My Testimony –
When God First Anointed Me
When You Grow Up in the Fire,
You Cannot Stand the Smell of Smoke
I was raised in a Pentecostal home and born again
at the age of five. I later received the Holy Spirit into my
life at the age of eight. As I was growing up, I continually
saw supernatural manifestations in the church we
attended. I also saw it in my home.
I remember on one occasion, my mother fell and
broke her arm in three places. Her arm bone was jutted up
above her wrist. My parents were sitting in the living
room listening to a Kathryn Kuhlman tape back in the
days of the reel to reel tape recorder.
After they had taken communion, our pastor came
and laid hands upon my morn and the power of God went
through her arm like pins and needles. She felt a burning
fire running up and down her arm and she knew she was
healed. Our pastor was a powerful man of God. Back in
the fifties, he had gone into a deaf school and emptied it
by the power of God. Every deaf person was healed.
When my mother said she was going to cut the
plaster cast off because she was healed, I pleaded with
her not to. I was only about six years old at the time. To
me, if something was broken, it was broken. I thought if
she took off the cast her arm would fall off!
She went into the bathroom and filled the tub with
hot water and while she was cutting away the cast with a
razor blade, she was praying in the Holy Ghost. A little
while later, she came out of the bathroom totally healed
by the power of God. This was only four days after she
had broken her arm. It was a total miracle that astounded
the medical profession – a proven, documented miracle.
What I am saying is that you cannot grow up
seeing that happen without being affected as a child
towards the reality of the power of the Holy Ghost.
The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together
My parents would sometimes pray from seven in
the evening until two in the morning. People would come
to the house and not want to leave because the presence
of God was there, the anointing of God was there.
We would sit at the table and my father would
start to pray over the food. I could tell from the way he
prayed whether we were about to eat or whether we
would eat a little while later. The anointing of God would
come upon him and he would begin to prophesy. My
mother would put the food back into the oven. She knew
we were about to have church!
Hungry and Thirsty for God
I knew that there was more, much more. During
the years that would follow, I began to get hungry for
God. In July of 1979, I cried out to God in sheer
desperation. I wanted Him to manifest Himself to me and
in me. I was hungry.
He told me that I had to hunger and thirst. At first
said to Him, “Why don’t You just give it to me? I have
served You all my life. I have been a good boy. I haven’t
done this, I haven’t done that, as others have. God, I
He said, “I’m not a respecter of persons. You
come the same way everyone else does. You come in
faith and you get hungry and you desire it. Then I’ll give
it to you.”
You have to desire it like a man who has been in
the desert three days desires water. All he can cry for is
water. If a man walks up to him and offers him half a
million dollars, he will push him aside and shout, ‘No,
water, water, water!’ He wants water more than life itself,
because the only thing that is going to save him is water.
When you become desperate for the Holy Ghost
in your life like that, so that you want nothing else, then
He will come. There is something about a hungry and
thirsty heart that will cause God’s power to move over a
million people and come to your house.
Baptism of Fire
As I prayed that day, I told the Lord, “Either You
come down here and touch me, or I am going to come up
there and touch You.” I was desperate. I must have called
out to God for about twenty minutes that day.
Suddenly the fire of God fell on me. It started on
my head and went right down to my feet. His power
burned in my body and stayed like that for three whole
days. I thought I was going to die. I thought He was
going to kill me.
I thought, He has heard my prayer,
“Either You come down here and touch me or I will come
up there and touch You,” and now He has come down
here and touched me and He is going to kill me and take
I was really praying, “Lord, I am too young to
die.” In the forth day, I am not praying, “O Lord, send
your glory,” I am praying, “Please lift it off me so that I
can bear it.” I was plugged into heaven’s electric light
supply and since then my desire has been to go and plug
other people in.
My whole body was on fire from the top of my
head to the soles of my feet. Out of my belly began to
flow a river of living water. I began to laugh
uncontrollably and then I began to weep and then speak
with other tongues.
Drunk on the New Wine
I was so intoxicated on the wine of the Holy
Ghost that I was literally beside myself. The fire of God
was coursing through my whole being and it didn’t quit. I
began to realize why we would need a glorified body
when we get to heaven. When the natural comes in
contact with the supernatural, something has to give way
and it’s not going to be the supernatural.
He did finally lift that intense anointing off me,
but it stayed lightly on me, that I was aware of, for two
weeks. Because of that encounter with the Lord, my life
was radically changed from that day on.© Copyright 2009 , All rights Reserved. Written For: Dr. Rodney Howard Browne