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How To Receive The Holy Ghost

How To Receive The Holy Ghost Two Articles By Ron Wilhoit

God’s Gift To All!

Perhaps you have never received this beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit. Or, you may know someone who desires to be Spirit-filled. These instructions apply to every believer since it is God’s will that we first be filled and then teach others how to receive this glorious promise.

First, forget your preconceived ideas that have failed to produce positive results. Then let’s learn a few simple rules from God’s Word.

Thoroughly Repent

This first step is so vital, nothing else in the process of receiving salvation can be accomplished without it. Peter wrote,

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, . . but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).

Why is God so insistent upon repentance? Why wouldn’t He merely instruct all to be Spirit-filled? The reason is that God underscores the necessity for genuine repentance!

Repentance is turning away from the sinful way we used to live. Realizing how our wrong doing has grieved the heart of God, we firmly decide to “turn around inside.” The old life fades forever as we confess each offensive act. We want Jesus to be the new Lord of our life. And remember that “Lord” means “boss!”

Let the tears flow if you wish. Tears reflect the depth of sorrow for personal sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. Ask to be forgiven even for those wrongs that cannot be remembered.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).

Continue repenting until you feel a deep assurance within that God has forgiven you. Search your heart and soul. Bare your life before Him. The moment that you fully repent, that moment He fully forgives. When repentance is complete and God has forgiven, you will feel a tremendous sense of relief like a great load has lifted.

Now you’re on speaking terms with God. Asking to be forgiven creates no personal inert, but merely clears the way to further demonstrate how fully surrendered we are to do anything God wants.

Be Baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ

In the New Testament, water baptism was an act of faith that proved whether a person had thoroughly repented. It was a public testimony that one had asked forgiveness for past sins and was committing himself thereafter to obey Jesus.  In the waters of baptism, the old sins and transgressions against God’s Law are buried. And Someone else goes into the baptismal tank with the minister and the believer. Jesus Himself is there to cut away the sinful nature as He “circumcises” the heart. This act of faith initiates entrance into the Kingdom of God.

When our sins are “buried with Him in baptism,” we also assume the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (which prepares us for the next step of salvation). We have now demonstrated that we accept His death as our death. It is time to emerge from the waters of baptism to “walk in newness of life,” even as Christ was resurrected from the grave.

Be Comfortable

God is not choosy about our position when He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. At the initial outpouring on the Day of Pentecost,

“…a rushing mighty wind. . . filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1).

At the home of Cornelius, the Holy Ghost “fell on all them which heard the word.” Undoubtedly, they were sitting while Peter preached. Kneeling in an uncomfortable position is not a prerequisite for receiving the Spirit. Cramped legs and tired arms and backs are not really necessary. Choose a suitable, comfortable position. While repenting, a kneeling position may be the most desirable. But when it’s time for the Holy Spirit to come, choose a more relaxed position.

Some have been awakened in the night by God’s presence and been baptized with the Spirit in the privacy of their bedroom. Others have felt the overwhelming power of God while washing dishes, riding in an automobile, or while listening to the radio.

We have already learned that the Spirit especially enjoys baptizing believers in homes-the upper room and Cornelius’ home. But wherever you are, God is ready to fill you.

Faith to Believe for God’s Gift

Here you must understand that God has a very special and wonderful Gift for you. Although mankind could never be worthy or deserve this special honor, Jesus wants to give eternal life.

“By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your- self: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by submerging our- selves into the very death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through repentance, baptism in Jesus’ Name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost.

“He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they . . speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:16-17).

True faith is always demonstrated by obedience. Those who carefully obey instructions can be assured of receiving the Spirit. Peter emphasized the importance of obedience in his statement to the Jewish Council:

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32).

Perhaps you would like to picture in your mind Jesus facing you with outstretched Hands. Keep this mental image as you proceed closer toward Him in faith and praise.

This Gift is not forcibly pried from the Hands of a reluctant God. Neither are you trying to earn the Holy Ghost by your determination. As a loving parent would extend a promised gift in his hand, Jesus offers this Gift of His Spirit; joyfully reach out to Him with praise and gratitude. The Holy Spirit, God Himself, is at this moment waiting for you to move toward Him in faith.

Make Contact with God

This new relationship you seek is a close, spiritual contact where you very definitely feel His presence. An unmistakable warmth will touch your heart. Possibly you will find tears streaming down your cheeks as you speak loving words of gratitude for His forgiveness.

To be filled with the Spirit, one first comes in contact with the Spirit. Although He has already drawn you to Himself, to be objective in faith you must now locate Him.

“..seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27).

Paul described this contact as “feeling after God.” Most conversations include an exchange of casual talk that sets the participants at ease before discussing their business. As we feel after God, we approach Him something like this:

“Jesus, I just want to thank You for Your blessings to me. I’m not worthy, but You have done so many good things for me. Thank You for sacrificing Yourself for my sins. Thank You for the love You have shown to me and for inviting me to come to You. If I lived a million years, I could never repay You for the love I am feeling right now. I appreciate Your forgiveness and the precious gift You promised me. My faith and trust are in You alone. All I have, I give to You. Take my life and use it in any way that You choose . . . ”

This is a model prayer to help you draw near to God. An approach like this will always touch the heart of God when it is prayed in the right attitude. And when He finds someone who expresses genuine gratitude and faith, He always responds! That response often begins with tears.

When the love of God is “shed abroad in your heart” by the Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit thoroughly submerges your spirit. The `baptism” of the Holy Ghost is God plunging a person’s inner self into the ocean of His own life-giving love. It’s the most intimate and personal experience imaginable. And, it results from the deep expressions of heart-felt trust and appreciation that are unashamedly offered to the Lord. This is making contact with God.

Receiving the Holy Ghost is a most warm and personal experience based on confidence and trustful expectancy. Such a spiritual experience is achieved only by a strong contact with the Spirit. It is fulfilled only when the seeker becomes strongly involved emotionally.

Let the Spirit Submerge You

As you are made spiritually aware that you have God’s attention, just continue talking with Him in the same warm, affectionate way. Leave the realm of human thought and understanding and cross over into the Spirit’s dimension.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Human reasoning is filled with pride and self-exaltation. To forsake that realm means you totally forfeit all rights and humbly accept God’s will-no matter how ridiculous it may seem. Forget the accepted human behavior standards (if they are contrary to God’s intent for you). All the pious worship that you have been taught as proper conduct for adults must be abandoned if it conflicts with the worship of believers in the Book of Acts.

Before the Spirit can submerge, you must renounce your own opinions and accept God’s promises as the only reliable source of information. Trust in Him 100 percent!

Then, let your attitude revert to that of a little child. Jesus said, “…Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:2).

As a little child freely believes and obeys, so we begin the spiritual transformation. We feel ourselves sinking down, down, down into the ocean of God’s love. Often the lips begin to tremble, tears stream down the cheeks, the voice tones may intensify to a higher pitch, and the hands are extended as a child might reach for the strong arms of his father. In explaining the baptism of the Spirit, Jesus said,

“..If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).

“Drinking” of the Spirit is a natural reaction when we are being filled. But remember: no one can drink with his mouth closed. The Lord said,

“..Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10).

God cannot fill a closed mouth. Some seekers fail to receive the Spirit’s fullness simply by closing their mouths. This is what you have been waiting for all your life! Your spirit was made to be united with His Spirit; to be reborn-cleansed, changed, remade!

For some, the birth process may be slower than others. But it should occur momentarily, just as in Acts, chapters 2 or 10.

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word” (Acts 10:44).

Yield Your Tongue to the Spirit’s Control

Surrendering oneself to the Spirit is not completely easy. It demands a total commitment to God. He cannot baptize an unwilling individual with His Spirit.,

Sometimes a single word of praise leads the seeker away from the realm of human understanding to the realm of the Spirit. The praise becomes unintelligible as the Holy Spirit exchanges the believer’s own language for the heavenly type.

The tongue is described by James as an unruly, untamable member of  the body, full of deadly poison. When God completely controls the  untamable portion and uses it to form and speak a language unknown to  the speaker, it’s a sure sign the person has been completely submerged  and filled with the Spirit.

