For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.Isaiah 28:11-12
In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.1 Corinthians 14:21
This is one of the prophecies about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues (a language you don’t know) is the initial physical evidence that someone has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Living a holy life is another good indication that someone has received the Holy Spirit. Boldness is another attribute that happens after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The verse says that this is the refreshing, yet they would not hear! It is a refreshing to the spirit of man to be joined and filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a rest from our labors and a reliance on God, like never before. When one prays in the Holy Spirit (in tongues), he or she is definitely praying a prayer of faith. What could be faith more than relying on the Holy Spirit to pray through you? The just shall live by faith and this is just another way in which that is true for the Christian walk.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.Joel 2:28-29
This is the other prophecy about the Holy Spirit. This time it doesn’t mention speaking in tongues, but it is still talking about the same experience. Notice that the prophet says He will pour out His Spirit upon ALL flesh. It doesn’t matter who you are, God wants to fill you with His Spirit. Of course, God is a gentleman and will not force this gift upon anyone, just like He will not force salvation on anyone. It has to be the choice of your will.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27
We don’t know everything God knows, but the Holy Spirit does! One benefit of praying in the Holy Spirit is that He makes perfect intercession for you according to the will of God. It is a perfect prayer, which can accomplish much more than just praying with your own limited understanding of a need.
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. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)John 7:37-39
He that believes on Jesus will speak rivers of living water, or words. He clarifies and says He is speaking of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him SHOULD RECEIVE. Again, this is nothing God is forcing on anyone. Jesus said blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for THEY shall be filled.
The Holy Spirit was not yet poured out, because Jesus had not died on the cross and risen again. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He told His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.Luke 24:49
Those disciples had to wait for the Holy Spirit to be poured out. The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, almost 2000 years ago. Since then, we no longer have to wait to be filled with the Spirit. God is ready to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, whenever you are ready!
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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?Luke 11:11-13
Once one has been made free from sin through Christ’s salvation, it is time to ask the Father in Jesus’ name for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit. One must be born again. The temple of your body must be cleansed by the Holy Spirit, before you are a fit vessel to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.Acts 2:4
This is the record of the first infilling of the Holy Spirit. 120 were present and ALL were filled and ALL spoke in other tongues. The Holy Spirit is for whosoever will come to the Father in faith. He’ll do for you what He has done for anyone else. He’s no respecter of persons. He wants to pour His Spirit upon ALL flesh, including you!
My testimony of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is pretty simple. I received good teaching on the subject through a Bible school I was attending. It was January 2003 and I was living in North Carolina. After thinking about it for the better part of a day, I decided to ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I made sure all my sins were confessed and washed away by the blood of Jesus. I knew I couldn’t ask for the Holy Spirit if there was unconfessed sin in my life. I told the Father how nervous I was and that I needed His Holy Spirit to help me overcome sin. Then, I asked the Father in Jesus’ name to baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Then I said that since I believe I have received the Holy Spirit, I am going to exercise faith and lift my voice, expecting the Holy Spirit to give me the words to speak. I started moving my vocal cords without knowing what I was to say. As I did that by faith, the words were there for me to speak! Remember that it’s impossible to please God without faith. If you want the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it’s going to take YOUR faith to make it happen. God will do the rest.