Are you struggling in your faith? Is peace elusive? Does fear claim you? You can be saved and lack the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from first believing by faith in Jesus.
“When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God’s message, they sent Peter and John there. As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:14-17, NKJV).
Do you hunger for the power of God? Do you long for your faith to be stronger and live in the fullness of the grace of Jesus? Do you wish to believe the Word without any doubt—trusting in God’s promises for others and for yourself? Do you want to stand strong in your spiritual armor and your identity in Christ?
You may have been saved for years and not experienced the peace—the power—the joy—the revelation assurance that the Holy Spirit gives. The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives you the confidence and the power to live the new life Jesus died to give you.
You are not defeated. You are an overcomer. It is never too late to receive the Holy Spirit. The power of God to overcome sin and experience the fullness of His grace is discovered in your surrender. Christ redeemed us so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit (Galatians 3:14). Just as you were saved by faith, you also receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith.
In Ephesus, Paul came across some believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked. “No,” they answered him. (Acts 19:2-6). That day those believers received the indwelling fullness of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Surrender yourself and all your preconceptions. Ask and by faith receive the Holy Spirit.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher