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THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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A Study on

Who is the Holy Spirit?

&

Why Speak in Tongues?

 


 

In this file:

1) The scriptural history of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

2) Who is the Holy Spirit?

3) Warnings concerning the Holy Spirit

4) What does speaking in tongues accomplish? (Why speak in tongues)

5) My personal experiences

6) Speaking in tongues in deliverance

7) How speaking in tongues works

8) Prayers and counsel to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

9) Scriptures and Greek meanings

10)  The Testimony of Debbie Whitmer

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1) THE SCRIPTURAL HISTORY OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

  • John the Baptist foretold the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus promised the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • They received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit was poured out as a gift
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit fell upon the Gentiles as well as the Jews
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit was also imparted through the laying on of hands
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for us today
  • Jesus will not give a counterfeit gift when you ask Him

 

SCRIPTURES

John the Baptist foretold the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: "I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:8)

"He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." (Matt 3:11)

 

  • The word baptize (#907 Greek) means to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); It comes from a word (#911) meaning to overwhelm, (i.e. cover wholly with a fluid).
     
  • The word fire (#4442) means fire, or lightning.

 

Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit: John the Baptist said, "I didn't know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, `When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Son of God." (John 1:32-34 NLT) "John answered their questions by saying, "I baptize with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am--so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Luke 3:16-17 NLT)

 

Jesus promised the Baptism of the Spirit: "And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power (# 1411) 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." (NKJ Acts 1:4-8)

 

  • (The word power (#1411) means force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, might, miracle, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. It comes from a word (#1410) meaning to be able or possible.

They received the Baptism of the Spirit: "Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (NKJ Acts 2:1-4)

 

It was poured out as a gift: "The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles, too. And there could be no doubt about it, for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God." (NLT Acts 10:44-46)

 

  • The word pour (#1632) in the Greek means to pour forth, to bestow, and translated as gush out, run greedily, shed abroad, spill forth.
     
  • The word gift (#1431) in the Greek means a gratuity, and translated gift. It comes from a word (#1435) meaning a present, gift, sacrifice, or offering

 

It fell upon the Gentiles as well as the Jews. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. (NKJ Acts 10:44, 45 NKJ)

 

  • The word fell (#1968) means to embrace with affection or seize with more or less violence, translated to fall into or upon, lie on, press upon.

 

It was also imparted through the laying on of hands: "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied." (NKJ Acts 19:6)

 

It is for us today: "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (NKJ Acts 2:38)

 

He will not give a counterfeit gift when you ask Him: "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? "Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (NKJ Luke 11:11)

 

2) WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

The Holy Spirit is a distinct member of the Trinity, separate from the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. He has a personality and has a function within a believer’s life. The following is list of some of His personality traits and functions. Scriptural references to these are recorded after the list.

 

  • He is a member of the Trinity
  • He speaks as a person
  • He searches
  • He reveals
  • He decides and distributes
  • He abides with us
  • He guides & foretells
  • He sanctifies
  • He teaches
  • He convicts
  • He seals
  • He quickens, gives life
  • He empowers to witness
  • He leads
  • He bears witness
  • He intercedes
  • He bears fruit
  • He liberates
  • He glorifies Jesus
  • He groans
  • He has joy
  • He comforts
  • He translates
  • He conceives
  • He descends
  • He speaks through you
  • He speaks to you
  • He casts out spirits
  • He compels
  • He is a river of living water
  • He gives the ability to speak in tongues
  • He lives within you
  • He gives special abilities
  • He is received through faith
  • He is our guarantee
  • He inspires

 

SCRIPTURES

He is a member of the Trinity
 

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19 NKJV)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor 13:13-14 NKJV)

But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26-27 NKJV)
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. (Mark 1:9-12 NASU)

He speaks as a person

 

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2 NKJV)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13 NKJV)

He searches

 

But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets. (1 Cor 2:10-11 NLT)

He reveals

 

All that the Father has is mine; this is what I mean when I say that the Spirit will reveal to you whatever he receives from me. (John 16:15 NLT)

He decides and distributes

 

It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. (1 Cor 12:10-11 NLT)

He abides with us

 

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever… (John 14:15-17 NKJV)

 

He guides & foretells

 

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13 NKJV)

He sanctifies

 

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ… (1 Peter 1:2 NKJV)

He teaches

 

…for the Holy Spirit will teach you what needs to be said even as you are standing there. (Luke 12:12 NLT)

He convicts

 

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment… (John 16:7-8 NKJV)

He seals

 

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph 4:30 NKJV)

He quickens, gives life

 

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)

 

He empowers to witness

 

…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. (Acts 1:8 NASU)

He leads

 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Rom 8:14 NLT)

He bears witness

 

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God… (Rom 8:16-17 NKJV)

He intercedes

 

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Rom 8:26 NKJV)

He bears fruit

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23 NKJV)

He liberates

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17 NKJV)

He glorifies Jesus

 

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:14 KJV)

He groans

 

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. (John 11:33 NKJV)

He has joy

 

Then Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. (Luke 10:21 NLT)

He comforts

 

The believers were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 9:31 NLT)

He translates

 

