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Surprised by Pentecost on Pentecost

25 Jun

Gotta share a great testimony from this last Pentecost Sunday (5/31/20). 

This morning I spoke via Zoom to a church in Northern Russia (1200 km north of St Petersburg).  My dear friends David & Zhenya Verly have been pastoring there for several years and she was my translator.  Previously, they had asked me to share some of my recent supernatural experiences.  I was supposed to speak for 30-40 minutes.  So I gingerly unpacked a couple things… and got a little bolder as I neared the end of my 40 minutes.  But my hosts asked me to share another story they had previously heard from me.  Sooo, I get a little bolder. 

Then the Zoom attendees were free to ask questions.  I could tell that they were ‘rising to the occasion’.  There was beginning to be a buzz in the air.  Literally, they were ‘bubbling over’ with smiles, thumbs-up, nods and laughter, as I ‘gave them permission’ to enter new territory.  So, I got really bold and decided to take the big plunge… into a Holy Spirit New Wine fest. 😊 I invited them to ‘have another drink’ of the New Wine.  We all ‘tipped’ the glass and ‘took another drink’… and before long we were in a most delightful ‘out of control’ experience.  God bless my translator… she was overcome and couldn’t translate anymore.  Incapacitated, she just fell backward onto her husband.  Well, he can’t speak Russian, so I just went ahead and facilitated with generic style language – speaking in tongues, hand gestures and “More, Lord”, etc.  Before long I was rolling in holy laughter like I haven’t done in 10 years or more… and the Zoom attendees were too!  So much fun!!!  We were all most pleasantly surprised by the Spirit!  It was a wonderful experience! 

Pentecost was revisited.  Internet bandwidth and nearly 5000 miles of distance couldn’t stop Holy Spirit.  He was going to break out no matter what. 

After things began to simmer down and when my translator was able to regain her composure, I asked them to share what they experienced.  As people took their turns sharing, their testimonies made me laugh and made me cry.  Some were so funny… and some were so tender.  FREEDOM was in the air!!  Needless to say, we were emboldened to believe for more in the future. 

We were all surprised by an outbreak of Pentecost on Pentecost Sunday.  This touched all of our hearts very deeply.  Despite the circumstantial hurdles, Holy Spirit did something with us that we could never have ‘manufactured’ by our own initiative.  It makes us appreciate Him even more.  And so what was supposed to be a 30-40 minute ministry time ended up being 2 ½ hours… and it was ‘alive’ the whole time.   When we realized how long we had been on Zoom, we all had to laugh… and we did.  Needless to say, our hearts were warmly knit together on our first meeting together. 

I’m looking forward to our next meeting.

Several people have said that when they watched this video clip ‘it’ got on them, too.  If you’d like to join in the fun, click here then go to 3 hrs 00 mins through 3 hrs 17 mins – about 17 minutes of Pentecost New Wine fun stuff – joy, holy laughter, etc.


Follow-up: After this amazing Zoom experience David & Zhenya sent this amazing God-story:

“One of the ladies in our church showed up in an unbelievers dream, prayed for him and he was healed!”

“Let me start from the beginning.  Our good friend Mark Hendrickson preached an inspiring message to our church in Russia over Zoom a few weeks ago.  He talked about stepping out of the box of our normal prayer life and moving into some new unexplored realms of prayer.  Our church loved his message and immediately put it into practice.”

“Tanya is a massage therapist and typically works with children only.  So when she received a phone call from a gentleman whom she’d never meet asking for a massage her initial response was, “No.”  However, she felt a little nudge from Holy Spirit to help this man, so she said, “Yes.””

“The man came to her office, she gave him a massage and at the end, she asked if she could pray for his back.  He agreed.  She laid her hands on his back, prayed and the pain immediately left.  He was so excited he paid her double for the massage.”

“The man went without pain for about a week, until he woke up in the middle of the night with intense back pain.  He eventually drifted back to sleep.  As he was sleeping he saw Tanya, our massage therapist, dressed in white, come to him in his dream.  She laid her hands on his back and when he woke up the next morning he realized that the pain was gone!  The man was so excited that he called her to tell her what happened.”

“God is doing a new thing! (Isaiah 43:19)” – D&Z

Tongues – Accessing Encouragement and Wisdom from Heaven

9 May

Who gets all the encouragement we need?  Want more?  God has made a way for us to get encouraged anytime we want. Try 1 Cor 14:4, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” and Jude 1:20, “build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”  Isn’t it amazing that God made a way for us to get encouraged!  And we don’t even need another person to express a gushing feeling about us… we just need to pray in our Heavenly language.

So how do we get encouraged when we pray in the Spirit?  1 Cor 14:2 says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God… he utters mysteries with his spirit.”  When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, He now resides in us in fuller measure.  When we pray in our Heavenly language, the Holy Spirit is praying through our spirit to God.  When He is praying through us, the ‘by-product’ is that our spirit gets encouraged by God’s Spirit.

Now that’s good ‘medicine’ right there.  God says, “Take a few moments to pray in your Heavenly language and call Me the morning”.  Fun, huh?

Furthermore, as those who have been commissioned to re-present God on the earth, we need Heaven’s wisdom for our lives… and for a needy world.  So how do we get wisdom and understanding?  When we use our Heavenly language, access is created into the Spirit realm.  While speaking those “mysteries to God” Paul goes on to say that we should ask to understand what we’re saying: 1 Cor. 14:13 “For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.”   For wisdom from ‘out of this world’, try ‘listening in’ to our spirit and God’s Spirit communing.

Thus Heavenly understanding is available for us while using our Heavenly language.  And as evidence, consider this; Apostle Paul, who wrote the largest part of the New Testament also spoke in tongues more than everyone… I Cor 14:18  “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.”  Is this just a coincidence that the one who spoke in tongues more than anyone also wrote the largest part of the Bible?

Would you like more encouragement and wisdom from Heaven?  Then consider following Paul’s personal practice… and his desire for you, found in I Cor 14:5, “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues.”

What a ‘tough job’ we’ve got… letting Holy Spirit pray through us back to Father!  You just gotta love God’s strategy, how He makes it possible for us to get encouraged while we’re doing His business.  Crazy cool!  And think of this; when Holy Spirit prays, He always prays the very best prayers; He always prays in accordance with the will of God; He ALWAYS gets the answers to His prayers and He always encourages us as He prays.  Now who couldn’t like that?

Yay, Holy Spirit!  I love the way You pray… and how You encourage me and give me understanding when You pray through me.  Thank you!

by Gary Kershner and MLH

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