THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
WHAT IS IT?
Acts 1:8 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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
All believers have the Holy Spirit but the Baptism of the Holy Spirit gives you the fullness of the Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit gives you power to overcome sin and live a victorious Christian life. It gives you the power to be a witness for Jesus.
All Filled With The Holy Spirit
Acts 2:4 they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Just as the Holy Spirit filled the disciples so He will fill you. The Biblical evidence of being Baptized in the Holy Spirit is the speaking in tongues.
You speak the words, the Holy Spirit gives you the utterance. The Holy Spirit will not open your mouth for you. It is up to you, after you have received, to begin to speak out the words from your spirit and not in a language you already know. Just speak it out, don't be concerned about what it sounds like.
The devil will try to keep you from praying in tongues because he cannot understand what you are saying, therefore, he can't stop your prayers. Praying in tongues is direct communication with God.
WHY SPEAK IN TONGUES?
Praying God's Perfect Will
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (weakness): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groaning's which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit has the ability to help your weakness in prayer. When you pray in tongues, you can't pray a wrong prayer because it is the Holy Spirit who is helping you pray.
SPEAK TO GOD, NOT MEN
I Corinthians 14:2 for he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God.
When you pray in the Holy Spirit you are praying to God not to men.
I Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself.
Praying in tongues, builds up your spirit. You become charged up on the inside and are able to overcome oppression and depression and have clear thoughts.
I Corinthians 14:14 for if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
When you pray in tongues, you pray in a language that your mind does not understand but your spirit understands.
ACT OF YOUR WILL TO RECEIVE
I Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding.
Paul said "I will". It is a decision of your will. It is an act of faith. God does not force you but He leads you.
BUILDS YOU UP/STIMULATES YOUR FAITH
Jude 1:20-21 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keeping yourself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
By praying in the Holy Ghost, you build yourself up on the faith that God gave you which is your most Holy Faith. You build yourself up above the sense dominated realm. You then have faith to believe what the Word of God says rather then being moved by the negative circumstances. You keep yourself in the love of God.
When you pray in tongues, you are looking for the mercy of God because your eyes and your thoughts are no longer on yourself but on the One Who Created you. As His love and mercy permeates every area of your life, it will flow through you to others. God intended for you to release His Power to others so they can receive His blessings also.
HOW DO I RECEIVE?
Luke 11:10-13 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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?
To receive, you simply ask in faith knowing that your Heavenly Father will give what He has promised you.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues.
It is scriptural to have hands laid on you to receive.
You must open your mouth and began to speak.
ONLY REQUIREMENT-YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
To receive you must be a believer for the "world cannot receive". Now in faith ask Jesus to Baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER OF ASKING
Father God, you said in your word that when I ask to receive the Holy Spirit that I would receive. Father God, fill me with your Holy Spirit, endure me with your power that I might be your witness. And now as an act of my Will, I open my mouth and pray back to you in other tongues as the Spirit gives me utterance in Jesus' name.
Many Christians are living defeated lives because they are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Praying in tongues daily causes you to stir up the gifts of the Spirit and the anointing that is on the inside of you. The anointing of God breaks the yokes of bondage and you are able to receive with clear thoughts the knowledge of His Will for your life.
Jesus said in Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Is it any wonder why the devil does everything he can to keep you, the believer, from receiving this gift? It is because with understanding comes knowledge. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Receive this free gift today and walk in victory every day!
Please read the letter at the bottom of the page from Dave Roberson. Dave was one of the men of God that spoke into my life and gave clear direction and instruction for me starting Norma Stibbs International Ministries and stepping into the vision of God for my life.
