Baptism with the Holy Spirit: Necessary for Change

The Holy Spirit’s Arrival

Jesus’ disciples received the Holy Spirit when they were saved. To demonstrate this arrival and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Miles began to pour chocolate syrup into a pitcher of milk. In this example, the chocolate syrup represents the Holy Spirit, and the milk represents the soul of a believer. When the two elements are added, the chocolate syrup sinks to the bottom of the pitcher, and doesn’t mix with the milk. I just displaces it.

Acts 1:4-5 says that, “…being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

“Here now, Jesus is telling the disciples after they received the Holy Spirit to be saved, He says, “Remember John told you I was going to baptize you in the Holy Spirit? That hasn’t happened yet. Don’t go anywhere,” said Miles.

“You’re not ready, you don’t have the power yet.”

“There are many of us in this room,” he continued, “you’ve prayed to receive Christ and you have no power in your life. This is why.”

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-4 narrates the promised baptism with the Holy Spirit, saying, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Miles then took a spoon and began to stir the mixture of chocolate syrup and milk, and the 2 elements began to mix homogeneously. “What happened was when they were baptized in the Spirit, the Spirit that was laying on the bottom there, all of a sudden went through their whole being, and guess what happened? They had power, love, and a sound mind. No more fear, anxiety, depression, lust, racism.”

The power to change a person doesn’t come from the person, it comes from the Holy Spirit. “You’re not gonna fix yourself!,” said Miles.

“God wants to empower you, fill you saturate your mind, your thoughts, your perception, everything about your life so you see things as He sees them.” When you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, you become more like Jesus, “Because the Holy Spirit is now going to be influencing your words, influencing your perception, influencing your encouragement, influencing how you receive criticism. He’s gonna give you more patience, more love, more joy, more self-control. People are going to experience the Spirit of God when they experience you, that’s what it is.”

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that we have information in our head and we try to do what it tells us to, it means that the Holy Spirit does God-glorifying actions through us, compatible with the information we have in our minds.

Challenge

  1. If you haven’t given your life to God, and you would like to do that to receive the Holy Spirit, click on the link below.
  2. If you’ve prayed to commit your life to Jesus, you’re saved, and the Holy Spirit is in you – but that doesn’t mean that you’ve been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Ask God to activate the power and love of His Spirit within you today.
  3. If you’ve been baptized in the Holy Spirit but the fruit of that baptism is no longer evident, ask God to “stir up the gift of God which is in you” [2 Timothy 1:6]. Just like chocolate milk, the Holy Spirit may need a little stirring in your soul from time to time.

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