Sid: My guest is the Worship Leader for the great revival going on in Mobile, Alabama called Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival, Lydia Stanley. And Lydia I have to tell you when I’m watched the DVD’s and I listen to your worship, there was one segment in the DVD that really caught my attention, and there was a little boy that had a tumor in the brain, tell me about that, I think his name was Caleb.
Lydia: Well, Caleb yes Sir, he had two tumors in his brain, I believe it was and he was not able to participate in normal activities like a normal eight year old little boy would want to do and couldn’t play sports and you know they were very concerned because it was a pretty serious situation and he and his family came to the rival. And he received prayer and we actually have the brain scan, his neologist said, “That if I hadn’t personally treated you I would never had known that there had ever been a tumor in your brain.” The boy is totally healed,…
Sid: But you know what? The thing that struck me is he said, “That he knew that he would be healed.” How does a little kid know that he’s going to be healed?
Lydia: Well, I can tell you from personal experience children are under estimated, we way, way, way sell little children short. They are hungry for the presence of God and they know the presence of God better than most of us do and their faith is greater than ours because they haven’t learned not to believe. So when he walked in the door, he didn’t know any different, but that Jesus was going to heal him, and he received just exactly what he had asked for.
Sid: And it’s these miracles are so well, documented, but there is such a glory on the miracle that the glory and the word caused the miracle…Tell me, when I hear about the way you worship and it’s so natural and you would just as a young child, your parents sang to you in the womb, for those of us that didn’t have the advantages that you had, help me, I don’t have much of a singing voice, but I want to worship God, be my coach right now, tell me what to do.
Lydia: Well, I find that people always get hung up on music and worship doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with that. Worship is because, God is so much more than what he has done, I mean American church has always sold God for what he can do, and you know correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that we call that prostitution. And I’m jealous for the heart of God all the time but especially in a revival. It is my job to see to it that God is worshipped because He is more than what He has done and He’s worth more than what He can do. He’s a person, he has emotions, he has performances and in America we’ve taught people to worship in your own way and cover to cover in the Bible Sid, you can’t find that. Actually, God has a worship menu, He lays it out in scripture, especially in the Psalms. It says that He likes it loud, it says that He likes it when we clap, He likes it when we sing to Him, He likes it when we tell the next generation the wonders of the Lord. But we are worship according to that menu because that is how you worship, that is how you worship the truth part of what Jesus called worshiping in Spirit and in truth. And when you worship God, not for just what He can do but for who He is. And when you’re not just selling Him for what He can do, but when you are going after His heart, when you’re seeking His face and not His hand, and when you’re worshiping Him with that menu that He’s given us in scripture, He hasn’t made it difficult. When you worship Him according to that menu, he just shows up and He kisses us with His presence.
Sid: Well, would you worship God for a moment right now?
Lydia: I would love to, and I’m going to do it without music just because that’s possible, ha-ha.
Sid: But Jesus I worship you right here, right now in this radio interview because You are God, there is no one above You, there is no one beside You, and even in all of these wonderful things that you’ve done, that we’ve talked about and that we’ve rehearsed, God we know that You are more than that, You are more than what You can do. So I worship You for who You are, You are Healer, You are our Victor, You are our Father, and You are wonderful and we worship You for those things. That’s who You are, and we worship Your for those things. We thank You for what You’ve done, but we value You, and we worship You for Who You are.
Sid: Well, Lydia I know you feel the presence of God, but I sure feel the presence of God, it such a sweet gentle river that’s going out over the airways right now and I know and it may not even be a classic sense but I know that the healing anointing is being released. And I think that if we rejoice a little bit for what He’s already done, because He’s already released that healing anointing 2,000 years ago, but there has to be a passage way of that river, and that passage way is hunger and one of the ways of that you’re going to rejoice before the Lord, it doesn’t have to be as Lydia said, but it’s kind of neat to do it with music, we Jewish people are use to Psalmists with all sorts of wonderful instruments and shofars and rams horns. Let’s hear, tell me about the song “The Lord reigns,” Lydia.
Lydia: It’s a wonderful song that we’ve used many many nights in the Revival just declaring some of the lyrics, you know “The Lord Reign, let the People Shout, He reigns in righteousness, let the Heaven’s be glad and let the earth rejoice and of course that’s all taken right out of the Psalms, and it’s just a song of celebration that our God is God and that He reigns.
