Are you Filled? - How to Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit
Pastor Quentin Beard
Arthur and Evangelist Vance Havner said this, “We are not going to move this world by criticism of it
nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.” This Sunday
we started a new series called, Are you Filled? For the next couple weeks, we will be looking at and
discovering the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit. Just as we know in order for us to be able to
travel in our car’s we have to have gas in the tank. The Holy Spirit will fill our spiritual gas tanks and
fuel us to move forward in God’s Kingdom plan for our lives. Holy Spirit is our source of supernatural
power that helps us every day. Jesus sets mankind up to anticipate the work of the Holy Spirit in our
lives when He tells His disciples in John 16:7, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your
advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will
send him to you.” (ESV) Jesus is introducing the Holy Spirit, who is not an “it” or an impersonal force,
but rather a person. Jesus instructs us about the function of the Holy Spirit is to carry out God’s
Mission on earth. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, He came to the disciples and gave them this
command in Luke 24:49, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city
until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (NIV) Jesus was speaking about an experience
after salvation. Jesus was talking about being filled or baptized in the Holy Spirit. In Acts chapter 2 we
read that the disciples after being baptized in the Holy Spirit began to speak in other tongues other
languages. It wasn’t the Holy Spirit speaking but He merely gave them the utterance. They were the
ones who spoke, they had to do something. It is something we must do in faith. When we ask Jesus
to baptize us in the Holy Spirit and seek Him for it, we must be ready and willing to speak out in faith
as the Spirit gives us the utterance, even if it may seem foolish in the natural. This gift a personal
prayer language is for everyone. You can receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit at any point, the only
prerequisite is a relationship with Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus, He wants to baptize you in the
Holy Spirit. Ask, believe and receive. Your heavenly prayer language, words that you don’t
understand will bubble up inside of you. Just speak them out.
I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at camp, the summer before my senior year. It
was an awesome experience, but it didn’t happen overnight. At church, I always heard
cool stories of people speaking in tongues or seeing dreams, and I saw how close their
relationship was with God. I wanted to have that so bad, but I felt like I could never
obtain it. I was scared that I didn’t deserve it. I was so frustrated at myself and at God.
But I prayed constantly for God to give me a chance. Even then, I still doubted I would
ever be by baptized by the Spirit.
Fast forward to camp 2018, by then my relationship with God was a lot stronger. I think it
was the fourth day, we were praying individually, and I was just crying out to God. At that
moment, I let go of everything that was holding me back. All my doubts, fears, and
worries. I felt something shift in me. Then I started to pray with my group. As they were
praying over me, I got chills all over my body and I felt the presence of God in a way I
never felt before. I started crying and speak in tongues. At that moment I knew I was
officially baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Eskeder Tekalign “Graduate of SFF Youth”
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
What are your thoughts on the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
What are some miss beliefs you have heard about the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Have you received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?