I just got back from the first night of a conference called The Kingdom of God being held at the VCF (at the Barn). We started going back to the VCF at the Barn a few weeks ago. They are now in their new building (going on 3 weeks now) and it's been great. I mean, the building is nice, but God's presence has been distinctly more, well, present. For me it's been so refreshing.
The speaker at this conference is a man named Steve Robbins and he basically told a bit of his story tonight. Basically, he got saved during the Jesus People thing and eventually met John Wimber and ended up being at the meeting (where his wife was miraculously healed of MS) that started the whole Vineyard movement. I think I got that right... Anyway as he was speaking, it was as if the presence of God got stronger and stronger until he began to pray to open up ministry time. As soon as he prayed 'Holy Spirit come' I experienced the heavy presence of God. My body felt like some weird combination of numb and floating and then I was trembling as his wife and others gave very specific words of knowledge and people identified themselves for prayer. It was absolutely deliciously wonderful...and I'm not satisfied.
One of the words was for anyone who wanted their senses to be touched. It's hard to explain, but sensitized to the spirit realm and she specifically mentioned smell and smelling God. So of course, since I've had an ongoing fascination and desire to smell God I went forward. I received prayer and just enjoyed more of God's presence though I didn't smell anything. This doesn't bother me much since I usually have delayed reactions hehe. When I was prayed for to receive the gift of tongues I didn't starting speaking (well in tongues that is) until about a week later at a very random moment. I have to agree with one of my newer blogging friends (Peter Day)that:
"...But I think if I wasn't criticised for being too charismatic, I would be worried..."
Well, I've certainly jumped into the crazy pool with this post, so I guess it's only appropriate to end with the classic Vineyard prayer, "MORE LORD!!!!!"