2 Challenges for Churches Still Playing Games by JOHN BURTON for Charisma News
Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a two-part series. For part 1, click here.
When God moves powerfully and His undeniable, tangible presence, His anointing, His manifestation, hits you, and you can’t stand, you are undone, you are wrecked, you are flowing with love and power, you can barely speak, you are shaking, groaning … would you really suggest a demonic spirit is behind it?
And, another question: Who in the world wouldn’t want God to encounter them like that? The answer: Only those who have not experienced God at that level or those who disbelieve that a supernatural, invisible God can manifest in people’s lives.
God’s glory is real! Millions of people have experienced it. Millions more have not. Tragically, many reject it. When asked to describe what it feels like to be overcome by the Holy Spirit, I received many replies. Here are some of them:
I shrank to the ground on my knees with weeping, unable to stand. It was glorious, light and heavy all at the same time. My skin felt like fire, but it was beautiful.
It feels like I can’t stop shaking …
I felt like I went into a bubble. I could see but couldn’t really hear or process what all was going on around me. I was speaking in tongues and had never felt so much love in all my life.
It’s almost like a cool fire burning right in the center of me.
This weekend, at the APC Summit, I had my first fully immersive experience in the Spirit, where I was entirely consumed. It kind of felt like sleeping; however, from pictures and videos posted throughout the Summit, I was actually worshipipng and waving flags. I could hear the Father roaring inside of my head. It was the most amazing experience of my entire existence.
I was just recently baptized in the Holy Spirit, and I screamed and cried for an hour. It was one of the most supernatural experiences of my life!