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A Story of Being Overtaken by God

flame-and-wick webThe visiting speaker had preached a powerful message on the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Because of his need to depart quickly following the delivery of his word, the soloist, with the easy tenor voice began to sing his closing song.  He sang only a few lines before sobs choked him.  “I don’t know what’s happening to me,” he said, “but I know I need the fullness of the Holy Spirit in my life and ministry.”  The young man fell to his knees.  ‘Oh God,” he prayed aloud, “forgive me for my sins, my coldness, my carelessness about spiritual things, my critical attitude.  Lord God, fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit.”  

Like a field of wheat bending in a gale, the entire audience bowed low before a holy God.  The wind of His Spirit blew into every heart, convicting of sins, some long forgotten.  Tears flowed as people prayed out loud, “God, have mercy!  Forgive me.  Cleanse me.”  With trembling voices, one person after another rose to confess specific sins.

The congregation forgot about time.  The service continued for hours in the holy hush of God’s presence.   They were enveloped in the Holy Spirit.

The young singer, when writing about this later, called it “The Touch of the Torch!”

Fire is the natural consequence of contact with God.  So we read in His Word, “He makes His servants flames of fire”  (Heb 1:7).  Fire imparts impetus to the church.  A man on fire cannot stand still.  Two disciples walking to Emmaus listened to a Stranger and later confided to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  (Luke 24:32)  The blaze had begun!

Later, the apostles were similarly affected by Jesus’ last words: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).  They streaked across continents like bolts of lightning, starting fires wherever men would ignite.

Men who contact God have a ministry as unique as the latest invention.  Passion burns in them like Gideon’s blazing torch in a broken pitcher. 

Yielding to God is like holding the wick of our spirits to the flame of His love.  Candles are cold till they hit the flame.  Their lights are borrowed.  God will give Himself to us as we yield completely to Him.  What we then take to the world is light and fire.

 MY PRAYER

The story of God’s Spirit overcoming a people because of the humility of the young singer especially touches my heart because the young singer was my Father.

His passion for God and the touch of the torch in his own life is what caused my feet to be set upon the pathway I have walked.  Fire begets fire.  When set free, it touches all who are in contact with it. 

My prayer for Aglow is that we never lose the touch of the torch, which ignited us from the beginning.   God wants to see something of Himself in us and that something is fire and light.

The Supply of the Lord is Never Ending
神に圧倒されて (A Story of Being Overtaken by God)
 

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Thank you, Jane, for sharing stories about your father. I didn't grow up knowing my father. I always look forward and am always touched by your relationship with him.

Helen
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Dear Jane; What a joy to hear the story of your father. I loved the reference of the candle - cool/hot, dark/light. When our hearts line up with the Lord's we truly are undone. We are clean and flow in freedom and creativity. We were made...

Dear Jane; What a joy to hear the story of your father. I loved the reference of the candle - cool/hot, dark/light. When our hearts line up with the Lord's we truly are undone. We are clean and flow in freedom and creativity. We were made like Him and we reflect Him. We are so blessed!

Thank you for all you and your council members do for all of us. When we stand alone we can chance the atmosphere but when we stand together we put the devil in a trail spin. The whole world is full of His glory. Let every voice proclaim that Jesus is Lord. Amen.

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Charlotte Allen
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You are blessed. Thank God for your father. I pray that in many families, fathers will be leaders, leaders who bless their children with a godly inheritance.

Marguerite M
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Wow. What a heritage. What a faithful God. What an example.

Holly Wallace
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Amen

Jessica Stubbs
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To GOD be the Glory! Jane what a captivating and inspiring testimony of a hungry and thirsty soul in search for the true indwelling of the Spirit of God. God’s flaming fire refines us making us into everything our FATHER wants us to become. No...

To GOD be the Glory! Jane what a captivating and inspiring testimony of a hungry and thirsty soul in search for the true indwelling of the Spirit of God. God’s flaming fire refines us making us into everything our FATHER wants us to become. No flesh can withstand HIS flame. This moment in time had to be a breathtaking display of authentic repentance in the heart of one whose desire exclusively was to please GOD.

Jane your Father’s act of obedience and complete surrender served as a forerunner which had a massive rippling effect for everyone in the room that desired to be transformed into the image and likeness of our GOD. Our GOD reigns.

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Kim Holmes
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What a legacy! I too, have experienced something similar. It happened at an Aglow conference in the '80's in Germany.

Loreena
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What a powerful story & heritage God has given u! U r a gifted communicator, Jane! I'm so grateful 4 your leadership; u r an inspiration & reminder 2:
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the...

What a powerful story & heritage God has given u! U r a gifted communicator, Jane! I'm so grateful 4 your leadership; u r an inspiration & reminder 2:
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. (Romans 12:11 AMP). Thank u 4 sharing!

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Patricia Lynn Taylor
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For God, who said,"Light shall shine out of darkness," Is the one who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in Earthen vessels , so that the surpassing...

For God, who said,"Light shall shine out of darkness," Is the one who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in Earthen vessels , so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be that of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:6–7

Hallelujah! WE are the weapons used against the enemy Carrying the glory of God into the whole earth. Thank you Lord for allowing us to be a part of Your glorious plan. Way we shine shine shine everywhere we go.

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Staci Dunavant
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I am inspired by the story. We need this experience, not once, not only in meetings but every where, everyday, corporately and individually. Thank you Jane!

Rachel Kabesha
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I love to hear you speak of your Dad because I too am on this path because of my Dad. My father loved Aglow. The first conference I attended was in 1999 here in Orlando. My Dad came with me and he was so touched. He attended the Men's meeting...

I love to hear you speak of your Dad because I too am on this path because of my Dad. My father loved Aglow. The first conference I attended was in 1999 here in Orlando. My Dad came with me and he was so touched. He attended the Men's meeting and was beyond blessed. I believe this Sept we will see that torch in Orlando and it will spread throughout all the Nations that Aglow is in and spread to the ones it is not in. It really is all about humbling ourselves before a mighty God and allowing Him to have His way. I believe Aglow had and will always do that. I am still believing and speaking the prophetic word you shared with us in Milwaukee in 2006.......A Lighthouse In every City, in every Nation on the face of the planet. We have been speaking that over our area and we all continue to believe and know it shall come to pass.

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Lorraine Talamini
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Oh, that our children & grandchildren (natural &spiritual offspring) would be able to say the same about US! Pass it on :-)

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