Once we have a real encounter with God, it transforms us for the rest of our life. We literally become different people. In this real life story you can read how I encountered God in a very dramatic way. I will also explain you how you can have an encounter with God. So stay tuned and read the whole testimony…
As a child I used to have a real heart for God. When I was five year old, I told my mom: ‘You need to read the Bible more often.’ She often found me on my knees, praying – all alone. When I was nine years old, I had made up my mind: I wanted to become a missionary and tell people about God! When I grew up however, many hard and painful things happened to me and my family, causing me to become bitter. I started rebelling against God and pushed Him out of my life. I began using drugs and alcohol and got addicted to pornography. Because the world was tough, I decided to become tougher so I started practicing kickboxing and karate. Nobody would mess with me! I would be tougher than the rest…
A few years after I turned my back on God, I took an overdose of drugs and ended up in hospital. Instead of helping me deal with the overdose, the male nurse locked me up in an isolation cell. It was extremely horrible… I felt as if I was suddenly part of a psycho horror movie…. but this time it was for real!
The next day I was taken home by my mom, and I decided to forget this whole experience and go back to my drug lifestyle. Except I would never take LSD anymore. I would stick to marihuana. That next night however something happened that transformed my entire life. In the middle of the night I had a flash back of the hard drugs, and I was overwhelmed with intense fear. In panic, I woke up my mom. She looked at me and said firmly:
Although I had been pushing God out of my life for years, the moment she said these words, it was as if lightning struck me. Everything inside of me knew she was right. I needed God. Badly! That night a pastor came to our home, at two o clock in the morning, and I kneeled with him, to give my life back to God.
A few months later I had an incredible experience with God. I was listening to christian music and suddenly I became aware of the tender purity I heard in the voices of the singers. These weren’t people who tried to be cool, tough or sexy. They were themselves: pure, innocent, real. At that moment it dawned on me that I had become too tough. I had built a thick wall around myself, to protect me from the evil world. But this had become a false identity. I was imprisoned in a harnas of false strength.
I kneeled down and asked God to set me free from my hardness and make me pure and tender as a child again. That very moment I encountered God in a way I can’t really describe. I felt God come over me, with a majesty that is too incredible for words. His glory and eternal greatness seemed litteraly endless… It was as if I saw the universe itself and God who was even greater.
I wept in a way I had never done before and was filled with a love I had never known. I believe that was the moment I became born again – truly born again from the Spirit of God. God showed his indescribable majesty and greatness to me, and at the same time embraced me in his arms of amazing love. My harness fell off of me, and I became myself again: a child of God.
From that day on, I knew that God is real – very real. It became my burning desire to show the world that God is not an illusion, but the most beautiful reality there is.
A few months later, I was reading the Bible and had finished praying, while suddenly I heard the voice of God, really loud. In His voice I heard both great authority, power, joy and peace.
I was horrified. The only thing I knew about prophets, was what I had heard in sundayschool: prophets were weird, dressed in animal skins and always shouting about coming destruction. No, I did not want to be a prophet, so I pushed it away. I convinced myself I never heard these words. A few years later my pastor shocked me, when he suddenly said: ‘David, I believe you are a true prophet in our church.’ I had no clue! He said this three times. Other leaders began to say the same thing to me…
It sometimes even happened that I could not speak at all, and when I wanted to buy coffee, I ended up buying milk, because I could not say the word ‘coffee’. This became a painful frustration for me, because I wanted to serve the Lord and tell people about him! One day I tried to give a testimony in church, and afterwards a lady came to my mother, saying: ‘Can you please make sure David never does this again? I could not understand one word he said.’
Later, I met a christian friend, at university, who told me that he also used to stammer really bad. ‘But the Holy Spirit has healed me’ he added excited.
I started studying this for several months and prayed intensely about it. My friend had given me the address of a couple who could help me, so I visited them often, while they explained to me from the Bible who the Holy Spirit is and why He is so important for christians. I also read a book by Benny Hinn, who used to stammer as a little boy, and who is a famous healing evangelist now. That fascinated me.
After months of studying the Bible and praying, I decided that I wanted to be baptized in the Spirit of God, and allowed the couple to pray for me. When they sarted praying I immediately began to shake all over my body. I found it scary, but trusted my Lord, Jesus Christ. The Bible says that when we ask the Father for the Holy Spirit, He will not give us a demon.
I was however afraid to surrender completely to the Holy Spirit, so I kept controlling myself. Suddenly the lady prophecied over me. The Lord said, through her voice:
This was a bible verse that I had been reading often that week, plus I had been very fascinated by the name, THE LORD OF HOSTS. Only God knew this! That second I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it was God indeed, and I was safe to let go of all my control and surrender to the Holy Spirit.
The next moment a river of supernatural words flowed out of my mouth. I was praying in tongues! I was overwhelmed with the presence of God, and felt a power rushing through me, that was incredible.
Then I saw the Lord Jesus Christ… He was walking towards me and spoke to me. What He said was an important personal message for me.
After this encounter with God I felt an even stronger fire burn inside of me, to share the love of God with people. I became very active in evangelism amongst students and helped lead citywide crusades. Some years later I began to receive invitations to speak in churches, and when I stood there, I trembled with fear, thinking: ‘I can’t speak! I stammer! Lord, help…’
But the moment I had to speak, I felt His presence come over me and His words just flowed out of my mouth like a supernatural river of life, healing, deliverance and love.
For the last ten years, my stammer has been gone. Ministering under His wonderful presence has healed the trauma that caused my handicap, and now I can speak fluently. I am however still very dependant on Him, and never prepare a sermon. I surrender and let Him do the talking.
For the last 25 years I have been serving Him with all my heart. I long to see you and many others discover Him as well. He is so beautiful, so precious, so kind and so amazing.
I once was lost in sin and darkness, rebellion and hatred. But He loved me, even before I truly knew Him. He knew my heart, He knew my deepest hidden cry for Him, although I had pushed it away, deep inside. He knew me, before I knew myself and He brought me back to Him.
I hope GOD IS REAL will be a tool in the hands of Jesus Christ to bring His rivers of love and goodness in your life and the lives of millions of others. It is my desire that you will also have a personal encounter with God, that will set your heart on fire.
I would like to help you encounter God as well. The best way for me to help you with this, is by sending you regular messages from the heart of God. Messages that He has given to me, to touch you with His heart of love and help you get closer to Him than you have ever been. I invite you warmly to sign up for GOD IS REAL. It’s free and it will help you tremendously to experience God for yourself and encounter Him in a life changing way!
One of the things I do now to help you discover the glory of God, is design christian wall decor. Before my encounter with God I wanted to use my creative gift to become rich and famous. Now I use my God-given talens to show His love, His beauty and His goodness to people. Because sometimes one image can say more than a thousand words.
He loves us so passionately, that He became a man to die for us, so we could become His children, who are forgiven and forever loved by Him.
David Sorensen had a dramatic encounter with God, which completely transformed his life. He decided to spend the rest of his life showing others show real God is and how much he loves us. David's desire is that people would learn how to experience God as the most beautiful reality there is.
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