From the Head to the Heart
I would like to share with you how I became a Christian when I was 9 years old.
Everything began one evening while I was watching TV. The movie was about Moses and there was a passage in the film which I did not understand at first. God was punishing Miriam (Moses' sister) by permitting a terrible sickness - leprosy - to come over her. It covered her whole body. She was terrible to look at. After a while, I understood that she was punished because she had spoken against God's chosen prophet Moses. By speaking against the prophet, she had also been speaking against God, not trusting Him anymore.
At that very moment, I was suddenly afraid of going to hell, I thought of all my sins.... I realized that God could deal with me just as severely, if I did not repent immediately. That night I really understood in my heart what I had heard so often before in Bible stories. I had known the truth in my head for a long time, namely that Jesus died for me, in my place, and had taken my sin upon Himself, in order to save me from God's wrath! That way, I would be completely cleansed, and God, looking at me, could not see any sin anymore, because Jesus had taken it all away.
I told an adult friend of mine that I wanted to receive the Holy Spirit as I had repented before God (see ACTS 2:38). We began to praise God in prayer and suddenly I started saying two or three words in a new language I had never learnt nor heard before. It was like it says in ACTS 2:4:
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." I experienced just that! It was thrilling!! The Lord had filled me with His Spirit.
It's been 5 years now since I was baptised (under water, as God's Word commands) and received the Holy Spirit, and the peace I received that day has never left me. Now I can help my classmates who are looking for answers to their problems, by telling them about Jesus Christ, my Saviour....
In the Love of the Lord,
Judith (14), Paris, France