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What Is The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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1 – How to Receive The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

2 – What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

3 – The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit

In this article, I will show you exactly what this gift of Baptism of the Holy Spirit is and how to properly receive it. Many have tried to receive this gift at an altar call at their local churches, but they have failed to receive it.

They then walk away thinking that maybe there was something wrong with them or they were not worthy enough to receive this gift from the Lord.

I believe the number one reason why some Christians do not properly receive this gift when they try the above approach is because they have not been properly prepared to receive it.

To really receive this gift the first time you try asking and pressing in for it, you have to know exactly what it is you are receiving, and then you have to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been properly done, then it becomes very easy to receive this gift the first time you ask and press in for it.

This is a gift that God wants all of His children to have, just like His gift of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

I will first start off by explaining exactly what this gift is, and then I will show you how to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been done, I will then show you exactly how to receive it once you are ready for it.

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The first thing that you will need to know is exactly what this gift is. The Bible tells us that we will all receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord. The Bible also tells us that we are sealed” with the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

So if we have already received the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what is this “second” baptism of the Holy Spirit that the charismatics are talking about? The Bible tells us that there is only one baptism.

To fully understand what is meant by the baptism of the Holy Spirit – you have to know what the difference is between your body, soul, and spirit. The Bible tells us that we have three distinct parts to our being – body, soul, and spirit. Here is the verse specifically telling us this:

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Your body is your natural, physical, flesh body. Your soul is located on the inside of your body. Your soul is who you really are. It is your total personality – it is your mind, will, emotions, and intellect. Your soul is spirit in form, which means it cannot be seen by any natural means. It is completely invisible to the naked eye.

On the inside of your soul is your spirit. The Bible refers to our human spirit as being our “innermost being.” I believe another word for our human spirit is “heart.” When people refer to having had a broken heart in a romantic relationship that has been dissolved, a broken heart is really a “wounded spirit.”

I also believe Jesus gives us a clue as to where our human spirits may be located at in our beings in the following verse. The New King James Version uses the word“heart”, but the Original King James Version uses the word “belly.”

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart (BELLY) will flow rivers of living water.

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38)

When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into our human spirits. Our spirits are thus baptized with His actual presence at the exact moment of our salvation with the Lord. This is the baptism that the Bible is talking about when it says that there is only one baptism.

However, what the charismatics are referring to is a second experience where the Holy Spirit now comes up and enters into your soul.

Your spirit has already been baptized with the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation with the Lord, but now God wants to take it one step further. He now wants to baptize your soul with his Holy Spirit.

Another word that can be used for the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit where He will now enter your soul area is the “release” of the Holy Spirit into your soul. The Holy Spirit will release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul.

I believe this is what Paul was referring to when he commands us to be “filled with the Spirit.” If our spirits are already filled up with the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what else needs to be filled up? It is our souls.

When you have received the second gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are now considered “Spirit-filled.” Both your spirit and your soul are now filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus tells us in the above verse that out of our “belly” will flow rivers of living water, I believe that He may be telling us that our human spirits are located in our belly areas.

For those of you who have ever felt any kind of heart pain in a broken love relationship – if you will recall, the pain you were feeling was in your belly area. It feels like there is a knife on the inside of your belly area just tearing you up. Again, a broken heart is really a wounded spirit, and when your heart or spirit has been wounded and hurt, you will literally feel physical pain in your belly area.

1. The House Analogy

Another way to try to understand all of the above is what I call the house analogy. When you buy a house, you will get two things – the house, and the front and back yards. The analogy is that your house is your soul, and your front yard is your spirit.

When you receive God’s free gift of salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into your front and back yards, which is your human spirit. However, He now wants to go one step further and come into your actual house, which is your soul area.

Why? Because this is where you really live at. You spend most of your time in the house as versus being outside in the front and back yards. Jesus says in the following verse:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

I believe Jesus is not only telling us that He is literally going to come into our human spirits at the moment of our salvation with Him, but that He can also enter into our souls through the Holy Spirit. Even though Jesus is in heaven, He now lives on the inside of us “through” the Holy Spirit.

Just as Jesus is living on the inside of us and making contact with us through the Holy Spirit, we likewise can make direct contact with both Him and God the Father through the Holy Spirit. It is “by, in, and through” the Holy Spirit that we have direct access to both God and Jesus who live and dwell in heaven. Here are several good Scripture verses proving the above points:

a) This first verse tells us that the Holy Spirit literally lives on the inside of each of us.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

b) Now that we know that the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of each of us, and that both God and Jesus live in heaven – watch how we make direct contact with both God and Jesus in heaven, which is through the Holy Spirit:

  1. “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
  2. “And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:24)

These two verses specifically tell us that we can make direct contact with both God and Jesus who live in heaven “by the Spirit.” The second verse tells us that Jesus literally lives and abides in us “by the Spirit.”

2. The Telephone Cord Analogy

Another analogy to fully understand how we can make direct contact with God and Jesus in heaven through the Holy Spirit is what I call the telephone cord analogy. We can pick up a telephone and call someone 800 miles away.

Even though that person is physically far away from us, we can still hear their voice as if they were only two inches from our ears. It’s as if that person is literally in our actual presence.

It is the same way with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.Even though God and Jesus dwell in heaven and do not live on this earth, we can still make direct contact with the both of Them through the Holy Spirit.

It is by, in, and through the Holy Spirit that we can make direct contact with the both of Them – the same way we can make direct contact and talk to someone else 800 miles away because of the telephone wires that will connect us to the person that we are talking to.

