What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

In this article, I will show you exactly what this gift of Baptism of the Holy Spirit is and how to properly receive it. Many have tried to receive this gift at an altar call at their local churches, but they have failed to receive it.

They then walk away thinking that maybe there was something wrong with them or they were not worthy enough to receive this gift from the Lord.

I believe the number one reason why some Christians do not properly receive this gift when they try the above approach is because they have not been properly prepared to receive it.

To really receive this gift the first time you try asking and pressing in for it, you have to know exactly what it is you are receiving, and then you have to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been properly done, then it becomes very easy to receive this gift the first time you ask and press in for it.

This is a gift that God wants all of His children to have, just like His gift of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

I will first start off by explaining exactly what this gift is, and then I will show you how to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been done, I will then show you exactly how to receive it once you are ready for it.

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The first thing that you will need to know is exactly what this gift is. The Bible tells us that we will all receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord. The Bible also tells us that we are “sealed” with the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

So if we have already received the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what is this “second” baptism of the Holy Spirit that the charismatics are talking about? The Bible tells us that there is only one baptism.

To fully understand what is meant by the baptism of the Holy Spirit – you have to know what the difference is between your body, soul, and spirit. The Bible tells us that we have three distinct parts to our being – body, soul, and spirit. Here is the verse specifically telling us this:

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Your body is your natural, physical, flesh body. Your soul is located on the inside of your body. Your soul is who you really are. It is your total personality – it is your mind, will, emotions, and intellect. Your soul is spirit in form, which means it cannot be seen by any natural means. It is completely invisible to the naked eye.

On the inside of your soul is your spirit. The Bible refers to our human spirit as being our “innermost being.” I believe another word for our human spirit is “heart.” When people refer to having had a broken heart in a romantic relationship that has been dissolved, a broken heart is really a “wounded spirit.”

I also believe Jesus gives us a clue as to where our human spirits may be located at in our beings in the following verse. The New King James Version uses the word “heart”, but the Original King James Version uses the word “belly.”

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart (BELLY) will flow rivers of living water.

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38)

When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into our human spirits. Our spirits are thus baptized with His actual presence at the exact moment of our salvation with the Lord. This is the baptism that the Bible is talking about when it says that there is only one baptism.

However, what the charismatics are referring to is a second experience where the Holy Spirit now comes up and enters into your soul.

Your spirit has already been baptized with the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation with the Lord, but now God wants to take it one step further. He now wants to baptize your soul with his Holy Spirit.

Another word that can be used for the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit where He will now enter your soul area is the “release” of the Holy Spirit into your soul. The Holy Spirit will release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul.

I believe this is what Paul was referring to when he commands us to be “filled with the Spirit.” If our spirits are already filled up with the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what else needs to be filled up? It is our souls.

When you have received the second gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are now considered “Spirit-filled.” Both your spirit and your soul are now filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus tells us in the above verse that out of our “belly” will flow rivers of living water, I believe that He may be telling us that our human spirits are located in our belly areas.

For those of you who have ever felt any kind of heart pain in a broken love relationship – if you will recall, the pain you were feeling was in your belly area. It feels like there is a knife on the inside of your belly area just tearing you up. Again, a broken heart is really a wounded spirit, and when your heart or spirit has been wounded and hurt, you will literally feel physical pain in your belly area.

1. The House Analogy

Another way to try to understand all of the above is what I call the house analogy. When you buy a house, you will get two things – the house, and the front and back yards. The analogy is that your house is your soul, and your front yard is your spirit.

When you receive God’s free gift of salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into your front and back yards, which is your human spirit. However, He now wants to go one step further and come into your actual house, which is your soul area.

Why? Because this is where you really live at. You spend most of your time in the house as versus being outside in the front and back yards. Jesus says in the following verse:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

I believe Jesus is not only telling us that He is literally going to come into our human spirits at the moment of our salvation with Him, but that He can also enter into our souls through the Holy Spirit. Even though Jesus is in heaven, He now lives on the inside of us “through” the Holy Spirit.

