The signs described in this scripture – speaking in tongues, casting out devils, laying hands on the sick – form one of the defining experiences of a Pentecostal. You are not going to begin your journey into the world of the Spirit of God and the Spirit realm until you get baptised in the Holy Ghost fully. You are introduced into the Spirit realm by salvation, but you begin your journey when you get baptised in the Holy Ghost. Just like how passing a qualifying exam to the university does not make you a graduate but introduces you to the process of becoming one. Becoming a graduate will require successfully navigating through the requirements of studentship in a university – going through lectures, passing examinations, paying required fees, etc. If you pass through all these, you then graduate with a certificate.
Mark 16:18 establishes the signs of casting out devils, speaking in tongues, and other signs mentioned as spiritual experiences of the Holy Ghost that comes after a man becomes born again. If you are going to be functioning at a higher level of Christian demand, then you cannot neglect the Holy Spirit.
In modern times, part of the tricks of the devil is to make the things of God look foolish; or to make the serious things of Christianity look mysterious. But, no, there is nothing mysterious about the Bible; just make up your mind that you are going to become a doer of the word of God after you have accepted Christ as your Lord.
PRAYER: Father, I choose divine experiences in the spirit realm. I welcome the impact of the Holy Spirit in my journey with You after salvation. Thank you, Lord.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 21:1-22:31, Hebrews 10:1-17, Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 27:12