Great Awakening Tour City #14 Maui, Hawaii
–Radio– –great experience!D –will train some people in the Phillipines to do the same –love the material
I submitted a testimony on the reality of the power of God and its lasting effects, but also want to praise God for the fire of the Holy Spirit that touched me way back on July 18, 1995 in St. Louis, Mo. And it literally has fueled my walk with Jesus and that fire has never decreased, but only increased all these years on into where we are now in March of 2007! When His fire touches you, you just can’t ever be the same ever again! In the meeting, some pastors were testifying, but I began to get lost in the Presence of the Lord until I knew I was in the meeting, but in the Spirit the Lord gave me a vision of the ministry that was to be birthed in my life. I could hear the people in the meeting, but I found myself at a major intersection in my city where if you face on east you are looking towards Belleville, IL where I live and if you turn and look west, that street changes names and you are looking to the city of East St. Louis, IL.
I saw myself in the middle of that intersection facing my city, standing straight up with arms straight out to my sides and palms facing outward (very much like the position of Jesus on the cross). Before me were a large number of people and as I looked, I saw fire flowing out of my mouth and from the palms of my hands into the people and they were swept to the ground; there seemed to be power surging through them from their heads to their feet and back again, over and over. Then they stood up and went everywhere: into schools, workplaces, their churches, homes, etc., and some even to other cities, States and Nations. They had a flame of fire, white hot, over their heads and I didn’t understand ( I was only a few years old in the Lord), so I asked the Lord what that flame was above their heads. Immediately I saw the letters L-O-V-E appear in the flames on them, and knew and understood that this was real Revival fire: a burning, consuming love and passion for Jesus! And wherever these people went, they carried the fire and touched others with it who in turn were ignited with love for Jesus. I turned and faced East St. Louis and the same thing happened there as well. There’s a little more to the vision, but when it was over the fire of God came in my feet, hotter and hotter until I knew if I didn’t do something they were going to burn up! I had to move! I began to work my way down to the front, which took some time (there were around 8,000 in the meeting) and for some reason no ushers or security stopped me.
There was a large area around the platform, and the fire was so hot now that I began to run in long circles around the auditorium shouting, “Fire!” over and over again. Little did I know, but several others had the fire in their feet as well and had made their way down at the same time, so we all began to run together shouting about the fire of God! I recall Pastor Rodney saying for us all to run in the same direction, “that all things may be done decently and in order”. 🙂 When we stopped, we all fell under the power and just laid there, and I don’t recall for sure if it was Brother Rodney or another minister who prophesied that those who were running that night, the Lord was going to send to the nations to run with the fire of God. That was July of 1995; seven days before in a meeting the Lord both healed me of asthma and called me to the ministry. Then this vision and touch of the fire, followed by the Lord speaking to me the next day in the meeting about the mighty revival coming to the St. Louis Metro-East area. That vision and touch of fire has fueled my walk with God, my witnessing and lay ministry I did from then until March of 2006 when I was ordained. The Lord was building a strong foundation in me all these years, but the fire has always been there to touch people who are hungry for Him.
I close my testimony with this: I asked the Lord later why I didn’t see as many people touched, really touched and ignited by the fire the way my heart longed to see. And He brought me back to the significance of the position I saw myself in in the vision, standing with arms outstretched to my sides, the way Jesus hung on the cross. And He told me as clear as anything that I would only see the fire flow in great measure when I was in the place Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20, counting myself crucified with Christ and that it was not I who lives but Christ living in (and through) me; dead to self and sin, but alive to God and the Spirit. The fire that fell in the early church, is the same fire that has fallen on all who have hungered for it down through history; it’s the same fire that you hear Brother Rodney talk about that fell on him when he was 18 years old and so hungry for the fire that he told the Lord, “Either you come down and touch me with your fire or I’m going to die and come up there and touch you.” That was the cry of his heart and the Lord met him. It’s the same fire that fell on me and has not waned over more than a decade, but has increased more and more, and now the Lord is opening many doors for me, and the time has come that I am watching that vision from 1995 begin to come to pass here in my city and this area. The fire has been burning in me, purifying my heart and life, and cooking up a ministry over all these years that isn’t a microwave ministry, but one that is oven-baked like a good home cooked dinner that has so much more taste and substance than a frozen dinner that takes 3 minutes and it’s ready. So catch this from my testimony: The fire of God is real; it lasts; if you keep it stirred up yourself, it will change the course of your life forever, but you must not only enjoy the passion it brings. Allow it to burn out of you all that is contrary to the Word of God and all that is not pleasing to the Spirit of God, and may your highest and greatest goal be to let it consume everything until there’s nothing left of you for the world to see, but Jesus. To God be the glory! Rev. Bryan E. A, Anointed Love Ministries, Belleville, IL
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