August 28, 2017
Years ago, I had an encounter that revealed the relentless power of God's love, which showed me God's love physically in action.
I was ministering at a women's conference in the south and we were nearing the end of a weekend of meetings. The message had been delivered, the alter call had been given and many women had been ministered to. God had done a great work in everyone that had come forward. There were a few women remaining at the altars still, but I was ready to end the meeting. I stood ready to bring it to a close when God stopped me. "We're not done yet," He said.
Knowing He didn't want the meeting to end, I continued to call people to come forward. I knew there was someone else the Lord wanted to minister to, but no one came forward. I then felt the Lord tug at my heart. He wanted me to sing the song Jesus Loves Me. So, I asked the pianist to play and I sang to them. And the power of God's love coated the place - it was beautiful. I would've been satisfied with that, but God knew what He was after.
Unbeknownst to me, God had been working on the heart of a woman in the back of the church all during the meeting. I didn't know it, but she'd left and come back several times. Still, she did not respond to my invitation to come for prayer. That is, not until I sang that simple song. As I finished singing, she literally RAN to the altar. Before I knew what was happening, she flew into my arms; I barely had time to catch her.
She no sooner got to me than the power of God hit her and she collapsed into my arms. We somehow got her to the floor and continued to pray for her. But here's where it gets good… As she lay in my lap, a demon spirit began to manifest in her. It was pretty up close and personal for me, so I kinda freaked a little.
My first thought was, "Somebody should do something!" Then I realized, I was the "somebody." Still fairly new in this type of ministry, I realized they were all expecting me to handle the situation. All eyes were on me - they were all watching what I would do next…gulp.
My eyes turned toward this dear woman laying unconscious in my lap and the love the Lord had for her burned in my heart. That love turned into intense anger toward the demonic spirit that tormented her. Without even realizing it, I started speaking to that demon in a voice so full of power and authority it didn't even seem like my own voice. I commanded that demon to let her go and it did. She was free!
We all began to pray for her rejoicing in everything we saw God do for her, and God filled her that day with His spirit, restoring her soul with His love. She was exhausted but delivered and we rejoiced with her.
She'd been sought out by God's love, captivated by His love, freed by His love and restored by His love.
I want you to understand something; I did not even see her in the back of the church. I didn't pursue her for Christ's sake. It was God's intense love for His daughter that kept pursuing her again and again, not wanting to close the meeting because of His love for her - His pursuit of her. It makes me cry to think of His love for her and how passionately He pursued her. She wanted so badly to leave that place, but HE kept bringing her back again and again.
I went back to that congregation a year later and met up with her again. I honestly didn't even recognize her - she was so changed by the power of God's love. She was a different person.
The woman who hugged me now was not the same person I'd met a year earlier.
Her whole family had been changed by what they'd seen God do for her, all by the power of His love.
So, why are we surprised that our love is under attack? It's the most powerful weapon we possess, and we need to fight to protect it at all cost.
When Christ told us to bless those who curse us, it was for our sake, it was to protect our hearts from cold love.
The stronger our ability to forgive and even bless those who've been a curse to us, the stronger our love will be - the greater the impact God will have through us.
When you want to hate, but love instead through God's power, you unlock the richness of heaven. You unleash God's power on yourself and those around you!
If you want revival,
if you want revolution,
if you want God….then love.
VICTORIA BOYSON is co-pastor of Faith Church Conroe and founder of Victoria Boyson Ministries and Women of Impact Ministries, a ministry dedicated to raising up an army of women who will revolutionize their world and bring in the harvest. She is a passionate speaker, operating in extraordinary authority to awaken the church to their victorious reality. She's been writing for the prophetic ministry the Elijah List since 2004 and before that has worked for Francis Frangipane ministries. Along with her husband, she's worked in pastoral ministry in the mid-west. Through revelations of the Holy Spirit and the Word, Victoria is breaking down strongholds which have kept the church from fully realizing the great commission.
Based out of the Houston, Texas area, she lives with her husband and together they have 4 grown children. Called to awaken and prepare the bride of Christ for the end-time harvest, she hopes to compel His church to embrace a passionate relationship with their heavenly Father. She is the author of REVOLUTION: The White Horse Rider, God's Magnum Opus: The Value of a Women, AWAKENING: The Deep Sleep, His Passionate Pursuit and The Birth of Your Destiny.
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