Speaking with tongues was the only evidence required by the early Church for acknowledging the infilling of the Spirit. However, we never seek the “sign” of receiving the spirit, but the Spirit Himself.

Speaking in tongues is the result of being filled with God’s energizing Presence. The old language is surrendered, as well as the old life. As a new-born child of God, one of your first feats is learning to talk! Speaking the Father’s language for the first time may resemble the babblings of a baby.

Although it may sound garbled, God interprets these first simple words as love and confidence directed toward Him, our heavenly Father.

So happy and joyous are spiritual new-born infants, you may be oblivious to how you sound, how you look, or what you say. Since you are privately visiting with the King of kings, nothing supersedes its importance! Perhaps initially the sounds are unintelligible. But soon they will be fully articulated as the Spirit completely fills and gives you the language He wants spoken.

During this process, reach up in faith, believing that this is the Holy Spirit submerging and filling you. Through faith, deliberately abandon your own language. Though you are not yet speaking in an actual language, when an absolute fullness is reached, the heavenly language will be there.

However, do not try to repeat one word of praise in a singsong fashion without any faith or emotional involvement. It is futile to blurt out unknown words without the prompting of the Spirit. These practices could grieve the Spirit of God.

This is a free gift, never to be snatched away or retrieved. How we handle and preserve it is up to us. This is the blessed promise of the Father!

” . . . With The Laying On Of Hands”

Of five passages in the Book of Acts describing people receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, three times the experience was ministered to the seeker by other believers. How? Through the “laying on of hands.”

The new converts- in Samaria, Saul of Tarsus, and the twelve disciples at Ephesus were all filled with the Spirit by this procedure. On the Day of Pentecost and at Cornelius’ home, the experience was received directly, without the laying on of hands.

What is this “laying on of hands?” It is the act of one person placing his hands, usually on the head of another person, for a spiritual purpose, accompanied by prayer.

The practice of laying hands on another person is neither strange nor foreign to normal behavior. In many parts of the world, friends customarily greet one another by placing a hand upon each others shoulder as an acknowledgement of renewed friendship.

If her child complains of a pain or fever, the mother instinctively places her hand on his forehead to soothe the child. So the practice of laying on of hands within the sphere of religion is an adaptation of a basic human action.

As a religious act, it means that the person laying his hands on another is transmitting a spiritual blessing or authority. Or, he could be publicly committing a person to God for some special task or ministry.

Laying on of hands is taught by Jesus in the New Testament. Among the signs following belief in the Gospel was,

“In my name . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18).

But this power and authority was not the exclusive right of the apostles. Ananias, who laid hands upon Saul of Tarsus for both his healing and receiving the Spirit, was designated merely “a certain disciple.” He held no special office in the Church. Yet through Divine guidance, he laid hands upon the man destined to become the great apostle of the Gentiles!

Mortal men cannot heal the sick, nor can they baptize converts with the Holy Ghost. But by the power of Jesus’ Name, God’s Spirit can- work through the hands of believers to accomplish these miracles.

What to Expect – What Not To Expect

EXPECT to receive the Holy Ghost quickly. After the outpouring at Pentecost, no Biblical instance is given of anyone “tarrying” or experiencing delay in receiving the Spirit. Yet, there are people who have sought Spirit-filling for years! If the Holy Spirit is a gift,, why haven’t they received it?

Here are some reasons for this delay: * A lack of thorough repentance. Forget about receiving the Spirit until you are willing to renounce all known sin. Confessing and forsaking sin is the only way to prosper. If you cannot forgive, or should you harbor in your heart bitterness or jealousy, confess and forsake it.

* Doubt and unbelief. God is insulted when we doubt His Word. How do you feel when someone distracts your character or discredits your truthfulness? God responds the same. He is deeply grieved by our doubts. And He simply refuses to fill us until we approach on His terms.

A person who feels self-pity when leaving the altar empty hearted should imagine what God thinks. So often He has stood with outstretched arms while that individual knocked on Heaven’s door, but refused to come to terms.

* Unable tp accept the Spirit. Satan is responsible for scaring many people away from spiritual blessings. He causes them to envision an overwhelming Spirit, too difficult to cope with or receive. The enemy may slyly suggest that God is not the source of these strange utterances. In this way, Satan attempts to frighten one away from the reality of the Spirit. Or, the Devil may convince a seeker that the Spirit is definitely for him-but at some future time.

EXPECT to hear advice from well-meaning friends (which may not be so helpful). Altar workers may not sense the spiritual whereabouts of the seeker. A Spirit-filled person should be alert to the direction of the Spirit and readily determine a seeker’s spiritual progress.

Some altar workers speak the first thing that comes to their minds, which may be insignificant for the seeker. “Hold on!” – to what? “Give up!” -what? “Be determined you’re going to receive it!” -determined to receive a gift?

Suggesting this “determination” implies that we must twist God’s arm to release His Gift. But the Holy Ghost is not a reward for determined effort. God is like a loving Parent Who wishes to give something very special to a beloved child.

DO NOT EXPECT to receive the Holy Ghost in a preconceived way. Some folks imagine they will fall to the floor or weep, shout, laugh, run, or dance when the Spirit comes. But the only real initial proof of the infilling is speaking with other tongues. You may or may not display any of these other emotions, but you can expect to speak with other tongues!

If you react to happy surprises with a spontaneous, emotional outburst, expect that type reaction when rejoicing over the Holy Spirit. Some are reluctant to receive the Spirit for fear they might react in an embarrassing way. But when the Spirit is in control, the outward demonstration will always be decent and in order.

DO NOT EXPECT the Holy Spirit to be your dictator. He never forces or compels a believer to perform contrary to his own will or choice. The gracious Spirit would never impose or barge into any life as an unwelcome guest.

Neither will He bring anything but liberty and freedom!

“For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage to fear..” (Romans 8:15).

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17).

To the degree a believer voluntarily yields himself to the Spirit, to that degree will the Spirit control and direct him. But He will never force anyone against his own will.

DO NOT EXPECT the Spirit to exercise full control of your whole being after receiving the baptism. He must have your response and full cooperation. Daily you must continue to yield every area of your personality. The same amount of faith, prayer, and consecration required to receive the Spirit is necessary to retain the fullness of the Spirit.

DO NOT EXPECT the Holy Ghost to be the conclusion of your Christian experience, It’s only the beginning! It is only the gateway allowing entry to a brand new way of life. Your responsibility will be to explore the wonderful potentialities of this new life.

When the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land, there was much to be claimed. Giants and much new territory were waiting to be conquered.

Don’t sit down with folded hands and sigh, “Well, I’ve finally made it! Now I can sit back , and relax until Jesus comes.” Those who assume this attitude are a disappointment and a stumbling-block both to themselves and other believers.

EXPECT to encounter additional spiritual conflict. The new power received from the Spirit is meant to be put to action. Any increase of God’s power produces increased opposition from Satan.

You will discover that embarking in the spiritual realm positively exposes new forms of Satanic attack and oppression. Strange, unexplained moods of fear or depression may attack your mind. Moral and spiritual temptations, never before experienced, will taunt you. Unless you are forewarned and prepared to defend yourself against such demonic attacks, you could be overcome by the enemy and sink lower spiritually than before receiving your spiritual re-birth.

Jesus’ first major encounter with Satan followed His baptism in  the Jordan when the Holy Ghost descended upon Him. From then on, He met Satan’s onslaughts head-on repeatedly. This new Spirit baptism empowers you for this very purpose. Spiritual weapons withheld before baptism in the Spirit are readily available to every born-again child of God.

We challenge you to take that first step by faith towards God. You can expect Jesus Christ to freely give what His Word has promised.

Article 2 How To Receive The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit David Lombardi

Before we can receive anything from God, we must first believe that the Bible promises such a thing and then develop a hunger for it…”He that cometh to God must believe …” Hebrews 11:6.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6.

THESE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS:

1. Ask God to expunge from your mind all negative statements that you have heard about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost or speaking with other tongues.

2. Find out what the Bible says about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Read Acts 1:4 and 5, 1:8, 2:4, 2:39.

Read Acts the eighth chapter (note verses 1@-18) the tenth (note verses 44-46) the nineteenth (verses 2-6) Read I Corinthians 14:18.

