From The Inside Out
by Shirley Williams
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"From The Inside Out"
(I’ve never shared the experience I’m about to share but feel it’s the right time now)
In July of 2001, I had ‘shingles,’ which showed up on my face. I had blisters on the right side of my face and around my right eye. It was very painful. As was our custom every night, my husband and I were having devotions. I started out listening to him read to me from the Bible, but in the midst of his reading, I had a most unusual experience.
While I had been listening to my husband read, at the same time, I was thanking Jesus for being in my heart. The Bible says, “The Spirit residing within us will quicken our mortal bodies.” It was in relation to this scripture that I began thinking about Jesus being in me, and me being in Him.
Silently, I thanked Him for being in me and for quickening my mortal body to become healed of the shingles. I thanked Jesus for being in my head. For being in my eyes. I thanked Him for being in my face. and for bringing healing to all these areas of my body.
When I thanked Jesus for being in my face, suddenly, I, as a spirit being, became aware of looking outside my body through my eyes. I got a first hand view and could understand better how we, as a spirit being, can live in these earthen bodies. These earthly temples.
I probably didn’t explain the experience very well so I’ll try another way. It was like I, a spirit, had on a suit, like a fire suit with the headgear and all. As a fireman, you know you wear the suit to protect the you on the inside. The suit is not you but because you’re wearing it as a protection against the elements, it becomes a part of you (spirit, soul and body). This is the way it is for each of us, as a spirit, who has a soul and who lives in a body (earth suit).
So, here I am as a spirit being, the real me, looking from the inside out at my face through eyes that weren’t physical. I still had the sensation of having headgear on. Continuing to look, I saw the bone structure of my face (from the inside) and was absolutely amazed. I have to also say that it was a little bit weird as well.
Structure: This made me think of the structure of the Church on the foundation of God’s Word. On the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone.
In silent communication with the Lord, I said, “Thank You, Jesus. You’re in my face and You’re bringing healing.” He responded, “Yes. I am here, and I’m bringing healing to you even now.” Then, I took a closer look at the network of nerves and blood vessels in my face that went out every which way like a super-highway. All these things needed the constant flow of blood to keep it cleansed and healthy. The life is in the blood.
Network: This reminded me of a network of believers knit together in love by the blood of Jesus and in the bond of peace. A network of believers that makes up the Church of Jesus Christ. A network of believers as the body of His love and empowered by Holy Spirit to fulfill its calling and destiny. To help usher in the Kingdom of God and be reapers in the latter day harvest. To become a glorious Church without spot, wrinkle or blemish that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back for.
So, this all took place while my husband continued to read scripture to me, though my attention was else-where. This happening was unlike anything I had ever been allowed to experience before. It strengthened my faith-stand on God’s Word for my healing from shingles. The true reality was, Jesus was in my head, my eyes, and my face bringing healing according to the level of my faith and according to my faith confession based on His word of promise.
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes you were (past tense) healed”
(I Peter 2:24). And I was healed. Praise God!
Plain As Day Ministries
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I have come to call experiences as you presented here as "images of Truth" and feel so blessed and honored when the Lord chooses to share moments like these with me. Thank you for your willingness to share with others as the Lord leads.