Spirit Baptism followup letter

Dear Saints,
  1. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love
    of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
  2. “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit …” (Philippians 2:1)
These two words above “fellowship and communion”  tell us that we can enter into a personal relationship direct with the Holy Spirit Himself!
The word “communion” means to have a direct partnership with someone, to share with someone, to have fellowship with someone. These two words spell one thing  personal relationship!
Brethren establish  a direct, one-on-one, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit Himself. Simply start talking to Him like you would a best friend. He is right there on the inside of you.

What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism/ releasing  of the Holy Spirit ?

When you first receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, one of three things may happen:

1) The Gift of Tongues

Some of you may receive the gift of tongues right off the bat. If you do, that is great. You have just been given a powerful prayer gift from God and you can now start to use this powerful gift in your prayer life with Him.
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; It builds you up spiritually.
JUDE 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, It enables you to pray for things you otherwise would not even know about.
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 groaning which cannot be uttered.

Very important:
1 CORINTHIANS 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself. It stimulates your faith because faith must be exercised to speak in tongues.

Some people have a mental block or fear about receiving the gift of tongues. God is not going to hold someone back from receiving the Baptism / releasing  of the Holy Spirit just because someone is not really ready to receive the gift of tongues.
The text in 1 Corinthians 14:21-22  PROVES that unknown tongues, aka, speaking in other tongues, was intended as far back as Isaiah’s time, to be a supernatural “sign” given by God the Father, by which unbelieving men would know that the Lord Jesus Christ was abiding in the midst of them, and doing his Father’s “works” thru the church.  Read Isaiah 28:11-16 in the Amplified Bible if you have access to it, because this OT passage is what Paul uses in his letter to the Corinthian church.
Speaking in tongues is an integral part of the “greater works” Jesus promises to do in his disciples (See John 14:1-26).
However, I want to state one thing about the gift of tongues in reference to the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There are many  churches that teach that the gift of tongues is the only evidence of having received this gift. In other words, if you have not received the gift of tongues, then you have not received the Baptism / releasing of the Holy Spirit. I personally believe that this teaching is  wrong.

Here is what the Bible says about the gifts of the Holy Spirit which includes the gift of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:4 goes into each of the gifts. At the end of this verse, it then reads as follows:
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
This verse tells us that God gives each of these gifts to who He wills  not as we will.
We can seek after these gifts and ask God for them, but God will be the One to decide who gets what.

2. Manifestation

Some may receive an actual inner manifestation from the Lord when first receiving this gift. Some will actually feel the presence of the Holy Spirit on the inside of them. He will actually manifest His presence on the inside of their souls when He first comes up.
If this should happen to you, what you will literally feel is God’s love for you. Depending on how strong the Holy Spirit wants to manifest Himself to you, you may actually start to cry when this manifestation starts to occur.
If this should happen to you, do not be afraid of it. This is an incredible experience to be able to feel the manifest presence of God on the inside of you. The Holy Spirit will control the manifestation so as not to scare or overwhelm you. You may literally feel His presence manifest all the way up into your chest and face.
Some people have a mental block or fear about receiving the gift of tongues. God is not going to hold someone back from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit just because someone is not really ready to receive the gift of tongues.
I know plenty of Spirit-filled people who do not have the gift of tongues. I have read many stories of how some people thought that they had not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, all because they had not received the gift of tongues  when in fact they had already received it.

3) Absolutely Nothing

If the gift of tongues does not manifest in you or you do not receive any type of inner manifestation from the Holy Spirit when He first enters into your soul  then the next thing that may happen is absolutely nothing! And this is what actually happens most of the time. There are no manifestations, either of His presence or with the gift of
tongues.

Note I repeat.
Some people have a mental block or fear about receiving the gift of tongues. God is not going to hold someone back from receiving the Baptism / releasing  of the Holy Spirit just because someone is not really ready to receive the gift of
tongues.

However, just because nothing has happened does not mean that He has not entered into your soul. So how do you know that you have really received this gift?
This will now lead us into the last section – the benefits of having received the Baptism / releasing of the Holy Spirit. You should start to receive and experience some of these benefits over the course of time. It may not happen overnight. However, just be patient with Him. Over the course of time the Holy Spirit will start to miraculously show Himself to you in a wide variety of ways.
Here is a list of some of the things that you can look forward to receiving after you have received this gift from the Lord.

The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit

You will have to do your part in all of this. You will have to seek to establish a close, intimate, personal relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And you will also have to spend some kind of good, quality time getting to know more about Them and all of Their ways by studying the Bible.
The Bible says that God will give back to us with the measure that we use. In other words, if you want God to give you 100% from His direction  then you have to be willing to give Him 100% from your direction. Seek and then you will find. Ask  and then you will receive.
If you do not seek  then the reverse is also true then you will not find. I believe there are spiritual laws that are in operation in God’s realm, and God simply will not put forth any effort to show Himself to you in a wide variety of miraculous ways unless you are willing to do your party pressing in and start to seek after Him.
Do your part, and watch what God will do in your life  especially after you have received the gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! Now here are some of the major benefits and blessings that should start to happen to you over the course of time.

1. Deepen Your Personal Relationship With God

As I stated above, when you receive this gift, the Holy Spirit will be able to draw you that much closer to God and Jesus since He is now living where you really reside at  your soul.
Since you will now be much closer to the Holy Spirit as a result of Him filling up into your soul  you will now be that much closer to both God and Jesus, since access to the both of Them is made “by, in and through” the Holy Spirit.

2. Hunger for the Word of God

Since you will now be brought much closer to the Three of Them as a result of having received this gift, the first thing the Holy Spirit is going to want to do with you is to increase your knowledge base about the Lord.
When you enter into a true, personal relationship with someone, the first thing you will want to do is to find out everything you can about them.
The Bible is the only true and accurate source we have down here that will teach us about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and all of Their ways.
So the first thing the Holy Spirit is going to want to do is draw you into the Bible so that you can then start to learn more about the Lord and all of His ways. He will actually put a major desire and hunger in you to want to study the Word.

3. Understanding the Word of God

Not only will the Holy Spirit give you a major desire and a major hunger for the Word of God, but He will also help you understand what you reading from the Bible so that you can start to get some of these incredible truths worked into your personal life.

Many Christians, especially newborns, do not understand or comprehend half of what they are reading when they first try to study the Bible.
You will find that the Holy Spirit will start to illuminate your mind as to what certain Scripture verses mean and how they can apply to your daily life and walk with the Lord.
This is direct, supernatural revelation and illumination that will be coming directly from Him.

4. The Anointing

With you now being Spirit-filled up into your soul area  you will now be in a better position to receive God’s anointing on your life.
The anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit operating through you to accomplish whatever God wants you to do for Him. It will be God’s supernatural power flowing through you, not your power. Your powers are limited, but God’s power are not!
You will have God’s anointing and power to be the best at whatever He will be calling you to do for Him in this life. This anointing will not only come on whatever your jobs you are going to be doing for the Lord in this life, but this anointing will also fall on the other areas of your life as well.
If you are married, then God’s anointing will be on you so you can become a much better spouse for your mate. If you are a parent with children, then God’s anointing will be on you so you can become a very good parent for your children. God’s anointing will also fall on the personal relationships that you will have with other people.
If you are open to receiving His full anointing in your life then there is no area of your life that He cannot come into to give you a helping hand on.
The Bible calls the Holy Spirit the “Helper,” and He can help you in every single area of your life, no matter how small or trivial the task or issue may be.
The Holy Spirit will also help you in establishing priorities in your life, along with helping you in properly organizing things that need to get done on a daily basis so that you can fully accomplish everything that needs to get done on that daily basis.
In other words, the Holy Spirit can help make your life a lot less stressful and a lot easier to manage if you can learn how to follow His leadings.

5. Improve Your Prayer Life With the Lord

The Holy Spirit will also help you in your own personal prayer life with the Lord. You will learn how to “pray in the Spirit,” which means that both you and Him will be praying to God the Father on the same request at the same time.
With His presence and power now mixing in with your own personal prayers, you will now find yourself starting to get more of your personal prayers answered with God the Father. You will also start to feel and sense a much stronger connection to God the Father when you do go into prayer with Him.
The Holy Spirit will also help guide your prayers so that they are properly worded to the Lord, along with showing you the different types of prayer strategies that you can take with God the Father in order to help increase your chances of getting more of your personal prayers answered!

6. The Holy Spirit Will Start To Teach You Things

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will “teach us all things and guide us into all truth.” The Holy Spirit has been set up by God the Father to be our Teacher and Guide in this life. He will help teach and guide you through every area of your life if you are open to receiving this kind of direct help from Him.
The Bible tells us that those who are led by the Holy Spirit are the true sons of God. This is a Spirit-led life. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to be led by Him so that you can get to where the Lord wants to take you to in this life.

7. Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that we are transformed by the “renewing of our minds.” God wants to put right thinking into our minds. The Bible gives us all of the information that we will need for this type of renewal to take place.
However, the Holy Spirit is the One who will really help you out in incorporating everything that you will read in the Bible. It is the Word and the Spirit working together that will cause this renewal to take place in your mind.

8. Sanctification

God’s ultimate and highest aim for all of us is our sanctification in Him. God wants to mold, shape and transform us into a better and more holy people. He wants to transform all of us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. Again, this is all done through combining both the Word and the Spirit together.
We read in the Bible what God wants us to be like. He wants us to be loving, good, gentle, kind and humble people. However, the Word by itself will not get the job done.
The Word gives us the knowledge of what God is expecting from each one of us  but the Holy Spirit is the One who will actually make us more loving, gentle, kind and humble. However, He will not do this for us unless we are willing to spend some kind of regular, quality time in the Word learning exactly what God wants to teach us.
The Holy Spirit needs something to work with in order to be able to transform and sanctify us  and that something is knowledge and that knowledge can only be received by reading and studying from the Bible. This is why you need both the Word and the Spirit operating through you in order to really change you into the kind of person God wants you to become in Him.

9. The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

This will lead right into the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us
that there are 9 specific fruits that come directly from the Holy Spirit.

These are His fruits  not ours. The specific fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, self-control, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, goodness and gentleness.
What this means is that His love, His goodness, His joy, and His peace will start to be worked and meshed into your personality so that you can then start to become a much more loving, kind and gentle person.

After having received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, these nine fruits will start manifesting into your personality much more quickly and much more powerfully!
The Holy Spirit will also be working some additional qualities into your personality such as the qualities of boldness, courage, confidence and passion.
Jesus says in the Book of Revelation that He will spew you out of His mouth if He finds that you are too lukewarm in your own personal relationship with Him. God is looking for passionate and intense people and the Holy Spirit will help to work these kinds of additional qualities into your personality.

10. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In addition to the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, the Bible also tells us that there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The  gifts of the Holy Spirit are the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, prophecy, the interpretation of tongues, the discerning of spirits, the working of miracles, the gifts of healing and the gift of faith the gift of tongues,
Any one of these gifts will now be able to be manifested through you at any time to be able to help either yourself or someone else.
Just suffice to say for now, you will have a much better chance of getting some of these  gifts to manifest through you after you have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit than you did before you had received this gift.

11. Communication From God

After you receive this gift, you will be hearing from God with much more clarity and with much more frequency. God likes to supernaturally communicate to His children in a wide variety of ways.
The number one way is through the “inner knowing” Other ways are through the inner witness, leadings, quickenings (where the Holy Spirit will jump things at you), visions, dreams, signs in your circumstances, etc.
Again, this will be another article, but suffice to say, you can learn how to hear from God and the Holy Spirit will teach you how to do it. It is a skill which can be learned and taught.

12. Seeing Things More Clearly

One of the most amazing things that will happen to you over the course of time is that you will start to see things through the “eyes” of the Holy Spirit. You will start seeing things as God sees them, not as man sees them. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will help guide you into all truth and one of the ways that He will do this is by allowing you to see things from His perspective.
You will start seeing the truth in the many different situations you will find yourself in. Not only will you start seeing the truth that is in the Bible, but you will also start seeing the truth in many different things and areas in your everyday life.
The Bible says that the truth will set you free. However, you first have to “see” what the truth is before that truth can start to work to set you free. The Holy Spirit will help make sure that you see what the real truth is on a wide variety of matters and issues in your life. Once you see what the real truth is on a certain matter, then you will know how to properly handle it.

