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HAS THE CHURCH LOST ITS TONGUE?

If so, it's high time she found it.
Christianity was born in a corporate prayer meeting;
Acts 2:4.
He told them to tarry and after 10 days He came.
We need no further instructions than what He has already given us.
He has called us to pray. Paul asked for prayer
What should we pray about? We can start with the unfulfilled prayers of the prophets and less for our programs.

Men ought always to pray Luke 18:1. Think on this word always with me for a little; it suggested to me that there are many ways to pray?

Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, (be specific) with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus".

Prayer is for answers:
Zechariah 10:1. Don't be frightened to ask.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
God is wonderful because He's approachable; yes that's true, and He's interested even in the little things as well as the great. If something is bothering you, ask! And petition Him Luke 11: 9.
I'm so glad He went away because if He were still down here physically how could we possibly get a private audience with Him!
Let's look at some ways to Him.

Thanksgiving:
Psalm 100:4. Phil 4:7 Gratitude is the most unfelt of all emotions.
Do you ever thank Him for the things you never had to ask Him for?
For the things that never go wrong.
For His keeping power Psalm 124:
For the Angels:
For the choruses and hymns of songwriters who got in touch with Him in order to bless us.

Examples of unthankfulness:
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools. It's a universal attitude.

Luke 17:12-19 and as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said were there not ten cleansed? So where are the nine that have not returned to give glory to God save this stranger. And he said arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Thanksgiving is the balance to our petitioning Him.

Praise:
Everyone praises something. Their good fortune, their possessions.
Here is something we can do for God that He can't do for Himself? It comes from a grateful heart. Nobody wants to be just taken for granted; we all like to be thanked.

Psalms 50:23 "whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God".

Psalms 150:1-6 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Psalms 30:11-12 "Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing for me: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. To the end that my glory (that is, my tongue) may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever". The dead praise not God.

Psalm 67: When the people praise thee, then shall the earth yield her increase.
At every level He draws us a little closer; but at each higher level fewer people enter in.

Mark 9:2 and after six days Jesus took with him Peter, and James, and John, and led them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

Communion:
There were many disciples; and twelve apostles, but only three heard Him commune with the heavenly visitors on the mount.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
You have to wait to connect and commune.
The longer you wait the more entwined you become; the more drawn in, and drawn up to a new perspective; where greater insight and strength shall be yours. Martha busied herself making sandwiches for Jesus. Mary chose the better part.
Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts. Wait and be still and know that I AM God.
Watch and be silent. Hear and be blessed.

The Mystery level:
1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
1 Corinthians 14:18 "I thank my God I speak in tongues more than you all", said Paul.
Like Paul I'm glad I speak in tongues.
There's great value in tongues. In tongues we speak to God. He doesn't need an interpreter I've thanked Him for the Holy Spirit, but have you ever thanked Him for the ability to speak to Him in a private conversation in tongues.

Ephesians 6:18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit; being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
We must never allow ourselves to be governed by our natural mind, or by what people think, but simply by what the Lord has said in His word.
Praying with the understanding is praying on the human level. Praying with tongues is on the spiritual level. It's on an elevated plane; that of the Holy Spirit. Who taught Adam how to talk? His Father did. That's what happens when you speak in tongues, you learn to speak to directly to your heavenly Father.

I believe in being positive in prayer but sometimes you just can't find the words to express your feelings no matter how hard you try.
There is a way of communicating to God that is completely mystifying to all, but clearly understood by God. It is beyond the comprehension of the human mind. The devil cannot decipher it, because he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to men but unto God. It's in heavenly code that neither men or angels, or devils can comprehend.

All of the above use words, but there's another level that does not use words.

There is a prayer by the Holy Spirit that while it has no words. It does not say "without sound".
Romans 8:26. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
All the other forms use words, but there is a means of communication that goes beyond words.

Exodus 2:23-24. They sighed - God heard - God looked - God had respect - Then God remembered His covenant with His friend Abraham. We also can stand in proxy for our children just as Job did?

