Receiving the Holy Ghost

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THE BELIEVERS BIBLE STUDY
TOPIC: Receiving the Holy Ghost
TEXT. Have ye received since ye believed (Acts 19:2-4)

1.Have ye RECEIVED since ye believed?
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. (Acts 19:2-4)

2.The Holy Ghost is givn to the Seekers not the self righteous
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. ( Luke 24:49).

3.Its Your Mouth open it and let God fill it.
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. (Job 29:23)

NOTES
The Holy Ghost is given upon salvation that is when a man is born of water and Spirit, baptised in eater and Spirit (John 3:5).Most folks that have been baptised in water having also received the Holy Ghost. In case you have not received the Holy Ghost here are some guidelines of helps to assist you in understanding the requirement of this infilling or baptism.

There are tow schools of thought on baptism, one is that a person must be holy before they can receive the Holy Ghost the other is that receiving the Holy Ghost is a matter of grace. Now one may be holy and yet have pride in their life. further holiness does not guarantee that one can walk in the Spirit, If one was holy then why have the Holy Ghost, seeing that he already is holy?

It is the Holy Ghost that makes us holy and no one an receive the Holy Ghost without first receiving the Holy Ghost. similarly one cannot bear the fruits of the Spirit without first receiving the Spirit. so trying to be right before you ask God to fill you with his Spirit is a misnomer. we cannot get right with God without the Holy Ghost. therefore we should cease to get right with God in the flesh and rather get right with him by submitting to him in humility and dependency.

Here’s another point one cannot perceive that he or she is right with God simply because he or she speaks in tongues. tongues is a gift. In the new testament Ananias and Sapphira had the Spirit but lied to the Spirit the result death came to them from the Lord.

How Should We Prepare?
Bring forth fruits meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8). This was a requirement under John baptism and is still a condition today, conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit not man. He convicts us of sin. (John 16:8). Its only as you are under conviction of your sins do you begin to understand the workings of the Lord in your life. this conviction isĀ  real.

When Cornelius received a visit from an angel he said they prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God Acts 10:4) this was how he knew what to say to Saul that led to Saul’s conversation. Create a prayer memorial before the Lord, these then are the essentials that prepare us for baptism in the Holy Ghost.

Lift up your voice. God uses your vocal chords and vocal organs. so begin to get right with the Lord then praise him, praise him till the spirit begins to move on you as he does you will know that he is preparing you too receive from him his Holy Spirit.

Paul B Thomas
Author Bible Belt Revivalist
Life Evangelist and Bible Teacher
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