To receive the Holy Spirit from God, one must repent from their sins, accept Jesus as their personal Savior and receive His precious gift of the Holy Spirit.
I was twenty-seven years old, while attending a little church near a Pecan Orchard in Sahuarita, thirty minutes south of Tucson many years ago. These people preached heavily about receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What made this entire situation so crazy, is that they would practically tell you whether you had the Holy Spirit or not. Even when speaking in tongues they were right there listening to the utterance that flowed from your mouth. They made the concept of receiving the Holy Spirit more difficult than God intended.
I begin to struggle with this entire concept, and begin to doubt whether I was good enough to receive this gift; that they claimed God would give if I just ask. I also begin to wonder, if God was real. I was the type of person who wondered and questioned everything, so this was no exception. I needed further understanding in order to proceed with this whole Jesus thing. I was new to the faith, even though I was raised in a Baptist Church. As a child I never paid attention while in church, so I never really knew about this entity we call God.
I studied the scriptures continuously, to know God’s word for myself. I ran cross references and I would pray prior to studying, asking God to give me revelation. I didn’t want man to give me what I believed to be their personal opinion; I needed to know for myself what the scriptures said; and how to go about getting this gift. Trying to live the purest life I knew how, I had entended to be just what God outlined in his word. Therefore God would have no reason to withhold his spirit from me.
After much studying the scriptures, I came to the conclusion that, first and foremost it was a inner personal relationship between me and God. I could not allow anyone else to force me to do things according to the way they felt necessary. I had to stand firm in what I learned or believed to be true for me. Not allowing anyone to have that type of power over me or some type of dictatorship. Speaking into my life in a negative manner. I was able to move forward realizing who I am, and whose I am. That ability to place me in hell by telling me I didn’t have God’s Holy Spirit was no longer an issue.
(1 Corinthians 12:13) declares that we are baptized by one spirit into one body. The apostle Paul taught that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit. From the sincerity of your heart, repentance and acceptance is what God desires from you.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the action by which God takes up permanent residence in the body of a believer in Jesus Christ. In Old Testament scriptures, the Holy Spirit would come and go from the saints, empowering them for service but not necessarily remaining with them (Judges 15:14; 1 Chronicles 12:18; Psalm 51:11; Ezekiel 11:5). Jesus revealed to His disciples the new role the Holy Spirit would play in their lives: “He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). The apostle Paul also wrote, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
The indwelling Spirit is grieved when the believer sins (Ephesians 4:30), and He convicts the believer to confess his sin to the Lord so that fellowship is restored (1 John 1:9).
The indwelling Spirit seals the believer unto the day of redemption so that the believer’s arrival in the Lord’s presence is guaranteed after this life (Ephesians 1:13–14).