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brothagary
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 Charles Finney's spirit baptism.

A Mighty Baptism of the Holy Ghost
I must have continued in this state for a good while; but my mind was too much absorbed with the interview to recollect anything that I said. But I know, as soon as my mind became calm enough to break off from the interview, I returned to the front office, and found that the fire that I had made of large wood was nearly burned out. But as I turned and was about to take a seat by the fire, I received a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost. Without any expectation of it, without ever having the thought in my mind that there was any such thing for me, without any recollection that I had ever heard the thing mentioned by any person in the world, the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love; for I could not express it in any other way. It seemed like the very breath of God. I can recollect distinctly that it seemed to fan me, like immense wings!

No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love; and I do not know but I should say, I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my heart. These waves came over me, and over me, and over me, one after the other, until I recollect I cried out, "I shall die if these waves continue to pass oyer me." I said, "Lord, I cannot bear any more;" yet I had no fear of death.

How long I continued in this state, with this baptism continuing to roll over me and go through me, I do not know. But I know it was late in the evening when a member of my choir—for I was the leader of the choir—came into the office to see me. He was a member of the church. He found me in this state of loud weeping, and said to, me, "Mr. Finney, what ails you?" I could make him no answer for some time. He then said, “Are you in pain?" I gathered myself up as best I could, and replied, "No, but so happy that I cannot live."

He turned and left the office, and in a few minutes returned with one of the elders of the church, whose shop was nearly across the way from our office. This elder was a very serious man; and in my presence had been very watchful, and I had scarcely ever seen him laugh. When he came in, I was very much in the state in which I was when the young man went out to call him. He asked me how I felt, and I began to tell him. Instead of saying anything, he fell into a most spasmodic laughter. It seemed as if it was impossible for him to keep from laughing from the very bottom of his heart.

There was a young man in the neighborhood who was preparing for college, with whom I had been very intimate. Our minister, as I afterward learned, had repeatedly talked with him on the subject of religion, and warned him against being misled by me. He informed him that I was a very careless young man about religion; and he thought that if he associated much with me his mind would be diverted, and he would not be converted.

After I was converted, and this young man was converted, he told me that he had said to Mr. Gale several times, when he had admonished him about associating so much with me, that my conversations had often affected him more, religiously, than his preaching. I had, indeed, let out my feelings a good deal to this young man.

But just at the time when I was giving an account of my feelings to this elder of the church, and to the other member who was with him, this young man came into the office, I was sitting with my back toward the door, and barely observed that he came in. He listened with astonishment to what I was saying, and the first I knew he partly fell upon the floor, and cried out in the greatest agony of mind, "Do pray for me!" The elder of the church and the other member knelt down and began to pray for him; and when they had prayed, I prayed for him myself. Soon after this they all retired and left me alone.

 2022/5/10 1:59Profile
AbideinHim
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 Re: Charles Finney's spirit baptism.

Thank you Brother for posting! This testimony by Charles Finney on His powerful Baptism of the Holy Spirit stirs me up every time that I read it, and I can look back and remember the many wonderful encounters that I have had in the presence of the Lord. We need to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit, with the manifest presence of the Lord being our experience that only comes through a experiential knowledge of the Lord.


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 2022/5/10 10:35Profile
AbideinHim
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 Re: Charles Finney's spirit baptism.

Thank you Brother for posting! This testimony by Charles Finney on His powerful Baptism of the Holy Spirit stirs me up every time that I read it, and I can look back and remember the many wonderful encounters that I have had in the presence of the Lord. We need to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit, with the manifest presence of the Lord being our experience that only comes through a experiential knowledge of the Lord.


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Mike

 2022/5/10 12:00Profile
brothagary
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Amen Brother . I have to admit I broke out
with laughter and joy while reading it. I think I will read the rest of his journal.

 2022/5/10 13:31Profile
narrowpath
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 Re: Charles Finney's spirit baptism.

"I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my heart"

I take it Finney spoke in tongues!

I had a very similar encounter with God back in 1984 when I got filled with the Spirit. The most wonderful unforgetable experience in my life apart from my conversion.

 2022/5/10 15:37Profile





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