The Holy Spirit Takes Over

Last Saturday, I attended a concert at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix of Mark Lowry, who I've been informed was part at one time of the Gaither Vocal Band. I don't know much about the guy, but he was very profound as well as being very good. Admittedly, Christian comedy is, like Christian music, a taste which I'm still in the long process of acquiring; but, Lowry as well as others have really proved that the Spirit can move through comedic performance. I'm also writing a blog entry about God's insights which really pricked me, but here's the crux (pun intended) of the forum topic.

Have you ever gone to a performance, Christian or not, where the Holy Spirit just takes center stage in your mind and heart where the performer had been, in order to give you a personal aha moment? I don't care if you're at a ball game with your son. I couldn't care less if you're at a karaoke bar with your friends on Friday night. Next thing you know, the hammer comes down, and no one else is there but you and that third person of the trinity. For all you know, you've been transported to Jesus' own chapel in heaven.

What did He say? What did he show you? What did he do? What did you do that He used? What's the result, if any?

Ben, I know the exact situation which you describe. For me, that moment was at Forest Hill Church in Waxhaw North Carolina where I live. It was the 3rd time that I had ever attended one of their Sunday morning services. The worship leader, Patrick Brown, stated that we were going to do a song we'd not done before, and then proceeded to teach us all the chorus. The end result was us singing the song Oh Praise the Name by Hillsong. For those who are unfamiliar, I'll post the words here shortly in this same thread, so be sure to scroll through all the posts here within. Ben, I gotta tell ya though, something that morning inside me broke. And I mean, really broke! Before realizing what I was doing, I was shamelessly on the floor kneeling at my seat, (realize we use chairs, not pues.) I also before knowing what was happening found that I was not just crying, but was quietly (thank goodness,) weaping both bitterly and histerically. As the tears rolled down my face endlessly, or so it seemed, I had the sense of God holding me in his arms cradling me, and literally rocking me back and forth like a mamma would her little baby boy/girl. The feeling was overwhelming! I've never been the same person since I heard that song. Today, it's very difficult for me to record/perform that song, especially around this time of year, Easter, you'll know why shortly when I post the lyrics/Youtube video link, but I usually cannot get through the song without bursting into tears a fourth of the way through. Every time we've sang the song at church since, I've gotten very teary eyed. So yes. I definitely know exactly what you are talking about. Anyone else care to share?

As promised...
Here is the Youtube video.

I cast my mind to Calvary,
Where Jesus bled, and died for me.
I see his wounds, his hands, his feet,
My savior on, that cursid tree.

His body bound, and drenched with tears,
They laid him down, in Joseph's tume.
The entrence sealed, by heavy stone,
Messiah still, and all alone.

Oh praise the name of the Lord our God,
Oh praise his name forever!
For endless days, we will sing your praise,
Oh Lord! Oh Lord our god!

Then on the third, at break of dawn,
The son of heaven rose again!
Oh, trampled death! Where is your sting?
The angels roar, for Christ the king!

Oh praise the name of the Lord our God,
Oh praise his name forever!
For endless days, we will sing your praise,
Oh Lord! Oh Lord our god!

He shall return, in robes of white,
The blazing sun, shall pierce the night.
And I will rise, with all the saints.
My gaise transfixed, on Jesus face.