"...you shall receive power,after the Holy Spirit is come upon you,and you shall be my witnesses..."Acts 1:8
In this verse,Jesus makes a wonderful promise to believers.He says that we can receive special power from the Father to witness for Him.
How important is it that we have this power?Consider this:When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world to preach the Gospel,he told them to wait until they were first "endued with power from on high."(Luke 24:49.) In other words,He told them "Don't even begin your ministry,until you receive the power from the Father to do it."
Some ask "Don't we get the Holy Spirit when we are saved?"The answer is yes.When we are saved,the Holy Spirit does come to dwell in us(Romans 8:9-16;1 Corinthians 3:16.)However,this is only the beginning of the Holy Spirit's work in us.
Take a drink of water,and the water is in you.Jump into a swimming pool,and you are in the water.Similarly,we get a "drink" of the Spirit when we are saved,but the Holy Spirit wants to do much more with us.He wants to totally engulf us with His power.For an example of this let's look at the Ephesian believers in Acts 19:2-7.
Paul visited the city of Ephesus,and found a group of Christians there.He asked them "Have you received the Holy Spirit SINCE YOU BELIEVED?"(verse 2)These were born again believers,who had the indwelling Holy Spirit,but they hadn't yet been BAPTIZED in the Holy Spirit. How can you be baptized in the Holy Spirit?There are three basic prerequisites;
1.YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN-an unsaved person cannot receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:17.)
2.YOU MUST HAVE A YIELDED,OBEDIENT HEART TOWARD THE HOLY SPIRIT(Acts 5:32.)
3.DON'T BE AFRAID-If you ask God for bread,He isn't going to give you a stone(Luke 11:9-13.)
If you have met these requirements,the next step is to simply ask in faith.God delights to give good gifts to His children.
When you do receive the baptism,the first evidence is that you will speak in other tongues.This is a consistent initial evidence found throughout the Book of Acts(see Acts 2:1-4;10:44-46;19:2-7.For more on this,request our study "Are Tongues for All?")Now understand,God is not going to grab your tongue and force it out of you.He will give the utterance,but YOU must do the speaking.
If you want to receive this wonderful gift,pray this prayer now;
"Heavenly Father,I want to receive this power that Jesus spoke of.I ask you now to baptize me in the sweet,precious Holy Spirit.I say by faith that I receive Him now in all His fullness,and as the believers did in the Book of Acts,I will speak in tongues as He gives me utterance."
Now,if you have prayed that prayer,the next step is to receive.Open your mouth,and speak the words that the Holy Spirit gives you.At first,it may just be a syllable or two,but as you use it in your prayer life,He will give you more.
Congratulations!You have just entered into a whole new dimension in your walk with Jesus.Your life will never be the same!If you have further questions,don't hesitate to e-mail us.
Other Related Messages
"Tongues FAQ 1"
"Tongues FAQ 2: Are Tongues For All?"
"Tongues FAQ 3: Benefits of Tongues"
FOR FURTHER READING:
"Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism"by Don Bashaam
"Who's Afraid of the Holy Ghost?"by Stevan Williamson
"Overcoming Hindrances to receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit"by John Osteen