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Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

Create an atmosphere of expectation by praising and expressing love to Jesus audibly (Luke 24:52–53). When first-century believers spoke in tongues, other people heard them (Acts 2:6). From a practical standpoint, it is easier to speak in tongues if we are praising the Lord out loud!

Expect to experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. (See Luke 11:13.) Be willing to not only seek, but to ask the Father for this precious gift. It is His promise to us (Acts 1:4).

Be willing to stop speaking in your normal language. You cannot speak two languages at the same time. We have to leave the known to receive the unknown.

Receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit just as you receive any other gift. Reach out and take the baptism in the Holy Spirit; don’t beg for it. Then thank God for this gift.

When you hear expressions, words, or syllables forming in your mind, speak them. The pattern of Acts 2:4 is important today,“All of them were filled . . . and began to speak.” The Holy Spirit will not speak for us or force us to speak. We must speak the words ourselves. In the book, Be Filled with the Spirit, author Doyle Jones said,“You will never speak if you keep waiting for the Spirit to put you into some kind of trance and do it all for you. It will be your mouth, your tongue, your voice, but His words.”

You may not hear the words in your mind, but when you speak they will be in your mouth.

Speak, even if it is only a few syllables. Those words are very likely words of praise to God, so go ahead and speak them. Fluency will come as you continue to pray in the Spirit. Your vocabulary will grow in this new language.

Speak, even if it doesn’t sound like a language to you. Many languages and dialects don’t sound like languages to us. Remember, it’s possible we can speak in languages “of men or of angels” (1 Corinthians 13:1). Being filled with the Spirit is not based on your ability to understand the language.

Realize that you control the flow of the Spirit through you (see 1 Corinthians 14:32).

Continue to pray in the Spirit every day. We are built up in our faith when we pray in the Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 14:4; Jude 1:20). Paul the apostle testified that he prayed in the Spirit more than others (see 1 Corinthians 14:18).

Except taken from "Asking for a Friend: Who is the Holy Spirit" published 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO

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