Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I was praying on Saturday evening when I heard the Spirit of God whisper, “Tell me your story!” As I continued to pray I saw my blog and was given the idea to ask my followers to send in their stories, aka testimonies. The following morning we had a guest speaker, Pastor Brannon Carnes share a most amazing story. I knew then it was a confirmation from the Lord and I was to share it. I hope this excerpt from his story bless you as much as I was blessed:
Testimony of God’s Resurrection Power: Brannon Carnes
The setting is hot, humid and without a single natural breeze (in Sierra Leone, West Africa). I am leading worship for the second time. I am opening my mouth as I have done for almost 30 years, leading God’s people in worship. However, there is something that’s about to happen to me that would change my life forever, an attack that I’ve never experienced before.
The moment I stopped playing the keyboard and singing, I start to experience a dizzy sensation. I thought to myself, “How could this be happening to me at this moment?” In my own estimation, I felt I had been drinking plenty of water, and I knew I had eaten enough food. Nevertheless, I was beginning to quickly lose touch with reality. I was not feeling well at all with no logical reason.
My eyes began to close. I had no feeling left in my natural body. I felt nothing and I was in control of nothing. Everything goes completely black. I then entered a dream-world. It felt like I was taking a nap.
In this dream, someone was reaching down to me, as if to pull me out of a hole. I opened my eyes but all I see are the eyes of the man pulling me out. I didn’t recognize this man, neither did I know where I was. The truth is, Pastor James Ward had picked me off of the floor and placed me in a chair.
At this time, I remember opening my eyes and thinking, “where am I?” Pastor James was in my face shouting, “Are you with me? Are you 100%?” Later, he told me that I was looking at him but I wasn’t coherent. My eyes were glazed over and I was drifting. He mentioned that my eyes started rolling into the back of my head and I was unconscious again.
Pastor James said that my body became lifeless, I went completely limp. He checked for a pulse and found none…the lady standing to my right was a nurse. She also checked for a pulse and found none. Pastor James mentions that the first thing to pop into his mind was an image of my wife’s face and he being the one to tell her that I died in Sierra Leone.
Pastor James immediately jumps into warfare mode and begins to war for my very life. He was praying intensely, fervently. The urgency eventually took over the service and in seconds the entire church begins to pray.
The nurse, who also happened to be one of the key intercessors of the local church, begins to call down fire from heaven. My body starts shaking…then from out of nowhere I see a ball of fire come down from heaven and hit me in my belly! And I was completely alive! I’ve never felt more alive in my life up until that moment! Pastor James asks the question again, “Are you with me…are you 100%?” The tears weren’t streaming down my face, but squirting out of my eyes as I shouted a resounding, “Yes!”
I was taken to an upper room for me to cool off…A medical doctor came in and took my pulse. He just happened to be attending the morning session of the conference. He said my blood pressure was a bit low, but would check me a little later in order to get a more accurate reading.
Whenever asked how I felt, my response was, “I feel as if nothing happened.” I did feel great! There wasn’t even a trace of fatigue, no side effects. I didn’t even feel any pain from hitting my head on the floor. The Resurrection power had taken care of everything. All systems were not only back to normal, they felt like they were brand new.
Wonderful, wonderful, Savior!! Thank God He is still the same today that He was yesterday and will be forever!
If you have an amazing story, do tell! Since it is my blog, I reserved the right to edit it for grammar, to shorten it for quick reading, to choose when to post or not to post! Wonderful Jesus!