Holy Spirit Experience

by Godwin

Thank God for the opportunity to share this with you. I stumbled on your site while searching for an explanation of psalm 91. I was happy to see your personalization of that psalm as i often did.

I want to share this personal experience with you about the Holy Spirit and then ask a question.

In 2008, i got born again(rededicated my life to God) amidst tons of troubles and then joined the catholic charismatic renewal in my parish.
During the subsequent life in the spirit seminar, i drove myself harder on the recommended prayer and fasting by fasting longer hours and praying at midnight.

On 1st of June, 2009 at about 1.00am i was saying my night prayers which consisted mainly of singing praises. It was a night i didn't feel like praying, so i prayed very little. To conclude, i knelt in front of my Sacred Heart altar with my fore head on the floor and wanted to say- i now call on the Holy Ghost fire to surround this house and protect us. I only got as far as the Holy Ghost fire, when all of a sudden there was this loud sizzling sound and fire started to envelop me from the point my head touched the floor, outwards like in concentric circles. I was more startled than scared, so i instinctively jumped up and ran from my living room to the bedroom.

Now when i got there, my wife woke up and asked me what was wronged. I narrated to her what just took place. Then she in turn said, she was awakened by a strong sound like a force(wind) coming in through the window which she noticed as it forcefully blew the window curtain and proceeded to also blow through the curtain of the door leading towards the living room.

Now my question- what do you think God was trying to tell me by that experience?

Thank you.

Note from a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com

Dear Godwin,
Thank you so much for sharing your story.

My first response to you asking me: What you think God was trying to tell me?
is to pass the question back at you.
Sit in silence.
Ask: Dear God, what you need me to know right now?
To listen to your own still small voice will reveal what this means to you.

But, as you have asked me, I will add some thoughts.
You asked the Holy Ghost fire to surround your house and protect you.
Your prayer discipline was rewarded by having a quite literal experience of fire surround you.
Just as tongues of fire came down on the apostles at the time of the Pentecost, so you too were baptised in the Holy Spirit that night.

I would say that it was an invitation to you to know the power of prayer, but since you have clearly shown far more discipline in prayer than I have ever shown! I suspect it is not necessary to say that to you.

You also chose to tell me that you didn't feel like praying, so you prayed very little on that occasion.
I would invite you to pause and ask: Am I choosing to believe it's harder for God to come and sit in my heart than perhaps it is?
Perhaps be careful not to lay down criteria by which God can reach you. I believe that God can sing in our hearts in each and every moment that we give to Him. God really just needs our willingness.

On behalf of all of us, I thank you and all others who shows this willingness.
You asked the Holy Spirit to come, and the Holy Spirit came.

Please only take from this what is helpful. The still small voice will answer you.

God Bless you.

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