Prayer Of Thanks For Baptism In The Spirit
12 Best Baptism Prayers for Babies
Having a baptism for your baby is a great way to ensure that Christ will look over and protect his/her innocent soul. There are many prayers you can recite during this time. Here is a look at a dozen best baptism prayers for babies to say before, during, or after the service.
Heavenly Father, In your love you have called us to know you, led us to trust you, and bound our life with yours. Surround this child with your love, protect it from evil.
Fill it with the holy spirit and receive it into the family of your church, that it may walk with us in the way of Christ, and grow in the knowledge of your love.
You’re taking this step of faith. In obedience to the Lord To be baptized in His precious name, And heed the Master’s call To rise up with faith in God. And go where He may leadTo share God’s love to everyone, And touch them in their need May God pour out His blessings. Upon your life todaySo you may walk in His abundance, As you commit to Him your way
Keep on trusting in the Lord. No matter what you face And keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, And live in His sweet grace.
Welcome, precious little child. So divine from God above. Christened today in Jesus’ name, Held in His arms of love. May angels guide your tiny feet and bring you smiles to wear and may our Heavenly Father always keep you in His care.
May angels guide you on your journey in life, and sprinkle you with their love and light. May you have the gifts of laughter and song, and be filled with dreams that last all the days long.
May you live and care with kindness and grace, and know within your soul, courage and faith.
You will be wrapped in the warmth of your family and friends, and rays of love will shine on you without end.
Faithful and loving God, bless those who care for these children and grant them your gifts of love, wisdom and faith. Pour upon them your healing and reconciling love, and protect their home from all evil. Fill them with the light of your presence and establish them in the joy of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord
We thank almighty God for the gift of new life. May God the Father, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.
Dear God, Be with my friends tomorrow – may they know joy. Be with my family tomorrow – may they know love. Be with me tomorrow – may I know peace. Be with my child – may s/he know your light As s/he begins his/her amazing journey of faith. Lead him/her in the right path, Keep him/her safe And help us all to know you are with us, Now and always.
Dear God, Thank you for your wonderful world. Be close to all the people who need help. Thank you for my lovely friends and family Help us to be kind to each other all the time. Thank you for me. Keep me safe, and let me grow well in every way. Thank you for Jesus.
Be very close to me always.
Loving God, We pray for all children. We pray that they know and feel the security that is their right. We pray that they know and feel the love that is theirs through you. Guide all who are a voice for children and young people to speak loudly and clearly
so that security and safety, love and hope might be the experience of all your children.
The Lord will always walk with you, along life’s blessed beach. His footprints there beside your own, always within reach. Two sets of footprints, side by side, from dawn to setting sun. Yet there may come a day my child, when you’ll see only one. But do not think the Lord has left you, nothing could be more wrong. It’s just that He has picked you up, to carry you along.
Angel of the Heart. You are the strength of the future and the Beauty of past Memories. You are Love and Light and Hope. You are Life’s Sweetest Giftan unbelievable and precious Miracle.
You’ve been a special blessing since the day that you arrived, Bringing so much happiness and filling hearts with pride… And now that it’s your Baptism/Christening Day, this brings a special prayer That God will always keep you in the shelter of His care.
Here is one example of a baptism being performed with the prayers recited for the baby.
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PRAYER FOR BAPTISM OF HOLY SPIRIT
There is no limit to what a believer can do with help of the Holy Spirit. Among others, Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, and teaches his recipients.
The Bible reference
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
(Act 1:8 KJV)
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 1
Father, I understand that no one can be a successful Christian without the help of the Holy Spirit. Please baptize me with your Holy Spirit as you did to your disciples on the Day of Pentecost.
Let your Spirit enable me to make significant positive contributions to other people’s lives. Also, let your Holy Spirit teach and guide me into all righteousness so that I can please you well.
