I received Jesus Christ as savior as a young child.
I truly believe that a child can be born again. I
know that I couldn't have done anything we might call
big sins but I was a sinner in need of salvation just as
everyone else needs to be saved from sin. I don't
remember who was preaching, I just remember that it was
in the Kentucky Ave Church of God in Akron Ohio. I
went to the altar at the end of the service and was
saved. I know we are not saved by feelings but I
did feel something. I did feel the presence of
God. I remember shaking all over from emotion as a
child. It was real. I know emotion is the
flesh reaction to the Spirit of God and the emotion
itself may or may not be present in all who accept Jesus
Christ but in my case I did feel the presence of God.
I do believe that I was "born again" by God's spirit by
faith in Jesus and that He came to save me from sin.
I might venture to guess that I may have been about 7 to
10 years old. Growing up as a young girl and a
teenager I didn't always do everything I was supposed to
and I made many mistakes and had ups and downs but I
don't remember the Lord ever forsaking me.
One occasion I remember was when I was riding my bike.
I was headed down an alley which sloped downhill.
I started to turn into a neighbor's driveway but I saw
instead that I was headed straight toward a drop off
with sharp bushes growing. I closed my eyes and
braced myself for a fall, and prayed. Nothing
happened, I opened my eyes and I was safely headed down
the driveway. I didn't fall.
On another occasion by dad was at work and he felt a
burden to pray for me like I was in some kind of danger.
At that same moment some man in the neighborhood was
trying to get me to come into his bedroom. I was
very innocent and did not fear this person. I
never would dream that he would harm me.
Nevertheless, I turned around and went to my sister who
was nearby and we left. I believe its my dad's
prayers that stopped me from going with the man. Years
later that man was charged with sexuality molesting a
The Church of God taught (in those days) that after one
is saved, he or she is sanctified which is a second
blessing in which you lose your desire for the things of
the world and become more consecrated to Jesus Christ.
Some teach this as a progressive thing called growing in
the Lord. I do recall a time when I was praying at
the altar and made a deeper commitment to the Lord that
I thought was sanctification. I never hear that
taught in the Pentecostal churches much anymore.
They also taught about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
that comes to those who ask God and obey God. They
taught that the evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is
speaking in other tongues. I tried as a child, as
a teenager and a young lady to receive this baptism many
times praying and seeking at the altar in church revival
meetings but to no avail. Some told me that I had
the Holy Ghost already. I realize that some
believe that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is given when
one is saved. I kept seeking though and nothing
happened until I was in my twenties. I don't know
what I was doing wrong.
One gift of the Spirit is speaking in another tongue or
language. This is the one gift that causes many to
stumble and reject the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
First of all tongues are not something to fear and it is
not something that is to be looked down upon.
Tongues are not to be considered the least of the gifts
either. I do not claim to understand all about the
gift of tongues and why God chose to give this gift to
some of His believers. All I know is that this is
a gift of God and we should not be afraid of any of
God's gifts nor should we put it down or take it
lightly. We should never try to explain it away
because we did not receive a particular gift. Some
believe that this gift of tongues is separate and not
the same as the tongues we receive when we first receive
the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I don't know if this is
true but I do know that speaking is tongues is a gift of
the Holy Spirit and is from God. Why would the apostle
Paul instruct us on the gifts of the Spirit, namely
tongues, if it was not necessary or if it was not real?
Why do we forget that Paul also instructed us not to
forbid the speaking in tongues.
He did emphasize love, not to put down the gifts of the
Spirit but that we would make sure to operate in love
along with anything we do for the Lord. He wanted
to make sure we understand that without love the gifts
would profit nothing. I believe this love is the
love of God that comes from God and not the love the
world thinks as love. I don't believe Paul was
telling us that if we had love we would not need the
gifts of the Sprit. If that was the case then we
wouldn't need wisdom or knowledge for that gifts of the
I don't want anyone to accept anything I say of my own
experience but check everything out by God's word. I
will testify about my experience and you can compare it
to the word. To reject it or accept it is your
When I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit back in
the 1960's, some said that I already had the baptism of
the Holy Spirit years before I spoke with tongues.
Some believe that comes at the time a person is saved.
I didn't know it though because I was in a church that
taught that tongues were a sign that one had received
the Holy Spirit baptism. So I probably didn't know
I had the Holy Spirit if I did before that time.
I was sitting in the back seat of my dad's car coming
home from church, I felt the presence of God and started
praising the Lord, my language changed and a beautiful
flowing language that I never heard before proceeded
from me. Most call this, speaking in other tongues. I
don't see how anyone could ever doubt the existence of
God if they ever experience a supernatural visitation
like that. Since that time I speak in tongues almost
every time I pray. It has not stopped. That has been
over 46 years. If someone ever comes up with silly
reasoning about the existence of God or Jesus Christ, I
think back to that time and remind myself that God gave
me a sign and I knew then and now that He is real. I was
not in church at the time, no one was praying for me, no
one was laying hands on me. I was not caught up in
the emotion of any service. I was quiet and just
talking to my dad and step mother when this happened to
me and I was not worked up or in a frenzy. I just
started thinking about God and began to just say, Praise
the Lord when I started speaking in tongues.
