“Me? I’m up here, I just started my sermon.” I talk to God like this all the time. I always wind up repenting afterwards.
And here he kept getting closer. He got about to where the second or third row is here, and I just put my hand out and pointed and said, “In the authority of Jesus’ name, I speak to this foul spirit that is in you. I call it out of you now.”
You could hear like a rush in the room. You could have heard a pin drop in that room because everybody was watching to see what I was going to do. And I was watching to see what I was going to do too.
Well, when I commanded the spirit to come out, it did. And the man just fell flat out on the floor. And, of course, people began to cheer. “What are you cheering for? Man, I’m up here scared half out of my mind.”
Well, they helped him up. And by this time, the foam had all dried up. And the whip was down on the floor. And he looked up, and he honestly looked at me and he said, “Where am I?”
And the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Stop and give an altar call.”
I said, “Lord, I’ve just started preaching.” Now you all don’t really know me very well. You don’t really know this snide sense of humor that I have with God. I talk to Him—I don’t mean it in disrespect, but if it’s in me, I need to say it and get it out. You know, I wind up repenting. But I said, “God . . . (End of Side #1) . . . because, see, everyone had seen this great miracle.
And so I gave an invitation. A thousand people gave their hearts to Christ. Well, I learned a great lesson that day. All right, that’s how that God works through the discerning of spirits, and that gift has been operating through you at some time in your life, or possibly even now.
Now many of you will say, “Oh, that’s what that was. That’s what I felt when I walked in that room, or when I shook hands with that person, or suddenly I knew something about somebody on my wing.”