Personal Story: Melissa

Personal Story: Melissa

Thank you for taking the time to read my personal testimony of how God is real in my life. I was raised in a spirit filled family. My mother, father and my sisters had all received the Holy Spirit with the bible evidence of speaking in tongues. We attended church every Sunday where we would hear talks about Gods gifts and how he wants to have a real relationship with the individual through his Holy Spirit.

This all sounded great and I knew God was real because I had seen many miracles throughout my young life. One major healing happened to me when I was born. I was born very prematurely with severely underdeveloped lungs meaning I was having trouble breathing on my own. If I was given too much or too little oxygen dire complications could have occurred.

At this time, it was very stressful for my parents, the only thing they knew they could do was to pray and ask God to intervene in this situation. While putting all their faith and trust in God they were given a Polaroid photo of myself as the doctors weren’t sure I was going to make it. My parents prayed for me and each day I gained more strength and within two weeks I was given the all clear and sent home with them. Today, I have run a marathon and countless kilometres defying what the doctors told my parents all those years ago. This was a major miracle of healing for my family and for myself.

Having been healed as a child and knowing that God is real, it still took me a while to come to the understanding that I needed to ask God to fill me with his Holy Spirit. It wasn’t until a friend from church told me that she had received the Holy Spirit just like it said in the bible that I thought I should take this more seriously. After all God has set out guidelines for his followers so I needed to show God that I wanted to follow him. My friend told me that she knew she had this gift because she spoke in tongues.

I knew this was an outward sign of  receiving the Holy Spirit because I had read it in my bible many times before. She encouraged me to ask God for the Holy Spirit for myself. I took up the offer and asked God for the Holy Spirit, after praying for a few minutes I realised I was speaking in a language I had never learnt before, it was wonderful. I knew that it was a gift from God because I had asked for him to prove to me that he is real and present in my life. From that day on that gift has never left me, I can call on God for all my needs and I know he hears me.

I feel very blessed to be in a position were I know God is real and working in my life. Each day I can open my mouth and pray to him in the language he gave me. It’s a truly sensational miracle. Life definitely isn’t all smooth sailing, but having the greatest gift of all from the ultimate father truly does give a wonderful peace and comfort through all situations. I encourage anyone whether you believe in God or not to ask God to show you he is real. Once you do, you’ll know because he will fill you with the Holy Spirit and you will be given a prayer language as a sign of God’s presence in you.

Melissa – Melbourne Revival Church

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The Melbourne assembly in Australia began just after World War 2. It is the headquarters for the Revival Centres Church globally. It is composed of three centres: Central (in Box Hill), Southern (in Mt Eliza) and Western (in Williamstown).

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