Day 4of 10 Days to Pentecost with Rev. Ron Wooten
Day Four – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist gave this prophecy: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Before Jesus ascended into heaven His words are recorded in Acts 1:5, “John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The Full Life Study Bible Commentary reads, “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit will bring personal boldness and power of the Holy Spirit into the believer’s life in order to accomplish mighty works in Christ’s name and to make the believer’s witness and proclamation effective!”4
What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? It means to be immersed into the Holy Spirit. To be baptized in the Holy Spirit is to be infilled with the power of the Holy Spirit so the believer may live an overcoming life.
The Apostle Peter outlined four steps to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when he preached on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:38. They are as follows:
- First, obey what Peter spoke to the crowd that was gathered on that day. Acts 2:38 reads, “Repent and be baptized.” The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience that is subsequent to your salvation.
- Second, believe what God promises about the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit. Acts 2:38-39 says that this “promise is for you and your children and for all who are afar off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
- Third, you simply ask in faith and receive this gift the Father is
offering. Luke 11:13 reveals that the Lord will give the Holy Spirit to those who simply ask.
- Fourth, by faith do your part. God enables you to speak with
tongues, but you must do your part and yield your voice to God.5
The following is a prayer from my book, Twenty-One Days of Transformation:
Father, I long to experience the infilling of the precious Holy Spirit today. I hunger and thirst for everything that You have for me today. I empty myself so that You may fill me with Your wonderful presence. I yield myself to You, and I receive what Jesus said was the “Promise of the Father.” I understand that Peter said, “It is for you and your children, and to all who are afar off” (Acts 2:39).6
Scriptures to read and study
Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:1-4.