Being Filled with the Spirit of God


God has provided a way for mankind to have fellowship with him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is the way He has chosen for man to know Him (John 14:7). Jesus was sent by God the Father, to do the Father's will and testify for him (John 10:25-30, 36-38). In his teaching, Jesus promised that he would send a comforter from the Father to be with us and guide us in all truth. This "comforter" Jesus called the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; 16:13-14).

He told his disciples, "John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit..." (Acts 1:5). The Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in Acts Chapter 2. From then on when someone was saved, hands were laid on them and they were filled with the Spirit. In the Book of Acts, you will see whenever people were saved they then had hands laid on them and received the Spirit also. If followers were found that had not received the Spirit (Act 19), hands were laid on them and they were then filled with God's Holy Spirit. In many places throughout the Body of Christ, the Church, they have lost touch with this very important part of spirit life in a believer, by not laying hand on someone when they are first saved so they too can be filled with the spirit.

Religion will teach you that baptism of the spirit ended with the death of the Apostles and that you have the Holy Spirit in you when you become saved, that is, receive Jesus as your savior. Religion will also try to teach you that water baptism is all we need today. Let’s look at what the Bible teaches and let the Holy Spirit guide us in what is truth.

Know first that it is God's will that people be filled with His Spirit (Ephesians 5:17-18). Those who want to obey God will receive His Spirit (Acts 5:32). Peter told those listening in Acts 2:38 to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is something that God wants believers in Jesus to do. All disciples in the book of Acts received Jesus as their savior (were saved), then they were baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, then they were laid hands on and were filled (baptized) in the Holy Spirit.

God wants His Spirit in us so we are able to know the things of God and know He is our Father(1Corinthians 2:10-14; Galatians 4:4-7). If you will come to God through Jesus Christ and receive His Spirit, as the disciples did, through baptism of His Spirit, you will have His Spirit dwelling in you. You can pray and ask the God to fill you with his spirit (Luke 11:13). The best way is find a church that teaches these things and they will lay hands on you and help you. You need to be with people who can continue supporting you in the things of the spirit. You can then hear God better because the Spirit of God will speak to you from inside you.

Many people think the Holy Spirit dwells in them once they have been saved because the Bible states the Spirit is in us: Galatians 4:6; 2Corinthians 1:22; 1Corinthians 3:16, and 6:19; Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 2:22, and 3:17. Each one of these passages of scripture are written to disciples that converted through the missionary work of Paul the Apostle. Paul did not have a convert that was not filled with the Spirit. He taught that being filled of the spirit was the will of God (Ephesians 5:17-18). He also taught that salvation and spirit baptism was not the same thing. If he found any believer without the spirit, he had them receive the spirit, i.e. Acts 19:1-6. The point is, all believers are to be filled with the Spirit. People began perverting the gospel of Jesus, teaching things that were not true, and leaving out things that were (Galatians 1:6-12; 2Peter 3:14-17). The Apostle Paul spent most of his ministry defending the truth of the gospel and the truths of spirit baptism. This is not a doctrine out of some denomination. This is a truth about the "Good News" of Jesus Christ.

The reasons for being filled of the Spirit are to have life and relationship with God in the Spirit, and to energize the power of God in your life. Why things might not be working for you in religion is there is no power. We need the power of God in us so we can be like God and be able to do anything necessary in life. It is through His power working in us that we can live a purpose filled life.

Application

How can you be spirit filled or baptized in the Holy Spirit if there is no one with you to lay hands on you. As you pray ask Jesus to have his Holy Spirit fill you, just as they did in Acts 10:44, the Word was being heard by them through Peter and the Holy Spirit fell on them in that place, the same is true for you. As you read in Acts Chapters 1 and 2, allow the Holy Spirit to fall, as He fills you with his spirit, start praising God!

Speaking in Tongues

Today when we use the term “speaking in tongues” this is what took place with disciples in Acts 2:4 10:46 19:6.

The Apostle Paul teaches about it in 1st Corinthians 12:10 13:1 14:1-25.

Speaking with fire and power in the Holy Spirit is a spirit language that allows us to use Holy Spirit power to communicate to God and it keeps satanic powers from understanding what is being said. It is normally just utterances that flow out of you by urgency of the Holy Spirit to speak things you cannot. Just sounds that do not make sense to you in a language you understand, and others may not understand what you are saying, example is in 1st Corinthians 14:23. Yet at other times someone might hear in they own language while you are just talking as in Act Chapter 2:8.

After you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, that is prayed and the Spirit fills you, you will feel the need to start making sounds. Just gibberish. Not a language anyone can understand. When this happens just start making the sounds. As you do let the Holy Spirit take control and make sounds through you. Don’t be concerned to what is being said at this point, just make the sounds. You can use this for praying in the spirit. It keeps Satan and demonic beings from knowing what you are praying and the Holy Spirit causes a peace to come over your and things that are deep in the spirit are being conveyed between you and God, 1st Corinthians 14:14-15.

The Apostle Paul also taught about speaking in tongues when people are in worship together. There were people in the church at Corinth who were standing up and speaking out loud in the Holy Spirit. What they were saying was not being understood because it just sounded like gibberish that was not in their own language. In 1st Corinthians 14:26-28 Paul taught when this was happening wait for someone to interpret what the spirit of God is saying in prophecy. If no one there is gifted in interpretation of tongues (1st Corinthians 12:10), they are to keep silent. When this is taking place in a group some will be praying and speaking in tongue and they should be doing it as unto the Lord. If it is as a prophecy for the people, God will provide an interpreter and someone will begin giving the interpretation.

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