How Can I Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The following are comments based upon the Bible itself, principles found in the Bible, and years of seeing individuals being baptized in the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of tongues.
- Receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He wants to be more than your Savior, he wants to be your Lord.
- Remove all barriers: sin, unforgiveness, doctrinal hang-ups, pride, or any unclean thing that may block you from receiving from God. Don’t believe the lie that tongues is from the devil.
- Ask to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Be specific. Tell the Lord you want the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. If you do not receive the first time you ask, ask again.
Luke 11:9-13 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
As a believer, you are not asking for the Holy Spirit, you already have the Holy Spirit. You are asking to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
More than asking, seeking and knocking, you must believe and receive.
Believe and Receive: Reach out by faith and receive this gift that is given to all believers. Every thing we receive from God and the promises in His Word is done by faith. This is not a time to analyze in your mind what is going to happen. Instead it is a time to believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a good gift from God that He wants to give to all His children so that they can walk more boldly, be anointed to share the Gospel, to see signs and wonders in the midst of witnessing, and to be built up spiritually. Don’t believe the lies of the devil that your request is selfish or foolish. Remember, the devil will not want you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but he is a defeated foe.
Release. You must release your body, soul, spirit, and mind to God. Do not operate in fear, but in faith. Let God know you want to receive the Promise of the Holy Spirit and that you are turning your entire being over to Him to fill you up with His Holy Spirit. Start worshiping the Lord. The Bible says, "As the Spirit gave them utterance." As you worship the Lord, the Holy Spirit will put words in your mind-speak them out by faith. Many people say, "I just want it to be God and not me." That is good. But remember, God uses your mind, your month, your tongue. The Holy Spirit will put the words you speak in your mind and God will use your voice to speak them out. By faith stop praising and praying in your native tongue and speak the syllables God has given you. At first it may just be a few syllables or words, but use them. Do not try to logically figure out what is happening or you will start walking in doubt instead of faith.
Speak. Many do not speak in tongues, because they are waiting for God to move their mouth and lips. The Holy Spirit will give the utterance, but you must cooperate by doing the speaking yourself-be an active participate. Asking God to fill you with His Holy Spirit with the the evidence of tongues and keeping your mouth closed is contradictory.
For many the baptism with the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of tongues occurs most often in a church service but can occur any place at any time. Individuals have been baptized with the Holy Spirit while driving down the road, while laying in bed, doing housework, while praising the Lord at home, and many other ways.
Here are some reasons why receiving tongues occurs more often in a church service:
There is the combining of faith of the recipient and those around them
Others are praying with the recipient for them to receive the gift of tongues
The recipient is normally more receptive in a church service
The recipient is willfully moving their mouth by actively worshiping the Lord
The recipient can more easily sense the presence of the Lord, thus has more faith
When there is a special anointing in the church service there are more of the miraculous occurring.
To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues, remove all barriers, ask to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, believe and receive, release your entire being to the Lord, and begin speaking in an unknown language.
In our next lesson we will address some false teachings on how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Because of some of these teachings individuals have fear and doubt about receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.