The 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.
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.
I 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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