How to receive the Holy Spirit

First step: Consciousness.

Be aware that no one is baptized with the Holy Spirit because he deserves it. If the person thinks he deserves it, he will never receive it. This baptism must be sought with all the strength and the whole heart, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This important lesson was taught to me by my spiritual mentor in the Lord John. He is a minister of the gospel and does http://www.plumbersofpalmbeach.com Continue reading this article to be touched by the Lord.

Second step: Want.

Wanting is not simply a will or a good idea and not because others have Him. But it is just as necessary as salvation. It is a will that is comparable to the forgiveness of sins. It is a burning desire over any other dream or wish of the heart. More than living, marrying, conquering the world, in other words, more than anything that people or this world can offer. That is why the Lord makes this thirst a condition. It is necessary to be thirsty. A lot of thirsts. Desperate thirst. If someone thirsts … (John 7:37) If there are no “claws” in the will, it becomes difficult.

Third step: Thoughts.

The will has to be followed by the thought that is in the Person of the Holy Spirit. The thought must be constantly in Him, whether at home, at work, on the street, in the church, or in any place. As often as possible. It is like a relationship. When you have a relationship with someone, the person constantly thinks of that person, is not that right? The same thing has to happen with the candidate for the Divine Seal. The most important thing is to keep the mind focused on Him. It is not necessary to say that in this phase the candidate must ensure that he isolates himself from everything that is detrimental to his good conscience. Avoid bad groups or people who are against faith, vulgar distractions and anything that disturbs the relationship with the Spirit. It is difficult, but not impossible. Faith requires sacrifices. If with the conquests of material goods the sacrifices are not lacking, the more with the spiritual conquests. Imagine the fullness of the Holy Spirit!

So there must be a supernatural effort.

When these conditions are met, the candidate does not have to do anything more, let alone worry. It is only waiting. He can be baptized at any time and any place. At home, at work, on the street, in the church, there is no longer any obstacle so that the Lord Jesus Christ will baptize you with His Spirit.

NB: During the moment that the “mind is busy” with the Person of the Holy Spirit, the devil will most likely blow dirty thoughts. If this happens, know that this is an excellent sign that you are on the right track. Do not be desperate. Do not worry. And do not even think that you are sinning against Him. The temptation is not a sin. Sin is falling into temptation. An unpardonable sin is to insult the Holy Spirit or utter words that go against Him.

When dirty thoughts come, do not be afraid and do not flee. Take advantage of the moment and resist the devil by praising the Lord Jesus. Whether with songs or with words of praise (with a high or low volume), this depends on your privacy). The most important thing is not being afraid of being intimidated by the dirty thoughts. You must respond! And respond with praise to God.

What characterizes the process of receiving the Holy Spirit

Wind noise
Fire tongues
Spirit Fulfillment
Other languages

All of these SIGNS were evidence of the fulfillment of the promised Word of God and indicated precisely that the Spirit that had appeared was the Holy Spirit.

The noise of a strong wind. The God of Hosts, being in a storm, spoke of himself as a Judge (Naum.1: 3, Is.30: 30). The gift of the Holy Ghost is the Judgment. One who accepted Him to justify, the other who rejected Him to condemnation. In addition, God Almighty parade “on the wings of the wind” (2Sam.22: 11, Ps.17: 11, Ps.103: 3, etc.). This sign indicated that the One who DENIES the world of the sin of DISCOVERY came and testifies that the prince of this world is CONDEMNED, that is, that John 16: 8-11 was fulfilled. It was a prophetic sign. Very often, opponents of the baptism of the Holy Spirit indicate that “… the Lord is not in the wind, but in a quiet spirit” (1 Kings 19: 11,12). It was God who spoke to Elijah, his faithful prophet, who regretted that after the execution of the prophets of Baal (850 people!) Israel did not turn and Jezebel did not reconcile. God told Elijah that His essence — meekness, humility, LOVE, and that such bloodthirsty measures against His enemies — are forced. Did not the court God declared Elijah for the fulfillment of God’s will? Recall also that when Jesus spoke of receiving the Holy Spirit after his resurrection, having said this, he blew it and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit.

And there are no squalls and storms. It is just that the disciples and we now are a gentle wind of a quiet wind, but the noise of strong wind is like the announcement of the Court for all those who disobey the Gospel, who in a few minutes mocked the apostles and accused them of being drunk. For them – the Court. And every time He does not intend to repeat this. It is now in the Word. Also in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we no longer encounter this sign. The court came THEN. And he has not gone away all these 2,000 years. And if now there will again be a “strong wind noise” when praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, then the question is, what was the judgment once canceled?

