My story started in 2016. I started asking the bigger questions to life. I began searching for answers in spirituality. I looked into many different backgrounds, but all of this was deception leading me away from the truth.
One day I was sitting at the beach on the Sunshine Coast, and a guy asked me if I believed in God. My response was, I believe in something, but I’m not sure what. He invited me to church and I went along to two meetings. The week prior to meeting this guy I had prayer asking for help from God. I believed in a God, but just not the bible God. Then I moved up to Townsville where I went to a couple more meetings with the Jehovah Witnesses but I stopped attending the meetings because there was nothing special about the church or anything that convinced me that it was real. Although I did keep reading the bible they gave me.
A few months after this I came across an article on Facebook. A guy had commented on the article and what he said prompted me to talk to him. So, I messaged the guy and he soon told me that he was a Christian and he mentioned to me about speaking in tongues and the Holy Spirit. The conversation was brief and that was the last I had heard of it. To me it was just another thing to hear about and didn’t think much of it at the time, only that I hadn’t heard of it before.
A couple of months later my car broke down and the whole week prior to this I had been praying to God about just wanting to know the point of life and what was the truth to it all. Then, after work one day I was walking past two men, brother Richard and Pastor Chris. The only reason I walked past them is because my car had broken down. They were handing out pamphlets for the church and Richard asked me to take one. So, I stopped and said what is it about? He said, it’s about receiving Gods Holy Spirit with the bible evidence of speaking in tongues. My ears pricked, because I had heard of this before. I asked him, do you guys speak in tongues, he said yes, we do. I said I wanted to see it, so he invited me to church the next day.
When I attended the church service, during the service they had what is called spiritual voice gifts. This is where Gods speaks through people in the church to relay a message to his people of things that he wants them to hear. I wasn’t sure if I was convinced at first but a sister told me about her experience in the gifts which provoked me to believe there might be something legit about this. Not only that, I thought there must be a reason why the two times I had genuinely prayed to God, I was lead to a church. So, I got baptised that day and I felt like a weight had lifted off of me. I then read the bible every day, since faith comes by hearing the word of God. Then two and a half weeks later I was praying. At this point I had just realised how much Jesus loves us. God then gave me visions and a healing with an undeniable experience that I will never forget. I was literally in the light and love of God and I felt one with Jesus and God. That experience was enough to convince me that God was real, and his word was true. Five and a half months later I received his Holy Spirit with the Bible evidence of speaking in tongues. The Lord revealed it was my love for my mum that was holding me back from receiving his Holy Spirit, because unless you love everyone and your own life less than God, you cannot be his disciple Luke 14:26.
Praise the Lord for calling me out, and choosing me to be one of his children. Amen