The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
Some things are necessary if we want to fully rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. I grew up thinking I was in top of my game. I was invited to preach in different churches at a very young age. I knew I was destined to be a preacher of the Word. During this time, I had no idea about the Holy Spirit except that He is part of the trinity. I grew up in a church where we didn’t believe that the Spirit can still move.
So we I encountered someone asking me the same question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”, all I can say is NO, what is that? I know about water baptism but the baptism of the Holy Spirit???
So right then and there I asked that person to pray for me. I wanted to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and as he was praying I knew God was doing something supernaturally. I didn’t receive the gift of tongues that moment (it happened after a month while I was reading the Bible in my room), but my ministry took on a whole new level. It was no longer on my ability but the Holy Spirit’s ability to transform and touch hearts.
I literally became an effective witness and not just a witness. Our classmates got saved, I started to move in signs and wonders and see how God would heal people. It was also during this time, that my relatives got saved because I prayed for healing and God touched them.
In short, God moved. I was just a willing vessel. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? What are you waiting for???