Helpful Steps Of Preparation For Holy Ghost Infilling.

1. Being convinced the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is for you (Acts 2:39).

a. Begin recounting all of God’s past blessings upon you.

b. Praise and thank him- express your love to him audibly.(Hebrews 13:15, I Tim. 2:8)

2. After some time in prayer and praise cease speaking English.

a. Remember you cannot speak two languages at one time, nor can you think two languages at once.

b. In your silence remain in tune to the worship of the Lord.

3. Speak out what ever comes to your mind no matter how simple or strange. Note Acts 2:4. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak (believers did the speaking) with other tongues (other than their learned tongue) as the spirit gave them utterance.” (or as the spirit gave them thoughts or words in their mind.)

b. The spirit will place the words in your mind.

c. Remember that even as a child in the natural progresses in ability to speak, the spiritual child must also progress in developing fluency in the speaking of other tongues.

(l) To witness for Christ. “…Ye shall be witnesses.” Acts 1:8

(2) To do Christ’s works. ‘”Signs and wonders…By the name of…Jesus.” Acts 4:29-31.

(3) Power to rest and be refreshed. “This is the rest….” Isaiah 28:11-12, I Corinthians 14:21.

(4) Power to be built up in the spirit.” …Edifieth (builds up) himself …” I Corinthians 14:4.

(5) Power to receive spiritual insight of the word. “…..He shall teach you…” John 14:16,26.

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The Filling of the Holy Spirit

What is being filled with the holy spirit.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Many Christians have different ideas about the fullness of the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament, the fullness of the Holy Spirit was sometimes associated with cloven tongues of fire, shaking buildings, rushing winds, and people speaking in other languages or doing miracles. At other times, people were filled with the Holy Spirit and none of these things happened.

According to the Bible, there appear to be two evidences that a person is indeed filled with the Spirit:

  • Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit have unique spiritual power in leading others to faith in Christ (Acts 1:8).
  • Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit have a divine enablement to fulfill their social roles and responsibilities, particularly in family and working relationships (Eph. 5:18-6:9).

Most Christians readily recognize their need to be filled with the Holy Spirit to become more effective in evangelism and be all they should be in their family. The apostle Paul urged the Christians at Ephesus, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). But the steps to being filled with the Holy Spirit were summarized by Jesus when He said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).

The four steps to being filled with the Holy Spirit are:

  • desire (thirst)
  • repentance of all known sin in your life (come to me)
  • receiving God’s offer of the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (drink)
  • acting on the basis of faith in the Word of God (He who believes in me).

At Pentecost

What does it mean to be “filled with the Holy Ghost?” After the 120 believers had spent ten days praying, meeting in obedience to Christ’s command (Luke 24:49), they received the baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Christ (John 14:16-18; Acts 1:8). Following this baptism, they were “all filled.” Paul, in Ephesians 5: 18, says to be filled with the Spirit. The word “filled” here, and in Acts 2:4, means “to be influenced by.”

The RYRIE STUDY BIBLE notes concerning Ephesians 5:18 say: “…Paul has taught in this epistle that all believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit when they believe (Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30); but are not filled, since this depends on yieldedness to God’s will (5:17). ‘Filling’ describes an experience that can be repeated (Acts 2:4-8).”

Baptism by the Holy Spirit

Baptism by the Holy Spirit is not manifested by speaking in other tongues (languages). Paul said in I Corinthians 12:13 that all believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit, that each believer is given different “gifts” by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:4-11), and that no single gift is for every believer (I Corinthians 12:29-30).

“Filling” has nothing to do with the manifestation of “tongues.” Being filled by the Holy Spirit is not getting more of Him, but Him getting more of the believer! Many times the disciples “were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:8, 31; 6:3; 7:55, 9:17, 11:24, 13:9, 13:52), yet there was no mention of tongues (other languages) being spoken.

Losing The Filling of the Holy Spirit

Unlike the Holy Spirit’s ministries to the believer in regeneration, baptism, indwelling, and sealing, His filling can be lost due to disobedience (sin). The filling of the Holy Spirit may (and should) be instantly regained by first knowing God’s means of forgiveness and cleansing: the blood of Christ (I John 1:7); and secondly, by knowing God’s method of forgiveness and cleansing: the confession of the Christian (I John 1:9).

In summary, the “filling of the Holy Spirit” is not a feeling or an emotional experience, but rather, the yielding (abandoning) of the believer’s life to the Lord.

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There are several ways of understanding "Filling with the Holy Spirit." Some people teach that it happens at conversion: when one asks Jesus into his or her heart. Others believe that filling occurs at some point during the believer's growth: at baptism, or simply when the Spirit decides. Still others believe that the filling of the Spirit is a temporary, circumstantial occurrence, used for specific work of God on earth through His servants, and can happen many times throughout the life of a Christian. Whatever your personal beliefs, several Scriptural steps are most certainly involved.

Building Your Faith

Step 1 Open your mind.

  • Be especially wary of those that try to tell you that you have to speak in tongues in order to know that you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is a spiritual gift, but it is one of 15 spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit might give you when he fills you. When the Holy Spirit enters the people in Acts 2, they speak in tongues, yes. But these aren't gibberish made up languages. God gives people from different countries the ability to talk to each other across language barriers. What this means is that being filled with the Holy Spirit is more about overcoming differences and getting together in a love of God.

Step 4 Look in your heart for answers.

Remembering Your Trials

Step 1 Think of the times in your life when you were tested.

Letting God Into Your Life

Step 1 Pray to God.

  • Try listening to Damion Suomi’s "The Lion, The Ram and The Fish" when you’re feeling like you’re having trouble being a good Christian.
  • Sing "His Eye is on the Sparrow" if you’re feeling like you just can’ win in life.
  • Try "In Christ Alone" if you’re feeling happy and fulfilled in Christ.

Step 3 Read the Bible.

Letting God Guide You

Step 1 Surrender your will to God.

  • If you feel uncomfortable with something a spiritual leader or other trusted individual tells you (gays are evil, animals evolved without help, whatever), look inside yourself to decide for yourself what the truth is.
  • This may be hard to do and you may need to spend a lot of time researching and praying on an issue before you come to a conclusion, but that’s okay. Truth is usually hard won, but the sweetest reward, and you will be more comfortable in your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Step 4 Do good works.

  • Remember that sometimes it’s easier to bring people to Christ by showing them God’s love, rather than telling them about it. Evangelizing isn’t always the best road!
  • God’s favored causes are healing the sick, helping the poor, and delivering the oppressed. Find the people who are truly those things and help them, to bring yourself closer to Christ.

Step 5 Love your fellow man.

  • You can tell them about the beliefs of Christianity and the wisdom of Christ, or even just bring them to worship with you, so they can see what it’s all about.
  • Never push anyone to Christ or make them feel like less because they don’t believe. This only drives people away.

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  • Establish a discipline of daily or even more frequent prayer to renew your condition of surrender to Christ. Do not let the filling of the Holy Spirit become an experience you had "way back then" but have not continued to live in. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • When you a facing a temptation or a trial call to God in repentance and ask him to help you with whatever your going through because through this you will establish faith in him. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Humility is an essential quality of true, scriptural spirituality. Persons who are arrogant about their "spirituality" are not truly filled with the Holy Spirit. Persons who manipulate you or others to achieve some preconceived sign of the Spirit's filling are mistaken about what the Bible teaches. Avoid their teaching, but pray for them to learn the truth. Thanks Helpful 21 Not Helpful 3

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To be filled with the Holy Spirit, start by opening your mind and heart to the possibility that it can happen. Make it your goal to surrender your will to God and work on building your faith every day. Also, keep your heart open while you pray, sing, and worship God, because the Holy Spirit is usually nearby at these times. You can also be filled with the Holy Spirit while you're reading or studying the Bible, since reading scriptures can make you feel even closer to God and the Holy Spirit. Talking with your pastor and spending time honoring God with other Christians are also great ways to bring the Holy Spirit into your life. For more tips on communicating with God and the Holy Spirit, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Summary: It has been said that the Christian life is not difficult — it is impossible when living it in our own strength. Jesus desires to live his life in and through us by the power of his indwelling Holy Spirit. In John 14:16-17 Jesus promised that he would send his Holy Spirit to live in all of his followers. By faith we can be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to live fruitful lives.

