the Holy Spirit
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While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
“No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:1-2).
Many even in Bible times did not know that there was such a thing as the Baptism in the Holy Spirit beyond the water Baptism of Repentance. To make available the full Gospel we include a opportunity to learn more about this experience since most people feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, on our website.
We put our trust in Christ when we meet Him, we become "Born Again" (John 3:3) and we receive the Holy Spirit in our hearts, by faith. This decision has to do with acquiring your eternal security. Jesus’s disciples experienced this in John 20:22, which says:
"[Jesus] breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'"
But before Jesus ascended to heaven He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the "promise of the Father" had come (Luke 24:49). He said if they would wait patiently there they would be "clothed with power from on high." In Acts 1:8 Jesus told His followers that they would receive "power" to be His witnesses.
So the disciples prayed in Jerusalem, near the temple, for many days.. On the day of Pentecost, which was 50 days after Jesus had died on the cross, something amazing happened. The Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church in the upper room. This is described in Acts 2:1-4. The Bible says that when the Spirit came, with wind and tongues of fire, the disciples were filled (another word is "Baptized") with the Spirit.
Through this we know that there are two experiences available to Christians in their walk with God. In the Born Again Experience we receive salvation, and God's amazing forgiveness along with a new nature. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, and He becomes our Teacher, our Comforter and our Helper.
The second experience is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, in which the Holy Spirit, who is already in us, overflows.
"Baptized in the Spirit" means "completely immersed in the Spirit." Jesus never wanted us to rely on our own ability to do the work of ministry. He wants to do it through us. So He fills us with the Holy Spirit in order to empower us with His ability.
When we have this experience, the Holy Spirit's power fills us so full that He spills out.
“Out of their hearts will flow streams of living water” Jn 7:38.
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When we are baptized in the Spirit, unusual "gifts of the Holy Spirit" which are listed in I Corinthians 12:8-10, begin to be manifested in our lives. We begin to experience His supernatural power. These gifts include:
• The Word of Wisdom
• Discerning of Spirits
Some will feel the Holy Spirit leading them in to leadership position in the body of Christ and/or an anointed ministry.
When people were baptized in the Holy Spirit in the New Testament church, the Bible says they all spoke in tongues (see Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 19:1-7). A lot of people get hung up on speaking in tongues because it seems like a weird thing. It's actually very common. It is a very special form of prayer that any Christian can experience. However, there are some of God’s children that go through this experience and do not speak in tongues until some later time. So, if you feel the wind and the fire you can conclude you are Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
When we pray in our heavenly prayer language, we are praising God and also strengthening ourselves spiritually. Speaking in tongues helps us become mighty in the Spirit. And equips us to praise God and pray against the works of the dark side even when we don’t know how to pray in our natural tongue. The apostle Paul, truly a giant in the New Testament church, told the Corinthian believers: "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all."
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Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit is not something you have to qualify for. Any Christian can ask, and Jesus is ready to do it.
You can pray by yourself or you can ask someone else to pray for you. Sometimes groups pray together to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Here are the simple steps you can take
be filled with the Holy Spirit:
1. Prepare your heart.
The Holy Spirit is holy. He is compared to a fire (see Matt. 3:11), which means He purifies sin and burns up that which is not Christ like in our lives. Make sure you have confessed all known sin and made your heart ready for His infilling. When the light comes the truth of the scriptures will take priority in your life.
2. Ask Jesus to baptize you in the Spirit.
You don’t have to do anything special to get God’s attention. He has been waiting since the beginning of time for you. Jesus is the one who baptizes us in the Spirit, so ask Him—and expect Him to answer.
3. Receive the infilling.
Start thanking Him for this miracle. The Holy Spirit's power is rising up in you and your life. If you feel your mind is clouded with doubts, just praise the Lord. Focus your mind on Him and not on yourself.
4. Release your prayer language.
The moment you are filled with the Spirit, you will receive the ability to speak in your heavenly prayer language. You may feel the words bubbling up inside of you. You may begin to hear the words in your mind. Open your mouth and begin to speak, trusting the Lord to give you this new, supernatural language. Roll your tongue and with your lips opening and closing to form words while exhaling. What appears to be babble will turn into a beautiful utterance of praise to God, in a language you have no training. Tongues has nothing to do with salvation. But I believe He offers this gift to anyone who wants it deeply. It could be considered the least of the gifts—but it serves as a doorway to the supernatural realm and helps usher you into the deeper Spirit of God. However, if you don’t manifest this gift, simply accept it by faith and He will grant it at a later time. So keep trying from time to time.
