How to Receive the Baptism in the Spirit
The baptism with the Spirit is a clear experience that follows on from turning to Christ. Sadly it isn’t the experience of all followers of Jesus but I believe that it can be. God has poured out is Spirit for us all. If you’ve not yet had this experience, then ask God and get others to pray with you. Yes, it’s that simple.
1. What do I need to do to be baptised in the Spirit?
Ask to be filled (Matthew 7:7-11) and go on being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:19-20). If you’ve never had that initial experience of baptism of the Spirit then ask and keep on asking and drink deeply of the Holy Spirit.
You can pray for this yourself and other people can pray for you too. The Bible describes people laying their hands on people to receive the Spirit.
You don’t have to be anyone special to pray for others to be baptised in the Spirit. In Acts 9:17 Ananias prayed for Saul to be filled with the Spirit and there’s no indication he was anything more than an obedient follower of Jesus.
2. How do I know if I’ve been baptised in the Spirit?
Baptism in the Spirit brings a deep spiritual experience of joy that overflows to others. You will find a greater confidence is opening up conversations about your faith as well as a supernatural equipping to serve in other ways.
There are many occasions when the Spirit is recorded as being the enabling power for specific actions. This can include the gift of speaking in tongues but I do not believe that you must speak in tongues to be baptised in the Spirit.
There will be some evidence of receiving power to do things beyond your own ability. The book of Acts is full of such supernatural incidences such as hearing God speak words of guidance though prophecies, and seeing amazing answers to prayer such as miraculous healing.
3. Can I be baptised in the Spirit more than once?
Acts 4 says the disciples were filled with the Spirit again days after their initially baptism with the Spirit at Pentecost. As baptism is described as an initiation I would say we are only baptised in the Spirit once. But we can have similar overwhelming experiences of the Spirit time and time again.
The Spirit brings us to repentance and faith but that is only the first step. Then there is the second step of that initial infilling with the Spirit. This is breakthrough experience is what we call baptism with the Spirit. But there is then a third, fourth, fifth step as we are filled again.
If you have been baptised with the Spirit already keep on drinking and asking God for more. God may give you deep dramatic experiences. These are great. But ultimately it is the closeness of the Spirit helping us in our daily life is what is important.
So what are you waiting for? Pray to God to fill you and let me know what happens!