Jesus desires all of his followers to be filled with The Holy Spirit.

Being empowered by God’s Spirit isn’t simply one of many menu options for followers of Jesus. Scripture is clear that it is God’s will, and an absolute necessity to enable us to live fruitful lives of impact and purpose.

Read Ephesians 5:15-20.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Describe the similarities and contrasts between being filled with the Spirit and being filled with something else.
  • What characteristics would you use to describe someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit?

We have a natural tendency to live the Christian life in our own strength.

Read Galatians 3:1-9.

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?  Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
  • How are our own fleshly or human efforts viewed in this passage?
  • Can you think of a time where you lived by human effort rather than by the Spirit? Describe the differences between living by the Spirit and living by human effort.
  • Why is our belief or faith so important to God?

The filling of the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit.

Read Galatians 5:16-25.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
  • What difference can the Spirit make in our lives?
  • What character qualities does the Spirit produce?
  • What do you think it means to “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit”?

God answers when we pray in faith for the filling of his Spirit.

Being filled with the Spirit won’t necessarily change your emotional state or circumstances. What God wants to do instead is give you the quiet confidence that he is in you, empowering you, and giving you everything you need to experience his heart, attitudes, and actions in any situation you face.

Read 1 John 5:14,15.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
  • What happens when we pray, with faith, for something that’s God’s will?
  • Since Paul commands Christians to be filled with the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18, can we pray in faith and expect God to fill us with the Holy Spirit?

Apply: Take a few minutes of silence right now to reflect on what you’ve just discussed. When you’re ready, ask God to fill you with His Spirit. (A sample prayer has been provided here.)

"Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as you commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this is the name of Jesus. I now thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and directing my life."

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This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Dev Murphy, MA . Dev Murphy is a wikiHow Staff Writer with experience working as a teacher, ghostwriter, copyeditor, and illustrator. She loves writing how-to articles because she loves learning new things and because she believes knowledge should be free and accessible to the world. Dev's creative writing and visual art have been featured in many venues online and in print. When she is not writing for wikiHow, she is drawing pictures, making perfume, or writing hybrid poems. Dev earned her MA in English Literature from Ohio University in 2017. She lives in Pittsburgh with her cat, Nick. There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 1,160,406 times. Learn more...

If you're familiar with Christianity, you've probably heard of the Holy Spirit—but what is it, and how does it become a part of your life? Theologians have filled untold pages with their thoughts on the subject, but the simplest answer is that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God, and it was sent to guide us after Jesus ascended to heaven. You will access the Holy Spirit after you get saved and become a Christian. However, learning to recognize when the Spirit is moving in you can take a little practice. We’ve created a guide to receiving the Holy Spirit—check it out below!

Things You Should Know

  • Ask for God’s forgiveness and accepting Jesus Christ as your savior.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to come to you, and rely on the Spirit to guide your understanding of God.
  • Practice embodying the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Step 1 Ask for God's forgiveness for your sins.

  • It might not seem like a big deal to tell a white lie or to be envious of your neighbor's new car, but any and all sin creates a separation between you and God.

Step 2 Believe that Jesus died for your sins.

  • John 3:16 describes the gift that God gave us: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." This means that believing in Jesus is the path to spending your afterlife in heaven, according to the Christian faith.
  • In John 7:37-39, Jesus says: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." The "rivers of living water" he's referring to are the Holy Spirit.

Step 3 Get baptized.

  • Even Jesus experienced the Holy Spirit moving in Him after baptism, as described in Matthew 3:16: "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him."

Step 1 Continue asking for forgiveness when you sin.

  • The Bible explains this separation in Isaiah 59:2: "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear." You can't be close to God if you intentionally continue to sin.
  • The presence of the Holy Spirit may help you have a better understanding of what the sins are in your life!

Step 2 Pray for the...

  • For instance, the writer of Psalm prays in 51:11: "Do not cast from me your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me." Even holy men fear losing their closeness with God!

Step 3 Look for guidance in the fruits of the Spirit.

  • It's okay if you don't experience the fruits of the spirit all at once, or all of the time. It's a process!

Step 4 Allow the Spirit to guide your understanding of God.

  • Jesus describes the Holy Spirit in John 14:26: "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." If you listen for the Holy Spirit's guidance, it will be easier to know what's right.

Step 5 Let the Holy Spirit speak to God for you.

  • Romans 8:26 describes this: "For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."
  • For instance, if you're feeling consumed with grief, you might not know where to start praying. However, the presence of the Holy Spirit can communicate that pain to God for you.

Step 6 Know that it's okay if you don't speak in tongues.

  • In 1 Corinthians 12:29-31, Paul writes: "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have the gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts." God intends for us all to have different gifts!
  • 1 Corinthians 14:2 explains the experience of speaking in tongues in a little more detail: "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit."

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To receive the Holy Spirit as per the Bible, you must repent of your sins and get baptized. To repent of your sins, you must confess them to God and turn away from those sins, dedicating yourself to following God’s will. After you give your life to God, you can be baptized, which is when a believer is dipped under water to signify the beginning of a new life. Once you have repented and been baptized, pray to God to send you the Holy Spirit. Keep reading to learn how the Holy Spirit can work in your life. Did this summary help you? Yes No

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5 Things We Can Do to Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit

by Steve Dittmar | Jun 15, 2015 | Secret Place

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Jesus prayed. This is a pattern that the disciples observed for over 3 years. They are beginning to recognize a parallel. Jesus prays—things happen. Prayer is very important to Jesus and they ask Jesus to teach them to pray. They didn’t ask to be taught “How to pray”, but rather, “Teach us to pray”.

Jesus then gives the Lord’s Prayer then admonition that even when you start praying, you will feel that everything is against you. So, don’t stop when it doesn’t seem to be working—keep pressing in. He then ends with this promise in verse 13:

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13

I love this, because the Holy Spirit is the answer to every prayer. He will be involved with the administration, wither it’s the gift of healing, finance, the moving of the heart, the gift of repentance or knowledge. Anything that is from heaven will come administratively through the Holy Spirit.

So, they want to learn to pray as Jesus prayed. And Jesus’ response is “ If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit…”

I was driving last week and the Lord spoke to me . He spoke to me about five things we can do to stay filled with the Holy Spirit. I was excited about this idea because since last week, my world has been shifted with the understanding of Him taking over the planet with His goodness and graciousness. And, how He occupies and possesses us, is so critical because we tend to repeatedly advance and retreat. Yet, the kingdom was made on the principle of “Go and make disciples of all the world. Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. Or, as in Geneses, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue and have dominion”. Again to Noah, “Go and be fruitful—multiply and fill”.

Without what we have filling ourselves, we will always be in a battle, trying to “keep it together”. We will always be in an awkward place. A lot of the training I have been through, which is a wonderful training of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit camp.

The journey is to learn to live from the place of the unseen and not the seen. As the apostle Paul put it,

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So, to grow up and in capacity to bring kingdom into the earth, we have to become people who live from the unseen and not the scene. People who carry what is eternal not the temporary.

This is no fun to learn because it means your life will probably crumble in some place that you won’t be able to correct, collect or fix. Yet, God will come along and meet you and say, come on, believe in Me. Holy Spirit will get you excited about that wonderful awful place of your life and talk about the beauty of what He is bringing in the goodness of what He is doing. You will then be excited and go back to see that the same thing is happening just the way it was before. You have to live this dichotomy.

At some point, you may say to God, “I can’t go on having a relationship with You unless you change the situation. I can’t live with You promising me and not performing. I need a performance of Your promise. We throw a little fit about it. I’ve thrown so many fits I can’t remember how many. I used to tell the Lord all the time, why he had to do what he had to do, because he said what he said, therefore he had to do what he had to do. And the Lord would just smile and tell me something like “Your feet are beautiful I love you”. He would then undo me. I would remind Him that we were getting off the subject. “You always do that to me. You bring me into Your presence, tell me how much You love me and you avoid my conversation.

