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Don 

I was instantly healed and the migraines and paralysis never came back… then a rush of energy went through my body, followed by hearing myself speak in an amazing new language… Being filled with God’s Spirit…is a comfort that I would not trade for anything. It’s a solid consistency in an ever-inconsistent world.

I was 22 years old in 1985 when a former college friend told me he’d been filled with the Holy Spirit and that he could now speak in tongues. I was completely confused by what he told me because I had no formal religious upbringing except for going to a Baptist Sunday school when I was six years old. At six years old all I wanted to do was play, so after a few weeks of complaining we didn’t have to go anymore.

As I grew up I had a few friends who went to church, but no one was ever able to answer my questions regarding proof that the Bible was true. I couldn’t understand why they would continue to follow the Bible if there was no tangible evidence. Even as a child, the idea of having blind faith in something just never made sense to me.

My college friend explained to me that the Scripture commands people to do more than blindly accept Jesus by believing in Him in an accepting kind of way. People actually need to (as the Bible says in John 3:5) be born of water (full immersion baptism) and of the Spirit in order to enter the Kingdom of God. He assured me I would know the moment I was anointed with God’s Spirit because I would speak in a brand new audible spiritual language (called speaking in tongues). This intrigued me.

My friend explained that it’s through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross that I would be given the opportunity to be forgiven for my sins. Despite all the mocking I had expressed toward the word “sin” growing up, there were things I’d done in my life that I was not proud of. Deep down, I knew I didn’t measure up to a God that requires moral rightness. If God was truly willing to offer me proof of His existence, and if I needed to be forgiven for my sins, I figured it was about time to give it a try.

My friend baptized me at home in my bathtub. Coming up out of the water, I prayed for the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit, but nothing happened. Encouraged to pray more, we went to the living room where my friend added a prayer that I would be healed of debilitating migraines from which I had suffered since a car accident many years earlier. The pain was so bad that I had to sleep each day, sometimes three times a day, and I experienced intermittent paralysis on one side of my face.

By no coincidence (I now realize), I had been examined by doctors at UCLA medical center just five days prior to my friend’s visit. They had said there was absolutely no cure for my condition and their solution was to put me on drugs for the rest of my life, to mask the pain. Now my friend was saying that prayer could completely heal me. He laid his hands upon me and prayed in English, then in tongues. I was instantly healed and the migraines and paralysis never came back.

It wasn’t until two weeks later that I actually received the Holy Spirit as I knelt down to pray with another person. I began to praise God in English by saying “Hallelujah” and then a rush of energy went through my body, followed by hearing myself speak in an amazing new language. I knew at that very moment that the power of the Holy Spirit had come to dwell inside of me. I suddenly had this constant awareness of God’s presence inside of me and that I could communicate with God in the pure language of the Spirit any time I wanted. I was encouraged to pray in tongues every day because it would strengthen my bond with the Lord (kind of like making the effort to work out daily in a gym once you’ve been given a membership). I did this and I was amazed at all the good things that began to happen.

As I began to read the Bible, I was excited to discover that it actually made sense. Two years earlier I had, in fact, tried to read the Bible for the purpose of finally proving it wrong. Yet, during my attempt to discredit the Bible, I simply could not understand the little I read. At that time I was teaching a course on positive thinking that I had previously developed. It had been part of my quest to find the answers to life. After being born again of water and of the Spirit, I read through the Scripture and realized that the promises of assistance from God far outweigh the philosophy of positive thinking by one’s own efforts.

Being filled with God’s Spirit, made possible by Jesus Christ and His redeeming blood, is a comfort that I would not trade for anything. It’s a solid consistency in an ever-inconsistent world.

The most amazing thing besides my own experiences with the Lord is praying for others and seeing their lives also changed miraculously. I have the privilege of traveling a lot, and every trip is always filled with “God-incidences” (never “coincidences”!) where I meet people that are searching for answers in some way. It’s such a thrill to pray with them to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and hear them speak in tongues as proof, to see them baptized, and to witness their excitement as they feel connected with their Creator for the first time.

