What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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When you first receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, one of three things may happen:

1. The Gift of Tongues

Some of you may receive the gift of tongues right off the bat. If you do, that is great. You have just been given a powerful prayer gift from God and you can now start to use this powerful gift in your prayer life with Him.

However, I want to state one thing about the gift of tongues in reference to the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There are many charismatic churches that teach that the gift of tongues is the only evidence of having received this gift. In other words, if you have not received the gift of tongues, then you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I personally believe that this teaching is really wrong. The Bible specifically says that the gift of tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit and that each of these gifts – including the gift of tongues – are manifestations as God wills, not as we will. In other words, some people will get the gift of tongues and others will not.

Here is what the Bible says about the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which includes the gift of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:4 goes into each of the nine gifts. At the end of this verse, it then reads as follows:

“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

This verse tells us that God gives each one of these gifts to who He wills – not as we will. We can seek after these gifts and ask God for them, but God will be the One to decide who gets which gift. Some people have a mental block or fear about receiving the gift of tongues. God is not going to hold someone back from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit just because someone is not really ready to receive the gift of tongues.

I know plenty of Spirit-filled people who do not have the gift of tongues. Charismatics like to draw this conclusion from the story of Pentecost. When the apostles first received the Holy Spirit in the upper room, they came out speaking in other tongues. But just because they came out speaking in tongues the first time they received the Holy Spirit does not mean that God was setting a specific pattern that the gift of tongues was the initial evidence of having received the Holy Spirit.

Scripture has to be interpreted in light of other Scripture. If their conclusion is correct, then it does not line up with the above verse on the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit – where each of the 9 gifts are given as to how God wills, not as we will – which will include the gift of tongues. The gift of tongues is not listed as an exception to this statement.

I have read many stories of how some people thought that they had not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, all because they had not received the gift of tongues – when in fact they had already received it. This kind of false teaching can really mess with your mind if you are seeking after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit expecting to receive the gift of tongues as the initial evidence of having received this gift.

2. Some Kind of Manifestation

Some may receive an actual inner manifestation from the Lord when first receiving this gift. Some will actually feel the presence of the Holy Spirit on the inside of them. He will actually manifest His presence on the inside of their souls when He first comes up.

If this should happen to you, what you will literally feel is God’s love for you. Depending on how strong the Holy Spirit wants to manifest Himself to you, you may actually start to cry when this manifestation starts to occur.

If this should happen to you, do not be afraid of it. This is an incredible experience to be able to feel the manifest presence of God on the inside of you. The Holy Spirit will control the manifestation so as not to scare or overwhelm you. You may literally feel His presence manifest all the way up into your chest and face area.

3. Absolutely Nothing

If the gift of tongues does not manifest in you, or you do not receive any type of inner manifestation from the Holy Spirit when He first enters into your soul – then the next thing that may happen is absolutely nothing! And this is actually what happens most of the time. There are no manifestations, either of His presence or with the gift of tongues.

However, just because nothing has happened does not mean that He has not entered into your soul. So how do you know that you have really received this gift?

This will now lead us into the last section – the benefits of having received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. You should start to receive and experience some of these benefits over the course of time. It may not happen overnight. However, just be patient with Him. Over the course of time the Holy Spirit will start to miraculously show Himself to you in a wide variety of ways.

Here is a list of some of the things that you can look forward to receiving after you have received this gift from the Lord.

This is part 3 of our series on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Table of Contents:
1. What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
2. How to Receive The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
3. What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? <-- You are here
4. The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit


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  1. Very confusing. I really struggle with the gift of “tongues” since I went from a charismatic church – back full circle (being also in a cult) with false teaching who used the ‘gifts’ led more by flesh than God’s Spirit. I now am back to basics and I want to know where scriptures say that the second baptism is more than the mere presence and communion with God/Jesus through His Holy Spirit. I think that at the Upper Room, there were many gathered there, and that God allowed His Disciples (apostoles) to speak in the native “languages/and or dialects” of all those present -so that they could be a witness to God’s Magnificent Love and the preaching of the Good News. (period.) I have gone back to basics: The Word is The Word of Truth. The gifts of the Spirit seem to be at the forefront of some, that put the ‘cart before the horse’ and compete with each other, as to who is more “valuable” –causing a sinful heart, filled with envy, competition and misunderstanding, that can not only cause them to lose sight of the Real Truth: The Word and The Life – Our Lord says that no one can come to Him but through His Son” and being unmeritorius? or not pure enough (as one believer told me that the gifts were a ‘command’ of God and we should seek them. I am sorry that I am so sceptical–but I have seen families split, bretheren fall away from their Faith, people suffer…to much flesh running all over the place -misplaced and misused. Can you give me some scriptures or names/authors that I can do some research and reading. I am willing to be open, if that Is God’s will for me.
    THank you

  2. One of the reasons why folks struggle understanding the use of tongues or how this gift operates is simply the misunderstanding of its public use and private use. The language of the Spirit has two distinct purposes. 1 Cor. 14:2 – is our private prayer language to God, not to men. 1 Cor 14:27-28 deals with the public use of tongues to speak in a public setting. In this use it requires an interpretation so that the church can be edified. With the personal use of praying in tongues, just the exercise itself brings edification; not to the hearer, but to the individual praying (1 Cor. 14:4). If people get this confused then they misinterpret Paul’s explanation as to why he posed the question, “do all speak with tongues?” With the clear inference that the answer is no (1 Cor. 12:30). Not all will speak a message in tongues. That only comes as the Spirit wills, and to whom it is given. But praying in the Spirit is a language that is given to all who receive their prayer language. It is totally different in purpose and use and can be accomplished anytime a believer so desires.

    • I love you. God bless you. You spoke the truth according to scripture

  3. Yes the teaching from above bares witness with my spirit and from what I read from scripture. I believe I really received the baptism in the Holy Ghost 6 years ago but I didn’t speak with tongues until this year 2013. If you read Acts chapter 2 it is totally different from what I see and hear in church. I believe people really need to read the scriptures in proper context and seek the lord for truth and not get doctronized by their denomination or their church building where they fellowship!

  4. The praying and praising God in tongues is not the same as the gift of tongues. Praying in tongues is the activity by the Holy Spirit in communication with God the Father. The ‘gift’ of tongues is the ability to preach or minister to people or a group of people in their own language while not necessarily knowing that language, this gift may even be used by the Holy Spirit without the speakers knowledge. Being baptised in the Holy Spirit may not always be evidenced by the praying and praising God in Tongues (I think some people are afraid to do it) but almost always indicates that baptism has taken place when it is done. There is a lot of confusion over this because people automatically think praying in tongues and speaking in tongues is the same thing which it is not.

    • You are very wrong because if you can’t speak in tongues how can you then pray in tongues? If u can’t speak English and want to pray in english how do u that except by learning it first before activating it. Speaking and praying or singing in tongues go together. Peace

      • Since the spirit gives the utterance, your reasoning fails. I’m waiting for the day when one of you naysayers points out the ‘other’ side effect of Holy Spirit baptism, but it hasn’t happened yet… (I guess I’m just ‘very’ wrong)

        • That’s how it is when dealing with the baptism of the Holy ghost. You have to come to God with a repentant heart believing His true word(the Good News). You come as you are but with a repentant heart. A repentant heart is a heart that knows he has evil desires in itself and that he is the cause of his own downfall. Sin. A heart the is fixed upon making a positive change according to the word of God. After this you need to be baptized in water in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In truth baptism is the act of selling your soul to Jehovah God through the blood of Jesus Christ. It is A Holy Ritual. Baptism is you actually giving your life to Christ. Full stop. Bam. It is you telling God that you really believe in His Son Jesus Christ and thus shall you be saved. Now after baptism you are now declared righteous before God. You are justified in God’s sight for Christ’s sake and not your own. It is for His own word’s sake. So don’t get proud and all puffed up. Remember all is under sin. That’s how you we’re born. Through baptism we are baptized into the Body of Christ. Now this really becomes a reality when you actually receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and I mean the real baptism of the Holy Ghost. Now being water baptized is actually being born of water. This is the first step in general. Now being born of the Spirit is actually being baptized in the Holy Ghost. This now opens you up or exposes you the the Presence of the Holy Ghost. So when you are baptized in the Holy Ghost the Spirit now comes and dwells with you not in you. And He that dwells with you shall be in you at God’s own time. The Spirit will be made real to you at this point. He will manifest His presence upon your body first. Now after this you need to receive what you already know you have been given. At this point you need to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit through worship, praise, thanksgiving, prayer etc. The more you yield is the more you will be filled on the inside. When you reach overflow that’s the point where you speak the vibrations of your heart out to God. This is called praying in tongues. The manifest anointing of God upon your body will ginger you to speak out vibrations of your real Spirit. It is when you are quickened by the Holy Ghost can you really speak and flow in tongues. Now when the Holy Ghost quickens you the first thing that will happen is that your pores will start to rise and goosebumps will start to form upon some part of your body. When the tongues want to come you will get a slight shiver as if cold but you feel no cold. This brings about a refreshing upon your spirit. You feel the Holy Spirit inside and upon you. You are in Him and He is in you. Now the chills and slight shivers produces a flood of inspirations which gives birth to utterance which is speaking in tongue. Speaking in tongues and being quickened by the Holy Ghost goes together. This is the real baptism of the Holy Ghost. The feelings and movement of the Holy Ghost is the witness in you. It is what makes you to know you are saved. Now after this we are to learn from that anointing. We have to Grow and attend to the Lord’s give by using all spiritual gifts given to us as the Holy Ghost will quicken you. This is a very large topic oh! As you pray the Holy Ghost will start to quicken you in one way or another. The basic quickening comes with chills or goosebumps or heat or it may feel like rain falling upon you. These experiences grow as you stay current with the Lord through prayer and the like. God now tends to lead you into good works. He know what He wants done and we just work out what He tells us to do. The Baptism of the Holy ghost is only just the begging of your spiritual journey to grow into the fullness of Christ in you. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is God’s promise to all that receive Christ the right and biblical way. The quickening of the Holt Ghost is what brings the joy in the Holy Ghost. Now you are a Child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now it is the job of the Holy Ghost to teach you all things. If you are waiting for your pastor to teach you all things well you will die waiting. The Holy Ghost will lead you into all truth that pertains to your mission on earth. My peoples stay blessed and hear what the Spirit just said to the Church and is still saying to the Church. Those who have an ear to ear let them hear. Stay blessed

          • When you are truly baptized in the Holy Ghost it means you have been sealed with the Spirit. God now deals with you as a son and you as a result are made subject to His law of life by chastisements. Remember God flogs those He loves. His Children. so that in the end indeed you shall be saved. God will make it clear to you that you must grow in order to survive.