Then it dawned on me one day that He really didn’t want to have this conversation. It is like Job. We can talk about things you can’t answer or we can talk about much I love you—either way just enter into the conversation now.’;

I found out that there’s actually a conversation going on in heaven that is contrary to the one on the planet. It is contrary to the things that are being set over you, contended over you, self-talk, the accuser, all of the things that we feel the tension of in this world. It is only increasing exponentially because of social media, Internet and all the other realms of living vicariously and engaging many thoughts. The world is just going crazy and we are trying to live in peace. Unless we find the way in which we come up above that and live from a place where God is already secured our heaven, our home, our heart, where His conversation is the one we hear, the one we live from, we fight to change the current.

If a lot of waves start crashing on the beach, it will start creating a cannel as the water rushes to find its way back into the ocean. That little cannel will turn into a rip-current. All the rip-current is trying to do is pull all of that water, by gravity, back into the ocean where it came. If you are stuck in that rip current, you begin to feel yourself being swept back into the ocean. You will panic and wonder what to do. You will swim harder and harder. Unless a rescuer comes, or somehow you miraculously get out of that current, you will drown. The awful thing about this is that a rip-current is usually, no more than 10-15 feet wide. The force of the current is because there is so much volume going in such a quick current. We have all heard that if we find ourselves in a rip-current, swim parallel to the shore and soon you will be out of it. If you didn’t know this, you would drown.

So, in our training for reigning, we are often given wonderful promises and placed in wonderful places, only to have such warfare and tension over your soul and your life that you have to question where God is and what He is doing. We get to these points and ask “Do I need performance?” and God answers, “Maybe, but why not come up here and spend some time with Me?”

In the last three years, I started discovering how much God was going to change the world. The things He tells me about what He is doing and how He is going to change the planet are amazing. It is o-verwhelming at the effect of Him coming and showing Himself. I believe that it will make the Jesus Movement seem like a forerunner, a precursor or practice run. Those in the Jesus Movement will remember that basically, you were in the rip-current of heaven. You were sucked up, into a place which you didn’t know how you got there. You went off to get high and you ended up getting saved.

You didn’t have to try to get people into a church so they would change the way they think—they stop, they turn around and they start running. Because something was so strong on the planet—and it was GOD! It was Holy Spirit—God consciousness. It was a Devine influence upon the heart of man. Grace was abounding.

Holy Spirit was the One Jesus told us would be the reason and the means to do what He called us to do, which was to be witnesses to Him throughout the entire world. But, we couldn’t do it without Him. So, He gave me five things we could do to stay filled with the Holy Spirit. I thought this was awesome because I know that to occupy, have dominion, to increase the forces of God, the forcefulness of His dominion, we need more Holy Spirit. We need more God. We need an increase, so I want to be more filled.

The first thing that I began to notice is that every time Holy Spirit shows up, it is connected to prayer. There is something about prayer. They prayed, Holy Spirit came. He seemed to be linked to the people in prayer toward heaven.

Then, God started to play with me. He said, “Here is the short answer: Five things you can do to stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

He continued teasing and playing with me. This is the movement of the human heart toward receiving more of Holy Spirit. We can call it prayer, praise, worship, hope. But He wasn’t going here.

Last night, Cammy and I were talking and He started to drop into me the five things He wanted me to tell you. It was after He said a simple truth about Jacob. I know this truth about Jacob. After Jacob had come out of the house of Laban and secured himself into the land of promise, and after he had gotten out of the immediate trauma of getting there, and securing himself, came the most awful report from his sons, that his favorite son, Joseph was dead. How they did it was that after they took his multicolored cloak of favor and they dipped it in goat’s blood. They brought it back to their father and asked, if this was his son’s coat. The father knew this to be his coat and then seeing the blood, he then made an assumption that he had been torn by wild animals. He had been killed. He went into such disconnect, such grief and sorrow. For the next twenty years, he didn’t hear God’s voice. He had not prophetic vision, no sound. He just had a grieving heart of sorrow until he got the next report from his sons as they came back from Egypt telling him that his son, Joseph lives. His heart almost faints. He almost has a heart attack but then he says, “It’s good. I’ll see my son, then I will die”. His whole life had been put on “stall”—he couldn’t go forward.

I’ve know this, but you can know everything in the bible but you can’t stop it from happening. The bible is not a preventive book to keep you out of evil. It is a redemptive book to get you out, to get you to where you will go. It gives you faith in the living Jesus.

I meditated on this many times because I’ve been there. I know the feeling of losing things and losing children that you love.

I remember when our middle daughter ran away from home. Then later when she came home. I was so thrilled as I travel all the way to Northern California to retrieve her. Then the next week I was to travel to San Diego for another daughter’s graduation from college. I had had a trail of tears from Northern California to Southern California.

The Lord spoke to me many times of Abraham going after his nephew Lot. And from Dan to Beersheba began to become a declaration of Israel’s dominion because that’s how far Abraham had gone to retrieve Lot.

It all worked and all was well. I remember coming back and saying, “The good news is, I don’t want to have a heart that shuts down and stops believing God because I lose something valuable to me. I am grateful for what has happened but I want my faith to stay alive. I don’t want to ever lose my place.

It was good and many hopeful things occurred. My daughter went to IHOP, spent a year there, went to Israel and spent another year there. But, everything was kind of moving sideways. Everyone was having to find their own way in discovering God. Somewhere along the line, after so much effort, I remember just letting go. Thinking, “I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to navigate. I will see you all on the other side of redemption.”

This was a true wonderful statement but my heart was not cooperating. I’m so glad to be in the in the presence of God because without the presence of God you just lose your place faster than if you were at least amongst the presence of God. So, life continues. You just have to keep hearing God’s voice and keep finding His way.

But like Jacob, you just lose your prophetic vision because you have so many questions unanswered, so many issues you want resolved, so many things you want to fix. You feel that the evil narrator that interprets your life through law, failure and through accusation to your God. And he makes you feel like you have no place. So you just go your way, until the Lord calls you up.

In 2009, the Lord called me up. The Lord began to challenge me like Job. He asked me, “Hey, What’s your problem?”

I told Him that if He wanted to hear it, I had a list.

He said, “Ok, Let’s talk. But let me ask you this, before I answer your problems: Where you around when I put the stars in the solar system? Do you know where I keep the thunder? Do you know where I keep the hail? Do you know how I bring deer to birth? Do you know where a tree falls in the earth?” I answered, “No”.

He responded, “Well then, how can you know what I am doing? How can you require Me to answer you concerning a small item like your little inter-family when you have no clue what I’m doing in the bigger picture. So, if you can answer Me this, I will answer you that.”

When God does this, it is the kindest thing He will ever do to anyone. He just comes in and says, “So, what? I am God…follow Me. Get up, get off and get going. Either sit down, shut up or get up and get going. He has these kind ways of calling you into faith.

Out of this came this whole understanding of forgiveness and letting go and continue to always be forgiving. You have to forgive God. You have to forgive yourself and each other. You just have to let it go. You have to walk away and not ask the questions. There are simply certain things you just can’t resolve and shouldn’t resolve. It’s like all of a sudden a flood is coming and your home is in jeopardy. You only grab what is most precious and you get out. This is how life is. Many times, you just have to get up and get out of the moment you’re in because the moment will bury you. And, you become dysfunctional.

So, even though I had said, and I knew that I didn’t want to be like Jacob where I began to not hear the active voice of God and know prophetic sound—I found myself that I had been there until the Lord called me and commanded me to let go, forgive and release.

He then called me up and said, “Come on. I have a plan and a purpose and something to do and it’s not about you. Wake up, Steve. I didn’t come to save you and make you a happy person. I came to save you and use you to save the world. To affect the world through you, but it is not about you. It is not even because of you. You have nothing to do with it. You are just a cracked pot and I put treasure there. And, I want my treasure to pour out—so, let’s get going. The first way you are going to get going, is that you are going to come up and learn My language, live in My presence and begin to understand that heaven is really not moved by what is happening on the planet. Heaven is not having council meetings about ISIS and Syria. It isn’t worried over the earth. It isn’t wondering who will be the next president and hoping the Christians will pray hard enough to get the right president.”

Dear God, I’m glad we aren’t hostage to this. Heaven isn’t fret about wanting to do something but Jesus’ bride won’t. When He needs His bride to do something, He can get His bride to do whatever needs to be done.

