Apr 15th 2021 · Day 105
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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in and love Jesus. However, when I got to university I became very frustrated. Something felt like it was missing. My relationship with God felt dry, stale and bland. I read my Bible like I eat All-Bran - because I felt obliged to! I also cringed every time someone asked me whether I was a Christian.
Then I met someone who invited me to their church. The service seemed different somehow – more alive. It felt like I was reading a recipe book, but these people were eating the actual meal. They were enjoying Jesus in a way that I wasn’t. He was real to them in a way that He wasn’t to me. I discovered that this was because ‘the Holy Spirit had come upon them’ and it created a hunger in me. I wanted what they had.
So I prayed that I, too, would receive the Spirit for myself. But I was not prepared for what happened. A power so great knocked me to the floor. Surge after surge of electricity passed its way through me, shaking my body with immense, unstoppable intensity.
After that, everything changed. My relationship with God felt like it had turned from being in black and white to total technicolour! I had a deep desire to pray, a passion for God’s Word and an unashamed longing to tell others about Jesus.
‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth’ (Acts 1:8).
Pause and reflect: Has the Holy Spirit ‘come upon’ you? ‘Ask, and it will be given to you’ (Matthew 7:7).
Having lived in Honduras, Nepal, Belgium and Barbados, Anna has a heart for the nations. She holds degrees in neuroscience from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Cambridge (Ph.D.) and also completed five years of Postdoctoral research. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Anna enjoys writing and serving alongside her husband who is an elder in their local church. She is the author of “Connected: God’s quiet voice in a world that shouts
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