Receiving Holy Spirit

  When I was growing up, my family attended a small Evangelical Methodist Church.  We sang the traditional hymns, memorized the Bible in Sunday School, and had inspiring messages about God’s Word from the pulpit.  I was born again at age three, but  I don’t remember anyone teaching about Holy Spirit.  The only time He was mentioned was when the Trinity was mentioned:  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  That is how I remember Him as a child. 

 When I was fourteen, I attended church with an elderly neighbor.  She attended a Fire Baptized Holiness Church.  While there, I experienced the first person I had ever heard speak in tongues.  When we got home, I asked my neighbor what happened.  She told me that the Holy Ghost spoke through the Sister.  I asked her how He spoke and she replied, “He just comes and speaks sometimes to help people through life.  When my son died in Vietnam, Holy Ghost spoke to me through my daughter.  That was what helped me to bear the pain.”  I still did not understand, but I was even more curious now. 

 I rebelled against God for a few years, but when I was eighteen-years-old, I came back to my first love.  The very next day, a friend of mine told me that her mother wanted to invite me to church that night since they were having revival.  Perfect timing!  I knew I was born again, but I also knew that this church was different because it was a Church of God!  I went and -  you guessed it - the evangelist gave an invitation for anyone who wanted to be filled with Holy Ghost.  I went up, and despite one little lady telling me to “Hold on” and another one telling me to “Let go,”  I received the infilling of Holy Spirit that night.  I left that place speaking in tongues.  Even though I did not understand what I was saying, I knew inside that He was a good gift. 

 Ever since that night, my life has been different.  Don’t get me wrong, it has not been perfect by a long shot.  I am still human and miss it daily. However, I have a personal teacher who lives on the inside of me and His name is Holy Spirit.  He has guided me in rough places. He has comforted me through sad times and has helped me through many times when I goofed up so badly, no one else would stick with me.  Holy Ghost is all of this and more!

 Holy Spirit is for every born again believer today.  Jesus said in Luke 11:11&13 “If a son shall ask bread of any of you, that is a father, will he give him a stone?  Or if he asks a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father, give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?”

Let Him help you. Speaking in tongues is the key to praying out God's plan for your life, so what are you waiting for?

~Lisa Brannen

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