Jesus. Jesus is divine. He died for our sins so that we receive salvation. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior and my life has been totally changed positively because of that.

My divine encounter begun as a dream and continued in the physical state when I woke up. Before I continue, I would like to let you know that I gain nothing from telling you lies. Any  skeptic who will tell you that what am writing is not true should know that I have no interest in telling you a lie. I don`t benefit anything by giving you false information.

The encounter occurred when I was 11 years old. It was a certain day in November. While I was sleeping, I dreamed that I arrived in heaven and found people worshiping God. I joined them. It was a joyous moment as we worshiped God.  Our focus was on God. I don’t remember the circumstances that immediately preceded my arrival in heaven.

My next encounter in heaven was a show.  The show was about what happened after Jesus arrived in heaven from earth after His earthly ministry.  I have no intention of casting doubt on any other person`s heavenly dream or other encounter. What I remember in the show is that Jesus was evidently filled with joy on arrival in heaven. My thoughts are that he was excited about his accomplishments on earth.  The accomplishments of salvation to human kind. I don’t remember what happened next during my stay in heaven, or if I stayed any longer in heaven. What I recall next was me awake in my bed on earth. The dream had ended.

I woke up with my head covered by a blanket, my blanket. At this moment , I was fully awake. I know when am fully awake. If I was not awake then, that would mean am dreaming right now while typing this post and it also means my entire day today I’ve been dreaming since the time I woke up in the morning. It would also mean my entire life is actually a dream.  I am emphasizing being awake to counter the skeptics who might want to say that what am going to write next was a continuation of my dream.

When I woke up,  my head was covered in my blanket. As I uncovered my head, I saw a white surface in front of me. I wondered if some one had poured a white substance on the floor a few feet away from my bed. As I opened the blanket further to gain better visibility, I realized that what I thought to be a horizontally oriented white surface was actually vertical and I was only seeing the lower portion. I then noticed that it was a white robe.  On realizing that it was a white robe in front of me, I got frightened. Because of fear , I chose to open the blanket slowly rather than suddenly throwing it away from me.  By opening slowly, I allowed my self to see small incremental portions rather than have an entire view all at once. To this day, I wonder why I did not throw off the entire blanket at  once. My usual response to my self is that I would probably be over come with fear. Whatever would happen I don`t know.

As I opened the blanket further, I clearly saw that in front of me was some one donning a white robe. The robe was very white. My estimation is that the person was not more than three meters away from me. The person had spread his ( at this moment allow me to use this pronoun to represent the person I was seeing )  hands away from his body. He stood still with both hands spread.  The robe was extending to the fore arms. I cant recall if it was reaching the wrists or the hands.  I then remembered that I had a dream about heaven before waking up.  I connected the dream to the vision. This increased fear in me. I was not prepared for what was happening. I started wondering what to do for me to get out of this situation. When I realized that in front of me was a person, I was not ready to see more. I did not open the blanket further to see the face. The person stayed there for sometime. I would cover my self and then open the blanket again. The person was still standing in front of me.

I don`t know why this happened. I have tried to recall if there was a special occasion immediately before or after the day of my vision but I do not remember one. What I remember though is that I gave my life to Christ at a young age. It was around that age that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior ( I got born again ) . I cant recall with absolute certainty that I got born again at 11 years, but if not at that age, then it was not so long before or after that.

