How You Can Receive Power for Christian Service!

by Roger Hicks

“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)
Being “Baptized in the Holy Spirit” or “Baptized in the Holy Ghost” (these two terms can be used interchangeably) is a direct command of the Lord Jesus. He felt that it was so vitally important for Christian service … that he commanded His disciples to wait in the city of Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost. The Day of Pentecost was the day when the Holy Ghost would be first given. Jesus, Himself, called this initial infilling to be … “endued with power from on high (Heaven)”.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
One of the main purposes of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is to empower us for Christian service. Becoming a witness for the Lord is but one part of that empowerment.

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well.” (1 Corinthians 14:14-17)
We can readily see from these scriptures that when we “pray in the Spirit” or “sing in the Spirit” we are “giving thanks” to God, and doing it well! So … this is another reason to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16)
Jesus was a great comfort to the disciples. However, when He left the earth, He promised that the Heavenly Father would send “another Comforter” (The Holy Ghost) who would never leave us. So a third reason to be Baptized in the Holy Ghost is to receive the supernatural comfort of God, through the Holy Spirit.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” (Jude 20)
The Bible tells us how to bring that comfort into play in our lives. It tells us to pray in the Holy Ghost (our prayer language –tongues) and that would build us up. It’s amazing! We pray in a language that we don’t even understand, and the end result is that we get “built up.” You can’t argue with success. It works!!!

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
The outward evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit … is a prayer language. That “prayer language” is unlearned and is often referred to as “tongues”. A person uses their own tongue, their own vocal chords, and their own lips … and the Holy Spirit makes a language out of it.

“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…” (Acts 10:45-46)
The way the people knew the Gentiles had received the Holy Ghost was that they heard them speaking in tongues, and knew that they were using this supernatural language, given by God, to praise Him.

“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6)
When the Holy Ghost comes upon people they speak with tongues. You’ll find that mentioned, or intimated, whenever the Bible makes reference to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues …” (1 Corinthians 14:2-5)
The Apostle Paul is teaching the Church at Corinth. He tells the congregation that when a person is speaking in tongues as a prayer language, they’re not speaking to men. He goes on to tell them that the person praying in tongues is speaking divine mysteries to God. He also tells the Church that the person who speaks in tongues edifies (builds up) himself. And then … the Apostle Paul tells the Church that he wished they all spoke with tongues (were baptized in the Holy Spirit).

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” (1 Corinthians 14:18)
Again, the Apostle Paul, knowing the benefits of being Baptized in the Holy Spirit and having a “prayer language” … expressed thanks to God! He didn’t count the initial experience of receiving that language as the end goal … but as a starting place. He knew the importance of continually “giving thanks well”, continually “building himself up”, and continually receiving the “power for service” that his Heavenly Father wanted him to have.

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
The actual literal translation of this scripture is: “Be being filled with the Spirit.” The initial Baptism of the Holy Spirit is just that. It is an initial filling! We need to keep filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s how we “build up ourselves” … as Jude 20 tells.

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” (1 Corinthians 14:39)
Some people were forbidding other Christians to speak in tongues. The Word of God warns against such a practice by clearly stating: “forbid not to speak with tongues”. Don’t let anyone intimidate you into not yielding to the command of the Lord, and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Father, I ask you to Baptize me in the Holy Ghost. I thank you for providing the Holy Spirit as my comforter. I thank you for Baptizing me in the Holy Spirit’s power. I thank you for giving me a supernatural prayer language with which to praise you. Father, I thank you that I can now speak in tongues … as you said. Amen.

Now, by faith … just begin to praise God in your new prayer language. Remember, you use your own tongue, vocal cords, and lips and begin to say something. (It won’t come to your head, and you won’t know what’s going to come out of your mouth. But if you’ll trust the Holy Spirit, He’ll make a language out of it.)

© Copyright 2017 Roger Hicks Ministries