Friday, January 15, 2010
God is good, has been good, will continue to be good. I marvel sometimes at His incredible faithfulness. Even when I'm not faithful, He remains faithful. His ability to keep me in His care is something that I cherish and hold so dear to my heart. Today I celebrate God, the baptism of His Spirit, and how He rocked my world so many years ago--and continues to rock my world today.
Twenty one years ago today, on January 15, 1989, in a church on South Road in Queens, New York, God filled me with His Spirit in such a powerful way I could never forget. I can remember it like it was yesterday, and the same joy wells up inside when I stop and reflect. I won't tell you how old I was then (LOL!), but I didn't have too many years under my belt at the time. Nonetheless, I still remember thinking--as young as I was--that my only regret was that I hadn't received Him in this manner years prior! He revealed Himself to be that good to me, that real, that powerful that I had simply one regret: I just wanted more.
That Sunday, close to 11:00 at night, my life was forever changed, and I knew that God was real. I had known it all along, but that night I knew that I knew that I knew! And I've been knowing ever since.
I thank God so much for His Spirit, His power, and His unspeakable gift.
Acts 2: 1-4 states:
1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Words on a page are wonderful, creative, and inspirational. But words that have jumped off the page to become reality "are Spirit, and they are life."
A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument, and my own experience with God--21 years ago and every day of my life--has brought His Word to life for me and within me. I celebrate the outpouring of His Spirit!