Sunday, February 27, 2005

Born again through the power of God!

Saturday Night Report
February 26th, 2005

Slow night at the Oracle. All the bands that are playing tonight are Christians, meaning they bring Christian fans. Few, if any of the kids are coming over to the spiritual readings tables. Normally, kids make a beeline, come over, sit down and the Lord uncorks heaven. They get prophesied to, understand that Jesus knows everything about them and give their lives to Jesus. Normally five to ten kids get born again each show. But not this time. Almost everyone is born again and religious, which is infuriating. We are not here to have youth group for believers!

Trying not to be discouraged, we relax, get drunk in the Spirit and try to enjoy the night. Now, instead of them coming to us, we have to search out God encounters. We ended up finding a couple. Jordan goes out in the parking lot, takes his guitar and starts playing, this draws a couple people to him and they hang out for awhile. Making the most of the opportunity, Jordan opens up on the kid watching him and gives him some dead on prophetic words. The kid is rocked and now knows that Jesus is real.

On the balcony outside the church, I find a young man and his girlfriend talking to our crew. They are obviously pagans, talking about some of the more perverse things they have seen. Sounds like a great opportunity to me! I’m provoked. He’s wowing our teenagers with unspeakable perversion, they just sit there, dumbfounded, knowing it’s wrong, yet unable to pull themselves away. Bryan Nicholson and I decide to show them something of eternity, since he has the boldness to speak of perversion.

We walk up to him and say, “He, God is showing me some things for you, do you want to hear them?” This totally messes with them, to have God inject Himself into a conversation that was in the gutter, just seconds ago. They are curious enough to let us say what we need to say, so we start talking. We start by telling him, “First of all, you have to change the way you think (repent). You are seeing things from a temporal point of view but you are missing eternity. The Kingdom of God is right in front of you and you don’t even recognize it” (the Kingdom of Heaven is near). This leaves them dazed and confused, a perfect time to start prophesying.

The Lord shows us several simple things for the girlfriend. She’s totally into this stuff, but her boyfriend is a joker and keeps derailing the moment. The Lord shows Bryan a few choice things for the guy and starts to work on him. He’s fighting tooth and nail to stay in control and keep his cool, but it’s obvious to everyone that he’s losing. By this time, we have a crowd that has gathered. They lean in to hear what these crazy Jesus people are saying. A buzz starts that maybe were psychic? No, not psychic, just telling you what Jesus says about you (the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy).

Right in the middle of prophesying over the boyfriend, I feel a pang of disappointment in my heart. The Lord is showing me what the girlfriend is feeling. I interrupt what’s going on with boy friend to look over at girlfriend and say “If you leave here tonight without having a profound spiritual encounter, you will be horribly disappointed, won’t you?” She nods in the affirmative. I tell her, “Well that would just be wrong. Come here and we will pray for you”. I just know that the Holy Spirit will touch her dramatically. She comes over; I grab her hands and start to pray. I instruct her to just close her eyes and receive. Now, several of our kids are with me, we’re all praying now that Holy Spirit will blast her. I start asking for the power of God to witness to the Gospel. At that moment, I feel something like a lightning bolt run down my arm. She jumps back and says, “Whoa!” She got hit with the power of God! A lightning bolt from heaven ran through me and hit her! She is going, “What was that?!” I tell her that it’s the power of God and ask if she wants more. She’s like, “Oh yeah”. We start to pray for her again and I ask for the fire of God to touch her whole body. She starts to tremble, obviously getting touched by the Holy Ghost.

I ask her what she’s feeling. She says that she was cold all over (it was a bit chilly outside) but when we started to pray for fire, it felt like she was standing in front of a fire and her whole body started to get real warm. All of her defenses are down. She has had a spiritual encounter with the invisible realm of the Kingdom of God (I Corinthians 4:20) and she wants more. We tell her that to have more; she must give her life to Jesus and choose Him. She heartily agrees to give her life to Jesus. She knows that He has something to offer, more than just stories in a book. So we lead her right them and there to Jesus. She surrenders her life to Him and calls Him Lord!

Born again through the power of God!

4 comments:

MaryAnn M said...

hello...a friend of mine sent me this blog...
when you talk about "soaking"...what exactly is it that you do?
and where is Woodstock? north Atlanta?

MaryAnn M said...

i also wanted to say:
this is the coolest thing i have read about..this is what i want to happen here...i know it is possible...just the "how to" is the thing holdin me up...

Ryan Lawson said...

I took the liberty of reading some of your weblog... Don't let the hypocrites get you down. Serve Jesus and extend the Kingdom of God by the power of God!

To answer your question, "soaking" is simply resting in the presence of God. We turn on some music, lay down on the floor and enjoy Jesus...

Simple enough?

MaryAnn M said...

yah..simple enough.
its what we do too...

i can hardly wait to come visit with your church...