Let your Spirit enable me to live an overcomer’s life on earth, and let me be a partaker of heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 2
Eternal Rock of Ages, please let your Holy Spirit rule me at all times. Enable me to be sensitive to your leadership, and do not let me satisfy flesh desires. Let me grow in faith, and let your power be demonstrated in my life with significant testimonies. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 3
Jehovah, I understand that no one can satisfy you in holiness without the power of the Holy Spirit. I also understand that no one can receive the Holy Spirit without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. Therefore, I confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and I accept him as my personal Savior. Through Christ, I will satisfy God, and I will inherit eternal life.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 4
Dear God, I understand that selfishness must not play any part in my spiritual exercise. I must only demonstrate my spiritual gifts in a way that will benefit my fellow believers and also profit your kingdom. Therefore, I ask for your grace to meet every expectation.
Let your Holy Spirit richly dwell in me so that I can take every necessary step required to glorify your name. Empower me to serve you with humility, and please let me be an effective servant that will prosper your kingdom always.
At the end of my earthly race, let me enter heaven to receive your imperishable crown of glory. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 5
Dear God, please help me to demonstrate gifts of the Holy Spirit in a manner that will glorify your name.
Let your Holy Spirit operate in me with grace and power to benefit the church and your kingdom! Please keep me humble, and do not let me arrogate your glory unto myself.
Let me serve you with fear and trembling; let my services be acceptable in your sight at all time, and let your name be praised forever. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 6
Dear Jesus Christ, please baptize me with your Holy Spirit so that I can prosper. Let me have your Holy Spirit so that I can effectively evangelize your gospel. Also, let your Holy Spirit empower me to live triumphant life on earth. Please make me an embodiment of your testimony through the help of your Holy Spirit. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 7
O good Lord, I have realized that Holy Spirit is the key to an effective ministry. Therefore, I pray that you will assist my ministry to operate in the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit symbolizes your abiding presence, let him dominate my life and ministry so that I can prosper.
Also, I pray for other ministers that you will enable them to allow your Holy Spirit to operate in their lives and ministries. Let all Christians who serve you in any capacity – within and without the church setting – operate in the Holy Spirit so that they can prosper.
At the end of it all, let your servants be qualified to receive crowns of glory in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 8
Dear God, I believe your scripture that states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Therefore, I ask you to please empower me through the Holy Spirit to be focus, diligent, and hardworking. Let me succeed in all my endeavors, so that I can share your testimony of goodness to other people. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 9
Father, please help me to consistently study bible and listen to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Do not let me be lazy in studying your word.
Also, let me prayerfully consider every teaching that is presented to me, and give me the grace to reject deceptive teachings. Enable me to accept and celebrate all truth that will liberate me from sin, and make me heavenly bound.
Let your word and leadership of the Holy Spirit prosper me now, and always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 10
Dear God, please let your Holy Spirit reign in my heart and let him enable me to embrace activities that will earn me your blessings. Mortify all works of the flesh in my life, and let your divine Spirit strengthen me to bear good fruits that lead to your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 11
O Lord, I want to receive the baptism of your Holy Spirit. To qualify for this treasured gift, I confess my sins and repent from them. Please baptize me with your Holy Spirit to be empowered to walk before you in righteousness.
Let your Spirit turn me to a giant Christian who will live a triumphant life on earth. Let him enable me with the ability to effectively serve you to bear fruits for your kingdom. Let your divine Spirit guide me in every aspect of life to enjoy your benefits.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 12
Dear Jesus Christ, please help me to exercise my authority reserved in your name. Empower me to subdue all forms and appearances of Goliath in my life. Anoint me with your Holy Spirit to exercise my faith in a manner that will benefit your kingdom, and also prosper my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 13
Dear Lord, “If you can use anyone, you can use me!” I am ready for your use. I let down my pride and I release myself for your use. I will not be rebellious to you anymore, and I will do whatever you ask me to do.