      • hello brother,

        I am not here to argue. we learn English but tongue is the anointing from Holy Spirit which can not be learned as English.

  5. Personally , I do not agree with any steps needed to be taken before one can receive baptism in the Holy Spirit.

    If it is gift from our God , the GIVER knows what we need and NOT what we want ! The same applies to GRACE , it does not depend on our merits.

    This is from my personal experience . As a sinner , I responded without much
    knowing what is going on and God gracefully grant me the gift of tongues.

    I am forever grateful for His Love ! which endures forever !

  6. I have studied and prayed for understanding having come to Christ in a charismatic setting and now as a baptist pastor. Tongues is not the issue the issue is are you saved. The truest evidence of the Spirit is the same evidence that and apple tree is an apple tree. The Fruit; Gal 5:22-23. Is the true evidence of the spirit. Some may never receive tongues or the so-call prayer language (by the way never mentioned in scripture). Saint begin to find the father and the son and receive the spirt be praying for love. P.S. Another commenter said folk are afraid to speak on tongues. In many Pentecostal churches they are afraid not to.

  7. I read a book by Don Basham in 1980 “You too can speak in Tongues”. I was a mailman and was on my lunch break while parked in my mail jeep beside a park one day. He said a person cannot walk on water if he doesn’t get out of the boat. He said to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then to start speaking. He said to talk like a baby or try speaking in Spanish( I don’t know Spanish ) He said to loosen your tongue. All of a sudden as I was speaking syllables and being in a festive mood I might add; I looked in the rear view mirror and I noticed my lips were moving rapidly. A torrent of words came through my lips and I heard wonderful marvelous words that I cannot describe .It was if God Himself reached down from Heaven and touched me with His presence.My rapturous joy could not contain itself. I went back to work on my walking part of my mail route and I could barely feel my feet or the load I was carrying. I felt like I was lighter than air and there was a spring in my step. I couldn’t wait to get home and tell her what happened and to call friends! That day 34 years ago was and still is remembered as the greatest day in my entire life.

  8. Hi Marylin, I understand where you are coming from. I do speak in tongues but the Holy Spirit is the one to seek, he will answer. Your heart is in the right place, and he will answer. These sites on the internet like this one can be very helpful, but the Holy Spirit that is in you will teach you all truth just as this site teaches. God is gloried when we seek so read 1 Cor. 12 to 14 and prayerfully continue your search and always remember God’s word is the same for today’s church as it was when it began.

  9. Praying in the Spirit is a Gift that Jesus promised us as His redemptive children. A beautifull language of communication with our Lord . . . and a language that confuses the “daylights” out of satan as this is one language that the dude will NEVER understand. What a marvellous Gift this is . . . Persue this with a passion and the blesings will follow . . . .

  10. Great article on receiving the Holy Ghost, I use different terms for some of these works than you but they are the same by definition. I thought the part on preparation may be the greatest need in the church world today for those who desire the baptism of the Spirit.
    One thing to note: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 are not gifts of the Spirit but are manifestations of the Spirit which are very different. A “gift” is an ability given to an individual and as such is under the control of the individual. A “manifestation” on the other hand is controlled, exercised, and operated (in this case) by the Spirit through the human vessel that is totally submitted to Him. If we want to see “gifts of the Spirit” then Romans 12 is a good place to look and we find there the individual is in control of these gifts and can exercise them at will.
    Also: If the Spirit doesn’t manifest Himself when He baptizes a soul (one of the 9 in 1Cor12) then how does that person really know they are baptized? I read in the Bible and every time a person is baptized in the Spirit something happened that others saw as being very different. Acts 2, 10, and 19 they spoke in tongues, but something happened so amazing in Acts 8 that caused the sorcerer to want to buy the ability to cause people to act like that, and in Acts 4 the house shook as they received. Also in Acts 10 it was tongues that proved to the Jewish believers that the gentiles had received the same Holy Ghost as they.
    I wonder if we don’t have many in the church who think they have been baptized in the Spirit but were just blessed with a great experience. I see so many who say they are baptized in the Spirit yet there is never any “manifestation of the Spirit” in or through them. The sad part about that is that those really don’t have the power of the Spirit working inside their lives.
    Thank you.