It’s also an awesome thing to then help these people to understand their calling i.e. that now they’re born again of water and of the Spirit, they too have the authority to do the same with people that come their way. It’s how the New Testament Church (there is only one Church – the Body of Christ) began on the Day of Pentecost, and God is still adding to His Church this day in the very same way. The Book of Acts is still alive today and it’s a thrill to be a part of it!

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today! 

Kaye 

I felt the aching “hole” in my heart close up and a dark heaviness lift from me. I felt complete. Instantly, somehow, I knew God intimately. Suddenly I had an inner understanding of life and I was no longer terrified of death… instantly healed from a massive, intensely painful lump in my left breast just as I was about to undergo a mammogram exam. It simply dissolved right there as I sat in the chair and prayed…

My Dad came from a family with a strong Catholic background and my Mom was very involved in the Church of England when she was young. Yet, both had been completely put off by bad experiences in their churches and so did not seek to raise my brother and I with any firm religious belief.

Though I wasn’t encouraged to actively believe in God, as I grew I became aware of an inner desire to go to some kind of church to find out if God is real. I never actually pursued this desire until my early twenties. By this stage I was struggling. On the outside everything seemed fine and I was quite successful in my various endeavors. But, on the inside I was falling apart. I put on a brave face. I felt like a “fish out of water” in life and I yearned to find where I belonged. There were also so many questions about life and death for which there seemed to be no clear answers. Death and not existing anymore absolutely terrified me. It seemed that the more I strove by my own effort in life to be at peace, the more I fell apart within (although no one truly knew).

I thought that going to church would help me and I even underwent confirmation in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. But as often as I went on Sunday, I still felt the same again by the time Monday rolled around. There was no reason for me to question the preaching and everyone was so nice, but the Sunday experience was always very empty. No one gave me any clear direction, so I assumed being a Christian simply meant choosing to believe in God and the Bible and trying to be a good person. It all seemed very vague and kind of fake.

Then, a lady I worked with told me about someone she had met who had invited her to a church supper. She told me how impressed she was with the genuine joy and peace of the people there. These were two things I greatly desired in my own life, so she offered me a business card she’d been given by the host. To my surprise, when I spoke to him on the phone he told me about real, personal, tangible miracles that had happened in his life and others’ lives and that I could experience the same.

Although I was excited, I was also suspicious and afraid of getting caught up in a cult. But, the desire to check it out never left me and finally, after three months, I attended one of his group’s fellowship meetings. The moment I walked through the door I felt like I’d come home; it felt warm and caring and real. The operation of the spiritual gifts at the end of the meeting (which was the first time I’d ever heard speaking in tongues) was particularly powerful – so much so that I was moved to tears.

The most exciting time came when the man I’d spoken to on the phone offered to show me a bunch of scriptures. It was such a relief to read for myself what God clearly expected from me and to learn about the abundance He offered in return. I was shown that even though I considered myself to be a Christian (because I’d been to other churches for a time), technically God did not consider me to be one of His children until I’d been baptized by full immersion in water and anointed by Him with His Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9). This was the purpose of Jesus Christ’s coming and subsequent death and resurrection. That is, Jesus’ sacrifice opened the way for all to be united with our Creator through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Inspired by what I saw in Scripture, I asked how I could receive the Holy Spirit anointing. I was invited to pray with the man and another lady and I eagerly accepted. I was a little nervous and on the outside things felt uncomfortable because it was all new and different from the church “norm,” but on the inside everything felt so right as if I was following the path to truth. So, in a peaceful room with two strangers I called out to God (“wherever He was”) to fill me with His Spirit (“whatever that was”). My whole world changed after a few minutes when I heard myself begin to pray in a brand new language. It wasn’t “gibberish”; it was a pure, complex, beautiful language. At the same time, I felt the aching “hole” in my heart close up and a dark heaviness lift from me. I felt complete. Instantly, somehow, I knew God intimately. Suddenly I had an inner understanding of life and I was no longer terrified of death. I knew beyond doubt that I’d been anointed with God’s Holy Spirit and miraculously changed.