The Holy Spirit is like the telephone wire that enables us to connect to and make contact with both God and Jesus in heaven. We can talk directly to God and Jesus as a result of having the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, and both God and Jesus can also talk directly to us through the Holy Spirit as well.

Once the Holy Spirit comes up and enters into your soul as a result of having received this gift – you will be able to hear God much better and much clearer because the Holy Spirit has now moved up into where you really live at – your soul. This is why this gift is so important for all Christians to have.

I will end this article with all of the incredible benefits and blessings that you can expect to receive if you decide you want to receive this gift.

These benefits and blessings are extremely powerful and life changing, and they will all completely change and transform the quality of your life.

3. Final Note

If you have not been able to receive this gift at an altar call at your church, here is a very simple 5 step process that you can take that will help you to be able to properly receive this gift from the Lord. However, before I go into each one of these five steps and exactly what they will entail, I would like to state one more thing before leading you into this gift.

In my opinion, this gift is the second greatest gift that you can receive this side of heaven. The first greatest gift is the gift of eternal salvation – where you accept and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

There is no greater gift than this one. With this gift you are truly born again into the kingdom of God and you will go straight to heaven when you die and cross over. This gift now gives you true eternal life with the Lord.

However, I believe that receiving the baptism or release of the Holy Spirit to come into your soul is the second greatest gift that anyone can receive while living down here on this earth. Just stop and think for a minute what is really happening when you do receive this gift.

You receive the Holy Spirit into your human spirit when you get saved. However, this gift will now take you one step further.

This gift will now allow the Holy Spirit to release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul. Your soul is who you really are. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He is God and Lord Himself.

Once the Holy Spirit releases to come up into your soul, you are going to be as close to Him, God, and Jesus as you possibly can get while living down here on this earth.

Through the Holy Spirit, you will have direct access, a direct connection to both God and Jesus in heaven.

This gift is just going to bring you that much closer to the Three of Them due to the fact that He will now be residing with you up in your soul area.

You will be truly Spirit-filled when this happens.

For some Christians, this may be a bit too scary. Many Christians are afraid of God and they would prefer to keep Him at a safe distance. This gift is really only for the true seekers.

This gift is only for the those who are willing to completely lay down and fully surrender every area of their lives over to God the Father for whatever His purposes and plans are going to be for their lives.

For those of you who do have this fear of God for whatever reason, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt, that there is absolutely nothing to fear about either God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

Once you really make direct contact with the three of Them, once you really feel Their perfect and unconditional love that They really have for you, any fears that you may have had in the past will completely melt away.

God will perfectly and gently handle you at your present level of spiritual development with Him if you decide that you do want to take this bold step and receive this gift. God will gradually work Himself and all of His ways into you so as not to scare you or overwhelm you.

Remember – since God is totally perfect in His very nature and in all of His ways, this means you can completely and totally trust Him to perfectly handle you in your own personal relationship with Him. He has nothing but your best interests at heart.

I will break this article into the next 3 sections and then end with my conclusion.

1 – How to Receive The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

2 – What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

3 – The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit


If you will really chew and meditate on all of the above benefits and blessings, you will see that they will dramatically change and transform the quality of your life. This is why I say this gift is the second greatest gift that God can give you down here on this earth!

With this gift, God will become much more active in your daily life and will start to supernaturally show Himself to you in a wide variety of ways.

This gift is a major door opener that will take you from the dugout out onto the real playing field where the real walk with the Lord is at.

I will be doing more articles in the future going into much more detail on some of the items listed above.

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  1. Keith Lehman says:

    I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit when I was going to an Open Bible church in Spokane, Washington. One Sunday morning I came into the sanctuary and could feel the presence of God coming down from the ceiling of the church. God’s Spirit moved mightily that morning and I began to be filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues and for several hours after I felt like I was walking about 6 feet off the ground. God does have this blessing for Christians. At the time I had never even known anything about this, because I was raised in a Southern Baptist church. At this time I had been praying a lot and seeking God but I didn’t ask for this blessing, Jesus just blessed me with it. His love is so almighty and full !!

  2. Mark N says:

    Interesting article – Leaves fodder for my seminary paper on misconceptions of the same topic. I will cite it liberally. I have many biblical corrections to make but only one at this time. Folks often quote Ephesians 5:13 about the need to be filled by the Holy Spirit as if we are a vessel that can be drained of the same. The Greek word “filled” means to be controlled – as a sail is controlled (filled) by the wind or “permeated” as in flavoring (my steak will be filled with flavoring). It DOES NOT imply a physical or soul filling – what an abomination of Watchman Nee’s teaching. The pentecostal church of today (read Nazarene, UPC, Church of Christ, Church of God, Disciples of Christ, Apostolic and many more) for some extra-biblical reason, seek a second spiritual experience. Paul in Galatians 1:8 called this teaching Anathema – look it up.

  3. Kristy says:

    Thank you so much for explaining this so well. I had just read in Acts today about being baptized in the Holy Spirit and heard other preachers preach on it and I was confused since I receive the Holy Spirit when I was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. No I understand this so much better He fills our souls. Thank you for taking the time to articulate this so well.

  4. Jennett says:

    See, virtually everyone I know that speaks in tongues believes that tongues is the ONLY evidence of having been baptized by the HS. And that’s just not true !

    • Justus mutie says:

      It is true that the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.

