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The Gift

“You’re the loneliest person I’ve ever laid eyes on.”

I had only been at college a week when a girl on a campus bus turned around and said those words to me.

“What?” I shook my head in disbelief. “How would you know that?” She simply replied, “God told me.” With the most disrespectful tone I could muster, I said, “Oh yeah! What else did He tell you?” Her eyes softened. The words that followed—about something very personal in my life—both pierced me and made me wonder. There was no way she could’ve known that,
I thought.

She went on to explain that if I accepted Jesus into my heart, I wouldn’t be lonely anymore. I didn’t know how to respond. After an awkward silence, she simply turned back around in her seat.

One evening about a week later, I experienced an acute loneliness as I adjusted to college life. Suddenly, I remembered the words of the girl on the bus. It was then that I asked Jesus into my heart. I felt a warmth pour over me, and I fell asleep. The next morning, everything seemed different. I woke up with a feeling of hope. Something within me had definitely changed.

That same day, I saw the girl from the bus and told her what had happened. After she introduced herself, Corrine said, “You’ve been born again.” She then invited me up to her dorm room where she gave me a Bible. After explaining a few things about my “new life,” Corrine asked to pray for me to be filled with the Holy Spirit. She said, “You’re going to hear a new language inside. When you do, that is the Holy Spirit speaking. Just say what you hear
Him say.”

Corrine laid her hand on my head and began to speak in another language. I may have imitated her at first, but soon I realized that the words coming out of my mouth sounded quite different from hers. She said, “That’s it!
That’s tongues.”

Over the weeks that followed, Corinne and I spent a lot of time together until she left school to marry her boyfriend. I felt like my guide was gone, but really He wasn’t. Corrine had accomplished her assignment: I was born again, received my first Bible, and was filled with the Holy Spirit. I had everything I needed for the journey in front of me.

In Andrew’s new teaching, The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit, he describes how Paul didn’t want his readers to be ignorant of the person of the Holy Spirit or His gifts (1 Cor. 12:1). Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not an issue of eternal salvation. However, knowing Him allows you to call on His help and ability. Without His help, most of what you do will be tied to self-effort. As Andrew says, “He’s not a force…. He’s a person.” He’s a gift.

If you want to experience the Holy Spirit’s ministry in your life, you’ll want to hear Andrew’s full teaching, which is currently playing on television or available on demand through our website. But why wait? If you want the baptism of the Holy Spirit right now, call the AWM Helpline: 719-635-1111. One of our phone ministers will be happy to pray with you. When you do that, you will also receive a free copy of The New You & The Holy Spirit book. Let these truths introduce you to the Comforter, and experience the help of the Holy Spirit for yourself.

Written by Eileen Quinn

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How’s Your Spiritual Radar?

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

Proverbs 25:2 (Amplified Bible)

When I was in college, I took a social science course for one of my required electives. As my professor began to introduce certain theories, I felt my spirit push back against those concepts. I immediately sensed that what I was hearing was slanted. Praying in the Spirit had become a normal part of my life at that point, and I had been learning how to tune in to my spiritual senses. So, I knew something was up.

In Andrew’s book The New You & The Holy Spirit, he says,

“I pray in tongues often without receiving anything from the Lord at that moment. However, when I need it a week or a month later, I’ll ask God for the interpretation of what I’ve been praying in tongues. At that point, I receive exactly what I need from the Holy Spirit” (p. 109).

Because of what I believed the Holy Spirit was showing me, I decided to take my professor’s theories and “search out the matter” (Prov. 25:2). What I found out was quite interesting. When I researched the founders of these “accepted” theories, I discovered that some of them had been either involved in or influenced by the occult. I know now why it did not sit right with me—the new spirit in me (John 16:13). As I continued with my classes that semester, I did my homework and studied for tests, but remembered what the Holy Spirit had shown me. Because all studying is a form of renewing the mind (Rom. 12:2), I felt like He was guarding my heart against internalizing a distortion of the truth.

This is not to say that I dismiss research from people just because they’re not Christians. The hard facts they present may not be wrong, but I do pause when a researcher or scientist takes on a fallen worldview (Eph. 4:17-19). Eve originally learned the facts from Adam, but her perception of them was eventually skewed because of a deception she embraced (Gen. 3:1-7). Even with good facts, anyone can be deceived without the Holy Spirit, whether they work in medicine, academia, politics, or some other field.

Besides the help of the Holy Spirit to discern spirits, Andrew mentions other benefits to praying in tongues:

“Whenever you pray in tongues, you cause yourself to rest, you build yourself up on your most holy faith, and you keep the love of God active and alive in your heart. As you speak forth hidden wisdom and believe for interpretation, revelation knowledge will open up and supply answers you couldn’t get any other way” (p. 111).

Although some Christians dismiss or downplay it, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is vital to your relationship with God. He wants to make Himself known to you in your everyday life. In my case, He wanted to protect me from what I normally wouldn’t think I needed protection from.

Dig deeper with Andrew’s The New You & The Holy Spirit teaching. You will learn how salvation through Jesus changes you and how the baptism in the Holy Spirit takes you to the next level in your Christian walk. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, and study guide formats. You can also watch Andrew teach it on the Gospel Truth broadcast.

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