Sid: Well, let’s worship God and celebrate and I believe as you worship Him and celebrate, you are going to manifest healing, it’s just like popcorn. Let’s go to “The Lord Reigns.”
Lydia: Music segment. The Lord Reigns and the people shout, He reigns in righteousness, let the Heaven’s be glad the earth rejoice; The Lord Reigns and the people clap their hands they just shout the redeemed come to dance and to celebrate to celebrate He reigns, The Lord Reigns, The Lord Reigns, we will sing and shout, You reign, You reign, You reign forever King of all, The Lord reigns, the Lord reigns, the Lord reigns, we will sing and shout, You reign, You reign, You reign, forever King of all,…
The Lord reigns and the people shout, He reigns in righteousness, let the Heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; the Lord reigns and the people clap their hands, they just shout the redeemed have come to dance, to celebrate, to celebrate He reigns, the Lord reigns, the Lord reigns, the Lord reigns, we will sing and shout, You reign, You reign, You reign, forever King of all. The Lord reigns, the Lord reigns, the Lord reigns we will sing and shout, You reign, You reign, You reign, Forever King of all… Let all the people sing of Your awesome Power in all the earth, let darkness tremble at Your Name
Sid: My guest Lydia Stanley is the worship leader for the great revival going on in Mobile, Alabama called the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival. And as we found out all this week she was handpicked by God before the foundation of time to be the worship leader of this Revival. And you’re so blessed Lydia, but you know there is something I heard about you. Before revival came you would go to church every service, you wouldn’t miss a service for five years, why?
Lydia: It’s true.
Lydia: It’s true; well I remember that when the revival at Brownsville broke out Lindell Cooley had been out of the country on a mission’s trip. So he admits that the Father’s Day, the initiation of the revival, of course he came back and he was in the revival for its entirety. But I knew, I didn’t know when, I had no idea when, but I knew that God would move again and I was so scared that if I took a Sunday off He would come when I was gone; that I did not take a Sunday off in almost five years, because I just knew that He would come when I was gone and I’m not missing it, I’m not going to miss anything.
Sid: Well, of all the miracles that you have seen, one was a personal friend of yours, tell me about this woman that was in an automobile accident and for twenty-three years was confined to the life of a wheelchair. Was she actually paralyzed from the waist down, or what was her condition?
Lydia: She was, she was fully paralyzed from the waist down. Dalia Knox, she could not walk, and I met Lady Dalia in 2007, Miss Brenda Kilpatrick, the Pastor’s wife, took me to their church one Sunday and I got to meet her for the first time and she was leading worship in her wheelchair, and she would say things like, “I’m not letting the chair in hold me back so don’t let yours hold you back,” that’s just how she is. She’s an amazing worshiper and we immediately just felt that connection.
Sid: But, there was a point where you believed that she would be healed; when was that?
Lydia: That’s right that would have been in 2008 and Pastor Dalia she didn’t really talk about her condition very much, she just never made an issue of it so it’s not really a subject that you would talk about with her or you would bring up with her. But one night I did and I told her, “I don’t want to say something that would offend you, but I do want to tell you something,” and she said, “Well what is it sweetheart?” I said, “You know what, I’ve never seen anybody deal with a challenge with what you face with this kind of dignity and grace, and it’s amazing that you have dealt with it like this, but a day will come and mark my words, when I will dance with you when you get out of that chair!” And she said, “You know what, I believe that,” and I said, “Good we don’t ever have to talk about it again.” And do you know, we have never brought that back up until she came to the Revival on August the 27th of 2010.
Sid: Now, did you have any thought that that was going to be her night?
Lydia: Listen, I had no earthly idea, I didn’t know she was coming.
Sid: I was watching you react because we’re making avail these four DVDs called “Revival Rewind” and they caught you reaction and what you did when you saw this friend of yours that had been confound. You never saw her out a wheelchair, am I right?
