What can I say? Our Encounter Retreat was awesome! God showed up in powerful ways and ministered His love and power to everyone present in one form or another. Some had a deep inner revelation of our heavenly Father and experienced His love in a whole new way. Some had a God-given realization of their guilt and came to encounter the work of Jesus Christ deeper than ever before. Many of us had dreams, visions, and supernatural experiences. Many people were released from long-time bitterness that they didn’t even know they had. Strongholds were demolished. Chains were broken. The all-consuming Fire of God set people dramatically free this weekend!
On top of all this, on our drive home, we called one of the ladies from our small group and found out she had been horribly sick all weekend. We invited ourselves over to pray for her (which she welcomed). Before we had even arrived at her house, her fever lifted for the first time in days!
From there we went to the little city park in downtown Plymouth to have our Wildfire School of Supernatural Ministry and play worship music by the big fountain in the middle. We had fifteen people from our group show up, and we worshipped God for about an hour together in the park.
Before long, it started getting too cold to stay out there, so we went to a local coffee shop called “The Bean” to continue. Within a matter of minutes after we started playing music, a man walked in and looked at us. My girlfriend Robin flagged him over, and he listened as my friends Sara and Katie sang a song they wrote that said, “I want to wake up and find that I’ve already died and it’s not I but Christ who lives in me.”
“Hi, how are you?” I asked.
“Have you got a half-hour?” he asked.
“Absolutely!” came the collective reply of all the people in our group.
Long story short, we spent the next several hours listening to him pour out all his struggles and life experiences. During the first hour, our statements were careful to gently point him toward Christ and set the stage for a presentation of the Gospel. During our second hour, though, we spoke of Jesus Christ and His power to save and set us free from guilt and shame. Everyone listened couteously to his stories, and those who spoke always seemed to say just the right thing as the Holy Spirit led us. People shared prophetic words and supernatural “words of knowledge” in practical, loving ways and pointed this man to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Eventually it was closing time and we had to return home. We invited him to our Monday night group, so hopefully he’ll be there tonight as the seven of us who attended the Encounter Retreat share testimonies about our experiences!
God is so awesome! If you are willing to welcome His presence in the streets, I can guarantee that He’ll show up with power!