Ref: Acts 2:38
There is therefore now no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to our senses but after the Holy Spirit. We have been made new creatures in Christ, our old man, the old nature, was removed from us when we received Christ as our Savior and Lord. Now we are new creatures in Him. Sin now has no more dominion over us. Sin works through the old nature, which for us has been taken away. Now that we’re free from sin’s control we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be ruled again by it. If we do however miss it in one or more areas in our lives we ought to confess and repent of it before GOD. Sin that is not confessed or covered up is sin not forgiven. The Word says we need to confess and not cover wrongdoing (Proverbs 28:13). It continues to say if we cover our transgressions we shall not prosper. However, if we confess and forsake them He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. You see brethren, although we are under grace, we’re still not perfect and live in a sinful world. We’re still work of perfection in progress. Therefore, we have need of repentance when we miss the mark of godliness. The word of GOD has a lot to say about sinning or backsliding believers. That’s why our Heavenly Father has amply supplied a way for us to return back to Him in love through the gift of repentance. So those who are to receive the Spirit baptism should approach the throne of His grace in the humility of confession and repentance and the downpour will be released upon them.
Ref: John 7:38-39
He who believes as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This gift is for believers. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith,” Galatians 3:14. The promise of the baptism with the Holy Spirit comes through faith. We ought to believe for it according to the Scriptures. This blessing is a promise, a gift, a birthright and an inheritance for all believers in Christ Jesus. It is rightfully yours, rightfully belongs to you, whether you know it or not, or believe it or not. The gifts and the calling of GOD are irrevocable. However, for a believer to appropriate this gift needs to believe for it just as the Scripture has said.
Ref: Luke 11:13
The Scripture says, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” How much more? It sounds like the Father is desperate to give us and for us to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. John declared that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and fire, and Himself Jesus said that you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Peter said ‘this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh’. Everything is all set for you and I to receive it. GOD wants you to have it. “Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them,” Mark 11:24. He who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and he who knocks it shall be opened.
Ref: John 7:37
Jesus says whoever thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. It is Jesus who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. But He is urging whoever thirsts, desires, seeks, or wills to receive the gift of the Spirit to come to Him and receive it. It’s a question of desire, of how much you really want it. It is GOD who has said in His word, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it,” Psalm 81:10. He who thirsts let him come to Jesus and drink voluntarily. He who desires let him open his own mouth wide, voluntarily. Not a little or ajar but open it wide. It’s a question of how much you want it, or desire it. It’s a personal choice. GOD has long made His choice for you to have it, now you have to make your own choice whether you want to have it, and if you do, repent if need be, ask in faith and come willingly to drink of the rivers of living water that come from heaven. “And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely,” Revelation 22:17.
Ref: Acts 5:32
“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him,” Acts 5:32. It is clear as crystal that GOD gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit,” 1 Peter 1:22. Jesus said that sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth. The Word is to be obeyed, and when we obey it, it sanctifies, purifies, cleanses us from all uncleanness. Not only must the Word be believed, memorized, confessed or meditated on – it must be obeyed. Jesus simply said that he who loves Him, it is he who obeys His word. Those who obey the Word, that is to say do what the Word says, receive the blessing of the baptism in the Holy Ghost.
Right now, right where you are, you can follow these steps through the Holy Spirit, and kneel down and ask GOD to baptize you with His Holy Spirit. Right now. “Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them,” Mark 11:24. “And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely,” Revelation 22:17. Our church, on 10 November 2019, after the preaching of this message, was awash with rivers bursting out of people’s bellies, so much so that we couldn’t minister any longer, but close the meeting for people to bask in the glory unperturbed.