I got baptized at the next meeting in obedience to what God says in His Word. I realized from what I read that it symbolized burying my old life and committing to a new, better way under Him. I was so excited and eager get it done as soon as possible because it was part of sealing my relationship with my Father and coming fully under His wing.

That was many years ago now and I can truly say that the more I’ve sought to diligently apply God’s Word in each area of my life, the more I’ve experienced God’s blessings. I’ve experienced many miracles and the exceeding abundant provision of the Lord, including being instantly healed from a massive, intensely painful lump in my left breast just as I was about to undergo a mammogram exam. It simply dissolved right there as I sat in the chair and prayed in tongues together with my husband in Jesus’ name (while the technician left the examination room for a few minutes). I still went through with the exam because I wanted to prove to the doctor that I’d been healed. When I entered his office, he simply looked up at the x-rays on the wall and said, “Why are you here? There’s nothing there…!”

It’s so incredibly comforting to wake up every morning knowing – and feeling – I have a personal relationship with the real, living God when once I seriously wondered if He existed. And, I can honestly say that my life has gone from strength to strength as I’ve learned to exercise my faith in God’s Word, even outwardly proclaiming His promises when my natural man has tempted me to doubt or fear.

I’ve learned to dig into the Bible to find scriptures that relate to every situation in my life and then apply these no matter what my mind or heart might be tempting me to believe or follow. God’s way has never failed me. It has always proven to produce the best results. Three of the keys have been 1) always giving thanks in all things as I wait patiently for God’s hand to work, 2) never allowing myself to have a bad attitude toward God, but humbly realizing that all things are a product of my choices for or against Him and His will, and 3) praying in tongues as much as I can every day – both dedicated worship times and also praying casually as I go about my day (not in public situations, though!). I know praying often in the spiritual language God has given me kind of activates God’s Spirit within; it helps me to “tune in” to the Holy Spirit (versus being led astray by my own self) and access His power.

In fact, I realized early on in my walk with God that having the Holy Spirit is like being granted a free membership to the ultimate fitness center. If I continue to use what has been made available to me then I’m bound to get stronger and healthier. Yes, it requires effort, but it’s sooooo worth it! The rewards not only affect my own life, but they have a major ripple effect as they flow on to others around me from my own family to even far beyond.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today!

 

Ethan 

…my family and I prayed diligently in Jesus’ name and, after a little while, I felt a kind of “click.” I explained that it wasn’t a physical click; it was an invisible one as if I suddenly knew for sure I’d been healed. 

I was born in August 2000. I was filled with the power of God’s Holy Spirit when I was three and a half years old. I always wanted to have the Holy Spirit just like my parents, but they told me it was up to me to seek God and that I could only come to Him through Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

One day, I was in the car with my mother and my younger brother on the way to the store. I asked my mom if I could take communion at fellowship gatherings. She said, “Yes, when you’re part of God’s family.” She reminded me that I needed to seek God for the anointing of the Holy Spirit and then I needed to be baptized by full immersion in water. She also reminded me that I’d know when I had received the Spirit because I would speak in tongues, just like the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.

So, I began to pray to God right there in the car, asking Him to fill me with His Spirit. Suddenly I began to pray in a new language. My mother didn’t hear me at the time because of the traffic noise and she had the car radio on, but the next day I was praying for my brother who needed a healing, and at that point she heard me pray in this new language. She knew I had the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The next weekend I was baptized at home in our bathtub.

Growing up, I really enjoyed praying with my family every day in the spiritual language God has given me. It was also reassuring to know there were solid answers to all my questions about life and that I didn’t have to be left wondering like my parents when they were growing up.