It’s not a big deal. What is a big deal is that you are loved, and have a place, and there is something so large that wants to live in you. This is something so incredibly large that you just want to get a hold of—that is the Holy Spirit!

So, last night, Papa gave me a simple way to explain this. He said,

“Jacob, you hear the news, but you believe the lie”.

Jacob received the news of a bloody, favored coat, and took it to mean that his son was dead. The news of a bloody coat was a fact but his son was dead was a lie. His son was not dead. His son was being sent special delivery. Save the world, via God. Save the planet, save the nations and fulfill promise that I made to Abraham and place a nation inside of a nation—a miracle upon miracles. He was just being sent by God, via slavery, accusation, imprisonment and abandonment. This was how God was going to save a plant, was with one person through a path that wasn’t the path I would have chosen. It’s like swim across the ocean by yourself, I’ll keep the sharks away”. We think, “What are You doing?” God knows what He is doing.

I was in Thailand a few months ago. I got on Joseph in the bible. We read it like a newspaper. We receive it how it’s happening. We interpret it how it means to us. We live inside shame and reproach and it just shuts you down.

But, suddenly, God opened it up. He said, Joseph was the most intelligent person who had more favor, more capacity, and more prophetic promise. He had dreams and the ability to interpret them. He said, “Do you know how hard it was for Me to keep him in Egypt? Every place I put him, he just kept rising up so I had to put him down lower.” In slavery, you can purchase your freedom. It was a different mindset of American slavery. If he had gotten free, what would he have done? He would have gone home and tattled on his brothers and broken the family up. He was put in prison but started elevating there. He finds someone who has access. He makes a prophetic promise, “Hey, remember me when you get there”.

God said, “I had to stop letting the guy remember anything. Until Joseph would quit fighting where he was and start living where he is, he was stuck.

I was stuck too. I had plan “Z” ahead of me. Because, when I brought Joseph out of prison, I had to have a man, so free from his past that he could become what I wanted him to be in the future”.

In prison, Joseph was told, “Joseph, time to get up. The kings calling you. Get up, Pharaoh wants to see you. Joseph answered, “Why?” “It’s about a dream. I don’t know.”

Joseph had resolved much by this time. Beloved, don’t ever ask God to resolve things. There is so much to go through, but if you do, it is so liberating. It is freedom.

Joseph is on his way up. He changed his clothes, was told to wash and shave. Shave? Joseph told the jailer that this was not part of his tradition, or belief. They didn’t care about his beliefs. Joseph was coming before Pharaoh and pharaoh doesn’t like hairy men. This was an immediate crisis. Joseph had already resolved the issue of, “I don’t care. Whatever happens, God is in charge. I’m letting go. Whatever is going to facilitate is going to be outside of my control anyway—so whatever.” He had the “whatever” down.

So, he stands in front of Pharaoh and Pharaoh says, “Hey, I hear you can interpret dreams. Joseph says, “God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace”.

A few years ago, the Lord taught me this simple truth. No man can give an answer of peace until he has found peace with me. If you aren’t in peace—you have no peace to give. Even if you can discern visions and dreams and interpret the stock market, you may still carry no peace.

So, Joseph gives him the word of peace, the instruction and advice. He tells Pharaoh, “You are the man”. Boom—wash him again, change him again. Let’s get him up to the level of Prime Ministership. Tattoo his eyebrows. Let’s get him looking like an Egyptian. Change his name, marry an Egyptian, a bride of another man’s religion. Let’s just pull him inside this thing because he is fully in charge.

Joseph just thinks, “Wow, this is new. Oh well, this is where I am. This is where I’m supposed to serve. This is what I’m supposed to do. No longer did he say, “Oh and by the way, before we get started on this, can I have one little thing. I need to go home and tell on my brothers because they did an awful thing, and I want to make sure that thing gets resolved”.

In fact, literally, years later, when his brothers finally show up and they are bowing at his feet, it says in Genesis, “He remembers the dream”. So, if he remembers the dream, he must have forgotten the dream. You have to forget certain mental frameworks to go into new frameworks.

You know, when Pentecost came, if God was looking for better or more powerful or eloquent prayer, he would have expanded those in the upper room’s brains. No! He didn’t want to touch the brain because the brain is connected to the soul and the soul is connected to body and the body is connected to the world. The soul wants to save its body and wants to save itself so it is just not really wired yet. It has a bad program. We have to take it to the cross and shut it down and kill it. We must tell it to stay there awhile and He will rewire it, but in the midst of it He says, “Love Me there—give Me more praise”.

Your soul just wants everything to go right. It doesn’t want to be embarrassed, or die or be defeated. It just doesn’t want to live in shame or reproach. It wasn’t meant to; and yet, the cross is the means of deliverance, so the soul can be saved.

At Pentecost they “Get the Spirit”. A mighty glorious rushing wind! Tongues of fire on everyone’s head. Everyone starts talking gibberish. Come on, this is closer to the way you think it is. Pentecost was a party—a rock and roll party! It was 9: o’clock in the morning party! So much so, that they were thought to be drunk with a special new wine.

I tell you—there is something about the corporate glorious Holy Spirit. When He captures a group of people, He can change a planet. 120 acting like fools. If you have ever encountered Holy Spirit when He comes in that level and you allow Him to touch you in that level, you realize that everything you’re worrying about has no consequence to anything you’re concerned about. You realize that the entire thing is a preoccupation with death. Life is reigning and you get caught up in the stream of life and it’s like the whole thing is funny!—or, the tears come and you weep. You see the heartbreak of humanity and see it from Father’s eyes. You disconnect from your plane and you are connected upward and inside of God’s heart. This is not mind; it is spirit.

God is good. The hardest thing for the body of Jesus Christ in western United States is that we are going to have to let go of a lot of conditions that we are still holding God to, the way things are supposed to happen and what is and isn’t allowed. If God wanted you to come up and be the advisor to President Obama, to help him navigate crisis in the Middle East, some of you might say, “I wouldn’t do that”. Some of you might think, “I don’t know how to do that.” But, if you had been living in a prison cell long enough, that none of these things were ever conditions and that you would come to peace with God and come into a union of fellowship and oneness with the sound and the voice and the Life. And, you understood that everything had already been finished and all things had been set in motion and God’s promises were complete and you were just walking in peace and it really didn’t matter if you spent the rest of your life in that prison—you might just come right up.

What if God wants you to run with Hillary Clinton?

What if He wants you to work for Saudi Arabia? Some of our mindsets are stuck in “No”. I’ve got news for you, God loves the planet and the entire universe. But, we don’t live like this.

We think, “Let’s get Israel out of Egypt, now. Here is our new deliverer. Send him off to another country to become the son in law to another man’s wife who has another religion. This would be like sending off one of us to very unglamourous ways, to go settle in someone’s country and marry someone of an entirely different religion—a Buddhist or Hindu or Muslim or Mormon. We would think that there was much potential but now it is lost. Because we live from a place where God is building from our successes. But really, He is activating us through our defeats. Our losses are His gain. And our confusion is where He rests upon. Because it dismantles you. Then, if you are dismantled efficiently enough, and you are crying out, “Lord, I don’t know what is going on and I don’t care anymore. I don’t need answers, just help me.” He then says, “Ok, we are ready, cause you won’t like My answer. You will love it, but you won’t be able to receive it, if I present it to you, so we will just have to do it. Just close your eyes and watch Me”. And BOOM! He starts to jettison us into a whole other world!

Pentecost was a whole other world!

Five things you can do to stay filled with the Holy Spirit. They are:

In my journey, of this repositioning into the place of having:

  • The access,
  • The authority,
  • The pleasure,
  • The delight of Father,
  • The enjoyment of God,

This is where I live in another world that continues to get larger in its scope and sequence, overtaking all other worlds that seek to try to contend to take me from that place. As I learn to seat in the heavenly, all that I have learned and know is, in some ways intellectually, but all experientially is:

The first thing I covet and pursue every day is my quiet time. I must be with God. I’ve got to find Him. I’ve got to be with Him. Is He lost? No, I’m lost. If I stay away from Him too long, I lose my bearings and I get afraid. Once I get afraid, I go back into religion. I don’t want to go into religion but it is all I know. Control. I’ve got to control. But He doesn’t want us to control.