Just as Jesus is living on the inside of us and making contact with us through the Holy Spirit, we likewise can make direct contact with both Him and God the Father through the Holy Spirit. It is “by, in, and through” the Holy Spirit that we have direct access to both God and Jesus who live and dwell in heaven. Here are several good Scripture verses proving the above points:

a) This first verse tells us that the Holy Spirit literally lives on the inside of each of us.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

b) Now that we know that the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of each of us, and that both God and Jesus live in heaven – watch how we make direct contact with both God and Jesus in heaven, which is through the Holy Spirit:

  1. “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
  2. “And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:24)

These two verses specifically tell us that we can make direct contact with both God and Jesus who live in heaven “by the Spirit.” The second verse tells us that Jesus literally lives and abides in us “by the Spirit.”

2. The Telephone Cord Analogy

Another analogy to fully understand how we can make direct contact with God and Jesus in heaven through the Holy Spirit is what I call the telephone cord analogy. We can pick up a telephone and call someone 800 miles away.

Even though that person is physically far away from us, we can still hear their voice as if they were only two inches from our ears. It’s as if that person is literally in our actual presence.

It is the same way with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.Even though God and Jesus dwell in heaven and do not live on this earth, we can still make direct contact with the both of Them through the Holy Spirit.

It is by, in, and through the Holy Spirit that we can make direct contact with the both of Them – the same way we can make direct contact and talk to someone else 800 miles away because of the telephone wires that will connect us to the person that we are talking to.

The Holy Spirit is like the telephone wire that enables us to connect to and make contact with both God and Jesus in heaven. We can talk directly to God and Jesus as a result of having the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, and both God and Jesus can also talk directly to us through the Holy Spirit as well.

Once the Holy Spirit comes up and enters into your soul as a result of having received this gift – you will be able to hear God much better and much clearer because the Holy Spirit has now moved up into where you really live at – your soul. This is why this gift is so important for all Christians to have.

I will end this article with all of the incredible benefits and blessings that you can expect to receive if you decide you want to receive this gift.

These benefits and blessings are extremely powerful and life changing, and they will all completely change and transform the quality of your life.

3. Final Note

If you have not been able to receive this gift at an altar call at your church, here is a very simple 5 step process that you can take that will help you to be able to properly receive this gift from the Lord. However, before I go into each one of these five steps and exactly what they will entail, I would like to state one more thing before leading you into this gift.

In my opinion, this gift is the second greatest gift that you can receive this side of heaven. The first greatest gift is the gift of eternal salvation – where you accept and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

There is no greater gift than this one. With this gift you are truly born again into the kingdom of God and you will go straight to heaven when you die and cross over. This gift now gives you true eternal life with the Lord.

However, I believe that receiving the baptism or release of the Holy Spirit to come into your soul is the second greatest gift that anyone can receive while living down here on this earth. Just stop and think for a minute what is really happening when you do receive this gift.

You receive the Holy Spirit into your human spirit when you get saved. However, this gift will now take you one step further.

This gift will now allow the Holy Spirit to release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul. Your soul is who you really are. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He is God and Lord Himself.

Once the Holy Spirit releases to come up into your soul, you are going to be as close to Him, God, and Jesus as you possibly can get while living down here on this earth.

Through the Holy Spirit, you will have direct access, a direct connection to both God and Jesus in heaven.

This gift is just going to bring you that much closer to the Three of Them due to the fact that He will now be residing with you up in your soul area.

You will be truly Spirit-filled when this happens.

For some Christians, this may be a bit too scary. Many Christians are afraid of God and they would prefer to keep Him at a safe distance. This gift is really only for the true seekers.

This gift is only for the those who are willing to completely lay down and fully surrender every area of their lives over to God the Father for whatever His purposes and plans are going to be for their lives.

For those of you who do have this fear of God for whatever reason, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt, that there is absolutely nothing to fear about either God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

Once you really make direct contact with the three of Them, once you really feel Their perfect and unconditional love that They really have for you, any fears that you may have had in the past will completely melt away.

God will perfectly and gently handle you at your present level of spiritual development with Him if you decide that you do want to take this bold step and receive this gift. God will gradually work Himself and all of His ways into you so as not to scare you or overwhelm you.

Remember – since God is totally perfect in His very nature and in all of His ways, this means you can completely and totally trust Him to perfectly handle you in your own personal relationship with Him. He has nothing but your best interests at heart.

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  1. Alex - June 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Thanks Mike for the insightful article.

    I am wondering whether you or someone could help me with some practical queries on how to go about it in my case.