I was also miraculously healed from whiplash after a car accident. God saved all of us from being seriously hurt, and the police said that out of all the places on the long highway we could have run off the road, the area we did slip into was the safest of all. My dad ended up with just a scratch on the arm and I ended up with whiplash. It was extremely painful and I could hardly move my head. But, my family and I prayed diligently in Jesus’ name and, after a little while, I felt a kind of “click.” At the time, I explained that it wasn’t a physical click; it was an invisible one as if I suddenly knew for sure I’d been healed. I showed my family by freely moving my head around in all directions. I was only five years old at the time, but I remember being so amazed and happy, and so were my folks. This is just one of the many amazing things God has done in my life.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

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Daniel 

So, unknown to Dad, Mom had a private prayer to God that He would give Dad clarity as to whether or not I had in fact been filled with the power of the Spirit… On the way there he saw me suddenly sit upright in my bed (still with my eyes closed) and speak forth loudly and clearly in tongues for about half a minute…

I was born in November 2002. I was filled with God’s Holy Spirit when I was just over three years old. Mom and Dad had always told me that I needed to be part of God’s family if I wanted to be taken with Jesus when He returns. They told me I would be one of God’s children once I was anointed with the power of His Spirit and baptized by full immersion in water, and I would be able to live eternally with God as long as I then continued to follow His ways.

My older brother had already received the Holy Spirit and I would always join in with him whenever he prayed in tongues with Dad and Mom each day. I used to just listen and sometimes praise God using English words. But one day, Mom noticed I was using unusual words during prayer time. She thought I had received the Holy Spirit, but Dad was not ready to baptize me unless he was absolutely sure. So, unknown to Dad, Mom had a private prayer to God that He would give Dad clarity as to whether or not I had in fact been filled with the power of the Spirit.

That night, we were staying in a hotel room while traveling and Dad got up to go to the restroom. On the way there he saw me suddenly sit upright in my bed (still with my eyes closed) and speak forth loudly and clearly in tongues for about half a minute. Then I stopped and lay back down. I didn’t remember any of this because I was still asleep at the time, but I knew I could now pray in tongues every day with Mom and Dad, just like my brother. The next day I was baptized by full immersion in water in a hot tub at a hotel.

I thank God that He answered Mom’s prayer and clearly showed Dad (in a way that could not at all be mistaken) that I had been anointed with the Holy Spirit. I love living in a family that loves Jesus and puts God first in all things.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today!

 

Elisabeth

(Written by Elisabeth’s Mom…)

Elisabeth was quietly pleased with my answer, responding with a simple yet convicted, “Oh!” Then we simply started to pray. To our surprise, we heard little Elisabeth joining in from behind us in her toddler seat, praying clearly in tongues just as we were. We didn’t say anything, but rather kept praying for a very long while, secretly listening to her intently.

My husband and I had introduced to Elisabeth the concept of God as our maker and Jesus Christ as God’s only Son as soon as she was interested in listening to stories. We used simple role play using her little buddies to explain how God had made everything we see and how people soon lost their love for Him. They became separated from Him by their wrongdoings and this made God very sad.

We explained how God sent Jesus to die for us so we could be connected with God again. His death opened the door for God’s powerful Holy Spirit to come and live inside of us, to change us into good people who would love God always. We told her how the disciples in the Bible spoke in an amazing spiritual prayer language when they were first filled with the Holy Spirit and how they were always able to speak to God using this language from that point forward. We also explained the importance of baptism as a way of showing God how much we wanted to follow His ways forever knowing that His ways are the best for us.

Elisabeth quickly grew to understand that we had the Holy Spirit inside of us and that we had been baptized, and that one day this would happen to her, too, if she wanted it to. She would hear us talking about God and His Word every day amongst ourselves, she would sit with us during prayer times and hear us praying in tongues (at times joining in with little words in English), she would join us in worship and praise as we sang and rejoiced in God’s love, and we would read her Bible stories most days (changing the words here and there seeing that most kids’ Bible stories get some key things incorrect).