I remember telling my immediate relatives about this encounter when every body woke up. Its my mum I told first, before telling my other relatives. Later, I told a few friends. I did not tell many people because  I thought they would not believe me. So for the most part I kept it to my self. But along the way, I discover that many people don`t believe in the existence of God. I also know that some people who initially believed choose to stop believing. There are many reasons for this, but for some , its because they suddenly start doubting the existence of God. I am not suggesting that we should only believe after having a vision. God communicates to us mainly through his word, the Bible. And as I mentioned earlier, God`s invisible qualities have been clearly seen and are understood from what has been made so that we are without excuse ( Romans 1:20 ). This has been so since the creation of the world ( Romans 1:20 ). The reason for my post is the hope that some person(s) life might be touched and changed. I hope that some one/ people reading this will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior or they will re commit their lives to Christ and the salvation He brought us. Visions are spoken about in the Bible. Joel 2: 28 says “…your young men will see visions.” Several other scriptures also talk about visions. In Acts 9:10, the Bible talks about the Lord calling Ananias in a vision. Vs 12 of the same chapter talks about Saul seeing Ananias in a vision, placing his hands on him to restore his ( Saul`s ) sight.

Do not worry about authenticating what  I have written. I have no reason to lie. I am not seeking for publicity. If I was seeking for attention , there are better avenues of me doing so than posting here.

On realizing that the person remained standing in front of me, I decided to spring out of my bed. I run to my mum shouting and waking her up. She woke up but the person in the white robe was not there any more. I then recounted what happened to her.  I think the reason for my fear was because I was not prepared for this. I am not giving an excuse for the fear, I wish I did not and I don`t think it was right for me to do so.

May God bless you all, in Jesus` name.

End approaching ?

If these are not the end times, then which ones are ?

If this is not the beginning of the end, then which one is ?

If the events happening now do not signify that the end is near, then which ones will ?

If we are not approaching the finishing line, then when will we ?

If you will not pause and reflect on how you have lived your life so far, then when will you ?

Is it likely that we are experiencing armageddon at the moment ?

If you will not give your life to Jesus Christ at the moment, then when will you ?

Divine communication through a dream

Just before waking up on one of the days last week, I had an interesting dream. Although I tried hard to figure out the explanation, I did not get to know the meaning of the dream until the following day.

Understanding dreams is complex. Many dreams go without explanations and we pass them off as one of those events that did not mean much. Whether we should attach importance to all dreams, I do not know. But what I know as a Christian is that certain dreams for sure are means through which God communicates to us. We have many Biblical examples . In Mathew 1: 20 , we are told that an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that what Mary conceived in her was from the Holy spirit and that she was to give birth to Jesus. Daniel Chapter 7 talks of Daniel having a dream.

One needs to know the context and setting to understand the meaning of dreams. In my dream, I was looking at a lady who I later learnt to have been a messenger from God. She spoke with authority which helped me to interpret the dream . Knowing the position of the person(s) one is interacting with helps with understanding the dream. She spoke as someone who knew me very well and she also spoke with full knowledge that I was responsible for fulfilling what she was about to tell me.

She instructed me with the words ” you have to take care of my son “. Thoughts quickly run into my head as I prepared a response. Which son was she talking about? She spoke as though I knew the son she was referring to. It was my responsibility to take care of her son. She was not asking me. She was telling me to take care of her son. From her point of view , I had the responsibility to do so and I did not seem to have any other choice. I quickly started to give my response but she never gave me the opportunity to do so. My response was going to be that I do not have a son. I only have daughters and I didn’t expect a surprise son because I have never been with any one else besides my wife.

The way she reacted was swift and firm. She successfully indicated to me that I had no explanation to give whatsoever. There is a Luganda ( Luganda is my vernacular language ) expression that people use when pushing back on someone trying to say something with the aim of showing them that what they are about to say does not hold any firm argument or is not worthy of mentioning. She used that expression that I find no direct translation for in English. She did not stop there. As I started to speak I began to lift my head from a recumbent position. I felt a heavy load on my neck and chest, as if some one heavy was stepping or sitting on me. I could not make any movements at all. I got scared and stopped talking. Immediately she disappeared.

I then woke up. I wondered what the dream was all about. What hurt me most was that this person neither gave me an opportunity to explain my self nor did she allow me to ask questions. It was a firm communication. I had to find out what she meant. And the way she stopped me from speaking seemed unconventional to me.