    Firstly, I am seeking to be born-again, so I have dome this technique before prior to backsliding. The issue for me is that when I start off by addressing God the Father, I immediately feel urges for my body to jolt and to exclaim oputwards in response to focussing on and thinking of God’s amazing love for me, the fact that I’m actually talkiong to my creator- amazing in itself!

    It is an issue because the urges (called stirrings?)come when I plan to do the technique by praying aloud to God and confessing all my sins out loud, along with loosing demons out loud and asking for the Spirit out loud. HOWEVER, when I resist these urges, I get a bit flustered and thus find them a nuisance, thus I feel it may constitute resisting the Holy Spirit- which wouldn’t be good.

    I do indeed intend to declare a trust in God, confess and denounce my sins, evict demons and receive God, so as God knows what’s in the heart and head, would it be reasonable to bypass the technique while I feel urged- provided these stirrings are from God (not 100% sure)- and just let myself be captivated bty them while praying in the heart for God to forgive me and for me to forgive others?

    The reason is I’m desperate for God to help me get rid of a lot of bitterness and fear and I have have lots of sins to confess. Therefore, as long asd I feel urged, should I just rely on God to forgive these sins and drive out the demons, instead of me evicting them aloud?

    Thanks very much Mike,
    Alex.

  2. Ahj - May 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Great, absolutely insightful article.
    One thing I would have liked to see more of is a more inclusive list
    of sins. So many do not see certain things as sin:
    Lust, pornography, drugs, alcohol, temper (pride),worry,impatience (pride), focusing so much on our outer image (clothes, hair, makeup for the ladies, weight, style of car, home, etc), lies that were implied by keeping something secret when you should have spoken out, gossip, using the term OMG as that is irreverantly using God’s Holy Name, using employer’s time for personal phone calls (stealing) and taking home a tablet, pen etc (again, stealing) and probably many many more that I can’t currently think of. In examining my own life and the lives of those who have had influence on me (positive or negative) I can find some “hidden” areas that I might not have recognized as sin.

    Again, the aricle is such a blessing to all who wish to better understand and prepare to receive this most precious gift.

    Thank you and bless you.

  3. Mark R. - May 9, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Tony, just wanted to address the concern you noted on 5/7… Okay, so here is the thing: we all desire The Lord, such that we can almost reach out and touch Him. When you get to a point where He has blessed you with His “Manifest” Presence, where you either have an encounter and see Him through a vision or being “IN THE HOLY SPIRIT”, or, like you said in your message, you “heard” Him, where Biblical interpretations were offered to you, it most certainly IS difficult when you go through a dry spell. If you are used to His Manifest Presence, that really close connection, then it seems reasonable that the human response would be to stop with prayer or seeking Him, as you put it, ‘keeping up’ with Him… Maybe you feel you have done something or that there is a reason for this, and, as you said, then you have to start all over once again. Here is what I do, and this seems to help me: First, I realize that His Manifest Presence is so so Awesome, such a HUGE Blessing… But, I also think it is reasonable to think that these things happen to help us, to strengthen us, and are thus not meant to take place all of the time. It’s just like if you had a perfect life, no financial worries, perfect health, job, family, friends… how often do you think you would LEAN or acknowledge, or cry out to The Lord? See, He wants us to realize that EVERY moment of our lives, even when we think we have it all, we NEED HIM… EVERY SECOND! Remember, too, He doesn’t promise no problems, but, He DOES promise us more than you could EVER IMAGINE…

    see 1 Corinthians 2: 9 and 10:
    “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
    what God has prepared
    for those who love him.”

    10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”

    HOW AWESOME! Remember, too, that in our weaknesses, no matter the underlying cause, HE is strongest,

    see 2 Corinthians 12: 9 and 10:

    9 “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

    So, Tony, don’t worry for anything, just allow your weakness to be given to HIM to GLORIFY HIM when He turns it into strength and purpose. KNOW that He has a particular purpose and plan for every one of us, WE are HIS… KNOW His Promise. When you find yourself a bit jaded, or feel you haven’t heard HIM for some time, and are falling out of sorts, blurring things as you said, and when you realize this, step back, pause, and whisper to HIM:

    “Jesus, Yeshua, Lord…HELP ME…Holy Spirit, please let me FEEL Your Presence…Holy Spirit, I know YOU dwell deep inside me, in my spirit and my soul, please FILL ME UP…Lord, SHOW ME YOUR WAYS… Lord, I TRUST YOU… Lord, I LOVE YOU…”

