Electricity has been here since God created the universe, but men didn’t know it for thousands of years. Even after they discovered it, they didn’t know how to harness it and put it to work. That took more years of work and discovery. Today we enjoy results of those discoveries – yet that power was always here.
Electricity is God’s power in the natural realm – He is the author of everything in the natural. The Holy Spirit is God’s power in the spiritual realm.
I’ve gotten hold of God’s natural power, electricity, and it shook me till my teeth rattled and my hair seemed to stand on end. A few times it knocked me down; I didn’t have any choice about it; I just fell on my knees. I had gotten hold of an unseen power. It was not unfelt – but it was unseen and unheard.
In the Spirit realm there is a supernatural power of God which is unseen and unheard. Do you suppose it is any less powerful that electricity? No, it is not.
Why do people fall under the power of God? When the natural comes into contact with the supernatural – something has to give.
Church history records that in every great move of God’s power and Spirit – people fell. Half the New Testament is written by Paul, a fellow who fell under the power.
At times in the meetings of John Wesley, founder of Methodism, hundreds of people would “fall under the power,” as it came to be known. I read his account of the first time he ever saw this manifestation. Right in the middle of his sermon, a woman sitting next to the aisle on the front row suddenly pitched out of the pew face forward onto the floor. Wesley thought she had fainted. Stopping his message, he said, “Is there a doctor in the house?”
Three doctors came forward and examined her. “There is something peculiar about this,” they concluded. “It doesn’t seem to be a physical thing. Her heart, her pulse, her respiration are normal, but she seems to be under some kind of power or spell.”
At this, a hypnotist asked permission to examine her. “I gave him leave,” the Englishman Wesley wrote. But after trying unsuccessfully to bring her around, the hypnotist said, “I don’t know what this is. It isn’t hypnotism, but it is some kind of spell.”
Some of the congregation began to ask, “Is it the devil?” And others asked, “Is it the Lord?”
“I don’t know,” Wesley said, “but when she comes out of it, whoever did it will get the glory.”
So they waited. Wesley did not resume his sermon. They just waited. After about 45 minutes, she began to stir. The first thing she said was, “Praise the Lord! Glory to God!”
“It’s the Lord! It’s the Lord!” Wesley shouted, and the Lord got the praise for it.
When the woman regained her composure, she told them Jesus had appeared to her and taken her to heaven. She recited all she had seen, and all were blessed and praised God.
In Charles Finney’s autobiography, he tells of the first time it happened in his meetings. He was Presbyterian at the time. One Sunday afternoon in Utica, New York, he had been preaching about 15 minutes when people started falling off their seats unto the floor. They fell like dead men. In a little while, 400 people were on the floor under the power of God. Finney learned later those people were unsaved – but they all got saved that day.
George Whitfield was a co-laborer with John Wesley. When he would preach, the power would fall and people would fall. This is a historical fact.