I will jump if you say jump, and I will sit if you say sit. I will stop questioning your authority again, but I will completely yield myself to you. Please use me today, tomorrow, and throughout the days of my life.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
SELF-CONTROL PRAYER – No. 14
Dear Jesus, please use me! I understand that you will bless me if I make myself available for your use; therefore, I am determined to release myself for your use. Henceforth, I will gladly do whatever you ask me to do, and I will do it effectively. Please showcase your grace and power through my obedience, and let me prosper in my commissions. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
What the Bible Says About Baptism in the Holy Spirit
By Betty Miller
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:11
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. John 1:32-34
Pastors Bud & Betty Miller on Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a crisis experience just as our initial conversion experience was. We cannot be gradually baptized in the Holy Ghost, just as we cannot be gradually baptized in water. Certainly we can be gradually filled with God’s Spirit, but one day that “filling” will spill over into a baptism or complete immersion in the Holy Ghost.
Many believe they need not ask for this experience because they think they receive the Holy Spirit at conversion. While this is true in the sense that the Holy Spirit comes upon us, and in us, to plant the seed of life in Christ, it is not true that we are completely filled with His Spirit unless we ask for it.
“…How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13).
Many people have been “born again” and have the Holy Spirit working in their lives, but have never received the baptism in the Holy Ghost which equips them for service and gives them the power needed to overcome in Christ.
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence… But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:5 and 8). If you, as a Christian, have not known the power of God in being able to overcome sin, to witness and to know God in His fullness, then you need to ask God for the baptism in the Holy Ghost. There were also Christians in Paul’s day who did not know about the power that was available to them. We find this recorded in Acts 19:2-6:
He said unto them, ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye 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 ye 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 spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:2-6
This Scripture clearly shows us there is more than one kind of baptism. These Christians had received water baptism, but not the Holy Ghost baptism until Paul laid his hands on them and prayed. We also see that the gifts of the Holy Spirit accompany this baptism, as they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Another account of this taking place is found in Acts 8:14-20:
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, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:14-20
Holy Spirit Is a Gift
Still again we find an account of the gift of the Holy Spirit being given in Acts 11:14-17:
Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
For as much then as God gave them the gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? Acts 11:14-17
God’s gift of the Holy Ghost is promised to us today and not just for the saints back then as we find Peter saying, “…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.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39). The Holy Ghost is God’s gift to us.
As we are baptized in His Spirit we will find that we will experience the gift of speaking in tongues, plus all the other gifts of the Spirit when needed, if we continue to follow Him (1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14).These are God’s gifts of power to enable us to accomplish the task to which we have been commissioned. Although the gift has been abused by many, we should not take lightly the Lord’s words to us in John 7:37b-39:
…Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37b-39
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
If the disciples of the Lord needed to be filled with the Holy Ghost then, how much more do we need to be filled in our day? We should not allow what other men think or say about the Baptism in the Holy Ghost to prevent us from seeking this wonderful blessing. We should seek the Lord with a humble heart for the truth of what is written in the Bible and ask Him to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. We can trust Him to show us the truth if we come to Him with an open heart and mind with a willingness to obey Him.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5:28-32
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What the Bible Says about Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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What Is Baptism of The Holy Spirit?
What does it mean when someone says that they’ve been baptized by the Holy Spirit or baptized into the Holy Spirit? What does baptism of the Spirit mean?
The Word Baptism
I had a friend come up to me after I was saved asking if I had been baptized into the Holy Spirit. I told him that I had received the Holy Spirit and then been baptized.
He said you haven’t had the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Why not!? Good question, so I started to find out what this fellow meant driven in part by being made to feel inferior. I came to discover what the word baptism means. The Greek word for baptism is “baptizo” which means to be immersed under water.
Baptizo is in the verb form which means a person was baptized (verb, it’s the action of being baptized). The noun form is “baptisma” which literally means washing and almost always has to do with water.
I already knew about the Holy Spirit and that a person is regenerated or born again when one receives the Holy Spirit. When a person is saved, then they are to be baptized as commanded in the New Testament.
But this “baptism of the Holy Spirit” was still a mystery to me. What could it mean? I hate to see Christians divide over the language of the New Testament when the Spirit should unite us instead.
Baptized With the Holy Spirit
Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit the same thing? The term “baptize with the Holy Spirit” occurs in several places in the New Testament. Let’s read some of these to see if we can find the meaning of the term of being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
John, when speaking about Jesus said, “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit” (John 1:32-33).Again, John said about Jesus, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16).
Jesus instructed the disciples just before His Ascension to “not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Some denominations believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by their speaking in tongues. This baptism of the Holy Spirit is seen by them as different than the initial receiving of the Holy Spirit of God.
This baptism of the Holy Spirit is believed to embolden believers, give them the ability to speak in unknown tongues, and to live a more victorious life in Christ. Is this true? Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”
You can not be a believer and not be baptized by the Spirit.
So there is One Spirit and that is the Holy Spirit and Paul is saying that all believers are baptized by the Spirit. You can not be a believer and not be baptized by the Spirit.
If someone has not the Spirit of God, they are not the children of God because “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14) “And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (1 John 3:24).
The Holy Spirit makes us part of the Body of Christ. If we don’t have the Holy Spirit, we are none of His since “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9).
Indeed, “those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14). Romans chapter 8 is almost all about the Holy Spirit.
Being Filled With the Spirit
Paul wrote about being filled with the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18-19 which says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.
” It seems that being filled with the Spirit means being controlled by the Holy Spirit. We will have complete fulfillment if we allow the Holy Spirit to control us. To be filled with the Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit for the Spirit’s presence is revealed in the fruit we produce (Galatians 5:22-23).
Peter is a prime example of what it means to be filled with the Spirit in Acts 4:8 when he boldly addressed the Sanhedrin, which was the Jewish supreme court, “Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!” Peter was not alone in this as “Paul, then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun” (Acts 13:9-11).
Here is clear evidence that when a believer is filled with the Spirit, they are obedient to the will of God. Peter and Paul’s boldness in evangelism was due to their both being filled with the Spirit of God. But where did Paul receive this Spirit? In Acts 9:17, “Ananias went to the house and entered it.Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
’” Here we see that being filled with the Spirit occurs at conversion, with Saul (later named Paul) and being filled with the Spirit can also mean being bold in preaching the gospel or in being a witness of Christ.
Being filled with the Spirit doesn’t seem to be tied with miracle gifts of healing, or tongues, or prophesying but in being controlled by Him. Being filled with the Spirit then happens when a person is saved ( Paul’s experience) or when one is emboldened in witnessing for Christ ( Peter‘s example).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs only to those who are believers. If you are not a believer in Christ, then you are none of His (Romans 8:9).
You can’t even understand the gospel without the Holy Spirit (John 14:17, Romans 8:7) because “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
I pray you will put your trust in Jesus Christ today if you have not already done so. Then you can be filled with the Spirit, sealed with the Spirit (Ephesians 1), and be born again to eternal life (John 3:3, 16). That is my great desire for you if you have not already done so.
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How to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and what to expect afterwards?
I was compelled to write this article because of two needs that the modern church seem to have.
(A) The high percentage of believers who have never received the Spirit baptism.
(B) Their inadequate knowledge about the Spirit baptism and its purpose.
I would to suggest that Christian leaders (Pastors, Evangelists, and Teachers) that are responsible for teaching and guiding the church in God’s word are accountable for providing the antidote for such issues.
It’s not the scope of this article to discuss the evidence for Spirit baptism however. I already covered that here. Neither this is an effort to defend the doctrine of initial physical evidence of Spirit baptism.
It’s my purpose to provide some suggestions to Pastors as how to help Christians to receive the Spirit baptism and to help others who have already received, to understand the strength of their experience. In reality the leader is obliged to provide counseling and guidelines to the church in areas this one.
The following instructions are for the believer who has not received the Spirit baptism yet.
1. We are Candidates of the Spirit Baptism
The prophet Joel prophesied that God will pour out his Spirit on all flesh, (Joel 2:28-29). Upon young men and women, the old, men and women and all servants regardless of age or social standing. This prophecy is a reflection of Moses’ hope (and prophecy) we read in Numbers 11:29. This prophetic outpouring of the Holy Spirit no longer limits to a chosen group.
When Peter in the day of Pentecost quoted the Spirit baptism from the book of Joel for the first time, used this same theme and stated that the promised gift is for you (Jews) and your children (their generation), and for all who are far away, (Acts 2:39). The gentiles would be the most appropriate interpretation for “all who are far away” (Ephesians 2:13-17). The pastor or the teacher must be careful to convince the candidates that this is an experience solely intended for them.
2. The Holy Spirit indwells in us Already
It’s important to emphasize that the Holy Spirit dwells in every born again Christian regardless of the factor whether they have received the Spirit baptism or not.
Each time an individual repents and chooses to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit does the work of regeneration within the new convert.
Afterwards instead of leaving He continues to dwell within the new convert.
3. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Gift
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. It’s called a gift because no one can expect to be baptized in the Holy Spirit depending on his merit. It’s another gracious act of God. If the outpouring of the Spirit depended on such prejudice it will prevent the Holy Spirit from acting sovereign – even in the most committed and genuine Christians.
4. Holy Spirit Baptism and Fake Experiences
Some Christians have an insecure feeling that they will speak a made up tongue of their own or a tongue given by a demonic Spirit.
This can never happen (unless the person in question lives a compromised Christian life). Such believers need to be assured according to Jesus’ words found in Luke 11:11-13.
Such sensitive and insecure Christians must be encouraged to release the urge to say unfamiliar words by actually pronouncing them.
5. Submission and anticipation
Every individual must possess an appropriate attitude though. He should be willing to submit to God’s authority and be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading at the same time. No one can speak in tongues of his own.
The recipient must work together with the Holy Spirit – The disciples’ experience on the day of Pentecost has a vital principal here. According to Luke’s narration each and every disciple spoke in unknown tongues as the Spirit gave them the ability, (Acts 2:4).
This principal of anticipation is a perfect antidote against the false teaching that, one must wait upon the Lord for a long period and work hard to be baptized by the Spirit.
6. Prayer and worship
In the lesson where Jesus taught God is more than willing to baptize us by the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), also stressed the need for perseverance (Luke 11:9-10). In the Septuagint these verbs actually are rendered in the present continuous tense, (i.e.
keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking). This must not be confused with hopeless petitions though. This is the actual foundation of the fourth beatitude, (Matthew 5:6).
We cannot afford to forget even the disciples were praying before the day of Pentecost came, (Acts 1:14).The candidate’s prayers and petitions must be combined with praise and worship. Bible says that the disciples continued to remain in the temple and praised God (Luke 24:53). Later it was of great assistance to the prayer offered in the upper room.
Praising God in your own tongue provides a smooth transition to heavenly tongues. Besides when the disciples spoke in tongues, they actually magnified God and his works in a language not known to them, (Acts 2:11; Acts 10:46).
It’s even more interesting that the day of Pentecost is officially an occasion where people thanked God for his goodness and provision.
7. God’s Sovereignty
God definitely answers prayers. But his timing may not be parallel with our own, because of very special reasons known only to him. Let’s not forget however that unexpected outpourings of Holy Spirit are evident in the book of Acts as well as church history.
Quoting from my personal experience, I once belonged to a group of youngsters that waited to experience the Spirit baptism for a great length of time.
Then one day all of us were suddenly baptized by the Holy Spirit and my sister was the first to receive the experience.
After a while I was also baptized in the Holy Spirit unexpectedly, while spending time in my bed room praying and worshiping.
8. If you have received the Spirit Baptism
Spirit baptism is often followed by common questions such as “What is the purpose of speaking in tongues during the Spirit Baptism?” “Speaking in tongues – is that all to it?” “What are some purposes and divine goals of the experience?” “As some Christians believe is it necessary to be filled again?” and “Could baptism of the Holy Spirit be experienced over and over again?” Genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit results in the following.