    You’d be surprise HOW POWERFUL those words are my friend. If you are even in a rush, remember that He asks us for our sacrifice of TIME. Remember that He seeks a relationship with us. But, if rushed, just pause a second and whisper “Jesus…I TRUST YOU…” It gives your worries to Him, acknowledges His Sovereign Power, and also allows Him to work it out. He loves us, and He is always talking to us and loving us. It is just sometimes we don’t hear it. Blessings… Hope this helps… Mark

  4. tony - May 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    this message is right on time. I’m a testemony to that cause there was a time when reading the word was so easy and i got interpretations often and was able to wait on the Lord for days but it got to some point at which i find it difficult keeping up with the spirit because i would neglect my bible reading, stop praying and everything just went blur but after sometime the strength resurfaces and would have to start all over again. I hope with this i would be able to overcome the weakness and any advice you have concerning this would be well appreciated. Thanks and God bless you, your ministry and family. You blessed Mike for this eye opener

  5. Chris R - May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    So uplifting! More will be revealed! I remain teachable and open to whatever God chooses to put in my path. As I was singing O Come Holy Spirit one day recently (after returning to my childhood religion after 40 years), I looked up at a store sign and etched in the sign was a dove. It’s been like a whirlwind ever since. So blessed I am!!

  6. Mark R. - April 28, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Prince R., just wanted to address your being tired. Please don’t become discouraged. Keep in mind that, if you are doing anything through The Holy Spirit, it is EXTREMELY exhausting. I often will go on praying and worshipping for two days straight, and I’m okay during that time, but, after, The Holy Spirit very strongly tells me to rest. He also tells me to PRAY before rest, for it to be a “Spiritual” rest. It is only when I specifically pray that my rest crosses into the supernatural that I receive exactly that: supernatural, very restful sleep, to where even an hour or two will feel like an entire night’s sleep. Just on the side, though, have you addressed any and ALL barriers to your relationship with Christ and Holy Spirit? Even one thing getting in the way, from finances to immoral thoughts, can hinder a full experience in The Holy Spirit. Think about this and pray on it. If there is anything, even ONE thing, and you see it, repent and renounce it, then so much the better. Please also keep in mind, though, that these things all happen in HIS TIME, so try not to be discouraged. Seek Him with your EVERYTHING… He will hear you! Sing to HIM! He loves that!!! Spend more time with Him! CRY out to Him, that The Holy Spirit fill you up and energize you! Also, I have a medical degree. It is for the medical lab, but I do understand supplements and ginseng… although they may help, they really hurt your normal bodily time clock. Keep something in mind: The Holy Spirit acting in us is STRONG, POWERFUL… but you must keep it in balance with your physical body. I know that is hard. Relax your mind, be blessed, but serene. BREATH in The Holy Spirit… This helps me. Hope you find your balance and restful PEACE in HIM, God Bless, Mark R.

  7. PRINCE ROCKLAND - April 27, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Dear My Pastor in Christ,

    The Message was 100% true and I have realised and experienced all of the things about Holy spirit that you have stated.Its very Amazing that GOD should bless you and your Family abundantly for opening this Website.( I will pour out my SPIRIT up on your Descendants.)

    But one thing Sir,I feel very Tired even after I woke up in the morning and till night I feel Very Tired 24 hours a day.I used to take some suppliment tablets and Ginseng only after that I can do my regular JOB.Why Mr.Holy Spirit is not strengthening me Physically as he Strengthened me Spritually.(I am just 31 years Old,Black South Indian).

  8. Roger - April 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    To: Gracy

    The answer in found in the bible as follows;

    1. Faith comes from hearing: read Rom 10:17
    2. The Holy Spirit Chooses – no enough human explanation can explain the mechanics: read John 3:8
    3. The Holy Spirit confirms: read Rom 8:17
    4. The Holy Spirit assures believers and give then confidence in approaching Him: read 1 John 5:13-15
    5. The Holy Spirit determines the Spiritual Gifts to give each believers: read 1Cor 17:7

