How to Receive God's Power

 

Now that we are saved, we can enjoy the following benefits: experience God on a deeper, more intimate level; gain power to live the Christian life and have victory over Satan and the evil he tries to bring to our lives; be a greater witness of Jesus to others; hear God’s voice more clearly; receive His direction; know the mind of God for events to come; possess joy and peace, even in the midst of tough times; boldness and courage to talk about Jesus to others; pray the perfect prayer to God, even when we don’t know how to pray; direction and guidance in our everyday lives? All these benefits can be ours through the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

A. The Holy Ghost is not a thing or some force. The Holy Ghost is a person.  We do not address Him
as an “it” or some impersonal being (John 16:13-15).

B. He is the third Person of the Godhead.

C. He is the part of God who works with us while in the earth.

D. He is also called: the Spirit of God, the Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth,
the Spirit of the Father, Power from on High, the Gift of God, The Promise of the Father,
The Power of God, The Spirit of Christ, God inside of you, or the Greater One inside of you.

Didn’t We Receive the Holy Spirit When We First Got Saved?

A. Yes. However, every child of God must experience a subsequent, separate, or second experience
with the Holy Spirit.

B. Jesus is God’s gift to the world.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

C. The Holy Spirit produces the life of Jesus within us at salvation. This is how we receive Jesus. 
At salvation, the Spirit comes to dwell in us.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that   dwelleth in you (Romans 8:9-11).

D. At salvation, the Holy Spirit came to give us eternal life (the life of God).

E. At salvation, the Spirit reveals or witnesses to us that we have been saved and forgiven and that we
are children of God.

            The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children
            of God: (Romans 8:16)

F. The Spirit produces the fruits of the spirit in us which is the life of Christ.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

Another Experience with the Holy Spirit

A.  God desires that we receive the PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR POWER, not salvation.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…  (Acts 1:8a)

B.  Jesus is the gift to the world or sinner; but the Holy Ghost is the gift to the church (or believer).

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son;                         that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life              (John 3:16).

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;(Revelation 2:7(a))

C. The Spirit COMES WITHIN US to dwell in us at salvation, but the Spirit COMES UPON US at
the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  The language is different when the scriptures talk about the
experience with the Holy Ghost Himself.

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father UPON YOU: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high                (Luke 24:49).

But ye shall RECEIVE POWER, after that the HOLY GHOST is come UPON YOU: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth(Acts 1:8).

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was FALLEN UPON none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) (Acts 8:15-16).

            While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost FELL ON all them             which heard the word (Acts 10:44).
 
            And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost FELL ON THEM, as on us at the             beginning (Acts 11:15).

            But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God             dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his
(Romans 8:9).
A Subsequent Experience to Salvation

There is another experience with the Holy Ghost, separate and distinct from salvation.                        The scriptures show evidence of people who already believed in Jesus and received the Holy Spirit at a later time.

A. JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES

     He gave them the Holy Ghost within before he left, yet still told them to go, wait and receive the
power of the Holy Ghost.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, RECEIVE YE THE HOLY GHOST: (John 20:22)

    Several days later, Jesus told those same believers:

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts 1:5).

B. PAUL WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST THREE DAYS AFTER HIS
     SALVATION.

      Paul received Jesus on the road to Damascus, which means the Holy Spirit came to dwell within     
him at that moment.  However, he received the Holy Ghost three days later.

And HE trembling and astonished SAID, LORD, WHAT WILT THOU HAVE ME TO DO? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do (Acts 9:6).

When Paul called Jesus Lord, he was saved at that moment.  Remember, Romans 10:13 states, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.  Notice what happened to Paul three days later.

            And he was THREE DAYS without sight, and neither did eat nor drink (Acts 9:9).

      Notice what happened three days after his salvation experience on the Damascus Road.

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and PUTTING HIS HANDS ON HIM said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, AND BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST (Acts 9:17).

The baptism with the Holy Spirit, the infilling with the Spirit, and the promise of the Father are all the same.

The first experience with the Holy Spirit is the indwelling of the Spirit.  Its purpose is to bless us personally. The second experience, however provides power and supernatural ability to minister to the world: the lost, oppressed, possessed, the sick, bound, and those held captive.

C. SAMARITAN BELIEVERS WERE FILLED DAYS AFTER THEIR SALVATION.

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning                            the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women (Acts 8:12).