  11. Hello Fellow Christians,
    I must disagree with the option 3) Absolutely nothing ? no way.
    For sure you will be able to detect the Holy Spirit within you when the Holy Spirit will be abiding in you. It is difficult to explain this as it pertains to spiritual world but what I find amazing that this realm will impact physical world around you.
    From now on you will only be able to look at the world from spiritual angle. The old ways (before you received the Holy Spirit) you lived will seem the wrong way and it was the the wrong way.

    • God’s word says you will know for he will be in you. That is something personal or it is not? The gifts of the Holy Spirit with the gift of tongues is still up to the Holy Spirit who he will give them to. Why is there so much animosity between believers if the Holy Spirit does not give you a Gift, it is his choice not ours.

      Those who choose to discard gifts because they did not receive any only proves they have envy and jealousy over only what God can give. All believers whether they want to admit it or not, have two natures as Paul clearly taught, if you are jealous of some who have them, it proves your in the flesh as Paul clearly taught.

      Why not praise God that he choose who he knew would praise him and use the gifts as he has given them for, to spread the Gospel. Those who have the gifts and tongues should also Glorify God and use their gift wisely for the flesh can still use them for the persons own glory not God’s.

      I would suggest that all believers read 1 Cor. 12- 14 and pray about these gifts and trust what God’s word actually teaches and then God will be Glorified, all this talk against these Gifts would cease and God’s children would be healed and God would receive all the Glory and the Body of Christ would be one in the faith as we all should be.

  12. I have been a believer since March 12, 1982. I have believed in the gift of tongues, know many who have the gift etc. I did not grow up in a charismatic church and I still attend a Baptist church. I have prayed to receive the Holy Spirit numerous times over the years. Last night around 10:00 this happened for me. I learned I had to fully surrender, let my lips loose, let go of inhibitions. I spoke in tongues, a prayer of thanksgiving and worship for about 10 minutes. It was an awesome and overwhelming experience. I felt a peace like none other. I am having major marital issues due to my husband’s infidelity. I had several ladies come anoint my home Friday afternoon. Last night God confirmed he is walking this journey with me and hears my prayers.

    • Praise the Lord! Glad to hear you did not let all the confusion deter you from asking the Lord for this gift. Satan fears people baptized in the Holy Spirit (with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues) and he will use as many tools as he can to stop people from asking for it and receiving it.

  13. By all means I do believe in the gifts of the HOLY Spirit, what I also believe not everyone will speak in tongues or heal or teach etc. so because I don’t have certain gifts does it mean I don’t have or I’m not filled with the Holy Spirit, God forbid, of cost I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Read 1 Cor 12 carefully again, also only the Holy Spirit gives you when He is ready, not when your pastor or you or anyone else is ready but God, see it’s a gift from God to you. Remember also we all received the Holy Spirit on Accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. But the gifts we ask, when He find it fit and ready He will give it to us.

    • Hi Debbie

      if we go our whole Christian life without receiving a gift then that would mean God never found us fit or ready. What does that tell god about our faith.

      The gift of various kinds of tongues is the last gift listed in 1Cor. 12 that God the Father has provided believers through the Blood bought Covenant of Jesus Christ. Yet it was the very first visual evidence of the Holy Spirit in believers in Acts. 2: 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

      This and the other wonderful blessing of God have being the focus of much division in the body of Christ ever since Pentecost. Some out right deny they even exist today? Some believe in these gifts yet they do not walk in them? Some believe in them and do walk in them yet they use them to say others who do not are not born again? Then others just walk in them by Love and praise God that he does do as he promises to those who believe and thus God receives all the Glory not them.

      1Cor. 12 to the end of 14 is about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to use them, that in itself is God’s word on that they do exist or all these scriptures would be false and in error. Paul has written 3 times to earnestly seek the gifts (1Cor.12:31; 14:1; 14:39), especially to prophecy, so that is the proof believers need to earnestly desire these spiritual gifts and not just wait and see if God will give what he promised and hope he may find us worthy of his Gifts. Those who have these gifts need to remember who gave them and why they have them is to glorify the Father not themselves (Matt. 7:21- 23; 1Cor. 12:28-31). All of us need to remember the Holy Spirit who is the processor, the worker and the one who gives these gifts as he will to those who earnestly seek them.

      God made us in his image and gave all of us a free will to choose life or death. Pride has no master and has no place in God’s Kingdom. Glorify God that he is doing as he promised and leave the judging of his children to him, or you may just be found fighting against God’s will for others.

      15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
      16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
      17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
      18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
      19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
      20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:15-20 (KJV)

    • If you are bearing the fruit of the spirit in you life, love joy peace patience faithfulness kindness goodness gentleness self control, you are filled with the spirit, you can have spiritual gifts and bear no fruit as recorded in the church at Corinth.

  14. First of all, it needs to be explained that there are two distinct operations of the Spirit when it comes to speaking in other tongues. You will certainly have it all messed up if you don’t understand the difference. Tongues are given as part of the infilling of the Spirit. This is evidenced by Acts 2, Acts, 10, and Acts 19. Paul taught that when a man speak in an unknown tongue he is speaking to God and it serves as a means of edifying his own spirit. But he also discusses tongues that serves as a message to men that requires an interpretation. When you are filled with the Spirit, as they were in the Upper Room, that is for one’s personal use. It is a prayer language. It is not one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit. That is a separate operation. The gift of tongues (1 Cor. 12) is for the purpose of giving a message to the church and is accompanied with the interpretation. One is for private use. The other is for public use. They function differently, yet, it is still the Spirit working in the person in helping to accomplish his divine purpose.

