Spirit Baptism – Lesson 7B

The Blessed Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit

Prepared for March 25, 2011

How to Receive The Baptism/ release  of the Holy Spirit

If you properly prepare yourself by going through these simple steps, then you will definitely receive this gift the first time you ask and press in for it.
Here are the steps.

1. Right Motive

The first thing you must have before asking God for this gift is the right motive. This one right here is where many Christians miss getting it the first time around.
Some people may want this gift because some of their friends may have just received it, or they want the gift of tongues, or they want God’s power to be able to do what their will is rather than what God’s will is going to be for their lives. In other words, they want this gift for their own selfish purposes rather than for what God wants to do with their lives.
The two main reasons that each Christian should want to have this gift for are the following:
  1. To be able to draw closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in your own personal relationships with each of Them. The number one thing that God wants from each one of us more than anything else is a one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship. Once you receive this gift, you will be able to draw that much closer to the Three of Them and They will then become much more active in your personal life.
  2. The second main reason that you will want this gift is so that you can have God’s supernatural power flowing through you so you can fully accomplish whatever God’s perfect will is going to be for you in this life. This is where you can really enter into what is called the anointing. The anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit operating through you to accomplish whatever it is God wants you to do for Him.
Many Christians, after studying what this gift is all about, and realizing that God can release this kind of supernatural power in their lives, will seek after this gift for the wrong reasons. They will seek after this gift to get the power of God operating through them so they can use it for their own selfish purposes and agendas.
So the first step you have to take is to make sure that your motives are right and pure with the Lord. If they are not, then God will not release this gift to you.
He will not allow His anointing to be tampered with or to be used for one’s own selfish purposes. You have to really want this gift because you want to be able to enter into a much deeper, personal relationship with God  and that you will now need His power and anointing to be able to flow through you so that you can fully accomplish whatever His divine destiny is going to be for your life.
God will be able to read right through your thoughts and motives on all of this. If you are not sincere with Him as to why you are really wanting it, or you are seeking after this gift for all of the wrong reasons, God will then see right through your impure motives and withhold this gift from you until you can come to Him for the right reasons and the right motive. So the first step and first requirement is  that you make sure that you properly examine your motives as to why you are seeking after this gift.
If you can honestly say that you really want this gift for the above right reasons, then you are now ready.
2. Decide If You Really Want It
Once you have examined your motives and you know that you can approach God with the right reasons and right motives for wanting this gift then the next step is to decide if you really want this gift.
This may sound a bit redundant, but it isn’t. This gift is only for those who want to go all out for God. It is only for those who are willing to put the pedal to the metal for God.
If God is going to allow the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul area, then He is going to want you to do something with it. God has a specific call, a specific purpose, and a specific plan for each person’s life.
If God allows the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul area, then you are going to have God’s power available to you to do what He wants you to do with your life.
If you are not willing to be used by God for whatever He wants to use you for in this life, then His anointing is just going to be wasted and He will more than likely withhold this gift from you.
Again, this is another reason why God may not release this gift the first time someone asks for it. This person does not really understand the ramifications and responsibility that comes from receiving this gift.
If you are not willing to go all out for the Lord in this life, then you will be wasting both your time and His time by asking for this gift.
Many Christians, after really realizing the responsibility and ramifications that come with this gift, really do decide not to press in for it because they know they cannot give God a full and unconditional commitment to fully serve Him.
Some Christians are also afraid to get to close to God in their own personal relationships with Him. This kind of unhealthy fear will also prevent you from being able to receive this gift.
Having the right motive and really wanting this gift  will be the main determining factors as to whether or not you will receive this gift the first time you try asking for it.
If your motives are not right, or if you are not sure that you really want this gift and the responsibility and ramifications that will go with it, then chances are, you will not receive it.
We must be properly prepared  to what this gift is really all about, and  properly prepared as to what God will expect from them if He should release this gift to them.
If you decide that your motives are right and pure, and that you really do want this gift and are willing to accept the responsibility and ramifications that will come with it  then you are now ready to surrender.
3. The Full Surrender
Once you realize what this gift entails and that you will have to be willing to fully surrender to whatever God’s perfect plan and destiny is going to be for your life then the next step is to take that big leap of faith and fully surrender everything over to God the Father.
What God wants from you are four things:
  • your body
  • your soul
  • your spirit
  • your entire life
He wants all three parts to your being  body, soul and spirit. If you notice in the above verse at the top, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, God wants to sanctify you completely in all three parts of your being spirit, soul and body.
God will want  your entire life  and this will literally include everything. He wants you to fully surrender everything.
If you are not willing to make a full and complete surrender of your body, soul, spirit and your entire life over to the Lord then He will probably not allow this gift to be released to you.
If you can now say that you really do want to receive this gift for all of the right reasons, that you have no fear in receiving it, and that you will now be willing to fully surrender every aspect of your life over to God the Father, then you are now ready.
4.Full Cleansing
What this entails is that you simply confess any sins that you may have on you that have not already been confessed and forgiven under the Blood of Jesus.
Imagine if you got a message from God the Father and He told you that He was going to send Jesus down to visit you at your house on a specific date. What would be the first thing that you would want to do?
You would want to clean your house from top to bottom. Everything would be properly dusted, the carpets vacuumed, everything put away in a nice and neat orderly fashion, etc. Why? Because you would want Jesus coming into a “clean house” to visit you.
The same analogy can now be used with the Holy Spirit. Since this gift is receiving the presence of the Holy Spirit up into your soul area the first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that you have a “clean house” for Him to come up into.
Your soul is your house. So how do you clean your soul up in order to properly receive His presence up into your soul? By fully confessing every known sin that you have not already confessed yet. You want a “clean slate” in order to really be able to receive Him up into your soul.
There are two parts to properly do this and they are as follows:
1 Write down any known sin that you still have lingering on you that you know that has not been fully confessed before God the Father to receive His full forgiveness for.
Ask God to show you any other sins that you may have in you that you may not be aware of that are sins in His sight.
Many of us have hidden sins that we are not fully aware of that really need to be confessed and washed clean under the Blood of Jesus.
You may be holding unforgiveness towards someone and God is view this as a sin, but you are not. You are not fully aware that this is a sin in His sight.
Be sensitive to any sins that the Holy Spirit may bring up  to your mind. Give God that long to reveal any hidden, secret sins that you may have in you that you may not be aware of.

