By May 1, 2016 6 Comments

Screenshot 2016-04-30 15.59.08The intensity of what happened after I prayed convinced me that something supernatural was taking place. My future changed in an instant.

I was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Talking To Others About Jesus

The year was 1976. Ancient history for some but for me it feels like just yesterday.

A Saturday afternoon and I was kneeling by my bed praying. It was me and God. Saturday afternoon prayer meetings were not usual for me but this was an unusual time in my life.

I was living in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario where I had a job with Air Canada.

God was prompting me to talk about Jesus with people who were closest to me. The thought of talking to others made me nervous.

I needed confidence, persuasiveness and power.

An Encounter With Real Power

Acts 1:8 records Jesus’ promise, “…you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

So, I prayed, “Lord, please fill me with your Holy Spirit.”

God answered my prayer.

My experience that day was real. I began to pray in a language that I did not understand but made sense to me.

I received a power that included the unction to speak up over my self-consciousness.  I became Spirit-conscious.

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The Holy Spirit And Me

By nature I am an introvert. I am non-demonstrative, soft spoken and reserved. Few people would ever describe me as being overly emotive.

Pentecostal-type experiences are often labeled as mere emotionalism, however they are much more than that.

Myself and other spirit-filled, introverted ministers and believers stand as testimonies that being filled with the Holy Spirit is about power not emotion or personality.

The fullness of Holy Spirit doesn’t change personality – He empowers believers to be bold, loving witnesses.

A quiet spirit can be quite a powerful influence in sharing Jesus with people.

It is good with the Holy Spirit and me.holy-spirit-1

Screenshot 2016-04-30 16.01.23I was asked to write my story for the May/June issue of The Testimony, the national magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). The 2016 General Conference of the PAOC has the fullness of the Holy Spirit as its focus – “Vitality.” North Pointe’s pastoral staff is in Montreal to attend this Conference.

Read the full story in The Testimony here.

APPLICATION: Sunday June 4th is “Pentecost Sunday.” Our theme for that Sunday at North Pointe will be “The Holy Spirit and You.” We’ll be holding an evening of Prayer and Praise starting at 6:00pm at North Pointe. Save the date and plan to participate. Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 28 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • CD Mayo says:

    I am so often blown away by your writing, not for its quality (which is terrific), but for its content. It is so terrific to get to know your pastor through writing. You reveal parts of yourself that we might not see on a Sunday.

    My favorite portion is “By nature I am an introvert, typically non-demonstrative and soft-spoken. I recharge through solitude. I felt marginalized in Bible college chapels, altar services, and Pentecostal prayer meetings. If I had a dime for every time I heard the admonition, “Get your freedom, brother!” in reference to my quietness, I’d be rich. But the Holy Spirit empowers believers to be witnesses—not to change their person-ality.”

    Thank you for being vulnerable. This humility and genuine revelation is what makes you one of my favorite pastors.

  • adena lowry says:

    As well, my favorite portion is : “By nature I am an introvert, typically non-demonstrative and soft-spoken. I recharge through solitude.” The Holy Spirit came too through such a small but very real experience. I’ve had too many inexplicable experiences to not believe in the Holy Spirit. I agree that the Holy Spirit doesn’t change your personality, simply pulls out the best in you, just like any good relationship.

  • bob jones says:

    Thank you for the encouragement Calay. Your engagement with my writing is exactly what I hope for all those who read my content.

  • bob jones says:

    Thank you for commenting, Adena. I always appreciate hearing from you.

  • soultrees says:

    wow…. I had no recollection that you came from a similar spiritual background of new testament Christianity, learning of the book of Acts, and no instruments! I do recall handing you the little bible that a particular group gives out a few years back hoping for some feedback/comment and not getting any. Maybe that is the introvert in you, but it may also have been wisdom in just letting it go with God and me. thank you for sharing! ~ Lisa

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Wonderful truth! Well written with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
    Everything I have experienced and so much more.
    There is no beginning and no end to God’s Holy Spirit.
    I thank God everyday for His love, mercy, grace and His Holy Holy Spirit.

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