Lydia: That’s right, I had no idea that that would be her night, but when they brought her in that night, I know Pastor Dalia enough to know that she usually avoids healing meetings because sometimes when people see someone in a wheelchair they want to make a spectacle of that person; and maybe they have the best of intentions, but it can be very difficult for the person in the chair. So I knew that she might not come back, so when they wheeled her in I said, “Jesus while You’re doing miracles tonight, please get my friend up out of that chair.” But that was just my prayer; I didn’t know that that would be her night. And we worshipped while Nathan prayed with her, we worshipped for I don’t even know how long, maybe thirty-five minutes. And when she stood up for the first time, she stood up, nobody pulled her up, she stood up and I knew that that was miraculous because the nerves had been severed, so when she did that Sid, I ripped my headphones off and I jumped off the platform and ran down beside her because all I knew was that if she was getting her miracle on that night, I was going to be right there with her, because that’s what I had told her in 2008. So all I knew was that I was going to there in the thick of it with her and I was and of course we got to see her take her first steps that night. And she wasn’t able to walk without assistance that first night, she had to have some support because you know the muscles, they had been atrophying.
Sid: Okay, listen I saw on the video, after she had a chance to do a little exercise and get her muscles back in shape, I saw that woman confined to a wheelchair for twenty-three years paralyzed because of a severed nerve, no way medically she would ever walk again, I saw her walking in high heels.
Lydia: Oh, she walked across the stage in stilettos and she marched just like she was in the military, she was marching to the beat of the drums and leading worship with me and I tell you Sid, that was an amazing moment the first time we lead worship eye to eye. And she walked over by my keyboard, and I thought, oh my God, what my eyes have seen, I’ve seen the wonders of the Lord, right before my very eyes. It would have been an amazing miracle if it had been anybody, but for it to have been a friend of mine, wow!
Sid: …And tell me about this selection we are going to play of your songs called “Our God.”
Lydia: Well, actually one of the, it was Saturday night after the Friday night the Revival broke out, the following night, we saw an amazing miracle, we saw, deaf ears, about six people that have been severely hearing impaired immediately got healed while we were singing about, and the song of course it’s talking about, “Our God is Greater our God is Higher than any other.”
Sid: Our God is the healer!
Lydia: And He’s the healer! And we were singing that and while we were singing that and Nathan was praying for these six people with deafness, they immediately their ears popped wide open. So “Our God” has become one of the great anthems of the Revival, it’s one of the favorite songs, because it says if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us!
Sid: And to see these lyric’s become reality before your very eyes night, after night, after night, after night, no wonder it’s the most popular song the revival. Let’s hear a little bit of our God.
Sid: To call Lydia Stanley, the Worship Leader the Psalmist from the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival in Mobile, Alabama; to call her red hot is, I think an understatement. But Lydia, so you’re leading worship for John Kilpatrick, they have a guest preacher that comes in from England and most of the people weren’t even that familiar with him; you were tired one night.
Lydia: I was tired, yes Sir.
Sid: And you wanted Nathan, the Evangelist, he says I want to pray for everyone in the house and you said, as much as you love God, you said a Hebrew expression, no you didn’t, but if you had known it you would have; “Oi evy!” Is what you would have said, but so take me from there.
Lydia: I will, we had actually been in a conference, called “Open the Heavens” and so the Friday night service revival broke out, we had no idea that revival was going to break out and it was probably my eighth or ninth consecutive service; so I was exhausted and Nathan saying “Were going to pray for everyone here so I looked at my usher and I said, “Listen, tell the guys in the sound booth I’m going to play about two songs and then they can roll a CD because I’m just, my I’m worn out.” And it was right about then, I turned back around and I was playing the keyboard and I don’t remember what Nathan said or what anybody else said, but I know that a wind of some kind blew across the platform, and it’s like if hit me right in my abdomen area, it’s like it hit my stomach and it didn’t hurt, but it was definitely, it was definitely something had hit me and I doubled over. And I thought oh, my goodness.
Sid: But wait a second, you’ve been raised in revival in Pensacola Florida at the Brownsville, Revival. You went to Bible School there was this any different than what you experienced in your life for you personally?
