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The Latter Rain

Messages of Hope Unto a World God Has Not Forgotten

Author: David Nix

How It All Began

"I was going to begin my study on speaking in tongues on Saturday, March

4, 2006. I was going to conduct both the sermon and the Bible study, and was uncertain if I should just devote the entire service to the study or deliver a sermon as well. I was working on several possible sermon topics when I decided to go to my bedroom to pray and ask God for his guidance. As I was asking him for guidance on a message, I was praying out loud, on my knees next to my bed. My wife quietly entered the room and went into our bathroom. As I was praying I suddenly uttered a couple of words that were not in English. It surprised me and I stopped and wondered to myself if that really just happened, or was it just my imagination. Then suddenly, as if water had been released from a dam, I began to pray to my Father in another language. It was a language that I have never heard before, but it was made up of words and was not gibberish. These words were not coming from my mind, they were coming from inside of me, and my tongue and mouth were being used to say them. I began to cry and tears were streaming down my face.

By this time, my wife, Kimberly, had come out of the bathroom and heard me. She later told me that she stopped when she heard me and at first was startled, and asked God to let her know if this was of him or something evil. She was as amazed, as I was, at what was flowing out of me. After a few minutes, my speaking turned into a song, and I began singing in a fairly high voice. After the singing stopped, my sobbing began to grow more intense and Kimberly came and placed her hands on my shoulders. I was not in a trance; I was aware of the room about me, I felt her hands on me, but the words I was speaking were not being spoken of my will; they were flowing from the spirit within me. I stopped shortly after Kimberly laid her hands on me, and we then discussed in complete amazement what had just occurred. I had never until that moment spoken in tongues, nor had I ever heard anyone else do it with that kind of intensity. Later I walked outside for a few minutes, and began to speak in another language and determined that my prayer was not yet finished.

I went back to my bedroom, and on my knees, began again with words that just flowed from me. I again began to sing, but this time I sang a different song in a deeper tone. Needless to say, I did not sleep a lot that evening, and arose early to work on the Bible study. After the events the night before, I concluded that this study was what God wished me to discuss. But I knew that unlike past studies presented on tongues, I had received a personal experience on what this gift from God is like, and knew I would share the event with my church family."

The Almighty God in heaven is the giver of all good gifts. He is the one who promised the gift of his holy spirit once his Son returned to his heavenly throne. The promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost following the death and resurrection of his Son. Acts

2: 1Ė4:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

This was the fulfillment of Godís promise. The gift of the Holy Spirit was given unto the New Testament church. I completed my two-part study and came to realize that the gift of tongues is a wonderful gift from God, and is a gift that is for today as well. That day was truly the most amazing day of my life, and has changed my life forever. This book is not about me, but will chronicle my journey as this gift has been revealed and the power of God has been seen and heard. He has given us many messages and continues to give them to us most days, and has given us great pearls of truth and wisdom. I am excited about the future as each week he brings us closer unto him and his Son and reveals more of himself unto us.