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the city of Azotus! He preached the Good News there and in every city along the way until he came to Caesarea. (Acts 8:39-40 NLT)

He conceives

 

For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.  (Matt 1:20 NLT)
 

He descends

 

Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. (Matt 3:16 NLT)

He speaks through you

 

For it won't be you doing the talking--it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matt 10:20 NLT)

He speaks to you

 

The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage. (Acts 8:29 NLT)

He casts out spirits

 

But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. (Matt 12:28-29 NLT)

He compels

 

Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. (Mark 1:12 NLT)

He is a river of living water

 

For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within." (When he said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. (John 7:38-39 NLT)

He gives the ability to speak in tongues

 

And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:3-4 NLT)

He lives within you

 

Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Cor 3:16 NLT)

He gives special abilities

 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us… (1 Cor 12:1 NLT)

He is received through faith

 

…and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith… (Gal 3:14 NLT)

He is our guarantee

 

The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people… (Eph 1:14 NLT)

He inspires

 

For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, `The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.' (Mark 12:36 NLT)

 

3) WARNINGS CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT

Scripture warns us to honor the Holy Spirit with reverence and respect.

 

  • Do not blasphemy the Holy Spirit
  • Do not resist the Holy Spirit
  • Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
  • Do not quench the Holy Spirit
  • Do not lie to the Holy Spirit
  • Do not strive with the Holy Spirit
  • Do not test the Holy Spirit

 

SCRIPTURES

Do not blasphemy the Holy Spirit

 

Every sin or blasphemy can be forgiven--except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which can never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who blasphemes against me, the Son of Man, can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. (Matt 12:31-32 NLT)

Do not resist the Holy Spirit

 

You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. (Acts 7:51 NKJV)

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit

 

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph 4:30 NKJV)

Do not quench the Holy Spirit

 

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thess 5:19 NKJV)
  • QUENCH: NT:4570 sbennumi (sben'-noo-mee); a prolonged form of an apparently primary verb; to extinguish (literally or figuratively): KJV - go out, quench.

 

Do not lie to the Holy Spirit

 

Then Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren't lying to us but to God." 5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. (Acts 5:3-5 NLT)

Do not strive with the Holy Spirit

 

And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." (Gen 6:3 NKJV)

Do not test the Holy Spirit

 

And Peter said, "How could the two of you even think of doing a thing like this--conspiring together to test the Spirit of the Lord? (Acts 5:9 NLT)

 

4) WHAT DOES SPEAKING IN TONGUES ACCOMPLISH?

(Words with scriptures in parenthesis are recorded in the Greek study at the end of this file.)

 

  • Constructs and confirms the house of God within you. (Edify; 1 Cor 14:4)
  • Releases the dynamite power of God within you. (Power; Acts 1:8)
  • Submerges you as though fully wet and covered in the spiritual liquid of His Presence. (Baptize; Matt 3:11)
  • Puts lightning upon your head (Fire; Matt 3:11)
  • Hugs and embraces you with His Presence (Fell; Acts 11:15)
  • Pours out upon you as a gift (Poured out & Gift; Acts 10:45)
  • Intercedes, prays for you (Comforter; John 14:26)
  • Gives you boldness (Boldness; Acts 4:31)
  • Supplies & furnishes what you need (Filled; Acts 2:4)
  • Teaches you and causes you to learn (Teach; John 14:26)
  • Recalls to memory (Remembrance; John 14:26)
  • Speaks a secret or mystery in the spirit (Mystery; I Cor 14:2)
  • Follows as a sign (Sign; Mark 16:17-18)
  • Is a sign to unbelievers (Sign; 1Cor 14:21-22)
  • Protects from satan (Snakes and Not hurt; Mark 16:17-18)
  • Builds faith (Building Faith; Jude 20-21)
  • Petitions for the saints (Supplication; Eph 6:18)

 

5) MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

When people receive the gift of speaking in tongues, not everyone receives in the same way. For myself, I went to kids camp in my teens and was prayed over to receive what they called the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5) I was supposed to feel the Holy Spirit come upon me, then speak in tongues. I felt nothing when they prayed. I was expecting some bolt of lightening to come down from the sky and hit me in a whoosh of the Holy Spirit. But they simply prayed, and I simply thanked Jesus like they told me to do.

 

However, an hour later as I lay in my bunk bed, little foreign sounding syllables popped into my mind. So, I spoke them with my head under the pillow. It was one sentence. My counselor told me that could happen, and to be faithful to practice my new language and it would grow. So that is what I did. I spoke my one sentence faithfully for about a year! To this day, I still remember that sentence.

 

Then one day I was driving to school singing a popular love song along with the radio, and the second verse was sung in French. So I started singing my own pretend "French" to the words. By the end of the song, I had a complete and wonderful language, only I didn’t know it! However, every time I sang that song I would sing it in my "pretend language" even when they were singing in English. It sounded so beautiful I didn’t want to sing it in English. Then one day I started singing other popular love songs of the day in the same way. Then the realization hit me, I was doing what the Bible called "singing in the Spirit"! (1 Corinthians 14:15) "Wow! Is this finally the expansion of my new language?" So I stopped singing and just spoke it. Sure enough, there was a full blown language!

