I was 15 years old. Just newly saved and burning for Christ.
After being told of the need for the Holy Ghost in my life, and after reading Acts 2 for myself I wanted this Holy Ghost badly.
And I wanted to be His.
I wanted him to fill me so that he can guide me.
I fasted and prayed constantly seeking after experiencing the Holy Spirit in tears.
Everyone around me seemed to be getting touched and filled but for some odd reason, I was left out ( or at least it felt that way).
It was as if God had forgotten all about me.
In moments of prayer, I felt his presence and a stirring inside me that at times felt like a burning sensation in my belly, but that was not enough for me. I wanted the experience that the disciples had in Acts 2. So, I continued reaching out for God.
One night at prayer service, after about a half hour of praying and crying out before God, I took a bathroom break.
I was so hungering after God that right in that bathroom I broke down in tears and frustration: wondering why I was being left out. I told God I needed him in my life that night; and that I would not leave until he filled me, that night. I stopped caring what anyone else thought at that moment.
I became desperate.
And I just stayed in that bathroom and cried like a baby.
Then I wiped my eyes and slipped out hoping that no one realized that I was in tears.
But something did happen that night:
As I went back to pray, all I could remember was opening my mouth and praising God. Then I started feeling that stirring inside me once again. I felt a sweet sensation that spilled out like liquid fire.
I opened my mouth in praise, but out came the utterance of tongues.
That was the very moment I understood when Jeremiah said (NKJV):
It was so powerful that I hit the floor in tears and in tongues. I could not stop. Prayer meeting was scheduled for an hour but that night it lasted two hours or more. Because as I was touch, so were others and the whole room lit up in a blaze!
It was an amazing experience.
I received the Holy Ghost at that very moment. And what a mighty time I have been having ever since! (I kid you not ;) )
Have a personal experience to share? We'll love to here from you. Leave it in the comment box below.
After christian salvation, it is important that you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
As I mentioned in our first lesson on the Holy Ghost, God's sole intention was always to commune with man or to have fellowship with us. And without his Spirit, we are not His.
It was never His intention to just 'have a conversation with us for just a few minutes then be on His way' ... No He wanted a relationship. An intimate relationship.
That's the fellowship that God wants to share with us.
The Bible says in the Corinthians 2: 11 what better way to get to know God than to be given the Spirit of God. For only the Spirit of a man can reveal who he really is.
Oh, but wait there's so much more...
It goes wayyy beyond just receiving the Holy Ghost. We'll talk more about that in upcoming lessons. For now let's focus on your first time experiencing the Holy Spirit.
Everyone's experience of receiving the Holy Ghost can be different. You can experience the Holy Ghost with the utterance of speaking in tongues ( our heavenly language) at the very moment you say yes to Christ.
It can be at baptism just like Jesus, it can be much earlier or much later like the saint in Ephesus (Acts 19 verse 1 and 2).
It is determined by your readiness to receive.
Although there might not be a step by step manual, the great thing is that there's a pattern!
The bible always leave us a pattern to follow. Thank goodness.
I would be lying if I said that all you had to do was believe and then wala! you immediately receive this free gift. But it's a gift given by God and only He can determine when you are prepared to receive it.
If you are looking to receive your own personal time experiencing the Holy Spirit then you can follow the pattern:
You must have Faith. Hebrews 11: 6 ( KJV) says:
King James just has a way with words doesn't he?
( I know, I know. King James didn't write the bible. But you get my drift)
The Words says that the first ingredient for receiving anything from God is Faith. We must first have Faith that He is real and He is listening to our cry. Also, that once we approach him in sincerity of heart He will hear our prayer and answer.
Even though I am going to teach another lesson on Faith ( or probably a boat load of lessons) let me share something right here.
Faith is not just simply belief.
Faith goes way beyond believing that God can or that He will. Faith means that "God has".
Do you see what I am saying?
Faith means that even before you ask, you approach God knowing that it is already done! ( Ok Joan, don't get too excited and run off into a Faith bible study lesson. Stay on course)
So when we approach God in prayer, start with thanksgiving, knowing that even before you ask He has done it already. You have it, even before you ask.
Now this changes our approach to God doesn't it?
Well it would most definitely change mine! I would approach God in joy; rejoicing as I pray; in anticipation and excitement knowing that He has done it!
Jesus left some instructions for his disciples just before he ascended. This pattern still works today. In Acts 1: 4, 13 - 14
Three patterns we can gather from scripture:
The evidence will show it.
You see in Acts 2: 4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
The infilling of the Holy Ghost comes with a whopper of an evidence that cannot be hid! It comes with the evidence of tongues as the Spirit gives you utterance.
It goes beyond anything I've ever experienced before! It cannot be compared.
Sounds a little surreal, check all through the book of Acts. When the saints received the Holy Ghost they spake with other tongues, which caused the apostles to rejoice every time because they knew, by this evidence, that they had been filled.
Wanna bring it a little closer to home? Have you ever heard about the Azusa street revivals?
This can be something difficult to really explain. To truly understand, it has to be a personal experience. To help I would say that experiencing the Holy Spirit feels like:
Perhaps you have been in prayer, asking God for the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, but you are afraid.
This may be all new to you and you don't know what to expect and how you would feel.
So you are a little hesitant.
I would suggest to read the book of Acts completely. More than once if need be, focusing on those moments when saints received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Let God through the Word wash you of any doubt and fear, as you seek after him more and more.
I was scared too. I resisted at first. But when I let go and let God, man! He took over the show and showered me with His presence. He will do the same for you.
So when you feel a little stirring in your heart and soul let God do His thing. Continue in prayer and praises and soon you will realize that you experience the same thing that so many of us have..
You'll be experiencing the Holy Spirit yourself!
This lesson was a very special one for me. For so many persons are wondering whether the Holy Ghost is real and what experiencing the Holy Spirit feels like.
My heart's desire is that my brothers and sisters come to experience the very same thing that happened not only the saints in the bible, but people around the world. God is real, and so is the Holy Ghost.
It is a free gift and you really do not have to go without it another day!
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