Recently, my thirteen year old son had a sleepover with two of his friends at our home. These are all Christian boys growing up in the church and Christian homes.
I decided that the next morning we would get up and go do some service work with the DreamCenter of Lake Elsinore. My motivation was simple: Keep these kids OFF their phones!
I gave them all a word of encouragement before we got there, “This one hour is not about us, let’s give our time to serve someone in need.” Our job was to pull dead weeds in Ed’s yard. Ed lives alone and is recovering from a surgery that kept him from walking.
We pulled weeds for an hour, prayed with Ed and my promise to these boys was tacos and a skate park. At the taco shop one of the boys said, “I had a dream last week and I woke up speaking in tongues, I’ve never done that before!”
My son, is familiar with tongues however, the other boy said, “What’s that?” We explained, it’s a gift of the Holy Spirit, where you have a prayer language. It comes with accepting the Holy Spirit when we choose to walk as Christians.
“I WANT that, I WANT that! “He said. I begin to feel the presence of Holy Spirit with us. At the same time, I was unsure how to handle the situation. So we finish up eating and head to the park.
The Lord is pressing on me to pull the car over and lay hands on him to impart this gift (or what Christians call “Baptism of the Holy Spirit). My head was telling me, “What am I going to tell their parents, what if they think only freaks believe in that?”
God wins with me most times! I pulled over prayed over this child and bam, we all got hit with the power and presence of the Spirit of the Living God. Did he speak in tongues? No! Did I force him, no! The other boy did, as well as my son! Do I believe he received the Holy Spirit? YES! I was there, and I encouraged him to keep asking.
He felt it down deep inside him! But we were all filled and changed forever. You see I had been asking the Lord about this very thing and my wanting to lay hands on and impart the Holy Spirit to others. IT MADE MY YEAR!!!! Three 13 year old boys desiring GOD!!! God honored our hunger.
The next morning I was led to study a bit on the Holy Spirit and how He comes and what the Word says. Here’s what I learned…
In Acts 1 Jesus tells the disciples to WAIT for the Holy Spirit and He will fall on them.
In Acts 10 as Peter is sharing the good news the Holy Spirit FELL on the people.
In Acts 19 Paul laid his hands, and the Spirit came upon them.
Jesus in The book of Luke 11 after teaching the disciples the Lord’s Prayer continues on to say, “ASK seek and knock”, and it ends with Him saying: How much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ASK Him.
I received the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues in jail when I was 18 and a woman from a church group asked if I wanted to receive a gift… BAM! In front of 80 witnesses! I WANTed that, I WANTed that!
I have heard other stories of tongues manifesting for the first time while in a state of heavy emotional distress. HUNGER!
I leave you with this,
Are you hungry? Do you want what the Holy Spirit gives? The power, the manifestations, the supernatural ability to overcome the flesh?
ASK, SEEK and KNOCK!
Listen to the song Fill Me Up by Jesus Culture.
-Swimming in Grace…Jennifer Trier
Jennifer Trier is a fun loving, tenacious woman of God. Currently she is running the establishment of the MurrHOP Murrieta House of Prayer. Intercession for the body of Christ is her mandate. She is blessed to have a wonderful husband of 16 years and 3 children from high school to elementary.
Jennifer walks with wisdom, and loves to share with others what it takes to overcome the past and walk in freedom. Jennifer is not afraid to try new things, and is often led to take on tasks that are faith building. She has lived in Murrieta, CA for 12 years and loves the small town feel they have here.
Jennifer loves to ‘leave no stone unturned’, as she tries everything that seems interesting to her. Photography is one of her favorite past times and she has been published in The Sun Magazine. Jennifer is currently blessed to be a stay at home mom.