Ray Berryhill, Danny
DuVall and Maria Khaleel pastor thriving churches in Chicago;
Birmingham, Ala.; and Pembroke Pines, Fla., respectively. Tim
Enloe is an evangelist who holds conferences on the Holy Spirit
across the country. Following are excerpts from a recent roundtable
conversation with Randy Hurst, commissioner of evangelism, about
the impact of the Baptism on their lives.
I came out of a church that knew nothing about the power of the
Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues or really witnessing for Jesus.
After I was saved and then baptized in the Spirit, the witness
of God became evident in my life — not just by what I said,
but also by how I lived. I could lead people to Jesus in an alley,
on the street corner, in the stairwell at my job. The young people
that I ministered to at church got filled with the Spirit even
though that church didn’t recognize the Baptism.
I see the same things
happening today. The power of God through the Spirit of God is
being reproduced. Men and women who want to follow God, who have
a call of God, who are excited about the move of God, who have
been changed, are serving God with all their might. There are
former gangbangers in my church who are now serving the Lord.
This is not because of my teaching or discipling. This is the
power of the Holy Spirit.
The year after I was baptized
in the Holy Spirit, my dad, who was a pastor, made a church change.
I went to a brand-new school in my junior year. I remember walking
up to the new locker room thinking about how things had been at
my previous school. I’d had a starting position on the football
team at the other school. I had a lot of friends. But now I had
been filled with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus meant everything to
me. I made a commitment to the Lord that day. I said, “Lord,
I don’t know if I’m going to play one down of football,
and I don’t know if I’m going to make one friend.
But for the next two years, I will serve You every day.”
I walked into that new public high school with confidence, and
I credit the power of the Holy Spirit for that.
I got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was 11 years
old. I came out of a religious background where I had studied
Scripture, but it was like a history book to me. God was some
far-removed entity. When I got saved and baptized in the Holy
Spirit, God became a living presence active in my life. The Word
of God became alive to me. In the first year that I was saved,
I read through the New Testament some 20 times. The Holy Spirit
gave me a love for people, and particularly for the lost. I wanted
to tell all my friends at school, and I was a very shy person
prior to that.
The night that I was
baptized in the Holy Spirit, God called me to the ministry. He
said, “I want your life to preach the gospel.” I remember
arguing with Him in myself and saying, “Lord, I can’t
do this. I’m so shy I can’t speak to people like that.”
But God has given me the supernatural ability to be able to step
out of my comfort zone or my discomfort zone and be able to share.
When I received the baptism
in the Holy Spirit, God personalized my walk with Him in a greater
way. I had always heard stories of other people receiving the
Baptism. That was great, but it was at arm’s length. It
was someone else’s experience in God. I’ll never forget
the night I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. The reality came
to me that God’s power wasn’t just for everybody else,
but His power was for me. Just like there was a flame of fire
on each person’s head in the Upper Room, there was a flame
of fire in my life. I didn’t really think, Well, now
I’ve got to go witness. It felt like that night I exchanged
a teaspoon or an eyedropper of spiritual power for Niagara Falls,
and it just began to flow out of my life. I found that the more
I prayed in the Spirit, the more I walked in the Spirit. There
was no end to God’s supply. He would take my vessel and
He would keep on pouring another 55-gallon drum in and the goodness
of the Lord would just flow out of my life to touch others.
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