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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit - 08.17.2014

A Christian is baptized with the Holy Spirit and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit when the Holy Spirit gifts his or her redeemed spirit with the ability to pray in a Spirit language.  The Spirit language originates from and is directed by the person's baptized spirit, which means his or her spirit has been immersed in the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit language is given by the Holy Spirit and directed by the Holy Spirit.

Salvation through Jesus is God's gift of eternal life.  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is God's gift of empowerment to the believer.

Paul, the apostle, explained that praying in the Spirit language is a function of the mind of the Spirit and not the natural mind.  When we pray in tongues (in the Spirit), our praying originates and flows from our inner spirit and not from our natural mind.  It is not a learned language but a gift from the Holy Spirit.  The natural mind does not understand it.

So why does Paul say that it is his spirit praying in tongues?  1 Cor. 6:17 says that he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.  Our born again, baptized spirit becomes united with the Holy Spirit, who has the mind of Christ and His Spirit enables us to pray from the mind of Christ and not from our natural minds.

Approximately ninety percent of all that the Bible says about speaking in tongues comes from the writing of Paul.  In 1 Cor. 14:18 Paul says that he thanks God that he speaks with tongues more than all of them.  That is the reason Paul wrote more about speaking in tongues and the proper use of this gift than all the rest of the Bible authors.  Paul is the greatest authority on the value and purpose of out Spirit language.

Praying in the Spirit will help you to live with peace and victory in the last days.  The Holy Spirit will enlighten the Word and anoint it in your life, will unlock the gifts of the Spirit to operate in your life and empower you to live in holiness.

It's in the Bible!

Scriptures: Gal. 3:13-14; Matt. 3:11; Jn. 14:16-17; Jn. 16:7; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 19:1-6; 1 Cor. 14:2,14;
Lk. 11:10-13.