A conversation on a group I belong to led to this some weeks ago and it just became strongly impressed in my Spirit to share my response here today.
Now, the idea is not to fall to prove a point but truth is this, when you stand “face to face” with deity, your knees will buckle. All your entire being wants to do at such moments is lay prostrate before the monarch of the universe. It is not what one conjures up or comes up with. You don’t plan to force a fall else hospitals will have lots of patients when church is over. Many times I’ve been in amazement at how it is that if I fall down while walking or by accident the way the power of God knocks me over, it will be with bruises, injuries and body pains. I have never ever in my 16years of encountering the tangibility of the presence of God had any single pain or an injury. In fact I don’t feel the floor. If you get injured, dear child of God you might just be falling down on your own and you must never force it . It is not a thing of the senses. It has a lot to do with your spirit having an active encounter with the manifested presence of God.
See Ezekiel’s encounter below:
“Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.”
I understand that there have been scenarios where it seems the fall is from a push. I have been in a place where a particular sister who ministered to me pushed my head backwards until my back ached, my neck hurt and all I had to do was quietly fall down so I could get over the pain and guess what, when you fell, you were considered possessed and taken to a sperate section for special deliverance. Now, I do not say this to spite that place of worship. It was a foundation I’m still grateful to God for in my early walk with God and that was how much they knew at the time.
After that experience I had, I was so uninterested in that “falling down thing”. At some point I felt some others were psyched up to just fall.
Shortly after that encounter,I began to experience something peculiar. I would suddenly feel a presence around me that was quite new to me in my private prayer times. Back then, the church doors were always open so I would go there spend time to pray and just read my bible. I usually did this quietly and not screaming my prayers and suddenly, I would sense this aura that overwhelmed me and my knees would give way. There was no Pastor with me, no choir singing, no keyboard strings, no drums, just me in my little corner in that empty church building…well, not so empty church building because God actually showed up. Since I didn’t fully understand at the time, I would usually kneel or sit on the floor. The “sensation” would be so strong and all I would do is cry. It was not a cry of pain or sadness rather, it was always such a beautiful experience.
Understanding began to dawn on me at my first camp meeting in Christ Embassy with Pastor Chris in 2001. There, I witnessed such a glorious move of God’s Spirit. I realised this was not strange at all and several people around me were experiencing the same without anyone even laying a finger on them. No one was pushing anyone. You can imagine how blown away I was when I returned from that camp meeting, prayed for my mum during one of our morning devotions and she went down flat, praying in tongues!
Settle it in your heart that the major is not on falling but trust me, there are those moments when you encounter the power of God and you can not stand. At that time, it is beyond you or what you want to do.
It doesn’t mean you are possessed. Of course there are times where that is the reaction of demons to the power of God but most of the time this happens in your closet, in a service, it is you yielding to the manifested presence of God.
“So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
2 Chronicles 5:14
Many times, that knock out is God doing a work in your spirit, altering things and taking you through a rework that you might not even know is necessary or preparing you for a work ahead. Remember Adam; when God needed to form a woman out of him, he put him to sleep. In a sense, he knocked him out to have full course in that vital process.
Saul also had that encounter that knocked him out and altered the cause of his life forever.
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”
Today, it’s my prayer that our hearts grow tender daily till we reach the place where our hearts ,our bodies and our lives just want to lie flat and prostrate before a God whose majesty is beyond compare.
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.”
Revelation 1:17 NIV
(You can read the preceding verses to get a full picture of what beholding Jesus was like for the Apostle John.)