Israel was released from bondage when their groan ascended up to God. Exodus 6:5.
It's not something we do before men, but before the Lord. It is directed to the Lord.
Psalms 106:44 nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry.
Exodus 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and (because of this) I have remembered My covenant.

Judges 2:18 And when the Lord raised judges up for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.

Romans 8:22-23 for we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves eagerly waiting for the adoption the redemption of our body.

We have been taught that crying to God won't get His attention. Don't believe it; that's not true, it's a lie! The devil absolutely does not want you know it, or worse still start doing it.

Psalms 102: Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin.
Psalms 106:44: Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
Exodus 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
Psalms 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

You don't have to be in jail to be prisoner:
Job 19:23-27 "Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, I know this, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

Psalms 102:20. To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those appointed unto death.
You can be a prisoner to a decision made in haste.
You can be a prisoner to ill health.
To circumstances beyond your control.
The victim of another's sin.
To a binding habit. To your business.
To what you're family or other people think.
When you're under a crushing financial burden or addicted to unlawful desire.
Our great intercessor was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And He prayed.

Hebrews 5:7. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death; and was heard in that he feared. He knew He had to die, but the hope of the resurrection was the anguish of His soul and in this He was heard.

Mark 7:34 looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said unto him, Ephphatha, that is, be opened.
John 11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
John 11:35 Jesus wept.
John 11:43 and when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
We need to cry out; to cry aloud; not to get His attention, we already have that, but to focus on our solution, which is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 62:6-7 "Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest, and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth".
Never forget that He ever lives to make intercession for us. He is not unmoved, but emotionally involved in every aspect of our lives.

Giving attendance to prayer:
Psalms 17:1. A Prayer of David: Hear the right, O lord, attend unto my cry, and give ear unto my prayer that goes not out of feigned lips.
Psalms 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise.
Psalms 61:1 hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalms 142:6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
Proverbs 5:1 My son attend unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding.
1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come; give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

A personal testimony:
After taking a service for women where I spoke on the subject of prayer, and in particular "groaning before the Lord" a sister came up and thanked me for the word, in particular with regard to groaning to God.

Her husband who was the manger of a Govt institution contracted cancer of the sinuses. Over several months treatment began to cause serious disfigurement. His was able to keep his position but had to be away from the eyes of the public. The sister told me how heartbreaking it was for her husband, so she felt she must remain strong for him.

Every afternoon she would lie upon their bed and begin to simply groan before the Lord until eventually she would fall asleep. When she awoke she felt strong and refreshed, ready to greet the one she loved, at the door and reassure him of her love.

Finally she thanked me for bringing that word.

Dear ones He hears the groaning of the prisoner, and He sets the captives free, and comforts all that are appointed to death if that cry out to Him.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Scriptures are full of this wonderful subject, both in the Old Testament and the New. The day of Pentecost, was the Birth-day of Christianity. It set in motion a new order of life and ministry for the People of God. John the Baptist pointed to it, when he said "He" (that is Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.
The Book of Acts declares the first experience for Jew and Gentile, and the same experiences upon the new assemblies and the promise for all believers. The early· church had this testimony that they "turned the world upside down" in one generation. What was it that changed them from unstable, powerless followers of Christ, to consistent, fearless, miracle working, city-shaking disciples that laid the foundation that we still recognize today? It was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, for Jesus commanded them to, "Wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high, and you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you" Acts 1: 8 Let us look closer at this "Key" to the early Church's power, and see if it can unlock the powerlessness of our religious order to-day, that the same things might happen, to spread abroad the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His shed blood!

