Oct 10, 2019
In this episode Brother Jonathan talks about common mistakes
made in understand and seeking the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Remnant Bible Fellowship
- Matthew 3:11-12
- “"As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He
who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to
remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
fire. "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly
clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the
barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."” (Mat
- Stating the Issue
- If there is an issue that divides people—other than salvation
issues—it is anything having to do with the Spirit of God. Some
denominations teach Cessationism (the teaching that the gifts of
the Spirit have ceased), and others teach Continuationism (the
teaching that the gifts of the Spirit continue to this day). Some
teach that there is no baptism in the Holy Spirit and some teach
that there is. Sometimes these divides are on denominational lines,
and other times denominations are divided within themselves. For
example, Baptists almost totally teach Cessationism; but there are
some Baptists that still teach that there is a baptism in the Holy
Spirit. That can happen especially in the Baptist denomination
because they are generally independent unless they have become part
of an association or convention.
- Here in the passage that we’re talking about in this episode,
we first encounter the phrase “baptism with the Holy Spirit”. The
Greek preposition used in the phrase is “en”, but it is almost
always translated as “with” instead of “in”. Generally though,
people mix-and-max the phraseology. That might not be very exact
theologically but that’s generally what most people do.
- The main controversy over the term “baptism in/with the Holy
Spirit” is twofold: (1) What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit; and
(2) When does it occur? There are other questions that follow, but
this sums up the main point. There are several interpretations that
have support. What all agree on though is that it involves an
experience of the person with the Holy Spirit Himself. How to
define that and when it occurs are the main dividing points. Also,
after that is answered there are questions that follow: To whom
does this experience belong, how do you know it happened, when does
it happen, etc.
- The Options
- John W. Wyckoff summed up the choices pretty well in Stanley
Horton’s “Systematic Theology”:
- “One possible position is that the baptism in the Holy Spirit
is a part of the conversion-initiation experience, with no special
evidence such as speaking in tongues…The second possible position
is that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a part of the
conversion-initiation experience and it is always accompanied by
the special evidence of speaking in tongues. This is the position
of some Oneness Pentecostal groups. The third possible position is
that the baptism in the Holy Spirit usually follows regeneration,
but the experience is not accompanied by speaking in tongues. This
is the position of some Wesleyan Holiness groups such as the Church
of the Nazarene. The fourth possible position is that the baptism
in the Holy Spirit usually follows regeneration and is always
accompanied by the special evidence of speaking in tongues. This is
the position of Pentecostals such as the Assemblies of God.” (p.
- Now, I want you to notice a problem here with how this is
stated by Wyckoff. There are several things assumed in his
description of the possible interpretations. That’s probably
because this chapter was written for an Assemblies of God
systematic theology textbook. I personally can think of a number of
other options, but some in particular that I think need
- What most people call the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” is one
of any number of possible experiences with the Holy Spirit after
- Tongues can be an evidence of the experience, but not
- These are generally the main dividing lines of interpretation
about this issue. Before I start talking about what I believe can
be confidently said to be true or false I want to discuss my
personal experiences with this issue good and bad.
- My Experiences
- My conversion.
- I was an IFB.
- I attended an IFB Bible Institute and an IFB Bible
- I was taught cessationism and that any “manifestation” was
either demonic or just an act from a fleshly-minded person.
- I was corrected by reading the scriptures and prayer.
- I realized that manifestations of the Spirit were biblical and
I began seeking how to understand them.
- I got confused by the many contrary teachings about the
- I got disillusioned.
- What is Certainly Wrong
- Cessationism is absolutely false. Biblically, there is no
defense for Cessationism. Remember that cessationism is the
teaching that the gifts of the Spirit, or manifestations of the
Spirit in general, have ceased because the canon of scripture has
- I was taught this, and it is complete nonsense. This is an
interpretation that was created to explain why certain things
weren’t seen in certain circles. Now, I am not a Pentecostal. I
have never identified as Pentecostal, but I used to be a
cessationist and now I am not. Let me give you several reasons why
this is not a biblical teaching:
- It violates the basic rule of biblical interpretation: A text
cannot mean for you what it did not mean for its original audience.