Lydia: It was, it was totally different. I have always heard people talk about the fire of God and I really thought that we were using a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, I really would have thought that and that is what I would have said “it wounded what?” I would have said it was. I didn’t know that the fire was a tangible manifestation that you could feel. And I didn’t know what had struck me that night, but it was the fire of God. And it struck me right in my stomach, and I was doubled over and I thought oh no, what is this? And so I thought and I’ve got to sit up because they are going to need me play, you know I’m trying to get myself together here you know. And it doubled me right back over, I couldn’t stand up and the same usher came over to me and he said, “Listen, we’ve got you a chair,” and so my famous last words as the Revival broke out, I looked over at the usher and I said, “I’ll never make it that far.” And he laughed, but the next thing that happened was that that fire picked me up and put me right back down on the floor. And so I had been very politely body slammed, I was the first person to get struck like that by the fire of God in the Revival and as matter of fact…
Sid: Now, what is it like when the fire of God enters you? Describe this to me.
Lydia: Oh, I was burning hot, I had never felt me, it was actually very cold in the room, the air conditioners were, you know in South Alabama, in July it is hot, very, very hot.
Lydia: So the air conditioners had been raging so it was very cold in the room and I had been cold. But when I hit the floor it’s just like, I understand what the Burning Bush must have felt like because I was on fire, I was not being consumed, but I was on fire!
Sid: What was God doing to you?
Lydia: Well, I asked Him; because it was so intense I thought you know my God I’m going to die right here in front of everyone you know. I said, “Jesus, what are you doing?” And I couldn’t say it out loud, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t talk, it would be an hour before I would be regain the ability to talk. But in my Spirit, I just prayed, “Jesus, what are you doing, and immediately, He said, “Well, it’s the last night of the “Open the Heaven’s Conference;” you didn’t think that you would let it get to Friday night without doing it did you?” And just as the Lord spoke that to me, my pastor took the microphone because I did not know this, but Nathan Morris had been struck by the fire as well, he was out, it was over. So Pastor took the mike and he said, “Friends this feels like Father’s Day 1995, this is it, get in,” and he began to pray and I began to weep.
Sid: And Father’s Day was when Brownsville Revival broke out under the same leadership of Pastor Kilpatrick and he said, “He knew it!” In other words, he had lived it once before, so he literally knew it one more time, it’s happening again!
Lydia: He recognized it right off the bat, I mean he just began to facilitate it by saying, “Jesus do it again,” and when he said that, you know having grown up touched by revival and going to the Revival every month the way we did; I ‘m going through the School of Ministry at Brownsville and then not being in revival for several years; you know good church, but not being in revival being on the floor and hearing him said to me that, and hearing what the Lord had said to me, I thought, “Oh Jesus, please let this be true!” And of course it was and it’s just been it’s just been about eight glorious months in that same Revival. But that’s what happened to me the night that it broke out; it was the most intense experience, without question; it is the most intense experience I have ever had with God when the fire of God hit me for the first time.
Sid: Now, as you look back and it’s doing nothing but increasing intensity with so many miracles we don’t have time to talk about these documented miracles, but as you look back I think you have to think about the prophecy your Grandfather had over you. Would you remind us of that prophecy?
Lydia: I would be happy to my Grandfather was a wonderful man of God, he pastored. He pastored the church in Augusta, Georgia for forty-six years. He was a ministry for well over sixty years and he was a wonderful man of God and he was actually getting ready to go home and be with the Lord, and he passed away in May of 2009. So I was actually home in Augusta and saw him for the last time in March of 2009. And this one afternoon my Grandfather, we were all at their house, we were all at my grandparents house; and my Mom and my Dad and Aunt Lydia. Dad had sat down at the piano and the three of them had begun to sing and just worship and there is nothing quite like that; their still my favorites, out of everybody I know their still my favorites to hear worship. But they were playing and I looked at my Grandfather and he was so sick, he was actually dying with cancer and he was seated there with me in the den and I said, Grand Daddy would you like me to take you in there where the worship is happening? And he said, “Well yeah, so I helped him in there and we all began to worship and the presence of Lord came in there in such a special way. And he called the whole family around and he began to prophecy to each of us and he was describing experiences that he was having with the Lord, and he looked at me and he said, “Something coming, he said “Baby it’s like nothing you have ever seen and it’s the blessing of the Lord and you’re going to see it with your eyes.” And he looked at my family and he said, “It will come to our church too.” But he kept looking at me and he said, “But it’s the blessing of the Lord and its coming and its coming.” And he said, “The Lord is going to make you like Esther, you’re going to stand before the Lord like Esther.” But the thing that he repeated over and over again, “But it’s the blessing of the Lord.”