  15. 1John 4:1-2

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,…

  16. First I want to say that this website is excellent. Now regarding Tongues: The majority of Pentecostals believe tongues is the only manifestation of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. What they don’t realize is that in the beginning God wanted Peter and the company of Jews to know that the Gentiles received the same thing they had received. However this was by the will of the Holy Spirit for that time. Many Spirit filled brethren don’t speak in tongues, and the ones who do throw doubts in the faces of those who do not. This is not love nor is it a knowledge of God’s word.
    Paul makes it very clear 1 Cor 14 (the whole chapter talks about this.) Now when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I never even knew such a thing existed. I was a baby Christian back in 1966/1967. One thing I was taught was to read God’s word daily and confess any sins daily. I was growing in my love for Jesus and one day I went to prayer and something like lightening came down toward me from heaven. I ducked out of the way, but Jesus’ presence was in my room, right with me. I thought that all Christians had the same thing. I did not speak in tongues at this time, but I had Jesus’s presence daily. He stayed with me all that summer. I read 13 chapters in the Bible daily, met a friend who was a Christian and a fellow runner and we would run and fellowship together. I was totally filled with Joy, until the day Jesus went away. It took me totally be surprise. I was crushed, really crushed. Moping and crying out to God daily, one day I looked up and there was Jesus’s presence looking down from heaven. I was so happy but I knew this would not last. 6 hours later He was gone again. Now a year later with Pentecostals and their emphasis on tongues, that became a big struggle for me. I did not want it to be me, but God. Anyway this was major in my life and one day alone in my kitchen I told the Lord, Alright, I am willing to made a fool of. I will speak out and if it is tongues I will know, but if it is just jibberish i will know that too, and will never do it again. I spoke out and to my amazement it was tongues. Just a tiny phrase but the Pentecostals told me God would give me more. And so He did. Now I never emphasize tongues. I speak in tongues alone in prayer. In the past in prayer meetings we all spoke in tongues, in those days. I now walk my dog and pray to the Lord in both English and tongues, and never even speak on this issue, but to say I know the gift of tongues is not what the Holy Spirit gives to all his kids. Prophecy is better, and I have never prophesied.

    • According to the word in first 1corithians. Tongues is a gift from God. If you have gift pray that you can interpret. its for you only to use in prayer by yourself. Unless 2 or more are present that can interpret. It is better to speak in plain words so that everyone can understand and edify the church. For there are many who seek to speak in tongues. But it is a sign to those who believe not.

  17. When I was filled with the Holy Spirit, I felt an intense manifestation of excitement and euphoria (suddenly, no slow build up). I had very little sleep for first few weeks. You are right, you can feel God’s love for you and it can be emotional.

  18. Here is how it was for me. I was absolutely sure that I already received the Holy Spirit since I became a believer. I was sitting outside on my porch with my puppy on my lap and it was a nice sunny winter day. Out of nowhere I felt a tingling electric warming in my chest area that was overwulming and I felt the need to breath deep. The more I breathed the better it felt. I KNEW that it was the holly spirit entering me and that now I was really saved. It was the most powerful experience I’ve ever had and it felt the opposite of being heart broken.

  19. I went to a meeting several weeks after being saved and went to the front to receive prayer for healing but the preacher must have got a word from god as he told me to open my mouth and inhale as he blew on me. I had shaking, crying and I heard a wind, I felt like I had been caught in the middle of a storm in the sea and all of a sudden my mouth came open and I blurted out the word “father”. I couldn’t control it and I was very embarrassed as I didn’t know what was happening but I never said anymore or got tongues…however as someone stated above…I grew up with a real fear of receiving tongues (I was in a Christian family) but due to a trauma where someone tried to force it on me when I was 11 I didn’t want it! I know it happened that day and the lord answered me after two years with a teaching from David Pawson who said ‘sometimes it can be one word only’ but all the constant “if you don’t see tongues you don’t have it” made me miserable for at least a year afterwards. We shouldn’t have to justify how God moves

  20. Subconscious voice whispered church, go to church, about a week or 2 I finally went to a church, one woman’s testamony stood out to me and spoke to me. Lil did I know God began knocking on my heart in that same week, strange since I had viciously verbally attacked my bf the moment he got home from work, and he pack up and left and said God told him to leave.. not it wasn’t the first time he had left me and I was still angry from the first time he had left, I guess I just blew up, it wasn’t like me to say the things that I did, and all this did was help me to put my nose in the bible, and one night I cried out to God, confessed I was a sinner, forgave my bf for hurting my and instantly God was there, a few weeks later on my way to work it was as if looking through God’s eyes and the world was in a different light it was as if I didn’t belong and was set apart from it, I remember being kid like and bringing God up at work, saddly my boss role her eyes at me and my friend said 2 each it’s owed and turned her back on me to walk away, I felt joy, love, no fear, just absolutly wonderful, really no words to discribe God’s power, he would show me so many good things in the bible, also felt what I think he feels for all his ppl for there was sadness for pain sadness for his strayed sheep. It was all just over whelming but good so good God Is good in so many ways, and there’s no on like God, he so nice. God is in my life regularly I continue to praise him and I am a witness of God’s power, and God choose me, make me feel good to know that he loves each and every one of us unconditionally 🙂

