Wednesday, May 9, 2012

HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT- Part 2


You can Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in a Corporate Meeting

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the believers that were at the upper room was at corporate prayer meeting. The Holy Spirit can come upon believers and fill them as they worship or minister to the Lord in a corporate meeting.

Acts 2: 1- 4

When the Day of Pentecost had 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 the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat on each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. NKJV

These disciples were gathered at the upper room praying when the Holy Spirit came upon them and filled them.

A similar experience happened in chapter four of the same book of Acts.

Acts 4: 31

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. NKJV

These believers were also praying here when the Holy Spirit filled them again. In fact there was no mentioning of them asking the Holy Spirit to come and fill them. They were just busy praying and the Holy Spirit came upon them and filled them. This is not to say it is wrong to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. You can certainly ask Him.

Someone can Minister the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to You

A Spirit filled believer can minister the baptism of the Holy Spirit to you. In fact every believer is supposed to grow to the point that they will be able to minister the baptism of the Holy Spirit to others. 

Acts 19: 1- 6

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. NKJV

This is usually done by laying on of hands. The Spirit filled believer lays hands on the believers that wants to receive the Holy Spirit and prays that the Holy Spirit fill him. This was what Paul did for these believers at Ephesus. It is usually a simple prayer and doesn't need to take long if you receive the Holy Spirit by faith. As the Spirit filled believer prays the Holy Spirit will come upon you. You must accept the Holy Spirit by faith.
Let’s look at another scripture in line with this.

Acts 8: 14- 17

Now when the apostle who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, WHO, WHEN THEY HAD COME DOWN, PRAYED FOR THEM THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. THEN THEY LAID HANDS ON THEM, THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT. NKJV

You can clearly see what I explained in what Peter and John did at Samaria. They prayed for these new believers to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and they laid hands on them. It was as simple as that. As soon as they did this the people receive the Holy Spirit. Look at verse 18

Acts 8: 18

…through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given…

This is as simple as it can be.
The challenge that many people do have in this area is that they are usually expecting something unusual to happen to them as the person prays for them. In most cases nothing special will happened to you physically, no special feeling will accompany it. Just believing that you receive the Holy Spirit is what you need. If you do this you will receive Holy Spirit. 

(To be continued)

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