Life in the Spirit Online Seminar
Week 4  Receiving God's Gift
Preparing to be Baptized in the Spirit
Brother or Sister
This week the Lord himself wants to prepare you. Do not be afraid or worried. Do not ask yourself how you can possibly get ready. Just ask the Lord to prepare you. He loves you, and he will do it.
Let the words of life speak to you. God's word will prepare you. Do not let Satan confuse you. If you feel confusion or doubt or anxiety come on to you, tell Satan to go away. Tell him you belong to Jesus and Jesus is your Lord. Put your faith in God.
God loves you. He wants to give you the fullness of the life in the Spirit. He has promised that he will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Simply ask in confidence.
Satan will tell you that you do not deserve to be baptized in the Spirit, that you are not worthy of it. And he is right. No one is worthy of it. But God is not going to baptize you in the Spirit because you are worthy of it., he will do it because he loves you. He will do it because Jesus died for you.
Jesus will change your life when you make a commitment to him and are prayed with. You will begin a new life in the Spirit. You can count on it. Simply rely on God's promise.
Do not look for a particular kind of experience. Some people experience a great deal at the moment when they are prayed with, while others experience very little. What you want is the Holy Spirit, not an experience. Once you are in a new relationship with the Holy Spirit, you will experience a new sense of his presence. You will see him work in your life in a new way.
Ask the Lord for the gift of tongues. Tongues is a gift from God, and even if you do not understand fully what it will do for you, trust God that his gifts really are gifts and worth having. If you are unwilling to receive the gifts of tongues, you are putting a block on the Lord's work and the Holy Spirit will not be free to work fully in you. Open yourself to all of God's gifts, with no reservations.
Relax. God loves you. Remember that this his fatherly love surrounds you. Remember that he sent his Son to save you. Each day entrust your life to his hands.
Read these words often this week. They will help you to prepare to be baptized in the Spirit.
"Our souls awaits the Lord,
he is our help and shield;
our hearts rejoice in him, we trust in his holy name.
Lord let your love rest on us
as our hope has rested in you."
The Commitment to Christ
In the next seminar, you will make a commitment to Christ before being prayed with to be baptized in the Spirit. The leader will ask you three questions, and after you answer them, you will say a prayer expressing a commitment to Christ, Meditate on these questions and on the prayer this week.
Do you renounce Satan and all wrongdoing?
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he
died to free us from our sins and that he rose to bring us new life?
Will you follow Jesus as your Lord?
Lord Jesus Christ, I want to belong to you from now on. I want to be freed from the dominion of darkness and the rule of Satan, and I want to enter into your kingdom and be part of your people. I will turn away from all wrongdoing, and I will avoid everything that leads me to wrongdoing. I ask you to forgive all the sins that I have committed. I offer my life to you, and I promise to obey you as my Lord. I ask you to baptize me in the name of the Holy Spirit and give me the gift of tongues.
Words of Life
Day 1
God has a new life for you, because he loves you. It is a gift. You cannot earn it or deserve it. God's word says:"When the kindness and love of God our Savior for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions we might have done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own compassion that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our Savior"  (Tit 3:4-6)
Day 2
The new life in the Spirit is a gift, but you have to turn to Jesus to receive it. All those who come to him receive new life abundantly. Jesus says: "If a man is thirsty let him come to me! Let the man come and drink who believed in me! As scripture says: From his heart shall flow fountains of living water."  (John 7:37-38)
Day 3
To turn to Jesus, you turn away from everything incompatible with the life he is offering (repentance) and accept the promises he is making (belief and faith). When you turn to Jesus in repentance and faith, he can give new life to you. Jesus says:"The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the good news (the gospel)".  (Mk 1:15)
Day 4
This new life is for everyone that will turn to the Lord. The gift of the Holy Spirit is for you Satan will try to deceive you into thinking that you are someone who cannot be baptized in the Spirit, but the word of God says:"You must repent, and every one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for those that are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself."  (Acts 2:38-39)
Day 5
You cannot earn or deserve the gift of the Holy Spirit, but you do have to put away everything in your life that is incompatible with the Christian life. The new life means that you will be holy as God is holy. God's word says:
" You know perfectly well that people who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, usurers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers will never inherit the kingdom of God."
  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Day 6
Faith means relying on what God has promised. You know that God can do anything. You know that he does not lie. Rely on Go's promises and claim them from him as Abraham did, and you will see him work in a new way in your life. God's word says:
"Since God had promised it, Abraham refused to either deny it or even to doubt it, but drew strength from faith and gave glory to God, convinced that God had power to do what he had promised."  (Romans 4:20-21)
Day 7
When you turn to the Lord in repentance and faith, all you have to do is ask the Lord for the fullness of life in the Holy Spirit. We know that we can have the Holy Spirit, because God loves us and wants to be as fully united to us as possible. Jesus promises that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those that ask him.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? If you then, who are stingy, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"   (Luke  11:9-13)
Study
This week the two chapters we will read are about the life of the Spirit and the power of God in us:  John 14, Acts 8