13. Show You Things To Come

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will at times show us things to come and that is before they come. The reason He likes to do this is so that we can properly prepare ourselves for something that may be coming down the road, whether it be good or bad. He will do this in a wide variety of ways. Again, this will be another whole article.

14. Help Increase Your Intelligence Levels

Since you now have the Holy Spirit operating up in your soul area  He can now help improve your intelligence levels, which will also include improving your ability to remember things. He will help improve your memory and your ability to retain and remember things.
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will help bring back up to our remembrance Scripture verses when we will need them on the spot. He can also do this with a wide variety of other things in your life including helping you with your school work if you are still in school, and with the different things on your job at your place of employment.

15. Help Increase Energy Levels and Physical Strength

Since the Holy Spirit is now living up in your soul area  He is going to be that much closer to your physical body. Your spirit is located on the inside of your soul. Your soul had thus been acting as a bit of a barrier between your spirit and body.
Before you had received this gift, the Holy Spirit was just living in your spirit. But now that you have received this gift, He is now living up in your soul area and right next to your physical body.

What this means is that His presence will start to overlap into your physical body. When that starts to happen, your physical energy levels may start to increase. Your physical strength levels may also increase due to the fact that His power may start to overlap into your physical body.

16. Will Help “Keep You”

The Bible tells us that the Lord is our “keeper.” It is God’s job to help “keep us” protected and from straying too far from the straight and narrow road that He wants all of us to travel on.

With God becoming much more active in your daily life after having received this gift, expect God to communicate to you with much more frequency and with much more intensity if you should ever find yourself headed for trouble or too far off the straight and narrow road.
God will also help keep you centered and balanced in your walk with Him. Some people seem to get too far away from Him and end up falling out of balance with Him.
They then start to become too flaky in their walks with Him. Once this starts to happens, they then do not make the best witness or representative for God when trying to witness to others. As a result, they end up chasing more people away from God rather than leading more people to  Him.
After having received this gift, you will become much more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadings, and it will then become much easier for you to read Him and stay properly balanced in your walk with the Lord.

17. You Will Become More Compassionate

With the Holy Spirit now living much closer to you as a result of Him being in your soul area, another thing that will start to happen is that you will start to find yourself having much more compassion and empathy for other people and their problems and pains.
You will start to feel God’s sorrow and pain for their conditions. The Holy Spirit will start to “tenderize” your heart, making it much more tender and compassionate.
The Bible tells us that God will take out our heart of “stone”, which is called a “hard heart,” and give us a new heart of “flesh,” which is a more tender and compassionate type of heart. As a result, you will find yourself being able to cry more easily than you have in the past  and this will go for grown men too.
The Holy Spirit will help make you much more sensitive to other people’s feelings and emotions  sometimes almost to the point of actually being able to feel that person’s emotions, pain or grief to the same degree they may be feeling it.

18. Manifestations

After having received this gift, you will be open to receiving different kinds of manifestations from the Lord. Again, this will be another whole study. But many people are scared to death of this realm, and God will usually only show Himself in this way to the people that would really welcome it and not be afraid of it.
You can get “stirrings” on the inside of you, which are manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s presence on the inside of your soul and body. You can get the laughter from the Spirit on the inside of you which is God laughing through you.
Other manifestations would be getting goose bumps on your skin, getting drunk in the Spirit, getting slain in the Spirit, receiving what I call the “power shakes” where the Holy Spirit will manifest His power on your physical body making a part or all of your body shake or tremble  fragrance
manifestations such as the smell of perfume, roses or other flowers – visions, dreams, prophecies and supernatural signs in your circumstances.

Again, God will usually only do this for the people who are comfortable enough in receiving them. Do not let this supernatural realm scare you away from receiving this gift. The other benefits are too important and they are all needed in order for you to live a victorious and overcoming life in the Lord.

Conclusion

If you will really chew and meditate on all of the above benefits and blessings, you will see that they will dramatically change and transform the quality of your life. This is why I say this gift is the second greatest gift that God can give you down here on this earth!
With this gift, God will become much more active in your life and will start to supernaturally show Himself to you in a wide variety
of ways. This gift is a major door opener that will take you from the dugout out onto the real playing field where the real walk with the Lord is at.

Evangelist,
Edwin & Bianca
Ambrose
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