THE HOLY SPIRIT
When Jesus left this earth to go to heaven, he promised his disciples that he would leave his spirit - the Holy Spirit - with them to comfort t1hem, to guide them, and to give them power. It would be just like having Jesus himself with them!
Jesus offers his Holy Spirit to all of us too. We can experience his presence and his power through the Holy Spirit each day.
But how do we know if we've got the Holy Spirit in us? Here's how we can be sure.
The Holy Spirit is at work in you when . . .
- you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and your Saviour (1 Corinthians 12: 3)
- you begin to pray honestly and expect God to answer (Romans 8:13)
- your personality becomes more like Jesus (Galatians 5: 22, 23)
- you experience God's power to do things you never thought you could d0 (Acts 1:8)
You receive the Holy Spirit the moment you accept Jesus as your Lord, but you continue to discover what the Holy Spirit can do in you for the rest of your life: new and exciting things, helping you feel loved by God when you most need it, helping you live a life that's worthwhile.
In Acts 2, you read about the experience that the disciples had when they waited for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in tongues. Speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence that shows that a person has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Read all the examples in the Book of Acts, that each time the Holy Spirit comes upon the people, they began to speak in tongues.
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues then becomes the gateway for all other gifts of the Holy Spirit.
If you have received Jesus as your Saviour, you have the Holy Spirit. But you should seek for the subsequent experience, which is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, with the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues.
And if you have filled with the Holy Spirit, it is not a one time experience. In Ephesians 5: 18, Paul says: "Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit." So keep on asking God. Don't give up.