I Just received the Holy Spirit. Now What?

I received the Holy Spirit, speaking in an unknown tongue, now what?

I received The Holy Spirit, now what?

Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5. The Apostles understood Jesus to mean that a man needed to “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38, 8, 10:44-48, 19:1-10. Peter preached that on the day the church was born, which was during a Jewish holy day called Pentecost. On that day, 120 received the Holy Spirit speaking with tongues, just like you did, Acts 2:1-4. Acts 8 shows that Peter continued to preach and pray for people to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit when he went to the Samaritans. In Samaria Peter and John laid hands upon believers who had been baptized already in Jesus name. They received a baptism in the Spirit after they had faith and had been baptized. In Acts 10, Peter has a voice from heaven in a dream three times to convince him to believe that Gentiles could be saved, which Peter had trouble believing. He had men knock on his door asking for him, saying their master had seen an angel, who told him to go get Peter. Peter and the brethren from Joppa traveled to Cornelius’ house, which was a centurion, and a Greek. Cornelius had a houseful of family and friends when Peter arrived and asked Peter to tell them what they needed to hear. Peter, now believing God was leading him, began telling them about Jesus. Acts 10:44-48 records the response of Cornelius and his household, “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 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. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Cornelius and his whole household received the same experience that you have just received.

Several years later, Paul had been baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit the same way, and was out on one of his missionary trips, when he came across a group of John the Baptist’s followers. The had known John before Jesus had come upon the scene, and were still following John’s teaching of repentance. Paul asked them had they received the Holy Spirit. When they said that had not heard about it Paul explained to these good men that the man Jesus had already come, and had died for their sins. Paul knew then that they had not been baptized in Jesus name, so he commanded them to be baptized in Jesus name. After their baptism, Paul wanted them to received the Holy Spirit, so he laid hands on them, and one by one, each was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with tongues as the Holy Spirit moved through them to the overflowing. Jesus had promised

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

John 7:38. Peter and Paul both believed, preached and prayed for the Holy Spirit to overflow believers lives. In each case, the initial sign of that Spirit overflowing a life was the evidence of speaking in tongues. So when you believe in Jesus as your savior, you repent of your sins, and then you should be baptized in Jesus name to remit those sins, which is a washing away of your old sins. In the clean vessel left behind, the Spirit of the Lord can come in and dwell. God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel, so your repentance cleans and prepares your heart for God to fill it.
Full salvation, according to Peter and Paul, and all of the Apostles, consists of faith in Christ, and then a cleansing and filling response. Jesus said, “

And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.”

Luke 5:37.
Congratulations on your new birth! Paul says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2Cor. 5:17. All things are become new! What a grand assessment of the work that God has done in your life. Paul explains in Rom. 2:14 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:” This new nature is based upon the nature that Christ had. You rare born of the same spirit that Christ had. Paul again described it in Rom. 8:9 as, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
We no longer follow the will of our flesh, but we can grow and learn to follow the will of the Spirit. Paul, in Romans 6:1-2 says

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

So in Christ, we have power over sin, but we have to learn and grow into the power of the Spirit. Again, Jesus described our conversion as being born again. Paul used this same analogy of being born. He accused the Corinthians as being babies, unable to take meat and subsisting only on milk or the easy things. 1 Cor. 3:2. He encouraged them to grow up, and so I encourage you to allow God to grow you into a strong, overcoming Christian. How do you accomplish that?

Being part of the church takes understanding that the church is made up of 5 simple areas.

First of all is worship. You were filed with the Spirit because you worshiped and believed in Jesus. In order to live and overcoming life, you must maintain a life of worship and prayer. Your relationship with Jesus comes first. Without it, you cannot effectively accomplish any thing else. Jesus said there are two great commandments of the Old Testament; one is to Love God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength. You do this in public and private worship. The second, Jesus said is like the first. To Love you neighbor as yourself, which brings us to our second point, fellowship with like-minded believers. Developing friends in the church strengthens you immeasurably. You can’t build your faith solely on other people because someone will fail you, or fail to meet your expectations. If your life is based on them, you will fail as well. If you anchor your life in Christ, then friends will add to you, and false friends won’t shake you. If you are not focused on worshipping God, then people can really get on your nerves. If you focus on loving God, then loving people he loved becomes much easier. People are God’s point. You can’t effectively love God without loving people. You love God through loving people. Jesus said,

“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Mark 9:41.
How do you learn to love people and overcome your old sin nature? “

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Learn About Christ! Matt. 11:29. Jesus emphasized our need to learn about him, and that the result would be rest for our soul. Become a disciple of Christ, a learner. Show up for Bible study. Be in your age appropriate learning class. Spend a little time every day reading the word of God. Learning does not happen all at once, but a little at a time, based upon what you previously learned. You add to your knowledge daily. You didn’t learn everything you needed to know in Kindergarten in a week. Neither will you learn all there is to know about Christ in a short period of time. In fact, some things you learn will need to be tested, so that you will learn to trust in the principles and priorities of God. If you stay with it, you will learn that He never fails you. He will always lead and guide you.

Walk in the Spirit. Knowledge plus experience will cause your faith to grow, and both take time. Relax, God knows what He is doing.

Serve Christ and Others! After an appropriate period of time, you will begin to learn to serve God, through serving your fellow man. God has gifted you and shaped you for serving His kingdom. You already have talents and abilities that God can use. You may have to spend some time working to discover what those talents are, but they are within you, waiting to bloom out of your life to positively impact other’s lives. Paul taught the Corinthian church, as well as us, that we have each been gifted by the Holy Spirit with a Spiritual gift. Everyone who receives the Spirit of God ahs been gifted through the Spirit to serve the body with your gift. Your gift does not benefit you, but it benefits others around you. Other peoples gifting benefits you, so together, everyone is benefitted through allowing the Spirit to move through each of us. So you are both gifted in a supernatural way to serve the body, and talented in a natural way to benefit the body. Your talent might be singing, or teaching, or back office work, or some other ability God has given you, and you have developed through training at work, or self-development or college training. Allow God to use both your spiritual gift and your natural talents to serve both the body and your community around you. Remember, the gift the Spirit gives you is of God, by God and through God for the body. You just have to be willing to allow God to flow through you, and learn to let Him do that.

Telling Others Your Story! The final part of being the church is telling others about what God has done for you. We call that your testimony. Everyone has a testimony, or story. Your story is unique to you, and no one can refute your true story. God has brought each of us a very long way, and we should share our story. Who should we share with? Share it with anyone who will pause to hear it. You can develop a talent for connecting with people to share your story. Connecting may be something you have to learn how to do, but telling your story comes naturally. Don’t be afraid to tell your story.

We call these 5 parts of being a Christian,

Loving God

Loving People

Learning of Him

Living For Him though serving others

Leading others to Him.

Sometimes, it may seem hard, and even overwhelming, but God is on your side, and we are as well. Welcome to the family of God!