When praying for someone to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, why is
it important to only follow Jesus' instructions through the Holy Spirit in
the process of doing it?
What happens when we act out of our own initiative in trying to lead
another person into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
EXPLAIN THAT JESUS
THE ONE WHO BAPTIZES US
IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
When someone comes to us to receive the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit, or asks us how to receive it, the first thing we need to explain to them
is that Jesus is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. As was quoted earlier,
John the Baptist states,
"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."
We need to explain to them that Jesus is the answer to their
need concerning this.
PRAY FOR THEM TO
RECEIVE IT IF THEY ASK YOU TO
Once you explain to them that Jesus is the answer to their
need, if they want you to pray for them, then explain to them, "Lets turn
to Jesus then in prayer." Ask Jesus to lead you in prayer for the
individual in the way He wants you to pray, then wait upon Jesus for that
instruction while worshiping and praising Him in Spirit and truth.
Once Jesus begins giving you instructions as to how to pray
or instruct the person concerning it, then do only what Jesus tells you to do in
prayer or instructs you to do toward the person. Jesus is their answer in this,
not you. By following Jesus’ instructions through prayer and His only, it will
result in the person’s focus being on Jesus and recognizing Jesus’ presence
in what you are praying or ministering. The end result will be they will leave
in peace knowing Jesus has met their need at present in the way that is best.
Do not under any circumstances minister to them out of your
own initiative or under any circumstances intimidate them by telling them they
do not have enough faith to believe Jesus for it. You are not qualified to make
this kind of judgment, only Jesus is. Anything that we do out of our own
initiative will only lead to religious-self-strife and self-condemnation, which
will lead to self-focus, the problem; not Jesus-focus, the solution. Only the
Holy Spirit can create life in a person. The flesh has no life in itself and
will never lead to life, only strife and confusion. The writer of Proverbs
states, "Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who
receive counsel is wisdom." (Prov 13:10). Jesus said, "Do not judge
according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24).
Who is qualified to judge us? Jesus said in John, ". . I
am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through
Me." (John 14:6). Only Jesus is a qualified judge concerning the answer to
anyone’s need, therefore we want to make sure that what we are doing in
relation to another person is only out of the instructions of Jesus through the
Holy Spirit. When what we do is out of Jesus’ initiative, life is ministered.
Because it is through the power of the Holy Spirit, love is also ministered and
it is received as such. When You minister to anyone this way, no matter what the
subject is, you leave the best witness possible and even if the person at that
moment is not ready to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you will have
provided the best possible foundation to prepare that person for when they do.
TELL THEM TO
TO DO IT
If, after you have prayed for them, nothing immediately
happens, tell them that Jesus has heard their prayer and is now in the process
of answering their need in His time and way. Then encourage them to just keep
thanking Jesus that He has heard their prayer and is in the process of answering
it in the way that He knows is best according to His unique purpose and plan for
If Jesus shows them a specific reason for why they are not
presently able to receive it, then encourage them to pray and ask Jesus to do
what ever needs to be done in that way so that they can be free to receive it
If you have prayed and asked Jesus to Baptize you in His Holy
Spirit, He has heard your prayer and is already creating the circumstances
necessary to bring you to that place of seeing it released in your life. Trust
Jesus in His time and way. He created us and knows his plans for our lives
individually, therefore He knows how best to bring us into it when it is best
for us and His kingdom.
If you have received it, great! Your understanding of its purpose and value
in your life is more greatly aided, hopefully, as a result of having read these
concepts. Keep reading on. More insight to come in knowing how best to relate to
Jesus in ministry outreach and release.
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