If they have believed and been baptized, as we understand salvation, then the Holy Spirit immediately indwelt them.  However, the experience with the Holy Ghost falling upon them for power did not happen until days later.

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, THEY SENT UNTO THEM PETER                        AND JOHN: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST:  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)                              17 THEN LAID THEY THEIR HANDS ON THEM, AND THEY RECEIVED              THE  HOLY GHOST (Acts 8:14-17).

It took days for the apostles to reach Samaria. Once they arrived, they discovered that the new believers had yet to receive an experience with the Holy Ghost.  Peter and John had to pray for them to receive.  Then they had to lay hands on them for the Holy Ghost to fall upon them.

D. THE EPHESIAN BELIEVERS

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied                  (Acts 19:2, 6).

      Paul recognized that they were saved.  However, he still asked if had they received the Holy Ghost
since they believed.

What Was the One Consistent, Initial Biblical Evidence
of the Infilling of the Holy Ghost?

There are five recorded instances of individuals receiving the baptism with the Holy Ghost over a period of twenty years. In three times of those five instances, it is recorded that they spoke with tongues. The Word of God states that every word is established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. Three scripture witnesses establish this as bible doctrine (Matthew 18:16). This evidence proves that speaking with tongues is an initial evidence or sign that a person is filled with the Holy Spirit.

A. The first 120 believers

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).

B.  Jewish brethren at Cornelius’ house

44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.46 For they HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES, and magnify God…(Acts 10:44-46a).

C. The Ephesian believers

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost…5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; AND THEY SPAKE WITH TONGUES, and prophesied (Acts 19:2, 5-6).

Although the other two do not specifically mention tongues, there is evidence that they spoke in tongues.

D. The Samaritan believers

18And when SIMON SAW that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:18-19).

       Simon witnessed some type of reaction that compelled him to offer money for the Holy Ghost
power.

E. Paul

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost(Acts 9:17).

This passage does not mention that Paul spoke in tongues.  However, according to Paul’s writings, it is evident that he prayed in tongues. We presume he began speaking in tongues after the Holy Ghost fell on him.

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (1 Corinthians 14:18).

This scripture shows that all the believers in the church of Corinth spoke in tongues because Paul said he spoke in tongues MORE than everyone else.  He did not say he was the only person who spoke in tongues. He only noted that he spoke MORE.  They all spoke in tongues, but not as much as he did.
Every Phase of the Bible Validates Tongues

A. The Old Testament Prophets

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people (Isaiah 28:11).

B.  Jesus and the Gospels

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17).

C. The History of the Church

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

D.  Paul and the Epistles

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied:                for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying (1 Corinthians 14:5).

Is It Necessary to Speak in Tongues?

If we desire the biblical New Testament experience and the same Holy Spirit whom the apostles and the Early Church had, then we will want to speak in tongues.  Speaking in tongues is not mandatory.  God will not force it on us.  However, we may miss the benefits of using tongues or praying in the Spirit.

 

Why Use Tongues As the Evidence?

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).

God says that no man can tame the tongue.  Why?  The Bible states, “Out of the abundance             of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).  We cannot tame our tongues because we cannot tame our hearts. The tongue only speaks what is in the heart.

God uses the tongue as an initial evidence to show man that, upon being filled with the Spirit, He grants the Spirit access to the heart. The mouth now speaks the Spirit’s words through the heart of man.  Since man cannot tame his own tongue, God says, “I can!”

Other Permanent Evidences of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost

A. Desire to glorify Jesus over self or man (John 16:13-14)

B. Deeper passion for souls (Acts 2:22-41)

C. Greater power to witness with boldness (Acts 4:31)

D. New power in prayer (Romans 8:26-27)

E. Deeper love and richer insight into the Word of God (Acts 6:7)

F. Manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-14)

G. New power for life and living (1 Corinthians 2:9-12)

According to the Bible, Aren’t Interpreters Needed When Tongues Are Involved?

Public Worship

Interpreters are only needed for tongues spoken in a public worship.  It is the only way the church can benefit from the utterance of tongues.  This is for those who possess the gift of tongues for public worship.

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied:                 for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying (1 Corinthians 14:5).

However, every believer who receives the Holy Spirit receives a personal, supernatural prayer language through one’s human spirit for his own devotional use.  Our human spirits are edified, or built up.  When we speak privately in tongues for personal edification, we speak, not to man, but to God, who needs no interpretation of the tongue because He provides the utterance.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2).

This language does not come from the speech center in the brain. Rather, it comes from the spirit man where God dwells.  The mind is unfruitful. It cannot understand the words being spoken.             When we pray in our natural language, our minds tend to get in the way. As a result, we sometimes pray the wrong thing, or we base our prayers on natural situations. However, when we pray in tongues, God gives us exactly the words to speak for Him to answer.  Secondly, Satan cannot understand the prayer in order to hinder what’s being prayed.

…in the spirit he speaketh mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2b).

A person with the GIFT OF TONGUES (1 Corinthians 12:10, 28) gives a supernatural utterance from God for all to hear and be blessed. In this case, interpretation is required for people to understand and receive edification and blessing.  Not everyone in the church possesses this PUBLIC GIFT of tongues. However, everyone who is filled with the Holy Ghost can receive a personal prayer language, just like all 120 believers did on the Day of Pentecost.

Is Speaking in Tongues Required for Salvation?

The Bible only requires repentance, belief, and confession of Christ as Savior for salvation (Romans 10:9, John 3:16. Luke 13:3, John 1:12). However, Mark 16:17 often causes great confusion about the requirement of tongues for salvation. 

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17)

Read it again. The signs follow, or come, after we have believed.  We must be believers first before the signs can follow.  Once we believe, we are qualified to speak in tongues, cast out devils, and heal the sick. If speaking in tongues is required, then everyone who has ever received salvation must also have cast out demons. This practice is mentioned in the same verse and is also called a sign.

Tongues is Also Called “Praying in the Spirit”

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.  15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).

When we pray in tongues, we pray out of our spirits, the place where God gives us utterance through the Holy Ghost. Our minds are not supposed to understand.

Instructions for Receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

STEP 1:  CANDIDATES SHOULD KNOW WHY GOD DESIRES THEM TO RECEIVE
                 THE HOLY SPIRIT.

  1. Power to Be a Witness for Jesus
  2. Power to Witness His Power through His Gifts to Bless Others
  3. Power to Deal with Satan and Overcome Him
  4. Power to Pray More Effectively (Praying Only What God Gives You to Pray)
  5. Power to Worship God
  6. Power to Hear God's Voice More Clearly

 

STEP 2:  ANYONE WHO IS SAVED AND WILL ASK FOR HIM IS READY TO RECEIVE
                 THE HOLY SPIRIT

STEP 3:  YOU ARE TO SPEAK

The spirit will act on your lips and tongues, and will put supernatural words on your lips, but the candidate must put the sound to the action, and speak out. The Holy Spirit gives the utterance, but the man does the speaking.Remember it says "they spoke." Tell them this is not teaching them or forcing them, to speak in tongues. Instead it is intended to put some action to their faith so they can cooperate with the Holy Ghost.

STEP 4: THE COUNSELEE IS TO REPEAT THIS PRAYER AFTER THE COUNSELOR:

Heavenly Father: I thank you for Jesus. I thank you that it is by your grace that I am saved. Now I accept by faith the gift of the Holy Spirit. I accept Him in His fullness within me to help me be a powerful witness for you. Help me pray and praise effectively, to help reveal your Word to me, to be a comfort and strength from within. So now when this minister lays his hands upon me, I will receive the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives me utterance. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Then lay hands upon them and encourage them to begin to praise God in their English language; thank Him for giving you the Holy Ghost. After doing this for about a minute then ask them to begin to make whatever sounds of praise in another language.               Remember tell them nothing will happen until they make an effort to speak first.  Tell them to begin with whatever sounds come out.

STEP 5: AFTER YOUR INITIAL EXPERIENCE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SPEAK (OR
                PRAY) IN TONGUES AT WILL(Whenever you want to)…

                                           Paul, the man who wrote most of the New Testament, said in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, 18:

Verse 14 - For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but MY              
UNDERSTANDING IS UNFRUITFUL.

Verse 15- What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the              understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the
understanding also.

Verse 18 - I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all!

STEP 6:  YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, BUT GOD DOES                        (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14).

1 Corinthians 14:2 - For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:14 - For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but MY UNDERSTANDING IS UNFRUITFUL.

STEP 7:  PRAY EVERY DAY IN YOUR PRAYER LANGUAGE TO EDIFY OR BUILD
                 YOURSELF UP.

1 Corinthians 14:4 - He that speaketh in an unknown tongue EDIFIETH HIMSELF, but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.