  5. Monica says:

    let me first just start off by saying that this page has helped me immensely with different questions i’ve had on my mind. i’ve grown up in the Pentecostal church and now that i’m older, i’m making my own decisions. i have gone to Pentecostal church camp and revival and absolutely love it! there’s been crazy chains broken for me and i believed that i had spoken in tounges. i even felt that the Lord revealed my calling for the future to me. but i’ve made some terrible mistakes since then and now have started doubting my faith and if any of this stuff is even real. i still have faith that there is a God, but i’m just not sure about the rest… i want to but there are just so many different opinions. i’d really appreciate a response to get some more questions answered one on one. if u can’t get back to me, i just ask that you would pray for me. i’m trying to change but i’ve just had so many questions lately and really need some guidance. i feel like i’ve just kidded myself into thinking the things i WANT to hear God say are true… i guess what i need is just someone to talk to, or like i said, just prayer. thank you in advance 🙂 God bless and thank you for all the things you do here!

  6. stege says:

    Baptism now saves us as in 1 Peter 3:21. Paul baptized others in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins in Acts 2:38. As far as obtaining the Holy Spirit, one does have it after baptism as per Jesus in Matthew 3;12-16. The gift of the Holy Ghost is another portion that comes with tongues as per 1 Cor. 12. Salvation does not come by unknown or other tongues but by belief manifested in the grace of God given as by Mark 16:15-17; James 2:15-26; Eph. 2:8-10. If one must speak in tongues to be saved, and Jesus only got baptized- our perfect example and high priest – then why didn’t He do it? Obviously the signs include healing. If one does become born again of the water baptism and subsequent infill of the Holy Ghost, and don’t get healed as one of the signs, are they going to hell? No. Because the apostles received the holy spirit and not a promise of it in the book of John. The obtained another portion in Acts 2. Just because Parham the Pentecostal received the holy ghost first before baptism in Jesus name, nobody in the scriptures is required yo speak in unknown tongues but new tongues. They say no more four letter words but speak his praise. Tradition never needs to triumph truth. No apostle ever required anyone to speak in tongues to prove salvation. That’s a lie.

  7. Jeryn says:

    Unfortunately, this information is incorrect. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God, yes, it is an indwelling (it lives inside of you), and no, you don’t get it the second you get saved.

    The disciples went to a town where the people were saved and asked them “Did you recieve the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They said, “No, we didn’t even know there was a Holy Spirit!” (Acts 19:2) How could they have recieved the Spirit the minute they got saved if they didn’t even know it existed yet? The evidence of recieving the Spirit is speaking in other tounges. See:
    While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

    They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

    3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

    “John’s baptism,” they replied.

    4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.

    So, the evidence for recieving the Spirit is speaking in tounges. Many people bought into the “you recieve it as soon as you get saved” philosophy, but this is misleading.

    So if you don’t have it yet, does that mean God loves you any less? No! You’re a Christian just as any other.
    Recieving the Holy Spirit is the natrual progression of your faith. It’s like dating (salvation), getting engaged (baptism) and getting married (recieve the Holy Spirit).

    Usually “charismatic” Christians will have long alter prayers while you try to “get filled” with the Holy Spirit. This is not what took place in the Bible. But if you are seeking the Holy Spirit, it is good to get with other believers and pray to recieve it. It may not happen the first time you ask. Every person is different, for me it took three attempts during prayer at church. There is no secret formula. God loves you and he wants you to have His Spirit! It’s a beautiful gift, and in my experience we usually don’t recieve it right away because we still have hinderances or things we are dealing with internally. Sometimes its hinderances in the people or place we are in. Sometimes people recieve it and they weren’t even asking for it! It is God’s gift, and he will give it when he sees fit. One thing is for sure though, the Spirit is promised to you as a Christian so you will recieve it eventually if you desire it!
    This is the secondary baptism – there’s water baptism, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is what John the Baptist was speaking of when he said “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” Mark 1:8.
    The Corinthians scripture was Paul speaking to Spirit-filled believers, that is why he said “Don’t you know you’re the temple of the Holy Spirit?”
    Another example of the baptism or recieving of the Holy Spirit is when the angel notified Mary that the Holy Spirit would “overshadow” or overtake her and shape Jesus within her womb. (Luke 1:35)

    DO NOT feel bad if you don’t have the Holy Spirit yet. If you are earnestly seeking God for it, he will come to abide in you. God LOVES you. Jesus gave up HIS Spirit on the cross so you could have it. This is what the Holy Spirit is: the very presence of God. It is our telephone cord, as the author states – it also fills up our empty house once we have been saved (cleaned up). It produces the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, comforts us, heals, works miracles, gives us joy and peace.

    Speaking in tounges is a gift of God as well, and a lot of people only speak in tounges once (when they recieve the Spirit) and never do again. So don’t feel bad if you can’t. But know that it is evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit, and it is a gift that you can have if you ask God for it.

    Jesus wouldn’t be a very good defense attorney for us if he didn’t provide us with some definite evidence that we have recieved his Spirit! That is what speaking in tongues is. And along with that some people experience crying, shaking, rolling, passing out, etc. I personally have only ever spoken in tounges and cried. I’ve also experienced the sensation of overwhelming joy – that was a fruit of the Spirit I immediately recieved when I recieved the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    This is a really confusing issue for a lot of people – I have been to churches of a few different denominations and they all have different opinions about it. But this is what I have learned through study of the scriptures – it is plain and clear. I hope this helps you. 🙂

    Also, if you want to read more about the Holy Spirit and what it does, check out Acts chapter 2 and so on!

  8. mimisprecious2jesus says:

    I find this quote a bit disturbing. “There is no greater gift than this one. With this gift you are truly born again into the kingdom of God and you will go straight to heaven when you die and cross over. This gift now gives you true eternal life with the Lord.” This is not biblical, there is no where on the bible where it says you will go directly to heaven, it does say that if you are “in Christ Jesus when He comes in the clouds of heaven and every eye shall see him, the dead in Christ will rise first to meet him then all of us…..”

