How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION – THUS FAR IN OUR SERIES ON THE HOLY SPIRIT WE HAVE PRESENTED 1) THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, 2)THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, 3) THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND 4) THE WONDERFUL WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER.   TODAY WE WILL DISCUSS HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 IT IS SO IMPORTANT WHEN YOU ARE SEEKING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT NOT TO FOCUS OR SEEK TO SPEAK IN TONGUES.  SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS A PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  YOU ARE TO SEEKING THE GIVER NOT THE GIFT.  IT IS JESUS WHO BAPTIZES YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.   HE IS THE ONE THAT YOU ARE TO SEEK AND HE IS THE ONE THAT YOU SHOULD ASK.   HE IS THE ONE WHO BAPTIZES WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE. Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire…

II)    1ST REPENT OF YOUR SINS ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR.

A)   Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

B)   REPENTANCE MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND… ABOUT GOD, ABOUT YOUR SIN AND ACCEPT CHRIST…TO SEE YOURSELF AS GOD SEES YOU.  WE VIEW OUR SINS AS GOD VIEWS THEM.  WE ACCEPT CHRIST AS THE ONE WHO BORE OUR SINS.  HE DIED IN OUR PLACE.  (2COR. 5:21, GAL. 3:13)

C)   THERE ARE MANY WHO PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS, BUT IF YOU ASK THEM THE QUESTION UPON WHAT DO THEY BASE THEIR CLAIM OF SALVATION, THEY RESPOND:  I TRY TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.  I GO TO CHURCH.  I PRAY AND READ THE BIBLE.  I PARTAKE OF THE LORDS SUPPER.  I WAS BAPTIZED.

D)   OTHERS WHO ARE SAVED WILL SAY “I AM NOT RESTING MY CLAIM OF BEING SAVED IN ANYTHING THAT I HAVE DONE OR AM GOING TO DO, BUT WHAT JESUS CHRIST DID FOR ME WHEN HE BORE MY SINS IN HIS OWN BODY UPON THE CROSS.  I AM RESTING HIS FINISHED WORK OF ATONEMENT.

III)   2ND RENOUNCE ALL SIN. 

A)   WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE IN SIN.  THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A HOLY SPIRIT; WE CANNOT HAVE BOTH HIM AND OUR SIN.  WE MUST NOT RENOUNCE JUST ONE OR TWO OF SINS; WE MUST RENOUNCE ALL SIN.

B)   SO MANY FAIL TO RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF THE GOD, THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL CLINGING TO THEIR PET SINS – THEY DON’T WANT TO GIVE UP.

C)   YOU MAY THINK THE SIN THAT YOU ARE HANGING ONTO IS A SMALL SIN.  THERE ARE NOT SMALL SINS.  SIN IS REBELLION AGAINST GOD.

D)   IF ANYONE SINCERELY DESIRES TO BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT HE / SHE SHOULD GET ALONE WITH GOD AND ASK GO TO BRING TO LIGHT ANYTHING IN HEART OR LIFE THAT IS DISPLEASING HIM AND WOULD GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IV)  3RD OPENLY / PUBLICLY CONFESS THAT YOU HAVE RENOUNCED YOUR SIN AND ACCEPTED CHRIST.

A)   HEART CONFESSION IS NOT ENOUGH.  WE MUST BE AN PUBLICLY CONFESS THAT YOU HAVE RENOUNCED YOUR SIN AND ACCEPTED CHRIST.  THIS BEGINS WITH WATER BAPTISM. IN ACTS 2:38 PETER TOLD THEM TO BE “BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.”

B)   CONFESS BEFORE YOUR FAMILY AND THE CHURCH, YOUR NEIGHBORS AND YOUR CO-WORKERS WHO KNEW OF YOUR LIFE AND LIFESTYLE BEFORE YOU ACCEPTED CHRIST.

V)   4TH ABSOLUTELY AND COMPLETELY SURRENDER YOURSELF TO GOD.

A)   WE ARE CALLED TO OFFER OUR BODIES AS LIVING SACRIFICES, WHOLLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. (ROMANS 12:1&2)

B)   THE OLD TESTAMENT GIVES US A TYPE OF THIS AS THE OFFERINGS WERE PREPARED AND LAID UPON THE ALTER OF GOD, NOTHING HELD BACK.  THEN THE FIRE CAME AND CONSUMED THE GIFT THAT WAS OFFERED TO GOD.

C)   WHEN WE CAN TRUTHFULLY SAY OUR ALL IS ON THE ALTER THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT BE FAR BEHIND.

VI)  5TH INTENSELY DESIRE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A)   Joh 7:37 – 38 IN the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 HE that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

B)   OCCASION WAS THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES OR FEAST OF BOOTHS.  GOD REQUIRED ISRAEL TO MEMORIALIZE & COMMEMORATE THE TIME WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF EGYPT AND LIVED IN BOOTHS OR TEMPORARY SHELTERS.  FOR CHRISTIANS TODAY IT BRINGS TO MIND THAT WE CAME OUT OF EGYPT (SIN) & LIVE THIS TEMPORARY EXISTENCE AWAITING THE COMPLETION OF OUR REDEMPTION.

C)   Isa 44:3 FOR I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

D)   WHEN WORK OUT IN THE SUN FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME YOU BODY BEGINS TO CRAVE FOR WATER.  IF YOU DON’T SATISFY THAT CRAVING IT GET WORSE UNTIL WATE IS ALL THAT YOU CAN THINK ABOUT.  THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE SHOULD CRAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

E)   JESUS SAID IF WE HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS WE SHALL BE FILLED…

VII) 6TH YOU SHOULD VERY DEFINITIVELY PRAY TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

A)   Luk 11:13 IF ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

B)   WE FIND THAT AT THE FIRST PENTECOST AND AFTERWARDS THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS GIVEN IN ANSWER TO DEFINITE PRAYER.

VIII)       7TH STEP IS THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE Faith; BELIEVE AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

A)   (kjv) Mar 11:24 THEREFORE I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

B)   nasb HAS AN INTERESTING TRANSLATION OF  Mar 11:24  “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

C)   THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE TRUE BUT THEY ARE ACTIVATED THROUGH FAITHTHROUGH FAITH YOU APPROPRIATE THOSE PROMISES: Jam 1:5 when WE ASK GOD FOR SOMETHING WE SHOULD ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 FOR let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

D)   THERE ARE MANY WHO HAVE MET THE OTHER CONDITIONS OF RECEIVING THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YET DO NOT RECEIVE, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE.

IX)  CONCLUSION:  IF YOU HAVE 1) RECEIVED CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART,  2) RENOUNCED ALL SIN, 3) MADE A PUBLIC CONFESSION OF YOUR decision TO RENOUNCE SIN AND FOLLOW CHRIST, 4) IF YOU INTENSELY DESIRE AND SINCERELY PRAYED FOR THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, IN FAITH BELIEVING THEN WE REST UPON: 1Jo 5:14 – 15  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  IS IT GOD’S WILL THAT YOU receive THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT   OF COURSE IT IS… THE PROMISE WAS TO THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN (FUTURE GENERATIONS) THAT INCLUDES US!

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