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Anne Elmer was the first writer of the first book we ever published, Transported by the Lion of Judah.
God loves the supernatural because HE is supernatural and Jesus said we would do even greater works than HE did. Keep this in mind as you read this: I have asked for many kinds of angels over the years but have not seen but one or two that I FELT were angels (though I can't prove it.) There is no sin or mistaken practice to pray that angels come and help us.
The Scriptures tell us there are ministering spirits sent to minister to those who are called: Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).
My encouragement is to not major on angels but rather, major on Jesus. Anne Elmer is very balanced here, but I just felt I should insert this one caution. We each have at least ONE or more angels assigned to us. It does not matter if we see them but it's certainly ok to ask Father God for angelic help.
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of My Father in Heaven. –Matthew 18:10
We are each "children of God" so our own angels always see the face of our Father. We are constantly brought before the Father, even through our own angels who most of us have not seen.
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My Vision with Jesus:
Ask, Seek, Knock
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. –Matthew 7:7-8
It started on January 1, 2011. I was laying in bed reading a book "Dancing with Angels" by Kevin Basconi. He talked about regularly seeing the "Healing angel" enter a meeting and show him and tell him what to do and how to do it. I thought a lot about my own ministry, and I know I am not called to a healing ministry (although there will be times when I pray for healing). I "saw" someone relaxing in a chair, feeling OK with life and with their spiritual relationship with the Lord, but I also saw chains holding them down and I knew that my calling is to set people free to be who God has called them to be.
That's not a surprise because I tell people my heart is to see Believers living up to their potential because most of us don't. I know my calling is to push people who are comfortable in their faith and help them further in their spiritual walk, to show them how much more there is, and to break the chains that hold them back. So I went on to ask for a chain cutting angel to help me, and I asked the Lord to open my spiritual eyes to see him.
Then my thoughts continued to the ask, seek, knock verse in Matthew 7:7. I began to reflect on what it really means. I did not at this point get up to read the verse, but just lay in bed thinking about asking, seeking, and knocking. I recognised, that "Ask and you will receive" is not a magic formula, but is related to the seeking and knocking, and is all a part of my relationship with Jesus. Then the vision began.
The Vision of Doors and Questions for Jesus
I was in the entrance hall of a large chateau, with a feeling that I have been there before (maybe it's my mansion in Heaven). In front of me were lots of doors – two on my left, then a corridor off to the left, where I supposed there were lots more doors; then three facing me – one under the stairs which went up on the right, and double doors into the salon on the right at the bottom of the stairs.
I recognised that this was confirmation that the "Ask, seek, knock" phrases were related:
• Ask for what you want, and you'll get it... if you...
• Seek sincerely enough to find the right door which holds the answer, then...
• Knock on the door and you'll be granted entry into...
Whatever it is you asked for.
I found myself asking lots of questions...
Then I saw that I was going through the double doors into the salon in the chateau; it was beautiful and very traditional. There was a fire in the grate, arm chairs, small sofas, round tables, a huge mirror over the fireplace, and big windows looking out onto the garden. The wall with the door, which was facing the window, was nothing but bookshelves from floor to ceiling.
I sat in an armchair and Jesus sat in the other one by the fire, and I gave Him my list of questions. I also talked about things I had asked for and had not yet received, as well as lots of things I knew others had asked for and had not received.
The Lord reminded me that in the Gospels all who came to Him with sincere, seeking and believing hearts received what they asked for; but the Pharisees who asked for a sign didn't, because they had wrong motives (see Matthew 12:38-39, Matthew 16:1-4).
I believe I have a sincere and believing heart, so I returned to some of my "now" questions – things that are really pressing in my life at the moment, at least in my opinion. Jesus showed me that all the answers were in the books on the shelves. He walked me over to them and showed me high up the ladder, a whole shelf with year books.
The Year Books
We climbed the ladder together and I saw the books for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. I tried to see how many more year books there were before the end of time, but it was not clear from where I was on top of the ladder, but I knew that they were already written. Jesus lifted down the book of 2011 and laid it on a table for me to look at.
I hesitated to open it; I was suddenly not convinced that I really wanted to know the answers to my questions. Maybe there would be joy, maybe disappointment, and maybe it would be better to wait and let things take their course. But Jesus encouraged me to open the volume before me, so I did. It was a large, traditional leather bound book, just as I would expect to find in that sort of setting.
The contents page showed me that the book had 52 chapters, one for each week of the coming year, and each chapter had 7 sections, one for each day. I very slowly turned further on in the book, and saw the writing. I couldn't read it! It was all symbols that meant nothing to me. The symbols or letters were beautiful, all made of scrolls and swirls, but totally incomprehensible. I looked at Jesus and He smiled. He assured me that I could read it if I really wanted to – that part of the seeking I needed to do was to find the translation of the book.
"Seek and You Will Find"
He took me out into the hall of the chateau where the vision had begun, and I saw that many of the other doors were open. I looked into the rooms to find many more bookshelves. Each door was either a cupboard full of books or a library full of books. When I looked at the Lord for an explanation He smiled and said, "Seek, and you will find."
It seemed an almost hopeless task, but I recognised that He is calling me to seek Him more, to spend more time with Him, to dig deeper into His Word, and the depth of meaning there. I became aware of how easily I give up when I am searching for information.
I love to read but in a library, I can never decide which book to take. Even in a book store I will glance at a few, but very quickly I will get fed up and leave with nothing. I am the same when shopping for anything. If I can't find what I am looking for in a very short time my interest wanes and I go home, persuading myself that I can live without whatever it was that I was looking for.
The same thing happens when I need information, I too quickly get put off by the amount of information available and the choices before me, especially on the internet. For me a Google search just opens up too many options. Normally I will ask my husband or my children to find the information for me, because they are much more "computer friendly" than I am. At least that is what I have thought until now; I'm beginning to see that maybe they are more patient than I am!
I took this vision to be a reprimand from the Lord. All the books I saw were in my house, available for me to look at any time. The answers to all the questions I am asking are there, under my nose as it were. It just needs patience, discipline, and perseverance to seek out the answers, knock on the right doors, and faith to expect them to be opened.
I guess at least for me, this is going to be a year of seeking Him and His answers more than ever before. It will be a year to ask, seek, knock, and receive so much that has been waiting to be found for a very long time.
Best-selling Author, Transported by the Lion of Judah
Anne Elmer and her husband Malgwyn were both born, brought up and married in the North of England, but after 16 years in a small Lancashire village, they moved to live just outside Paris, France, where they have had an open-home policy for many years, and where they now run a small Christian publishing company, publishing books in both English and French. Married for over 40 years, they have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Anne is the author of The Elijah List's best-selling book, Transported by the Lion of Judah and since the success of the book in both English and French she has given up her job as an English teacher in order to spend more time writing and travelling as an international speaker and author. Anne's heart is to see individual Christians living up to their potential in Jesus Christ.