    I do agree we must make our “hearts” ready to receive the Holy Spirit. Christ promised another comforter who would teach us, guide us. Christ breathed on the disciples and said receive ye the Holy Spirit before he ascended, but it was not until they were all in one accord, until they had humbled their hearts, until in faith they had prayed and understood the gift of the Holy Spirit was to bring others into the kingdom that they received it fully.

  9. patricia v. Beduya says:

    When i recieved the Holy Spirit of God i was really slain. I feel trembled and my self was shaked. It was unexplainable moments in my life. And i will never forget it that moment. That,s the moment when i accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior. When i,m baptize with water i,m completely deffirent.

  10. Tina Nassif says:

    Can you do me a favor and pray that the Lord helps me get a water baptism, and can you also pray that I get the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Prayer is powerful and I would really love it if I could get some extra prayer from a dear brother or sister. Can you also pray that God continues to call my family because I want them to get saved too. Thank you and God bless <3

  11. Patricia v Beduya says:

    Thank you so much for the glorious explanation about the Holy Spirit how will work through me who thrist in seeking God,s dweling Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you, “May God bless you and family.”

    In Christ,

  12. Gary Christensen says:

    a few years back I have a powerful refilling of the Spirit. That’s what I called it at the time. I knew it was something more..something greater than what I already received..when I received Christ as my savior. But I didn’t know what it was called. I read in Mark, chapter 8, verse42 about Jesus touching a blind man 2 times. So I called what I had received simply a second touch. Now I know what its called! Thank you for this article. I am in the process of writing my second book which is titled..Two Kings within one heart. And for me that’s what it was like.. lstening to 2 Kings within me. 1 King pulling me in one direction.. and the other King wishing me to go his way. Just as in the Old Testament story of Saul and David.. fighting for the right to be king. Before David could rule.. Saul had to die and like Saul.. we must die to self or to the flesh .. before Jesus can rule in our hearts.

  13. alfred U says:

    Thank you very much for this article. it really has cleared so many issues i was having, and the way you explained everything, so easy to understand.
    i have a question as regards the baptism of the holyspirit. During the confession session with the lord, the sins you really do not have any knowledge about, how does one go about that?
    Thanks once more, may the Lord grant you strength to run this christain and finish well, Amen.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Alfred, regarding your question about how to confess sins we aren’t aware of, just a simple, Lord, please forgive me for any and all sins that I am not aware and I ask the Holy Spirit to start to reveal these sins to me.

  14. SR Hallenbeck says:

    Author: Robert Foster
    Comment: I to attempted to be baptized several years ago. I did not feel anything, and was worried that God did not want me. I still continued to say my prayers, hoping someday things would change for me, and they are. I will soon be making another chance of feeling the affects of having received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Gods forgiveness. I do believe that he is my heavenly father, and he loves me as his child here on earth, and by that fact I am not afraid of him. I pray for his blessings, and help. In Reply: I believe you and thank you for study and honesty. One thing that we should consider is this, in our baptism [or any other action of faith] was it scriptural. It sounds like to me that you got dipped into the titles of God. I felt an immediate difference when I got baptized into his name of Jesus. Acts 2:38-22:16, Romans 6:3-5, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 3:17, Titus 3:5 and a host of other scriptures mention the need for the name of Jesus to be used in all – to include our baptism. only one scripture misused by some mention the father (whose name is Jesus – John 5:43) and the son (who was called Jesus in Matt. 1:21) and the Holy Ghost (who was only sent in jesus’ name in John 14:26). This is unscriptural. We must two or three witnesses for all things said Jesus in Matt 16:18, Paul in 2 Cor 13:1 and Moses in Deut 17:6. One scripture wonders bring about false doctrines. Ask the mormons why the abues 1 Cor 15:29-33 to baptize for the dead! We know all the apostles baptized only in Jesus’ name (See Acts 2:38; 8:12-16; 10:48; 19:5, ect) to include Matthew himself. Who to believe? Jesus and His apostles> Yes, see Eph 2:20. Or a changed gospel message that’s cursed > no. see Gal 1:6-12. I challenge you to obey every word of God as per matthew 4:4 and become baptized because of belief in Jesus’ name and feel, see and know the difference between life (only in Jesus) and death (the titles). Peace.

  15. Robert Foster says:

    I to attempted to be baptized several years ago. I did not feel anything, and was worried that God did not want me. I still continued to say my prayers, hoping someday things would change for me, and they are. I will soon be making another chance of feeling the affects of having received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Gods forgiveness. I do believe that he is my heavenly father, and he loves me as his child here on earth, and by that fact I am not afraid of him. I pray for his blessings, and help.

  16. Matthew Chibwesha says:

    Thank you very much to you all who have added significant value to the Topic thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, for it has answer my prayer and question about the Holy Spirit. May the Good God of Love and Mercy Bless you all in Jesus Christ.
    Last nyt as I went to bed I prayed to the almight and asked that the Holy Spirit would visit me in my sleep, that very night when I was asleep I dreamt that I was praying more like praising the almight God in my room while kneeling and I also was speaking toungs but I have never spoken in toungs. Is there someone with an interpretation?

  17. Kentrell Fair says:

    Outstanding Article!!!! I have been so confused, there is so many misunderstandings about the Holy Spirit. This is so organized and true to the point, I thnk You maam.

