Empowered: My Testimony

‘While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.’

Acts 10:44-48 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/ACT.10.44-48

I told him he needed to repent for what he had done. He laughed off what I said and left my mother’s car. Immediately, feeling overwhelmed and high on something I did not smoke, visions of homelessness, imprisonment, and another unfortunate incident flashed before my eyes. At each light I stopped at on my way home, I texted him what I saw. I cried out to God I did not want to see anymore, but it did not finish until I had finished texting him his future. That was October 2015.

Over the next year, God began to deal with my emotional baggage and I had completely dismissed the vision I had. I did not understand what I was seeing. He began to clear out the crap I had accumulated over the years. The desire to party, watching television, my horrible attitude, and finally my love for hip-hop. I switched my radio station over to Christian contemporary. I remember laughing with my sister that it all sounded like the same white guy on each song. My, my has time has changed that.

September 2016 rolled around and God began preparing me for disaster to occur. The women’s ministry was studying a book about how to be ready and cope with disaster in our lives. I oddly started a devotional on the Bible app about coping with pain and adversity. My husband, who was living in Queens, New York, was telling me that he was losing his room. He could not afford the apartment. I was not going to be able to help him make the rent that month. I remember how uneasy it made me feel and it brought up the vision I had a year prior. I reminded him of it. He laughed it off and said, so you are a prophet now. Which sounded ridiculous to me, so I told him, no, but I remember what I saw. I dismissed it.

Then there was a week in October that God asked me to begin to fast. So I did, and I began to pray about bringing my family together. Then on one of my many insomniac nights, God told me it was time the family fasted together. I was obedient and told them. They listened to me. Five days, no food while the sun was up. That Friday, when we were done praying to end the fast, my mother’s phone began to ring. It was from New York and she picked it up. It was a collect call from jail.

In the following days, I discovered the last part of my vision had come true and it broke me. It filled me with a rage that caused me to lash out at my sister and mother.  My mother had to remind me that God had prepared me for this, so when I could calm down and muster up the courage, I opened up my devotional. It was the last day of Coping with Pain and Adversity, up until that day I read it with no passion, but right there in the scripture provided was Joel 2:25.

‘“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. ‘

Joel 2:25 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JOL.2.25

A promise of restoration. Restoration has not been immediate, it has been a slow journey, but it’s lead me to understand what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I knew about it because my mother is a charismatic Christian, but the day I asked my husband to repent, was the day the Spirit of the Lord descended on me. It started a transformation, discovering my purpose, and has brought me through a tumultuous time of my life. It still is not over. That was not my only vision, but it’s the only one I will share today.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers you to go further then your own strength will allow. It brings gifts that you do not deserve. It connects your heart to God. So today, will you ask God to Baptize you in the Holy Spirit?

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