I want to explain to you the benefits of being baptized in the Holy Spirit and having the ability to pray in tongues. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, with tongues, is promised to every person who believes in Jesus Christ and who obeys Him.
Many do not understand the baptism in the Holy Spirit and others do not want the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but Jesus will not force the gift of the Holy Spirit on anybody, He gives the gift to those who thirst for Him, the TRUE WORSHIPERS.
I want to start with the woman at the well. We read in John 4:13 “Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Then verse 23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus was telling this woman that He will gives Streams of Living Water in those who are thirsty, those who WANT to worship Him, the TRUE WORSHIPERS.
We further read that Jesus said: John 7:37On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water’ will flow from within him. 39He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
After Jesus was glorified and ascended to Heaven the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. We read about that in Acts 1 and 2.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven He gathered His disciples and He gave them instruction. We read in Acts 1:4 “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” He goes on to say in verse 8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
We read in Acts 2:1 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”
They were speaking as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. The Holy Spirit provided what they uttered through their mouths. They were speaking to God, they were glorifying God, and some of the people around them that were from other nations, that were of other languages, heard these people who did not know their languages, speak of the great deeds of God in their own language. These people did not even know what they were saying but the Holy Spirit gave utterance to them.
The apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 14: 2 “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; ”
The purpose of the tongues, that those receive , who are baptized in the Holy Spirit, is for them to be able to worship God in spirit and in truth.
When we pray, we very soon run out of words when we pray in our own mind , we run out of things to pray; we don’t know what to pray and therefor Paul also explains in Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words. 27And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
When we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit , who dwells in us, gives us utterance, and even though we do not know what we are saying, what we are praying to God, the Holy spirit intercedes for us and through us, and with us, through our tongue, because we speak the utterance that He gives us to say. We do not rightfully know what to pray; we can pray for the will of God to be done, but we do not know what the will of God is, but the Holy Spirit knows and if we pray in tongues, we pray according to the will of God.
The apostle Paul also prayed much in tongues. we read that he says in 1 Corinthians 14:18 “I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; 19however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.”
We can pray with our mind and we can also pray in the spirit, but when our mind runs out of words and thoughts to pray about, the Holy Spirit helps us and therefor we have to pray in the spirit to be built up, to be edified, in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit baptism and gifts are not a guarantee of salvation, neither is it an indication of our fruitfulness. Our fruitfulness depends on our relationship with Jesus Christ and if we do not bear good fruit we will get CUT OFF AND BURNED, even though we have received all the gifts of the Holy Spirit – if there is not fruit, if there is no good fruit, then we are bad trees and we will get cut off and burned, we will end up in hell. And this is why Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
The purpose of the Holy Spirit baptism and praying in tongues, is for us to be able to continuously pray and worship in spirit and in truth, so that we can be edified in our spirit, so that we can be built up in our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is through communion with Him in prayer that we draw closer to Him and that is why we must not only have the baptism in the Holy Spirit but practice praying in tongues.
The gift of speaking in tongues is not for public display. When we pray we must pray in private and not make a public spectacle like so many people do. Jesus Christ called them hypocrites, and therefor we read His words in Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Our relationship with Jesus Christ is through prayer. If you do not pray, you have no relationship with Him. You can read your Bible, you can go to church, you can watch Christian videos, you can go to fellowship, you can go to praise and worship in the church, you can do religious things, read religious books but if you do not pray, in spirit and in truth, then you have no relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus gives us the Holy spirit and the ability to pray in tongues so that we can continuously, uninterruptedly pray in tongues, in your inner room, praying in the spirit, while also praying with your mind, while you go about your daily activities, you can be praying in the spirit. In your mind, the Holy Spirit, in you, giving you the utterance, so that you can continuously be in prayer, that you can be FILLED with the Holy Spirit; streams of Living Water can only flow through us if we PRAY, and if we pray in the spirit. If you pray with your own mind you are limited, you will soon run out of words, get bored, and not know what to pray. but if you pray in the spirit, you can pray for hours on end, you will not run out of words to pray because the Holy Spirit will supply those words. You will be edified in your spirit and you will be FILLED with the Spirit, Streams of Living Water will flow through you.
Dear friend, are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are streams of living water flowing through you, that living water that Jesus promised to those who seek him, the true worshipers? Are you a true worshiper? Have you received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and do you pray in the Spirit? Do you have a DESIRE for the Holy Spirit? Do you have a DESIRE for streams of living water? Do you thirst and do you hunger for the Spirit of God? Do you desire a closer relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you want to be filled with the Spirit? Then ASK Him!
Repent, and be baptized and ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit. You have to receive it, before you can have it, and you have to practice it for streams of living water to be continuously flowing through, you from the inner man, streams of living water that spring up into eternal life!
Do you have that LIFE in you? Are you FILLED with the Spirit of the Living God?
May Jesus bless you.