Sid: What does that mean to you though, “Stand before the Lord like Esther,” what does that mean to you?
Lydia: I think that he was trying to say that God would give me unusual favor like Esther had. You know and I thought about that Sid, I have thought about it many nights in the Revival you know when the presence of the Lord will come and it’s been so heavy it’s like those words just echo in my spirit. I hear him going, “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, but it’s the blessing of the Lord, and you’re going to stand before Him like Esther.” And the unusual favor that Revival has brought in and the weighty presence of the Lord; it truly is like nothing I have ever seen and we’ve seen so much, but it isn’t like anything we have ever seen; the miracles have been so unusual. So night after night I just remember that prophecy that he spoke, it is just amazing.
Sid: Tell me about the song, “Even So Come,” tell me about that song.
Lydia: I would love too, actually one afternoon in my home, I was just, you know I was just going about everyday life, I was getting ready for a service that we were having at the church, with some ladies and I knew that I would be leading worship that night. And I’m the kind of song writer that I don’t force a song. If the Lord gives a song then I’ll write it, but if the Lord’s not you know, providing it, I’m not going to force something to happen, that’s just not me. And I was actually in my home just getting ready for that service and I began to hear in my spirit, I began to hear the chorus of that song and it’s just and I heard, I heard just as clearly as anything, I heard, “Desire of the Nations, King of the Ages, Call to Your People.” So immediately, I stopped what I was doing and I went into my room where the piano is and I got out my notepad, and so in about ten minutes the whole song had come and I just wrote that down and that’s been, that’s been really that’s been the cry of my heart.
Sid: And you doing this in live worship under that anointing, I mean there’s something about “Your bride has been waiting for Your appearing “and with all of the hundreds of voices singing out…
Music segment by Lydia Stanley
Looking for You, for Your return, we don’t belong here, Heaven’s our home.
Your beautiful Face, we’re longing to see, Lord can you hear us, your bride, the redeemed.
Desire of the nations, king of the ages, come to your people, your bride has been waiting, for Your appearing; even so come, even so come, we long to be…
Sid: And I pray that everyone listening to us right now would have the same passion for God as my guest, Lydia Stanley. Lydia is a Pastor’s kid and she never knew what it was to backslide and Lydia, you know I hear a lot of Christians say, I wish I had a testimony like you Sid where you were involved in the New Age and things of the world. You have no idea Lydia how much better it is, your testimony than mine. You didn’t have to get rid of all of that junk!
Lydia: No Sir, I didn’t, but I was touched at such a young age, that all I wanted was the presence of the Lord and…
Sid: And by the way for those that didn’t listen yesterday, Lydia Stanley is the Worship Leader for the Bay of Holy Spirit Revival in Mobile, Alabama; the one that is being pastored by Pastor John Kilpatrick and there having so many major miracles that are going on. But there is reasons for these miracles and I want to tell you I look for keys if you will, you can’t treat God as a formula God; He’s a person. But there are keys to the release of the miraculous and one of the keys to the release of the miraculous is worship. And I want to find out from Lydia as just a young girl you and your friends would go to your Dad’s church and you would just worship, how did you find friends that were interested in worshipping just like you?
Lydia: Well, that weren’t many.
Sid: I would think that there were not.
Lydia: There weren’t many, but that was our, that’s what we did for fun. We would go to the church and my brother, my brother would play the drums and I would play the keyboard and we’d have folks singing and folks playing other instruments and we would spend hours and hours. You know the Lord would give songs, and we were just learning how to write songs and you know, we would spend time in that sanctuary just worshiping the Lord, and He would come and He would touch us and that’s how we spent our time that was the highlight of our week, that’s what we would do.
Sid: Now, a little birdie told me that you’re the type of person that you don’t want the focus on you, you don’t want to be, you don’t even want to up front; all you want to do is just worship God. But after you got hit and hit is the right word by the Kavod the Glory of God was so weighty at the Brownsville revival; you went there as a twelve year old child and you went all the way through their school and interned there. But as you went, you got hit you immediately were transformed, how does someone change from being such a introvert to being the leader of worship and not caring what anyone thinks?
