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How to Receive the Holy Spirit
by Segun Olumide
10/25/2014 / Christian Living
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.BENEFITS OF RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
2.HINDRANCES TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
3.STEPS FOR RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
A pastor who runs the Holy Ghost school said our tracts titled "How to Receive the Holy Spirit" has helped quite a number of people to receive the Holy Spirit more easily.
He used some copies in their own sanctuary, some in other locations and the Lord blessed his effort with glowing reports.
When he was travelling abroad for ministrations, he requested some copies of the same tract which he took along.
Here is his own account:
"The New Apostolic Movement has been a channel of blessing to our ministries and the Church at large. This is one of the rare ministries I have come across when it comes to the standard of Gospel materials with spiritual impact.
Among many pieces of literature I have received freely from the ministry, the tract 'How To Receive The Holy Spirit' has basically helped our numerous programmes both locally and internationally.
In our various discipleship centres called "Holy Ghost School" seminars within the Church and in our Africa Gospel tour in the last one year, it has helped the candidates to clearly understand the person of the Holy Spirit, the need to receive Him and the hindrances to receiving Him.
Because of the clarity and details of this tract, many have opened up easily and have been undoubtedly baptized in their number.
It has made our ministrations easy and many are demanding it.
1.Through the use of "How To Receive The Holy Spirit" at a Church, Word of Power Mission, Abaranje, Lagos in September 2009, about 30 people receive the Holy Spirit baptism instantly.
2.At the Holy Ghost school being held in Holiness Hospital, Egbe, Lagos, a notable number of people received the Holy Spirit instantly on two different occasions.
3.At the Life of Christ Centre in Bamenda, Cameroon, a good number of believers receive the Holy Spirit through the same tract in two consecutive meetings in one weekend.
4.Between June and October 2009, at the Holy Ghost School Centre in Liasu Road, Egbe, one or two people received the Holy Spirit through this tract on a regular basis in the space of 4 months."
The same tract has been revised and converted to this book you are now reading.
Big congrats to you because it is your turn to receive the Holy Spirit without stress!
BENEFITS OF RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
Some years ago, I remember giving a brother by the name of Samuel one of our publications 'Passion for the Lost.'
Some days later, as I was passing by, he rushed after me and admitted that he had been blessed through what I gave him.
So he quickly requested other materials by the ministry, which I gave him free of charge.
One day, he came visiting us with three friends of his. So I asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit since they have believed just as Paul asked the Ephesians in Acts 19:2.
The four of them said, 'No'. Then I gave them a copy of 'How To Receive The Holy Spirit' each to read and come back on a certain day.
When they came, I explained to them the Scriptural way to receive the Holy Spirit, them my wife and I ministered to them.
Two of them were filled with the Spirit evidenced in speaking tongues. They went back home drunk in the Spirit. They walking away supported by someone else lest they should collapse on the way! It was a terrific experience.
Days later, one of them was in their Church programme when he began to prophesy which we had expected to happen right during their last visit. But God knows all things.
I told Samuel when he visited later to go out there and help people receive the Holy Spirit. And so he went out.
He gave a brother a copy of 'How To Receive The Holy Spirit' and left. The next time he saw the brother, he joyfully shared with Samuel the testimony of how God had filled him too with the Holy Spirit by following the steps in the tract he was given days earlier. The word always works!
Read Brother Samuel's own account:
"This testimony, I am about to tell, is the story that changed my life into a different person. When I got born-again, at first, I found it so hard to cope with my hard times and also I nearly lost hope in times of persecution but I thank God Almighty who made everything possible for me to come in contact with the New Apostolic Movement.
It was through you that I got to know that one requires the Holy Spirit in him in order to cope with some things. Also Christ baptized me with the Holy Spirit and fire through you and your wife.
Since then the things that seemed hard for me before and the things I could not do before, I do them now by God's grace. Not only that, God has also blessed some of my friends and brothers through the New Apostolic Movement."
Paul asked some new believers: "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?"(Acts 19:2).
This simply means after being born again by believing and confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savoiur, the next thing to do is to receive the Holy Spirit.
MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE
(Please first of all study John 14:16-18, 26 and John 16:12-15).
