a. Ian’s Info & Testimony
Hi, I’m Ian Vincent, the owner of this blog. Welcome!
With my wife Sheela, and our 7 children, we live in Shillong, in NE India.
I’m an Aussie and i was visiting India from 1989 to 1992, then in 1997 Sheela and i got married here, she is an Indian, and we’ve lived here since.
If you’re interested to see some photos please click here: http://www.youareallbrothers.com/current/photos.php
If you would like to know about our work in India then please mail me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is my website with my articles listed in chronological order:
Jesus saved me.
I had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ on Sunday night, January 15th 1987, at a Christian meeting in Hollywood C.A..
I was 24 years old, and had made my way from Australia to Hollywood to have a crack at getting into the music business. I was a lost soul ; an evil, perverse, self-centered young man, totally dead in sins and offences, and cut-off from God. I was worthy of hell, and my guilt was at times too much of a burden to bear. The thought of dying and meeting Jesus as Judge of the living and the dead, terrified me. I tried to block that thought out of my mind, but I had a mother and auntie back home praying for me.
I now know I am saved, because Jesus saved me, and it wasn’t of myself. Now I understand and know that He died in my [our] place on the Cross and His death atoned for my [our] sins, and that He rose and He lives, and I live in Him, and He in me.
This is what happened at that meeting in 87 :
An elderly lady was preaching in the meeting. I sat on the back row, and felt resentment rise up in my heart. “What’s an old lady going to teach me!”, I thought. I was nervously looking toward the exit, to see if I could slip out unnoticed.
Then something happened to me. I began to physically shake and tremor. I tried with my mind to control the shaking but my body wouldn’t obey. I got scared. I knew that I wasn’t on drugs. “What is it? Something has got a hold of me!”, I thought to myself. The guy sitting next to me look worried and suggested that I go up to the preacher and ask for prayer. The lady preacher looked into my eyes and told me that I had ancestral spirits.
Then I fell into a vision. I could hear people around me commanding the spirits to go in Jesus name, but I lost all awareness of being in that room. In the vision I saw an indescribable scene of heavenly glory: Light unapproachable, and I was aware that a Person stood before me who loved me very much. I couldn’t see His face, because the Glory was blinding, but He spoke inaudibly to my spirit. He was beckoning me to come to Him.
Then I realized that I must repent. I must leave my old life behind if I want to come to Him, and that I should not continue to be ashamed of Him, for I had been a secret/private believer. It was like there was a line drawn on the ground between us, and I just had to step across that line toward Him. I realized that I had been a fool and had wasted the first 24 years of my life by living for myself, and I was missing out on knowing this incredible God, the Creator of the Universe. In the spirit, I stepped across that line from death to life, from darkness to Light, and yielded my life totally and unreservedly to Jesus.
That instant I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Again, words cannot describe what is joy unspeakable. The only words I can say, is that it was like receiving a transfusion of “liquid love”, that spread to every extremity of my body, and it was like electricity; an incredible power surged through me that didn’t hurt one bit. I fell down on the ground. When I got up, maybe 10 minutes later, I was a ..new creation. Old things had passed away and everything had become new.
For the next week or so, I hardly slept. I didn’t need to. I was so enjoying being with my new friend Jesus, that sleep didn’t seem necessary. I had such a face of joy that people stared at me and asked me what was up, and I was happy to tell them. All my fears had left me. I couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear.
That night Jesus became my LIFE and has been ever since, and shall continue to be forever, by the grace of God. I’m not talking about a ‘one-off’ supernatural experience, but for me, [and all those who are Jesus' Holy Bride], that experience was the beginning of an actual relationship with the Lord Jesus : my whole life becoming more and more submitted to Him in love.
Any spiritual experience that doesn’t result in an obedient-love-faith relationship with Jesus Christ: that which doesn’t result in a full and unconditional surrender to Him in love, and full repentance from sin; and a genuine love for all people, ..any such spiritual experience is a false experience. (And false experiences abound in these last days).
The TRUE Holy Spirit reveals only the Jesus of the Bible, and glorifies only Him, drawing people only to Him and to His Father, (John 15:26, 16:13-14), and progressively makes them just like Jesus, (2 Cor. 3:18, Eph. 4:13-16).
I know it may stumble some people when i mention about having a vision of Jesus and about seeing the glory of God, and deliverance from demons, bcos they’ve been taught that such things are only from the devil and that God doesn’t do those things anymore.
Yes, i know there is the counterfeit. Over the last 22 years of preaching the gospel i’ve encountered a lot of it.
I’m just telling what happened to me. This one thing i know, once i was lost and now i am saved by Jesus precious Blood.
If you have doubts come out here to India and spend some time with us and judge whether it’s the Jesus of the Bible who saved me or the devil. By their fruits you shall know them.