The Seven Steps To Receiving the Holy Spirit
(Adapted from ‘Holy Spirit & His Gifts’ By Kenneth E. Hagin)
God has already given the Holy Spirit and it is now up to you to receive God’s free Gift. The believer is not to beg God to fill him with the Holy Spirit. The promise that the Holy Spirit was to be given was fulfilled in Acts chapter 2. The Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, and He has been here ever since.you only simply have to receive Him.
1 … Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye RECEIVED the Holy Ghost since ye believed? [He didn’t say, “Has God given you the Holy Ghost?” He said, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost?”] And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”
14 “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD [concerning salvation ], they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might RECEIVE the Holy Ghost.”
Since the Day of Pentecost God hasn’t given the Holy Ghost to anyone, but people have received Him. The Holy Ghost is already here for believers to receive.
Step Number #2:
Anyone who is saved is ready to immediately receive the Holy Spirit.
37 Now when they [the unsaved multitude who gathered as a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to whom Peter had preached quoting Joel’s prophecy] heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Verse 38 shows us that anyone who is saved is immediately ready to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
You may not be perfect but the Blood of Jesus already qualified you for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
All believers — greatly need to be filled with the Holy Spirit because then they will receive power that will help them (Acts 1:8) in their Christian walk (John 16:13).
Step Number #3:
You or anyone saved can receive the Holy Ghost by having another believer lay hands on them. Anyone can lay hands on another in faith, for God honors faith.
The Holy Ghost is received by faith, and faith is always “now” or present tense (Heb. 11:1).
Step Number #4:
Expect the Holy Spirit to move upon your vocal organs and put supernatural words on your lips which you will have to speak out himself in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
You are the one who does the actual speaking, not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives the utterance, but man does the actual speaking.
4 [They ] began to SPEAK with other tongues, as THE SPIRIT gave them UTTERANCE.
46 For they heard THEM SPEAK with tongues, and magnify God…
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, THE HOLY GHOST CAME ON THEM; and
THEY SPAKE with tongues, and prophesied.
Step Number #5:
You must not be afraid. Get over your fears first before you can receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. God gives only good things to those who ask Him.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THEM THAT ASK HIM?
Do not be afraid you might get a wrong spirit. Allow the the Word of God to relieve you of your fears.
Step Number #6:
Simply open your mouth and be ready to use your own mouth and vocal chords, for the Holy Spirit will give the utterance, but you must yield and give voice to that utterance. The believer is required to tell God in his heart, “I am receiving the Holy Spirit right now by faith.”
Once filled with the Holy Spirit, try not to speak one word in your natural language. Rather lift your voice and speak out whatever utterance is given to you by the Holy Spirit, regardless of what it sounds like. Only continue to praise God and speak to God with those supernatural words until the language becomes more and more fluent. This will build assurance and confidence that you have received the Holy Ghost.
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY [spirit] SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Step Number #7:
Keep yourself from being distracted. Though you need other believers who have been specially instructed to help folks who are a little slow about yielding to the Spirit to receive the Holy Spirit. Yet, it is bad practice to be yelling into the people’s ear to receive.
All who assist believers in receiving the Holy Spirit, always feel personally blessed and rewarded for their part in their receiving this wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.
Now based on your faith in the Name of Jesus, i say “Receive the Holy Spirit and speak with new tongues.“
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