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When Storms Come!

Going into Poland 1981-84

AS CLEAR AS CAN BE, JESUS SAID TO ME, I WANT YOU TO LAY DOWN, PUT YOUR FACE TO THE FLOOR AND YOUR LIPS TO THE FLOOR, FLAT OUT, AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!I THOUGHT, LORD, WHAT WILL THEY THINK? OF ME LAYING DOWN FLAT ON THE FLOOR, ALL THESE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, AND THE LORD SAID, IT MATTERS WHAT I THINK! AND I SAID, OK LORD.

I LAID THE CROSS DOWN, THE BACKPACK BESIDE IT, AND I STARTED LAYING DOWN, PEOPLE STEPPED BACK, AND I LAID FLAT DOWN ON THE FLOOR. MY NOSE TO THE FLOOR. MY LIPS AGAINST THE CONCRETE. I KNEW IT WAS DIRTY. I LAID THERE FOR A MOMENT PRAYING, JUST SAYING JESUS, JESUS, JESUS. AS I WAS PRAYING HE SUDDENLY SPOKE TO ME AND SAID, I WANT YOU TO START ON MONDAY, 10 OCLOCK IN THE MORNING IN FRONT OF THE CATHEDRAL IN DOWNTOWN WARSAW. AND I SAID, YES! OK! SO IS IT OK FOR ME TO GO DOWNTOWN NOW? BECAUSE I THINK IT WAS A FRIDAY. HE SAID, YES, GO DOWNTOWN, BUT DONT CARRY THE CROSS UNTIL MONDAY MORNING, AND THEN I WANT YOU TO WALK TO CZESTOCHOWA!

AT THAT TIME, POLAND WAS UNDER MARSHALL LAW, THE POLICE AND MILITARY WERE IN CONTROL, COMMUNISM. MONDAY MORNING I START OUT FROM THERE AND WALK PROBABLY 100 YARDS, 100 STEPS OR SO, AND I’M ARRESTED AND THROWN IN JAIL. THEY THREW THE CROSS IN THE BUSHES. BUT THEN THEY LET ME OUT. PRAISE THE LORD!

FOR ME, FACING BIG DECISIONS, I LAY DOWN ON THE FLOOR, AND PRAY. TO WORSHIP IN THE OLD TESTAMENT MEANS TO BE PROSTRATE BEFORE THE LORD, MEANS TO BE FLAT OUT. THEY MAKE IT MODERN WHERE YOU CURTSY TO THE QUEEN, BUT IN THE OLDEN DAYS, YOU LAID DOWN BEFORE THE KING!

WHEN WE GO TO CHURCH AND HERE THEM SAY, LET’S HAVE WORSHIP SERVICE, I EXPECT THEM TO GET ON THE FLOOR ONCE IN A WHILE

IT ALSO MEANS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, TO LICK LIKE A DOG. TO WORSHIP LIKE A DOG DOES HIS MASTER.

IN TIMES OF STORMS, WE TRUST THE LORD. WE BOW BEFORE HIM, AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND SOME OF THESE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO ARE TOUGH AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION.

WE TRUST IN JESUS AND THE WORD OF GOD BUT THEN WE MUST TRUST THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE US! THE WRITTEN BIBLE DOESN’T TELL ME TO CARRY A PHYSICAL CROSS. I HAD TO DISCERN THAT THIS WAS HIM SPEAKING AND NOT SOMEBODY ELSE INFLUENCING ME OR ME COMING UP WITH SOMETHING MYSELF!

WHEN YOU LIVE SENSITIVE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU GAIN IN SENSITIVITY. YOU BEGIN TO KNOW BETTER BY YOUR MISTAKES HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF JESUS AND HOW HIS VOICE IS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER VOICE THAT SPEAKS.

YOU HAVE A GUIDE, YOU HAVE SOMEONE WITH YOU, AND THAT IS JESUS! IN ALL YOUR WAYS, ACKNOWLEDGE HIM! AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS!

WHEN I’VE BEEN FACED WITH GUNMEN WITH GUNS COMING TO EXECUTE ME OR KNIVES WHERE PEOPLE HAD THE KNIFE AT MY THROAT WHILE I WAS PREACHING AND THEY CAME TO KILL ME WHAT I WOULD DO WAS SAY, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!

JUST JESUS! UNLOCKS ALL POWERS GIVEN UNDER HEAVEN AND EARTH!

JESUS HOLDS ON TO US. JESUS DOESN’T HAVE TO SHOW UP. HE’S UP!

YOU SHINE JESUS! HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! HOW CAN YOU DESPAIR WHEN THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD LIGHTS YOUR HEART? AND YOU’RE FREE! AND YOU’RE BLESSED!

THE LORD HAD NOT TOLD ME ANYTHING EXCEPT TO GO. I DID NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE I WAS TO GO. I SAID LORD, I CAN GET A MAP. HE SAID, GET A MAP, BUT KEEP IT IN YOUR POCKET, I DON’T WANT YOU LOOKING AT IT, YOU TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME!

PILGRIM FOLLOWERS OF JESUS,

ARTHUR AND DENISE BLESSITT, LUKE 18:1

Comments (4)

  1. Thank you!

  2. Incredible story. Well don’t devoted servant of the Lord.

  3. Thank you for an incredibly testimony!

  4. I was first made aware of your epic joutrny several years ago. It inspired me greatly and this Easter myself and a friend will be lifting a cross to the top of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ireland.
    Had I not known of your journey, it may never have crossed my mind to this.
    If I had never encountered Him I would be lost.
    Thank you for inspiring me.

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