XV. Slain in the Holy Spirit: What it's Like!
by Bill Hunt
“Would you like to join us in a weekly prayer meeting?”
The elderly Catholic pastor and a young Baptist pastor prayed with us. Pentecostals and Catholics and Christian brothers and sisters from other denominations joined us. Pete Wasco, a Pentecostal farmer who lost one arm in a farm accident, was one prayer warrior. He repaired lawn mowers with his good arm.
Mary and I formed the prayer group in the church in Boonville, Upstate New York. We arranged chairs in a circle and prayed with this interfaith group on Monday nights. Together, we grew in Christ.
We learned how willing the Holy Spirit is to flow among the different denominations!
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 NIV).
I can not express how beautifully Mary played anointed music on the available piano or organ. Or she sang with her autoharp and led worship in the Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, or Methodist churches and in neighborhood prayer meetings.
She played the modern charismatic songs and the traditional hymns of past revivals in history. Through her anointing, the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit flowed over us in worship.
Mary and I held a deep appreciation for the Holy Spirit's unlimited love among the different denominations. Because of Him, we felt free to respond to ministry wherever we were invited. You can't put God in a box.
We assisted the Full Gospel Businessmen's meeting in nearby Lowville. Mary designed a huge red and white wall banner of the Last Supper to hang behind their head table. We also prayed with our dear friends Pastor Abe and Naomi, Charismatic Mennonites, at Grace Chapel. Beautiful it is, to watch the Holy Spirit work in his Love.
Mary remembers one special night in our home.
I offered to pray for her heartfelt concerns. At first she resisted, feeling a "male-female" hesitency with our husband-wife relationship.
"So I asked you to lay hands on me and pray over me," Mary said.
"I told God: 'Okay, just because Bill's my husband, I'm not going to resist his gift. Whatever you want to do, that's fine'.”
“As you placed hands on my head, the annointing power of God immediately came over me so powerfully I collapsed to the floor.
“For sure I was out. I lay on the living room rug for some forty-five minutes. When I fell backwards, the Holy Spirit told me to stop resisting him and to yield.
"As I lay there, I saw myself looking up at Jesus on the cross. I felt his blood from the cross dripping on my forehead. The Holy Spirit gave me the scripture:
'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live, I live in the flesh by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me' (Gal 2:20 KJ).
"I just knew the experience of Jesus being the sacrifice for my sins. Then in the Spirit, I was lifted up onto the cross. I was on the cross with him, like in Jesus on the cross.
"I experienced what Jesus experienced when the Father looked away from him. It was the moment when Jesus took sin for me. There was that moment when the Father looked away. And I felt foresaken, the darkness, the emptiness there, when Jesus died.
"At the same time, I can't tell you how this is.
“In my spirit I experienced the dynamite light explosion of the Resurrection, that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. That blackness felt like death, but then I experienced the light explosion! I experienced his Resurrection. That's all I can say.
"It was an identification with Christ on the cross, of his blood covering me, of what Christ really did when he died for me.
“He took my sin upon his cross. He experienced death so I wouldn't have to. He did it for me. The power of the Holy Spirit that raised Christ up, raised me up. I felt that."
"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Rom 8:11 NIV).
Mary fell to the rug-covered floor under the anointing. She rose with the anointed experience of the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit. She rose with an understanding of Christ's sacrifice on his blood-soaked cross for her. She rose with an understanding of the light of his Resurrection for the World.
(True Story #15 in series: Life is 100 Million Miracles.)
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Thank you so much for sharing this experience. Only those who have been 'slain in the spirit' will understand it (as much as we are able to). It is an indescribable experience. One cannot stand when the Anointing is flowing, can they? And God does not make a distinction where denominations are concerned. He just loves people.
I'll share an experience I had while learning about this specific occurrence. I was sharing this subject of "slain in the spirit" to a dear friend while attending a Believer's convention. I noted that the leaders, ministers, song leaders never seemed (to me) to be slain in the spirit. I think I was wanting confirmation of the reality of it; why some fell and others did not. The very next service the anointing fell on the speakers' stage and ALL OF THEM FELL OUT UNDER THE POWER OF GOD! They could not, no matter how hard they tried, to get up for an extended period of time and when they did recover they felt so drunk it was difficult for them to continue ministry. Thanks again for your article.