he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
5 Examples of the Baptism of the Spirit:
3.Saul of Tarsus / Paul the Apostle
4.Cornelius and his family
5.The disciples at Ephesus
“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!”
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
“Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
The difficulty with the tongue
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
Why should we pray in the Spirit?
1) Clear Communication
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.
2) Inner Strength
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
3) Steady Faith
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
4) Breakthrough Prayer
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 usfn with groanings which cannot be uttered.
For “He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.