These instances were gathered by Bill Johnson showing how a great hunger for God led to a life-changing physical, tangible manifestation of God in the lives of people who have done mighty things for the Lord.
The Gift of Hunger – Bill Johnson
Charles Finney – Without any expectation of it, without ever having the thought in my mind that there was any such thing for me, the Holy Spirit descended on me in a manner that seemed to go through me body and soul. I could feel the impression like a wave of electricity going through and through me. Indeed, it seemed to come in waves, in waves of liquid love, for I could not express it in any other way. It seemed to be the very breath of God. I can recollect that it seemed to fan me like immense wings. No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love, and I do not know but I should say I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my heart.
Smith Wigglesworth – I came to Sunderland with a holy, breathing cry after this clear manifestation of tongues. About 11 am Tuesday morning at All Saints vicarage I asked a sister to help me to the witness of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. She laid hands on me in the presence of her brother. The fire fell and burned in me till the Holy Spirit revealed absolute purity before God. A marvelous revelation took place. My body became full of light and holy presence, and in the revelation I saw an empty cross and at the same time the Jesus I loved and adored crowned in the glory of a reigning position. The glorious remembrance of these moments is beyond my expression to give. When I could not find words to express, then an irresistible power filled me and moved my being till I found to my glorious astonishment that I was speaking in other tongues clearly. After this a burning love for everybody filled my heart.
William Booth – There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities, but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart and caught a vision of all Jesus could do with them, on that day I made up my mind that God would have all of William Booth there was. And if there is anything of the power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.
DL Moody – I was crying all the time that God would fill me with His Spirit. One day in the city of New York, oh what a day, I cannot describe. I seldom refer to it; it is almost too sacred an experience to name. Paul had an experience which he never spoke of for 14 years. I can only say that God revealed Himself to me, and I had an experience of His love that I had to ask Him to stay his hand. I went to preaching again. The sermons were not different. I did not present any new truths. Yet hundreds were converted. I would not be placed back where I was before that blessed experience for all the world.
Evan Roberts – After praying for 11 years I was taken up into a great expanse without time, without space; it was communion with God. I found myself with unspeakable joy and awe in the very presence of the Almighty God. I was privileged to speak face to face with Him as a man speaks face to face with a friend. Before this a far off God I had. I was frightened that night, but never since. So great was my shivering that I rocked the bed, and my brother being awakened took hold of me thinking I was ill. After that experience I wakened every night a little after one. What it was I cannot tell you except that it was divine. I felt that it; it seemed to change all my nature, and I saw things in a different light and I knew that God was going to work in the land and not only this but in all the world.
George Jeffeys – We were kneeling in prayer one Sunday morning interceding. It was exactly 9:00 when the power of God came upon me. I received such an inflow of divine life that I can only liken it to the experience of being charged with electricity. It seemed as if my head were connected to a powerful electric battery. My whole body from head to foot was quickened by the spirit of God, and I was healed.