A common explanation when nothing happens when we pray to receive the Holy Spirit is simply that the person has been too afraid to speak out loud or too shy to do so in front of others. I was like that myself. It can be …Read More
How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
When we receive the Holy Spirit it is meant to be an event which you can’t miss. It is supposed to be very noticeable. Indeed, one of the very purposes of being filled with, or baptised in, the Holy Spirit is to confirm conclusively to …Read More
The gifts of the Holy Spirit in more detail
We have already seen the gifts of the Holy Spirit discussed by Paul in the earlier passage, 1 Corinthians 14:1-33. There is not space to examine all of these gifts fully in this book, but I will, at least, list them and briefly explain them. …Read More
My own experience of receiving the Holy Spirit
I repented and believed at 2:30pm on 8 June 1981. That is the point at which I began the biblical process of becoming a Christian. At that moment, though I had not yet been baptised in water, I believe I was justified (made righteous in …Read More
What are tongues? Why does God give such a strange gift?
When people received the Holy Spirit in the New Testament it would appear that the fact that it had happened was obvious to everyone else. That is because they began to speak in tongues or they prophesied or operated in some other gift. I feel …Read More
Why did they lay hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit?
In most (but not all) cases in the New Testament, once a new believer had been baptised in water, someone would lay their hands on them immediately and pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. The person praying and laying their hands upon a …Read More
The role the Holy Spirit plays in the process of sanctification and of becoming a disciple
To receive the Holy Spirit means that He comes to live within you. Then He is not merely alongside you, but inside you. His help is needed to enable you to live the Christian life because it is so difficult. However, the Holy Spirit’s help is also needed in …Read More
Why do we need to receive the Holy Spirit?
Once we have repented, believed and been baptised in water, we are ready to receive the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, the moment when a new believer receives the Holy Spirit is shown as a very distinct and memorable event. It is presented as an …Read More
Step four in detail – receive the Holy Spirit
14Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; …Read More