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Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)
TITLE: A Question to Be Answered
By Jean Beier
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This is a question that I have never been asked, and have always feared to hear.
How does one answer a question like that, which, for me, is believed from pure experience?
There are several Biblical scriptures that I could present in defense of my belief in this Charismatic encounter with the Holy Spirit. These scriptures confirm my experiences in this wonderful blessing from God. Yet, I feel led to stay with experience.
Fear may be the wrong word for what I feel when I think of being asked and giving an answer to the question. Answering in such a way that the hearer will connect and receive, is the challenge. A challenge that I am not sure I am up to.
However the challenge word, Huh, brought back memory of that first time that I had the amazing first encounter with the Holy Spirit. It beckons me to share.
At an age that most Christians have been saved for 30 to 40 years, I made the decision to accept mercy and Jesusí wonderful gift of eternal life. I promised to follow and serve Him for the rest of my life. All this took place in a Charismatic church, a territory that can be quite filled with questioning for a new convert.
Almost immediately I was engulfed with praise and worship and being caught up in the presence of the Lord. We sang and sang some more. From there we would enter prayer. Being new at prayer, other than cries for help for myself, it brought a whole new feeling of love and protection from the unseen God I had just given over to.
I was skeptical of some of the things I saw. Mostly, I was skeptical when I witnessed a member, having had anointed hands laid on her, fall to the floor. I had witnessed this on TV Christian programs, and it all looked unreal to me, just a show. But thisÖ.seeing it first hand was different. There was no pushing her down. I could sense and feel the holiness of it. So, this began my watchful and prayerful journey towards receiving the same touch for me.
I waited and prayed for a long time. Each time the Pastor made an alter prayer call I would listen if it applied to me. Finally, the call came for anyone under depression/oppression. God was calling for me! I heard it plain as day.
I tentatively approached the altar and joined the line that was forming. It seemed like an eternity before it was my turn before the Pastor. I was surrounded protectively by several anointed prayers and the Pastor. An exchange of words was made, just enough that my needs were understood.
(Now is when my answer and story gets tricky. I want to bring honor to the Holy Spirit. As I write, I pray for and listen for His leading. How much does He want me to tell? Selah)
Okay, here I go. I feel release to finish the telling of my encounter with the Holy Spirit.
There was lots of praying. I heard the prayers in knowing and the prayers in tongues. Praying in tongues was another spiritual gift that held mystery for me. Yet, I still felt myself responding to words going to God in my behalf.
What transpired from that point on was too beautiful and miraculous for me to ever put into words. I will summarize for you.
The Holy Spirit showed me the darkness I was in. It is my hope to never see that kind of blackness again. Then He brought me back into light. It was His light, brighter than I had ever known. I walk in it to this day.
After the darkness left I was looking into the Pastorís eyes. He smiled and nodded at which point I felt myself fall back. I floated like a feather and felt strong arms lower me to the floor.
Once on the floor, I was conscience yet more in the spirit than in awareness of my surroundings. God gave me freedom from my depression with a visionary touch. It involved a fiery ball that entered my chest and warmed it to peace. I saw and felt Godís finger draw a smile upon my face. I opened my eyes to find myself a whole new creature in Him.
Seek God and ask, Huh?
The question will be answered.
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