I am so grateful and blessed for the weekend I got to spend at Lake Geneva Camp in Alexandria, MN! For my first ever church retreat in my entire life, I have to say Winter Retreat was uplifting and a truly indulging spiritual experience! Not only did I meet some unique individuals and participate in some awesome activities but I took some huge steps toward my faith. I am proud to say that I had the wonderful experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. From the experience, I now fully believe that God does indeed have a plan for me and I intend to follow and thrive in it:) One piece of advice I'd like to leave here is this: If you are internally called to do something good in this world, commit to it, for life should be enjoyed without regrets.
WSU Chi Alpha Sophomore
Growing up in a Lutheran home and attending church, I heard and “knew” about the Holy Spirit. Vaguely. More recently, before even attending Chi Alpha, I watched documentaries and read (a bit) in attempts to understand more about the Holy Spirit, as I’m growing in my faith and making it my own.
I have not been attending Chi Alpha for too long. And the first time I attended my small group, we discussed the Holy Spirit. As intimidating as the conversation was, I was completely interested in and drawn to the idea of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Although I was, and still am, incapable of understanding the full power, affects, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, I felt extremely encouraged by the idea. The idea that you receive incredible gifts when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. That you get to spend the rest of your life learning how to personally navigate this new place. That you receive the gift of a direct line of communication to our Father – tongues.
After small group, reading passages on the Holy Spirit, informing myself, and praying, I knew I wanted more of God. I wanted to reach an intimate level in our relationship that I haven’t experienced thus far.
Saturday night, at Winter Retreat, I decided to welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I didn’t know absolutely everything about the Holy Spirt – but I was absolutely sure of one thing, I wanted more of God.
As I was waiting to be prayed over, I very simply and sincerely asked the Holy Spirit to come into my life. As I was being prayed over, He answered my prayer. I felt, unlike anything else before, the presence of God. I also felt pure tranquility and joy. It was the first time I had felt freedom.
That night, I:
There are so many ways that the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes about – sometimes in epic experiences, and sometimes much more subtly. And, the initial evidences of this experience vary. But, my experience was, like all others, extremely intimate, humbling, and joy-filled.
The Holy Spirit is literally the Spirt of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10–16 tells us that just as we have a spirit in us that fully knows our thoughts, God also has a Spirit that knows the depths of Him. He’s the third person in the Trinity. To me, this is extremely exciting! And, it means that when we ask for more of the Holy Spirit, we are receiving the mind of Christ – something we need much more of. Especially after Winter Retreat and the ways God and the Holy Spirit moved in my life, I believe we should relentlessly be pursuing the Holy Spirit so that we can intimately connect with God in the way that He intended for each and every one of us.
WSU Chi Alpha Sophomore