Leif Wilson Story

My name is Leif Wilson. I am retired from the United States Air Force after 28 year as a colonel. Now I am working as a Contract Advisor with the United Services Automobile Association in San Antonio Texas for the past 17 years.


I grew up in a Christian home, even went to Christian schools, but I never knew the value of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Yes, occasionally at church, and at other times when I was in trouble, I would pray and the Lord always helped…but it was like I really never knew God from one week to the next. After College, I joined the Air Force, traveled the world, but God never was a real part of my life.  There were just too many other things. I could never really understand -- well, I could understand God of the future, but God right now?  

Then my mom sent me a book, "The Late Great Planet Earth" by Hal Lindsey, and as I read that book something went off inside of me causing me to know God is now; he is real! And ever since that time I have had a quest to know who God is, and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came and redeemed us from the curse of the law. But what does all this mean; what does that mean to you and me today?

Meaning has always been a quest for me. Than my mom sent me another book called "The Holy Spirit in You" by Dennis and Rita Bennett.  I was overseas in Japan at the time working twelve hour shifts as an intelligence officer, and I can still remember a growing realization that this is the power of God. This is vitality. This is life. But how do I get ahold of this? How can I receive this Baptism in the Spirit? How do I get ahold of this speaking in other tongues?

I took the book to my local minister, and he said, "Oh, yeah, that's gone away," and I took it to other Christian friends, "And they too said that's not true," but their words just didn’t satisfy. I knew there was something more.  I knew this Baptism in the Spirit was something that I really, really had to have and that it came from God.

I can still remember, it was late at night, probably 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning.  I had read the book for about the third time or fourth time, and a simple conclusion formed. “Since I had asked for the baptism in the Holy Spirit…you know in Luke 11:13 Jesus said “how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask it? I had asked. So since I had asked, he must have given it to me! And since I wouldn't know what speaking in other tongues even sounds like I just opened my mouth and started speaking words; just not in English. Of course I didn't understand what I was saying…I was making up words, and it sounded strange but they were words. I stopped after a bit and said to me, “well, boy, this speaking in other tongues sure isn't much.”
 
Well, I can still remember the shift was over at six o-clock in the morning and as I left the vault that we were working in, the door clanged behind me, and  the power of God hit me, and I could sense, and I just knew, that I had received what I had been asking for from the Lord. I had received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the gifts of the Spirit; and had manifested the gift of speaking in other tongues.

Now, and ever since that time, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit; specifically the gift of speaking in other tongues has been of inestimable value to me because the word of God is true. Jesus is alive and Jesus paid the penalty for all of our sins, and you know the more I live the more I realize everything was covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.

You know I often say, and it is true, what part of your suffering, what part of your problem, what part of your spirit, soul or body issue wasn't covered by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  

He said, "I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly," and the more you pray in the spirit, the more he reveals the truth of who Jesus is and all that he has done for you.

The value of my Salvation, my relationship with Jesus, and the Baptism in the Spirit becomes richer and more deeply satisfying every day. I don’t fear tomorrow. I don’t fear not measuring up. I don’t fear sickness; I don’t fear my family or me getting some terrible disease. I’m learning not to fear anything because God is with me (Is. 41:10) and he promises to keep me from all evil (Ps. 91).

God loves us and after what He did for us through Jesus Christ on the cross, and from the promises He has made in His Word, I am living more and more in the “perfect peace” he has provided for every Christian (Is. 26:3).

My encouragement to you is that if you want victory, if you want success, you want peace, if you want enjoyment in this life, than get to know Jesus. He came to give us life today (John 10:10) and in the world/ages to come the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).  

Pray in the Spirit, pray more in the Spirit, and the Power of God and the Love of God and the Peace of God will be with you always.

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