I miss the times in church when everyone goes up to the
altar and prays at the end of the service. We
don't see that much anymore. They still give altar
calls for sinners to be saved and believers with a
problem to come to be prayed for but I miss the times
when we would all go just to pray. Not because
anything was wrong but just to pray. Those where
times when we were refreshed and strengthened in the
Lord. I wonder why our churches have abandoned
this. Maybe we are in too big of a hurry to get
Having said that though, I am glad that my experience
with receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit was in a car
and not in church. The reason being that no one
can say I was just worked up or picked up something I
heard someone else say. No one was teaching me to
speak with tongues and no one was prompting me.
What happened to me that night was straight from God.
I was not even seeking the Holy Ghost at the time.
I was just thinking about God and talking with my Dad.
Why God uses the sign of tongues I don't know. I
could guess that maybe its a sign that the gospel is for
every nation and that we are to go into all the world to
preach the gospel. I don't know anyone though, only a
few isolated incidents, where a person used the gift of
tongues to preach to other nations where they spoke that
particular tongue. The apostle Paul said that
tongues do edify the person who is doing the speaking.
I do know this, there are times when I feel like praying
for a certain person or a certain incident and I don't
have the words to pray and I pray in the Spirit or in
tongues. Sometimes I praise God and worship in
tongues and even sing in tongues on occasion. It
is something beautiful and nothing strange or weird
about it. We can pray a lot easier and intercede
for others when speaking in tongues. I know there
are denominations that do not believe in this and I know
that it is hard for some to understand but it is in the
bible. It is a supernatural witness that God is
real. The apostle Paul explains that it is for a
sign. He did not say that we are not to speak in
tongues. He only explained that if we came
together and all of us started praising God in tongues
then those who might need God's word preached to them in
a language they could understand, would not be able to
understand the word of God. We would be edified
but those that could not speak in tongues and join us,
would be left out. Paul was not putting down this
gift, or forbidding it, he was explaining how to conduct
ourselves so everyone present is edified by our worship
services. If you hear someone get excited and
break out in tongues in public that does not mean that
he is doing anything wrong unless he or she does not
stop and continues on and on so that the preacher cannot
preach. It is no different than if someone started
singing in the middle of the service when no one else
was singing. It might cause a stir but unless they
continued on and on so that no one could preach or bring
the word then it wouldn't be wrong. If it is
prayer time and people are gathered at the altar praying
out loud in prayer like some churches do and you hear
someone praying in tongues there is nothing wrong with
that. He or she is praying and they are not
hindering the word of God from being preached.
Paul was not forbidding the speaking of tongues during
prayer time, only when the time came for the word of God
to be presented.
If someone tells me that they have the Holy Ghost
baptism and do not speak in other tongues, I'm certainly
not going to contradict them even though I came from the
type of church that taught that way. Who am I to
tell someone they don't have the Holy Ghost?
I do wonder however, why some would even ask the
question, "Do I have to speak in tongues to receive the
Holy Spirit?" Our attitude should be, "Do I get to
speak in tongues when I receive the Holy Spirit?"
Why do so many resist something from God? However,
do not ever take my word for anything, search the
scriptures. Our attitude should always be
willingness, not, "do I have to". If God has
something to give me that I need, I want to receive it.
You might look at a few Pentecostal people you know of
and have seen things that were weird or of the flesh
that you did not understand; but that should not make
one turn away from something given of God because some
of us mess up. Do those that believe in the
salvation message reject it when someone who claims to
be saved messes up and goes back into sin? Does
that make the salvation message not real? So when
you see a few Pentecostal people mess up or even sin
that doesn't mean that speaking in tongues is not real
or not for us today. We don't reject the book of
Proverbs because Solomon fell away from God in his
latter years. He wrote the Proverbs when he
was living for God.
We know that if there is something good that God gives,
the devil is going to try to mess things up so that
people will reject it. We have heard of many
miracles of healing but all are not healed, does that
mean that God never heals? I know many try to take
credit for what God does and take all the glory but that
still doesn't make the gifts of God not real.
The gifts of God are perfect but we are not perfect.
Just because we make mistakes and mess up big time does
not mean that God's gifts are not real and that He does
not give them today. You could use that same
argument to say that salvation is not for today if that
was the case because not everyone who receives the gift
of salvation lives without messing up once in a while.
Yet I repeat over and over, check everything I say by
the word of God. These messages are written to get
us to search the word not to get anyone to accept
everything I say. Check it out. Any person
who is afraid for people to check out what they say by
the bible, should not be preaching or teaching.
You check it out and if you think I'm wrong or any
person who writes on this website is wrong about
something, then you can email me. The email is
below. Just be kind and don't accuse and bad-mouth
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