Lydia: Do you know it had to be God because my whole family sings or plays and I mean literally the entire family is musical so I would have nothing to do with it. I didn’t want to be on the platform as a matter of fact I hid behind the pews in the church because I didn’t want anything to do with it. But when I was a little girl at Brownsville, one night in May after we had initially gotten in touch when we first went, one night in May of 1996 Pastor and Steve had actually prayed for me and my family on the platform; and while we were on the platform, Lindell Cooley of the Brownsville Revival began to sing a song and the lyrics was The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon you because He has anointed you to preach good news. I mean it went through that entire passage of scripture in Isaiah and he sang that over me and he didn’t know me, he didn’t know who I was and I didn’t know him; but from that night until today, I mean I got up leading worship that was it; I got up leading worship, it was just a done deal. And I did I went from being completely afraid of being on the platform or anything like that to I just don’t care, I don’t care anymore and I haven’t cared since that night I got up.
Sid: And you know, in speaking of worship, you know what I think is amazing, you hear songs that are down loaded from Heaven and other people hear it too! Tell me, give me an example.
Lydia: Well you know, one night one of the songs that has been powerful in the Revival is a song that the Lord gave us called “Even So Come” and actually I had just been in my home getting ready for getting ready for a service one night just prior to the revival breaking out actually, but I just began to hear the song. I can hear the song in my spirit the first part of the chorus and we wrote that down and that’s actually been powerful in the Revival and we sing that song in the Revival many nights. But then there’s night that we’ll have additional instruments playing with us and people in the congregation have actually sent emails about it. I remember one night that we heard a flute and I looked at one of my co-leaders and I said, “Do you hear that?” And she said, “I do,” and then over the course of the next day or so we were inundated with emails about people having heard the same instrument.
Sid: Tell me briefly about one miracle, there is one in particular that I’m interested in, but you have so many miracles that have happened; and let me tell you a key, most of these miracles take place during worship. Tell me about Juanita from Texas.
Lydia: I would love to tell you about Juanita from Texas, my goodness what a miracle that was. We had just been worshipping one night in the Revival in the midst of that flow, Nathan the Evangelist got up and began to give words of knowledge and he actually called for deaf people to come and join him on platform and he was going to pray for them; and he usually, I mean Nathan has done that many many times and usually we see people that will have some kind of partial deafness and then of course we have seen that healed many many times. But this particular night Juanita came up on the platform; we didn’t know her we never met Juanita she brought her interpreter and Juanita was deaf and dumb and had been deaf and dumb from birth. And of course when you’re born deaf and dumb the part of your brain that deals with speech it’s not even developed; it hasn’t even ever been used. So I mean for her to come and for the Lord of heal her was an extraordinary thing. And while we were worshipping and while he was calling out that word of knowledge, he prayed for her and usually he will ask people, “Are you hearing me?” and they’ve got partial hearing and they will say “It’s improving,” but she couldn’t even do that. So as she began to snap his finger by her ears I will never forget her face, she only stood about three foot away from my piano. I will never forget her face, it looked like a child on Christmas morning, and she lit up and she began to scream and snap her fingers like I’m hearing you. She started signing, “Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus!” She started hearing for the very first time only three feet away from my keyboard and as the night went on it was just like the Lord was turning the volume button up and suddenly she started making all these motions as though she was playing drums, and through her interpreter she started signing furiously through her interpreter and she was signing that she was hearing the drums for the very first time. That was the very first time she had ever heard a drummer. So we of course, we cracked it up and we started playing again, you know Nathan was ministering and he prayed for her again a few minutes later as we sang a song called, “You are Holy” Juanita spoke her very first word, right there on the platform and it was the word holy.
Sid: You know I would like you to hear from this wonderful CD that was recorded live under that tangible anointing that is going on at the Bay of Holy Spirit, where so many miracles are taking place. And the thing that’s so wonderful about Lydia Stanley’s new CD is that it’s the best of the best. You know Kathryn Kulman use to know what songs the Holy Spirit liked and Lydia knows what songs the Holy Spirit likes and so one of the first words that the girl had to say was born totally deaf, Juanita from Texas, one of the first words she said was holy …CD shows the highlights of this great revival and in my opinion, I’ve been to the Revival and I love it, I would like to go there every day.But those DVDs because they caught the highlights of when the Spirit of God descended and throughout the entire Revival, it’s even stronger…I would like you remember the first word that Juanita said, was Holy! First time in her entire life, let’s hear “Holy Are You Lord.”
