There is Power in Your Testimony!
My Little Light is Going to Shine!
It was on a chilly day in November 2003, under the anointed preaching of Pastor Willoughby, whose sermon was titled “Have you ever thanked God?” when a Southern Baptist woman was slain in the spirit, while visiting the UPCI in Raleigh, NC. Now don’t worry she wasn’t dead, as a matter-of-fact God was doing work in her as she lay on the carpet.
I can only attest to this because the woman is me. I clearly remember the sermon, and Pastor Willoughby asking, “Have you ever thanked God?” That question just got a hold of me, I had to stop and really think. Had I ever thanked Jesus for all he had done for me? I began to slide down the pew, as people stood up to go in the aisle to what they were calling an alter call. I was terrified, I couldn’t imagine standing up in front of all these people. I was shaking and trying extremely hard not to cry. My crutches were under the pew, and I slid them as I slid down the pew. The crutches were to help me walk without falling as I had permanent sciatic nerve damage from a recent automobile wreck. I was scared to go into the aisle, so I prayed and stuck my big toe into the aisle and said “Thank you, Jesus! The next thing I knew I was standing up in that aisle, and as I gazed up to the altar, above that Pastor’s head I saw translucent clear water flow down like a river and divide going down over each person in that aisle before me. I knew that the people in front of me were getting a blessing and I was going to get mine too, I was so excited I looked up and that beautiful water hit me and I was slain in the spirit, How long I was there on the floor I honestly do not know, yet when I opened my eyes I sat up and I asked:” What in the world was that?” A woman standing above me shouted, “That’s Jesus!” I looked up at her and said “Whatever that is, I won’t some more of it! That lady said, “Honey you stand upright here and we’ll pray you through, so you get the Holy Ghost!” I jumped up and this shy woman, me, began to praise God with all her might, and I felt the spirit of God as it came down, and my mouth was no longer my own, and I began to speak in a language I had never spoken. I was later told I had spoken in tongues, by a woman that was there and that I had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. My life has never been the same.
I left a different person than I had been when I entered church earlier that morning. I was so on fire for God, my own mama could not shut me up. I was like a 220 light bulb that glowed brightly. I just had to tell anyone and everyone, about what Jesus has done for me. Seven days later on Pearl Harbor Day, I was baptized in Jesus’ name!!!! My family thought I was crazy, and I lost some friends. The funniest experience was that it took me two weeks to realize I had left my crutches under the pew. I never went back for them. God had healed me.
After my profound experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit, I authored a poem about the “Rivers of Living Water,” it was my first inspired writing. I have been writing blogs and articles when led or inspired for twelve years. During this time came the first storm, the second storm, the third storm, and they kept coming, it was relentless. During the storms, I was rejected, abandoned, persecuted, lost and at times alone, I was betrayed and falsely called backslidden. Twelve years of storms, and yes, my 220 light bulb diminished, yet I couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus Christ, even when I no longer had a way to church. I needed the word of God, desperate for some “Living Water”, my voice still worked, and I used it to tell my testimony. Never doubt there is power in your testimony. I learned to count it all joy and “Yes, Thank Jesus.”
Now I understand my journey a little better, the enemy was trying to take away the Holy Ghost in me, by snuffing out my light, with one storm after another. Tonight, I stand, as I draw a line in the sand, completely around me and my family, pleading the blood of Jesus. I give God all the praise and glory, for he never left me, nor did he ever forsake me, and I claim in Jesus’ name that my light is going to shine.
I challenge you if your light has diminished, if your light is flickering, draw a line around you and your loved ones, family, and friends. Give God the glory, praise him for it all, giving “thanks” in all circumstances. Wait and watch, your light will glow once more!!!! Blessings!
Heavenly Father, as we gather in your midst we cry out,” thank you!”
Lord, we thank you in advance, for drawing a Holy line of protection around us all, protecting us spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pleading the Holy Blood of our Lord and Savior as a blanket, covering each of us from the crown of our heads to the souls of our feet, thank you in advance for fighting for us, being our forward and rear guard. thank you, God, for providing all our needs in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen