Julie W

I just wanted to know whether it was true

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:4

As a child I went along to Sunday School, and then as a teenager I started to look around at different churches. I couldn’t understand why they all believed different things if they all said they were following God and so I became very confused about what I believed. Some days I didn’t even think there was a God. I became quite a hypocrite, going to church when it suited me and doing what I wanted the rest of the time. However I didn’t enjoy being like this and one day I got down on my knees and asked God to lead me to the right church when I moved to Christchurch. Then I forgot about the prayer.

A short time later I met someone who talked to me about the Holy Spirit, and though I thought it was a bit strange I was amazed that he was so confident about what he believed. I knew that I had nothing to lose so I decided to go along to a meeting to hear more. There I heard a talk which was based totally around the Bible. After talking about water baptism I decided that I had to give it a go. They told me that I would receive the Holy Spirit like they did in the Bible and that I would speak in tongues. I wanted to know whether God was real so I decided to put my trust in God—if there was one—and see what happened. I didn’t want to try and make anything up; I just wanted to know whether it was true. The next thing I remember is that I was sitting there speaking fluently in another language. I couldn’t believe that such an amazing thing had happened.

My life then turned around dramatically. I no longer wanted to drink alcohol and I had a joy and peace that I had never experienced before, and this is still with me 24 years later. When I prayed at home in this new language I felt as if I was getting through to God. All my prayers were being answered. Whenever I had a problem I knew that I could pray about it and that the Lord would sort it out. I was amazed that God could be so real when the stories in the Bible had always seemed like fairy tales. Now I see miracles such as those that happen in the life of my own family and friends.

Julie W


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