BAPTISM of the HOLY GHOST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (NKJ)                           

The baptism of the Holy Ghost.      WHY ? bother?

Let's look directly in Godís word.  Man can say this.  Man can say that.  So much for man.  What does Godís word say?  You can take that to the bank.

Psalms 119:89 Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven. (NKJ)

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1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (NKJ)

1 Cor 14:4a He who speaks in a tongue [[ edifies ]] himself, (NKJ)

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also [[ helps in our weaknesses ]]. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself [[ makes intercession ]] for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (NKJ)

Look at this. Praying in the spirit (tongues) can make us stronger.

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, [[ building yourselves up]] on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (NKJ)

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:18   I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;  (NKJ)

Romans 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints [[[ according to the will of God ]]]. (NKJ) 

There are times when you may not know what Godís perfect will is in a certain circumstance. Praying in the spirit allows you to line up perfectly in Godís will.

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Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit for me ?   Are you a believer ?       If so, Jesus said:

Mark 16:17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues  (NKJ)

If you are a believer this is a sign that should be following you.

Jesus expects you, believer, to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

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 Again letís go to an example in the word

In Acts chapter eleven Peter is telling his friends what happened at Cornelius house.

Acts 11:13

13 "And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter,

14 'who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.'

15 "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

16 "Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'

17A "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us [[ when we believed ]] on the Lord Jesus Christ, (NKJ)

In verse 17 Peter said (the gift of the Holy Spirit) was given "when we believed"

How about that, there is no waiting period to receive the gift.

If you are a believer the time is NOW HOW

MY TEACHER AND FORMER PASTOR, DR. CHET SAPINO, LED MANY INTO THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER. READING:

Acts 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 8:14  Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,

Acts 8:15  who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:16  For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 8:17  Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:46a For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Now that was Peter and John now look at this same thing with Paul

Acts 19:1-6
1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
2 he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."
3 And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism."
4 Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6  And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. (NKJ)

Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Luke 11:10 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (NKJ)

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ARE YOU OPEN TO RECEIVE?

PRAY: PRAY A PRAYER TO THE LORD. GIVE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY TO JESUS. ASK HIM TO SEARCH YOUR HEART FOR ANY UNCONFUSED SIN, SAY " LORD I WILL DO WHATEVER YOUR HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTS ME TO DO."

THEN: RAISE YOUR HANDS UP AND SAY " LORD JESUS PLEASE BAPTIZE ME IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. I WANT TO SPEAK IN TONGUES RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU FOR FILLING ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT."

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Some time ago I received this e-mail teaching from Dr. Chet Sapino and I would like to share it with everyone.

If you received the baptism in the Holy Spirit as the early church believers did in the Book of Acts (See Acts chapter 2 for details, you have the ability to speak in tongues at will. This is a powerful gift. Also see these references to the baptism in the Holy Spirit: Acts 8:14, 10:46, 11:1-8, and 19:6. Also see Luke 11:9-13). I believe this is one of the most powerful gift of the Holy Spirit in existence. Jesus saved it for us as the last gift sent to his people.
 
If you donít have this gift operating you, then you MUST seek it with all diligence. It is for you.
 
If you do have this gift, you can activate the power of the Holy Spirit at will to heal all of your diseases and infirmities.  It takes perseverance in this gift to achieve results. There are also an abundance of other benefits associated with this gift enabling you to move in the realm of the miraculous. I have several other teachings on this subject if you are interested.
 
Here is a key verse for you today illustrating healing for you through praying in the Spirit:
 
Romans 8:26-27 (KJV)
 
26   Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27  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.
 
Do you see the word infirmities?  Do you know what this word means?
 
Here is what the original Greek says about the word:
 
Disease, Diseased, Infirmity, Sick, Sickly, Sickness, Weak, Weakened, Weaker, Weakness
 
feebleness (of body or mind); by implication malady; moral frailty :- disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.
 
When you pray in tongues, also known as praying in the Holy Spirit, you are manifesting His power because every word you are speaking is the voice of the Holy Spirit. He prays through you. He gives the utterance. This is evidenced in Acts 2:  ď....they all spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance....Ē It is the Spirit providing the utterance.
 
You are also praying in the perfect will of God and you will always get answers to your prayers. It is also impossible to pray in doubt and/or unbelief because you do not know what you are saying. You are bypassing your intellect. As a friend of mine said, ďyou cannot screw it up!Ē  This phenomena has been studied by fMRI (functional MRI) and a certain area of your brain lights up and your normal speech center shuts down.
 
Now Matthew 8:17 says, He Himself (referring to Jesus) took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. It was done on the cross. So in the mind of the Spirit, your healing has been accomplished by Jesus. Itís yours. Receive it by faith by praying in the Spirit.
 
As a matter of personal testimony, I encountered a very dangerous allergen years ago when I worked for Bristol Myers. I was a research director at the time working in drug research and development. As a result I got some very serious allergies. At times I had to get  shots of adrenaline, it was so serious. I had allergy problems just walking into the facility. This issue was highly alarming. I took this problem to Jesus and prayed in the Spirit everyday for about a month at which time the allergies subsided and vanished. That was way back in the mid seventies.
 
I canít tell you how many times I have been delivered from stuff by praying in the Spirit.
 
You can also bring deliverance to people by laying hands on them and praying in the Spirit. Many times, one or more of the the other 8 gifts of the Spirit manifest (1 Corinthians 12) when you take a step of faith like this.
 
Blessings on you,
Chet

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