  18. Pauline says:

    I very much want to thank you for this 4 parter. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and found it very enlightening. We were told those who want to receive the Holy Spirit will be invited to do so next Sunday13 Jan 2013. I had all sorts of questions iny head, how to prepare for it? am I ready to receive it? does God think me ready? how will I know? If I do receive the HS, can I handle living/working with HS or being fully guided by him? My true Christian journey started 18 months ago & my my God has revealed & taught me soooo much about him & having an into meant relationship with him and my ‘neighbours’. So I will ask him tontake me to the next step firward. Your article has explained & answere all my questions. I have shared with others. Thank you. Pauline

  19. Ugo says:

    Wow. This is a fantastic piece and exactly what I have been looking for. I was so taken while reading it, I can count the number of times I blinked. Thank you so much for publishing this and I thank my God in Heaven for revealing this to me. I will begin meditating on it and start the preparation to receive the Spirit. Glory be to God!!!

  20. Harmony says:

    I had no knowledge prior to this reading. I did things the wrong way round. Baptised with no deep confession of sins. But now I know and will be confessing , renouncing then asking for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because I desire a real relationship with the Godhead I also need guidance in my life as I cannot do it by myself, at th emoment I have no real direction and nothing to look forward to, in my own eyes!
    I have never read anything like this before, and I have searched and read other articles. The explanation is very simple to understand and it’s written with care, tenderness and love. No big fancy words. I love it. I cried in agreement and felt elevated at the same time, especially when I realised that the things of the world were still present in my soul and I need to clear them out in order for the Holy Spirit to reside in the house and not on the lawn. Thank you, Thank you Thank you In Jesus name. I appreciate your article. This is a Good day for me. I will keep you informed.

  21. Linoska says:

    i want to thank you for this article and specially now that I’ve been baptized by the holy spirit. i feel renewed and with a desired to learn more about God. i feel different. this is amazing its amazing.

  22. etienne burger says:

    I would like to know where is the person who has really been baptized by the H/S power and fire, who subsequently prays for amputated arms to grow on and it actually happens, raises the dead like Smith Wigglesworth, clears out hospitals the way Jesus would, who’s shadow heals the sick like Peter etc in the STREETS, not in some miracle crusade. The B.O.T.H.S without the power manifestations is not the baptism at all. People talk about the Baptism but if you really add things up, like no fruit, wrong theology then they’re not made of much, they are fake. When the Holy Spirit comes He will guide you into all truth, that also means He will tell you to throw away all your new age perversions like the NKJV, NIV, TEV,NASV,ESV and read the Holy Bible, The Perfectly Preserved Word of God, THE KJB and live a Holy life. What puzzles me is these TBN preachers who claim to have received the baptism of the H/S produce none of these miracles in the streets, give false prophesies, tell people how wealthy they will be If they sowed money into their ministries etc which makes me wonder if they are really baptized in the H/S.


    Thank you so much for your deep teaching on the ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit’.You have stated that the gift of speaking in tongue is not the only evidence for having the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I agree with you.Now my question:If a believer does not have this gift then how the Holy Spirit will pray through him|her according to Romans 8:26 and Ephesians 6:18 ?My second question:What is the difference between when the Holy Spirit comes in a believer’s sprit and soul?Can a saved person not lead a christian life without having the Holy Spirit in his|her soul?

  24. Toni Osai says:

    Reading this article has opened up a need in me for a deeper relationship with God. Being born again is such a great feeling and I know the second Baptism would be much sweeter. May God continue to work great things through you Mike.

  25. Sabrina Belance says:

    Thank For This Amazing Article.. 🙂
    I’m A 15 Year Old Girl That Got Baptized And I Felt Like The Holy Spirit Is Been Living In Me Ever Sence April 28,2012
    I’m So Happy And Continue Praying For Me Brothers And Sisters And May The Lord Continue To Bless You All. <3

  26. Mark says:

    Alex, I wanted to address your concerns. First, it IS pretty AWESOME to be able to speak with our CREATOR, isn’t it? I think many times we forget or don’t realize the gravity of this pleasure and blessing. Often we take it for granted. Remember that HE loves us no matter our sins or flaws, and can always come into our broken nature and mend and heal us.

    In so far as urges, I think the best thing to do with this is to pray on it, “UNCEASINGLY”… Remember that as we turn focus to HIM, that His healing power comes into our circumstances more. For me, I must share that I recently conquered a sin that had been part of me for HALF of my life. I prayed of course, but I found the most help actually in one particular scripture, my first memorized scripture, and it EMPOWERED me, 2nd Corinthians 12: 9 and 10… “My GRACE is ALL you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”….

    This, if you realize WHAT is being said, is SO powerful. Also, though, I wouldn’t skip the part of casting out demonic presence out loud. If you feel that satan or his demons are around you, first remember that the very NAME of JESUS CHRIST out loud holds POWER and AUTHORITY. Demons or satan cannot hear or infiltrate our thoughts, those are strictly between us and our LORD. The can only hear or see what is going on. So, they can see what I am writing here, and I am okay with that, because they already KNOW WHO I AM FOR, that I am for JESUS, period.

    Don’t be afraid to acknowledge and proclaim this out loud. Demons and satan will flee when they realize they have no power, no legal rights inside or outside our bodies, and will not want to waste their time when you boldly say this out loud. CHRIST gives us power and authority IN HIM. Use it. As you step out in FAITH, His GRACE will envelop you.

    These urges will be addressed, but even if you continue to falter, simply acknowledging your limitations and NEEDING JESUS changes the whole thing. That is my suggestion Alex. I hope it helps you and that The Lord truly Christens you as REBORN. Believe, trust, acknowledge HIS SOVEREIGNTY… and HIS LOVE will enter your life like you have never experienced it before! Blessings, Mark

  27. Alex says:

    Thanks Mike for the insightful article.

