Personal Story: Candace
Throughout my childhood, I was raised in a family where God was always at the forefront of our lives. Along with my parents and younger brother, we attended church every Sunday where we heard the gospel preached and the clear message that to truly know and follow God, it is imperative to personally receive His Holy Spirit.
As a child, I think it is quite easy to accept and believe without any doubt that God is real. I would pray to God every night for Him to look after my family and my friends, and any problems I felt I had in my life, I would pray for God to take care of them. However as I grew older, I developed in my understanding that whilst believing in God is one thing, I needed to follow instruction from the Bible and receive His Holy Spirit to have a true, personal relationship with Him, to be right with God.
In the summer of 2001, I attended a prayer meeting where I reached out to God in my mind and heart, knowing more than anything that I wanted to have this experience for myself that I’d seen others around me have. As I prayed, I began to speak out in a new language which I knew was evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit, just as is written about in the New Testament scriptures. A few days after this moment, I was baptised in a swimming pool and my life has been so enriched by God ever since.
I am so immensely grateful to know God is real and have Him work in my life. The peace and clarity He gives is beyond measure. Life isn’t promised to be perfect for anyone, however I know through my experience of being able to pray in the Holy Spirit that God’s love is perfect. Happiness may come and go, but the joy that God brings to my life will never leave me. I cannot thank God enough everyday for opening my eyes to His miraculous power and plan for mankind.
Candace – Melbourne Revival Church
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