I remember very clearly the moment I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I was in 4th grade and had the option to join the majority of the kids at Spencer Lake Camp in a colossal all camp water fight - complete with super soakers, 65 gallon buckets, hoses, and water balloons or head to service a little earlier to learn about the basics of the Holy Spirit. After talking about it with my best friends Jess, he decided he was going to soak and be soaked and I would attend the class. I was excited! I grew up hearing about the Holy Spirit, saw people speaking in tongues and the gifts of the Spirit used but had never personally experienced it myself. After learning what being baptized in the Holy Spirit meant and how to ask God for it, I spent that night at the altar pursuing this gift from God. I went after it! I wanted it! I remember praying out loud asking God to baptize me, when all of the sudden, I was speaking in another language. I glanced to my left at a girl next to me who was staring with a strange expression. I didn’t care, I was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is this interesting, almost creepy mythical person in Christianity. We hear a lot about Jesus, maybe even more about God, but the Holy Spirit almost slips in there at the end. The first encounter Jesus’ disciple have with the Holy Spirit is given in the account of Acts 2. They’re fervently praying for God’s direction when the supernatural takes place - there’s a loud wind sound, what looks like fireballs appear above every ones’ head, and they begin speaking in different languages. From there, Peter gains the boldness to preach to thousands of people and 3,000 of them become Christians. The Holy Spirit is a counselor, comforter, teacher, and friend and whenever He enters the scene, amazing things happen!
Praying in a different language, otherwise known as speaking in tongues, is the initial physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What follows is a change within a person’s heart. The life of the Holy Spirit filled believer is actions of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. If you haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit, spoken in tongues, and gained a deeper appreciation and love for the things of God today is your day to seek for it! It’s simple, just pray out loud and ask God to fill you! It may not happen instantly, but you can ask God anywhere at anytime to fill you and when God in his all knowing ability knows you’re ready, you’ll be filled! There’s been stories of people praying for the Holy Spirit in the shower to suddenly be speaking in tongues with shampoo still in their hair! If you have been filled, Jesus instructs us to daily seek for the refilling. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit without measure. Our goal as Christians is to continually be filled with the Spirit. Being baptized isn’t an option, it’s vital for growth in our relationship with Jesus! Your spiritual life will be so much stronger and fruitful by seeking the Spirit, leading to a happier more fulfilled life!