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The Night The Glory Came Down

  • it happened, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Yahweh; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised Yahweh, saying, For he is good; for his loving kindness endures forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of Yahweh, so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13 WEB

    I looked around me and it was hard to believe what was happening in our church. People all over the building had crumpled to the floor and were crying tears of joy. Some were laughing so hard, that it was like they were being tickled. Even the elders and highly-respected people in their eighties were on the carpet.

    My own brother that I had brought with me, who did not even attend church, was now laying on the floor holding his ribs and laughing the hardest that I had ever seen him. Most of the congregation had now fallen to the floor and were laughing, filled with joy. What had started out as a normal Sunday night church service, had certainly been kicked up a notch.

    Our church had been mourning and was somber for a long time. The pastors had lost their young son. That night, after some intense praise and worship, suddenly people started crumpling to the floor all over the church, overcome with the joy of the Lord.

    In twenty years I had never seen such a thing and I have not seen it since. Yet, that one night will always remain in my memory. It was the night that the Glory came down and God removed the sadness from His people. There was such an atmosphere of love, acceptance, understanding, forgiveness that it just made you cry. People that had been somber for years were tickled until they bent double with laughter.

    A touch of His presence is absolutely the greatest thing on earth. There are no pharmaceutical products that can give you the joy that He can. He is more understanding than we can comprehend, more loving than we can grasp, and He only wants more of you. Let us want more of Him. I now understand the meaning of more precious than gold.