This part of the lesson I would prefer if we do the exercise together, on your part you write in your answers and as we all mute our  mics we cry out the confession and the renouncing together in one accord  IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD ONLY.

Now  simply go to God in prayer and confess each one of these sins as a sin, and then accept His full forgiveness for each of these sins.

Here is a sample prayer that you can use to make sure that you do this right:
Father, I now come before You to fully confess my sins of (the name of each of your sins). I fully admit that what I have done was wrong and sinful in Your sight. Father, in Jesus name, I now ask that you please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that Your Son Jesus has personally shed for me on the cross. I also ask by the power of the Holy Spirit that you give me the power not to do any of these specific sins ever again. Father, I now believe that I have been fully forgiven and that my sins will no longer be remembered by You. Thank you Father.Thank you Jesus.”
Here is the Scripture verse backing up the above prayer and confession:
(1 John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Notice that we have to first confess our sins directly to Him before He will forgive us on each of our sins.
2.  The next and final step is to then deal with any type of heavier sin that you may have in your past. And here is where I need to give each of you a major warning.
Any previous “heavier” sins such as alcohol or drug abuse, any involvement in the occult, any involvement in a cult or false religion, or any involvement in a homosexual lifestyle  these types of heavier sins must not only be confessed but they must also be renounced before God the Father.
When you fully renounce something before God the Father, you are telling Him that you will never, ever go back to that activity again.
All of these heavier sins have one major thing in common  they are all major door openers to the dark side, to Satan’s realm where he and his demons roam.
Some people will get demons attached to them as a result of engaging in one or more of the above activities.
If you do not confess and renounce these types of heavier activities before God the Father, then the demons who may have attached themselves to you as a result of engaging in any of these activities will still have a legal right to stay attached to you.
If you do not confess and renounce these types of heavier sins before God the Father, then what could possibly happen is that  demon will mulitiply.
There have been documented cases of this happening, all because the person was not properly prepared before trying to receive this gift!
So make sure that if you have had any past involvement in any of the above mentioned activities, that you both confess and renounce that sin before God the Father, and then go ahead and speak out loud to any demons who may have become attached to you to now leave you in the name of Jesus Christ, since their legal rights have now been fully taken away from them with you both confessing and renouncing this heavier sin before God the Father.
Here is a sample prayer and how to properly do this:
This part of the lesson I would prefer if we do the exercise together, on your part you write in your answers and as we all mute our  mics we cry out the confession and the renouncing  together in one accord  IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD ONLY.
1.  “Father, I now come before You to fully confess my involvement in (name the sin  activity) as a sin. In addition to confessing it as a sin, I now wish
to fully renounce my involvement in (name the sin). Father, in the name of Jesus, I now fully renounce my involvement in (name the sin) and I promise
and vow to You that I will never, ever return back to it again.”
Now you will need to speak directly to any demons who may have become attached to you as a result of engaging in this past activity. This next part needs to be said out loud since demons cannot read your mind or thoughts.
2. “I now come against any and all demonic spirits who may have become attached to me  on the outside of me as a result of my involvement in (name the activity).
I have now fully confessed and fully renounced my involvement in (name the sin) to God the Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My past transgressions in this activity have now been fully forgiven under the blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You no longer have any more legal rights to stay attached to me in any way, shape or form.
My sin has now been fully forgiven and completely washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ.
I now plead the blood of Jesus Christ against each and every one of you. All of your legal rights have now been completely broken and taken away. You no longer have any more legal rights to stay attached to me.
Demons, I now command you, in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to leave me right now and forever more  and you are to never, ever come back on me again.
I repeat, each and everyone of you is to leave me right now in the name of Jesus Christ and you are to ever, ever come back on me ever again! Go now in the name of Jesus Christ!”
If you have drawn any demons in on you as a result of any participation in any of the above activities, then the above confession  and renouncement directly  should take care of the problem.
One final note when I say any involvement in the occult, I mean any involvement whatsoever.
If you have played with a Ouija  board even one time, if you have gone to a fortuneteller even one time, if you have been hypnotized even so much as one time  you need to go ahead and go through the above cleansing just to make absolutely, positively sure that you are clean and free of any demonic spirits before asking for this gift. It is much better to be safe than sorry on this.
I am going to go ahead and list some of the occult activities that will need to be confessed and renounced before God if you do want to press in for this gift.
Any involvement in any of these occult activities need to be fully confessed and fully renounced before God the Father before attempting to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Here is the list:
  1. Fortune telling of any kind
  2. Tarot Cards
  3. Ouija Boards
  4. Séances and any involvements with mediums or
    spiritists
  5. I Ching
  6. Hypnotism
  7. Transcendental or any type of far eastern meditation
  8. Witchcraft
  9. Satanism
  10. Voodoo
  11. Channeling of any kind
  12. Astro projection
  13. Dungeons and Dragons
  14. Any New Age techniques or activities
  15. Necromancy (is a form of magic in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirit of a deceased person, either as an apparition or ghost, or to raise them)
If you are willing to pass all of the above  steps, then you are now ready to receive the baptism / release of the Holy Spirit so He can now release from your spirit to come up into your soul.
If your motives are right and pure, if you have decided that you really want this gift, if you are willing to make a full and complete surrender of your body, soul, spirit and entire life over to God the Father, and are willing to properly go through the above cleansing process in order for the Holy Spirit to have a clean house in which to be able to enter into  you are now really ready to receive this gift and it will now become very easy for you to do so.
The hard part is now over.
I really feel that the reason many people do not receive this gift when trying to get it quickly at a church service is that they simply have not been properly prepared to receive it. The above steps will properly prepare you to receive this gift if you are honest with yourself when you complete these  steps.

