Holy Ghost baptism describes the reality and experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit – the third person of the trinity. In the life of the child of God, the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to raise the quality of His earthly existence to the standard of God by granting him unrestrained access to the resources of God the Father.
The evidence of His presence in a life is marked by the receipt of a new prayer language that is known as speaking in tongues.
The devil, however, has succeeded over time in causing the children of God to deny themselves access to this great assistant that is also known as the Comforter (John 14:26). By creating controversy around the subject of speaking in tongues, many Christians have been reduced to doing ordinary religious activities without evidence of God’s power in their lives and ministries because of their denial and ignorance of the Holy Ghost.
As a child of God, it is important to always ensure that your spiritual experiences tally with the Bible and not just with your church position. This is because it is possible for your church position not to align with the Bible.
The Bible says, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;’ (Mk 16:17). The only place in the Bible where you see speaking in tongues in the practical demonstration was in the book of Acts of the Apostles.
Some people believe that at the same moment you get born again, you are automatically baptised in the Holy Ghost. In other words, they think the two experiences happen concurrently. According to the Bible, however, these are two distinct experiences and do not happen together. They can happen on the same day for some people, but they are separate experiences.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I receive upon myself again, a dose of refreshing as I pray now in the Holy Ghost.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 3:16-6:14, Hebrews 4:1-16, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 26:27