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“…he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” John 14:12

"I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10


Can you smell that?

One weekend in early February, I decided to attend a series of meetings being given by the popular international revivalist and evangelist, Leif Hetland. I had been experiencing a dry time in my spiritual walk; and it was time to get a refill of spiritual oil. At the end of an inspiring talk on the love of God and the miraculous conversion of several thousand Muslims in Pakistan that occurred while the Taliban were attacking the city, Leif invited people forward to receive a special anointing of spiritual power. I was hungry for it – I had recently undergone a very stressful period in both my family life and personal life. I wanted to see when God was close so He could use me as His instrument when He wanted to provide blessings, healings, or deliverances to those around me. I went forward; and as Leif gently laid his fingers on my forehead, a jolt of what felt like electricity coursed through my body; and I went down like a sack of potatoes. While I lay on the ground oblivious to my surroundings, I felt God asking me if I really wanted to see Him when He was ready to work. I answered assertively that I did. He responded in a rather unusual way – He asked me to “sniff” the air around me. “Can you smell that?”, He asked. Indeed, I sensed a strong aroma of what I can best describe as a combination of sandalwood and sweet gardenia. “That is my Presence”, He told me. “You will see Me through your nose!” As I slowly recovered my senses, the aroma remained.

When I had sufficiently recovered enough to get up, I was greeted with an unusual sight. Instead of people peacefully lying around “snoozing” in the Spirit, I felt like I was at a New Years Eve Party supplied by unlimited free liquor! There was a full-blown “Holy Spirit party” going on in the church! Everyone was laughing and carousing – only half of the people were even able to get up off of the floor and they laughed and joked with each other! I was in a serious party mood myself – with every whiff of the aroma of God’s presence having the effect of a bong hit! All of us spent a long time just laughing and praising God, thanking Him for His wonderful presence and His gift of unbounded bliss and joy. God really knows how to throw a party! Lest I sound like things were out of control or in poor taste – they weren’t. In spite of the free and joyful spirit being experienced, everyone was honoring God; and no one was completely out of control. Nonetheless, I had never had an experience like this in church before – it was one of the best parties I ever attended. Eventually, we all calmed down; and after laying down in the church foyer for a while until I was sufficiently “sober” to drive, I went home, thoroughly filled with the joy and the presence of God. His gift of “smelling” His delicious presence remains with me; and is here now even as I write this testimony. Thank You, Father for manifesting yourself in my life! I’m ready for another party!

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