Flaming tongues. The Jews knew very well Who led their ancestors in the wilderness – Pillar of Fire, in which the Lord Himself walked. This Pillar stood in the midst of the camp of Israel in the campsites and walked in front of them along the way, pointing the way. He also covered the Israeli camp from behind – when Pharaoh decided to overtake the Jews and avenge the firstborn. And “separated tongues, as if fiery” indicated that the Lord God is now not among them, gathered in a spacious room (an upper room), but INSIDE them! The God of Israel, who was in the midst of His people, began to live within His children. It is also a prophetic sign, pointing to the above promises of the NTs of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Naturally, to repeat this sign every time, i.e. it would be strange to testify again about the occurrence of the NT after 2000 years after its actual occurrence. He once gave this sign, and nowhere else do we see it – not in Paul, nor in Peter, or anyone else. And the apostles are not embarrassed at all.

Spirit Fulfillment. Dual sign. It includes the actual execution of the Spirit and the experience of the Joy of the Ineffable. A baptized person who has just received the Gift of the Holy Spirit experiences special feelings that cannot be described in words. Anyone baptized in the Holy Spirit, born again and having the experience of Jesus Christ’s personal knowledge, can testify that at certain points in his life he experienced a particularly strong intimacy with the Lord. It was not some external influence, but it came from within the person. This happens in the congregation of saints and in solitude. It is impossible to predict or stimulate the fulfillment of the Holy Spirit – it happens when God wants to open up to you or wants to use you. In a word, the fulfillment of the Holy Spirit occurs when God approaches you greatly. A person, as a rule, behaves in this state inadequately and very strangely – he can shout, jump to the ceiling, swing his arms, cry or even cry at all, can prophesy, and can repent, he can simply fall off his feet from feeling unearthly bliss. In Pentecostals and charismatics, such manifestations are still encountered, but due to the defective teachings, they have acquired an ugly-parody-theatrical form in many cases. So if you do not want to fall backward, while the charismatic “anointed one” is praying for you, the sherry standing nearby will “help” you to lie down. I am not talking about that. I mean that a person who has just received the Holy Spirit, very sharply (for the first time!) Feels Him and His movement in himself. And it behaves strangely to others. So, one brother, after he received Dar, I had to slightly hold, for he would have broken himself or his head, or would have jumped out of the window with happiness.

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History of the church of God

The Church of God, a renewal movement that began in 1886, has become a prominent piece of over one-million people’s lives in the United States alone.

In regards to the world in its entirety, the church has accumulated over seven-million members in total, subsequently making it a widely received denomination of Pentecostal Christianity. It has since grown, and has made a variety of international efforts to strive toward more.

History

Beginnings (1886)

The CoG was founded by R.G. Spurling and his father Richard Spurling due to a disagreement in beliefs with their former Baptist denomination; based around a Baptist belief that the only recognizable ministries were those descending from the Baptist church. At the time, there was a standard that they should not be associating with other Christian administrations. There was a mutual belief between founding father and son that Christians should be united rather than divided by creeds with a focus on having liberty in faith, thus sparking a reformation of their own.

As Pentecostalism had its beginnings, there were times when fanaticism took the reigns of other denominations. With instances of this, there was more pressure than ever to organize the Church of God to ensure there was not only consistency, but authority and a level head. This decision came to finality in 1902 with the help of a former Baptist deacon going by the name of William F. Bryant, influencing more growth in the movement in due time.

Eventual Growth (1903)

It wasn’t until 1903 that this Holiness Church at Camp Creek would begin to thrive, spreading onto a national level. With the intervention of a man named Ambrose Tomlinson, a renowned distributor of publishings and guest preacher for varying churches, the Church of God would begin broadening.

Eventually Tomlinson was elected to become the pastor, whereas Bryant and Spurling would begin prioritizing evangelism. This allowed for advancement, where the church began opening new locations in both Tennessee and Georgia.

Leading up to 1907, delegates from four separate locations to form a judicial section of their administration that could discuss their mutual beliefs. It was in 1907, that the name “Church of God” was adopted and Tomlinson became the overseer for their belief.

Azusa Street-Revival (1906 – 1915)

It was during the Azusa Street Revival, led by William J. Seymour, that Pentecostalism began bringing many into its fold, forming beliefs that would later become concrete in their combined faith. Tomlinson and many CoG followers began seeking out baptism under this holiness movement, with Tomlinson being baptised by a Pentecostal leader, Gaston B. Cashwell.

