Baptized in the Spirit

ApostleBookShelfMany years ago, even in my intern years, the Lord would come to me in dreams, visions, and at times would just speak to me, about building the people of God for His purposes.

I recall when I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was visiting another church on a particular day, as my home church didn’t have services that day. A friend of mine invited me to come, so I did. He had told me to go to the alter when the apostle makes the altar call because he feels that God is going to fill me with the Holy Spirit. I was in no way going to do that, however I told him/my friend I would, so he would stop insisting. My friend was in the choir, so I knew even if I didn’t go up front to the altar when the apostle gave the invitation for prayer my friend could not do anything about it. Much to my surprise, when the call came and I didn’t go up to the altar my friend stood up in the middle of the choir and frantically began pointing and motioning, drawing attention to me. I felt I had been set up by God. Well, after my wife got involved I finally went to the altar, angry and embarrassed.

“I will never again return to this church, these people are crazy,”

As I stood in the prayer line, a young man came and said to me, “ask God what ever you want.” I recall thinking to myself “I thought he was suppose to pray that for me.” So, with my eyes closed and feeling like the world had disappeared in that instant, I began talking to God (as if I really knew how to do that). I said God my friend said you would fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I can speak in tongues like him. As I spoke to God this young minister came in front of me and said ok, I’m going to pray for you. I had my eyes closed as this minister began to pray for me. I begin to feel woozy and I felt a hand touch my head and begin to somewhat twist it back an forth. I remember thinking to myself, ” I will never again return to this church, these people are crazy, they twist your head and make you drunk. But! much to my surprise the young man was not even close to me and had not even touched me.

“When he had done this, a force that seemed as if the entire atmosphere had closed in on me and grabbed me.”

I suddenly fell to the floor. I got up thinking someone had pushed me down, but I realized that no one was near me. The apostle immediately called for someone to bring me to him, now I was really scared.” The apostle said to me, ” young man, God has a mighty call on your life,” he quickly lifted his long handkerchief and waved it at me as if to hit me with it. When he had done this, a force that seemed as if the entire atmosphere had closed in on me and grabbed me.

“God if you’re doing this I will not believe You unless you knock me down and keep me down, and God if  you can’t do that then you’re not stronger than I am and You’re not God,”

My body was thrown to the carpet. I quickly jumped up scared and confused at what had just happened. The apostle did it again and I went sailing through the air across the floor this time. I remember when I got up the second time I was angry at God and said well, God if you’re doing this I will not believe You unless you knock me down and keep me down, and God if  you can’t do that then you’re not stronger than I am and You’re not God , then I will not believe anything you say and will never serve you. At that moment the apostle flung that crazy handkerchief towards me again and, BANG!, down I go,

“I quickly grabbed my mouth in shock that those words came from me. I tried to speak again and this strange language kept pouring out of me.”

I jumped up again and said “You’re not God, and I am stronger than You because I got up, till this day I do not know why that apostle kept doing that ting with his handkerchief, he could not hear what I was saying to God. It seemed like the apostle and God were working together. Anyway, the apostle did it again, but! this time I was thrown on my stomach with my hands stretched outward. I could not lift myself up, though I tried with everything in me I still could not get up. My legs and hands could move but my chest area was stuck to the floor. It felt like someone large with power was present and the wind had sat upon me and was obeying the command to keep me from getting up. I struggled and struggled, I was so scared I would be stuck there forever. You know, even in my fear all the while going through this encounter I still felt great sense of love. All the hundreds of people were just watching and praying in tongues it sounded like thunder. There I was, arrested, and subdued by the Power of God Almighty. I finally began to cry and say Lord I believe, I know it’s You! You’re stronger than I, I will serve You. At that moment the atmosphere, as it seemed, released me. As I got up the apostle asked someone to bring me to him again, at this time he said again, ” God has a mighty call on your life.” He asked me my name and when I tried to tell him, another language came forth strong out of me coming from within my soul. I quickly grabbed my mouth in shock that those words came from me. I tried to speak again and this strange language kept pouring out of me. The congregation burst out in laughter and praise, they knew what had just taken place. I had been filled to the over flowing with God’s Spirit. It was quite a while before I could speak my own language again. The apostle kindly asked the ministers to take me to the a room and explain to me that I had just been filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tounges of another language given by God Himself. Praise God! I thank God for that apostle being led by God’s Spirit. Till this day God has used this ministry for countless souls and miracles and He continues to do so, I give Him all the Glory all the Praise, because He and only He is worthy.

Apostle Vince Johnson