Being Filled With The Holy Spirit
(Baptism of The Holy Spirit Upon)

Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is a subsequent action of a believer after they are born again and should not be confused with being born of the Spirit as in the "New Birth" experience.  Being born of the Spirit is for you, it is the way we receive Salvation.  Being baptized with the Holy Spirit (filled) is how we receive the power to be witnesses for Jesus and to minister to others.

Let's look at what the Bible tells us concerning the Holy Spirit.

  • Our Helper: John 14:16-17  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

  • Our Teacher: John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

  • Our Leader (Guide):  John 16:13  "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

Here's why we need to be baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • To Witness and for Power:  Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

What you should expect when you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • There should be an outward evidence of being filled:  Acts 2:1-4  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.   You will speak in tongues.

Is this gift for me?  God has promised this gift to all who believe.

  • This gift is for all who believe:  Acts 2:38-39  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Your mind will not understand, but you will speak mysteries.  

  • Speaking mysteries: 1 Corinthians 14:2  For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

You will edify yourself. 

  • Edify yourself:  1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

 It is an act of your own will.

  • You must do the talking:  1 Corinthians 14:14-15  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

If you ask the Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit in Faith,  He will give you what you ask.

  • God's A.S.K. principle:  Luke 11:9-10, & 13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."  v13  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

What must you do to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

  • First you must be born again.  If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and saviour yet or do not know about the Plan of Salvation (New Birth) you should click here and receive Jesus first. 

  • You must believe the scriptures concerning the Baptism with the Holy Spirit presented here.

  • You need to ask Jesus to baptize of you with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

  • Receive the Holy Spirit by faith,  believe that you receive when you ask for it.

  • You must exercise your faith, begin to speak in other tongues, the Holy Spirit will give you the words, but you have to speak.  Notice in Acts 2:4 that it says "they began to speak."  The believer does the speaking!

Here is a simple prayer that you can pray and ask for the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus.  I was saved by grace through faith.  I ask you Jesus, to Baptize me with the Holy Spirit and your fire.  I receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit right now in Jesus Name.  come upon me now, fill me now, I will boldly speak out in my heavenly language now in Jesus Name.

If you prayed that prayer call, write or send us an e-mail so we can rejoice with you and pray for you.

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