  21. Thanks for this confirmation; I have been wondering how will I know if I have experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have wondered why I would cry when the Holy Spirit would Well up in my chest to face area with a feeling of freedom, rest, spiritual Powers.. thanks again and enjoy your day!!!.

  22. i dont think there is any need for saying things that are not scriptural, the bible says that the manifestation of the spirit is giving to every man, and he mentioned 9, so if the holy spirit is coming upon you as baptism the i think that which is assigned to you will definitely manifest there are many scriptural references to this, 2 when a man starts saying many words without references of the word of God then he his not speaking from the spirit.

  23. For me personally it started out in stages. I went cold turkey on the world and just read my bible. Desperate for god to lift me out of my misery. Started to pray more, fast more! And it wasnt until then that i started getting attacked. By demons in my dream and in my room. I believe before every breakthrough theres always sharp attacks! It made me seek harder into his word beause i knew i was doing something right. I mean why would i have dreams of demons when all ive been doing is reading the bible??? I pushed through.

    Things that were out of my comfort zone confronted me. I saw them as opportunitys to put gods word into practice. Do not fear for i am with you!!! I will help you. I will strengthen you!! But I came home crying that day. My worst fears came alive. God saw it all. And he saw me bowed low and crying from the event. “There is no one at my right side, no one cares for my life” God responds. “you are precious and honoured (((in my sight!!!))) and i love you!!! See i have engraved you in the palm of my hands!! Your walls are ever before me!!! For a little while i turned my face from you, but with an everlasting love i will have compassion you, says the lord your redeemer!! Supernatural healing started to occur. I felt like i was being hugged. That feeling of when your best friend hugs you when your real down and out and you start to feel better. Oh taste and see that the lord is good!!!! Taste and see!! He wanted me to step out of my comfort zone to taste!! so i could see!! Amazing! A few simple words with a whole different light to them!!!

    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything i have said to you.

    In everywhere i went and everything i thought, even in how i spoke the word of god was everywhere!!!! Everything reminded me of scripture! I mean i had to silent myself alot because pple would probably think im some kind of religious freak. Because from an unbelievers perspective thats what you look like. I mean there were times i myself would feel abit overwhelmed of the holy spirit. He would teach me constantly. Even while resting. And i would open my eyes like ild been somewhere else. Like i had finished a refreshing swim???? Fact, feeling, faith!!! I mean there were so many things happening. So many suprnatural things happning i had to really familiarize myself with him that is in me! Because god is spirit and we walk in a physical world, not use to spiritual things it can be abit scary. But its more better to walk in truth then darkness. And so i prayed for god to make me courageous in his presence. And he did. You will just know when hes working with you and in you. Many many supernatural occurences should start happening. And sometimes it even feels like your not even this world. When things became overwhelming for his disciples he knew!!!! And he said to them “come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest! Our fight truly is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. Theres so much more to say here and the journey never ends until we leave this earth. But take courage and keep seeking god in truth and spirit. God bless

    • Very informative. Thank you.
      I also had supernatural manifestations of His Spirit but then demons manifested and confusion set in. I haven’t handled it well and there has been noone to give wise counsel. For a bit I wondered if I recieved a counterfiet spirit cause I backslid abd also because of the supernatural lifestyle. It seems anyone I’ve reached out for does not experience such things. I see into the spiritual realm and saw few scary things. I experienced much in that realm and have backed off because of the demonic manifestations. You seem very knowledgeable. Have you ever felt a demon scratch.? Did your spiritual gifts go hand and hand with what you experienced at baptismal. I’ve wondered about seeing in spiritual realm and being very sensitive. If that is my gifts or If I am baptized. I receive vision too. One vision I physically felt the lords radiating power through top of head just being energized, seeing light but then a black blob/net covering me. I interrupted that I’m suppressing what power lives in me but getting discouraged and having an attachment that likes to annoy me. Gods power is perfect when we are weak! Sorry for rambling. I hope you can share your thoughts.

  24. There is a tongue that is given when you receive the baptism of the holy Ghost. Then there is another tongue which is to be used for an interpretation. The Bible speaks of divers (more than one) tongues. I think you are getting them mixed up.

