The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
While none of us can demand or make God pour out the Spirit-filled life upon us, the Bible gives definite guidance on being filled with the Spirit.
First, stop sinning. Do not grieve the Spirit by sin (Ephesians 4:30).
Second, when you do sin, confess your sin to God (1 John 1:9). We must be empty and clean in order to be filled).
Fourth, make every effort to respond positively to the guidance and speaking of the Spirit deep within. As far as possible, never quench His voice or refuse to do what He says (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We must unreservedly yield our lives to Christ (Luke 14:33; 9:24).
Fifth, pray to become a spiritual man or woman at any price (1 John 2:12-14).
Sixth, ask God to pour His Spirit into your life so that you might receive the filling of the Spirit. You are now in a great position to experience the filling, abundant life, and living waters of the Spirit.
Seventh, leave the results to Him and soon you will enjoy the experience of walking hand in hand with Jesus (1 John 1:7).
Well, Name Withheld, I know you well enough to know that you are baptized in Christ because you received immersion into the family of God the moment you received Jesus. I know that you did not speak in tongues at that moment. I don’t know whether or not you do so today. You are well along in your journey. I know that you've experienced the filling of the Spirit on numerous occasions—perhaps not knowing or understanding the Biblical terms for what you were experiencing.
I hope my answer is helpful for you and gives some clarity about the three distinct experiences of tongues, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
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