Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Who He is and Why You Need Him

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Have you received the Holy Spirit?
When the apostle Paul met the twelve believers in Ephesus (Acts 19:2) he asked
them a question - "Have you received the Holy Spirit?" They answered
"No, they hadn't even heard about receiving the Holy Spirit". Paul prayed
together with them and "the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke
with tongues and prophesied". The same thing happened to the 120 people
waiting on God's promise of His Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on the day we now
call Pentecost. They also spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 1 & 2 ).
This was all spoke about by Jesus and should have been expected since
Jesus was said to be the one who would baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire

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What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit for?
Jesus said that we would "receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you"
in Acts 1:8. Power to live holy lives, power to witness, power to pray, to
understand scripture, to minister, and to lay our lives down (Acts 9:17-20;
John 16:14; Luke 24:24; Rom . 8:26). The Holy Spirit is to be received by
all believers so that they can receive, with the power, certain "gifts" from God.
Gifts of healing, power wisdom, power faith, power knowledge, power miracle
and power to speak the truth of God. In other words , the Holy Spirit is to be
received to receive power to be the active "body of Christ" ministering in the
earth today. The Apostle Paul said for us to "earnestly desire spiritual gifts"
(1 Cor. 12:31, 14:1)

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Who is the baptism in the Holy Spirit for?
Jesus said that "the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven"
so the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for the casual inquirer (Matt. 12:31).
It is for 'born again' Christians, it is not 'dead religion' it is a living relationship
with God, it is not for the unbelieving (John 14:16-17). When you are sure
you are a believer and also are willing to obey God in your life, then ask for
the Holy Spirit to enter your life and to fill you and cleanse you with His fire
(Matt. 3:11); "Your heavenly father will give the Holy Spirit to them that
ask of Him" (Luke 11:13). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for now and
has always been available for any believer bold enough to trust God and
obey Him. When the believers asked for advice of the apostles on the day
of Pentecost "What should we do?" they were told to "repent", "be baptized"
and "receive the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). Jesus said in His sermon on the mount
blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled
(Matt . 5:6).

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Who does the baptizing?
Jesus is the baptizer (Matt 3:11) He baptizes with fire not water. Fire either
purifies or destroys. You may want to have other Spirit Filled Christians lay
hands on you and pray but it is not necessary. This is between you and God,
just as your salvation is (Acts 2; 10:44-46; 19:6)

CAUTION
If you still have reservations about your Christian commitment or if you are
secretly still practicing sin be careful. Fire purifies, but don't be afraid.
The gift - the promise of our heavenly Father is not evil - he said if your earthly
fathers know to give their children good gifts, how much more will your heavenly
Father give the Holy Spirit to a child who asks for Him? A loving God would
not first send His Son to die for us and then turn around and trick us by leading
us into something evil. If you h ave ever been involved in the occult
(Fortune Telling, Satanism, Witchcraft, Horoscopes, Ouija Boards, Spiritism,
or non Christian religions) then renounce these things before you seek the
Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Once you begin to live in the power of God's
Holy Spirit Baptism you may become a target for Satan and he may try to
confuse you in the supernatural leading in your life. Silence his voice and
renounce his right to your life by confessing yourself a child of God in Jesus' name.
You see the oc cult involvement in our lives were not innocent child's play.
They break the first commandment and give Satan legal access to our lives
(Deut. 18:10-12). If you are now going to seek supernatural guidance from
God by His Holy Spirit then you need to silen ce all other occult influences in
Jesus name (Acts 19:19) destroy all objects in your home or life that have
supernatural ties. God speaks through our hearts not through mediums or objects.

Don't be afraid - there is no need to fear, simply trust good be alert to Satan's
tricks and resist Him (in Jesus' name) and he must flee (Jam. 4:7). If you are
filled with the Holy Spirit 1 John 4:1 tells us not to just believe every spirit that
speaks b ut to test the spirits to see if they are from God or not. "Be sober, be
vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walks around
seeking who he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

Do not seek the Baptism of the Holy Spirit if you do not want to be Holy and
obedient to God and are willing to have Him speak to you and guide your life.

Finally I do not want you to think that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the way
to "instant" sanctification and a source of personal power for your own use.
If this is your heart motivation for reading this tract, repent! You will have
neither part nor portion in this blessing of God. (Acts 8:14-24)

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How can I receive the Holy Spirit?
With other Spirit filled Christians or privately, raise your hands up to God in
thankfulness and praise. You might close your eyes or leave them open. The
important thing is to "ask" - believing God's promise is for you - and then to
"receive" of your own free will the blessing of God, called the Baptism of the
Holy Spirit. Start to praise God with your voice, tongue and lips. He will not
force you to speak in tongues but you may if you wish. As the "Truth" of God's
promised blessing fills you, let it set you free. Step out in faith. Try to say
something in a language that only God could understand speaking mysteries
to God (1 Cor. 14:2). Maybe you will only be bold enough to speak a few
syllables but as you boldly repeat them God will bless you with more . Like a
child, your new language of prayer to God will grow. Don't be afraid. This
language is not for the benefit of other people it is between you and your Lord
and Savior. You will probably not even understand what you are saying, but be
assured that God says that as you use this prayer language you will be built up
and become stronger in faith (Jude 20). Your private worship of God will be
blessed. You do not pray in tongues with your mind but with your spirit
(1 Cor. 14:14-15) you are praying with y our spirit to God who is a spirit
(John 4:24).