  9. Samantha - April 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Wow….All I can say is thank you very much! First of all I have never read an article this long all the way through without being forced, bored, or completely noninterest. The way I was lead to this article puts a big smile on my face. A friend of mine called me up and I begin expressing to him how I had a desire to pray to the father today, but I just didn’t know what to say. It was like I was stuck. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to pray, it was just that I was simply stuck. I began to share with him how I was hungry for more. I told him that it felt like I was close to something but I couldn’t quite touch it. In other words, I was not satisfied, something was missing. Typing this I can’t say verbatim what was said next, I just know that he brought up speaking in tongues. He told me based off of what I shared with him, that obviously speaking in tongues is what I was missing. I asked him, “Well, how do I do it?” His reply to me was, “just do it. You can do it whenever you want.” He explained to me that it might sound funny at first, but just do it. So I immediately got off the phone with him, went into my apartment and proceeded to TRY to speak in tongues. I felt crazy! I said to myself, this is not right, and I began to cry. I wanted more of God, but somehow I knew that something was not right! So I got on the internet and I searched. Now, considering that anyone can put anything on the internet, it took me a while to find this article. My original search was “speaking in tongues.” I stumbled upon an article that mentioned the baptism of the Holy Spirit. So I went a little further and searched “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” and taaadaahhh…I came to this article. This gave me my answer. It provided so much peace and direction. I have not done the steps for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit but knowing how has offered so much comfort to me. I thank God for using you to right this article, and I thank you for your obedience to do so. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry!!!

  10. Mark R. - April 13, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Mike, wow. I must thank you for writing this article. It helped me quite a bit. The Lord has been working wonderful and awesome things in my life. I have received The Baptism of The Holy Spirit, recently coinciding with a reborn or renewal baptism as an adult. For those people who are questioning this, or those who, like me, grew up Catholic, where this is frowned upon as the belief is generally to only get baptized as a baby, PLEASE, if our LORD is putting upon your heart to do this, DO IT. It is a wonderful thing, and a true blessing. But, as you said Mike, you have to prepare yourself. I was continuily in prayer before doing this. I even stepped back in line to have more time, so I was sure that I was ready for this. Since then, which, by the way, was on Easter Sunday, The Holy Spirit came to me directly, Manifested, and I began to sing in tongues. I was not aware of anything that I was saying, but could feel the sentiment. A bright and warm light enveloped me. I felt love. And, yes, as one person commented, you just break down and cry like a little baby. You ache with love. You feel filled. The louder I sang, the more deeply I felt The Holy Spirit, Jesus, and Our Father, but this was more of a very personal time to commune with The Holy Spirit. I sang and produced sounds that I know I am not able to do. It sounded like a full choir, shaking me from deep within. I felt it reverberate through my entire body. This article helped me understand some of that, but also revealed that, although I had already received Baptism by The Holy Spirit, a couple of things still needed to be dealt with to make that more complete. Because my heart and prayers asked for forgiveness, The Holy Spirit still came into me, but I didn’t realize that some things should really have been dealt with specifically, rather than generally, like hypnosis, meditation, ouija boards (I never USED one, but have been around one before), horoscopes… And so I confessed these things and specifically addressed satan and his demons. I renounced them all. I feel now that I have addressed every major concern that may keep me from HIM. Such peace and joy, that I never felt before, excitement for His Plan for me… Our God is SUCH an AWESOME GOD!!! Thanks for the insight and clarifications. They really helped. God Bless, Mark

  11. J Luus - March 31, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Hi Mike,
    Thank You for taking your time in reaching and doing this article. It is really easily understandable and true.

    There’s a few points I cannot agree more with Mike and thus to point out to others reading this that I’m living proof of some of the blessings from God given through the Holy Spirit. When you follow the 4 steps and do what Mike suggests.

    I personally know what Mike refers too at 2)Some Kind of Manifestation
    This is really a understatement…you feel like you want to cry like a baby, wanting to explode with love so much whit which you cannot contain, it feels like you will explode at any second but you just cry with this massive emotions of love end happiness and compassion and so much more its quite difficult to explain I will Glorify God Endlessly for this and to think one day if its the Will of God we will live in His kingdom close enough to feel this for eternity, PRAISE GOD FOR HE IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!

    Love, happiness and peace to all 🙂

  12. Sade - March 30, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for this teaching, as a sunday school teacher in my church, i am teaching on this topic and i come across this teaching, it is really wonderful and i feel blessed by it and i pray that the Holy Spirit help me to teach my student well on this topic. Thanks again and may the Holy spirit continue to use u. Amen

  13. Roger - March 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Michael,

    Praise the Lord for your rendering on the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    However, please note that Gal. 5:22-23 is singular fruit. There is a difference in understanding the fruit of the Spirit rather than the fruits of the spirit. The difference is likened to indwelled by the Holy Spirit and being filled by the Holy Spirit.