  25. You must speak in another tongue as an evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost, how did the early apostles know that the Gentiles had received the Holy Ghost when He cannot be seen physically, were they mind readers?!No,they heard them speak in tongues like on the day of Pentecost,that personal tongue for prayer is different from that in 1Corinthians 12 ,that one is a gift of the spirit and it is for the public I.e edification of the Church

    • Satan has clouded your mind. You are deceived and believing false doctrine when it come to the Holy Spirit. Do some studying on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

  26. When I was first baptized in the Holy Spirit I felt a manifestation from my toes all the way up through my face. I was crying uncontrollably and I heard or “felt” a voice tell me everything I was upset about would be ok. I don’t know how to explain it. The voice was not audible. It was more like I felt it. Can someone explain this to me

    • The Holy Spirit was upon you. And God certainly does impress things in / on us. This is one way we hear from God is through Him impressing a thought or feeling. but be careful with feelings. And thoughts! You must be able to discern wether it came from you or God that’s where the Gift of the Holy Ghost is useful and helpful. If you want to know that you have the gift of the Holy Ghost I recommend asking Him for the gift of tongues. That’s a sure sign to you to absolutely know that you have His Spirit in you.

  27. What about Jude 1:20
    …building up yourselves on the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

    What about praying in the mind and also in the Spirit when we don’t know what to pray and the Holy Spirit intervenes – Romas 8:26-27.

    In conclusion : most believers in our churh pray ( speak) in tongues. Is it because of a greater desire… ?

    • It’s because they believe and God honored thier belief. Once we receive the Holy Ghost we begin to learn truth if we submit by humbling ourselves as little children and waiting upon Him to direct us into his perfect will.

  28. When a person is baptized by the holy ghost they must speak in tongues as the spirit gives utterances the same way it has been given in the bible read the book of acts the holy spirit have move upon people many time but it doesn’t mean they are filled with the spirit all spirit filled Christian’s speak in tongues please be sure u have this gift before assuming we know not we are to pray for therefore to holy Ghost make Intercession for us with growning which can not be uttered.

    • That is absolutely NOT what the Bible says! If anything, Paul says just the *opposite*!

      Paul actually kind of downplays the gift of speaking in tongues in comparison to the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. You simply cannot argue with God about this… The Bible is not
      at all ambiguous about the FACT that tongues is only ONE of the gifts of the Spirit.

      I’ve asked the Lord, on multiple occasions, why believers who speak in tongues act like it’s the one & only way to prove Spirit indwelling. Each time the answer I have been given is: “Spiritual Pride”.

      Just a friendly reminder: Pride is a SIN.


  29. Both the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues are accompanied by speaking in tongues. God can touch, bless and encourage us with the Holy Spirit before we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once one does receive the baptism they will know it because they will indeed speak in tongues. It might only be a one time occurrence but you will definitely know that you have received the gift of the Holy Ghost (not to be confused with the gift of tongues). My heart breaks and I pray for all of the sincere people who are mislead by religion to believe the many confusing doctrines of demons surrounding this subject.
    this great doctrine is wrenched by religions and denominations in order to do what the enemy does best, create confusion and conceal the truth about this great salvation, If you have not received the gift of tongues but you do wish to know the truth you certainly will receive this gift. It is not blanket coverage for salvation. Once we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost we need submit to the Spirit and trust Yahoshua to guide us by the Spirit which is the way to be born again, Being saved is a process, not what religion teaches but what Gods word teaches. Once we begin to submit to Gods spirit we will become born again by the washing of the water of the word and his Spirit will guide us into all truth.

    • Mary, if speaking in tongues is the only evidence that someone is baptized in the Holy Ghost, why is it not accompany by people hearing the speaker speaking their languages like it exactly happened in the book of Acts? How about believers who don’t speak in tongues but are living for God and are great evangelists having the same sign and wonders that occurred after the apostles were filled?

      • Mary, why in Acts Chapter 2, there is nothing written that the believers who were baptized by peter spoke in tongues. We only see that they were baptized, and three thousand were added to the church?

      • I don’t believe that there are miracles today that accompany any modern day religious leaders preaching- not the kind of miracles that took place then, not the same signs and wonders as in the days of the apostles when the true apostles doctrine was being taught.
        As for believers who don’t speak in tongues, In Acts 19 Paul asked some true believers if they had yet received the Holy Ghost and they said they hadn’t ever even heard that there be a Holy Ghost…. until then. When they heard they believed and received.

  30. The same thing happened to me. I was actually awaken from my slip to feeling as if I was having sm outer body experience. It was amazing!!! I was tingling from my head to my toes. I had no idea what was happening, so that day I had my blood sugar level checked thinking I had diabetes due to the tingling. Now, I can tell when His Spirit is present.

