How I Received the Holy Spirit
Bro John Leung
Elgin Church, UK
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever (Jn 14:16).
Hallelujah, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I testify.
Today, I can still remember very clearly the day I received the Holy Spirit. Although this memorable day happened many years ago, I can still picture it vividly in my mind how the Lord Jesus gave me the Holy Spirit.
I believed in the Lord through my parents from a very young age. Attending RE class was one of the highlights of the week for me. Learning the teachings of the Bible was intriguing, especially learning about the Holy Spirit. During that time, I had always wanted to receive the Holy Spirit but each time I prayed, I could never seem to be able to pray earnestly. It was only sometime later that I realised, in order to receive the Holy Spirit, I had to pray with a pure heart.
One evening in 1980, as I was about to go to bed, I suddenly had an inclination to pray for the Holy Spirit. I then asked a brother to pray with me in the room. As I knelt down to pray, I began to feel great warmth through my body, along with a profound sense of joy in my heart — a feeling I had never had before. A bright light then shone in front of me. I could see it, even though my eyes were closed, slowly surrounding my whole body. I felt I was being raised high up into the air. My tongue began to roll, uttering words that I could not understand. In my heart, I kept repeating the word “Hallelujah” until the end of the prayer. When I got up, my face was covered with sweat. I told the brother praying with me that perhaps I had received the Holy Spirit.
The next day was the Sabbath day. During the morning service, I was praying exactly the same way I had prayed the previous evening. A deacon noticed that I was praying in tongues but he did not ask me about it. I let another deacon know about my recent prayer experiences. He then told me that he needed to listen to me praying. The next morning during the service, several deacons came to hear me praying and they all confirmed that I had received the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me the promised Holy Spirit.
I am immensely grateful to the Lord for His bountiful grace. Since that day, the Lord continues to guide and help me in my faith. I will always do my best to walk by the Holy Spirit so that I am able to fight the good fight for the Lord.
May all glory and praise be unto our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.