Welcome again to my ReDEFINED series. Today I have a question for you as it was pertinent for totally transforming my life forever. What do you know about being baptized with His Holy Spirit?
Being raised Catholic, I had never heard of such a thing, but through a divine God-knock on my door I met some neighbors who opened their home for a Bible Study. Every week I’d trek over to their house on Wednesday night, read the Bible and ask my questions… especially about the Holy Spirit. Are you aware of what the Bible says about this amazing gift?
Acts 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (NKJV)
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV)
Acts 2: 1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (NKJV)
So are these scriptures true for today? Is there really such a thing as being baptized with the Holy Spirit?
Because this sweet couple shared their story of receiving His Holy Spirit at that Bible Study, I began to pray “God, if you did it for my friends Gene and Betty, would you do it for me?” Day after day as I prayed this request, I began to sense that He was saying “YES!”
And so, one evening at the Bible Study, I could not keep silent, “Gene, I’ve been praying and praying for this gift of His Holy Spirit. How do you get it?”
“Barbara,” Gene responded, “all you have to do is ask.”
Of course, I didn’t know it was that simple. Then, Gene read Luke 11:9-11 to me.
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Next Gene said to me, “Barbara, are you willing to allow God to speak words through you lips?” Apparently, he was enlightening me on how to receive the gift of tongues. He explained it like when a baby starts to talk. Some babies say phrases like da,da,da,da. Others may say whole sentences.
Gene also made it clear that although God would give me the words, that it would be me… who had to open my mouth and speak. He said it’s like a water faucet where I could turn it on and speak in faith, or I could shut it off and decide not to. God does not take over my mouth; I had to believe in faith and decide to speak out whatever words the Lord gave me.
Honestly, it sounded scary to me, but I really wanted what I saw they had in Christ. For certain, I was jealous for more of God, and like a little child, I cried out in my heart, “God, I want this gift~! I’ll do whatever you say~~! Just give it to me too~~~!”
“Ok Barbara, are you ready?” declared Gene.
I stood with my friends; there were three of us. We held hands; we quietly prayed and we asked. Bravely I opened my mouth and He filled it (Psalm 81:10) .
I spoke a syllable that sounded strange, but I spoke. At first it seemed a little weird, but that was it! I got this gift.
I continued speaking. I uttered more strange words. Waves of electricity seemed to flow through my body which were impossible to explain. (For those of you who desire plausible and sensible explanations, I admit that I am not a Bible scholar or expert in biblical doctrine. However, I do know that my encounter was real.) At times I felt like God took a baby’s bottle brush and just cleaned me on the inside. Words cannot describe how wonderful this experience was… for God, indeed, baptized me with His Holy Spirit. This was the beginning of my transformation journey of being ReDEFINED for His Glory, for He really desires to come and dwell in us. He even gave me a prayer language (Romans 8:26, Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20)
Since then, I have seen many others who were hungry just like me receive this precious gift. The details of their encounter may differ from mine, but it is a glorious and personal experience awaiting you.
The reason I am sharing the baptism with the Holy Spirit is because I did not know about it and this event changed my life for God. I wondered why no one ever shared this truth with me before. Why would you keep silent about such a precious life-changing gift? I suspect it was because many of these people didn’t know. Or maybe they were taught differently? Or they were afraid?
But Beautifully-Made Friends, I want to tell you… this is real and you will love it. If you want to talk more about this subject, feel free to contact me directly because I am confident that God desires to give you this gift and more.
Will you ask Him and believe?