  31. Can you experience the Spirit within you and about you, feel that enveloping hug of intense warmth that is warmer than warm and starts inside and then permeates right through you and surrounds you, while seeing light that is brighter than light, whiter than white, and then have the place where the cancerous lump appeared start to burn without actually being baptised in the Spirit, could it just have been a fleeting visit/experience/ touch ?
    You don’t feel or experience coming out of the water, getting helped up the steps and the sheet that was wrapped around you removed. You only come back to earth as they place the robe around you, and then you step outside and everyone stares at you as you walk past until someone tells you why.. you are glowing, the place where the lump was is bright red. You return to the hospital for a repeat of the tests they did 3 days earlier , to confirm the plan for the second round of radiotherapy, and they discover the tumour has gone completely, over the weekend, just vanished . The previous tests were documented with scans, photos and video. The aggressive, diagnosed terminal, cancer was gone. Was this just a healing experience or was it baptism in the Spirit ? Next time I felt an echo of this was when I held my newborn in my arms, only then could I identify that what I had seen and felt was love.
    My mother was an abusive, gaslighting, narcissist who told me no-one loved me , from the age of 5 at the latest. However one day when I was around 8, I heard and believed God tell me , He loved me with a perfect love, He had called me by name, He was my Father, I was his child. Faith was planted in my heart, a gift of God, and many years later when I read Habakkuk 3:17-19, it was like reading my own heart’s cry. It was the belief that had helped me survive. It was the belief that meant I was not scared of dying, I just simply accepted, at 15, that I was going home.
    Did this faith become my righteousness and the reason for my baptism in the Spirit, even though I did not yet know the reason for Christ’s death and resurrection? I believed it happened , I believed it was because of his love, but I had not been taught that it had paid the penalty for my sin, not yet. However I still had a simple faith, that as God had told me He loved me and I was His, that I was going to heaven, no fear of hell or the other place I had been told about. I just simply knew if I died , I would be with God.

  32. It says all that believe will receive New tongues mark 16 Not a few Not a specific set of people. which brings into the question that Paul asks will everyone receive the gift of tongues. NO ? because they will not believe, If jesus said these sign will follow those that believe it will be simply that. Jesus didnt say people will or wont receive due to our understanding of scripture. Why wont everyone receieve Paul ? because jesus said you need belief to receive. That is why most churches denounce it because they do not believe

  33. The only evidence of having recieved the Holy Ghost is speaking in other tongues.

    But first you have to repent of your sins then you are going to feel your tongue moving and then you are going to hear yourself speaking in other language a language that you don’t speak or understand.

    Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.

    All people that received the Holy Ghost speak in other tongues. If you are praying and you feel your body moving that does not mean you receive the Holy ghost.

  34. According to the Book of Acts Chapter 2 onward till 28 chapter. The evidence of been baptized in the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues. Acts 1:4-8 Jesus Himself says not many days ahead you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

    V8. Jesus said to His disciples not go out to Teach/preach in my name yet.. Until Holy Spirit come upon you.. The reason is you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
    Regardless of what we says or write to defense our believed until and unless we individual experienced what do the BIBLE says about BAPTISM in the Holy Spirit.its of no use debating with Scriptures.

  35. Concerning the comment about tongues being one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit, which it is, but this is referring to the gift of giving messages in tongues that will be interpreted, and or, praying in the Spirit in intersection The Holy Spirit is one, with 9 gifts. The tongues is just one of the gifts. Very few people have the whole 9 gifts of the spirit, but anyone filled with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues. If they don’t, its because they have not yielded to the Holy Spirit when He comes on you. If there is no evidence of the tongues, then it is doubtful they have really been filled. No where in the Bible does it say that not all will speak in tongues who have been Spirit filled. That is not scriptural.

  36. I’m a born again christian for 28 yrs. when I joined another pentecostal church in our place. And the pastor there taught us that the evidence of having received the baptism of the Holy Ghost is only speaking in tongues. And if you didn’t receive this one according to her, you cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. As an elder, I cannot accept that teaching just because for so many years of being born again I didn’t experience that. But in our former church signs and wonders follow us, meaning to say we experience the gift of healings and miracles. And when we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, we cried and trembled. So what I did is I went back to my Holy Bible and studied again about the said scriptures and also I researched another biblical sources like yours. I read Acts 2:38 again and it says that after repentance and baptism in Jesus name, we will receive any if not all the 9 gifts of the Holy Ghost. So, it’s true that false teaching of pastor/ s will mess up our minds and may lead us into confusion and destruction. So be sober and vigilant…Thanks to the Word of God and your article. And now, I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track to inherit the Kingdom of God. God bless.

  37. I respect your beliefs, even when you are challenged by others for your interpretation of the Bible. I also respect the millions of people worldwide, including myself, who do not accept/ believ in your fundamental belief in heaven and hell and especially the concept of being saved. I believe no one is above or below the other. I believe it’s likely that Jesus believed this as well. I’d be surprised if he did. I believe In the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. I am on the side of love.
    Peace be with you. M

  38. 30 years ago I received the rivers of living water that came out of my belly and I spoke in tongues – this came after I was born again an experience where I saw the glory of God like a cloud in front of me and my drug addiction physically lifted out of me. A few years later I received an even more powerful visitation of the Spirit where I was shaking in my bed – it was the most powerful thing. I have had many experiences after this in the Spirit like a wind engulfing me. So – Which is the Baptism in the Spirit ? The bible says you shall receive POWER to be a witness – Acts 1v8 – that’s the true sign. Obviously 90% of the time Acts people spoke in tongues – I have spoken to many over the years and some have said they got zapped in the Spirit and spoke in tongues years later. All I can say is this – there is a power available in the Holy Spirit – ask for it – Luke 11v13. Then believe it will happen.

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