According to John 14: 26 (Amplified Bible):
i.The Holy Spirit is your counselor
He guides you to take the right decisions. He sensitizes you to walk under divine guidance. He comforts and encourages you.
ii.He is your helper
He gives you the supernatural ability to live a holy life. When the Lord Jesus promised his disciples: "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER that he may ABIDE WITH YOU FOR EVER" (John 14:16), what did he mean?
The Greek word translated "comforter" here is "parakletos" which means "someone called alongside to help."
So he was actually saying, "I will send you someone who is just like me to accompany you as a permanent helper throughout your journey in life!"
Also when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, he gives you the power to witness for the Master.
Jesus told his disciples, "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
You see, the Greek word translated "power" in the scripture above is "dunamis," which means "power to cause a change."
iii.He is your intercessor
The original Greek text literally says he intercedes for the saints in unknown or other tongues, though, through us. [See Romans 8:26-27.]
iv.He is your advocate
He makes all things work together for your good.
v.He is your strengthener
He keeps you from falling.
vi.He is your standby
He is always with you and in you.
vii.He is your teacher
He also opens up you up to understand the word of God. He teaches you truths that set you free from bondage (John 8:32, 2Cor 3:17).
viii.He is your reminder
He works on your memory. He sharpens it.
HINDRANCES TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
When Paul asked some believers in Ephesus whether they had received the Holy Ghost or not, their reply was, "No, we have not even heard that there is any Holy Spirit" (see Acts 19:1-2).
Ignorance destroys and deprives God's people of their rights and privileges.
The scripture says that God's people go in captivity because of ignorance; they are destroyed for the same reason (see Isaiah 5:13, Hosea 4:6).
ii.Lack of faith
"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord" (James 1:6-7).
Unbelief says, "I don't think God can do it." Doubt screams, "It seems God can do it but it also appears He can't."
The scripture reveals, "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb 11:6, see also Mark 11:22, 24).
"So that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Heb 3:13).
"In your anger do not sinand do not give the devil a foothold" (Eph 4:26-27, NIV).
Don't be deceived, wherever sin is allowed to operate, Satan also is automatically permitted to operate there and vice versa.
Sin hinders; Satan hinders, too. Remember the drama in the Garden of Eden.
iv.Lack of thirst/willingness
Jesus cried, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink" (Read John 7:37-39). The word "if" here shows conditionality.
Thirst, willingness or desire is a pre-condition for receiving God's blessings because He doesn't force His gifts and goodies on people. It's by faith, not by force.
Jesus said: "Blessed are those who thirst for they shall be filled" (Mt 5:6, see also Is 44:3, Rev 22:17, Jn 5:6).
v.Thinking the Holy Spirit is for a luckily selected few
The Holy Spirit is meant for all flesh all people. When God would love, He loved the world the whole wide world (Jn 3:16)!
On the day of Pentecost, God fulfilled Joel's prophecy: "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on ALL PEOPLE" [NIV] (See Acts 2:16-17).
Also after Peter had preached a fiery message there and then, he concluded, "Repent and be baptized.. And you will receive the gift [not gifts] of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for ALL who are far off, for ALL whom the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:38-39, NIV).
vi."Tarrying in Jerusalem" mentality
Jesus said, "I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city (of Jerusalem) until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Lk 24:49, NIV).
The early disciples had to tarry or wait for the arrival of the Holy Spirit on earth. So on the day of Pentecost, He finally arrived and has been here ever since (Jn 14:16).
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us but He sent back the Spirit [who ascended into heaven with Him then] to prepare the bride (the church) for the place being prepared for us (Rev 22:17, 20).
Smith Wigglesworth said, "Stop waiting for the Holy Spirit because He is waiting for you!"
vii.Struggling to experience the so-called second definite work of grace called sanctification as a pre-condition
A part of the church world has wrongly propagated sanctification as the second definite work of grace: saying it is the next experience to the new birth.
Then after it, one can be qualified to receive the Holy Spirit. That's totally unscriptural.
At the new birth, our human spirits are sanctified spontaneously (1Cor 6:11, Heb 10:29) and as we fellowship with God and His people daily, our spirits, souls and bodies are sanctified progressively (1 Thess 5:23).
