7 Steps To Being Baptized By The Holy Spirit
By: R. A. Torrey, 'The Baptism of the Holy Spirit'
Pub. Date: February 2005
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Renunciation of Sin
The Holy Spirit is a 'Holy' spirit and you can't have both Him and sin.
Any controversy with God about the smallest thing is sufficient to shut one out of the blessing.
If there is anything that always comes up when you get nearest to God, that is the thing to deal with.
If anyone sincerely desires the baptism with the Holy Spirit, he should go alone with God and ask God to search him and bring to light anything in his heart or life that is displeasing to Him; and when He brings it to light, he should put it away.
There is no use praying, no use going to conventions, no use reading books about the baptism with the Holy Spirit, no use doing anything else, until we judge our sins.
Open Confession of our renunciation of sin.
Heart repentance alone is not enough. There must be an open confession of that repentance, and God's appointed way of confessing of repentance is baptism (In the Name of the father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for the secret disciple, but for the openly confessed disciple.
Absolute surrender to God (Acts 5:32)
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
It is going to God and saying:
"Heavenly Father, here I am, I am your property. You have brought me with a price. I acknowledge your ownership and surrender myself and all that I am absolutely to you. Send me wherever you will; use me as you will."
The lack of this absolute surrender is shutting many out of the blessing today.
If you have something (to include your will) that you cannot lay down, ask God to lay it down for you.
Intense desire for the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39a)
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive.
This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 44:3:
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.
Every believer 'MUST' have the baptism of the Holy Spirit!
The absolute necessity that every believer receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a definite experience is critical to living the Christian life. Without it, we will do the evil things we don't want to do and don't do the good things we want to do.
There is no guessing as to whether you have been baptized by the Holy Spirit or not.
Definite pray for the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given to the church as a whole, each individual in the church must appropriate the baptism of the Holy Spirit for himself.
We find that after Pentecost as well as before, the Holy Spirit was given to believers in answer to definite prayer. For example, we read in Acts 4:31:
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
And again in Acts 8:15-16:
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive...
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