Then one day when she was 3 years and 5 months old, we were driving in the car on a family outing and we decided to have some prayer for a while. This wasn’t an unusual thing as we would often pray in tongues together as we drove long distances. This time, however, Elisabeth decided to ask us why we were praying. I sensed it wasn’t a casual question; she really wanted to know why.

So, I reminded her how God is our Father Creator in heaven who we cannot see with our eyes (but He can see and hear us). “You know how much you love to talk to daddy here all day long, right, and how much daddy loves it when you want to be with him and show him your love?” I asked as I pointed to my husband. She quickly nodded. “Well, it’s the same thing with God in heaven who made all of us. He is our Father and we love to talk to Him and show Him we love Him by spending time with Him in prayer!”

Elisabeth was quietly pleased with my answer, responding with a simple yet convicted, “Oh!” Then we simply started to pray. To our surprise, we heard little Elisabeth joining in from behind us in her toddler seat, praying clearly in tongues just as we were. We didn’t say anything, but rather kept praying for a very long while, secretly listening to her intently. Eventually we stopped praying and rejoiced together with her that she had just received the Holy Spirit that we had talked about so often in the past.

We then asked Elisabeth if she wanted to get baptized and she was very keen, so my husband did that for her when we returned from our little trip. We have always encouraged parents not to have their child baptized until the child either receives the Holy Spirit anointing (God doesn’t make a mistake when He fills a child with His Holy Spirit), or until their son/daughter sincerely desires to be baptized of his/her own accord at an age of understanding with true repentance.

So, that was the beginning of our little girl’s personal walk with God. Elisabeth is still young, but she already has an incredibly clear understanding of the key Biblical concepts, she loves praying in tongues every day, she loves to sing about God and Jesus, and she’s ever asking questions and wanting to learn more.

It’s a precious thing when, as parents, you come to be spiritually united with your child. And, knowing she is personally connected with her Creator has given Elisabeth such solid confidence and overflowing joy.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today!

 

Lee Story PictureLee

I can remember the moment I was filled with the Holy Spirit as though it was yesterday. It felt as if God was giving me chills up and down my body like a scanner. It lasted for several minutes before it stopped. It’s been less than two years since I received the Holy Spirit and my life has completely changed for the better. 

I’ll begin my story when I was a child. My mother went to church, but my father was Agnostic. Due to my father’s beliefs, my mother never had the opportunity to talk to me about the Bible. I had very little understanding of Jesus or the Word of God. It wasn’t until college when I started having financial struggles that I began to pursue prayer as an answer. And, boy did I get answers!

As I was finishing my degree, I realized that my overwhelming amount of student loan debt was going to cause me grief for many years to come. Even when I found a good paying job, it still wasn’t comforting knowing the majority of my paycheck would be consumed by the loan companies. I was extremely stressed about the possibility of not being able to provide for my family. Even though I had a degree and a well paying job, I still felt like a failure. I saw no future where I would be financially stable. My financial plan for my life was a disaster even though I supposedly succeeded (according to societal norms). When I turned to God and started praying, my life started changing. The turn of events in my life was so completely different than the plan I had made for myself. In fact, the majority of my life today is nothing what I had intended. God had much different (and better) plans for me.

I gave myself to Jesus Christ on December 26th, 2014. I was filled with the Holy Spirit (speaking in tongues – a spiritual prayer language – as proof) three days later, and I was baptized the next month. I can remember the moment I was filled with the Holy Spirit as though it was yesterday. It felt as if God was giving me chills up and down my body like a scanner. It lasted for several minutes before it stopped. It’s been less than two years since I received the Holy Spirit and my life has completely changed for the better. I’ve switched careers and become financially stable. And more importantly, I’m less stressed, more confident, and happy! From the moment I was filled with the Holy Spirit I could feel God’s presence in me. I could literally feel his love for the first time.

