My life radically changed on the second Monday of June 1980, it was in the evening on the back porch of Evangelist LT Col David Kithcart’s home in Akron, Ohio. He went home to be with Jesus May 13th, 2010; but what a powerful man of God he was! His son- in-law who was my Pastor’s son at the Second Baptist Church in Medina, Ohio had received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. He saw that I was hungry for more of Jesus in my life and invited me to take a trip with him to his father-in-law’s home in Akron, Ohio. I made the trip, and I will never forget as long as I live what happened that evening.
Evangelist Kithcart lovingly and powerfully shared some scriptures with me about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and what it meant. Then he laid his hands on me and began to pray and in just a few minutes I was speaking in a different language that I did not learn in the natural! It was the most glorious day of my life other than when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. That moment he began to interpret what I was saying in tongues. I was saying “Jesus is my rock! Jesus is my rock!” I was so excited I felt like jumping out of my skin! My whole body was consumed with the power of God. I thought about what I had learned growing up as a Baptist boy in that church in Medina, Ohio and it seemed like old stale bread compared to what I was experiencing that evening. I went back home and was literally speaking in tongues for days after. My mother said I was like a caged lion on fire for Jesus.
Folks, from that point on I have never looked back, I was called into the ministry went to bible school in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; graduated and have pastored and evangelized. So when people tell me that speaking in tongues is not real or that it’s not for today, I feel sorry for them because they just don’t know. People, in Acts 2:2 – 4 the Holy Spirit demonstrated how He affects believers when He fills them and comes upon them. It’s the same Holy Spirit today as on the day of Pentecost, He hasn’t changed the way He is. If anybody’s changed, we have changed, and have become cold and indifferent to Him.
Oh but I sense a new fresh wind coming back on the true church. God is raising up men and women who will begin to talk about the precious Holy Spirit, and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Who will begin to receive God’s power as never before, and speak in tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance. God is restoring supernatural miracles to the church; the blind gaining sight, the deaf hearing again, the undertaker won’t like this, but the dead are raised up at funerals. There are supernatural signs in the skies, and multi-millions of people are saved by a quicker pace than ever before in history! Oh I am so excited that I was born to live in this day and be a part of this great move of God. Your invited to participate, come on and jump in!