I signed up for a webinar last month that I almost forgot to attend. It hadn’t been my first choice for a Friday evening in January. I wanted to be at what I was certain would be a more exciting event in Nashville that weekend. But as I began searching out the costs for plane flights and hotel rooms, I had the distinct thought, “Not yet.”
So I put Nashville out of my mind, put the webinar on my calendar and hoped I wouldn’t forget about it.
It was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. At 8 p.m. I was about to head out to the store when the Holy Spirit made sure I noticed my calendar. He redirected me to my computer screen and the wait for the webinar to go live.
Jesse Birkey – a paramedic from Tampa, Florida was hosting the webinar, which was titled a “Virtual Interactive Ministry”. He had four other panelists participating and registrants could chat with the panel and each other in a text box on the side of the screen.
Now, here is a little information about a couple of the panelists. I was already familiar with Jesse, having purchased his book, Life Resurrected. That one begins with a story of God raising someone from the dead on one of Jesse’s emergency runs. I learned later that another panelist, Tony Myers had been an atheist who would beat up people who tried to talk to him about Jesus. Until he developed Lou Gherig’s disease – and he was dying – and God healed him.
I thought, ‘This could get interesting.’
I had no idea.
The first thing that happened was – nothing.
At 9 o’clock there was no video, nothing live-streaming. Just a black screen that promised, “Your live event will begin shortly.”
Only it didn’t.
Registrants were texting away in chat:
Do you see anything?
I don’t have anything on my screen.
Neither do I.
And then the black screen disappeared, leaving an empty white space that said – nothing.
People began praying against enemy interference. In the meantime, I began to feel something happening. It was a cramping in my abdomen that wouldn’t go away. In fact, it began to intensify. But I decided I’d been sitting there for 45-minutes waiting for something to happen and I was not going to miss whatever it was, even if it meant that my laptop and I had to head for the bathroom. Which is exactly where I was running to just as the live video stream finally kicked in.
Now you’ll have to forgive me for getting a little personal here, but this is an important part of the story. I was experiencing heavy intestinal cramping just as a panelist named Caleb Hyers began to lead the participants in worship saying, “We’re just going to allow Him to do what He wants to do in our hearts tonight.”
Caleb continued, “Thank you Father God that You love us and You are for us…” As he encouraged us to worship the Lord, I worked to turn my attention away from pleading with God for help, to just praising Him.
Caleb prayed, “Lord gives us ears to hear, eyes to see what You are doing Father God,” and then he began to sing, “I want to hear You. I want to hear Your voice God.”
I was rocking back and forth holding onto my tummy, and at that same time, God was giving Caleb a vision. He saw the biblical account of Jesus cleansing the temple.
Only the temple was each one of us.
Overcome with emotion, Caleb described what he had seen. “Each person here was like a temple - like a brick and mortar temple,” he said.
He explained that he saw each of our names on the sides of these temples. Then he took his fist as if he was knocking something down and said, “And Jesus was just going in and knocking out sickness, knocking out hopelessness. Like when He was flipping over the tables – He’s just flipping it. And it’s like He’s saying, “’Not in My house!’” He’s just ready to take you wherever you are, just kick out every intruder.”
Was He ever!
A little bit later Caleb began recalling the verse that tells us we are already seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.
“Know where you are seated!” he exclaimed.
‘Are you kidding me?’ I thought.
God was certainly cleansing me of something. But almost as soon as Caleb finished sharing his vision, my “cleansing” also seemed to be over.
Then Jesse began to share that he saw Jesus doing something with skin. He asked the panelists to pray about skin issues.
I texted a prayer request for someone I know and as the panelists and the participants prayed, Jesse said, The next time you wash yourself with water you are going to be healed of that skin condition.
IT WILL GO – IT IS FINISHED AND IT WILL HAPPEN!
The webinar went on and between the panelists and participants, we prayed for one another, with many receiving prophetic words for those who had registered, their spouses, friends and people who had participated in the last webinar they’d had. It was exhilarating to behold.
Then Jesse asked the panelists to share if the Lord was giving them the name of a song for someone. He asked them to share the song and share the name of the person the Lord was giving the song to.
And that’s when Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the One Who sits enthroned so high above the highest heaven no space craft could ever reach Him – My Lord and My God spoke my name.
“For Regina Steiger, God is Love by Jonathan Helser,” Tony Myers said suddenly.
My husband was sitting in another room and heard him.
“Did he just say your name?” he asked – astonished.
Not only had God spoken through a man who didn’t know me from Eve, to call me by my name and give me a song, He had done the same through another webinar participant who had typed in a text I hadn’t even seen yet:
“For Regina, Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin.”
To say I was thrilled doesn’t begin to cover it. (It took me until the wee hours of the morning to even get to sleep that night).
I listened to the rest of the webinar, but I couldn’t wait to look up those songs, and when I read their lyrics I was blown away that the God of the entire universe would speak so directly to the thoughts of my heart just as I shared with you last week in Psalm 139:
You have searched me, Lord,
and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:1-4)
If you have not been hearing God this way, I urge you to ask Him. You can say, “Lord, please, I want to hear you. Please open my ears to hear and my eyes to see and please God, help me to recognize that it’s You.”
Because our very creative God has more ways than we might imagine to communicate with us. Sometimes it’s through His written word. Sometimes through a billboard, a magazine, the words out of someone else’s mouth – or even our own!
And sometimes He speaks through someone who doesn’t even know us and calls us by our names.
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