Everyone has different problems, but there’s only one solution that anyone really needs: pray in the Spirit. If you have a problem in your life, no matter what it is there’s no doubt that God has a solution for you. For example, a few weeks after receiving the Holy Spirit, I developed a nasty cough and sore throat. I took the typical over-the-counter cold medicine with no improvement. I couldn’t stand the pain every time I would swallow or try to talk. I was a teacher at the time and I was in so much misery trying to talk and move around all day. One evening, I went into my bedroom, layed on the bed, and told God that I would “really appreciate it” if he could make me feel better. I remember telling Him that I would be a more effective teacher and the kids would learn more if I felt better. I also remember telling Him that He probably had better things to do, and I understood if it was something I just had to deal with for a while. So I started to pray in the Spirit (that is, in tongues). Within seconds, I began to cough violently to the point where I was gagging. Moments later my cough and sore throat were completely gone! God had relieved my pain so that I could be more comfortable teaching the kids. This is just one example in my life out of hundreds where God has had a significant and immediate response to my prayers. If you’re struggling with something, big or small, I challenge you to put the weight of your problem on God’s shoulders and let him give you an answer.

For the past two years I’ve found comfort in the Holy Spirit. Life has continued to improve and my overall happiness has never been better. God has provided me with solutions to my financial, medical, and personal problems. I only hope that this testimony gives you some strength and confidence knowing that someone else has benefited from God’s love, and you could too! Commit your life to Jesus AND pray for the Holy Spirit, and you will feel God’s love the moment you receive it.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today!

 

Lynette

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It was a miracle I survived!

As I grew into my teens, I made a lot of bad decisions. When I was in high school I started smoking which progressed to smoking pot and drinking too much at parties, just to try to fit in with my friends, thinking I was cool.

One night I made one of those bad decisions which was to completely change my life. I went to a party out of town in Tokoroa, New Zealand, without my parent’s permission.

On the way home, I piled into a car with 10 other teenagers; I was 15 years old. The driver had been drinking and was driving up to 160 km per hour. As he turned a corner, he lost control. The car hit a power pole, then hit a bank and was airborne for 40 metres before it came to a halt by crashing into another power pole. Only two of the 11 teenagers were left in the car, one of whom was killed instantly; the others were thrown from the vehicle.

I ended up in the middle of the road. Moments later a car approached and the driver, sensing something was wrong, swerved off of the road to avoid running over me. I lay on the road with a broken neck, three breaks in my pelvis, a broken collar bone, a cracked rib, two breaks in my jaw, smashed teeth, my chin cut open to the inside of my mouth, and gravel crushed into the skin on my legs.

It was a miracle I survived! I cannot remember anything from that night. I had complete amnesia. I was unconscious for three days and was in hospital for 2 1/2 months, losing 2 stone in weight. Coming close to death was terrifying. I didn’t want to die. God’s grace kept me alive.

When I left hospital, my life had changed. I had constant pain in my neck and back and got cramps in my hand. My pelvis clicked as I walked. I lived on painkillers and ended up smoking a lot of marijuana in an effort to alleviate the continual pain. I was advised by doctors not to play any sport because if I banged my neck I risked being paralyzed, or even dying. I was also told I would not be able to give birth naturally because of my damaged pelvis.

I had a lot of fear in me and silently prayed whenever I was scared. I remember one night going to bed and looking up at the stars. I called out to God wanting to know why this had happened to me and with all my heart I opened up to God, really wanting his help, his love and his forgiveness.

An amazing sense of peace came over me and I started to speak a lot of strange words I didn’t understand. I didn’t know what to do about this experience so I shelved it away. Five years later, I learned I had received the Holy Spirit that night and had spoken in another language (called “speaking in tongues” in the Bible).

I tried to live my life as best I could. I got a job, hung out with my friends, continued smoking pot and partying. I was thankful to be alive, but despite the attempts to fill myself up, deep down there was always a sense of emptiness.

One day while I was living in Hamilton, I met a group of Christians from Auckland. They told me about miracles of healing, forgiveness, being baptized (burying your old life in the waters), and receiving the Holy Spirit. They said the Holy Spirit could come and live inside me and be my Comforter. I was really touched by these words and I could see that these people seemed to have a real relationship with Jesus. It all made sense and seemed so simple.