    Baptism of the Holy Spirit the way it is communicated by the “speaking in tongues group” is one of the most controversial subject for the following major reasons:
    1. The book of Acts is taken as doctrinal book rather then a historical book signaling the fulfillment of the prophesied birth of the Church.
    2. The birth of the Church historically had non-repeatable stages like the Pentecost, the waiting of believers to receive the Holy Spirit, the receiving of the Holy Spirit by laying of Apostle’s hands, by waiting for some days to receive the Holy Spirit after they have accepted and received the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    3. The book of Acts is not a doctrinal book although it contains doctrinal truths in espousing the history of the birth of the Church so that when the Church is fully established as the New Testament Church then the readers of the book of Acts will be awed by the precision and faithfulness of God to fulfill what was written in the past on these accounts – truly the ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    4. In the fullness of time Jesus Christ came, in the fullness of time the Church became the mystical body of Christ to accomplish the Ministry of Reconciliation. Jesus said as the Father has sent me, send I you. These are non-repeatable events towards the second coming of Christ.
    5. The Ministry of Reconciliation is beautifully expressed in 2 Cor 5:17-21. The Spiritual Gift is given to each believers for the “COMMON GOOD” to enable them to participate specifically in the Ministry of Reconciliation as they were enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

    Blessings,

    Roger

  14. isabel - March 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I thank the Lord for this article. It has has given me relief at last, for i have not been able to speak in tongues even after alter calls and fasting for nearly forty days. They say that it is a mind block of which i have not believed. I know i exprience so much Holy Spirit within me that i wont manage to control tears flowing and crying and so much joy within. I know that God lets me see Vision which later on become true. My problem is when they say we pray in tongues maybe for five manutes, i am stranded and i feel embarassed. What do i do?

  15. stephen - March 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hi Very Good article, Praise The Lord For People Like You, i gave my life to the lord last year and when i did i certainly did not go into detail about the sins i have done, for example i confessed i have lied,stolen and hurt people ect now since i gave my life to the lord i feel as though i only get small experiences of the holy spirit working through me its as if it comes in small doses and i started to feel as the lord was saying to me somethings not right/done properly and i have not give 100% and that’s why i have not been given 100% and i think it all relates back to the start on how sincere i was in confessing my sin & how much i wanted the holy spirit to work through me (mainly through seeing its potential in others) so this also includes my genuineness in the why i wanted it, now my question is this when it comes to confessing the sin do we simply admit all the name of the sins we have done i.e lied,stolen,cheat ect or do we confess each individual time of that one sin ( i lied to this person that person his brother her sister ect) surely this would be an incredible huge task to try remember and write down and confess?

  16. Anca - March 7, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Thank you for teaching us how to become filled up with the Holy Spirit. This is so important because so many people really, sincerely try to get to this state, but their own mind stand in their way, because they simply ask God to forgive their sins, then theu ask Him to give them the Holy Spirit, &then they lose their hope &faith even, because they don’t “feel” anything. I personally seeked the Holy Spirit since 2009, because i was baptized E Orthodox at the age of 10days, but i practiced no faith because i didn’t understand the “good God” who seemed to enjoy letting me suffer since i was 2~3 years old. When i was 18 i met an American man, who was visiting my E Europe country. He was a New Ager, & his spirituality made sense to me. We become best friends, &7years later i married him &came to the Unitwd States. Unlike my parents, he seemed to love me unconditionally &in a way i understood that he did. Later on i realized that his ways were different because he was a happy man, not like my poor parents who lived through the misery of the 2nd world war &than in the totalitarian, dictatorial Soviet Communist Regime, that made happiness impossible, a regime in which i was born but didn’t know any better. They knew much better times. I didn’t, &i didn’t understand their strictnenss, especially my poor dad’s sadness & worry about my future, kniwing hell

  17. al a - February 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Thank you so much for putting these steps up…..I was just out for coffee with some other recovery people like myself and I had told them that i have been born again twice….both times where while abusing substances…i started to second guess this but continued to pray on the walk home….I came across this article….and enjoyed saying the complete steps out loud,,,especially about the attachments…i have never tried that….I am still learning how to pray and god -willing will never stop.
    Thank You again, God Bless