    Prayer: Father, I want more of Your presence in my life. Lord I want to laugh again. Fill me with Your joy and remove all sadness from me. Heal me Lord completely, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Christie Smith
Christie Smith After having another unpleasant evening with someome who degrades you, I look out to the stars this morn and ask God, "Do you love me, like a father Should love All his children unconditionally?"  And the answer is a resounding Yes!!! Thank you for this scripture and story and may our joy be fresh every morning w/laughter and joy that none could contain.  God Bless and keep keeping on~
September 13, 2015
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Susan P
Susan P You are so precious, Christie. Satan would want you to hear the lies from the enemy and believe them. I know well this can be really hard, but God wants you to know He loves you like you are the only person on this earth.  Lord, please minister to Christie your deep love and cover her under your wings. Please bring her healing and hope that You will never leave her side and you love her as a perfect Father. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
September 13, 2015
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Thank so much.  When you have God, it is Enough.. Just very hard when your earthly father treats you like crap, BUT I will stay in the word and let God be the judge and jury..  I love my sweet Jesus and He is our All in All.
September 13, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell Dear Christy, You have to know that you are a child of the Living God! He loves you more than you may understand. When you hear those degrading words, you have to understand, it is how that person is thinking, not God. He loves you and if you allow Him, He will change the atmosphere! God Bless this awesome woman! 
September 13, 2015
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Ty Jim and have a Blessed Day!!  
September 13, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I love it when God answers back :)
September 13, 2015
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Susan P
Susan Pedited: September 13, 2015 This same thing happened to me almost 20 years ago when I was seeking to be filled with ithe Holy Spirit. I was at home leaning over the couch praying and I remember a joy and a laughter came over me that I could not contain and another language started coming out my mouth.  I will never forget that supernatural joy. 
September 13, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome God is amazing amen
September 13, 2015
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Help me to feel joy again my God. Amen
September 13, 2015
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro How is everything going Mari?  Hope you can feel the joy soon.  Know the last year has been hard for you.  My daughter told me recently when I was on my worry seat - don't let others steal your joy!  I can be very somber sometimes always wanting to fix things that are out of my control.  The joy is there - we both just have to see it and realize it and LET IT IN!  Ain't nobody takin my joy!  God bless!
September 13, 2015
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen, Amen, Amen. Oh how I pray for the Holy Spirit to fill me with His fullness. 
September 13, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell This is what everyone is looking for, they just do not know it. There have been times when God just decided to show up, and the atmosphere changed. God is so awesome!
September 13, 2015
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geneva miller
geneva miller I had been reading a book on the power of praying, well one morning I woke up took the book and went and sat on my porch to finish reading it. The Holy Spirit came over me and I prayed in tongues and laughed and cried tears of complete joy, i laughed and laughed from somewhere deep within me, it was truly the most amazing experience i have evr had........
September 13, 2015
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Kealtis "Key" Austin
Kealtis "Key" Austin Dear Lord God, please I ask in the might name of Jesus to let your glory come down.  I need it in fellowship, in my life, marriage, as well as my family.  Father God please show me Your glory.  In Jesus Name.  Amen!
September 13, 2015
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Linda Leeke
Linda Leeke I have seen this myself but not in church... in a grief support group... the deep saddness and me wanting to end my life and suffering because the loss of my husband hurt so badly I could see past it.. I still have trouble ... but that night at the grief support group one of the other widows told a story... she had not even planned to attend the meeting... and i was there in anger... ready to just die... she told her story and she didnt even know it was funny... and we laughed... so hard our sides hurt.... an old fashioned stitch... but I felt my brain change and for the first time I was laughing and happy... a few days later at lunch with my Priest .. God sent a strong message to me... about my thoughts ... I had not shared anything with my Priest.. he just told me ... so yes... this happens.. as I go forward to a new life without my husband .. my love of my  life... I know God wants me to find joy ... and happiness and laughter... He loves us so much.. thank you God.. and pastor for sharing this story... God knew I needed it to be reminded...
September 13, 2015
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Nancy Cavataio
Nancy Cavataio I love this story Linda. So sorry for your loss. I've never had a true 'love of my life' but wish I did. God will show His goodness (understatement) as you continue your journey in a new way  :)
September 13, 2015
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph I would be driving in my car singing songs of praise then start crying and shouting the name of Jesus.  I pray Lord that you will continue to fill me with your presence, joy and your peace that passeth all understanding, in the name Jesus, Amen.
September 13, 2015
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Please heal me Lord .I want more of you in my life . Thank you lord for loving us .In Jesus name Amen
September 13, 2015
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Rose Theuret
Rose Theuret Amen  Jesus Christ I pray that you heal my daughter's and my relationship. For we have both been sad from being hurt for quite sometime. It is time we both begin a new relationship like we use to have. Our hearts are broken and I would love yourhand in repairing them. I believe in you and want to follow your ways. In your holy name I pray Amen  
September 13, 2015
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Thank you for the beautiful message; Amen.  A long time friend is visiting from out of State; we've had our ups and downs and what a beautiful time we have shared in his name.  She liked my christian music station and we enjoyed time.  We even ran into a Betsey Clark Puzzle on our journey; one that we had put together in our youth.  Her mother had thrown it out but she kept the original box.  The one we found had a beaten up box; but was in tact.  What joy this brought her; so we went back home and put it together.  Sometimes if we are open to the small things that can bring happiness to another person.  Her life hasn't been easy and I was able to open my arms to her and give her some resbit from her trials.  Lord please let me continue to be open to your small miracles to bring joy and happiness to others, Amen.
September 13, 2015
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Amen. Great story as always, Pastor Todd. Thank you for sharing!
September 13, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Abba Father I thank You for Your Divine provision of joy and peace in this crazy messed up world we live in.
September 13, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Father God please fill each one of us with your presence, and remove any doubts from us.  Please remove any doubts my husband may have so that we will pray together, go to church together and worship you together...in Jesus Precious Name..Amen
September 13, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker My prayers for joy are to Bless all who suffer from loss from Sept. 11th. As time goes on, we seem to forget that horrible time. I remember right after that horrible day, the Unity of people coming together for each other was so strong. Color, gender or religion didn't matter. We all felt the same sense of loss. And we all prayed as one.  Let's us Unite again as a whole and pray for those who's hearts still ache for the loves they lost. Amen
September 13, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I always have a great smile everytime I pray with my heart when so down and suddenly the HOLY SPIRIT will cheer me up giving all the hope and love in my heart hearing the whisper "it is okay for HE will always be with me giving me joy, blessings and graces in my life. Thank you LORD GOD through my LORD JESUS CHRIST Amen
September 13, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen
September 13, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: September 13, 2015 Amen!
September 13, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Amen!
September 13, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you! Lord, please heal me completely.
September 14, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
September 14, 2015
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Cristina Floyd
Cristina Floyd YES LORD JESUS I WANT MORE OF YOU PLEASE HEAL ME AND ALL THOSE HURTING OR FIGHTING SADNESS  COMPLETELY SO INTENSE I WANT TO PRAISE YOU IN TESTIMONY EVERYDAY NOT JUST FOR HEALING OUR SADNESS AND ANXIETY BUT EVERYDAY FATHER EVERYDAY LORD JESUS I WANT MORE AND MORE OF YOU ..... PRAISING YOU IN ADVANCE WITH A SMILE ILOVE YOU LORD AMEN.......
September 15, 2015
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Yes Lord, please remove me and give me more of You!!! 
September 15, 2015