As Cashwell moved South, Tomlinson and the Church of God received the Pentecostal blessing, and the Church has since stood firm in its membership of their denomination.

It would be in 1910, that the oldest Pentecostal publication would be made, dubbed “The Church of God Evangel,” and the church would thrive. From the initial twenty members of the church’s organization, it had now grown to one-thousand and five members by 1910, with thirty-one churches throughout the Southeastern United States.

Separations, Financial Shortfalls and Development

Although the church has since only grown and developed, there were times of doubt and detours that would lead to schisms. In 1923, General Overseer Tomlinson was impeached from his position for the mishandling of finances. There are differing mentions of why this may have been, but it is conclusively stated by the majority that the bookkeeping was too relaxed, and that money had been reappropriated from designated areas to assist struggling pastors and locations.

With his integrity questioned, Tomlinson would eventually form his own denomination known as the Church of God and Prophecy. Despite this, both sides eventually claimed mistakes on how things could’ve been handled. Although they remain separate denominations, they are often supporting one another and continuing to work together to ensure one another thrives.

During a time when another minister implemented snake handling into his church, it was quickly dispelled by the Church of God leadership. Despite this quick dissuasion, it had become a separate entity as well, known as The Church of God with Signs Following.

Though these turbulent times may have proven to be detrimental, the CoG has continued to move forward and separate denominations have worked together to ensure a brighter future for everyone involved.

Modern Existence Differentiation

There are quite a few pieces of the CoG that differentiate them from prior instances of Pentecostalism in spite of its association with Protestantism and Christianity. The focuses lay within a direct involvement with the holy spirit, such as visions and spiritual gifts. More controversially, the gifts pertain to divine healing, speaking in tongues and prophecy. This is exhibited mostly within ministries and can be varying in the degrees of how fervent they can be.

The church holds a Declaration of Faith and Practical Commitments, though their leadership has since placed a more relaxed hold on the Practical Commitments to ensure it could be applicable to those beyond the Southeastern United States’ own cultural beliefs. In tandem with their history, the Declaration of Faith is influenced by Pentecostalism, Evangelical and Protestant beliefs. Some of which pertain to the Father, Son& the Holy Spirit, a premillennial coming of Christ, observing the Lord’s Support and the belief that all have sinned and should subsequently seek repentance under God.

In their practical commitments there are standards to integrity, family, social obligations, temperance, moral purity, modesty and overall setting a proper example as a member of the church. There is a high discipline regarding prayer and devotion, leaning toward showing outright loyalty to God and work.

Structure and Hierarchy

Due to the fact that the Church of God has become an internationally involved administration, there has since been the development of a Hierarchy that would help manage the far-reaching ministries. On a more local level, there are state overseers who assist in ensuring the integrity of their church is upheld. Below them are a number of elected Bishops, brought forth from the varying ministries within the designated state.

It is between the overseer and the local church in who becomes a pastor, where there is a bountiful amount of tools and councils at the pastor’s disposal to ensure the best for their location. Everyone remains informed via conferences, allowing everyone to remain informed along the way.

On a more international level there is a harken back to the judicial branch of the church, nowadays known as the International General Assembly. Within this, the leadership is able to have full authority over the government and principles over the CoG. From there, the General Assembly elects officials to be a part of the International General Council.

The International General Council is composed of the aforementioned officials known as Bishops who work alongside the International Executive Council, who then work on daily operations and supervises the administrations.

Contributions and Development

Throughout the years, the church has taken to starting different projects aimed toward bringing new followers into their denomination. There have been many attempts to create foundations of higher learning throughout the world to some success. Many countries have individual locations, spanning from Cleveland, U.S., to Moscow, Russia and many placed in-between.

As the Church of God was initially founded in the United States, it once had more Bible Colleges, though all but Lee University in Cleveland have since been forced to close due to financial reasons for all but Patten University in California, that was eventually sold to a for-profit company.
In their educational endeavors, they’ve introduced music programs that have proven to be an integral role in the church and some choirs of Lee University have been a part of Presidential Inaugurations.

Altogether the church has spread worldwide and has since been recognized as the 22nd largest religion in the world, hailing to their seven-million followers, nearing fifty five thousand churches and over fourty two thousand ministers. They are set to continue their growth and spread their beliefs further throughout the world.

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