(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)
How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?
Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.
Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?
Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)
Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.
If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..
In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.
Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you. Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.
“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.
So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..
Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….
Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”