5. Step out in boldness.
After praying these prayers and being Baptized in the Holy Spirit, one of the first things you will notice is a new boldness. The spirit is a gentleman and will only go where He is wanted. He wants you to speak about Jesus to those around you with your new found courage.
• Life in the Spirit ... Learn More
It is very difficult to try to live the Christian life on your own. It’s like a bird walking on the ground; they can walk a little, then they have to jump to go faster which doesn’t work very well. For the Bird to move effortlessly it needs the air and then it can fly to the highest heights and distances. When the Spirit of God dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11) you have the same freedom and doing God’s will is not burdensome (1 John 5:3). To enjoy the Christian Life in the Spirit, one needs to learn how to rest in God. Paul knows this: “For I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me strength and power” (Philippians 4:13)
The Christians secret to live a harmonious life
is to bond with Christ and let Him live His life through us.
“I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20).
As a final act, at the last supper, Christ told His disciples that He would be leaving them, but He would not be leaving them alone: “But the fact of the matter is that it is best for you that I go away, for if I don’t, the comforter won’t come. If I do, He will – for I will send Him to you" (John 16:7).
And, again; “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
You have been given someone (a person) to enable you to live your life in the Spirit with boldness and confidence; someone who will lead you by impressing on your soul which way you are to go. He isn’t just a guide along the heavenly trail: He is the Spirit of Christ- come to live in you. “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers”. (Romans 8:29)
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit is the major part of a Christian’s Life in the Spirit. Here are some of His roles to help you see why He is so important:
The Holy Spirit convicted you of your sin and your need for Christ (John 16:8-11).
The Bible explains that people being guided by the Holy Spirit are not understood by the worldly (1 Corinthians 1:18). They won't understand your complete commitment to a system built on faith, something that you can not see. They won’t understand your complete commitment to a system built on faith. However, you are committed since the Holy Spirit has revealed the wonder of a life in Christ to you.
The Holy Spirit gives you new life.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, Jesus said; "It takes the Holy Spirit to give a spiritual birth." (John 3:16), And it is through that Spirit that God’s love is poured into your heart and you want to share this with others (Romans 8:26-27).
The Holy Spirit announced to the prophets that the Christ was coming, and through His coming you are enabled to live the Christian life in the Spirit.
As Paul wrote, “… You are controlled by your new nature if you have the Spirit of God living in you." (Romans 8:9) The Holy Spirit resides in you, but you may not be yielding your life to His direction. He may be resident – without being aloud to “lead” you.
Paul distinguishes between two types of Christians; the carnal (worldly) or the Spiritual Christian.
"The Spiritual Christian makes judgments about all things, seeing with internal eyes, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment…” (1 Corinthians 2:15).
The spiritual person has accepted Christ and lives a Christ-centered life. He is not sinless and he faces problems and temptations every day, just like everyone else. But as a way of life, he trust Christ with each detail and problem that comes along. His greatest desire is to please Christ, and he doesn’t rely on the approval of others. When you move in a spiritual direction this will place him at odds with the worldly.
BEING “LED” BY THE SPIRIT
The Bible talks about being “led” by the Spirit. That implies we obey what He says: He leads, we follow. Simple enough. But usually we don’t like anyone telling us what to do – even if it’s God or having Him be present with us every moment of the day. Yet the filling of the Holy Spirit means allowing the Spirit of God and the Word of God to guide us in our daily decisions.
We have the choice each day: Will we let the Holy Spirit lead us, or will we be controlled by something else? Will fear about the future, or our desire to get what we want, become more important than obeying Christ? When the Holy Spirit fills you, He controls your thoughts and your actions. You can’t be filled with hatred, fear or worry while you are filled with the Spirit.
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to do. The changes the Holy Spirit produces are not artificial. They don’t wear off with time. The Bible calls these lasting changes the fruit that is produced from a Christ-centered life: “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws” (Galatians 5:22-23)
WALKING IN FAITH
Positive confession is the practice of saying aloud, in faith, what you want to happen with the expectation that God will make it a reality. This practice is part of the Christian’s life in the Spirit. As it is written “….. the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. “ (Romans 4:17)
And again, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) While this practice can be taken to extreme in moderation it does have application. Positive confession can be applied to prosperity, health, seeking things or events to happen in the future of ones life, and does have a scriptural base. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
The word “confession” is “homologeo”, meaning “to agree with” or “say the same thing that God says.”. When you say what God’s Word says, you believe you can change the circumstances of your life with His Word. You are not denying the circumstances; rather you are confessing what God has already said about the situation in the past. In short, the Christian is breaking the undue influence of the world over their lives and forcing you to acknowledge your authority, as believers, over the situation. It is often quoted that we must “say” the words and believe them in order to receive what we ask for. (Mark 11:22-24).
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