What is Being Baptized by the Holy Spirit?
Getting baptized by the Holy Spirit is very important. Every Christian must be baptized by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the seal to our salvation (Ephesians 1:13). Every believer that has accepted Jesus Christ as their savior and saved must receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Being baptized by the Holy Spirit means being empowered by God. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do everything.
Getting Filled with the Holy Spirit after Accepting Jesus Christ
After accepting Jesus Christ as your savior, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you want to receive the Holy Spirit, you must ask a pastor to pray for you or you can pray for it yourself. In Acts 8:14-17, the people had simply believed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ but they still don’t have the Holy Spirit so the apostles came and placed their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. In Acts 19:1-16, Paul found some disciples and asked them whether they had receive the Holy Spirit. The disciples replied they had not even heard about the Holy Spirit so Paul baptized and prayed for them and they started to speak in tongues and prophesy. These disciples had already believed in Jesus Christ but they had not never heard about the Holy Spirit before.
The Holy Spirit Empowers Us
Once you have the Holy Spirit, he will lives in you forever. Whenever you need guidance in a problem you face, you can seek help from the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26, the comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father God sent on Jesus’ request, will remind you of all thing sand bring all things to your remembrance. The Holy Spirit can remind you about God’s words to guide you or point out your wrong. For example, if you feel disappointed about a situation, the Holy Spirit can remind you about a scripture so that you may be encouraged. You can pray to the Holy Spirit and tell him about your problems. The Holy Spirit can speak to you and warn you about the things that are going to happen or about what has happened or tell you what you do wrong or guide you step by step to solve your problems and etc. The Holy Spirit is the still, small voice that speak to you from your heart.
The Holy Spirit Endows Different Spiritual Gifts
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, the Holy Spirits endows on the believers with many different spiritual gifts including word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. In Romans 12:6-8, we have different spiritual gifts. Each of us should use our spiritual gifts in accordance to the grace God had given us. In Ephesians 4:11-13, it was God who has some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the edifying of the church.
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10). The apostles first spoke in tongues when they were gathered together in an upstairs room during Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and caused tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them (Acts 2:1-13). When you speak in tongues, you speak a mystery language that only God can understand (1 Corinthians 14:2). The Holy Spirit intercedes for you about your problems and other needs when you speak in tongues (Romans 8:26). Speaking in tongue is edifying yourself because no one can understand what you are saying (1 Corinthians 14:2-4). We should pray in the Spirit by speaking in tongues at all times (Ephesians 6:18).
The spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit endows upon us aim to further the kingdom of God. You should find your spiritual gifts by praying about it. Each of us has at least one spiritual gift. Some believers have more than one spiritual gifts. Once you have found out about your spiritual gifts, you must use it to serve God. For example, if you have a gift of teaching, you should serve God by teaching about the bible in a bible study program, cell group or Sunday School at the church.
If you serve God, God will bless you and be with you so that everything you do will be successful. In Genesis 39:2, God was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man. He was in the house of his Egyptian master. In Matthew 6:33, seek God’s kingdom first and all things else that you need will come to you. When serving God, you cannot serve with a motive of wanting to get blessing but do it out of a humble servant heart cheerfully.