You see, after the new birth comes the baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire.
You can get born-again in a minute and get baptized or filled with Holy Spirit in the same or next minute (Acts 10:44, 43-47, Acts 11:13-16).
Charles G Finney got born-again in the morning and was filled with the Spirit in the evening of the same day!
Paul neither asked the Ephesians, "Have you experienced sanctification as a second definite work of grace since you believed?"
Nor "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you experienced sanctification as a second definite work of grace?"
But he rather asked, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?" (See Acts 19:1-2).
STEPS FOR RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
i.Reckon that the Holy Ghost has been poured out all flesh [once-and-for-all]
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on ALL PEOPLE" (Acts 2:17, NIV).
Jesus said, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name" (Jn 14:16, 26, NIV).
So Jesus prayed to the Father to send us His Spirit and He did send Him on the day of Pentecost and has been here since. The Spirit is closer to you than you imagine!
ii.Realize that only Jesus is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit
John, the Baptist said about Jesus, "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mt 3:11, NIV).
No preacher can save you or baptize you with the Holy Spirit but God can work through them (1 Cor 3:5).
iii.Confess all unrighteousness in your life [if there is any]
"He that covers his sins shall not prosper but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy" (Pro 28:13).
If your spirit or soul is out of fellowship with God because of sin or if your motive for wanting the Holy Spirit is wrong, then confess any sin in your life (Acts 8:17-23, James 4:2-3).
iv.Believe the word concerning receiving the Holy Spirit
"According to YOUR FAITH will it be done to you" (Mt 9:29, NIV).
Paul asked the Galatian church whether they received the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what they heard (Gal 3:12).
That church certainly received the Spirit by faith. You can receive by faith, too!
v.Confess that you receive the Holy Spirit
The scripture says, "It is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak" (2Cor 4:13).
Salvation is received by confessing Jesus as Lord, so also the Holy Spirit can be received by confessing that God has given His Spirit to all people including you and that you choose to receive Him right now by faith (Rom 10:9-10, Pro 18:20)
vi.Thank God in faith for this blessing
Abraham was recorded to be "strong in faith, giving glory to God" (Rom 4:20).
Strong faith gives thanks to God before and after the manifestation of the His blessings.
vii.Speak in an unknown tongue by faith as the Spirit gives you utterance
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and [THEY] BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE" (Acts 2:4).
It is up to the Spirit to give you the utterance but it is your responsibility to speak it out (Mk 16:17).
The Holy Spirit supplies the living water while you just open up your spirit to drink and your mouth to release it for it flows from inside out (John 7:37-39).
I remember ministering to two brothers of the same parents along this line. One of them received the Holy Spirit almost immediately, but the other didn't. Before he left, I gave him some of these steps to follow.
About a week later, he came back baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in an unknown tongue! Hallelujah!
He testified to me that the steps worked for him; and I believe they are already working for you already!
If you are not yet born-again, say this:
I choose to repent today. Also I choose to believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose up for my justification.
The Scripture says, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom 10:9).
Therefore, I believe in Jesus in my heart and confess Him as my Lord. Now I am born-again (Amen).
SAY THIS ALOUD TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
Also Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).
And on the day of Pentecost "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4).
Therefore, I receive the Holy Spirit by faith right now and I begin to speak in an unknown tongue (unlearned tongue) as He gives me the utterance.
I command every foul spirit [spirit of fear, spirit of unbelief, spirit of doubt, religious spirit, unforgiving spirit] wanting to hinder me to stop in its evil operation in my life in Jesus' name.
Thank you God for filling me with your Spirit in Jesus' name (Amen).
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About the Author
Segun Olumide and his wife, Tosin are founding ministers in the New Apostolic Movement and the Glorious Family Church International both in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a divine mandate to align the Church with God's purpose.
In a vision, the Lord showed him a Bible opened to the Acts of the Apostles with the words "APOSTOLIC CALL" on one of the pages. They reach out through School Of Ministry, School Of Life (Pre-Bible School) and Healing School. His apostolic teachings have blessed the Body of Christ across the nation.
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