While the act of “speaking in tongues” is the initial physical evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit, the believer may find many other spiritual rewards in it. It is for this reason Paul the apostle wrote, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God.
Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
” (1 Corinthians 14:2-4) This is the devotional application of tongues, (1 Corinthians 14:16-17).
It is included in the teaching of praying in the Spirit, (Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:20 – Also see Sermon on praying in the Spirit?) Thus speaking in tongues is a practice through which the believer edifies himself which is why it is called the language of prayer. Thus tongues is recognized as an essential feature of grace.Besides, the exercise of tongues is not limited to the initial moment of the spirit baptism. It’s repetitive in nature. This is well manifested in the statement St. Paul mentioned in his first epistle to the church in Corinth. “I would every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy.” (1 Corinthians 14:5)
In addition to the above, expert interpreters of scripture point out St. Paul’s statement in Romans 8:26 that says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.” resembles the same meaning as praying in tongues.
(B) Permitting the manifestations of the Holy Spirit
The recipient of the Spirit Baptism is entitled to exercise the entire suite of spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible.
This is a natural phenomenon experienced by any individual that surrenders himself to the Holy Spirit with a desire to be lead by the Spirit. St.
Luke’s usage of the Greek term “apofthengomai” (God breathed) to describe St. Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost confirms this.
A careful examination of biblical references to spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 4:11) reveal the gifts were manifested not only in the New Testament era, but the Old Testament era as well.
Disciples performed miracles such as healing the sick and driving out demons even before the Pentecostal experience, (Luke 10:9-17; Matthew 10:8). Furthermore history records these spiritual gifts have been manifested in one form or the other through Christians in every generation.
As edification of the church is the purpose intended for public exercising of spiritual gifts, Christian believers must hunger and thirst after them eagerly.
(C) The life of righteousness
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is associated with the life of righteousness. The 7th statement in the Statement of Fundamental Truths of Assemblies of God reads “…with it comes the enduement of power for life and service…” where “power for life” means the supernatural strength for a holy life style.
Truly, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the act of being immersed in the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is the name given to the Spirit of God in the New Testament. It walks hand to hand with individual holiness. The problem with the Corinthians were although they all spoke in tongues, were not willing to change their lifestyle.
Christian believers baptized by the Spirit must realize their obligation to bear spiritual fruit, not just exercising the gifts.Besides the phenomenon of fiery tongues witnessed on the day of Pentecost has its roots in God’s holiness. This concept is common to the entire Bible, (ex: The burning bush – See also: The burning bush). This indicates a connection to the candidate’s sanctified nature.
The Spirit baptism doesn’t carry out a quick cleaning process, (nothing does). But it provides the believer with the extra strength helpful to live a life that pleases God. The outcome of a Spirit filled life that results from Spirit baptism are obvious.
Among them are a life full of joy, a desire to serve, thanks giving, mutual submission and respect become significant, (Ephesians 5:18; 6:9).
Here it is appropriate to note that fullness of the Spirit is not limited to a single occasion. In addition to the daily work carried out in the life of the individual the Holy Spirit provides with guidance needed in times of crisis as well as meeting special needs. Such occasions are often known as “in-fillings of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:8-31; 13:9, 9:52).
(D) Power to witness
Any recipient of the Spirit baptism that neglects to witness to the Spiritually lost, contradicts the conditions concerning the experience.
Although the primary act of witnessing is verbal Jesus’ promise for power included performing miracles in his name. The Acts of the Apostles present us with an index complete with these gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Among the gifts mentioned are verbal gifts, gifts of healing, driving out demons and raising the dead.
I attempted to deal with a number of topics such as the responsibility of the Christian leaders to instruct the followers in their need for the Spirit baptism and prepare them to receive the actual experience; The need to teach the goals and results of the experience in a broad manner; the need to remain filled with the Spirit and finally its role in witnessing to the lost. Spirit baptism is lot more than doctrine on paper. It’s a fruitful experience manifested across the believer’s relationship to God, fellow believers and in his witness to the world.
Original article by Dr. William Chelliah
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