The Bible shows us that God wants to give us the greatest gift you can think of: He comes to live inside of us with his own holy, almighty, wonderful Spirit. He wants us to receive the Holy Spirit so we can experience heaven on earth, God’s kingdom becoming reality in our life.
The problem with many Christians is that they don’t experience that God is real. God seems to be far away from them. Their prayers seem to be ineffective. Their faith is weak and they lack the boldness to tell others about Jesus Christ. Christians perform many religious activities but it is questionable whether is bears as much lasting fruit as we would like to see. What is the cause of that? It is because we do too much in our own strength. We do not realize which wonderful gift God wants to give us.
The holy Spirit elevates the Christian life to a whole new level, where God can really meet us and He becomes an awesome reality in our daily life. The difference between the Old and the New Testament is not only that Jesus Christ died for our sins. It stretches far beyond. The difference is also that God is no longer distant.
He wants to become a reality for us that is so beautiful and special, as if we are experiencing heaven on earth. Of course with persecution because it is still the earth, where we wage war against the powers of darkness. But we are able to get to know God as a wonderful, intimate reality. His light can shine so amazingly bright in our lives. His love can fill our hearts and control our actions. His goodness can flood us and his peace can govern us. God’s reality isn’t something we will experience much later, after we die. No, God is here and now with us and wants to baptise us in his holy Spirit.
The Bible shows us four steps that every person needs to take, in order to receive the baptism of the Spirit.
‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 2:38)
Do not be like others who want to replace the clear truth of the Bible by human traditions and reasoning. Don’t be inhibited from the wonderful glory that God wants to give you. Read what the Bible says and do what the Bible says.
Of course the first step is to repent of your life without God, your life in sin, dishonesty, impurity. Repentance is the basis. Turn away from evil, towards God. Start a completely new life with God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as your saviour. Realise that Jesus Christ is the saviour or mankind and died for your sins on the cross at Golgotha. He shed his blood as a sacrifice for the sins of man. If you believe in Him and bow down for Him, your sins will be forgiven.
Be baptised in water. That is a basic act that goes together with conversion. In many traditional churches baptism has been replaced by infant baptism. But Jesus Christ let himself be baptised in water, so who are we to claim that we are more than the Son of God and we don’t need to be baptised? Jesus was dedicated and blessed as a child, but He still was baptised when He started His ministry.
‘After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove on Him.’ (Matthew 3:16)
Every Christian who wants to be filled with the holy Spirit would be advised to follow Jesus Christ’s example. Jesus Christ is the Son of God… and He was filled with the Spirit of God when He was baptised in water.
When reading the Bible you will notice that the Spirit of God came upon people after they had received prayer with laying on of hands by the apostles.
‘Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 8:17)
‘Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. (1 Timothy 4:14)
In some Christian circles they have replaced the clear biblical truth on this topic by the opinions and traditions of man. But if you are really longing to receive the holy Spirit, let go of all the human objections and let trustworthy and pure Christians pray for you while laying on hands, just like the Bible tells us.
David Sorensen had a dramatic encounter with God, which completely transformed his life. He decided to spend the rest of his life showing others show real God is and how much he loves us. David's desire is that people would learn how to experience God as the most beautiful reality there is.