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Topic: JOY (12/07/17)
TITLE: Fruit of Holy Spirit
By Robert Rutaagi
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If God is Omnipotent, why doesnt He kill Satan? Why doesnt He completely abolish sin and forgive sinners? If God is Omniscient, why doesnt He prevent every action of the Devil and his victims? If God is Omnipresent, why cant He ensure order everywhere? These and more questions dominated most of my life for 53 years.
My life was dominated by fear, anxiety, doubt, restlessness, competitive and blind ambitions and a void heart. I went through the school system almost effortlessly up to PhD level. When I graduated and joined the profession in the corporate world, I rose rapidly in ranks up to CEO level in various prestigious organisations. My salary and executive perks were good to pay any life style I desired.
But I was never happy. Since no material things could not give me happiness, I resorted to spiritual supplements beyond Christianity of which I was long disillusioned. I read the Qoran from cover to cover and found no fulfillment. I read Budha and Hindu literature especially Ajuna and the Gita and practiced transcendental meditation to the highest degree until I could levitate [fly] in air [at micro height and distance]. When I first heard of the promise of flying TM could offer, I thought of the possibility of avoiding air travel and competing with birds. What an illusion and disillusionment!
When TM let me down, I turned to scientology and later American eckanker that worshiped light. I would wake up early, go to hill tops to meditated seeing the rising sun and return in the evening to meditate as the sun set. At night I would spent hours meditating to the moon.
The more I sought after material pleasures and non-traditional spiritual supplements in quest for enlightenment and fulfillment, the more the void in me intensified and aggravated my predicament alluded to above.
I saw my breaking point approaching nearer. I prayerfully cried to God to help me even though I doubted His non-scientific policies which not prove His existence.
On Tuesday, the 6th of July 1999, at 6:43pm, something extraordinary happened to me. I was working late in my office. Suddenly, a strong light filled the office.
There is fire, run out for your life!, a strange voice commended. Before I could do anything, a powerful and blissful feeling slithered through me from my cranium to the toes.
You are now burning. The fire from the walls and floor has now reached you! the same voice pounded me, advising me to run out and raise alarm.
As I was about to storm out, another much clearer and gentler voice spoke to me, saying:
I am God, your Creator. How long will struggle? How long will you doubt my exisitenceI now give you my Salvation
I will spare the reader, all the details of the fire and the conversation. Instantly and supernaturally, that day and hour became my turning point. It was as if I had been carrying a heavy load for 53 years which had been burnt away by the fire I saw upon the command of a voice I heard. From my cranium to the toes, inside out, was all joy, joy, joy, tranquility and peace transcending all understanding. I remained in that state full of ineffable bliss for four weeks.
I was totally transformed. Every thought was good. Whatever I saw was nice. Whatever I heard was melodious. For the first time I heard birds singing sweet songs. After four weeks the experience started waning until it vanished but salvation remained and consolidated by fellowships, witnessing and studying Gods word until today. All my void, fears, anxiety, doubt and blind ambitions vanished and was replaced with peace that transcends all understanding. Although challenges of life have not gone away, salvation, under the Holy Spirit, gives me the gifts, the fruit and hope of eternal life.
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