Having an Encounter with God by Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne
If you study the lives of those who have been mightily used by God, you’ll see that every one of them had an encounter with God first.
When you have an encounter with God—something happens on the inside. When God touches you, it’s not going to be business as usual. It’s not going to be the same old, same old. Then people, who have known you for years, will look at you and say, “There’s something different about you.” There will be a distinct difference from before to after. You cannot have an encounter with God and stay the same. When He truly touches you, you are changed – spirit, soul, and body.
As a young man, 18 years of age, in the month of July 1979, I pressed in to the presence of God and that’s when the fire of God fell on me. I know that God can touch you, too, wherever you are. If you seek Him, you’ll find Him.
The Bible says that Jesus “returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee.” The Bible also tells us that when the apostles preached the Gospel, the Holy Spirit gave witness with signs, wonders, miracles, and manifestations. That’s the power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are still in the Book of Acts and – if you let the Lord touch and use you - your story is being written along with all those the Lord has chosen and used. That’s what you were born for. He wants to do the work in you, before He does it through you. He cannot do it through you until He first does it in you.
All it takes is someone, who is set ablaze with the fire of the Holy Ghost, and whole cities will be shaken. It’s time for you to have an encounter with God.