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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 6, Chapter 2

How to Receive the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Chapter Illustration

Study Questions:
  1. Who do we go to to get Baptized in the Holy Spirit?
  2. If you go to Jesus and ask Him to Baptize you in the Holy Spirit and nothing happens immediately, what does this mean?
  3. Why is it that many people who pray to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit never receive it?

FIRST STEP, BELIEVING JESUS HAS IT FOR YOU

The writer of Hebrews states, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." (Heb 11:6). The first step to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is coming to a clear Biblical, intellectual understanding and belief that Jesus has it for you and wants you to have it. In the first verse of this same chapter the writer of Hebrews states, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Heb 11:1). Notice that it says, ". . . the assurance25 of things-hoped-for26." Assurance gives the implication of a quiet restful knowing without a shadow of a doubt Jesus has it for you and wants to give it to you. Secondly, the writer of Hebrews states that faith is ". . . the conviction27 of things not seen." When you have a conviction about something, it is what you are. That is, no one can change your mind about it and it effects everything you do and say. If you are going to Jesus to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to see if it is real, it is not a conviction. You are testing Jesus. You are not believing Him to give it to you. The writer of Hebrews says that you must believe beforehand that Jesus already has it for you and that because you are completely convinced He wants it for you, He will give it to you when you ask. James states that when we ask God for something,

"But let him ask in faith without any doubting; for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-souled man, unstable in all his ways." (James 1:6-8).

If you are not at a place of being fully assured that Jesus has this anointing for you personally, that is okay. Do not be intimidated by this. If you have doubts at present, that is okay. Jesus wants you to understand intelligently what you are asking for; and if you still have doubts, that simply means you probably need more time for Jesus to make it more sure.

Understand that having doubts does not mean that you do not have faith. Honest doubts lead to honest faith. The Apostle Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:10-11,

"Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you."

Remember also that faith is a knowing that you will have what you ask for. This is because faith is a gift from God, not something you conjure up. If you still presently have doubts, that is, a lack of present knowing faith to believe Jesus has this for you, then ask Jesus to minister to you through His Word in such away that all doubt will be removed so that you can come to Him with an honest heart full of faith so that you can receive it in love. This is what He did for me.

Remember, Jesus does not want you to do anything out of fear. Do not pursue the Baptism of the Holy Spirit out of fear. Your doubts are probably just Jesus’ way of saying to you He is not ready to move you into this yet, not because your not spiritual enough, just simply because it may not be His time. The Psalmist David said, "But as for me, I trust in You, O Yehovah, I say, ‘You are my Elohim.’ My times are in your Hand." (Ps 31:14-15). God has a perfect time for you to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was nine months after I asked Jesus to Baptize me in the Holy Spirit that I received it. During that nine months, Jesus was convincing me Biblically of its validity. When I finally did receive it as a result of asking Him for it, I received it because I had no doubt I would not.

SECOND STEP, LOOKING TO JESUS
TO BRING YOU INTO THE
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

When You are ready to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and believe that Jesus has it for you, how do you go about receiving it? John the Baptist said in the Gospel of Matthew about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,

"As for me, I baptize you in water for repentance; but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not even fit to remove His sandals; He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matt 3:11).

In John the Baptist’s day, if a person wanted to be baptized in water for repentance, which is different from water baptism in Jesus’ name after the cross, he would go to John the baptist and John would baptize the individual in water as evidence that God was cleansing and forgiving them of their sins. Jesus Himself went to John the Baptist to be baptized in water. But when it comes to being Baptized in the Holy Spirit, John tells us that Jesus is the one we are to go to.

We go to Jesus to get Baptized in the Holy Spirit, not to men, churches, meetings, etcetera. This does not mean that it cannot happen through the agency of men, a Church, or in a Bible study. It simply means that Jesus is the answer to our needs and John the Baptist specifically tells us that Jesus is the one who Baptizes us in His Holy Spirit, so we go to him first to receive it. If you are at a place of believing and knowing Jesus has it for you or want Jesus to bring you to that place, then no matter where you are at, pray this simple prayer,

Jesus, Baptize me in your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the answer to this prayer in Your name, amen.

THIRD STEP, TRUSTING JESUS
TO DO IT HIS WAY AND IN HIS TIME

If you just prayed the prayer above and immediately experienced the release of your prayer language as one of the physical manifestations of the reality of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, great! You have just received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you just prayed this prayer and did not see an immediate reality of it, it does not mean Jesus did not hear your prayer. Jesus did hear your prayer and He is wanting you to now trust Him to bring it about in His time and in his way. This is what the writer of Hebrews is talking about when he says, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." The conviction of things not seen meaning you know Jesus has heard your prayer and is going to work it out in His time and way and in the mean time you are thanking Him that He has heard your prayer and is in the process of answering it.

