Instantly I knew God personally
When I was a child, I always believed God existed. But to me he lived up in the heavens somewhere and had no impact on my life. I grew up in an unhappy blended family and this affected the way I viewed the world and myself.
When I was a young teenager my whole family was told about Acts 2:38 how people received the Holy Spirit and they knew because they spoke in a new language.
My family was baptised by full immersion the same as Jesus had been. Three days after I was baptised I was asking God quietly in my prayers to give me the Holy Spirit. I felt a sensation rising from my stomach up towards my mouth and I started praying in an unknown language.
Instantly I knew God personally and could feel that he dwelt in my heart.
That was 24 years ago and has never left me. God has blessed me with a lovely spirit filled husband and our two children. What a privilege and a help having the Holy Spirit has been. I have had problems and struggles like anybody else but I know I can pray and God is there to carry me through them.
‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’ Acts 2 v 38