I am The righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus. ll Cor.5:21
I am Heir to the Blessings of Abraham Gal. 3:13-14
I am Called by Name from before the foundation of the world. Is. 43:7
I am Created to be the reflection of His Glory. Eph 1:12
I am Fearfully and Wonderfully made. Ps. 139:14
I am Blessed Coming in and Going out. Deut. 28:6
I am Establishing God's Word here on Earth. Matt. 16:19
I am Blessed with all Spiritual Blessings Eph. 1:3
I am a Joint Heir to the Kingdom of God with Jesus Christ. Rom. 8:17
I am An Over-comer by the Blood of the Lamb and Word of my Testimony
I am Forgiven Col 1:13-14
I am Daily Overcoming the Devil l John 4:4
I am Saved by Grace through Faith. Eph 2:8
I am Not moved by what I see. II Cor. 5:7
I am Justified by Faith in Christ Jesus Rom. 5:1
I am Walking by Faith and not by Sight. II Cor. 5:7
I am Sanctified I Cor. 5:17
I am Casting down vain Imaginations II Cor. 10:4-5
I am A new creature II Cor. 5:17
I am Bringing every thought into Captivity II Cor. 10:4-5
I am A Partaker of His Divine Nature II Pet. 1:4
I am Free from sin and Death Rom. 8:2
I am Led by the Spirit of God Rom. 8:14
I am Redeemed from the Hand of the Enemy. Ps. 107:2
I am Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might Eph. 6:10
I am Being Transformed by Renewing My Mind Rom. 12:1-2
I am An Heir of Eternal Life. I John 5:11-12
I am Exercising my Authority over the Enemy Luke 10:19
I am Healed by His Stripes I Peter 2:24
I am Anointed II Cor. 1:21 , I John 2:20
I am Above and not Beneath Deut. 28:13
I am Holy I Peter 1:15
I am More than a Conqueror Rom. 8:37
I am Created in the image of God. Gen. 1:26
I am A Child of God I John 3:2
I am Blessed Eph. 1:3
I am An Over-comer I John 5:4
I am Called by God Rom. 8:28
I am Redeemed from the Curse of the Law. Gal. 3:13
I am Provided for Phil. 4:19
I am A Son of God Rom. 8:14
I am A co-worker with God II Cor 6:1
I am Kept in safety wherever I go. Ps. 91:11
I am Dead to sin but alive in Christ Rom 6:11
I am Getting all my needs met by Jesus. Phil. 4:19
I am Predestined, Called, Justified and Glorified Rom. 8:30
I am Casting all my cares upon Jesus. I Peter 5:7
I am The dwelling place of God Eph. 2:22
I am Able to do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me. Phil. 4:13
I am Observing and doing the Lord's Commandments. Deut. 28:1-2
I am The Head and not the tail Deut. 28:13
I am Blessing the Lord at all times and Praising the Lord with all my heart.
I am Above and not beneath Deut. 28:13
I am Being renewed in my mind, daily II Cor. 4:16
Speak The Word, God's Word Has Your Answer!
You can open your life to God's best and defeat the enemy in every area by speaking His Word over your situations and circumstances.
I am filled with the knowledge of the Lord's will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; I am a new creation in Christ; I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. Because of this, I have His wisdom and my decisions are ordered of Him.
(Col. 1:9; ll Cor. 5:17; I Cor. 2:16 )
I will have joy by the answers of my mouth so today I speak His words of power. I will enter into the joy of the Lord today.
(Proverbs 15:23; Matt. 25:23; ll Cor. 1:24)
The Lord sent His Word and healed me and delivered me from all destruction. I serve the Lord and He blesses my food and drink; He takes away sickness from me and my family; He heals all our diseases.
(Ps. 103:3, 107:20; Ex. 23:25)
I hear the voice of the Lord through His Word. Therefore, I dwell safely and am quiet from fear of evil.
God has set before me life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore I choose life; that both my seed and I may live. I know that my home shall be in peace and my seed shall be great and my offspring as the grass of the earth. The wicked are overthrown, and are not; but my house shall stand.
(Deut. 30:19; Job 5:24-25; Proverbs 12:7)
I thank you, Father, that You surround me with favor as with a shield and therefore I have favor with my family and coworkers and also with all the people I come in contact with today.
Our nation, pastors, and churches are blessed because our God is the Lord and we are the people He has chosen for His inheritance.
Confessions from the Word to lift you higher
I am the Body of Christ. My body is the house of God. God lives in me and I belong to Him. I've been bought with the price of the blood of Jesus, so I glorify God in my body and in my spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:15-19; 2 Corinthians 6:16, 3:16.
Satan has no power over me. I have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God's dear Son - Colossians 1:13.
Therefore sin has no power over me - Romans 6:14.
I separate myself from every unclean thing - 2 Corinthians 6:17.
I submit myself to God. I resist the devil and he flees from me - James 4:7.
I choose the fear of the Lord, which is to hate evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the disobedient mouth - Proverbs 8:13
I present my body as a living sacrifice to God - holy, devoted, and consecrated to please Him, which is a part of my spiritual worship to Him. I am not conformed to this world's way of thinking, but I am continually being transformed by the renewing of my mind to His Word so that I can prove what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God in my life - Romans 12:1,2
I have the mind of Christ - 1 Corinthians 2:16
I cast down imaginations and every thought that tries to exalt itself against the knowledge of God. I bring my thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ and His Word - having a ready mind to revenge all disobedience - 2 Corinthians 10:4,5
I think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. If there be any virtue or praise, I think on these things - Philippians 4:8
Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee - Psalm 119:11
If I sin, You said if I confess and repent of my sin, You are faithful and just to forgive me of it and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:9
I live and walk by faith and not by sight or feelings - 2 Corinthians 5:7
I live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God - Matthew 4:4