“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
Two weeks after being born again, I left the farm where I worked and started a new job as a purchasing agent for a manufacturer of mining exploration equipment. Two weeks later, another new employee started in the sales office, and about two weeks after that he came to my desk one morning with a big smile on his face.
“You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” he said. I was pleased that he noticed. So I responded, “Yes I’m a Christian.” Then with an even bigger smile and without any hesitation he said, “That’s nice, I’m a witch.”
It turned out that he was the warlock of a coven. And with a 7th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Hapkido, he was fully immersed in the worship and power of satan. He was a friendly person, but pursued me for over a year, many times telling me that Lucifer was the powerful and illuminated one, and that Jesus could never do for me what Lucifer did for him. He demonstrated very real demonic power, particularly on two occasions, once “punching” me in the chest from about 40 feet away, hard enough to almost knock me down, and another time bringing a lightning strike down in the middle of the city on a nearby electric tower. Writing about it now sounds wild, but these incidents really happened.
But one day on the bus to work, God stepped in. After reading John’s gospel chapter 14, where Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you and shall be in you,” I arrived at my stop, and while closing my Bible, walked down the center aisle to the exit door praying, “Lord, I know you are with me – I want you in me.” I did not have any particular burden in mind. I just wanted to know God more than anything else in the world.
Immediately I was speaking in tongues (while walking down the steps of the transit bus to the street) and singing in tongues, and praising God. Walking the rest of the way to work, the praises, the songs, and a language I had never learned continued to flow from inside me for almost fifteen minutes. It wasn’t that I could not stop, I just did not want to!
Now let me explain the reason for telling this story.
Remember the witch, empowered by worshiping Lucifer and practicing martial arts, who was sent to my desk every day for 15 months to cast doubt? …..He never spoke to me again.
And from the day I received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit until the day I left that job 5 months later, I never once spoke to him about what had happened, but the demonic spirit in him recognized the Spirit of God in me and never challenged the name of Jesus again.
God wants to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Fast and pray and seek God. He is the one to trust now.