Filled with Holy Spirit and baptism of Holy Spirit
“Do not be drunk with wine, for that is wreckless living. But be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves (or one another) in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Eph. 5:18-19
We are learning how to live first out of our born again Sspirit that can commune with God 24/7. Note we are the ones making melody in our heart TO THE LORD – NOT TO OURSELVES OR OTHERS BUT TO HIM.
- Our first ministry is to minister to the Lord!
- Keep fresh, keep alive, keep aware of God and His Presence in you so that you are conscious of Him and in awe of Him at all times. “Rejoice in the Lord always. In everything give thanks to Him.”
Ill. There is no temple or tabernacle or building of worship in heaven, yet there is 24/7 worship, singing, glory, praise, thanksgiving. Why? Everyone is filled with the HS in the fullness of God.
Yet here on earth we are commanded to do this:
“Be filled with the Spirit. . .” This is a command to us. We don’t ask to be filled with the Spirit, we obey and are filled with the Spirit.
On White Board draw diagram:
What gets filled? Our born again spirit is already filled and wall to wall God.
From our born again Sspirit flows the HS into and overflowing our soul, (mind, emotions and will) and then into our heart, and even into our body can be aware of the Sspirit. We can be filled to the fullness of God. This takes us back to the beginning.
“. . . that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know (personally experience and in intimate detail) the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge (academic learning); THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” Eph. 4:17-19
This is within reach! The fullness of God flowing from your inner man overflowing from your Sspirit through soul into your heart even overflowing into your body experiencing a tangible Presence of God.
Being filled with the Spirit is up to you and it can happen over and over again as needed.
What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
One happens IN you and the other happens to you or UPON you.
To illustrate, if we drank water from a glass, then the water would be inside us. However, if we went to the beach and stepped into the ocean, then we would be in the water. We receive, as it were, a drink of the Holy Spirit when we are saved, but when we are baptized in the Spirit, it is as if that initial drink becomes an ocean that completely surrounds us.
It is true you get the HS the moment you are saved, but that does not mean you have been baptized in HS. For some it can happen at the same time but for most it is a separate experience.
Examples: Acts 8 Philip went to Samaria and many were saved and water baptized (Acts 8:5-12). When the church in Jerusalem heard of this they sent Peter and John to check it out. When they saw the people had been converted they laid hands on them to receive the Baptism of the HS (Acts 8:14-17).
Can you go to heaven w/o baptism of HS? YES.
Salvation saved but baptism of HS empowers you for witnessing with power.
“Paul found certain disciples in Ephesus and asked them, Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? They answered, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit?” Acts 19:1-2
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came upon them; and they spoke in tongues, and prophesied.” Acts 19:6
Millions of people can testify that this baptism of HS is a separate and distinct experience after salvation.
“But you will receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me . . . unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
ill. Some people have been baptized with HS without realizing it. They may not speak in tongues. Read page 78 The New you and the Holy Spirit by Andrew Wommack.
The baptism of HS is a gift, not something you earn by travail or earn by getting holy enough.
The baptism of HS totally transformed the disciples! What will it do for you? Everyone is different and God’s power will manifest in your life in some way you will recognize.
How do I receive it? By faith in God’s Word not by a feeling.
“For everyone who asks receives; and he that seeks will find; to him who knocks it shall be opened. If a son shall ask for bread, will a father give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will he give him a snake? Or if he asks for an egg will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children; how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” Luke 11:10-13
“Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:12
Pic of baptism of HS
Have prayer and laying on of hands for those who want to receive the baptism of the HS.
I thank You that Jesus saved me. I pray for Holy Spirit to come upon me and baptize me now so that I may have God’s power from this moment on, to be Your witness. Because You promised it I believe and receive the baptism now. I am empowered for service from this day forward. I ask to speak in other tongues according to Your Word. By faith I trust You for this gift and I will speak in other tongues as a new way for me to pray in the Spirit. Thank You for baptizing me in Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen
What will happen?
Now it’s possible you didn’t feel anything.
In some cases, no new language comes out initially. But your receiving the baptism in Holy Spirit has nothing to do with initial feelings or what happens on the outside. God’s Word said that if you asked, you would receive. That means by faith you have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Next week’s teaching: Speaking in Tongues.
Speaking in other tongues can be in private or public. I spoke in tongues privately before I ever did publicly.
It doesn’t matter if you start with one syllable or how silly you sound. Just keep praying and God will strengthen you in your prayer language. There are many people who receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and do not pray in tongues right away. Don’t be discouraged, it will come. Just don’t give up!