He says, “Don’t control. Just trust Me”.

We answer,.” I can’t trust you if you are too far away from me”.

He says, “You don’t have to be far away from Me. Find me.

How do I find You?

Go and pray. Seek Me.

For some of us, this is not a discipline we have developed. We wonder why we are so depressed. It is because we don’t spend time in God’s presence. His presence is happy. I always pray, until I get happy. If I don’t get happy, it is because I didn’t pray far enough in. In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy. God is deliriously confident in Himself. He looks at you, as one that is never without hope, never one without opportunity, never one without possibility. If you get into His presence, the first thing He starts to do is throw life into the dead parts. He then starts talking about things that aren’t happening as though they already happened. He then starts expanding His communication and He just wrecks you! THEN, you can go through the day. Quiet Time.

Corporate Time

The second thing is Corporate Time. I don’t know how many people who develop a quiet time and then become disengaged with the corporate body.

The other day, we had our son and his fiancé come up. They had just gotten engaged. The whole family came, it was Sunday, yet I just felt like I had to get to church. I couldn’t wait to get to church! I wasn’t even speaking this day. But I couldn’t wait to get to church because I wanted to get in the corporate anointing. I wanted to get in a place that I don’t possess. The only way I possess is when the body joins together. It is a special place that God provides just for the corporate gathering of His body. He wants to dwell in the midst of us and when He is in the midst of us, He does wonderful things that He doesn’t always do in the middle of me. I couldn’t wait because He always comes to His body. Any church—I don’t care who it is. He is finding a way of accessing it. When He starts breaking into Mosques and revealing Christ, when He starts going into synagogues, when He starts going into the Mormon temple, when He starts coming to places we don’t allow, when He goes into atheist meetings, we are going to freak out!

Just like they did in the Jesus movement. People thought, “How can they save those dumb hippies, those bare footed hippies? They have to get their shoes on before they come to church!” No. They won’t get their shoes on before coming to church—they had an encounter with God! They came to be with God and us. But the people didn’t know if they wanted to be with the hippies and God.

In many ways we have been shut down by our traditions and our positions and our mannerisms and our ways. But, the good news is, that by the time it is hitting the world, it will be hitting us too. There will be open doors and we will say, “Come on in”. Let’s just let God redefine everything. We know Jesus Christ as Lord. We know He died for our sins. Let’s go from there. We know Holy Spirit is doing things that we never thought He would allow to do. He is saving all people He could save. Let’s go from there. And it will be glorious!

But, until then, and while I grow in this, I love the corporate anointing. I can feel God in an Episcopal Church, a Catholic Church, a Baptist Church, and a Lutheran Church, because God will find His way into any gathering of believers, to the amount they will allow Him.

In our church, we are kind of “juicy”. Holy Spirit, what do you want us to do today? Prophecy, declare, dance, twirl—go for it! I just want to feel You! I want You to have access. I want You to be so big! Holy Spirit is so big! He is large and jolly. He is happy! He is the hope carrier of the Trinity.

  • Father is the Love carrier
  • Jesus is the Faith carrier
  • Holy Spirit is the Hope carrier

You may come to a place where you are so mad with your brother and Holy Spirit comes in and wants to dance. You are so mad at the song they are singing and Holy Spirit says, “Come on, let’s dance. Before long, you’re dancing!

I remember a song in the 70’s:

Oh, the Holy Ghost will set your feet a dancing,

The Holy Ghost will thrill you through and through,

And set your heart a dancing too!

This is what Holy Spirit does. He is a partyer! Why is He? Because your brain is processing and it’s afraid. He gives us another drink of Holy Spirit and suddenly, we aren’t afraid anymore.

We’ve got to get drunk! We have to get out of our mind and into God again! Come on!

Quiet Time and Corporate Time – You can’t separate the two. They have to be together. More Quiet, but you can’t have Quiet without Corporate.

The three other things are unique understands of what happened to me with the Quiet and the Corporate.

Influenced Time

Whenever I am in the Presence during my Quiet Time and my Corporate Time, the first thing I want to do is I want to become influenced by it. I want to be affected. I want to feel. Why do people do drugs? They want to come under the influence. I want to allow Holy Spirit’s influence to affect me. So, if I am sitting there mad, and He wants me to dance, I want to think, “Well, I guess He doesn’t care about that bad person that I want Him to punish—let’s dance”. So, I want to feel the effect of His coming.

Because He is so optimistic and so positive, He just blows your little problems out of the world. He picks you up so high and has such a broad vision and talks about things that are yet to come, I want to feel that. I want to flow.

The Apostle Paul said, “Brethren, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” This means, “I allowed the heavenly vision to continually affect and influence me. Holy Spirit, Influence me. Take this cold, hard heart and make it soft and big again.”

Contending Time

Sometimes the influence is where He is taking you but there is too much contending. You will have contending time. I go and be with my Papa. I bring my presence into His presence by the veil of Jesus. I come and I enter in and engage. I praise Him because He needs to be praised because I need to praise Him. He isn’t an egomaniac that needs to be told He’s wonderful. I need to tell Him He is wonderful so I can connect back to wonderfulness.

So, I praise and sometimes the influence starts to come. He makes me smile again (when I didn’t want to smile). He is making me happy and full of joy, with a sense of overwhelming compassion and there may be tears. He is influencing me.

Sometimes, this doesn’t happen because all I have is the narrator. The narrator is telling me, “You stupid man! You are so lame! Do you think this will ever work? You continue to believe God, but He is never going to help you…And, the narrator’s got my mind.

God cannot influence you if the narrator is talking to you. Satan is the evil narrator. This slanderer will take everything and accuse you of anything. Half of it is not true and the other half is. Holy Spirit says, “Hold your place.”

There are times when you feel like something is on the bottom of your shoe. You just feel blah. And it is just time to say,

  • JESUS IS LORD!!
  • I will praise Him!
  • I will rise up!
  • I will come into the place where He is.
  • You just start making declarations.
  • You start releasing sound!
  • You start decreeing over your life and unto God.

Praise is so powerful, because if you lifted up God in praise, you could start to attribute victory to you. This is your Contending Time. You will not be filled with the Spirit and not have the Devil bother you. Truth be known, you get filled with Holy Spirit and He takes you to meet someone you will have to meet anyway. Who is it? It is Lucifer, the fallen angel, who has access to all of fallen man and sons of pride. Pride is the false counterfeit of righteousness. It is the way in which fear protects itself. Holy Spirit knows you are a big fraidy-cat, so better you meet him when Holy Spirit is around. A long time goes by and you weren’t even aware of this. We don’t know because we forgot to sing the song.

So we just complain that the church is so poor and breeched and wrong. We begin to hate the place, the people and everyone. We almost hate God. We are stuck!!! Sometimes, you just have to get up and say, “You know what? I want to tell you the truth.

  • The truth is, “JESUS IS LORD!”
  • The truth is, “I will overcome!”
  • The truth is, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world”…

All I do is to take what I am feeling and I declare the opposite. However bad you feel, confess the opposite. Do you feel like you were living in shame and reproach? Then say, “Dear God, I’m going to know double honor like no one else. They are probably going to pick me up in a heavenly limousine. I have a new coat, a new tie, a new title and a new name! Whoa! That is who I’m going to be! That is who I already am!

Ha, ha, ha! Laughter is really big in heaven. He who sits in heaven, shall laugh. Do you want to sit in heaven? You’ve got to learn to laugh. Sometimes you don’t feel like it but all it takes is the wind to blow and your sail fills. And you laugh! You go out of mind limitations and into spirit unlimitedness. Holy Spirit starts filling you.

Exchange Time

Don’t leave the encounter without the experience captured. Prophecy to yourself. Write it down in a journal. What is God saying to you? If He tells you, “I’m lifting you up to make you a name in the earth”, then you start worshipping God the next day by saying, “Lord, I want to thank You for lifting me up to make me a name in the earth. Even if that means You send me to the bottom of the earth before You lift me up. I praise You for what You said. What You said is true. I engage in this spot. I take hold of this and say, Go for it Daddy!”

There is an exchange. You can feel the influence and you can enter into the contending, but if God doesn’t make an exchange, you’ve lost the purpose of the moment. The moment is to let go and let God. To hear and to see—To those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. We turn in response and be healed.

