I think the first reason why people do not receive the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is because they are looking every where and to
everyone except Jesus to Baptize them in His Holy Spirit. Jesus said in the
Gospel of John, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. . . ." (John
14:6). Jesus is the way to all that is, not man, or a Church, or a theology.
Jesus said to the Jews whose focus was on the Law, "And you are unwilling
to come to Me, that you may have life." (John 5:40).
There was a reason for why God gave the Law to man, but it
was not for the purpose of salvation, but to cause us to recognize our need of
Jesus. Jesus is not saying there is not reason for the Law, and the Church,
etcetera; but only that if they were looking for life in these things first,
they would fail or fall short of the right answers to their needs. Jesus is life
and our source of life. Therefore He is the one we need to look to for the
answers to our needs. Then, if part of the answer to our need centers in a
Church or in the Law, He will then lead us to these avenues of His truth by His
Spirit. Jesus said, "It is the Spirit who creates-life; the flesh profits
nothing." This must be taken in the context of all that was said in Section
4 titled, "The Sanctifying Work of Jesus."
If you will remember in my testimony of how I received the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you will notice that at every point of doubt or
question I first looked to Jesus; then Jesus by His Holy Spirit led me to where
the answers to my questions were in a book, in the Bible, etcetera. If in
seeking Jesus about why you are not able to receive the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit, He shows you that this is the reason, that you are looking to the wrong
source, then His word to you is to give up your pursuit and turn to Him and ask
Him to answer your questions and bring you into it His way and then trust Him to
do it. God speaking through Isaiah said, "In repentance and rest you shall
be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength." (Is 30:15).
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). Jesus has a time for each of the individual details of our life. When
I first approached Jesus about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, it was nine
months later He gave it to me when it was His time for Me. It is His will that
you receive it, but trust Him to bring it about when it is best for you and His
If in seeking Him about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, He
shows you He has a time planned for you in it, then His word to you is Matthew
6:33, "But continually seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness; and
all these things shall be added to you." This simply means that He just
wants you to focus on what He is telling you to do with your life and trust Him
to bring you into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit according to His plan and
purpose for your life in His time.
So many times I have read books about people who say they
prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and did not receive it at that moment.
They then concluded that because it did not happen instantaneously or according
to their preconceived ideas of the way it is supposed to happen that therefore
it is not a valid experience. What these people are really saying is Jesus did
not do it the way they wanted it done. Jesus is Lord and not we ourselves. We
cannot dictate to Jesus how to run our lives. All that Jesus has for us is not
found in strife, but through resting in His Lordship. The writer of Hebrews
"For we who have believed enter that rest; just as He
has said, ‘As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,’ although
His works were finished from the foundation of the world. . . . and those who
formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience.
. . . Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through
following the same example of disobedience." (Heb 4:3, 6, 11).
The writer of Hebrews states in this passage that all that
Jesus has for us was already prepackaged before the foundation of the world.
This includes your salvation, wife or husband, education, ministry, and the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He says that the way we receive these things is by
entering into His Lordship over our lives. This simply means obeying whatever it
is at present that he is telling us to do and trusting Him to work out the
individual details of our lives concerning His will for our lives in His time
and in His way. Pat Robertson, founder of CBN and the "700 Club," said
about his experience in receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit after spending
many months striving trying to receive it,
"But things were growing tense at home again. Even
though Dede seemed to be in harmony with the things of God, she was having her
problems with those seeking the Baptism. I sensed it, in particular, whenever
the prayer group met at our apartment. Dick White and others who had received
the Baptism would begin praying and praising God, and the rest of us would join
in. There would arise a chorus of ‘praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Glory!’
Invariably, when things got loud, Dede would excuse herself, saying she had to
take care of one of the children. Only she never returned to the meetings.
"‘I enjoy the Bible study, Pat,’ she confessed, ‘but
I have other things to do than sit in that room all night praising the Lord. You
bring all these strange people into my home and then expect me to sit around and
shout with them. I just cannot do it.’
"‘Honey,’ I pleaded, ‘be patient with me. God is
pouring out His Spirit. He’s moving in a supernatural way and I must follow
"‘It’s not just that,’ Dede said. ‘You spend all
your time running around the city, and your children never even know they have a
father. Just because you never knew your father very well as a child is no
excuse for you not spending time with your children.’
"A week later, still smarting under the guilt that Dede
had poured out on me, I came home from school and found Tim running a high
"That evening, his temperature went up to 104 degrees
and by bedtime it was 105 degrees. His skin was burning hot and dry. He was
unconscious and having muscle spasms. Dede, who had tried unsuccessfully to get
a doctor, exclaimed, ‘We’ve got to do something! He’s on the verge of
"I fell on my knees. ‘God, do something.’
"Dede put Elizabeth to bed and then got on her knees
with me beside Tim. I laid my hands on Him and cried out again. While I was
pleading with God, it flashed into my mind what a lousy father I was. How
imperfect my love toward this little boy! As these thoughts flooded my mind, I
was suddenly aware of how much God loved him. I was trying to get God to do
something for my son, pleading with him to love him, while all the time he loved
him far more than I ever could.
"So, Instead of begging anymore, I just consciously
lifted Tim up to the Lord. I gave him back to God. Suddenly I was aware of the
love of God enfolding him, and the power of God going through him. He opened his
eyes and murmured, ‘Daddy, I gotta go to the bathroom.’
"He came back to his bed perspiring. I knew the fever
had broken, and the healing was taking place.
"‘Thank you, Jesus,’ I began to weep. ‘Oh, thank
you.’ I gradually realized I didn’t have to ask him for anything. I could
never, in a thousand lifetimes, talk him into anything that he didn’t want to
do. And there was no need to try anyway. he loved me—and Tim—with a perfect
love. That was why He healed Tim. I felt waves of love flow over me as I began
to give praise to Jesus. ‘Praise your Holy name!’ I shouted. ‘Praise you,
"It was in this moment that I became aware my speech was
garbled. I was speaking in another language. Something deep within me had been
given a voice, and the Holy Spirit had supplied the words. I was aware of the
sounds, but they were not of my own creation. It sounded like some kind of
African dialect, and the flow of words continued on for five minutes or more.
"Finally it subsided, and I was once again aware of Dede’s
presence in the room. She was sitting on the edge of the sofa bed, watching me,
I lowered my hands and looked at her. She was wide-eyed.
"‘How long has this been going on?’
"‘What do you mean?’ I answered.
"‘Praying in tongues.’
"‘I just started. This was the first time.’
"I sat down beside her, and she reached over and gently
took my hand. I felt a joining in the Spirit I hadn’t felt in a long time.
Softly she said, ‘You remember I said you didn’t need to go running around
all over the city seeking; I told you that God would give you the Baptism right
here in your own living room.’
"She was right. He had.8/48-50