What that means is, the scriptures do not mean something for its
original audience, like “don’t do this”, and today that same
scripture means for you “go ahead”. The only exceptions would be
things that are cultural (rare) or possibly prophetic texts from
the Old Testament.
- Gordon Fee talked about his briefly in his book “How to Read
the Bible for All its Worth” (2nd edition): “You will recall from
chapter 1 that we set out as a basic rule the premise that a text
cannot mean what it never could have meant to its author or his or
her readers. This is why exegesis must always come first. It is
especially important that we repeat this premise here, for this at
least establishes some parameters of meaning. This rule does not
always help one find out what a text means, but it does help to set
limits as to what it cannot mean.”
- “For example, the most frequent justification for disregarding
the imperatives about seeking spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14
is a particular interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10, which states
that “when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away” (RSV).
We are told that the perfect has come, in the form of the New
Testament, and therefore the imperfect (prophecy and tongues) have
ceased to function in the church. But this is one thing the text
cannot mean because good exegesis totally disallows it. There is no
possible way Paul could have meant that—after all, his readers did
not know there was going to be a New Testament, and the Holy Spirit
would not have allowed Paul to write something totally
incomprehensible to them.” (pp. 64-65)
- The early Christian writers recorded the exact opposite.
Prophecy, divine healing, casting out devils, etc., all these
things occurred AFTER the closing of the canon for hundreds of
years. John Wesley wrote a sermon in the mid-1700s defending the
idea that these things have continued throughout church history in
its entirety. A.W. Tozer was quoted as saying that there is not a
single verse in the NT that teaches that spiritual gifts have
- Most cessationists still claim that other spiritual gifts have
continued. That is, they claim that the gifts which cannot be
substantiated or verified have continued; but the “sign” gifts have
ceased. I honestly say that most teach this because it is what they
have been told or because they use it to justify their own
- Most cessationists can only cite examples from the NAR or the
Prosperity gospel movement as examples of tongues or these things
when there are many outside of these movements that accept them as
well—they’re just not Baptist or reformed.
- Most cessationists associate people like David Wilkerson or
Leonard Ravenhill with heretics like Kenneth Copeland or Benny Hinn
simply because they’re ignorant. They presuppose the perfection of
their own church’s doctrine and therefore condemn all others as
inferior. I know, because that’s what my church’s pastors,
preachers, and teachers did, and I learned it from them.
- The bias of Cessationists is clearly seen when they use as a
reason for justifiably denying spiritual gifts the example of the
radicalist snake-handling churches. I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve heard that from Baptists. But this cuts both ways because if
that is a justifiable reason to deny the doctrine of
continuationsim then I can certainly deny Eternal Security because
of the adulterers, fornicators, liars, etc., who claim to be
Christian because of that false doctrine.
- The fact of the matter is that Cessationism cannot provide one
single text from the New Testament that can exegetically be shown
to TELL Christians that spiritual gifts would stop before the
second coming of Christ. It is therefore, by definition,
- Tongues being necessary is certainly wrong.
- It cannot be shown scripturally that tongues are a necessary
manifestation of being filled with the Spirit of God. The only
thing that can be made clear is that it may manifest if
you are filled with the Spirit. There is no single, consistent,
pattern in the book of Acts that gives us that picture. On some
occasions we are told that a person was filled with the Spirit and
tongues is not mentioned at all. There is no text that tells us it
will always happen or that it is a sign of it. On the contrary, it
is usually described in conjunction with the gift of prophecy.
- “But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about
the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being
baptized, men and women alike. Even Simon himself believed; and
after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he
observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly
amazed. Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came
down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they began laying
their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.” (Act
- In this passage we have a clear text where new believers were
being “baptized in the spirit” or “filled with the spirit” after
their conversion. Neither tongues or prophecy is mentioned in the
- “So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying
his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared
to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that
you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And
immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he
regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took
food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the
disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to
proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."