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

(A) He is the third Person of the triune Godhead. Not just an influence or a vapour. Not just an "object" or a name-less force. He is a definite Person. He has characteristics of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, etc.
He can be grieved. While it is impossible to commit an unpardonable sin against the Father and the Son yet there is a sin that can be committed against the Holy Ghost that shall never be forgiven.
Matthew 12:31-32. Jesus the Son waited until He had received the Holy Spirit before He began to minister.
His doctrines that were so contrary to those recognized at the time.
Why did He wait for the Holy Spirit? Because it is in the mouth of two or three witnesses that all truth is established. When God swore by Himself He had a three fold testimony. Hebrews 6:13

(B) He is always connected with action!
Right from Genesis 1:2 where we read, "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" until Revelation 22:17 where "the Spirit and the Bride say 'Come'" there is action, power, restoration. We read, "And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him", (Samson) and he killed a lion. Judges 14:5-6.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah and he crossed over the river to battle Judges 11:29.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and he blew the trumpet. Judges 6:34.
We have many more such incidents, with Saul, David, Caleb, Joshua.

WHAT IS THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR?

There are two works of the Spirit, apart from leading us to salvation. One is an inward work of sanctification to produce fruit of the Spirit; the other is an outward work to demonstrate God's power for service. Both are distinct experiences that can be received at the same time or separately. Both are necessary, to produce fragrant and powerful Christians. Some want sanctification and not the Baptism of the Spirit. Others want the Baptism of the Spirit, and not sanctification. 1 Corinthians 13 shows the need for both! "Pentecostal" Christians need the experience of sanctification. "Holiness" Christians need the experience of the Pentecostal Baptism of the Spirit. May God give us sanctified and baptized believers, for the answer to the Church's need in this hour.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit does three things -
(1) Gives us power:" "Ye shall receive power (dynamite) after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you and ye shall be witnesses ("martyrs") unto me, both in Jerusalem, and Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth" Acts 1:8.

(2) It will make us testify and glorify the work of Christ. "But when the Comforter is come He shall testify of me". John 15:26.

(3) He shall "lead and guide us into all truth". John 16:13.
Power for service: Exalting of Christ Jesus and no other: Leading us into all truth. These footprints left by the early church are clearly seen as you walk through every chapter of the Book of Acts.
IS THIS EXPERIENCE FOR TODAY?

Do we need power for service in this generation? Do we need to excel t the Lord Jesus by our words and actions? Do we need to be kept from the multiplied error today, and to walk in all the truth of the Scriptures? Of course we do. Then if God saw fit to give this experience for the early church to do these things, it is illogical to think He would take it away from the Church today, when more power is needed to combat evil, more exalting of Christ is needed to overcome the uplifting of men and more guidance is needed to know the truth, to keep us from the snares of false doctrines, and ideas of men.

If the Church age opened with an experience of the Holy Spirit will it close without it? Does God begin in victory, and end with defeat? Today we have replaced the power of the Holy Spirit working in the Church and within Christians, by programs, natural talent, psychology and "tricks" and stunts, and cover them up by saying "the baptism of the Spirit is not for today"! Joel chapter 2 tells us that God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh .in the last days, and that our sons and daughters shall prophecy!

He tells us that the sun will be darkened, and the moon turned to blood. On the Day of Pentecost Peter said, 'This is that'. THIS experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that which Joel was talking about. It was only the beginning, for not "all" flesh received there in Jerusalem, neither did their sons and daughters prophecy, nor was the sun darkened and the moon turned to blood. This is yet to come. Joel did not say the "last day" (singular) but the "last days" (plural). If Peter thought his day was the last; then what are these days we are in now nearly 2,000 years later? Joel 2 clearly states that the outpouring of God's Spirit is over a period of time, and quotes things that we yet, have not seen. "THIS" experience that Peter called "that" in Acts 2:16, is for us today, for Peter said at the close of his explanation, "For the promise of Joel is unto you; (present generation) and to your children - (next generation) and to all that are afar off - (future generations indefinitely) even as many as the Lord our God shall call" Acts 2: 39.
When the people asked what to do Peter said: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Is Repentance an experience for today?
Is it necessary to be Water-baptized today, and to have an experience in it?
Then if the first and second things are for today, why not the third?

"Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost;" Let us not divide this verse 38 in two parts, and accept the first two and reject the third. All three are experiences, and in the right chronological order. Repent first; followed by water-baptism and then the Holy Spirit Baptism.
In
Ephesians 5:18 Paul says, "be filled with the Spirit."

This was not just for the Ephesians in that day, for if it was, then so must all the other facts of Ephesians - such as mobile ministry gifts be only for that day!
The Holy Spirit is with us, until Christ's return, and because of this surely His experience is with us also until that which is perfect is come. That is the second coming of the Lord.

IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT NECESSARY?

Jesus did not commence His earthly ministry, until He received the dove of the Spirit at Jordan. Luke 3:21-22. The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Comforter on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 1:4-5. Paul waited three days after his vision of the Lord on the Damascus Road and then received the Holy Spirit, before he began ministering. Acts 9:4-7 At the revival at Samaria, immediately the people had been born again, healed and water-baptized, under Philip's ministry, the Apostles came and layed hands on those new converts, and they received the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:14-17.

When Paul came to the Ephesus his first sermon was on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and he lay hands upon twelve of them and the Holy Ghost "came on them Acts 19:1-6. The Baptism of the Spirit was vital for Jesus, for the Disciples, for Paul, at Samaria and at Ephesus. Surely, reason demands that it is also essential for us today.


IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST A SECOND EXPERIENCE?

Many quote 1 Corinthians 12:13, 'for by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body' to prove that the baptism comes at salvation. Wait a minute. This verse is talking about a baptism by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ (Salvation). However, we are talking about a baptism by the Son into the Holy Spirit... This is something altogether different, another experience. "Then He that baptizes you with the Holy Ghost and fire is Jesus the Son; Luke 3:16.

One is a baptism by the Third Person of the Godhead into salvation, which is our first experience at being born again. While the other is a baptism by the Second Person of the Godhead, into the Holy Spirit! This cannot be done until the "Second Person' Jesus Christ Himself has control of you first.
The remainder of this particular scripture says, "And have been all made to drink into one Spirit". This is quite different from the other experience of the Holy Spirit where Jesus says, "Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of Living Water"
John 7:38-39. One is a flowing in, while the other is a flowing out. Thus it is a second experience, to be baptized by Jesus, into the Holy Ghost!
Let the scriptures confirm this.
Jesus was "Born of the Spirit" at Bethlehem but received the Holy Ghost in a definite experience after water baptism 30 years later; a second experience. The disciples were not "converted" as we understand this heart experience before Calvary. See Luke 22:32, "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Immediately after the resurrection, Jesus came to His disciples in John 20:21-22 and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost; yet 40 days later they were 'filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues'.
Again - two experiences. One was salvation, while the other was their Holy Spirit baptism!
Paul, smitten off his horse, calls Jesus "Lord. This was his conversion, for no Pharisee would call Jesus of Nazareth by the name of the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Not even Caesar was Lord to them. Paul is changed, bows his heart, surrenders his sword, and calls Jesus Lord! Three days later Ananias comes and calls him "Brother Saul" Acts 9:17. (You do not call an unconverted man "Brother") and he receives the Holy Ghost. Again this was a second experience.
In Acts 8:17 the Apostles lay hands upon the new Christians to receive the Holy Spirit after they had been water baptized. Philip knew not to water-baptize unsaved people.
It was a second experience.
Paul comes to Ephesus, and finding certain "disciples" (not unbelievers) asked if they had received the Holy Ghost yet? They only knew John's baptism, which was unto repentance; so Paul explained to them Jesus Christ's Baptism, which included the Holy Ghost Baptism. They are baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost. Once more, a second experience! Acts 19:1-7.
Reader may I ask you a question, have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE you believed?
Salvation is essential. Water-baptism follows, and then the Baptism of the Holy Ghost

WHAT IS THE SIGN OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

God confirms His promises by signs.
The promise to Noah was confirmed by the rainbow - a sign in the heavens.
The Promise to Abraham was confirmed by the sign of circumcision.
The Promise of Salvation is confirmed by a changed life "old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."·
2 Corin 5:17
His Promise in Water-baptism is confirmed by the outward sign of a sanctified life. Romans 6:3-6. His Promise for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is also accompanied by a sign - that of speaking with other tongues. Scripture confirms this.