Sid: As you know, because I’ve said this on the air, I went down to the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival in Mobile Alabama and I was sooo pleasantly surprised; and I got to meet Pastor Kilpatrick who also was the one that God used for the Brownsville Revival and I got to meet the Evangelist Nathan Morris and I interviewed both of them. And there was one person I didn’t meet, and this person walks in humility so she wouldn’t say it, but I’ll say it, without worship I don’t know that they would be having the revival that there having. She’s the worship leader, Lydia Stanley and Lydia said she didn’t have a chance to meet me when I was down there and Lydia why did you tell me you didn’t meet me?
Lydia: Well, at that time you were very very busy, shaking on the floor under the power of God.
Lydia: I did not get to meet you when you came.
Sid: Well, Lydia I am fascinated by what God did to cause you to be the Worship Leader of this great move of God’s Spirit, called the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival. And let me take you back to before you were even born. Your parents could not conceive and so they were at a meeting and in fact I believe they were leading worship and a prophet from Ghana prophesied over them and tell me what they told you.
Lydia: Absolutely, Mom and Dad had been leading worship that night and at that point I think they had been trying to have a baby for about two years and of course with no success and so in the course of that meeting my Mom just kind of sat down on the piano bench next to my Dad and the Prophet came over to her and said, “A this time next year there will be a red rose seated at your feet.” And Mom just knew in her heart that meant that she would have a baby girl. And so it was only by that time next year of course there I was.
Sid: Just out of curiosity, was there a little bit more to that that I don’t know, did he have any vision, did he see a red rose?
Lydia: Yes Sir, he actually saw, he could see the red rose, he was having a vision of the red rose you know seated at Mom’s feet and so he said yeah, “By this time next year you’ll hold a red rose.” And so by that time next year of course I was born; but even while I was in the mother’s womb Mom and Dad would play the piano and sing to me; they’re amazing worship leaders in their own right. And they would sing over me and teach me music even in the womb; and so that’s just kind of been that’s my heritage; worship is my heritage.
Sid: And although your whole family are worshippers they began to bless you as you’re just a little child and tell you about your destiny and your purpose. Do you remember some of the things that they said to you?
Lydia: Do you know even from the first time I ever felt God’s presence I was just, I was just probably two years old, and my Grandmother was…
Sid: You know when I was two years old I wasn’t even sure there was a God and your feeling God’s presence at two years old!
Lydia: I’m telling you, well I don’t know how it happened, but you know I can remember it just as clear as anything. I remember my Grandmother holding me in a rocking chair and she was probably trying to get me to take a nap because I was one of those full time kids; I mean you see me leading worship, I’m fully involved and I was fully involved from the time I was born. So she was holding me and she was singing over me about the Lord passing this way. It was a song you know calling for the Lord to pass this way. And as she sang I remember feeling something, and of course I was too young to know what it was and I was like, I must have, my eyes must have shown you know that I was sensing something; and she looked at me and said, “Baby that is the presence of the Lord; that’s what you’re feeling right now,” and I went, “Wow.” That’s my first memory of that, but all along when I was a little girl they would tell me. They never called me to be a worship leader; you know they never told me this is something you have to do. But from the earliest that I can remember they would look at me and say, “The Lord’s destined you for ministry, you’re not like other kids, you’re not better than other kids, but you’re different because God has called you to the ministry, you know that you’re called; there’s a call on your life and the hand of God is on you.” And from the time I was a little girl they told me that, they told me and my brothers that.
Sid: Now, when you were much older, twelve years old your parents take you to the great Brownsville revival in Pensacola, Florida. You had never sat through a service that long; tell me about that first service.
Lydia: Well, it was about four or five hours long, I mean we were astonished because of Brownsville, we had gotten a bit religious and you know four hour service is my goodness we couldn’t even image it.