They invited me to a meeting the next day. When I arrived, I felt like I had come home; the warmth and love was so real. I read the scriptures in the Bible and listened intently to the message. Whilst I was there, a crippled man that used two walking sticks came to his first meeting as well. A tractor had fallen on him many years before, leaving him a cripple. I watched in amazement as he had hands laid on him and was instantly healed, touching his toes and walking freely!

I discovered that all the answers to life I had been looking for were in the Bible. I could clearly see I had to change my life to be right with God. Eventually I decided I needed to be baptized by being fully immersed in water and hand over my old life to God and start afresh.

I wanted to be forgiven for all the things I had done in my life and I believed that God would work a miracle with my broken body. This was the best decision I ever made in my life.

When I was baptized, I felt amazingly clean inside and I felt as though a big load had been lifted from my shoulders. I felt a strong tingling right through my body. I spoke in tongues again and felt an amazing sense of peace. My body was instantly healed at that moment. My pelvis stopped clicking, my bones seemed strong, and I had the biggest smile on my face that wouldn’t go away! I knew my life had completely changed from that moment. I lost the desire to drink alcohol and I instantly stopped swearing. I was transformed and I sensed a new purpose to my life. I wanted to give instead of take. God was changing and molding me into the person he wanted me to be. Some other old habits took a little longer to die, but God showed me I didn’t need to get stoned anymore and I soon lost my addiction to smoking cigarettes.

I started to put my trust in God each day and to pray in the new spiritual language I had received. This gave me inner strength and guidance.

I moved up to Auckland and got a job as a nurse aid which involved heavy lifting. I experienced no problems with my back or neck. I then got a job selling clothes door-to-door, lifting eight large suitcases in and out of my car. I also played netball. My body was healed and was strong again. 

Three years later, God blessed me with a loving Christian husband, Rex, and we had 2 beautiful children, both delivered naturally. During my first pregnancy, I discovered I had cancer cells on my cervix and would need treatment after my baby was born. I trusted God that I would be healed and when my son was born the cancer cells were flushed out. I was completely healed. Praise God! That was 26 years ago.

Another amazing incident happened 15 years ago. We were holidaying in Queenstown and went on a horse trek through rough terrain. Suddenly, my 8-year-old daughter’s horse bolted, then my 11-year-old son’s horse bolted. I immediately called on God to protect them. My son flew off his horse and Rex managed to get off his horse to attend to him. Our guide rode ahead to assist our daughter whose horse bolted about 200m. The horse had somehow managed to slow down at a fence in time for the guide to grab her as they both tumbled to the ground. In the confusion, my horse panicked, too, into a full-on gallop. I was thrown off and temporarily knocked unconscious. But, apart from a broken wrist, I miraculously survived the fall with no damage to my neck or pelvis. I thank God that he delivered us all from what could easily have been a tragedy.

It’s been 34 years since I was born again and what a fulfilling life it has been! God has blessed every area of my life. We now operate a very successful fishing charter boat. I have found that having a relationship with Jesus has given me peace and victory in every area of my life. Whatever happens, I know Jesus will be there to help me. The Holy Spirit gives me power and everlasting life. And, this experience is there for all who want it! 

I have prayed for many people who have been filled with the Holy Spirit and healed. God is a loving and gracious God. The greatest joy in my life is to reach out to others, sharing my story and telling them what God can do for them.

Are you thoroughly confused by the mixed messages out there in churches and spiritual circles? Have you tried to find a clear message in the Bible but given up? Read our Truth Is Power! article on the “Get Empowered” page for the “meat and potatoes” of what everyone needs to know – and act upon – in order to get right with God.

Want to know how to seek God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and set your life on a brand new course this very day? Refer to the following post on our “Get Reading” page: How to get empowered with God’s power, today!

 

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