- Paul the Apostle’s conversion specifically mentions him being
“filled with the Spirit” but the only thing we see is that he
begins boldly proclaiming the gospel. Tongues are not mentioned.
Now, we know from his other writings that he later spoke in
tongues, but that gives no support for tongues being a sign of
being baptized in the Spirit because it cannot be shown that when
he was filled with the spirit it happened. Actually, even when Paul
recounts his conversion later in Acts 22 he doesn’t mention tongues
or prophesying either.
- “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit
fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the
circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the
gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.
Then Peter answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these
to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did,
can he?" (Act 10:44-47)
- Here in the instance of Cornelius’ conversion and those with
him we do see tongues mentioned when these people received the
Spirit of God. But that’s not all we read. We see that some of them
were speaking a language that was known also. It says that some
were “exalting God”. So either these new believers were hopping
back and forth from speaking in tongues to speaking in their own
language, or some spoke in tongues and some prophesied. Either way,
a definitive case for ALL speaking with tongues as the ONLY sign of
being “baptized in the Spirit” cannot be made.
- “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul
having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, 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. And he said unto
them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's
baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they
heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And
when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Act 19:1-6)
- The disciples of John at Ephesus are said to speak with tongues
and some prophesied. This is the same as the last passage. Were
they going back and forth from tongues to prophesying, or was it
simply that some prophesied and some spoke in tongues? Out of the
four passages that I gave you I can make the same case for
prophesying being the sign of being baptized in the spirit instead
of tongues because it occurs the same number of times in connection
- The fact is that there is simply no consistent pattern given in
the book of Acts to which every Christian should expect to conform.
You have to understand the problem with looking for one also: we
are given no reason in the text to expect that there is a
consistent example of what should happen regarding gifts of the
Spirit of God. Just because certain things are described for some
believers in the book of Acts does not mean that it is prescribed
for all believers. If that were the case then we would expect a
consistent example and plain statement and imperatives telling us
to expect it a certain way.
- Those who would go on to say that we should use the apostles as
examples regarding experience, referencing the day of Pentecost, I
would like to ask was there a tongue of fire that rested on you?
No? Then it’s not the same thing is it—at least not in how it
- That’s the real issue about the tongues thing: how does it
manifest? In the passage we just read about Cornelius’ household
from Acts 10 it doesn’t sound like what happened to the Apostles on
the day of Pentecost at all. There was no sound of a mighty rushing
wind. There were no tongues of fire. But when Peter describes what
happened to the elders back at Antioch in chapter 11 this is what
- “And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us
at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that
he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift
as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was
I, that I could withstand God?” (Act 11:15-17)
- Peter says that the same thing happened to them: they were
baptized in the Spirit of God. But you need to see what was
different. It wasn’t at the same time as the Apostles. The apostles
already had the spirit of God, but they were later baptized in the
spirit and endued with power from on high to go preach the gospel.
Cornelius’ household was baptized in the Spirit when they heard the
gospel and believed it. It happened simultaneously with their
conversion. The Apostles already knew a lot of doctrine and stuff.
Cornelius and them just heard the gospel. The apostles had sound
and tongues of fire, but Cornelius’ household didn’t. The apostles
spoke with tongues, and at least some of Cornelius’ household did.
The emphasis was that both were given the same gift: they were
endued with power from on high by the Spirit of God. That is the
emphasis. Tongues may happen, but they might not.
- My View
- This has been a very difficult episode to prepare for. The
issue of the “baptism in the Spirit” has been a point of confusion
for me for several years. I am certain that there is an experience
to be sought from God and confusion and disillusionment has kept me
from really seeking it confidently for a long time.
- If you read R.A. Torrey then you are told that you just need to
ask and believe that you have it and eventually it happens.
- If you read Charles Finney you read that you need to seek God
and tarry in prayer until it happens, and the only thing that will
hinder it is unbelief or sin.
