SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. I love the rarified air of Heaven on Earth. And I’m at the Mobile Convention Center, and I’m here with Nathan Morris. And Nathan, I had heard what was going on here, but I want to get to know you. And what’s going here? Lightening has struck twice with Pastor John Kilpatrick. You’ve heard about the great move of God’s spirit. I mean, four and a half million people went through a little church in Pensacola, Florida because God was there, and the same thing has happened here in Mobile, Alabama. Now tell me about your background. Your father’s a pastor and what I’ve heard a lot about PK’s, that’s pastors’ kids, is they go through their period of rebellion, and you went through your period of rebellion.
NATHAN: I certainly did, yes. I grew up in church. I used to sit on the back rows of church as most PK’s do, and I used to listen to my dad preaching, and I used to hear the Gospel ever single week of my life. But by the time I was 16, 17, I had already begun to hang around with the wrong people, got the wrong kind of friends. And really there came a time when my mum and dad lifted that kind of, “You got to go to church.” You know, I was coming of age and I began to not want to go to church any more. I had no desire to be there. It’s all I had ever known. And very quickly I began to get involved with things I really shouldn’t have. I began, you know, drinking occasionally and maybe smoking. And those things as a young boy, I didn’t realize at the time that that would lock me down into addiction and bondage, really.
SID: But you had a bigger problem than that. You know what your bigger problem was? He had a father that was praying for him. And one day his father comes back with, yeah–[applause]–
His father comes back with some DVDs from the Brownsville Revival. Number one, why did you even watch them in the mess you were in?
NATHAN: The thing is I didn’t want to watch them.
SID: I’m sure.
NATHAN: I had no desire to watch them. But my mum and dad went for a holiday in America and they were walking down the street and there was a lady on a T-shirt on saying, “Jesus”. And this lady looked at my father and my mother and said, “You got to go to Brownsville. There’s a revival.” And what she didn’t know is that mum and dad had prayed for a revival all my life. They hungered for the presence of God. They hungered for the glory of God. We were a Pentecostal church. We spoke in tongues. But there was always a cry in my parents’ heart that Lord, there’s more. There’s more that you got for your church. But I was so far away from God. I was living out of wedlock with a girl down in the south of England. But I used to come home to visit my mum and dad, and it just so happened that when I came into the living room that my dad would be playing Brownsville DVDs with Steve Hill.
SID: No ulterior motive.
NATHAN: No, no, none at all. And I used to sit there like I wasn’t watching it. But really, I used to feel the presence of God and I’d have tears rolling down my cheeks, and I’d wipe them away and I’d want to get out of there. I just needed to get out of there as soon as I could. But God was already arresting my heart. He was already showing me He had a plan for my life.
SID: Tell me about the time you were struck by the presence of God.
NATHAN: I was 22 years old. The habits in my life had taken over my life. I was doing well. I was a graphic designer. I graduated from University. But I had serious addictions in my life. I used to lay in bed at night and say, “If this is life, then I’m sadly disappointed.” And I came home. It was my birthday. I came home and I had gone out with my friends and my mum was working. She worked in gastroenterology. My father was in the prison doing also prison ministry. I was in the house on my own and the Lord visited me in a very powerful way. I went to put a CD in the CD player, and as the song came on the fire of God, what I know to be the fire of God fell on me from the top of my head to the soles of my feet, just put me on the floor.
SID: You’re saying fire. Was it a fire? What was it really?
NATHAN: I described it at that time like someone had just stuck my finger in an electric socket. I thought someone had literally put a candle in my shoe. So powerful. It surged from the top down into feet and back up my body. The only thing I knew I fell onto the floor, and I was shaking under the power of God for about three hours, weeping uncontrollably.
SID: Was this foreign to you? Was this something you had never encountered before?
NATHAN: I had encountered the power of God as a young child, but never, never, ever, ever anything like this. I mean, it consumed me. People say, how did you know it was God? I said to them, believe me, when God’s power comes on you like that you don’t need anybody to introduce him. He introduces himself. You know it’s God.
SID: Okay. Now you told me you felt like there was a weight upon you. Explain that.
NATHAN: It felt like someone placed a boulder on my chest. At times I struggled for breath. My breath became shortened and it was like the weight of God was upon my chest. And the voice, it wasn’t audible, it was inside here. You see, God when He speaks to you can reach a point that no man, nothing can ever reach. And He spoke inside. He said, “I have a work for you to do, but if you go from me today I’ll never call you again. For today, I bring you out from underneath your father’s covering.” And you see, there are people in churches that think that we decide when we’re gonna come to God. And I knew right there and then I’d reached the end of my line. It was decision time.
SID: Do you think after that you could have said no?
NATHAN: I believe God was giving me a decision to make, yeah. I was either gonna, you see, I laid under the power of God with all the addiction in my life, with all the bondage in my life. That was all running through my mind, “But God, but God.” But it was time to make a decision. The Bible says, “Today is the day of salvation.” We’re not guaranteed tomorrow. Today you gotta decide whether you’re gonna serve Christ with all your heart.
SID: You made a decision and a little later you started speaking at your father’s church and there were only a few people. But the miracles started. Tell me the first miracle that happened.
NATHAN: The first miracle was really seeing salvation.
SID: Of course.
NATHAN: That was the first miracle I ever saw. What began to happen is as I began to preach the same fire that fell on me just began to fall on the congregation. People started slipping out of their seats, people that were respected as being Christian serving the Lord for many years. But I recognized it. You see, when God touches you, you recognize when he’s touching someone else, and I recognized that power, the power of the Holy Spirit, that tangible weighty presence of God beginning to touch people in the congregation. They didn’t know fully what was happening. I knew. I was like, Jesus, you’re doing it to them. You’re doing it to them. And that really began when miracles began to happen. People’s deaf ears began to open. Blind eyes began to open. Just miracles began. At the start, I was more shocked than they were. I mean, I was more surprised.
SID: I’m sure. How many people did you start with and how many people–
NATHAN: I started with seven people on a Saturday night in my father’s church. And within 12 months people were driving from all over the United Kingdom, four, five hours. Now for a British person we can get to the top and bottom of our country in about eight hours. So to drive four, five hours to a little church on a Saturday evening, it was a long way.
SID: Speaking of a long way, wait ‘til you find out about a text message that confirmed what God had for his life. Don’t go away. We’ll be right back after this word.© Copyright 2010 sidroth, All rights Reserved. Written For: Sid Roth "It's Supernatural"