    I am wondering whether you or someone could help me with some practical queries on how to go about it in my case.

    Firstly, I am seeking to be born-again, so I have dome this technique before prior to backsliding. The issue for me is that when I start off by addressing God the Father, I immediately feel urges for my body to jolt and to exclaim oputwards in response to focussing on and thinking of God’s amazing love for me, the fact that I’m actually talkiong to my creator- amazing in itself!

    It is an issue because the urges (called stirrings?)come when I plan to do the technique by praying aloud to God and confessing all my sins out loud, along with loosing demons out loud and asking for the Spirit out loud. HOWEVER, when I resist these urges, I get a bit flustered and thus find them a nuisance, thus I feel it may constitute resisting the Holy Spirit- which wouldn’t be good.

    I do indeed intend to declare a trust in God, confess and denounce my sins, evict demons and receive God, so as God knows what’s in the heart and head, would it be reasonable to bypass the technique while I feel urged- provided these stirrings are from God (not 100% sure)- and just let myself be captivated bty them while praying in the heart for God to forgive me and for me to forgive others?

    The reason is I’m desperate for God to help me get rid of a lot of bitterness and fear and I have have lots of sins to confess. Therefore, as long asd I feel urged, should I just rely on God to forgive these sins and drive out the demons, instead of me evicting them aloud?

    Thanks very much Mike,

  28. Aletha says:


    I thank GOD the almighty Father for this article. Please continue the good work. Be Blessed.

  29. Abigail Olatunji says:

    This article shows the Holy Spirit Himself writing thru you ! ! ! God bless you. I’ll read it many times over &teach it too.

  30. Ahj says:

    Great, absolutely insightful article.
    One thing I would have liked to see more of is a more inclusive list
    of sins. So many do not see certain things as sin:
    Lust, pornography, drugs, alcohol, temper (pride),worry,impatience (pride), focusing so much on our outer image (clothes, hair, makeup for the ladies, weight, style of car, home, etc), lies that were implied by keeping something secret when you should have spoken out, gossip, using the term OMG as that is irreverantly using God’s Holy Name, using employer’s time for personal phone calls (stealing) and taking home a tablet, pen etc (again, stealing) and probably many many more that I can’t currently think of. In examining my own life and the lives of those who have had influence on me (positive or negative) I can find some “hidden” areas that I might not have recognized as sin.

    Again, the aricle is such a blessing to all who wish to better understand and prepare to receive this most precious gift.

    Thank you and bless you.

  31. Mark R. says:

    Tony, just wanted to address the concern you noted on 5/7… Okay, so here is the thing: we all desire The Lord, such that we can almost reach out and touch Him. When you get to a point where He has blessed you with His “Manifest” Presence, where you either have an encounter and see Him through a vision or being “IN THE HOLY SPIRIT”, or, like you said in your message, you “heard” Him, where Biblical interpretations were offered to you, it most certainly IS difficult when you go through a dry spell. If you are used to His Manifest Presence, that really close connection, then it seems reasonable that the human response would be to stop with prayer or seeking Him, as you put it, ‘keeping up’ with Him… Maybe you feel you have done something or that there is a reason for this, and, as you said, then you have to start all over once again. Here is what I do, and this seems to help me: First, I realize that His Manifest Presence is so so Awesome, such a HUGE Blessing… But, I also think it is reasonable to think that these things happen to help us, to strengthen us, and are thus not meant to take place all of the time. It’s just like if you had a perfect life, no financial worries, perfect health, job, family, friends… how often do you think you would LEAN or acknowledge, or cry out to The Lord? See, He wants us to realize that EVERY moment of our lives, even when we think we have it all, we NEED HIM… EVERY SECOND! Remember, too, He doesn’t promise no problems, but, He DOES promise us more than you could EVER IMAGINE…

    see 1 Corinthians 2: 9 and 10:
    “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
    what God has prepared
    for those who love him.”

    10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”

    HOW AWESOME! Remember, too, that in our weaknesses, no matter the underlying cause, HE is strongest,

    see 2 Corinthians 12: 9 and 10:

    9 “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

    So, Tony, don’t worry for anything, just allow your weakness to be given to HIM to GLORIFY HIM when He turns it into strength and purpose. KNOW that He has a particular purpose and plan for every one of us, WE are HIS… KNOW His Promise. When you find yourself a bit jaded, or feel you haven’t heard HIM for some time, and are falling out of sorts, blurring things as you said, and when you realize this, step back, pause, and whisper to HIM:

    “Jesus, Yeshua, Lord…HELP ME…Holy Spirit, please let me FEEL Your Presence…Holy Spirit, I know YOU dwell deep inside me, in my spirit and my soul, please FILL ME UP…Lord, SHOW ME YOUR WAYS… Lord, I TRUST YOU… Lord, I LOVE YOU…”

    You’d be surprise HOW POWERFUL those words are my friend. If you are even in a rush, remember that He asks us for our sacrifice of TIME. Remember that He seeks a relationship with us. But, if rushed, just pause a second and whisper “Jesus…I TRUST YOU…” It gives your worries to Him, acknowledges His Sovereign Power, and also allows Him to work it out. He loves us, and He is always talking to us and loving us. It is just sometimes we don’t hear it. Blessings… Hope this helps… Mark

  32. tony says:

    this message is right on time. I’m a testemony to that cause there was a time when reading the word was so easy and i got interpretations often and was able to wait on the Lord for days but it got to some point at which i find it difficult keeping up with the spirit because i would neglect my bible reading, stop praying and everything just went blur but after sometime the strength resurfaces and would have to start all over again. I hope with this i would be able to overcome the weakness and any advice you have concerning this would be well appreciated. Thanks and God bless you, your ministry and family. You blessed Mike for this eye opener

  33. Chris R says:

    So uplifting! More will be revealed! I remain teachable and open to whatever God chooses to put in my path. As I was singing O Come Holy Spirit one day recently (after returning to my childhood religion after 40 years), I looked up at a store sign and etched in the sign was a dove. It’s been like a whirlwind ever since. So blessed I am!!

