posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 10:24 AM
Well, this is good to hear! So many people I talk to in real life seem to believe that God changed his mind about the gifts of the Holy Spirit right
around 200AD or so. I even know someone very well who is a preacher. He thinks not only that the Holy Spirit no longer inspires prayer in tounges, but
that it is from Satan and is evidence that you haven't truely found Christ.
My dad used to be a paramedic before he was injured in a fire and forced into retirement. He is also a very devout Christian. Some of the things that
he has done through the Holy Spirit are incredible. He was telling me about one woman they picked up that had something wrong(don't remember the
health details) and was going into convulsions in the ambulance. My dad had a very strong urge to lay hands on the guy, but he's also extremely timid
when it comes to his religion, and he resisted. Suddenly the woman sat straight up, looked my dad in the eyes and in a very gutteral male voice
started flinging insults and curses at my dad like you wouldn't believe, referring to him by name. Though timid, he didn't even hesitate in what he
did. He laid his hands on the woman's chest, started praying in tounges and slipping out of tounges into English binding and casting a demon out of
this woman. All the while this woman is swearing at him and knows him. As suddenly as it began, the prayer stopped, the woman rested on the
streacher/gurnee/whatever you call those things and stabilized.
Every one of the other paramedics, with one exception, who were not Christians became such that day.
There have also been stories he's told me where everyone's given up on someone. The person is, for all intents and purposes, dead beyond medicine's
ability to bring them back. Then the Holy Spirit speaks to him. There were times he dismissed the Call as we all have done (though probably in less
critical situations), but he has told me a couple of times where he laid hands on the dead person and they immediately came back to life, healed.
So I definately believe the gifts God gave us through the Holy Spirit when Jesus went back to sit with His father are the same today as they were 2000