Suddenly I became aware I was high above the earth. The houses down below were about an inch tall. Fear shot through me and I cried out, I m going to fall! That fear was as real to me as life itself! I dont know how I got up there but when I became afraid, I heard a Voice reasoning with me, If I can put you up here, cant I keep you here?
Of course, I thought, how silly of me, and the fear melted away. I knew I was safe in the power of the Holy Spirit.
With that Spirit beside me, I began moving across the earthnot as one walking, but seemingly I was transported by thought, for suddenly I was in a quaint village with architecture reminding me of places in Europe Id only seen in books. I wasnt told where we were, that wasnt important. The Spirit just wanted me to watch. I looked down the street and at the far end a beggar walked up to one of the houses and knocked on the door. He was the poor of the earth. I couldnt hear the conversation, but it was apparent that a haughty lady answered the knock, and turned him away. My heart went out to him. He then started walking toward us.
The Spirit said, Janice, I have sent you here on earth to minister to the poor and humble of My people. Leave the stiff-necked and haughty alone.
After these words I was standing overlooking a large field. Many people poking fun at me, mocking and jeering because of my religious convictions. The Spirit told me that these people had listened to the gossiping tongue and passed it on.
Something happened to silence them. I didnt know what. The two who had started the gossip, my mother and mother-in-law, repented, and came to unite with me.
It was revealed that the time would come when all the ridicule would ease, but those who would not repent of their gossip would be judged by their works. Those folks who had not started the gossip, but only passed it on, felt they had no guilt, and didnt see any need to repent. They considered their gossip a small thing. I was shown that some of them would go through trials that would cause them to lose their lives (physical and /or spiritual? Who knows but God?) because of this sin.
At the end of the experience I saw triumph. The mocking stopped and I rejoiced as myself and the two repentant mothers walked arm in arm singing, Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. I knew we would overcome and would have the right to sit with Him in His throne. I wasnt aware of how long I was gone or when I returned. I was just suddenly back.
Don't Follow The Leader
There is a camp song which goes, Thats the way it is with Gods love, once youve experienced it, you want to PASS IT ON. But too many times what we pass on is not Gods love, it is just plain gossip. Gossip is a serious sin, one of the seven, God hates.1
A friend told me of an experience she had in her struggling to reach up higher spiritually. She and her husband had been invited to a friends house for dinner. She thought it was just the two couples but found others arriving when they did. After dinner they started playing a lighthearted game and one of the young men said, This is boring. Lets talk about people. To her amazement, this is just what every one did. They followed the leader. This kind of conversation can lead to trouble unless it is tempered with a great deal of charity.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh... And again I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 2
1. See Seven things God hates in Pro. 6:16
2. (KJ- Matt. 12:34, 36-37) (HSIV- Matt. 12:29, 31-32)