 

Now, not everyone will struggle as hard as I did. The reason it took me so long was because of doctrinal currents against me. I was told speaking in tongues was of the devil and that the occult speaks in tongues. It didn’t seem to connect with me that Paul in the Bible spoke in tongues all the time. (1 Corinthians 14:18) The only reason I had the courage to receive it, was because of the loving counsel of a dear lady who shined with the love of God. I felt that if she could love me like that, and she spoke in tongues, then she certainly wasn’t of the devil. Simply put, I knew the devil couldn’t love and she was no devil.

 

Since that time long ago, now that I am fluent in the spiritual gifts, I have come to realize that the devil can not create. Only God can create. The devil only mimics, only copies the real thing. So of course the occult speaks in tongues, that’s because God created the real speaking in tongues!

 

I have received a couple of wonderful confirmations about speaking in tongues. One time I was praying in tongues and in English over people I’d met on the Internet and I saw a picture-vision of a flat bed truck driven by 2 angels. On the flat bed truck were a whole bunch of packages, each wrapped and looking exactly like the size of bricks. The Lord told me I was dispatching supplies. So I asked Him what those bricks were. He said, "Each individual prayer." Then a few days later I listened to a tape where a man was given a vision that every time he spoke in tongues, he saw packages the size of bricks come down from heaven that were deposited inside of him. When they were deposited, he felt a strengthening of his inner man. He was praying supplies for himself. So, not only did the Lord confirm that my praying in tongues was praying in supplies to others, but at the same time, I was praying in supplies for myself.

 

I have an interesting story about praying in supplies for others. Remember that one little sentence I mentioned when I first received tongues? When I shared it with Anna, my Mom, who also had been indoctrinated against tongues, she said it sounded like Spanish and looked it up in her Spanish dictionary. She was so surprised at the meaning, she also sought and received the Baptism of the Spirit.

 

Twenty-five years after that, having completely forgotten its meaning, Anna happened to ask me if I still remembered my one little sentence. I spoke what I remembered and she again looked up the words in her old Spanish dictionary, and this is what she found; my sentence was translated, "Door of a port hole released. They eat with Daddy." This was my commission from the beginning. I didn’t know I was repeating a request thousands upon thousands of times. I was bombarding heaven and didn’t even know it! I believe part of that fulfillment is the opened doors to a website ministry and also a writing ministry. It is a good lesson in the importance of tongues.

 

 

6) SPEAKING IN TONGUES IN DELIVERANCES

Often when I have prayed in tongues, people have been delivered of demons. When I lay my hand upon their back and speak in tongues, I can feel pressure building up inside of me. It is like pressure building and resisting against some outside force. It can take on a similarity of what a burden feels like to an intercessor who prays until it lifts. I will feel the pressure building, the intensity of my tongues increasing, and then the person either gags, spits up, coughs, sighs, yawns, sneezes, screams, cries out, jerks, etc. When that happens, I feel an immense peace inside my spirit and the need to speak in tongues subsides. This can go on for a long time, with my feeling peace in between each spirit leaving. It is not a traditionally taught way to do deliverance, but I have noticed it is totally spirit led and it works. If coupled with authority in English, it carries a powerful punch.

 

A note on the other side of this: The use of tongues, or someone praying or using their vocal cords when they are in the process of being delivered will hinder the demon from coming out. The movement of the tongue suppresses the demons and keeps them at the throat or neck area unable to leave. Make sure that the person you are praying for is receiving and calling upon the Lord in their mind, not through their mouth.

 

I have also noticed that when I am oppressed and in a lot of warfare, speaking in tongues gives me freedom from the oppression and I feel lighter in my heart with spiritual energy. I try to pray in tongues often, for I have lived through enough experiences to know it really makes a difference in my life.

 

 

7) HOW SPEAKING IN TONGUES WORKS

There is much misunderstanding and fear concerning speaking in tongues. Some think it is an emotional experience overpowering the senses, taking control over the will and speaking faculties. But it is no different than people just opening their mouth to speak. When people talk, they speak in all different tones, decibels, emotions, etc., but people do not speak without CHOOSING TO. Speaking in tongues is merely the choice of speaking, but it happens to be in another language. Speaking in tongues is a rational choice of the will to communicate with the Lord in a language that transcends our understanding. It enables us to pray according to His will without our flesh rebelling. The tones, decibels, responsive emotions, etc. are the subjective choice of the speaker.

 

The scripture says, "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful." (NKJ 1 Corinthians 14:14) The Greek word for "my" literally means "my". Therefore, Paul was saying that when he spoke in tongues it was his own spirit praying. However scripture does not record people having the ability to speak in tongues until the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost. In most of the references where people were baptized in the Spirit, speaking in tongues was part of their experience. When we speak in tongues, there is actually a partnership taking place between the Holy Spirit and our own spirit. The Holy Spirit is the comforter and according to the Thayer’s Greek:

 

  • Comforter (#3875) (parakleetos, parakleetou, ho) means to be summoned, called to one's side, especially called to one's aid;
  • one who pleads another's case before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate:
  • universally, one who pleads another's case with one, an intercessor: 1 John 2:1
  • in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit John 14:16,26
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)

 

It is the Holy Spirit that partners with our spirit, giving us the language to pray directly to God. The Holy Spirit comes along side our own spirit and helps us pray the mysteries of God.