Jesus has a unique purpose and plan for your life. This includes the way He wants you to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but that is His problem. Your part was asking Him for it. It is now His job to bring you into it.

*Personal Experience

Many times in books I have read a person’s story about how they prayed and asked God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and did not receive it. The one element I find in all these stories is that beforehand they had determined how they were supposed to receive it. They put God into a box and convinced themselves that if it did not happen this way it was not a valid anointing of God. We cannot put Jesus into a box and tell Him how things are supposed to happen in our walk with Him. These people were not coming to Jesus in faith believing Him for it. They were telling Jesus how it was supposed to happen in their lives so that when it did not, they could tell others, "See! I prayed for and did not receive it. Therefore, it is not legitimate." They really never had any faith that Jesus had it for them in the first place, the first important step in being able to receive it. They only went through the motions to convince you that their argument is valid: that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues is not a valid Biblical teaching.

Once we have acknowledged His Lordship by opening ourselves up to Him through the prayer above to be Baptized by Him in the Holy Spirit, we must then acknowledge Him as Lord as to how he wants to work this out in our lives. In my case, when I asked Jesus to Baptize me in the Holy Spirit, Jesus did not actually Baptize me in the Holy Spirit until nine months later in His time and way. When He did Baptize me in His Holy Spirit He chose to do it through the agency of two people that were close friends of mine. The reason Jesus waited until nine months later was because He wanted me to know what I was getting into intelligently, Biblically.

*My Friend Daeyoung Roh’s Experience

In another brother’s case by the name of Daeyoung Roh, whom I met at Oral Roberts University while attending their, he became convinced of the validity of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as a result of reading two articles I had written on the subject. About three weeks after He had read the articles, he had a Jesus’ inspired dream. In this dream Jesus spoke to him and told him, "One o’clock tomorrow." He told me when he woke up, he knew it was referring to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He also told me he had it all figured out how it was going to happen. This was the human factor, flesh, trying to enter in. The day after his dream was Chapel day at Oral Roberts University. Chapel was from 12:00 to 12:50 P.M. Before chapel Dave planned that when chapel was over he would go up to Bob Stamps, the chaplain of ORU at that time, and have him pray for him and he would get Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Only, when chapel was over Jesus did Baptize Dave in the Holy Spirit, but not the way he had planed it in the flesh. Zechariah the prophet states, ". . . ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts." (Zechariah 4:6).

As soon as chapel was over, Dave went up to Pastor Stamps to see if he would talk with him. Pastor Stamps told Dave that He had an appointment at one o’clock and that the soonest he would be free would be three o’clock. At this point Dave began to think it was only a dream, and it could have been, except as he was walking out, this person he had never met began talking to him. After a minute or two this person asked Dave if he had been Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Dave of course replied, "No." The man then asked Dave if he could pray for him. Dave replied "Yes." With that they went into a room, the man prayed for Dave, and at one o’clock Dave received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and began praying in his prayer language. "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass." (1 Thess 5:24).

*My Friend Janet Rudell’s Experience

In a sister’s case, whom I had led to the Lord years earlier, Janet woke up in the middle of the night praising and exalting God and praying in a different language other than her own. We cannot put God into a box, nor can we force Him to respond to our time table. The Apostles could not. They had to wait ten days after Jesus’ ascension and promise to them that He was going to Baptize them in the Holy Spirit.

Let us not put Jesus in a box or time table, but allow Him to deal with our lives in His time and in His way. "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Heb 11:1). "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." (Heb 11:6). If it has not happened yet, then Jesus is just wanting you to trust Him to bring it about in His time and way. This is what it means to walk in the Spirit. As Jesus put it in the Gospel of John,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." (Jn 5:19)

Jesus waited for the Father to lead Him into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was approximately 30 years old when the Father led Him into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to us recorded in the Gospel of John, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (Jn 20:21). I do not believe Jesus wants us to wait thirty years to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit, but He does want us to give Him the freedom to do it the way He wants to do it individually in our lives and in the time He believes is best for us individually.

What Jesus does want you to do is keep looking to Him (Heb 12:1-2, 1 Pet 5:7) and trusting Him that He will bring it to pass as you continue to believe Him for it.18

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