As a young believer myself, I often heard the minister call, people, to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and I often wondered what it meant, couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I also recall seeing people indulge in glossolalia (speaking with other tongues), and how strange and insignificant it sounded to me, didn’t need that, so I thought.
Years passed by and I was invited by a friend to a youth Kesha, after the praise and worship session, the pastor asked anyone who wanted to receive the Holy Spirit to come forward, a few people made their way to the altar, and so after giving it a thought, I have nothing to lose; I said within me, and so I made my way to the altar. The pastor came laying hands-on people and all would fall under the power of God, for me I didn’t know what to expect. He came near me and touched me; I fell under the power, couldn’t help it, and he encouraged us to speak in the language we felt coming from our being, and the first words I uttered still resound in my mind as clear as day, felt nothing, no electricity no nothing, there is a reason I am saying this and will address this later. As uninformed as I was on the Holy Spirit and who He was, I was disappointed, I was ashamed of the tongues because to my finite mind, it sounded “childish” and all I could attach to the Holy Spirit was tongues and nothing else, so from that day I suppressed this tongue, I remember wishing someone had taught me about the Holy Spirit, why He is important and so on. One fateful Sunday, as our senior pastor asked those who could speak with other tongues to speak during a church service, I remember restraining myself and looking around and holding myself from speaking, and I felt the peace that I had left, I felt empty, I knew I had grieved the Holy Spirit, the emptiness I felt couldn’t be compared to anything and hunger was stirred in me to search the scriptures on the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly led me to a friend’s house who had a book on the Holy Spirit, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and testimonies on how the Holy Spirit helped them in life and ministry, unfortunately, the book was severed and I only had a chunk of the book, and that’s all I needed to get me started. As I was done reading the book, we had a session at a discipleship class and the teaching was on the Holy Spirit, what a coincidence! I was excited, and as the lesson came to a close, he gave an instruction, that we study the chapters of John 14, 15, and 16, and also the book of Acts chapters 1 and 2, adding that we didn’t need anyone to lay hands on us, that we could ask by faith and receive.
All this while the Holy Spirit hadn’t left me, I just needed refreshing of the Holy Spirit, and so that Monday armed with scripture and the book on the Holy Spirit began to ask for a refreshing, I did repent for grieving the Holy Spirit by not fully embracing Him as a good and perfect gift from God. I expected something to happen, my heart was open and nothing happened, I went through my day and when the night came, I wondered why Wasn’t refreshed, I decided to retire to my bed, couldn’t sleep, and in my desperation and hunger, God does it now! It was cry and immediately I felt like a liquid was poured on my head and surges of electricity flowed through my body, I broke forth into a new language, this language was more clear, I could hear every syllable, it was an actual language, I was immersed in God’s presence for a whole week, this verse describes what I experienced Songs of Solomon 3:4 Scarcely had I passed them When I found him whom my soul loves, the Holy Spirit was no longer a thing, I could get to know Him, I became more aware of His presence, such awe of God came upon me, I abhorred sin, I only wanted to please God, such an intense hunger for God’s word and the need to pray came upon me, I passionately began to seek the Lord. This marked the beginning of the pursuit of intimacy with the Lord.
I have shared my testimony to show the Lord’s faithfulness, and with that said, my testimony is not the yardstick to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, it’s to show if God could do it for me, He can do it for you. Let’s do a brief study on this topic.
What is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
We have had many denominations and many beliefs in the Christian circle on the baptism with the Holy Spirit, some say every Christian with the Holy Spirit during conversion, others believe it happens after conversion, others believe in a clear manifestation of the baptism with the Holy Spirit, while others believe that the manifestations of the baptism with the Holy Spirit as the early church had such as tongues, prophesy and gifts of the spirit ceased with the apostolic age, I believe it’s safe for us to stick with the written word.
The word baptize comes from the Greek word “baptizō” to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk), just as we conduct water baptisms by immersion in water, so does this word suggest we are immersed with or in the Holy Spirit.
Once we repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus, we are indwelled with the Spirit, receiving the life of God in our spirits which were once dead due to sin, (Eph 4:30, Eph 2:5) no one can become a child of God without the Holy Spirit dwelling in them (Romans 8:9), the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) we are buried with Christ during water baptism (Col 2:12, Romans 6:4) and we are baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ Himself! (Luke 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8). What a joy to see that all these revolve around Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
The promise to Abraham
Genesis 17: 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
And through your offspring, all nations of the earth will be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.”
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it is but a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man disannulled, or added thereto.16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ.
God had promised to give the gift of the Holy Spirit to the seed of Abraham, and through Christ, we are qualified to receive this promise.
Do I need the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
Our Lord Jesus while on His earthly ministry mentioned to His disciples on the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7, John 14:26, John 14: 16, John 15:26,), the disciples had already believed in Jesus, they even performed miracles, raised the dead, cast out devils in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10: 8, Luke 10:9), meaning even they received the baptism with the Spirit, but they still needed to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1: 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth
Luke 24: 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.
We can see that there is no question that every genuine believer in Jesus Christ is indwelled and sealed with the Holy Spirit just like the disciples, and we see them still needing to be filled with the power from heaven to be effective in their assignment. We can see in the old testament Kings, Priests, Prophets, and judges have the Holy Spirit come upon them temporarily until the task is completed and then He leaves, for us He will be with us forever. ( (Num. 11:17–25, Deut. 34:9, Judg. 3:10; 6:34, 1 Sam. 16:1–14)
The Holy Spirit Comforts (John 14:18), empowers (Acts 1:8), advocates for us (John 14:16, Romans 8:26-28) reminds us Gods Word (John 14:26), reveals to us the things to come (John 16: 13), sanctifies us (1 Peter 1:12)
Who can receive the Holy Spirit?
Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [k] remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Joel 2: “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men, and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
Isaiah 55:1 Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
John 7: 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [g] believing in Him would receive; for the [h] Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Psalm 107:9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes would take the water of life without cost.
Acts 11: 15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a] water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was Ito think that I could stand in God’s way?”
Acts 10: 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues [b] and praising God.
We can take a few pointers on who can receive the Holy Spirit.
- Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus
- Anyone thirsty for the Holy Spirit
We can also address some misconceptions on receiving the Holy Spirit through these scriptures.
- It’s not for the “Holy” or the “super saints and the super-spiritual”, it’s a gift! We don’t earn receiving the Holy Spirit baptism.
- I have done too many sins; I can’t receive the Holy Spirit. It’s not our righteousness that makes us right with God, but the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Romans 5: 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him! 10For if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! …
Isaiah 64: 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 3: 2 Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ephesians 2: 8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast.…
- I will lose control, He can make me do things Don’t want We have seen how some have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fell, or screamed, or rolled on the floor in a way that denotes loss of control, I cannot explain these occurrences except allude to the assumption that some either are being set free from bondage, I can’t account for that, but this I can assure you, the word doesn’t show us people fall, or scream or lose control, in the upper room there was order, the disciples didn’t fall or scream, whether these accounts of people “losing control” happens or not, let’s choose to stick with God’s word on this issue. The Holy Spirit is Gentle. I too had an experience, felt a liquid poured over me, I felt electric surges all over my body, that can happen to anyone, experiences can be valid, but the word remains as our standard, not other people’s experiences and encounters.
What happens when you receive the Holy Spirit?
Acts 2: 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spoke with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 8: 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:15 Who, when they have come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
This shows that there was a piece of initial evidence known to all that one had received the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
We can even before the outpouring in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon some temporarily, and was expressed vocally,
Luke 1: 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb
Luke 1: 67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
We can see how the Holy Spirit found expression in Zechariah and Elizabeth, a vocalization or a proclamation is showing one has received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 19: 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues [b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
Now that we have got this far, we see how God gives this gift freely to those who believe.
Why haven’t I received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
Many are on the verge of giving up or question the authenticity of their faith In Jesus Christ and the Love of God towards them after not receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit despite asking for a long time and also having people lay hands on them. My word of encouragement to you is that you still a child of God, heaven-bound, you authority in Jesus name, you are not any less than those who have received the Baptism with the Spirit, the only thing is that you have not yet been endued with power to be more effective in the walk with the Lord, Jesus Christ had to be anointed with the Holy Spirit too despite being born of the Spirit (what happens when we repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus)
Acts 10: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him.
Here are some of the impediments to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- Wrong belief on the baptism of the Holy Spirit because of wrong teaching that is not founded on God’s word.
- Involvement with the occult, Wicca, occult games such as tarot cards, Ouija boards, using horoscopes, etc. If you have done so in the past, repent and renounce involvement with the occult.
- Unforgiveness impeded one from receiving the Holy Spirit.
By this far, I believe some of you can feel a burning in your heart, the Holy Spirit bearing witness to this writing, now let’s pray and receive the Baptism with the Spirit.
Let’s point out these few truths before we proceed.
- It’s Jesus who Baptizes with the Spirit.
- It’s for everyone who believes.
- You shall receive power, Jesus is assuring us of this possibility, Jesus is so meticulous that he counted the 120 heads in the upper room and not one missed!
- Don’t let fear paralyze you, begin proclaiming God’s word and promises, fear is brought about by the doubting of the ability and faithfulness of God, He is able, He is powerful, He is willing!
Jeremiah 32: “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?
And He promises this, Psalms 34: 7Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
John 14: 13And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it.…
- Jesus’ prayers are always answered
John !4:16And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever
John 11: 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
- God is a good father, better than the best earthly fathers
Luke 11: 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give splendid gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
7.He is not a man either, He doesn’t go back on His word, especially not concerning His children, such as you are.
Numbers 23: 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
- God’s love is undeniable
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
- He knows you by name
Isaiah 49:15“Can a woman forget her nursing child or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Even if she could forget, I will not forget you! 16Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Prayer to receive the Holy Spirit.
(You can with your own words powered by the understanding the simple lesson we have gone through, it will happen)
For those who need further help, let’s pray.
THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IHAVE SEEN HOW INEED THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HOW YOU QUALIFIED ME TO RECEIVE THIS PROMISE, BAPTIZE ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, FILL ME UP TO OVERFLOW, LET LIVING WATERS FLOW FROM MY BELLY, SURRENDER MYSELF HOLY SPIRIT, FILL ME TO OVERFLOW.
(you can sense God inside you, surrender and worship God, speak that new language that comes on your lips, don’t stop, continue speaking that language or prophesying as the Holy Spirit enables you)
What you have just experienced is not from the devil
Luke 11: Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? it’s not from your head
1 Corinthians 14: For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful
1 Corinthians 12: 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
It doesn’t end here with the baptism with the Holy Spirit, we need constant refreshing of the Holy Spirit
Acts 4: 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The apostles were refreshed with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5: Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit
Pray in the spirit often
I Corinthians 14: 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit,
1 Corinthians 14: 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.
Jude 1: But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
Continually seeking more intimacy
Colossians 2: 6 As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [d]in it with thanksgiving.8 Beware lest anyone [e]cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead [f]bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all [g] principality and power.
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
with the Lord in His Word and prayer, producing more fruit of the Spirit in this walk (Galatians 5:22)