  34. N.C. Godswill says:

    Its being wonderful going through this great teaching. I’m blessed! More blessings from God to you. Wishing you heaven at last!

  35. Mark R. says:

    Prince R., just wanted to address your being tired. Please don’t become discouraged. Keep in mind that, if you are doing anything through The Holy Spirit, it is EXTREMELY exhausting. I often will go on praying and worshipping for two days straight, and I’m okay during that time, but, after, The Holy Spirit very strongly tells me to rest. He also tells me to PRAY before rest, for it to be a “Spiritual” rest. It is only when I specifically pray that my rest crosses into the supernatural that I receive exactly that: supernatural, very restful sleep, to where even an hour or two will feel like an entire night’s sleep. Just on the side, though, have you addressed any and ALL barriers to your relationship with Christ and Holy Spirit? Even one thing getting in the way, from finances to immoral thoughts, can hinder a full experience in The Holy Spirit. Think about this and pray on it. If there is anything, even ONE thing, and you see it, repent and renounce it, then so much the better. Please also keep in mind, though, that these things all happen in HIS TIME, so try not to be discouraged. Seek Him with your EVERYTHING… He will hear you! Sing to HIM! He loves that!!! Spend more time with Him! CRY out to Him, that The Holy Spirit fill you up and energize you! Also, I have a medical degree. It is for the medical lab, but I do understand supplements and ginseng… although they may help, they really hurt your normal bodily time clock. Keep something in mind: The Holy Spirit acting in us is STRONG, POWERFUL… but you must keep it in balance with your physical body. I know that is hard. Relax your mind, be blessed, but serene. BREATH in The Holy Spirit… This helps me. Hope you find your balance and restful PEACE in HIM, God Bless, Mark R.

  36. Samuel Z. says:

    I must say! Just THANKS! You’ve fulfilled all my prayers to God! (Well a lot).

    Thank the Lord! THANK YOU!


    Dear My Pastor in Christ,

    The Message was 100% true and I have realised and experienced all of the things about Holy spirit that you have stated.Its very Amazing that GOD should bless you and your Family abundantly for opening this Website.( I will pour out my SPIRIT up on your Descendants.)

    But one thing Sir,I feel very Tired even after I woke up in the morning and till night I feel Very Tired 24 hours a day.I used to take some suppliment tablets and Ginseng only after that I can do my regular JOB.Why Mr.Holy Spirit is not strengthening me Physically as he Strengthened me Spritually.(I am just 31 years Old,Black South Indian).

  38. Roger says:

    To: Gracy

    The answer in found in the bible as follows;

    1. Faith comes from hearing: read Rom 10:17
    2. The Holy Spirit Chooses – no enough human explanation can explain the mechanics: read John 3:8
    3. The Holy Spirit confirms: read Rom 8:17
    4. The Holy Spirit assures believers and give then confidence in approaching Him: read 1 John 5:13-15
    5. The Holy Spirit determines the Spiritual Gifts to give each believers: read 1Cor 17:7

  39. Samantha says:

    Wow….All I can say is thank you very much! First of all I have never read an article this long all the way through without being forced, bored, or completely noninterest. The way I was lead to this article puts a big smile on my face. A friend of mine called me up and I begin expressing to him how I had a desire to pray to the father today, but I just didn’t know what to say. It was like I was stuck. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to pray, it was just that I was simply stuck. I began to share with him how I was hungry for more. I told him that it felt like I was close to something but I couldn’t quite touch it. In other words, I was not satisfied, something was missing. Typing this I can’t say verbatim what was said next, I just know that he brought up speaking in tongues. He told me based off of what I shared with him, that obviously speaking in tongues is what I was missing. I asked him, “Well, how do I do it?” His reply to me was, “just do it. You can do it whenever you want.” He explained to me that it might sound funny at first, but just do it. So I immediately got off the phone with him, went into my apartment and proceeded to TRY to speak in tongues. I felt crazy! I said to myself, this is not right, and I began to cry. I wanted more of God, but somehow I knew that something was not right! So I got on the internet and I searched. Now, considering that anyone can put anything on the internet, it took me a while to find this article. My original search was “speaking in tongues.” I stumbled upon an article that mentioned the baptism of the Holy Spirit. So I went a little further and searched “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” and taaadaahhh…I came to this article. This gave me my answer. It provided so much peace and direction. I have not done the steps for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit but knowing how has offered so much comfort to me. I thank God for using you to right this article, and I thank you for your obedience to do so. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry!!!