 

The objective experience of speaking in tongues happens not in how it is said, but what is said. Usually when the Holy Spirit first gives this ability to a person, little syllables come to mind. The language is formed by these syllables coming together to form words as the person speaks them. However, when the speaker speaks with fluency, there is no pre-thought to the mind and the Holy Spirit simply gifts the language as the person speaks. Like my own experience, sometimes, when one first receives this gift, only a few syllables are given to start, and not a complete language. The language will grow in time.

 

Since language is broken up into little syllables, and singing is a simple way to break apart syllables, singing is a wonderful way to increase your prayer language. The scripture says to pray in tongues and also sing in tongues. Then pray in English and also sing in English. (I Cor 14:15)

 

The gift of interpretation of tongues gives an understanding to the unknown language. This understanding is not necessarily a word for word translation. The interpretation also edifies those who hear. (1 Cor 14:5) One who speaks in an unknown tongue should pray that he also may interpret. (1 Cor 14:13)

 

The scripture says tongues is the language of men as well as angels. I have heard testimonies of people who have spoken in an unlearned language and those in the audience have recognized the language. A friend told me a story where a preacher in a foreign country just started speaking in tongues from the platform. Many wonderful conversions took place because even though he was just speaking in tongues to the Lord, they understood what he said, much to his amazement.

 

At other times, the language may be one of angels and no one would recognize it unless through an interpretation. (1 Cor 13:1)

 

I have had instances when I will get an interpretation of something I have spoken. A few times it has been an entire phrase, however most of the time it is one word. I will be speaking in tongues and one word will pop out of a phrase and I will know without doubt what that word was in English. When these times happen, they highlight the subject matter of what I am praying about and sometimes these words have actually given me the guidance I have been looking for, when coupled and confirmed with other Words He has spoken into my life. Since we pray according to the will of God in tongues, these interpretations, even with one word, can really highlight some important issues. Pray that He will give you the interpretation to what you speak.

 

 

8) PRAYERS & COUNSEL TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

Your own prayer:

Father thank You for sending Jesus Christ Your only Son to die for my sins. I receive Your forgiveness through accepting that Jesus’ death on the cross was for me and now this gives me eternal life with You in heaven. Please take over my life and change me so that I can become more like You.

 

Sandy’s counsel:

If you have worship music on, that is a wonderful way to come into His Presence. Begin to praise Him and thank Him for His love for you, for His touch upon your life and for the Presence of His Holy Spirit.

 

What to expect when you receive:

Some people literally feel the Lord’s Presence surround them when they receive, some do not. When you begin to speak in your prayer language (tongues), you will be the one moving your tongue, you will be moving your own lips, you will be expelling air past your own vocal chords, and you will be making the sounds. You are the one choosing to speak loud or soft, fast or slow. The Lord uses all your faculties to speak, He doesn’t force it upon you, or overtake your will. You are the one speaking, you are the one singing. The difference is that the Holy Spirit is directing you. "But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit." (Jude 20 NLT)

 

He is like a conductor directing an orchestra. He will give you unction to speak, unction to sing, unction to express your heart in different tones and syllables, loudly and softly, sometimes very punctuated, sometimes quite fluent. He will direct you as you speak and sing and you will begin to move along with His Presence and you will soon see that you really are cooperating with the Holy Spirit and He really has given you a new gift in which to express your heart. "For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries." (NKJ 1 Corinthians 14:2)

 

Your own prayer:

Jesus, now that I have accepted You as My personal Savior, I am asking that You will baptize and fill me with the Holy Spirit.

 

Sandy’s prayer:

Father You said that no man can come to You except You first draw him. I thank You Lord that You have placed a desire and hunger in this loved one to receive more from You. I know that the power of Your quickened Word transcends all barriers and penetrates any obstacle with Your quickening touch. I ask Lord that You will come to this loved one right now and he or she will be enveloped in Your Presence and You will fill this loved one with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I bind all evil, deceiving and opposing forces in Jesus Name and I loose the Presence of the Holy Spirit to touch this loved one right now.

 

Sandy’s counsel:

Begin to take deep breaths, breathing in His Presence. Expect the Holy Spirit to fill you. As you breath in His Spirit, begin to speak your thanks and praise to Him, and sing along with the music if you have some on. If not, then sing on your own, even making up your own tune if you like. And as you have asked Him to fill you and also received my prayer, begin to sing to Him in foreign syllables along with the music. When I say foreign, I mean that they are foreign to your understanding. As you sing this way and get acquainted with slowly separating syllables via musical sounds, begin to pick up the pace and sing faster, still in the unusual syllables that do not make sense to you. Now exchange back and forth between foreign syllables and English words to the music. As you begin to feel comfortable with singing back and forth between English and tongues, start to pray instead - first a line in English, then a line in tongues. Paul said, "Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will sing in words I understand." (1 Cor 14:15 NLT)

 

Now ask the Lord to forgive you for your doubts that this is gibberish! As I said before, you may have small syllables come to your thought before you speak them, but when you speak faster, the gift bypasses your mind and goes straight to your mouth. You will realize what you are saying is definitely bypassing your mind and you will be surprised that it all has happened so simply.

