I attended Southern Baptist churches until the age of 20. I was there every time the doors opened and often when they weren’t.
My parents were Ministers of Music and Youth. I remember accompanying my dad to seminary classes and other events occasionally.
Around 1968, my dad took a bus-load of young people from a couple of local churches (Tifton, Georgia) to a David Wilkerson Crusade. As a result, revival broke out in our youth group. A month later, we had more youth than adults in our church’s evening service. Young people, whose parents attended other churches, were coming to our youth group and seeking God.
It caused quite a stir in our small community. (That’s putting it mildly.)
Little did we know at the time that we were a part of the Jesus People Movement. The charismatic movement also started about the same time. My parents took my brother and I to all sorts of events. We met students from Asbury College where revival had broken out. The link for Asbury College describes how the revival started. The students who came to our church simply followed the same format and experienced a similar response.
We also visited a community called Canaan Land. It was sort of a commune for Jesus People coming out of the drug culture.
Jesus People slept on our living room floor on more than one occasion. It was an exciting time. I remember falling in love with Jesus and my Amplified Bible. I took it to school with me every day.
My desire for the Spirit-filled life led me to non-denominational, Charismatic and AOG churches as an adult. I’ve served in just about every way you can serve: From pulling weeds to leading worship; from changing diapers in the nursery to youth leader; from washing dishes to altar ministry. However, my passions are worship and prayer.
I read or heard that it is common for those who are a part of one move of God to reject moves that follow. I have determined not to be numbered among them.
I don’t want to miss out on anything that God is doing in the earth. The Gospels prove that when man visualizes how God is going to do something foretold through the prophets, we won’t recognize it when it comes to pass. We are incapable of visualizing it with our natural minds.
God tells us what He is going to do, but doesn’t always tell us how. It is important to be hungry and open. As the former president of Asbury College who was initially skeptical of the revival that broke out on his campus said,
“There was this sense of the divine presence that one doesn’t have often in his life. And when you do have it, you never quite get over it … “You know. You know. You know it in your bone marrow.”