Even if you do not have the faith to speak in tongues at this time, its important
that you desire to (1 Cor. 14:1,5). One day you may just find yourself doing so.
Nevertheless because you invited the Holy Spirit to come into the "house" of
your life He ha s (Rev. 3:20). You will therefore find a new intimacy with Him
as you worship and study God's ways. A new "fire" will burn in your life.
A new fervency for God will be experienced and a new level of faith will be
your. From time to time you may find the a rdor of your fellowship at a lower
level. No need for alarm - just repent of your distraction and ask the Holy Spirit
to fill you anew. There will always be only one "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" but
there can be many fillings of the Holy Spirit of God (Ep h. 3:14) God wants you
to either be hot or cold - never ever be satisfied with a lukewarm Christian life
(Rev 3:14-22). As you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh
(Gal. 5:16-25). Now its time for you to learn what the Gifts of t he Spirit are
and how they operate in your life.

In 1906 in a place called Azusa Street in Los Angelos, California an amazing
series of meetings happened when the holy Spirit sent revival beginning will all
of the nine gifts or manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit present and
operating in that place. This was the birth place of the modern Pentecostal/neo-pentecostal/charismatic move of God that is sweeping the nations
of the world at this time. Since that time the believing church has seen more of the
power of God at work in the earth then in the previous 18 centuries since the original
Pentecostal outpouring of God that occurred in the book of Acts died out
(about 250 years later). In 1 Cor. 12 Paul lists out these gifts. Any Spirit filled
Christian can manifest or release any of these gifts as the Holy Spirit directs
them. In 1 Cor. 12 Paul lists out these gifts. Any Spirit Filled Christian can
manifest or release any of these gifts as the Holy Spirit directs them.

Word of Wisdom - God's supernatural perspective on how to achieve God's will.
God's knowledge rightly applied to specific situations.

Word of Knowledge - "facts" given by God that are unknowable without revelation.

The Gift of Faith - the supernatural ability to believe God without doubt.
Essential to the Gift of Healing and Miracles.

The Gift of Healing - supernatural healing through special anointing of the
Holy Spirit.

The Working of Miracles - a supernatural display of power that goes beyond
the natural to counteract earthly and evil forces.

Discerning of Spirits - Spiritual insight into differences between the
Holy Spirit, the Human Spirit, and evil Spirits at work in the earth. It is not the
discerning of character faults.

The Gift of Prophecy - the forth telling of God's utterance. It is not of the
intellect but of the Spirit. It is divinely inspired and anointed words spoken
by a believer.

Different Kinds of Tongues - This is not to be confused with the use of
tongues in private prayer or worship. This refers to the ministry of tongues
to others. An utterance from a believer to another in a language unknown
to the speaker (Is. 28:11, Mk. 16 :17, Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:1-7,
1 Cor. 12:10; 13:1-3; 14:2; 14:4-22; 14:26-31; 28:31)

Interpretation of Tongues - Supernatural power to reveal the meaning of
tongues. Not a translation, but an interpretation. Tongues and Interpretation
working together can be the equivalent of prophecy.

The working of these nine Gifts is for the profit of advantage of the Church.
They are for the benefit of the Church and are specifically available to every
believer as the Holy Spirit wills (1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:12). They should all be
actively welcomed an d expected in your life (1 Cor. 14:1)

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How Many Gifts Do We Get?
The Holy Spirit distributes His gifts to each believer severally as He wills
(1 Cor. 12:11). It is not up to us how many gifts we want or are willing to
use but up to the Holy Spirit to give whatever He wants to whoever He wants
whenever He wants. It is up to us to appreciate all of them and to allow the
Holy Spirit to use us in any of them to minister to others.

Some Christians teach that we each get one gift. That teaching conflicts with
God's Word. In 1 Cor. 14:1 Paul says desire Gifts and in 1 Cor. 14:5 he says
that he wished that we all spoke in tongues. In 1 Cor. 14:31 he says "you all
can prophesy". In addi tion to these evidences it is practical knowledge that
one gift cannot be in operation without the use of other gifts ([Tongues, Prophecy,
Interpretation][Healing, Miracles, Faith][Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment]).

Our Proper response to God - God will let us know in variety of ways when
we are to exercise the different Gifts. Sometimes the hands actually feel
anointed or other times words or thoughts just flood our consciousness as
we grow in the Spirit these thing s will become more clear. Above all we
need to understand that God works through spirit gifts to reproduce the
ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ in his Church. Mostly with the laying on of
hands, the spoken command, or the active intervention of one human being
in the lives of others. We will all do this only according to our faith. Thus we
need to accept the importance of tongues for Holy self edification.
(1 Cor. 14:1-5)

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is God's way of empowering us to manifest
his love to His Church and to cleanse us and make us Holy. We need
therefore to acknowledge that love is necessary for the proper use of the
Gifts - faith works by love (Gal. 5:6). L ove edifies others (1 Cor. 8:1) As
God has shown His love for you by giving you faith to believe in and trust in
and cling to and rely on Jesus. Repent of anything that would hold you back
from experiencing and walking in His fullness through the Baptism of the
Holy Spirit. Ask Him for it. Receive it. Freely it has been given to you -
now freely give (Matt. 10:8).

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Maranatha Christian Fellowship

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