 

Ask Him to give you the grace to internalize and believe the importance of what tongues accomplishes (#1 in this file), and then speak and sing in tongues every day. "Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts." (Col 3:16-17 NLT)

 

 

9) SCRIPTURES & GREEK MEANINGS

 

EDIFY: "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself." (1 Cor 14:4)

 

  • Edify #3618 in Greek means to be a house-builder, to construct, or confirm. It comes from a word meaning architecture or home.
     
  • NT:3618 oikodomeo (oy-kod-om-eh'-o); from the same as NT:3619; to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: KJV - (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.

 

POWER: "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me." (Acts 1:8)

 

  • Power (#1411) means force, miraculous power, and is translated in the KJV as ability, abundance, might, miracle, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. It comes from a word (#1410) meaning to be able or possible.
  • NT:1411 dunamis (doo'-nam-is); from NT:1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself): KJV - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

 

BAPTIZE & FIRE: "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." (Matt 3:11)

 

  • Baptize (#907 Greek) means to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); It comes from a word (#911) meaning to overwhelm, (i.e. cover wholly with a fluid).
     
  • NT:907 baptizo (bap-tid'-zo); from a derivative of NT:911; to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the N. T.) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: KJV - Baptist, baptize, wash.

 

  • Fire (#4442) means fire, or lightning.
     
  • NT:4442 pur (poor); a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning): KJV - fiery, fire.

 

FELL: "And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning." (Acts 11:15)

 

  • Fell (#1968) means to embrace with affection or seize with more or less violence, and is translated in the KJV as to fall into or upon, lie on, press upon.
     
  • NT:1968 epipipto (ep-ee-pip'-to); from NT:1909 and NT:4098; to embrace (with affection) or seize (with more or less violence; literally or figuratively): KJV - fall into (on, upon) lie on, press upon.
     

POUR & GIFT: "And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 10:45)

 

  • Pour (#1632) in the Greek means to pour forth, to bestow, and is translated in the KJV as gush out, run greedily, shed abroad, spill forth.
     
  • Gift (#1431) in the Greek means a gratuity, and is translated in the KJV as gift. It comes from a word (1435) meaning a present, gift, sacrifice, or offering
     
  • NT:1431 dorea (do-reh-ah'); from NT:1435; a gratuity: KJV - gift.

 

COMFORTER: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26)

 

  • Comforter (#3875) in the Greek means an intercessor, consoler, and is translated in the KJV as advocate, comforter.
     
  • NT:3875 parakletos (par-ak'-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler: KJV - advocate, comforter.

 

BOLDNESS: "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." (Acts 4:31)

 

  • Boldness (#3954) in the Greek means: all out-spokenness, frankness, bluntness, publicity; assurance, and is translated in the KJV as bold, confidence, freely, openly, plainly .
     
  • NT:3954 parrhesia (par-rhay-see'-ah); from NT:3956 and a derivative of NT:4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance: KJV - bold (X -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, X freely, X openly, X plainly (-ness).

 

FILLED: "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)

 

  • Filled (#4130) in the Greek means to fill, influence, supply, and is translated in the KJV as accomplish, full, furnish.
     
  • NT:4130 pletho (play'-tho); a prolonged form of a primary pleo (pleh'-o) (which appears only as an alternate in certain tenses and in the reduplicated form pimplemi); to "fill" (literally or figuratively [imbue, influence, supply]); specifically, to fulfil (time): KJV - accomplish, full (... come), furnish.

 

TEACH & REMEMBRANCE: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26)

 

  • Teach (#1321) in the Greek means to learn, to teach.
     
  • NT:1321 didasko (did-as'-ko); a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb dao (to learn); to teach (in the same broad application): KJV - teach.
     
  • Bring and remembrance (#5279) in the Greek means to remind quietly, suggest to the memory, and is translated in the KJV as put in mind, remember, bring to remembrance.
     
  • NT:5279 hupomimnesko (hoop-om-im-nace'-ko); from NT:5259 and NT:3403; to remind quietly, i.e. suggest to the (middle voice one's own) memory: KJV - put in mind, remember, bring to (put in) remembrance.

 

MYSTERIES: "For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries." (1 Cor 14:2)

 

  • Speaks mysteries (#3466) in the Greek means a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.
     
  • NT:3466 musterion (moos-tay'-ree-on); from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): KJV - mystery.

 

SIGNS, SNAKES & NOT HURT: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)

 

  • Signs (#4592) in the Greek means an indication, and is translated in the KJV as miracle, sign, token, wonder. It is from a word (#4591) meaning a mark, to indicate, signify.
     
  • NT:4592 semeion (say-mi'-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of NT:4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: KJV - miracle, sign, token, wonder.
     
  • Snakes (#3789) in the Greek is a snake, figuratively as a type of sly cunning, an artful malicious person, especially Satan.
     
  • NT:3789 ophis (of'-is); probably from NT:3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan: KJV - serpent.
     
  • Not (#3364) in the Greek is a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all, and is translated in the KJV as any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise).
     