  18. Omotayo Oluseyi - February 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I have born again since year 2000 and i think i am baptized with the Holy Spirit but whenever i feel the presence God in me i feel like speaking and when i speak it seems am not speaking a right tongue or different from what others are speaking. please i want someone to enlighten me. Remain bless

  19. Sis Bridget - February 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Wow its remarkable whilst reading the article i could feel the presence of the holy spirit all around me and welling up in me rejoicing in my soul,with all the confirmations i read it all just made sense as to what and how the holy spirit had been revealing things for me to do in order to recieve my baptism, i was filled with the holy spirit on jan10th 2012 in my living room and am still reeling with the gift given to me and the utterance of speaking in tongues, your comment on the manifestation of God by sometimes perfume smell or flowers struck me as the other day whilst praying in the spirit and fasting i sure i smelled perfume so sweet and inviting, so thank you again now i dont think i was just imagining it GLORY TO GOD he just really and truly loves us with a everlasting and pure love we just find it so hard to understand, so we should just recieve it by faith, i thank GOD right now and the Holy spirit for leading me to this website this evening im feel truly blessed, informed and equipped for what ever the lord would have me do for his name sake!!
    fantastic

  20. Jo Ann Thurmon - February 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    It was only while reading this article did I understand what had happened with me. I was elated to know that God would allow me such a blessed experience. I have had a rough few months recently and am struggling to get back to a place of closeness with God. I do not believe He left me but that I have taken my eyes and focus off of Him. It is just now while typing this note I realize it is the shame and guilt that is holding me back. (thank you Holy Spirit) I just wanted to thank you for such a clear read of what thus says the Lord and the matter. It has been a journey in itself of finding someone to clearly explain it. It was confirmed in my spirit that you have written well. Thank you so much and please keep BOLDLY uttering what God would have you to say.

  21. Ambassador - February 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    BTW- I’m fairly new to all of this. The way I’ve heard it explained is that we can operate in some of the gifts even though they may not be our vocation. For example I can preach and teach but may not be a preacher or teacher by vocation. Every believer can evangelize although may not be “evangelists”. That all believers can pray for someone to be healed and not have the gift where they would see more people healed. So what happens upon receipt of the Baptism may not be the gift for all but just the ability to speak in tongues. Blessings!

  22. Ambassador - February 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Hi- I’ve read a few of your articles and appreciate them very much and feel that you have many good things to say. You have confirmed many thins that the Lord has been showing me. My understanding from scripture is that tongues is the initial evidence of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not just based on the Day of Pentecost but also from Acts 8:15-18, 10:44-47, 19:6. 19:6. I would like to believe that the Holy Spirit manifests itself in other ways and It may. But for people who don’t have any experience with it, they have a hard time adopting that idea because there isn’t much evidence of it in the Word. Again, your points are valid. Jesus didn’t speak in tongues when the Spirit came upon Him (Matt 3:16) and if Paul did when receiving the Holy Spirit in Acts 9:17-18, it is not mentioned. Blessings!

  23. rick - February 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Great article, I have been pastoring for just over a year now. This article has really clarified alot of areas of concern for me. First in the area of my assurance that God is working in and through me. It is so vital to our well-being and the fulfillment or the sustaining of our walk with God to be in contact with someone who has actually gone a step further than you have. Someone who can actually verbalize what you have been experiencing and confirming within your Spirit what God has been doing in your life. I appreciate you and how God is using you to reach so many people. Through this article and the Spirit of God in me recognizing the Spirit of God in you, I now understand how to better prepare converts to receive all that God has for them. I definetly will be adding this site to my list of favorites. Continue to be a “Moses” for the Kingdom.

  24. John Smith - February 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I do not agree with the following information in this article:

    …..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.

    Read Luke 11:11, “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 good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  25. Larry Davis - January 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Thank You for this perfect guide , that though I was confirmed as a teenager, I don’t think this vivid deffinition was gained in its entirety, I know I have recieved gifts in part, but this oportunity to re-affirm now that I am an adult it a God Sent answer to my prayers. I know that I now will fully be able to impact those around me in Gods Greatest ways and I cannot thank you enough for this supportive outpouring of Love!

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