Receive the gifts of the SpiritIt's just as simple as Salvation - "Ask and you shall receive"!
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit to His followers, to strengthen and guide them in their spiritual lives and relationship with God, and to remain with them always.
The Holy Spirit guides believers into all truth, helps them to understand God’s Word, assists them in prayer, and empowers them to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. Any believer can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit, simply by asking God for it. The Holy Spirit’s presence may be manifested in believers’ lives through different spiritual gifts, which include wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, and prophecy.
Everyone who has ever received Jesus into his heart has received a measure of the Holy Spirit, “being born again of the Spirit”. (John 3:8) But to receive the full anointing or infilling, or what the Bible calls “baptism” of the Holy Spirit, is sometimes a separate experience that happens after you have received Jesus.
To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the love of God! At the same time it is also a baptism of the power of God, the power that enables you to tell other people about Jesus, to share His Love with others.
So if you want to be a lively, active Christian who obeys the Lord, preaches the Gospel and wins others into His Kingdom, you certainly need to be filled with His precious Holy Spirit! — You cannot do the Master’s work without the Master’s power!
“Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?” (Acts 19:2) Have you received this overflowing power of God’s Love in your own life since you received Jesus? Do you have any of the “gifts of the Spirit”? You can have them right now! All you have to do is ask!
Jesus promised, “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you!” (Matthew 7:7) When you ask God for the Holy Spirit, you’ll know that you’ve received Her because He’s promised so! — Just like when you received Jesus into your heart, you knew He came in because the Bible said He would! (Revelation 3:20)
If the baptism of the Holy Spirit is anything, it is a baptism of love. And once you have that outgoing concern and love in your heart, you will just naturally want to reach out to others in love and compassion, and will do so boldly. It’s such a beautiful, liberating experience to forget yourself, forget the opinions of others, and to feel Jesus loving others through you.
Receive God’s Spirit of Love and power now by simply praying this little prayer:
“Dear Jesus, I love You, and know that I need more of Your Love and Power in my life. So I ask You to please fill me with Your Holy Spirit right now, to give me the strength to truly follow You and tell others about You and Your Love! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!”
1 Corinthians 12:4–11
Proverbs 8:1, 23, 30