  • NT:3364 ou me (oo may); i.e. NT:3756 and NT:3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all: KJV - any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise). Compare NT:3378.
     
  • Hurt (#984) in the Greek means to hinder, to injure, and is translated in the KJV as hurt.
     
  • NT:984 blapto (blap'-to); a primary verb; properly, to hinder, i.e. (by implication) to injure: KJV - hurt.
     

SIGN TO THE UNBELIEVER: "In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord. 22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe." 1 Cor 14:21 NKJ)

 

  • Signs (#4592) in the Greek means an indication, and is translated in the KJV as miracle, sign, token, wonder. It is from a word (#4591) meaning a mark, to indicate, signify.
     
  • NT:4592 semeion (say-mi'-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of NT:4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: KJV - miracle, sign, token, wonder.

 

BUILDING FAITH: "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…" (Jude 20-21)

 

  • Build (#2026) in the Greek means to build upon, i.e. (figuratively) to rear up:
     
  • NT:2026 epoikodomeo (ep-oy-kod-om-eh'-o); from NT:1909 and NT:3618; to build upon, i.e. (figuratively) to rear up: KJV - build thereon (thereupon, on, upon).
     
  • Faith (#4102) in the Greek means persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: and is translated in the KJV as assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
     
  • NT:4102 pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

 

SUPPLICATION: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" (Eph 6:18)

 

  • Supplication (#1162) in the Greek means a petition, and is translated in the KJV as prayer, request, supplication.
     
  • NT:1162 deesis (deh'-ay-sis); from NT:1189; a petition: KJV - prayer, request, supplication.

 

 


 


 

ADDITION TO THIS FILE

 

10)  The Testimony of Debbie Whitmer

(The day I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, May, 1979)

I have never documented my detailed testimony until now which is September, 1999, but have only shared it verbally. One misses a lot when they cannot hear the inflection in my voice when telling it, but I’ll try the best I can in this written form.

 

While reading my testimony, please try to understand what God was doing to me and the reasons why He did what He did. I’m including in my background only selective segments of my life which played a very important role in how they directly related to my subsequent experience with God and to reveal how the Lord uses such things together for good. This exact experience is not documented in the Bible, but what can I say? The end result was me getting saved and being filled with the Holy Spirit which would cause me to be a witness for Him.

 

 

My Growing Up Background; A Selective Segment Of My Life:

 

My mother is from Puerto Rico (my father was not) so her native tongue is Spanish. I always admired her for being able to speak in another language; it’s something I always wanted to do. My mother did not teach Spanish to me while growing up at home as a second language to learn, but I often heard her talking on the phone to relatives and friends or she would answer a question I had about Spanish whenever I would ask. I desired this so badly for myself that all of a sudden this other language came out of my mouth instantly. I used to speak this language all the time when I was young and in the privacy of my bedroom and no one knew about it but me.

 

When I was a teenager during my High School years, I used to have a girlfriend who came from Tehran, Iran to go to High School here in the United States. She spoke Persian, naturally, and her name was Miriam (who later in life became my Bride’s maid at my wedding—I didn’t even know God then). Since I have been composing music since I was a child, one time, I wrote a song on the guitar, while still living at home, and I played it for my mother. This song was not just an instrumental song but also had words. While I played the song for my mother, I sang all the words but sang them all in my other new language (this was the first time I had ever done this in front of someone—it took courage). My mother inquired, “Did Miriam teach you that song?” I was amazed when she said that because she thought it was a legitimate language! All I said was “No.” I was always amazed that my mother did not, at that moment, inquire further about why or what language I was speaking. But no one knew, but me, that I used to play the guitar and sing in another language in the privacy of my bedroom all the time. I had no idea what I was saying; all I know is that one day I just started doing it as a child.

 

 

My Church Background:

 

I went to church all my life. I came from a church background whose doctrine does not believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in operation for today, Apostles and Prophets are not for today, miracles are not for today, speaking in tongues (that was of the devil) is not for today, God’s voice is not heard among His people today (you were laughed at if you confessed that with rolling eyes), visions and dreams by God with a relevant message are not for today, if you did get well while being prayed for, it was considered and justified in the mind as “going into remission”(with no one saying that I can ever recall, “Praise God, the Lord healed!”—how could they, they didn’t believe in miracles). If you didn’t go to this particular denomination (and they claim they are not one but they are the “true Church”), and if you had any musical instruments in the church, then you were going to go to hell. They only sang acapella, and they said that only the “true Church” worships this way. And for some other matters, once Jesus comes back, there is no such thing as Christ reigning and ruling for 1000 years with His saints and setting up His Kingdom on Earth. I was taught that God is through dealing with the Jews; they had their chance and they have no special significance for today nor does the nation of Israel. Well, looking back in retrospect, you can understand why I HATED going to church when growing up. Because it was DEAD and had no relevance to my life. I always felt, “If God does not intervene in men’s lives today, what good is He? He’s just a story in a book.” I always believed that Jesus died on the cross, but never really understood it all and went on living my life the way I wanted to.

