Nate Johnston shares a word and an encounter he had with the Lord regarding shaking off fear. He describes his encounter that came during a time when he was struggling with feeling his voice muzzled.
Many years ago, I was in a season where I was really struggling to navigate how to be a voice. It seemed that the more I shared what was on my heart, the more I was told that I shouldn’t because I sounded anti-establishment, anti-church, and would only lead people away from God. My struggle was that this was not my heart at all but God had placed a weighty message on my heart that I couldn’t ignore; in fact, the more I fought it the more frustrated I would become. But one Sunday, I was in worship sitting at the back of the church feeling frustrated, misunderstood and muzzled, when I had a powerful encounter with the Lord.
I suddenly felt the breath of God over my shoulders, like the Lord was overshadowing me and releasing life and His very breath into my being. Then… the sound came. It was the loudest roar I have heard coming from all directions but, again, it was over me, overshadowing me, roaring over me and into my being. I know now that this was Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, like it is spoken about in Revelation 5:5:
“Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Stop weeping. Look! The mighty Lion of Judah’s tribe, the root of David – He has conquered! He is the worthy one who can open the scroll and it’s seven seals.'”