Three Things

Three things happen to the person who receives the
baptism with the Holy Spirit. They receive boldness to witness, an increase in
understanding of the word, and they receive a new way to pray!
 
Acts 1:8 reads: But
you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall
be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end
of the earth.
The Greek word for power here is dunamis and from this word we get our English words dynamic,
dynamite, and dynamo. There is inherent power produced within the believer when
baptized with the Holy Spirit.
The day after I was Spirit baptized, I noticed a boldness
that rose up within me that I had never experienced before. As a 17 year old, I
was working in a grocery store the day after I received the baptism with the
Holy Spirit, and a girl asked for a cigarette. Well, I threw mine away the day
before, and simply had no desire for them. 
I started to tell her that I quit, but before I could speak the Holy
Spirit from deep within me prodded me to tell her that Jesus set me free from
smoking.
When I told her that, she was so surprised that I thought
she would fall in the floor! And then a joy rose up in me that I had never
experienced before. Ever since then that boldness has risen up in me.
  
The second thing that you will notice after having
received the baptism with the Holy Spirit is that a greater hunger for and
understanding of the Word will come. 1 Corinthians 2:14 reads: But the natural man does not receive the things
of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
The Holy Spirit authored the Bible. He inspired men to
write as they were moved by Him. When He comes into your life in fullness, He will
take the Word and unfold its deeper meanings to your spirit. It one thing to
intellectually understand the Word, but it’s an awesome experience to suddenly
gain the spiritual application of it when you read.
I experienced this the day after I was Spirit baptized in
1976. As I read passages that I had known since childhood, suddenly the
revelation of their spiritual application to me poured from the pages I read!
It’s totally amazing.
 
The third thing that you receive with the Holy Spirit
baptism is a new way to connect with God. Praying is in a whole new realm. It’s
one thing to try to connect with the Father with mind to Spirit communication;
that is, your mind seeking to make contact with Him who is the sum total of all
knowledge! But it’s awesome to be able to contact the Father directly sprit to
Spirit.
 When you pray in
tongues after being Spirit baptized, you gain an ability to speak in tongues
which is your human spirit making direct contact with the Father of spirits! 1
Corinthians 14:14 (Amplified) declares: For
if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me]
prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
Things
that were pent up in me for years were released as I prayed in the spirit or in
other tongues. This is the perfect way to pray, because when you’re praying in
tongues, you’re praying the perfect will of God for whatever you’re praying
about!
 Don’t neglect the
precious gift of the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Allow it to be a door that
opens you to a new realm of spiritual experience and understanding as you
receive boldness, illumination, and a new prayer language.

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