 

To make a long story as short as I can, in 1979 when I was 25 years old and had been married for approximately 5 years, I was working at a job outside the home. A witness witnessed to me at work one day and told me about the Holy Spirit. She certainly challenged me. So, because of my church background, there was one thing that I knew how to do and that was using a Strongs Concordance (bless that church for that!). After I saw the many scriptures on the Holy Spirit, I was totally astounded. I had never seen this stuff before. Why would I? Direction in my church background was never focused on the person of the Holy Spirit in the way I was now reading it. The more I read, the more persuaded I became, and I could plainly see for MYSELF that this baptism of the Holy Spirit had nothing to do with water!!! . . .but with FIRE!!! I thought, “Wow!”. So, based on the written Word of God that says you should ASK to receive the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), I ASKED! I asked ALL night, and nothing happened! The next evening, I tried again, but this time I asked the Lord for one more thing while I was at it!! I always wanted to know what the book of Revelation meant. No one could tell me what it meant. And when I attempted to ask the minister at my growing up church one time about it, he handed me some other book about it and said, “Here, read this.” But, they basically believe it’s just a symbolic book with no special meaning for today. But in any event, I kept asking those two things over and over and over all night, “Lord, please fill me with the Holy Spirit and reveal to me the book of Revelation.” That’s all that came out of my mouth all night. And nothing happened. The next evening after I came home from work, I proceeded to my bedroom again asking the Lord for the same things I had asked him the night before and, still, nothing happened. Finally, Rick (my husband), had to come to bed because it was getting late. He put his arm around me for about 5 minutes and then rolled over on his side. Over and over, I kept repeating this same request, “Lord, please fill me with the Holy Spirit AND reveal the book of Revelation to me. After growing weary of asking and nothing happening, finally, inside of me, in my heart, I just said to the Lord, “Lord, I just believe you’ll do it. I don’t know how, but I just believe you’ll do it.” So by faith, I believed in my heart that somehow the Lord would baptize me with His Holy Spirit and reveal the book of Revelation to me.

 

And THEN . . . all of a sudden, this great power came inside of my body, and the whole inside of my body literally lit up! I could actually see this light inside of my body! The light was not a bright white light, but it looked like blood and fire mixed together!! Next, I started to rise out of my body very slowly, and this red blood and fire mixture was all over me and all over the room. I was floating in a sea of fire and blood! The only way I can describe it into earthly words would be like hot and boiling volcano ash spewing out or like looking into our blood system through a microscope seeing everything flowing all around. Slowly, I started to ascend to the ceiling of my room! As I was going upward, all of a sudden, I remembered the conversation I had had with my witness who told me about the Holy Spirit. She said, “You know what the biggest praise you can give God? It’s to say Hallelujah!” So, I said, “Hallelujah!” and I started to rise to the ceiling faster than a rocket ship. I stayed up at the ceiling for a while, and then I started to descend back in my body. “Wow!, I thought”. The next day I went to work and told this witness all about this, but I told her I didn’t understand what happened to me! She said, “Go ask the Lord again if you don’t understand. You’re allowed to ask for confirmation!” So, I did. I went home and went through the whole thing again, asking over and over and over, “Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit, AND reveal to me what the book of Revelation means.” All night I did this, and nothing happened. Finally, Rick had to come to bed again. He put his arm around me again for about 5 minutes and rolled over on his side, and I thought to myself, “Oh good, this is what happened last night!” I kept asking and asking.

 

And THEN....even greater than before, the power of God came inside of me again in the same fashion, and I was being lifted out of my body. But this time, I knew I was going somewhere. I remember saying out loud, “Goodbye Rick, goodbye!” waving my hand with a smile on my face! I didn’t care if I ever saw him again! I was taken right through the wall behind my bed!

 

Now, what I am about to share next is precious to me, but it’s going to sound really strange and weird. But please be patient, you’ll see and understand why these things were done to me towards the end of my testimony.

 

The very next thing I saw was this huge EYE. It was ONE HUGE EYE as big as a whole room. I remember saying, “Okay, I better pay attention here, I see an eye.” It kept looking at me, and I kept looking at it, and then I became afraid. I wanted to look at it, but I kept using my hands to cover my eyes because it was beyond words; it was so awesome, and then I tried as hard as I could to still see the huge eye while shading my eyes with my hands and then uncovering them over and over. It was then that I realized I had hands because I was trying to cover my eyes with my hands!

 

THEN (this is going to sound really weird, but it really did happen) the next thing I saw were CARTOONS!! I had no idea what particular cartoons they were as we know them today. All I know is that these were definitely cartoons and there was a very slight blur to them, and they had big swords in their hands fighting! Then, I knew it was time for me to go back. I came back into my bedroom, and there was a full moon outside with the light shining in my bedroom right through the window near my head. I saw myself lying on my bed with my long hair spread out on my pillow! I didn’t want to go back inside my body because I was afraid it was going to hurt, but there was nothing I could do about it!! I was going inside whether I liked it or not! It didn’t hurt, no pain whatsoever. It was like taking a piece of paper (me) and sticking it inside of an envelope (my body).

 

I can only tell you from that moment, I was never the same again! I KNEW I had found God and I knew he was alive and doing well, and I believed in miracles and everything else I was taught not to believe because I knew that only GOD could do something like this!! Hallelujah!!