5. Prayer to Receive the Baptism/ releasing  of the Holy Spirit

If you have successfully completed the steps only thing left to do is simply to go to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to release up into your soul.
It really is that simple. You do not have to go into any type of major travailing or prevailing trying to get God to release this gift to you.
Any travailing or prevailing would have been done in steps  where you had to make a personal decision with yourself as to who is going to run your life you or God.
You may have also wrestled with the Lord on going through the cleansing process in reference to some past or hidden sins that He wanted you to confess as sins in order for your house to be clean enough to allow the Holy Spirit to enter into your soul.
If you have successfully passed those steps on the full surrender, having the right motives, and allowing God to clean you up on the inside with any sins that He wanted confessed, forgiven and washed completely clean under the Blood of His Son, then the hard part is now over.
This gift will then be released to you by way of just a simple prayer and request to God the Father. Simply ask God the Father in a simple prayer request and you will then receive this gift from
Him.
This gift is then accepted by simple faith and belief.
Here is a simple, basic way that you can word your prayer to God the Father to receive this most glorious gift.
Notice in the prayer that you are agreeing to make a full and complete surrender of your entire life over to Him.
Father, I believe that I am truly saved and born again. I believe that all of my sins have now been fully forgiven and washed clean under the Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Father, I now, by an act of my free will, turn my entire life over to You. I now place my body, my soul, my spirit and my entire life into Your hands.
I now ask that You place and enter me into Your perfect will for my life. I now ask that You set me up on the perfect plan and destiny that you have set up for my life.
Father, I now want to go one step further. I now want to receive the Baptism of your Holy Spirit  the release of your Holy Spirit to come up and enter into my soul from my spirit.
Father, in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, I now ask that you allow the Holy Spirit to enter into my soul and take control of the entire temple in which you dwell.
Father, from this moment on, by an act of your faith in me and belief, I am going to believe that Your Holy Spirit has now entered into my soul  regardless of whether or not I feel anything.
Thank you Father. Thank you Jesus.”Thank  you  Holy Spirit.
Speaking in tongues is an integral part of the “greater works” Jesus promises to do in his disciples (See John 14:1-26).
By His faith in you RIGHT NOW, just thank Him and Praise Him as He release your tongue to talk to HIM. All hell and demons cannot interpret your conversation. Do not be discourage, be bold release your tongue to speak what is upon it. Let it flow in power for the glory of the LORD, Amen.

What completes this prayer is His faith in you and belief that God has now granted it. There is no reason for God to withhold this gift from you and you can now start walking believing that the Holy Spirit has now entered into your soul.

Evangelist,
Edwin & Bianca
Ambrose

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