A. First fulfilling of the Promise in Acts Chapter 2, upon the disciples. The sign tongues of fire and tongues of languages. Something seen; and something heard; verses 3 and 4.

B. The second occasion in Acts 8 was upon the new church at Samaria. No distinct mention of tongues here, but notice Verse 18, where Simon "saw" that by laying on of hands, the people received the Holy Ghost, he brought out money to buy this power. He had seen Philip work miracles of healings, and cast out devils, but never desired to buy this power. Now the Baptism utterly amazed him! He had never known anything like this. It couldn't have been an experience of people kneeling down and the Apostles laying hands on them and then quietly getting up and saying they had received "by faith" for Simon could do this also. Clear thinking surely denies such an ludicrous explanation. No, he saw something happen that convinced him that ·they had received the Holy Ghost, without doubt, and it was more convincing than the mighty miracles that Philip had done! The Bible does not say it was tongues, but it certainly infers it. When Peter withstood Simon the Sorcerer, because he desired to buy this gift, his words were "Thou hast neither part nor lot in this "matter" and the word used here is logos, meaning 'Word'. Was this not speaking in tongues? Acts 8:21.

C. The third occasion was with the Gentiles in Acts 10.
Here the sign of speaking in tongues is a proof to prejudiced Peter, that they actually did receive the Holy Ghost. Peter said, 'Because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost FOR they HEARD them speak with tongues and magnify Go'. Acts 10:44-46. Tongues again, as a proof First upon the Jews, then the Samaritans, now the Gentiles! Some teach this "tongues" was only an initial thing for the Jews and then the Gentiles, and not needed after that! For this to be true there would be no other occasion recorded of 'tongues'. Unfortunately for this teaching, however, there are other occasions of tongues in connection with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 19 as we have already seen, when Paul laid his hands upon the Christians at Ephesus, the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. (Note that they spoke with tongues FIRST before they prophesied - Prophecy is not the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Tongues again! And what about Paul's baptism in Acts 9: 7? No mention of tongues, tis true, but after all Paul did say, 'I thank God I speak with tongues more than you all' 1 Corinthians 14:18. Five occasions in the Book of Acts that tell of people being baptized with the Holy Ghost, three of them record tongues, in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let everything be established, and two infer them. Some believe that 'tongues' in the Book of Acts were the exception, rather than the rule. However numerically tongues as the evidence of the Baptism of the Spirit is the rule, rather than the exception; that's three out of five.
" Acts is not a book of doctrines," says another, yet salvation, water-baptism, sanctification, rule and order, Missionary vision and work all have their roots in the Book of Acts. Then we have Jesus' own words, 'these signs shall follow them that believe' (not them that are led astray by the Devil) 'they shall speak with new tongues'. Mark 16:17, and Paul's words 'forbid not to speak in tongues 1 Cor 12:39.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE?

Pentecost is not a denomination. It is a second experience for all born again people to experience wherever they attend. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?
First of all a complete surrender. Pride, prejudice, feelings of "not good enough", no bitterness towards a brother. Utter laying of everything upon the altar of God and completely yielding to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Asking in faith: How much more will the Heavenly Father give the Spirit to them that ask Him? Ask and it shall be given thee.
Receive: A definite act of faith of taking and receiving
Speaking forth in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance:
Again this is a definite step of faith, placing all fear and doubt aside in utter abandonment to God. You speak a language that you have never learned as the Holy Spirit gives you utterance.
Finally, keep on speaking until these rivers of living waters are simply gushing from deep within. Receive the Holy Ghost.
This article was part of the syllabus of "Word of Faith Bible School" founded by Pioneer Evangelist Rob Wheeler in the early sixties.

 

 


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