Welcome to Abound in grace once again and I trust you all had a wonderful weekend, I pray that this week will be filled with love, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost and that you will all be filled with the fulness of God. To-day we conclude our study on “The Person of the Holy Spirit with a practical instruction on how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
You receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit the same way as you receive salvation, you ask in faith and God will honour your faith. Your will is involved and God will not force the Holy Spirit on you.
You will only receive good things from God. The gift of the Holy Spirit is for every single child of God, but it is for us to receive Him. You do not receive an experience or a power but the Holy Spirit who is a person.
Luke.11:9-13. (KJV) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
(Mess) Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat – and – mouse, hide – and – seek game we’re in if your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing – you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
James.1:17. (Amp) Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].
Acts.2:39. (Amp) For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
(Mess) Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away – whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.”
This gift is for you.
Receiving the Holy Spirit is not based on emotion or thought, but on the word of God and on faith. You make the decision, ask in faith and you will receive. It is God’s desire for you to be filled with His Holy Spirit so that He can lead you as a Son of God, He wants to teach you and lead you into all truth.
Rms.8:14. (Amp) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
John.14:26. (Amp) But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
John.16:13. (Amp) But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth – giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
Take a step in faith and obedience in total surrender to God.
To receive the Holy Spirit all you need to do is ask. If you are sure you are a child of God and have a desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit you can pray the following prayer from your own heart and receive Him.
“Father, I am a believer and your child. Jesus is my Lord and I believe that your word is true. Your word says that if I ask, I will receive your Holy Spirit, so in the Name of Jesus Christ, I ask you to fill me to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. Jesus, baptise me in the Holy Spirit. I believe that I receive and thank you for baptising me. I am now filled with the Holy Spirit. Now Holy Spirit rise up within me as I praise God. I will now speak with other tongues as You give me utterance. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Now let your voice come out but do not try to speak in any language that you know. As you raise your voice and move your lips the Holy Spirit will give you utterance, speak it out.
You will not understand the language, but your spirit by the Holy Spirit is communicating with God.
Develop and pray in this language daily, praise God in it, pray for others with it. You will find that daily your fellowship with God will grow stronger.
You build yourself up in your most holy faith and you keep yourself in the love of God by praying in the Holy Spirit.
Jude.20. (Amp) But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit.
By praying in the Holy Spirit we edify ourselves, that is we build ourselves up.
1Cor.14:4. (Amp) He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself, but he who prophesies [interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness].
(Mess) The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength.
I would like to share my testimony with you on how I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in my bedroom one morning. I had been born again for a week or so, the church that I attended believed in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and I had heard the congregation singing and praying in tongues and I really wanted to be able to that, I had a desire for it, one morning I was praying and I said to the Lord, “Lord I really want to speak in that funny language that they speak in the meetings I attend and I raised my hands to the Lord and I prayed the above prayer and just believed that God would do what He said He would do and baptize me with the Holy Spirit, now came the walk of faith, I opened my mouth and started speaking like baby talk, by faith, every day I would just talk baby talk, using my vocal chords, moving my lips and believing that my spirit man was communicating with God, and you something I still do it to this day every day, not knowing what I am saying, I have been doing so since 1982. Oh, the devil has often come to me and said that it is just a bunch of gibberish, a lot of nonsense, I was staying at my brothers at one time and lying on the floor just talking away and the devil said to me “If your brother had to walk in the door right now he would think you had lost your mind and would suggest you get a bit of psychiatric help”, so I just prayed all the louder. Satan will try and stop this gift from God anyway he can, you see no one, no man, no devil and not even you yourself understands what is been said because you are speaking mysteries (or things that are to be revealed) to God. It is in praying in the spirit that you receive revelation of the Word from God. Now there is another gift of the Holy Spirit that works in conjunction with speaking in tongues and that is “the interpretation of tongues and if the Holy Spirit so chooses He can reveal to you what you are praying in tongues, this gift also works by faith, ask Him and may or may not reveal what you are praying about. Anyway dear friends go to a quiet place and just ask the Lord Jesus to baptize you and He will, then just speak in tongues.
I trust this has been of help to all who desire the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Time to say cheers once again, have a blessed day and I want to say: All thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere. Spread the Word of His grace and share His love with all you come into contact with.
Jesus came and gave His life so that you could have life, I urge you to earnestly to consider accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour and by so doing you will be born again into God’s life, right now, where you are bow your head and pray the following prayer by faith and receive the promise of the Father, whoever comes to Me I will in no wise cast out:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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