 

I was intrigued with the “EYE” that I saw, so I got out my Strongs Concordance and looked up eyes! I couldn’t believe what I found!! The eyes of the Lord are in every place! You are the apple of my eye. The Lord was telling me that I was the apple of His eye and that He was watching me! If anyone knows this truth that God is watching us, it’s me!! Here’s a wonderful one, “[18] Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; [19] To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. [20] Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. [21] For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. [22] Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. Psalm 33:18-22

 

I was absolutely amazed over this whole thing that God was now speaking personally to me, not only through this experience but through His written Word.

 

I didn’t know about this cartoon thing, it was too weird to even mention. I finally visited a small church called “Jesus Name Apostolic Pentecostal Church.” I went to the morning and evening service. After the evening service was over, I pulled the pastor aside and shared with him all the things I’m sharing right now. He gave me three (3) little pamphlets to take home to read. So I did. One pamphlet was on water baptism, and the other was on something else, and the other one had a picture of Jesus in the clouds, so I decided to look at that one first. After reading, very slowly, this pamphlet, all of a sudden, I realized, for the first time in my entire life, I finally understood the basics of the book of Revelation! And do you know why? Because this whole pamphlet was on the book of Revelation and the whole thing was illustrated in cartoons !!! (Remember my original two requests to God?) Hallelujah!! God ALONE KNOWS what to do to make us understand!! At that time, I needed something simple that would make me understand so God chose cartoons for me!! He’s allowed to do that you know! (I also enjoy reading those chick tracts too because they are all illustrated in cartoons!!). God will use ANYTHING for His purposes which are custom made to us and to us alone. He is so wonderful!! Praise the name of Jesus! Isn’t that what a personal relationship is all about?

 

I would like to interject something here in that when I was a child, I was baptized with water at a church camp by my growing up church, however, it was that type of thing where the leadership was pressuring me to do it by waving their hands for me to come on down quickly into the water because of their invitation to do so. I didn't understand it all at the time, and just being a child, how could I resist the leadership? Afterwards, I did have a "clean feeling", however, I did not know the Lord AT ALL until I was 25 years old on that day when I asked the Lord to fill me with His Holy Spirit.

 

It is also very interesting to note in the book of I Samuel 2:18 it states, "But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child . . . ." and in I Samuel 3:1 it states, "And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli . . . ." Later, after all that ministering Samuel did unto the Lord, THEN it says when the Lord started calling Samuel personally at a certain point in time, in I Samuel 3:7 it NOW says, "Now Samuel DID NOT YET KNOW THE LORD, NEITHER WAS THE WORD OF THE LORD YET REVEALED UNTO HIM." When I saw this, I was floored! I said, "That's how it happened to me!." Remember? Looking back at my life, I'm persuaded that all that time I was playing guitar in my bedroom in private AS A CHILD singing songs in another language, I was ministering to the Lord and didn't even realize it NOR DID I KNOW THE LORD YET (just like Samuel) until the Lord started “calling me" or "drawing me" to Himself at age 25!!

 

So, as you can see, I did not speak in tongues when I asked God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, because I had already been doing that all my life, and in retrospect, I see this applicable scripture regarding this: “[29] For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:29 It would have not been anything new to me if I had spoken in tongues which most people do when they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to scripture. However, because of my church background, God took me on a much deeper journey to show me that He’s God Almighty, the great I AM, and He truly DOES do miracles TODAY, and He can do ANYTHING and that I serve a SUPERNATURAL God who DOES intervene in men’s lives today!!! “ . . . for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17

 

In conjunction with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, my particular experience is not documented in the Bible except for the fact the many believers were “caught up” in the spirit and were often taken places or saw visions, and I’m sure there are others out there, too, who are outside the norm of what the written Word of God says as to what people experience when being baptized with the Holy Spirit, which is, they spoke with other tongues. I literally experienced the supernatural fire and power of God in which He baptized me, and it was an unforgettable appointment, orchestrated by God, which converted my heart to be His witness for Him so others can experience the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that they, too, can be baptized with the Holy Spirit to have power to be God’s witnesses for Him. God meets us right where we are in life and His purposes are fulfilled.

 

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Matthew 3:11

 

I praise and thank my Father in Heaven, through His Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ who died and shed his blood for my sins, for revealing Himself to me in this way, and it is something in which man can never take away from my heart. I belong to God, and He is my first love, and I only wish to serve Him. I am complete in Him, and my heart’s desire is that I long to see His appearance when He comes back to get His Bride so that where He is, I may be also.

 

Jesus, you are my Prince, my Lord and Savior, my Knight in Shining Armour for you have come and rescued me from the evil one who once kept me captive and robbed from me your blessings truly intended. But no more, oh Lord, for you have set me free, and I am free only in You. Amen.

 

"Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not." Galatians 1:20

 

 

Debbie Whitmer

http://debbiewhitmer.com
 

 


 

Note from Sandy

If you have a special testimony of how the Lord baptized you with the Holy Spirit, please consider sending it to Sandy.  swauthor@usa.net

 

 

 


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Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:
www.thequickenedword.com    Email:  swauthor@usa.net  
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