Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"So, HOW charismatic WERE you?"

Over the years I've been asked to describe "how" charismatic I was. Most non-charismatics are familiar with the charismatic practice of speaking in tongues, but many of them are visibly surprised when I share the rest of my 'list' with them:

Prayed in tongues regularly privately and corporately

Prayed in a 'prayer language' daily

Physical and vocal during corporate worship, including hand-raising/waving, jumping up & down, dancing, shouting, 'voiced agreement' during prayers, extending hand(s) toward those praying or requesting prayer--you name it, I did it.

Rebuked Satan and/or demons privately and publicly

"Bind/bound" Satan and/or demons daily and frequently (i.e. red traffic lights, difficult relationships, financial strain, academic challenges, etc.)

Claimed healing(s) on a regular basis for everything from head aches to financial challenges, to menstrual cramps--everything and anything.

Anointed the 'door posts' of my apartment with oil on several occasions (primarily in the context of perceived/supposed spiritual warfare).

Claimed supernatural experiences such as visions from God and direct revelation from God.

Participated with friends in casting out demons from an inanimate object in my apartment.

Laid hands on and prayed for others to receive the 'second blessing/baptism with the Holy Spirit'.

Laid hands on and prayed for various healing(s) for others, including physical, mental, emotional, relational, financial, and academic needs.

Considered myself Biblically eligible to train for and become a preacher/pastor--and actively pursued that goal for a time (this included applying to attend Rhema Bible School and Oral Roberts University to study theology).

* I'll post more later on this.


Br'er Shaygetz said...

...sigh...been there, done that, took near a whole bottle of Crisco to anoint my block years ago...

Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours, BC

Connie said...

br'er shaygetz: Really, a whole bottle--wow, you were spiritual! Appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment.