To properly receive this gift, and to make sure that you really do receive it when you first ask for it, here is a simple five step process that you can take that will help you receive this gift the first time you ask for it.
If you properly prepare yourself by going through these five steps, then you will definitely receive this gift the first time you ask and press in for it. Here are the five specific steps.
1. Right Motive
The first thing you must have before asking God for this gift is the right motive. This one right here is where many Christians miss getting it the first time around.
Some people may want this gift because some of their friends may have just received it, or they want the gift of tongues, or they want God’s power to be able to do what their will is rather than what God’s will is going to be for their lives.
In other words, they want this gift for their own selfish purposes rather than for what God wants to do with their lives.
The two main reasons each Christian should want to have this gift for are the following:
To be able to draw closer to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in your own personal relationship with each One of Them.
The number one thing that God wants from each one of us more than anything else is a one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship. Once you receive this gift, you will be able to draw that much closer to the Three of Them, and They will then become much more active in your personal life.
The second main reason that you will want this gift is so that you can have God’s supernatural power flowing through you so you can fully accomplish whatever God’s perfect will is going to be for you in this life. This is where you really enter into what is called the anointing.
The anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit operating through you to accomplish whatever it is God wants you to do for Him.
If God calls you to be a policeman, then He will anoint you with His power to be a great policeman. If God calls you to be a doctor, then He will anoint you with His power to be a great doctor. In order for God’s anointing to really be able to properly flow through you, you have to receive this gift.
You will have much more of God’s supernatural power flowing and operating through you if the Holy Spirit is residing up in your soul area rather than just down in your spirit.
Good case in point was an evangelist by the name of Dwight Moody. Before Dwight Moody received this gift, he was just a “good” evangelist in getting people saved and led to the Lord. However, two older ladies at one of his meetings told him one time that he would get many more souls saved if he would just receive this gift.
They told him that he was lacking God’s full supernatural power – God’s full anointing when he was preaching.
After he found out what this gift was all about and then properly received it from the Lord, his ministry took off like a rocket!
He led many more souls to the Lord than what he was doing before he had received this gift. I recall reading that after he had received this gift, he could not believe the difference in his preaching and the results he started to get.
He said he was preaching the exact same messages that he had been preaching before he had received this gift, but many more people would come up to the altar to get saved after he had received this gift as compared to how many were people coming up before he had received the gift.
He said that the power of the Holy Spirit operating through his ministry dramatically increased after having received this gift. As a result, he ended up becoming one of the greatest evangelists of all time.
The difference was the anointing – and what got the anointing on his ministry was receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!
Many Christians, after studying what this gift is all about, and realizing that God can release this kind of supernatural power in their lives, will seek after this gift for the wrong reasons. They will seek after this gift to get the power of God operating through them so they can use it for their own selfish purposes and agendas.
So the first step you have to take is to make sure that your motives are right and pure with the Lord. If they are not, then God will not release this gift to you. He will not allow His anointing to be tampered with or to be used for one’s own selfish purposes.
You have to really want this gift because you want to be able to enter into a much deeper, personal relationship with God – and that you will now need His power and anointing to be able to flow through you so that you can fully accomplish whatever His divine destiny is going to be for your life.
God will be able to read right through your thoughts and motives on all of this. If you are not sincere with Him as to why you are really wanting this gift, or you are seeking after this gift for all of the wrong reasons, God will then see right through your impure motives and withhold this gift from you until you can come to Him for the right reasons and the right motive.
So the first step is that you make sure that you properly examine your motives as to why you are seeking after this gift.
If you can honestly say that you really want this gift for the above right reasons, then you are now ready for step two.
2. Decide If You Really Want It
Once you have examined your motives and you know that you can approach God with the right reasons and right motives for wanting this gift – then the next step is to decide if you really want this gift.
This may sound a bit redundant, but it isn’t. This gift is only for those who want to go all out for God. It is only for those who are willing to put the pedal to the metal for God.
If God is going to allow the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul area, then He is going to want you to do something with it. God has a specific plan and destiny for each person’s life. If God allows the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul area, then you are going to have God’s power available to you to do what He wants you to do with your life.
If you are not willing to be used by God for whatever He wants to use you for in this life, then His anointing is just going to be wasted and He will more than likely withhold this gift from you. Again, this is another reason why God may not release this gift the first time someone will ask for it. This person does not really understand the ramifications and responsibility that comes from receiving this gift.
If you are not willing to go all out for the Lord in this life, then you will be wasting both your time and His time by asking for this gift. Many Christians, after really realizing the responsibility and ramifications that come with this gift, really do decide not to press in for it because they know they cannot give God a full and unconditional commitment to fully serve Him.
Some Christians are also afraid to get to close to God in their own personal relationships with Him. This kind of unhealthy fear will also prevent you from being able to receive this gift.
These first two steps – having the right motive and really wanting this gift – will be the main determining factors as to whether or not you will receive this gift the first time you try asking for it. If your motives are not right, or if you are not sure that you really want this gift and the responsibility and ramifications that will go with it, then chances are, you will not receive it.
This is why many people do not initially receive this gift when they first go up for it at the altar calls at their church. They have not been properly prepared as to what this gift is really all about, nor have they been properly prepared as to what God will expect from them if He should release this gift to them.
If you decide that your motives are right and pure, and that you really do want this gift, and are willing to accept the responsibility and ramifications that will come with it – then you are now ready for step three.
3. The Full Surrender
Once you realize what this gift entails and that you will have to be willing to fully surrender to whatever God’s perfect plan and destiny is going to be for your life – then the next step is to take that big leap of faith and fully surrender everything over to God the Father. What God wants from you are four specific things:
- your body
- your soul
- your spirit
- your entire life
He wants all three parts to your being – body, soul, and spirit. If you notice in the above verse at the top of this article, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, God wants to sanctify you completely in all three parts of your being – spirit, soul, and body.
The fourth thing that God will want from you is your entire life – and this will literally include everything. It will include who you will marry in this life if marriage will be in God’s perfect will for your life, what your call or calls are going to be, and what jobs you will be taking in this life.
In the Bible Basics section of our site, we have another article titled “The Full Surrender.” In this article, I give you all of the main Scripture verses proving and showing to you that this is something that God the Father really wants from each and everyone of us.
If you are not willing to make a full and complete surrender of your body, soul, spirit, and your entire life over to the Lord – then He will probably not allow this gift to be released to you.
The full surrender prayer will be included in the final step where you will pray and ask God to release this gift to you.
If you can now say that you really do want to receive this gift for all of the right reasons, that you have no fear in receiving it, and that you will now be willing to fully surrender every aspect of your life over to God the Father, then you are now ready for step four.
4. The Full Cleansing
Before asking God to allow this gift to be released in you, I feel every Christian should be willing to go through what I call a full cleansing. What this entails is that you simply confess any known sins that you may have on you that have not already been confessed and forgiven under the Blood of Jesus. For those of you with a Catholic background, it would be like going to confession before receiving communion.
Imagine if you got a message from God the Father and He told you that He was going to send Jesus down to visit you at your house on a specific date.
What would be the first thing that you would want to do? You would want to clean your house from top to bottom.
Why? Because you would want Jesus coming into a “clean house” to visit you.
The same analogy can now be used with the Holy Spirit. Since this gift is receiving the presence of the Holy Spirit up into your soul area – the first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that you have a “clean house” for Him to come up into. Your soul is your house. So how do you clean your soul up in order to properly receive His presence up into your soul? By fully confessing every known sin that you have not already confessed yet. You want a “clean slate” in order to really be able to receive Him up into your soul.
There are two parts to properly do this and they are as follows:
1. The first thing that you will want to do is take about 4-7 days to really do this right.
Get a pen and piece of paper and write down any known sin that you still have lingering on you that you know that has not been fully confessed before God the Father to receive His full forgiveness for. Once you write down everything you can think of, then ask God to show you any other sins that you may have in you that you may not be aware of that are sins in His sight.
Many of us have hidden sins that we are not fully aware of that really need to be confessed and washed clean under the Blood of Jesus. You may be holding unforgiveness towards someone and God is viewing this as a sin, but you are not.
You are not fully aware that this is a sin in His sight. Be sensitive to any sins that the Holy Spirit may bring up to your mind’s attention over the course of about 4-7 days. Give God that long to reveal to you any hidden secret sins that you may have in you that you may not be aware of.
After you have written down everything that you feel is a sin in His sight, then simply go to God in prayer and confess each one of these sins as a sin, and then accept His full forgiveness for each of these sins. Here is a sample prayer that you can use to make sure that you do this right:
I now come before You to fully confess my sins of (the name of each of your sins). I fully admit that what I have done was wrong and sinful in Your sight. Father, in Jesus name, I now ask that you please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that Your Son Jesus has personally shed for me on the cross. I also ask by the power of the Holy Spirit that you give me the power not to do any of these specific sins ever again.
Father, I now believe that I have been fully forgiven and that my sins will no longer be remembered by You.
Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”
Here is the Scripture verse backing up the above prayer and confession:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Notice that we have to first confess our sins directly to Him before He will forgive us on each one of our known sins.
2. The next and final step is to then deal with any type of heavier sin that you may have in your past. And here is where I need to give each of you a major warning.
Any previous “heavier” sins such as alcohol or drug abuse, any involvement in the occult, any involvement in a cult or false religion, or any involvement in a homosexual lifestyle – these types of heavier sins must not only be confessed – but they must also be renounced before God the Father.
When you fully renounce something before God the Father, you are telling Him that you will never, ever go back to that activity again. All of these heavier sins have one major thing in common – they are all major door openers to the dark side, to Satan’s realm where he and his demons roam.
Some people will get demons attached to them as a result of engaging in one or more of the above activities. If you do not confess and renounce these types of heavier sins before God the Father, then the demons who may have attached themselves to you as a result of engaging in any of these activities will still have a legal right to stay attached to you.
If you do not confess and renounce these types of heavier sins before God the Father, then what could possibly happen is that a demon will enter into your soul area when you ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit rather than the Holy Spirit entering up into your soul area.
There have been documented cases of this happening, and this was all because the person was not properly prepared before trying to receive this gift! And once that demon or demons enter into your soul area, then you are going to have to get them cast out of you by way of an actual deliverance!
So make sure that if you have had any past involvement in any of the above mentioned activities, that you both confess and renounce that sin before God the Father – and then go ahead and speak out loud to any demons who may have become attached to you to now leave you in the name of Jesus Christ, since their legal rights have now been fully taken away from them with you both confessing and renouncing this heavier sin before God the Father.
Here is a sample prayer and how to properly do this:
1. “Father, I now come before You to fully confess my involvement in (name the sin activity) as a sin. In addition to confessing this activity as a sin, I now wish to fully renounce my involvement in (name the sin).
Father, in the name of Jesus, I now fully renounce my involvement in (name the sin) and I promise and vow to You that I will never, ever return back to it again.”
Now you will need to speak directly to any demons who may have become attached to you as a result of engaging in this past activity.
This next part needs to be said out loud since demons cannot read your mind or your thoughts.
2. “I now come against any and all demonic spirits who may have become attached to me – either on the inside of me or on the outside of me as a result of my involvement in (name the activity).
I have now fully confessed and fully renounced my involvement in (name the sin) to God the Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My past transgressions in this activity have now been fully forgiven under the blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You no longer have any more legal rights to stay attached to me in any way, shape, or form. My sin has now been fully forgiven and completely washed away by the blood of my Savior Jesus Christ.
I now plead the blood of Jesus Christ against each and every one of you. All of your legal rights have now been completely broken and taken away. You no longer have any more legal rights to stay attached to me.
Demons, I now command you, in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to leave me right now and forever more – and you are to never, ever come back on me again.
I repeat, each and everyone of you is to leave me right now in the name of Jesus Christ, and you are to never, ever come back on me – ever again! Go now in the name of Jesus Christ! I repeat, go now in the name of Jesus Christ!”
If you have drawn any demons in on you as a result of any participation in any of the above activities, then the above confession, renouncement, and engaging directly with the demons should take care of the problem.
One final note – when I say any involvement in the occult, I mean any involvement whatsoever.
If you have played with a ouija board even one time – if you have gone to a fortuneteller even one time – if you have been hypnotized even so much as one time – you need to go ahead and go through the above cleansing just to make absolutely, positively sure that you are clean and free of any demonic spirits before asking for this gift. It is much better to be safe than sorry on this.
I am going to go ahead and list some of the occult activities that will need to be confessed and renounced before God the Father if you do want to press in for this gift.
Any involvement in any of these occult activities need to be fully confessed and fully renounced before God the Father before attempting to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here is the list:
- Fortunetelling of any kind
- Tarot Cards
- Ouija Boards
- Séances and any involvements with mediums or spiritists
- Astrology and any form of horoscopes
- I Ching
- Transcendental or any type of far eastern meditation
- Channeling of any kind
- Astro projection
- Dungeons and Dragons
- Any New Age techniques or activities
If you are willing to pass all of the above four steps – then you are now ready to receive the baptism or release of the Holy Spirit so He can now release from your spirit to come up into your soul.
If your motives are right and pure, if you have decided that you really want this gift, if you are willing to make a full and complete surrender of your body, soul, spirit, and entire life over to God the Father, and are willing to properly go through the above cleansing process in order for the Holy Spirit to have a clean house in which to be able to enter into – you are now really ready to receive this gift and it will now become very easy for you to do so. The hard part is now over.
I really feel the reason many people do not receive this gift when trying to get it quickly at a church service is that they simply have not been properly prepared to receive it.
The above four steps will properly prepare you to receive this gift if you are honest with yourself when you complete these four steps.
5. Prayer to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
If you have successfully completed steps 1-4, then the only thing left to do is simply to go to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul. It really is that simple. You do not have to go into any type of major travailing or prevailing trying to get God to release this gift to you.
Any travailing or prevailing would have been done in steps 1-4 where you had to make a personal decision with yourself as to who is going to run your life – you or God.
You may have also wrestled with the Lord on going through the cleansing process in reference to some past or hidden sins that He wanted you to confess as sins in order for your house to be clean enough to allow the Holy Spirit to enter into your soul.
If you have successfully passed those steps on the full surrender, having the right motives, and allowing God to clean you up on the inside with any sins that He wanted confessed, forgiven, and washed completely clean under the Blood of His Son, then the hard part is now over.
This gift will then be released to you by way of just a simple prayer and request to God the Father. Simply ask God the Father in a simple prayer request and you will then receive this mighty gift from Him. This gift is then accepted by simple faith and belief.
Here is a simple basic way that you can word your prayer to God the Father to receive this most glorious gift. Notice in the prayer that you are agreeing to make a full and complete surrender of your entire life over to Him.
I believe that I am truly saved and born again. I believe that all of my sins have now been fully forgiven and washed clean under the Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Father, I now by an act of my free will, turn my entire life over to You. I now place my body, my soul, my spirit, and my entire life into Your hands. I now ask that You place and enter me into Your perfect will for my life. I now ask that You set me up on the perfect plan and destiny that you have set up for my life.
Father, I now want to go one step further. I now want to receive the Baptism of your Holy Spirit – the release of your Holy Spirit to come up and enter into my soul from my spirit.
Father, in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, I now ask that you allow the Holy Spirit to enter into my soul. Father, from this moment on, by an act of strong faith and belief, I am now going to believe that the Holy Spirit has now entered into my soul – regardless of whether or not I feel anything.
Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”
What completes this prayer request is your faith and belief that God has now granted it. If you have passed steps 1-4, then there is no reason for God to withhold this gift from you and you can now start walking believing that the Holy Spirit has now entered into your soul.
What you will need to do now is to start to establish a direct, personal, one-on-one relationship with the Holy Spirit Himself just like you have with God and Jesus.
Seek to establish a Father-child relationship with God the Father, and a best friend relationship with both Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul tells us that we can enter into a good personal relationship direct with the Holy Spirit Himself. Here are two good verses giving us this revelation:
- “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
- “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit …” (Philippians 2:1)
These two words above –”fellowship and communion” – tell us that we can enter into a personal relationship direct with the Holy Spirit Himself!
The word “communion” means to have a direct partnership with someone, to share with someone, to have fellowship with someone. These two words spell one thing – personal relationship!
What will really kick this gift into full operation is for you to start to establish a direct, one-on-one, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit Himself. Simply start talking to Him like you would a best friend. He is right there on the inside of you.
This is part 2 of our 4 part series on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit