you receive Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, spiritual death is taken from you and you become a new creature in Christ -
you are born again. It is the Holy Spirit that makes your new birth possible. The Holy Spirit comes to live with
you when you receive Jesus into your life.
In Salvation (receiving
Jesus as Saviour), the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Jesus. Then Jesus baptizes us into the
Holy Spirit. Jesus said "You will receive POWER after that the Holy Spirit has come
upon you." (Acts 1.8) Jesus baptizes us into God's very own power and holiness so that we can live a life
full of the greater works He has called us to do as His Anointed Body. Baptism with the Holy Spirit and Fire
are received synonymously. The FIRE spoken of here is referencing the Power and
Holiness of God.
In order to obtain
from heaven the Holy Spirit, it is first necessary that you know that your sins are blotted out, that the Blood of Jesus Christ
has cleansed your heart and cleansed you from the sinful nature, the inherent nature of sin. When you have repented
of a life apart from God and believe Christ's sacrifice on the cross for your sin, you are transferred (baptized) into the
body of Christ, and become a member of His body.
you become a new creation, God's desire and plan is that you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is received by faith in God. Jesus said -"If you then, who are evil, know how to
give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
When you ask the heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit,
He will fill you with the Holy Spirit to overflowing and you will speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives you the utterance.
Speaking in tongues is simply speaking in a language that only God understands
(even you will not understand it). This happens as the Holy Spirit prays through you about things you may not know about
or may not know how to pray about (Romans 8.26).
The Holy Spirit
was given by Jesus to be our Helper. When you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit searches your heart and prays through
you the perfect will of God (Romans 8.26-27). You actually utter secret truths and hidden things which are not obvious
to the understanding of your mind (I Corinthians 14.2)
in tongues, you need to realize that speaking with an unknown tongue is the voice of your heart. Speaking in a tongue
or language you know is the voice of your human mind (unless one of the nine vocal gifts of the Spirit of God is in operation
through you as God may move upon you). The Holy Spirit of God will give you utterance to speak in tongues, the same
as your mind gives you thoughts to speak (Acts 2.4)
in tongues, you must cooperate with the Holy Spirit and trust Him. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14.14, "If
I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive..." Notice
that it was Paul who did the speaking and the Holy Spirit supplied the words.
Ask the Holy Spirit to take charge of your tongue, then yield your tongue to His use. You cannot speak in your
own language and tongue at the same time, just as you cannot speak in English and French at the same time.
When your voice and tongue begin forming syllables around the expressions that
your heart desires to release, you will also speak in tongues. It will be your tongue, your breath, your vocal cords
and you will be actively forming words. You will supply the sounds, but the Holy Spirit will supply the words - words
that are unknown to you. Continue to speak the words that the Holy Spirit gives to you. Like a child learning
to speak, you will grow and develop in the new language that the Holy Spirit is giving to you.
When you ask your heavenly Father for one of His promises - such as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit - you can be confident
that the gift given is from God.
If you want to receive your
baptism in the Holy Spirit, ask Him now:
Father, I am a believer. I am Your child and You are my Father. Jesus is my Lord. I believe with all my
heart that Your Word is true. Your
Word says that if I will ask, I will receive the Holy Spirit. So in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I am asking You
to fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit. Jesus, baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Because of Your Word, I believe that I now receive this gift
and I thank You for it. Holy Spirit,
rise up within me as I give praise to God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance.
Now begin giving sound to the expressions in you heart. Speak and hear the
Holy Spirit speaking through you. Rejoice in Him because you
have just been endued with God's very own power. And His power is in you to help you to live a life that is free from
sin and fully pleasing to Him.