Originally Posted by Sufjon
Hello Everyone: I was hoping to start a thread wherein participants can share accounts of their own direct experiences with God. What were the circumstances? How would you describe it? Was it manifest in a mundane everyday event that was somehow attended by a deeper awareness or presence, or was it something totally out of the ordinary that caught your attention? Or was it something altogether beyond what you could describe, or an intimation? Maybe it's something you experience every day. How does that happen with you personally?
All are welcome to share.
I've had a number of experiences which cover a range from God or an angel, deceased people, and demonic.
God or an angel -
"Double Whammies" three times, like a breath going through you in waves from head to foot and which highlighted a specific phrase or sentence that was being said at the time by another (pastor twice, Bible study leader once).
Voices which three times cut directly across my own thoughts, clearly came from outside, and which addressed quite specifically the issue I was thinking about at the time.
A very unpleasant sense of burning anger, and a threat of personal physical disintegration, when I was trying to be a bit too pally in my thoughts.
There have been others. In mass or church, I often get a sort of tingle which starts in the head and moves down towards my feet, but I don't take much notice these days as I'm wary of the source. It could be good or evil. It doesn't seem to happen anywhere else, unless I'm thinking about spiritual things.
My father turned up in my room the night he died, started with an apology, we argued and conversed, and at the end he disappeared with one almighty terrifying scream.
A handful of visions of my old Protestant pastor, in which he's turned up to say something specific eg. "The Catholic Church is closest
to the truth", and other things.
A sort of encounter with a ghost of suicide at Ipswich when I was doing a cleaning job, in line with a prophecy / prediction the above pastor made years before. With hindsight, I think I may have seen this ghost once before when I was quite young, when we were driving home via Ipswich after camping at Legume just over the NSW border. I still remember seeing this bloke standing on the footpath with a briefcase looking pretty frustrated. I looked at him, and he looked at me. As we went past, I looked back, and as I did so, he walked "through" the door, which was shut. Maybe it was a sign about the future event later predicted by the pastor. It gave me the heebie geebies at the time, and I wondered if there was something wrong with my mind.
A strong sense of peace when some people die, especially if they've been Christian. The strongest and longest lasting was when my old pastor died. It went on for a good half an hour. It was about 3am and that's when he died.
A few other things in this line as well.
Heavy gripping pressures at night, like a truck sitting on you.
Dreams suddenly become nightmares, and then waking up, to have this sense of a sinister presence in the room. The light usually changes to a darker hue, despite street lights outside.
"Tingles" used when I was a fairly new Christian, which sought to push me into a deception. The same deception nearly brought Creation Science (Now "Answers in Genesis") to its knees in its early days when one significant member thought he was one of the "Two Witnesses" of Revelation (Chapter 11 - it must have been the demonic fad at the time, because when I went to one counsellor, he commented, "You're about the fifth "witness" I've seen in two weeks! I'm beginning to wonder what's going on!").
One occasion when an ugly character turned up in a brief vision, and said in an unpleasant voice, "I've been given permission to wreck your career". About a month later I lost the job I had at the time, the only "career" position I've had to date.
Sinister apparitions in windows and mirrors from time to time.
Again there's been a few others.
So there's been a few.