Less than 2 hrs into the day I started feeling epigastric pain. I wasn’t feeling good at all. I will not go into further details of the way I felt. I informed my wife that I was not feeling well. My entire day went on that way and I had a discussion with my wife about the need for me to make changes with what I eat. Because of my good BMI, I have not bothered so much about being extra careful with what I eat. I do not take alcohol and do not use any drugs. But still I could eat better. My wife has always told me to mind what I eat. My day was not good and I got worried about the way I was feeling. I was not feeling this way the day before.

As the day went on, I kept on wondering what the dream was all about. And it totally surprised me that this lady did not allow me to respond to her.

My wife and I were conversing early the next day as I prepared breakfast for the family. Suddenly I began thinking about the dream but my wife wasn’t aware of my thoughts. She then said ” you have to take care of your self “. I had heard this the day before only that ” my son”, was replaced with “your self”. It suddenly occurred to me that the lady in the dream was referring to me. I believe this was a messenger from God that He ( God ) had instructed to tell me to take care of my self.

As I drove to work after breakfast, I was reflecting about this. When I came back home , I told my wife about my dream.To my surprise she had no recollection at all of telling me that I had to take care of myself earlier that day. Is it likely that she was used to interpret the dream without her knowing that she was doing so. Possibly!

To summarize, I had a dream about something I was yet to experience. The dream was a firm message to me but I didn’t understand right away that it was directed to me nor did I know the meaning of the message. The setting of the dream, the presentation and tone of the messenger as well as my experience that day all played a key role in my understanding of the dream. The meaning of the dream was confirmed to me by my wife the next day even though she didn’t know that she was doing so.

Priority Disruptors

I wonder how many of you have not had priority disruptors. I imagine every one reading has been with a priority disruptor at one or more moments in their lives. Quick examples will get us going.

You are on your way to a friend’s wedding ceremony when your 68 yr old sister calls you to let you know that she has just been diagnosed with an osteosarcoma. The wedding ceremony was your top priority for the day, but the news of this bone tumor in your sister disrupts the plan.

Today you will be attending a job interview for a position as a business accountant. As you prepare to leave for the interview, a plumbing malfunction leads to a big flooding in your house. The walls and floors are made of wood and you have to act fast. Your priority for the day is the job interview but if you do not cater to the flooding a lot of money is at stake.

Your fiancee has just been involved in a road traffic accident. Your wedding is due to take place in 2 months time. You have been planning for the wedding and this was your top priority but now the priority quickly shifts to the health of your fiancee who has now been admitted to an ICU of the city’s main hospital.

You were mowing the loan when suddenly the roof top of your house is blown off by a strong wind.

I do not know what your priority disruptor was. You could share with us if you so wish. But I know our Lord God is a master comforter if we entrust our lives to him. Some of the worst things in life are certain to happen. Death is a reality that we do not give much thought as we move on in life and yet its a matter of time before we lose someone we know or someone close to us. Am not suggesting that we should be preoccupied with thoughts of losing a loved one or our selves facing death or encountering another less serious priority disruptor. But dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives keeps us safe in his dwelling in the days of trouble ( Psalm 27; 4-5 ). He will even set us high upon a rock.

I have personally witnessed how priority disruptors turned out to produce positive outcomes rather than the negative one the devil thought would result. Our strength and hope in Jesus makes the positive outcomes possible.

Jesus came to give us abundant life. John 10:10 informs us that the thief comes to steal , kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us life in its fullness. Let us abide in Him.

Introducing Pleasantwords for kids and Pleasantwords for teenagers

All of us will agree  that children these days face challenges that are unique from those faced by children 20 years ago.

Raising a child in a Christian way is more challenging these days because of many factors; television, social media , peer pressure etc. With all this happening, who would not delight in having their children read pleasant words based on the scriptures in the Bible? Pleasant for kids and Pleasant for teenagers are here for that and both will appear as separate pages on the site.