Kathryn Kuhlman was a redheaded woman who spent most of her time immersed in the Holy Spirit. She was married to Burroughs Waltrip for a short time.  Kathryn walked in the glory of our Lord even as she was persecuted by the church for getting a divorce. She walked in the blessed assurance and wisdom of God. She did not allow the words of people to extinguish her amazing ministry.  In the video below she speaks adamantly that she was not a faith healer! “I have never healed anybody! The Holy Spirit is the Healer!”  Enjoy this short clip filmed in 1972.  Kathryn speaks of knowing the Holy Spirit as her Teacher and Guide. Click link: Kathryn Speaks 

We all have been given different gifts. Romans 12:6-8. Kathryn never finished school. As a teen she worked as a nanny for her brother-in-law as he preached the Gospel. She was so impacted by how the Holy Spirit operated that she began her own ministry. Kathryn chose to LIVE in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.  “The only thing anyone can teach another is what they have personally been taught by the Holy Spirit, or experienced through Him.” The first disciples of Christ also witnessed miracles and after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit they became carriers, equipped from on High to operate in the miraculous.  Jesus knew that His disciples would forget all that He said, so that is why it is BETTER that Jesus went to the Father so that the Holy Spirit could remind us of all He said. “The anointing remains in us.” John 1:27. She recalls her own initial contact with the Holy Spirit in a Methodist Church in Missouri in a town of 1,200 people. Kathryn’s mother was Methodist and her papa was a Baptist. She attended both churches growing up.  One Sunday morning during the last song from a hymnal, at the age of 14, the Holy Spirit came upon her. She proclaims she does not recall a word the preacher said, and from that day forward the Holy Spirit became her Teacher. Without asking for His anointing, Kathryn began to shake and tremble so much..that she reclined in the pew.  Something inside shined a light on the truth that she was a sinner and she was compelled to go forward and sit in the front pew and weep.  In that moment she was
converted, she was changed by His Presence. This was the moment Kathryn believes she was born again. She tells us that when the Power of the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, they will remember that moment forever with or without speaking in tongues. We are called to BELIEVE and ACCEPT the miracle of our conversion. Kathryn testifies that she passed from a walking dead person to “life in Christ”. It was her first contact with the Holy Ghost. “What I was given was the experience to share, which was my Gospel.”

She rented the 2nd floor of a building in town and began sharing the message of salvation. After her first meeting one young woman was  ‘stilled’ at the altar. A woman who had never heard anyone speak in an unknown tongue  began singing in a perfect pitch of ‘C’. Her mom reported “that is not my daughter, she cannot even carry a tune.”  The glory of the Lord was on her face.  Kathryn witnessed something new. She learned that night to recognize the Holy Spirit working in full power.  She saw the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”.  When He comes upon us, we shall remember our personal “experience”. God is absolute perfection and when the 3rd Person of the trinity comes upon you, He makes Himself known to you. When He speaks it will be absolute
perfection. Speaking in unknown tongues is not how He always communicates His
Presence.  Much that is attributed to the Holy Spirit is NOT the Holy Spirit.  The church cannot teach people how to speak in a heavenly language. John the Baptist said there is One greater than I, and Jesus will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. All blessings, healings and anointing comes through Jesus. He is the Giver of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Kathryn shared “people get their minds so focused on the mechanics that they lose sight of the Truth, Jesus is the only One who gives all blessings, and all the gifts of the promised, and delivered Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit cannot be fooled or manipulated. He knows our hearts, our motives and IF we truly desire to be changed. IF you seek Jesus Christ with all your heart, raise both hands and ask Him to anoint you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is NOT a magic genie who comes to give us what our selfish nature seeks. The Holy Spirit comes into open hearts, He invades our spirit with His, He takes up residence in those who want to serve God. We are His servants. The great purpose of God and His plan of salvation includes a personal loving, trustworthy relationship with our Creator through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit responds to our surrender and willingness to be changed. Jesus is calls us to surrender our ways to His. January 2020 in Spanish, the story of Mary of Bethany and her pure love for Jesus. In Portland, Oregon Kathryn met a young Catholic girl who knew nothing about the Holy Spirit or the mechanics. This nun walked on stage and got a healing and whispered to Kathryn “I’m so hungry for more of the Holy Spirit.” Kathryn said I did NOT touch her, and in the
moment that she confessed her hunger for more, she was slain by the Holy Spirit. Before she lay on the ground she began speaking in a heavenly language.  5,000 people in that civic auditorium began to sob as the Holy Spirit went about doing His business.  “We felt like taking our shoes off as we recognized we were standing in the perfect Presence of the Holy Ghost.” When a person is led, a person follows. Kathryn said “The sacrifices I have made are nothing in comparison to all that the Holy Spirit has shown me. I am NOT a faith healer, the Holy Spirit is the One who heals. He is the miracle worker, I am simply His servant. As God is my judge, our Father did not give to me anything that He will not give unto you. There was a  huge learning curve and an emotional price to pay. There are no bargains with God, it is all or nothing.  I fear NO MAN, but I do strive to NOT grieve the Holy Spirit” Kathryn confessed that she did not know the entire Bible but she filled up on the Word and then preached. A lot of living including heartbreak, sorrow, sickness, and dark nights occurs before we get to go to glory. The presence of God is NOT merely a theory, it is a fact. His Presence is with you when the sun shines and during the dark nights. Consider Elisha in 2 Kings chapter 6. The king of Assyria sent out his army after Elisha and his servant was scared to death.  Elisha thundered “Fear not! Do not be afraid, for they that be with us are far more than who be with them. Wonderful Peace, Holy Spirit I pray that You open the eyes of those that fear whatever.  Beloved, the Holy Spirit never departs and He stays with us in our time of need. God fulfilled His promise to never leave us by delivering into us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit testifies to our spirit that Jesus is Lord. Walk boldly and speak with confidence with the authority of the Holy Spirit who is “in thee”. Holy Spirit open our hearts and minds that we may receive all that You have for us.

Joan Gieson was one of three dear confidants who ministered with Kathryn Kuhlman in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Joan Gieson book, “Healing in His Presence: The Untold Secrets of Kathryn Kuhlman’s Healing Ministry and Relationship with Holy Spirit”

2 thoughts on “Kathryn

  1. I have to admit, I always wondered what this part of Psalm 23 meant. I thought “He anoints my head with oil” was figurative language for God keeping the Psalmist healthy. I never knew this parallel.

    Anoint my head with oil

    “Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep. Do you have times of mental torment? Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over? Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them? Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil? He has an endless supply! His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always! There is peace in the valley! May our good good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings! God is good and He is faithful!!”


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