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What Will Deny You Heaven? A Personal Encounter with the Lord on Tithing

Feb 20, 2013

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About the author

Matilda Musah is currently a Principal Nursing Officer at Essem Government Hospital in the Western Region of Ghana. She is currently 50 years with three daughters. This encounter occurred while she was living in Anaji (Takoradi) working at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital (Maternity Unit) and on part time with the UQ hospital. She is also an elder at the Latter Rain Family Chapel International, Brigade Branch, Anaji.

Introduction

Indeed “… all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our inequities, like the wind, have taken us away” Isaiah 64: 6. Before this encounter I thought I had everything right and I was going to make it to heaven when I die. Now I see things from a different perspective. The little things we ignore and take for granted are the very things that may deny us of heaven if we do not repent. The underlying lesson is whatever we do let us do it as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). I have come to know that this Christian call is a call to faithfulness in whatever we do. Our Lord is watching and will reward only those who have been faithful. That is why the scripture says “…it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (see also Matthew 25:21). I pray that this encounter you are about reading will strengthen you to remain faithful until our Lord Jesus comes for us. For we know not the hour He will appear and blessed is that servant whom when the Lord returns shall find doing what he/she is supposed to be doing.

How it all Started

The date was 17th of February 2012; I was coming from Kumasi (a city in Ghana) and decided to visit my daughter who was working at KKTV. On the way I became half conscious and was rescued by a stranger who noticed I was going off and help me lie down on a nearby bench for a while. She arranged for a taxi to pick me up to hospital but I refused. It however took me about two hours later to recover fully and find my way to my daughter’s school. When I arrived she realized I was not too well and offered to accompany me home but I told her I would be fine. She escorted me to the station and I boarded a car home to Takoradi (About 4 hours Journey).

When I got home I felt it was malaria and started treatment which I completed on Monday the 20th but still wasn’t feeling alright. I checked my blood pressure (BP) and realized it was abnormally high. The initial impression I had was maybe my machine was not working properly so I went to the hospital (UQ, hospital) where I was doing part time and met one of my doctor friends. I asked him to cross check my BP. Surprisingly the results were the same. Immediately he arranged for me to be admitted and started giving me some treatments. He gave me drip and anti hypertensive drugs and also took blood samples for laboratory test. When the drip finished, he asked me to go home and rest. Just at that moment a patient came and since I was on duty that night I decided to attend to the patient before leaving for home.

I got home around 8:30pm feeling very hungry so I asked my daughter to get me something to eat. I sat in the sofa in the hall and I remember very well she served me with rice and stew. Also sitting in the sofa at the far end was my elder sister who was physically challenged due to an accident (she couldn’t move on her own). For what happened next, all I remembered was I took about two scoops  of the rice and that was it.

The Encounter

The next thing I saw was myself walking on a very narrow long path not knowing where I was going and seeing nothing. Everything was so quiet around me.  I couldn’t remember anything at that moment, not family, friends, nothing, neither did I meet anybody. How true is that scripture “As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand” Ecclesiastes 5:15 (see also 1 Timothy 6:7).

I had been walking for a while when I suddenly heard a voice from ahead which said Stop!! You can’t come any further to where we are. Then all of a sudden I saw flashes of light coming towards me until the light was so strong. My eyes couldn’t contain it and I couldn’t stand on my feet any longer. So I fell flat on my face and closed my eyes as tightly as I can but I could still see the light. Then I saw two figures. I could only see from their knees downwards and nothing else. The only description I can give is the One on the right was smallish compared to the One on the left.

Then I asked why can’t I come any further? The One on the right answered me “it is because you were not faithful with your tight. It was then I realized that this was the Lord speaking and He was with the Father. To me that was not true, so I answered but Lord every month I pay a tenth of my salary and at times even more than that. The Lord answered ‘I know but what about the gifts that you receive?’ I realized at that moment that I have truly been unfaithful in that area. I was so convicted that I started pleading for mercy. Do you remember what the book of Malachi 3:8 says about robbing the Lord in our tithes and offering? If you do this you have become a thief and there is no place for you in the kingdom.

Then He went on and said “that is why my word says many are called but few are chosen and you are not among the chosen”. At this point I started crying and pleading for a second chance. They told me you have been given all the chances and now it is time. I continued to cry profusely until I felt my dress was soaked with tears as if water has been poured on me.

Then they asked me to get up so that they would show me where I really belonged, but I refused to get up and rather intensified my crying but this didn’t move them. Whilst lying there I was also being shown a video of my life. They were showing things that I have done until the very last moment. Indeed “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light” Luke 8:17. As they were insisting for me to get up, I held their legs, my right hand was holding on to the Almighty and my left hand to the Lord. Then I continued to plead and to say ‘please give me a second chance to go back’. I went on and promised I will warn my colleagues that heaven and hell are real. But my persuasion seemed not to be working.

Then there was a long silence and I felt the Lord was pleading on my behalf to the Father. After that the Lord held me up. My eyes were still tightly closed and I was backing them. Then he told me that they are giving me a second chance and that I was to warn my colleagues. He also added that fornication will also prevent many from making it to heaven. “…Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God”1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (see also Galatians 5:19-21).

Then I opened my eyes and realized I was in the hospital (I knew I had left that place). Not long I saw the orderly sweeping and I asked him when I came back to the hospital. He told me not less than 30 minutes after I had left I was rushed back. It was now 4:30 am on Tuesday. It was obvious this encounter had lasted the whole night.

I had to spend four more days in the hospital before being released. All that time I couldn’t share my experience, I was still pondering over the whole thing. The nurses latter told me they were actually hearing my cries but they had no idea what was going on. My children also thought I was dead when they rushed me to the hospital. The doctors have also confirmed that this was rare case and that I shouldn’t have survived. They even declared me hypertensive but to the glory of God, I have ever since, not had such an encounter nor taken a hypertensive medication. This is just the hand of the Lord at work.

Conclusion

This was my encounter with the Lord and it has been with me since then. I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me another chance. My life has never been the same since this encounter. Now, I see things around me from a different perspective. I only pray for grace to finish what I have to finish and to receive the crown that has been set aside for me. For me this is a great gift from the Lord. He saved me from sin and death and has delivered me from the paws of hell.

As I have promised Him, am doing my best to reach as many as possible with the message I have been given. Lives are being transformed and I pray who ever reads’ this will not take it for granted for the time is very short. You may not have the opportunity to get a second because the time is limited. Mine may be tithe but I don’t know what yours may be. But its time you check your life and strengthen those things that are week. If you are being unfaithful in any Christian commitment, this is the time to put things in order. Pursue faithfulness with all your heart and flee fornication and every immorality.

The Lord says “    

 12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Revelation 22

 

 

Transcribed by: Philip Jayson-Quashigah