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Founder, Generals International, 1985
Helps build prayer movements through the world, travelling to Argentina, Canada, and Finland
BS, Music Education, Pepperdine University, 1975
wife, mother of two and grandmother
A LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTER
Cindy Jacobs wants people to know that God is speaking today and that He wants to do amazing things in and through the lives of people. Also, He wants every believer to operate in the supernatural. This will happen when the power of the Holy Spirit comes upon them, like it says in the scripture verse Acts 1:8. All people need to do is seek God, ask Him for the spiritual gifts, and He will give it to them. Cindy experienced this power first hand twenty years ago and has never been the same since. Cindy is a pastor's daughter. She grew up in church, loved God, and even participated in church activities. However, she never experienced the life-changing joy, peace, or power of God that is so often stated in the Bible.
When she was in college, she started to get bogged down with the pressures of life and began to feel depressed. Then a friend gave her a book that described the Holy Spirit. Though she knew the Holy Spirit was God, she was not intimately acquainted with Him. Also, she heard about practices she thought sounded strange, like speaking in tongues, laying hands on the sick, and falling on the floor. From Cindy's own personal experience, she had only met one or two people who actually spoke in tongues. As she continued to read the book that her friend gave her, she came to the point where she felt ready to ask God about the Holy Spirit. Her desperation overrode her fears and she prayed, "Dear God, there isn't any gift that You have for me that I don't want. So, if You want to give me more of the power of the Holy Spirit and the gift of toungues, I want to receive them." Nothing happend for a few moments. Then she felt like God opened up heaven and poured peace into every part of her and she felt a new intimacy with God. She worshipped God. Cindy had to take a bath and get ready to go to college classes. As she was bathing, she started to sing in another language and more beautifully than she had ever done before.
As Cindy spoke in tongues, she noticed that she became bolder in her witnessing the Gospel to others.
Her husband soon received the gift as well and gradually they experienced more of the power of the Holy Spirit. They started laying hands on the sick and have continued ministering through the Holy Spirit ever since. Cindy says that God will use the gifts and circumstances in a person's life to cause the heart of this person to turn to Him. She calls this prophetic evangelism. An example of this is an incident that happened while she was living in Weatherford, Texas. Cindy went to a home of a married couple she knew from church. Though they went to church, the husband did not accept Jesus as his Savior. Cindy and the wife prayed that the husband would receive Jesus. When Cindy entered their farmhouse one day, one of the woman's children ran up to her and exclaimed that one of the horses they had was sick and couldn't get up. Cindy thought that this could be the instance God would use to reach the unsaved husband. Cindy told the child to show her the horse. She had a little trepidation, because at this point in her Christian walk she had laid hands on people but not animals. When they reached the horse, Cindy put both of her hands on the horse's side. Then she said, "Be healed in the name of Jesus!" After that, the horse stood up and was healed from that day on. As Cindy and the wife originally hoped and prayed, this instance touch the husband's heart. He became a Christian and a fine leader in the church.
STEPS OF THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE
Cindy says the steps to receiving the power of the Holy Spirit are really simple. They are:
1. First ask (see Luke 11:13 – the passage refers to a good father not giving a scorpion to a son who asks
for an egg and how much more will God give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him).
2. Believe that you have received.
3. Ask the Lord to give you a new language to praise Him.
4. Open your mouth to speak.
5. Don't be discouraged if you don't speak tongues at that moment.
6. Repent if you have said speaking in tongues is not for today.
7. As you are praying in the Spirit, write down the thoughts that come to you during that time and expect God to speak new things to you.
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