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Full Gospel folks call it, “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of praying in the spirit.”
[NOTE: Scripture references are King James Version unless otherwise noted.]
As you read the scriptures, take time to go to your own Bible and look at the surrounding scriptures, the setting in which the scripture is written and then ask the Father for the gift. It is not IF He wants you to have His gifts, it is “When will you receive His gifts for you!” Get ready for the Holy Spirit to move upon you.
We begin by finding a hint of what is to come prophesied about in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
(Isaiah 28:11) So, the Lord will speak to his people in strange sounds and foreign languages. (CEV)
Next we go to some of the words of Jesus.
(Matt 28:18-20) And Jesus came to them and spoke unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (ASV)
(Mark 16:15-17) Then he told them: Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world. Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned. Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. By using my name they will force out demons, and they will speak new languages. (CEV)
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
(John 1:33) I still did not know that he was the one, but God, who sent me to baptize with water, had said to me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and stay on a man; he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (GNB)
1st Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
(1st Th 5:17) and never stop praying. (CEV)
There is no possible way you can humanly pray without ceasing unless God helps you in a way you don’t yet understand. Your spirit man never dies AND never sleeps. Once you accept Jesus as Savior you have the Holy Spirit, but as we find in Acts there were Christians who had accepted Jesus and had been baptized in water, but never heard of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:14-18 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 19:2-6 He said unto them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
(Act 19:2-6) He asked them, “When you put your faith in Jesus, were you given the Holy Spirit?” “No!” they answered. “We have never even heard of the Holy Spirit.” “Then why were you baptized?” Paul asked. They answered, “Because of what John taught.” Paul replied, “John baptized people so that they would turn to God. But he also told them that someone else was coming, and that they should put their faith in him. Jesus is the one that John was talking about.” After the people heard Paul say this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Paul placed his hands on them. The Holy Spirit was given to them, and they spoke unknown languages and prophesied. (CEV)
These scriptures describe a personal language that God gives you.
(1st Corinthians 14:2) If you speak languages that others don’t know, God will understand what you are saying, though no one else will know what you mean. You will be talking about mysteries that only the Spirit understands. (CEV)
(1st Corinthians 14:4) By speaking languages that others don’t know, you help only yourself. But by prophesying you help everyone in the church. (CEV)
(1st Corinthians 14:13-19) When we speak languages that others don’t know, we should pray for the power to explain what we mean. For example, if I use an unknown language in my prayers, my spirit prays but my mind is useless. Then what should I do? There are times when I should pray with my spirit, and times when I should pray with my mind. Sometimes I should sing with my spirit, and at other times I should sing with my mind. Suppose some strangers are in your worship service, when you are praising God with your spirit. If they don’t understand you, how will they know to say, “Amen”? You may be worshiping God in a wonderful way, but no one else will be helped. I thank God that I speak unknown languages more than any of you. But words that make sense can help the church. That’s why in church I had rather speak five words that make sense than to speak ten thousand words in a language that others don’t know. (CEV)
(1st Corinthian 14:23) Suppose everyone in your worship service started speaking unknown languages, and some outsiders or some unbelievers come in. Won’t they think you are crazy? (CEV)
The Holy Spirit will help you pray … BUT you have to give your voice to make it happen. There comes a time when you can hear your spirit praying inside you and you are not speaking out loud in that language.
Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
(Jude 1:20) Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray. (CEV)
Ephesians 5:17-18 Wherefore do not be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
(Ephesians 5:17-18) Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.
How many times have you had an impression of someone come across your mind only to find out later they were involved in some traumatic or dramatic situation, maybe even a life-threatening situation and they came through alive, or maybe you found out later they were killed. The Holy Spirit is omnipresent and knows when every person on the face of the earth needs a prayer of intercession. He is looking for someone all the time to pray. When you are filled with His Spirit and know to pray in the Spirit, He can use you to change any situation. A loved one of yours may be in a perilous situation and The Holy Spirit can get your attention with maybe a vision of the persons face, or sometimes He will even show you the situation … and all He wants is for you to pray in the Holy Spirit … that goes directly to the Throne Room and the then help can be sent to that person and/or situation. It most likely will be angelic help. We see so much evidence of that in the scriptures.
(Romans 8:26) In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. (CEV)
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
(Mark 16:17) Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. By using my name they will force out demons, and they will speak new languages. (CEV)
Many people do not have much understanding of Ambassadorial Duties. An Ambassador in a Foreign Nation has duties of reconciling differences between his nation and the nation to which he is a representative. He also is required to give reports and assessments of the behavior and attitudes of the foreign nation towards his nation. His reports are always sent back to his nation in encrypted messages. That means they are sent in some sort of secret code so if they fell into the hands of any nation, the message could not be read and understood. Here on earth, occasionally those coded messages are broken and the secret message is leaked to other people. In the Kingdom of God, each believer, as an Ambassador, is entitled to his or her own private code or encryption of their communication to the Throne Room of God. When an earthly Ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven, begins transmitting his or her secret code, NO other being on earth, under the earth or in the heavenlies can read the message except God. I see it as the message goes to Jesus, He interprets my prayer language and tells the Father-God what is needed and the help is immediately dispatched from God to the person or persons needing the help.
2nd Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(Acts 2:38) Peter said, “Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit. (CEV)
Acts 15:7-9 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
(Acts 15:7-9) They had talked it over for a long time, when Peter got up and said: My friends, you know that God decided long ago to let me be the one from your group to preach the good news to the Gentiles. God did this so that they would hear and obey him. He knows what is in everyone’s heart. And he showed that he had chosen the Gentiles, when he gave them the Holy Spirit, just as he had given his Spirit to us. God treated them in the same way that he treated us. They put their faith in him, and he made their hearts pure. (CEV)
Other scripture references regarding the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Acts 6:3-5 Wherefore, brethren, search out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 8:15-18 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:44-46 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. [The question is, what was the evidence the Holy Ghost fell?]
Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Acts 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:2-6 He said unto them, Have youe received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
The question each believer has to ask of themselves, will God give me a bad gift or will He give me something that will work in the Kingdom of Light against the Kingdom of Darkness every time? My Bible tells me that the Father-God wants His children to win, every time. I see too much evidence in the scriptures to not want every good gift the Father-God has for me. I hope you will too.
Luke 11:11-13 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
(Luke 11:11-13) Which one of you fathers would give your hungry child a snake if the child asked for a fish? Which one of you would give your child a scorpion if the child asked for an egg? As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. (CEV)
It becomes evident that to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit one must “ask.” Some believers receive it on their own just by asking and believing. Others receive by the laying on of hands. Others receive when they are prayed for. God cannot be put in a box. Ask and you shall receive.
More evidence and explanation in this area may be needed to fully understand what God has given to His children in this gift. Seek out a Holy Spirit filled believer for more help.