Sometimes it is really clear what He is saying. He wants us to hold a certain posture or live in a certain place, to begin to study certain verses. He may want us to make a certain declaration. Sometimes it is more oblique. “I want you to be happy. That is your assignment—be happy. Don’t worry”.

The point is: If we allow the exchange to take place, we have now received something that we now carry it and you can go back there and visit it at the next meeting.

1. Quiet Time

2. Corporate Time

3. Influence Time

4. Contending Time

5. Exchange Time

Please imagine Holy Spirit coming in a new level and in a greater way. Imagine Him swirling around you, eclipsing all your loss, confusion and excuses. Imagine Him as the glorious one coming in anew. He is the only one with access to everything. Welcome right now into your heart.

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Sunday June 7, 2015, 9:00 am: Guillermo and Graciela Romero, will share “God Loves the Poor, Calls Us to the Nations, and is Bringing His People Back to Israel.” Their ministry in Channel of Blessing, their work in Peru, and call to help the Jews in South America return to Israel, have given them a unique vantage point to see all this. This will be a rich time of faith and testimony.

Sunday 10:20 am: Prayer for the Nations —calling all believers to join in prayer for the nations. These 30 minutes of intercession of specific nations, states, and callings is the heart of Jubilee.

Sunday 11 am: I will be sharing, “The One and Only, Holy Spirit” . He is the finger of God who drives out Satan, He is the resurrection power that heals our bodies, homes, cities, nations. His dwelling place in us activates all the victory of Jesus Christ.”

Something wonderful is happening…The wind is blowing, the sound from heaven is erupting and hearts are awakening to His ministry again! Jesus said it was to our advantage that He went so that He could send the Holy Spirit. Come again Holy Spirit!

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Intercession Wednesdays

  • 6am to 6pm – Intercession Watches in the Sanctuary
  • 6pm to 7:30pm Corporate Intercession

Our Wednesday Watches and Evening Service are focused on hearing the Lord’s Heart unto intercession for Israel, America, the nations and the awakening of the Church.

We are being called up into active intercession for Israel and America.

Two weeks ago, the Lord confirmed that we were being called up into active intercession for our Nation, Nations, and the Church Awakening. A day or two later, Israel was attacked, and war declared this last Saturday. Now, we must rise in Christ, pray from Christ, and follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in securing the victory of Jesus on earth!

Beginning Wednesday, October 11th,  our Prayer Watches will be called Intercession Watches. We have practiced for a year being watchmen on the wall agreeing with the Lord’s word. (Isaiah 62) And now, the Lord has called us up! Into intercession which includes all we have learned and more.

We will now focus our watches and our Wednesday evening services as well, on hearing the Lord’s heart unto intercession for Israel, America, the Nations, and the Awakening of the Church.

Together we are listening so that our prayers are directed by the Lord and His intercession is empowered by the Holy Spirit and the word of God. Here are three Psalms I am currently praying in agreement with the Lord:

– Psalm 2 – Psalm 110 – Psalm 83

It gives me great hope in knowing our Lord’s triumph and our training together in prayer. Who knows if we have come into the Kingdom for such a time as this?

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Wednesday, january 17th at 6pm.

We welcome our dear friends, Dan & Nori Chesney, from London, England.

Dan & Nori carry a powerful prophetic and healing ministry. Come and be blessed by their ministry.

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You are invited to celebrate Pastor Brian’s 60th Birthday with us. 

We will  be having an International Banquet in the Cafe directly after service.

If you would like to bring a blessing, a birthday card or contribute to the meal – Contact Rosie in the office (805)482-5424

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How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

If you’re looking for ways to be filled with the Holy Spirit, there are a few things you can do. First, pray and ask God to give you His Spirit. Second, read the Bible and learn about the Holy Spirit. Finally, attend church and participate in worship services. Discover more here .

Definition of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine force that helps us grow in our faith. We can be filled with the Holy Spirit through prayer and meditation. If you want to experience the Holy Spirit’s power in your life, start by praying and meditating regularly. This is an essential article for anyone looking to learn more about the topic.

Overview of the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is one of the most important things you can do for your spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity and is the one who gives us guidance and direction in our lives. He helps us to know and understand God better, and He helps us to live our lives in accordance with His will.

There are many ways to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You can pray for guidance and strength, read the Bible, attend church, or participate in religious services. Whatever method you choose, be sure to be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction.

Steps to Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

If you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, there are a few things you can do. First, read the Bible and pray. Second, attend church and listen to the pastor . Third, read Christian books and listen to Christian music. Finally, try to live a good life and be kind to others.

Pray for the Holy Spirit

Prayer is an important part of Christian life. When we pray, we are asking God to help us in our journey. Prayer can be a way to connect with God and receive His help.

How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit? One way is to pray regularly. When we pray, we are opening ourselves up to God’s presence. This allows the Holy Spirit to fill us with His power and guidance.

Read the Bible

Reading the Bible is a great way to learn about God and His ways. It can also help you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you want to experience the power of the Holy Spirit, be sure to read the Bible and pray for guidance.

Spend Time in Worship

If you want to spend time in worship, there are a few things you can do. First, find a place where you can be alone and quiet. Second, find a song or poem that speaks to you and that you can sing or recite aloud. Finally, try to focus on your breath and let the words and music wash over you. When you’re done, feel refreshed and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit

If you’re looking for guidance and inspiration, look no further than the Voice of the Holy Spirit. This powerful force can help you grow in your faith and connect with God on a deeper level.

To be filled with the Holy Spirit, start by listening to Him and following His lead. He will guide you and help you grow in your relationship with God.

Benefits of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

There are many benefits to being filled with the Holy Spirit, including increased faith, deeper spiritual understanding, and greater power to witness for Christ. If you are interested in experiencing these benefits for yourself, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances. First, pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon you. Second, read and study the Bible, especially the book of Acts, which tells the story of how the Holy Spirit was given to the early Christians. Finally, attend church regularly and participate in Bible studies and prayer groups. By doing these things, you will increase your chances of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Increased Faith

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the way in which increased faith is experienced will vary from person to person. However, some tips on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit may include praying regularly, reading the Bible, and attending religious services.

Greater Understanding of God

There is a great deal of misunderstanding and lack of understanding of God in today’s society. Many people believe that God is a distant figure who does not concern himself with the affairs of humanity. However, the Bible teaches that God is intimately involved in the lives of His people.

One way to gain a greater understanding of God is to read the Bible. The Bible is full of stories and teachings about God that can help us to better understand Him. Additionally, the Holy Spirit can help us to be filled with His love and guidance. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can know that God is with us and that He is guiding us in every step we take.

Closer Relationship with God

If you’re looking for a closer relationship with God, there are a few things you can do. First, read the Bible and pray. Second, attend church and participate in religious activities. Finally, try to live a moral life and be a good example for your children.

The Holy Spirit can help you grow in your relationship with God. If you’re seeking guidance and comfort, prayer and the Holy Spirit can be a powerful combination.

If you are looking for ways to be filled with the Holy Spirit, there are a few things you can do. First, you can pray for guidance. Second, you can read the Bible. Third, you can attend church. Finally, you can participate in Bible studies.

Summary of the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is one of the most important things you can do for your spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity and is the one who gives us guidance and direction in our lives. He helps us to understand God’s will for us and to live our lives in accordance with that will.

There are many ways to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You can pray for guidance and strength, read the Bible, attend church, or participate in religious services. The most important thing is to be open to the Spirit’s guidance and to allow Him to fill you with His power and love.

Encouragement to seek the Holy Spirit

If you’re looking for encouragement to seek the Holy Spirit, look no further! Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Pray and ask God for guidance.

2. Read and study the Bible.

3. Attend church regularly.

4. Connect with other believers.

5. Take time for yourself to meditate and pray.

The more you put into seeking the Holy Spirit, the more you’ll receive in return. So don’t hesitate, start today and see the amazing things the Holy Spirit can do in your life!

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Acts 4:8-23 King James Version

8  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

9  If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

13  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

14  And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

15  But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

16  Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.

17  But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

18  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

20  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

21  So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

22  For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.

23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

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