Zoe shares her story about how she went from knowing of God, to knowing God:
I grew up I grew up as a non-practicing Catholic and I attended a Catholic school. I was christened as a baby and when I was nine I made my reconciliation and confirmation, which is where the priest comes around and anoints your forehead with oil and says “you’ve now received the holy spirit.”
I did not receive the holy spirit then but nine years later when I was 18. After I had heard the truth, I realised that my experiences growing up were not even Bible based.
I attended my first Revival Fellowship meeting after hearing about how I could know God and not just know of him. After my first couple of meetings I had read scriptures throughout the WHOLE Bible. Not just the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which were heavily focused on throughout my schooling life. I will never understand why we didn’t study the entirety of the Bible instead of a couple of verses because there is so much you can learn from the Bible – like how to truly know God.
I did not know how to be right with God until I was showed Acts 2:38. Which says “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
I received the holy spirit after three months of seeking. One day when I was driving, I was thinking about how I wanted to give my life to the Lord and how I had nothing to lose by handing my life over to Him. Then as it says in the Scriptures my tongue changed and I received the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know what I saying but I knew I was speaking directly to God. The power of the Holy Spirit had truly humbled me as tears welled in my eyes. I continued to speak in tongues and talk to God as I drove. Now five years later I continue to pray and talk to God like I did that day.
After receiving the Holy Spirit, I was baptised by full immersion as it also says in the Scriptures. I would like to praise the Lord for giving me courage and strength. The part of my walk with the Lord was not without its challenges. I faced many trials and tribulations but there was and still is nowhere else to turn to which gives you the promises like God.
I have many things to be thankful for. When I think about my testimony I don’t have one big exciting blessing or healing but in many little ones. Recently, my husband and I welcomed our beautiful son into the world. The miracle of life is truly wonderful. God blessed us with a healthy pregnancy, a natural delivery without medical intervention and most importantly a healthy little boy.
My walk with God is not unlike others in my church. We all have different experiences but we all have the same God. Amen!