The Holy Spirit
Tongues | Jesus | Baptised
On June 19th 2000 as I was reading my Bible, I felt I should go to my room and pray; I closed the door to be alone and asked Jesus if He would give me the gift of tongues and the understanding of it.
I said to Jesus, "I don’t know how to speak in tongues so I will praise you in English". As I was doing this I felt Him touch my head; suddenly my English was changed to tongues and I began to shake all over - the inside of my stomach jolted up. The Lord also gave me many personal visions.
Praise him! Old things are passed away and behold all things become new; I will never be the same... I Love Him,
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My deathful, sinful life turned into the best five years of my life when I was ten years old. I left the church parking lot and a feeling came over me, a feeling that I had never felt before. I dropped to my knees and asked the Lord to forgive me of all my sins. I thought that I loved my family, but I never loved anyone or anything like I did when I met Jesus.
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Baptised in the Holy Spirit
I became a Christian when I was twelve years old in a tent crusade. The evangelist was an old fundamentalist fuddy-duddy with old-fashioned music. He preached the gospel of Jesus and it hit straight to my heart. I gave my life to Jesus Christ and met Him in spirit for the first time.
Four years later, I was at a Bible Week in the youth meeting and heard preaching about the ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’. The preacher went through about every scripture in the New Testament to do with receiving the Spirit, then invited those who wanted to receive Him to come forward. I couldn’t believe that Jesus was so good. He would not only forgive my backsliding, but also give me power to live for Him. In floods of tears, I was the first one forward. I think I ran, actually!
The preacher laid hands on me and prayed and told me to start speaking in tongues. Of course, I couldn’t! I was in danger of becoming very disappointed. Eventually, he stopped and said to me, “Look, its Jesus who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. Just ask Him.” So, he laid his hands on my head again and I focused my spirit on the Lord Jesus as hard as I knew how, and asked Him…nay, begged Him to baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, something started to happen. I started to go numb and something in my spirit was changing. I began to speak, and I was speaking a language I didn’t know. It sounded a bit weird, but not unpleasant at all. I was absolutely totally cleansed inside. I felt a freedom and a joy that I didn’t know was possible. I had peace inside that I never imagined existed. It was the most incredible experience of my entire life.
I left the meeting tent and hugged my friend, with no inhibitions. I felt as humble as a mouse and yet as tall as a skyscraper. I immediately went to find somewhere quiet to be alone with my Lord. I could see the beauty of Jesus in a powerful way that I had never known before. I wept buckets of tears over my sins. How could I ever have done anything to offend such a wonderful, beautiful person as Jesus? He was truly to be worshipped with every ounce of my being for all eternity – no question about it!
After this experience, for the first week or so, I tended to wake up in the mornings feeling depressed. I would ignore the feelings of depression and begin to utter some words of prayer and praise. Within a couple of minutes, I would be soaring again in the clear blue sky of faith, filled with the Holy Spirit, and all His fruit ( Galatians 5:22-23, - ‘love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’).
The Word of God took on new meaning for me. I read the passages of scripture with the joy of recognition – “Yes! I know what you mean! That’s my experience!” When I prayed, I found that I was no longer ‘sending’ my prayer upwards, but rather somewhere inside me. God, for me, was really and truly inside me.
The change in my life was dramatic and permanent. When I returned to school, there was a mini-revival at my Christian Union. Sometimes we met three times a day, we so longed to fellowship with each other and with the Lord! We had so many curious enquirers that our room was full with people spilling out into the corridor!
I continued to speak in tongues, which I do today whenever I feel like it. Sometimes, I would speak in tongues and praise the Lord while walking to the bus stop. I would begin to laugh with joy and think it was quite strange to be laughing for no apparent reason.
I moved to a church where Spiritual Gifts were practiced and encouraged, and within a couple of years, I had experienced quite a number of supernatural gifts first-hand. Those experiences were life-changing and unforgettable.
These days, I’m a bit of a theologian…very reformed, actually. I’m a graduate of Cambridge University and of the Bible College of Wales, so I’m no fool. Believe me, there is no valid theological reason why you shouldn’t cry out to Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants to inundate you and pickle you and saturate you in the Holy Spirit. He won’t force you, but He offers you this gracious gift that is the glorious result of His glorious appearing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
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