Sid: I mean that’s going against the trend, seeker services in an out in one hour or the pastor will lose his job, but go ahead.
Lydia: Absolutely, I mean we were the Lord use to move at our church but never for four hours, my goodness we were just astonished! But I’ll never forget, I mean you could, it felt as though the air was thick, just thick like you could just cut it with a knife, that’s how tangible the presence of the Lord was and you know we had felt the presence of the Lord, but never like that. And I remember, you know my brother and I were you know young, I was twelve and he was seven and we were ready to go home and Steve Hill the Evangelist said, “First timers lets pray for the first time visitors.” And Dad was going to go down by himself, but he looked, he turned around and looked at Mom and he said, “No, we came as a family and we are going to get prayer as a family.” And I’m so glad that he did that, because I mean it changed our lives. We went down front and actually Steve was explaining to everyone that, “Don’t let anyone pray for you unless they have a purple badge that indicates they are with the prayer team,” and he was working in the opposite direction from where we were standing. But suddenly and without any kind of warning, he spun around pointed at my Dad and said, “Sir, the anointing is raining all over you and your family.” And Dad just said, “Well okay,” you know, “Thank you.” ha-ha-ha and so Steve turned around to finish his instructions for prayer and he tried to finish it but he couldn’t. And he turned around and said, “No, I said it’s raining all over you and your family, and again he raced off the platform as only Steve Hill could do and the first person that he touch in family was me and he took my face in his hands, and he said Sis, “The anointing is all over you and it is going to carry you through.” And of course I was hit by the power of God and I was on the floor for quite some time, I couldn’t…
Sid: Now was this different than anything that you have ever experience before?
Lydia: I had never experienced anything like that before, I mean I could not get up it was a heavy weighty presence of the Lord. I looked up and I said “Mom, I can’t move.”
Sid: Well, you know the Hebrew word is Kavod, which mean a heavy weight, a weightiness and when the Kavod in an Orthodox Judaism they don’t realize it when the Kavod comes on Orthodox Jews they start bending over because they can’t can’t stand straight. Ha-ha-ha.
Lydia: You can’t when that heavy presence comes, you can’t stand no you can’t do it.
Sid: Now, your brother Philip, he had an encounter there, what did he see and how old was he?
Lydia: My brother was seven, Philip is an awesome guy. I mean he was always a very matter of fact kid, not demonstrative or making up stories, just not that kind of person; and even from a little boy he was just always pretty straight forward you know. And so my Dad and I had both been hit by the power of God and we were actually on the floor. My Mother was still standing and she was just crying and praying and my brother was standing there with her, he started pulling on her sleeve and he said, “Mom, Momma.” And she said you know “Baby Moms praying,” and you know and tried to kind a shush him, because she thought that he was going to say something not significant and so, he kept on and he said, “Mom I see golden rain falling all around us, and Jesus is over there and He’s smiling at us,” and he put his hand in his pocket and he said, “What is going on here?”
Sid: Ha-ha, how old was he?
Lydia: He was only seven years old, he…
Sid: Oh my goodness!
Lydia: He had never said anything like that before and he’s never said anything like that since, but that’s what happened to him that night and it just struck her like, oh my goodness my son has seen the Lord in church; and it was amazing and that was our introduction to revival.
Sid: And you use to travel every month to go to a meeting there and it was about what coming from Augusta, Georgia about five hundred miles each way?
Lydia: Yes Sir, one way it was five hundred miles.
Sid: You know your family must have been hungry for God!
Lydia: And when you’re hungry for God you will do anything.
Sid: Well, you know we’re talking to people and we’re provoking them to jealousy Lydia and it’s, they all would like to go to the Revival, Mobile Alabama, they all would have liked to have gone to the revival in Pensacola, Florida and the Brownsville Revival. And even better than go to it they all would like to have been there every night and soak in that glory, and they’d all turn out like you. But you know what I listened to your CD which was recorded live with that anointing, the best of the best songs that you’ve had the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival and then four DVDs and we were so pleasantly surprised with the four DVDs called “Revival Rewind,” because it’s the best of the best; it shows the whole history, it shows miracles taken place. But I have to tell you I was just playing the DVD in my office and several of my staff came in and they could feel the tangible presence of God…