But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God mustbelievethat he is , and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seekhim.
Ah, I guess this is what I wanted to know. Yes, Jesus is my Savior and Lord, so I was a bit confused about this whole subject. The baptism in Holy Spirit seems to be very controversial. I attend a Baptist church, and they believe you're already baptized in Holy Spirit when accepting Jesus.
But then what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? What does it mean "Baptized with Holy Spirit and the fire"?
Shy... I was a Baptist also and I had the same questions that
you are asking. I had some wonderful friends in the Baptist
Church and still do that tells me I already had the Holy Spirit.
That was true to a certain extent, but I wanted more, so I ask
God, and studied the scriptures to see if I was being told the
whole truth. These Christians are very good people, but God
will limit their understanding according to their desire to know
him in a greater way. God will reward you with understanding
if you diligently seek Him. Heb. 11:6 says,
6 But without faith it is impossible to please
him: for he that cometh to God must believe
that he is , and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.
When I believed on the Lord, I had an experience I had never
had before in my life. It was such a refreshing and I knew that
God truly loved me. The yoke of burden was lifted off of my
shoulders and I was a new creature in Christ Jesus. But God
began to deal with me about the same issues that you are
curious about. So I went to the pastors and they told me I had
everything when I believed on the Lord.
I wasn't satisfied... so I diligently began to seek the Lord through
the scriptures. What I learned was I had experienced my Passover
feast when the Lord washed me one night in a classroom that they
were using to have services for the college kids on campus.
These college kids were telling me I could receive the baptism of the
Holy Spirit. Well, no one told me that I needed something else where
I was attending church. For a couple months I was very confused, but
I was determined to understand this because I thought it was worth
taking the time so I could help others.
Faith comes by hearing the word. I continually read the scriptures about
people receiving the Holy Ghost and six months after having a Passover
experience, it happened. I was asking God in prayer one morning to fill
me with the Holy Ghost and suddenly my belly became very warm and I
had a feeling of peace and joy that was out of this world. The warm and
convincing feeling began to flow upward into my mouth. My lips began to
quiver and my tongue began to speak in a language that I didn't know.
It scared me! I had no control of what was going on and the only thing I
knew to do was run. I jumped up and grabbed my mouth and run out of
the church and got in my car and left. I was terrified, because it was so
foreign. It was different and I just didn't feel comfortable not having
control over it.
I ask God, what was that? He spoke to my spirit and said, I thought you
wanted the Holy Ghost. When I heard that, I began to cry. I knew at that
moment it was real and God had baptised me in the Holy Ghost. When I
realized what God had just done, I ask Him to continue filling me and He
In essense, Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem and they would
receive POWER after the Holy Ghost came upon them. Acts 1:8.
8 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.
The purpose of the Holy Ghost or your Pentecost experience, is to make
you a true witness. In other words, you will have the ability to speak to
the people the true words and understanding of the scriptures. John 14:
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance ,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
Jesus spoke to his disciples and told them that the Spirit of Truth was with
them because they believed. When you have a Passover experience the
Holy Ghost is with you. But when you have a Pentecostal experience, the
Holy Ghost is in you. John 14:17 says,
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive , because it seeth him not, neither knoweth
him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you.
What a God! What a Plan!
Edited by logabe, 02 February 2013 - 09:52 AM.