  40. Mark R. says:

    Mike, wow. I must thank you for writing this article. It helped me quite a bit. The Lord has been working wonderful and awesome things in my life. I have received The Baptism of The Holy Spirit, recently coinciding with a reborn or renewal baptism as an adult. For those people who are questioning this, or those who, like me, grew up Catholic, where this is frowned upon as the belief is generally to only get baptized as a baby, PLEASE, if our LORD is putting upon your heart to do this, DO IT. It is a wonderful thing, and a true blessing. But, as you said Mike, you have to prepare yourself. I was continuily in prayer before doing this. I even stepped back in line to have more time, so I was sure that I was ready for this. Since then, which, by the way, was on Easter Sunday, The Holy Spirit came to me directly, Manifested, and I began to sing in tongues. I was not aware of anything that I was saying, but could feel the sentiment. A bright and warm light enveloped me. I felt love. And, yes, as one person commented, you just break down and cry like a little baby. You ache with love. You feel filled. The louder I sang, the more deeply I felt The Holy Spirit, Jesus, and Our Father, but this was more of a very personal time to commune with The Holy Spirit. I sang and produced sounds that I know I am not able to do. It sounded like a full choir, shaking me from deep within. I felt it reverberate through my entire body. This article helped me understand some of that, but also revealed that, although I had already received Baptism by The Holy Spirit, a couple of things still needed to be dealt with to make that more complete. Because my heart and prayers asked for forgiveness, The Holy Spirit still came into me, but I didn’t realize that some things should really have been dealt with specifically, rather than generally, like hypnosis, meditation, ouija boards (I never USED one, but have been around one before), horoscopes… And so I confessed these things and specifically addressed satan and his demons. I renounced them all. I feel now that I have addressed every major concern that may keep me from HIM. Such peace and joy, that I never felt before, excitement for His Plan for me… Our God is SUCH an AWESOME GOD!!! Thanks for the insight and clarifications. They really helped. God Bless, Mark

  41. J Luus says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thank You for taking your time in reaching and doing this article. It is really easily understandable and true.

    There’s a few points I cannot agree more with Mike and thus to point out to others reading this that I’m living proof of some of the blessings from God given through the Holy Spirit. When you follow the 4 steps and do what Mike suggests.

    I personally know what Mike refers too at 2)Some Kind of Manifestation
    This is really a understatement…you feel like you want to cry like a baby, wanting to explode with love so much whit which you cannot contain, it feels like you will explode at any second but you just cry with this massive emotions of love end happiness and compassion and so much more its quite difficult to explain I will Glorify God Endlessly for this and to think one day if its the Will of God we will live in His kingdom close enough to feel this for eternity, PRAISE GOD FOR HE IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!

    Love, happiness and peace to all 🙂

  42. Sade says:

    Thanks for this teaching, as a sunday school teacher in my church, i am teaching on this topic and i come across this teaching, it is really wonderful and i feel blessed by it and i pray that the Holy Spirit help me to teach my student well on this topic. Thanks again and may the Holy spirit continue to use u. Amen

  43. Eddie says:

    Believe it or not, I think I have received all of the gifts from the Holy Spirit before even knowing I did… lol. EVERYTHING!! I’m going to show the world my life story soon. ITS MY BIRTHDAY BTW!!!!

  44. Roger says:

    Dear Michael,

    Praise the Lord for your rendering on the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    However, please note that Gal. 5:22-23 is singular fruit. There is a difference in understanding the fruit of the Spirit rather than the fruits of the spirit. The difference is likened to indwelled by the Holy Spirit and being filled by the Holy Spirit.

    Baptism of the Holy Spirit the way it is communicated by the “speaking in tongues group” is one of the most controversial subject for the following major reasons:
    1. The book of Acts is taken as doctrinal book rather then a historical book signaling the fulfillment of the prophesied birth of the Church.
    2. The birth of the Church historically had non-repeatable stages like the Pentecost, the waiting of believers to receive the Holy Spirit, the receiving of the Holy Spirit by laying of Apostle’s hands, by waiting for some days to receive the Holy Spirit after they have accepted and received the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    3. The book of Acts is not a doctrinal book although it contains doctrinal truths in espousing the history of the birth of the Church so that when the Church is fully established as the New Testament Church then the readers of the book of Acts will be awed by the precision and faithfulness of God to fulfill what was written in the past on these accounts – truly the ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    4. In the fullness of time Jesus Christ came, in the fullness of time the Church became the mystical body of Christ to accomplish the Ministry of Reconciliation. Jesus said as the Father has sent me, send I you. These are non-repeatable events towards the second coming of Christ.
    5. The Ministry of Reconciliation is beautifully expressed in 2 Cor 5:17-21. The Spiritual Gift is given to each believers for the “COMMON GOOD” to enable them to participate specifically in the Ministry of Reconciliation as they were enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.



  45. isabel says:

    I thank the Lord for this article. It has has given me relief at last, for i have not been able to speak in tongues even after alter calls and fasting for nearly forty days. They say that it is a mind block of which i have not believed. I know i exprience so much Holy Spirit within me that i wont manage to control tears flowing and crying and so much joy within. I know that God lets me see Vision which later on become true. My problem is when they say we pray in tongues maybe for five manutes, i am stranded and i feel embarassed. What do i do?

  46. stephen says:

    Hi Very Good article, Praise The Lord For People Like You, i gave my life to the lord last year and when i did i certainly did not go into detail about the sins i have done, for example i confessed i have lied,stolen and hurt people ect now since i gave my life to the lord i feel as though i only get small experiences of the holy spirit working through me its as if it comes in small doses and i started to feel as the lord was saying to me somethings not right/done properly and i have not give 100% and that’s why i have not been given 100% and i think it all relates back to the start on how sincere i was in confessing my sin & how much i wanted the holy spirit to work through me (mainly through seeing its potential in others) so this also includes my genuineness in the why i wanted it, now my question is this when it comes to confessing the sin do we simply admit all the name of the sins we have done i.e lied,stolen,cheat ect or do we confess each individual time of that one sin ( i lied to this person that person his brother her sister ect) surely this would be an incredible huge task to try remember and write down and confess?

  47. mhel says:

    all these things gave me a great big help and hope!
    God bless!

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