Ascension Day - Kobus Bosman Testify
Today is Ascension Day the day that millions of Christians celebrate as the day in history that Jesus Christ the Son of God was taken up into the clouds.
' While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven.'
This morning when I woke up, I was reminded about an Ascension Thursday, maybe four or even five years ago.
The Wednesday evening, I came home from work after having a terrible day at work. I was tired and despondent and after dinner went straight to my study to try and spent some quiet time with the Lord. To be honest, I was more out looking forward to picking a fight with Him. My spirit was rebelling, because I was frustrated, and it felt as if the blessing that God`s word promised wasn`t manifesting in my life.
I opened the Bible in Psalm 24 and read the following:
' The earth is the Lord 's, and the fullness of it, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the streams and the rivers. Who may ascend onto the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, Nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation (description) of those who diligently seek Him and require Him as their greatest need, Who seek Your face, even [as did] Jacob. Selah.' PSALM 24:1-6 https://www.bible.com/bible/1588/PSA.24.1-6
I became almost infuriated while reading this, I mean here I was serving God for years. I was pining for Him and His blessings – I was begging Him for a miracle in my business, but nothing happened, and I could not hear him. I couldn`t experience Him, and I felt Spiritually dead. I stood up from my desk, almost shouting. "So, God! What do you want me to do? Do you want me to wash my hands? Okay fine I will wash my hands."
I went to the bathroom and washed my hands with soap and water, returned to my desk and still feeling defeated said, "Okay Lord I washed my hands now please bless me!
I went to bed without being encouraged or being touched in any way
The previous day I told my staff that I wouldn`t be coming into work first thing in the morning, as I will be going to an Ascension Day Service at one our local Churches, before coming to work. As I left my house the next morning, I decided to go to work and not to the service as was my intention, I was too tired and to be completely honest, I thought that I was done with; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. It just didn`t feel real anymore, so why will I bother to go and celebrate something that I no longer believed.? I mean let`s get real?! Jesus died, was resurrected and then ascended to heaven in a cloud?
Driving to work occupied by my thoughts of self-pity and gloom, my wife called me to find out if I have arrived at Church yet. I told her that I decided not to go, she asked me why and I gave Her a short explanation. She said: "Kobus, Don`t let the enemy steal from you! Go to Church, trust God one more time."
I found myself turning around and headed for Church, in the parking area I sat alone for a moment and silently prayed to God and asked Him to please help me believe again.
As I entered the foyer of the Church, I saw a display that was set up for the service. The exhibition was that of a hand bowl filled with water.
The very moment I saw the container and water I felt the gentle stirring of the Holy Spirit inside of me. I carefully entered the Church and saw a few people sitting inside in complete silence. I sat down and waited for the service to begin, I quickly realized that it was a silent service. The service was set up in such a way that the people would go, one by one and on their own, to the front of the church where there were three more stations. I went o the first station that was manned by the head Minister of the Church, and there was another hand bowl filled with water. He took my hands, and without saying a word, he slowly and lovingly washed my hands…. At that moment I realized, that God, through His saint, was washing my hands.
I have since learned that God was referring to His Righteous in Psalm 24 "He who has clean hands and a pure heart" is the Righteous of God. He was saying that the Righteous may ascend to His mountain, in other words, come into His presence. Only the Righteous has this privilege to do so. The fact that God washed my hands he taught me that I could not earn my Righteousness, by the washing of my own hands, in other words, my works, my own doing and my efforts. Only He can do it.
More than that that He has already done it for me in Christ Jesus. My redemption and Righteousness is a gift of His Grace.
Through the blood of Jesus, we are now His Righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21 says:
"He made Christ who knew no sin to[judicially] be sin on our behalf so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His Gracious lovingkindness]."
Please allow me to bless you today by confirming the truth to that you are the Righteous of God through the redemption of Jesus Christ.
I pray that the Holy Spirit has touched you while reading my simple testimony, I know that He (the person of the Holy Spirit) will further comfort and encourage (2 Cor 1) you in your walk of faith.
God is faithful to His word, and nothing will separate us from the love of Christ, not trials and tribulations or distress or persecution or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword(Rom8:35), not even us ourselves, even if we sometimes become despondent and feel hopeless.
Thank you for taking the time to read my testimony and may God "wash your hands" this Ascension Day
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