When you become a Christian, the all-powerful, loving Holy Spirit comes to live in you. Then as you open your life to him, he is able to bring freedom, healing and wholeness to every part of our lives and give us the power to walk in God’s plan.
WHAT IS BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians, but it is not automatic that we will be baptised in the Holy Spirit. For some this happens the moment they become a Christian, but for many others it comes later.
Baptism in the Spirit is something Jesus promised for all who want to receive it. Jesus said, speaking of the day when the Spirit was poured out on the earth:
‘For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 1:5 NIV
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE RECEIVE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
When we are baptised in the Spirit we are soaked and saturated in the power and presence of God himself. Think of it like standing under a waterfall that comes from above; it fills you up and then overflows.
Baptism in the Spirit releases supernatural power, and it reproduces in and through us the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). We also receive new boldness and a desire to witness to others about Jesus, and a releasing of the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of tongues.
Paul says in Ephesians 5:18, ‘… [go on] being filled with the Spirit.’ This means that after we have first been baptised in the Holy Spirit, we can continually ask for a fresh infilling of the Spirit, experiencing his ongoing power and presence as a result.
HOW CAN I BE BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
If you have never been prayed for to be baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit then we would encourage you to be. Another next step you could take is to join an Alpha or Beta Course as there is an opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit during these. There is also an opportunity to receive prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit at our Touching Heaven prayer gatherings.