- If you read Andrew Murray you get a mixed bag of what to
expect, but he says that it is for the power to overcome sin as
- If you read Richard Taylor then you’ll believe that it is
- If you read traditional Pentecostals then you believe that you
are to expect tongues and that you should not get involved in
ministry unless you have it.
- If you follow the Azusa Street people then you will be told
that you are infallible when you receive it.
- If you read any of the Apostolic Pentecostal preachers they’ll
tell you that if you don’t speak in tongues that you aren’t
- If you read the Calvary Chapel stuff you’ll get their
- I’ve read so many books, and heard so many sermons that all I
got was confused. It is hard for some to simply maintain a desire
to just be close to God. You get so focused on seeking this
experience because it will fix your walk or make you feel
spiritual. Or, you start to seek it in order to prove to yourself
that you are a Christian. It gets especially difficult to maintain
your focus on just drawing close to Christ if you get confused
doctrinally. That is what happened to me and it has taken several
years for me to get my footing again. So I want to simplify the
issue for those of you who are seeking this experience.
- My Advice
- Don’t use other people’s experience as an example.
- There’s a reason that Paul wrote that we should not compare
ourselves with other believers. Consider 1 Corinthians 12:
- “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are
varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all
persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through
the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the
same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another
gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of
miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the
distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and
to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same
Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one
individually just as He wills.” (1Co 12:4-11)
- We are specifically told that there are “varieties of effects”.
That means that the Spirit of God does different things in
different ways to different people. There is diversity within the
body of Christ. This is not just true about spiritual gifts but
about how the Holy Spirit works in each believer. Yes, there are
things common to all believers such as conviction of sin, our being
drawn to God, being born of the Spirit, learning to walk in the
Spirit, etc. But not everyone came to Christ through the same
operations of the Spirit. Some have some miraculous thing happen to
them to wake them up. Some people God seems to practically put a
billboard up with their name on it saying, “Get right with me.” But
some are just raised in a Christian household and repent when we
understand the gospel and are convicted. It’s the same Holy Spirit
doing it all. Don’t get so concerned with the details of how—as
long as it doesn’t violate the scriptures because that’s not the
Holy Spirit then—and just be happy when people become Christians
and seek the Lord. The same thing with this issue. God can manifest
Himself any way He feels and to whatever extent He feels and we
need to understand and trust that God knows what He is doing. Some
people need a great manifestation because of where they are at, and
God knows it. Some don’t need it like that, and God knows it. Don’t
use other people’s experience as a false expectation of what you
should expect. Just stick with the scriptures. You are only free to
have an expectation of what is specifically stated in scripture as
- Don’t get bogged down with the nitty-gritty details in Acts.
- I have been through every text having to do with the baptism in
the Spirit I don’t know how many times. I was labor to parse Greek
words and exhaust the text trying to find the “missing key” to make
it all make sense. As I told you earlier, there is no clear
through-line or example in Acts that’s going to give you that. That
Acts of the Apostles is not meant to be an instructive book it’s
only an historical narrative. Can we glean doctrinal things from
it? Absolutely. But there is a reason that certain things are not
explicitly stated in the other books of the New Testament.
Everything that matters is explicitly stated. Here are some
passages that tell us things explicitly:
- “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons
of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to
fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by
which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with
our spirit that we are children of God,” (Rom 8:14-16)
- There is supposed to be a close relationship between believers
and the Spirit of God. How that happens is another matter, but
there is supposed to be a definite fellowship between our spirit
- “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed
the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the
Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” (Rom 8:9)
- You are not a Christian if you don’t have the Spirit of God.
Does this mean that you need an experience to confirm that to you?
No. Just remember what Paul says: “For you are all sons of God
through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:26) It is simply faith in
Jesus Christ that makes you a child of God. Yes, there are things
such as repentance, but those are not “works” that add to
- In John 6:44 Jesus told us that no one can come to God unless
the Father draws him. You cannot even begin to think about God
unless the Spirit of God is already working in you. If you believe
the Gospel and have put your trust in Christ then you have been
born of the Spirit. You have the Spirit of God. There are different
aspects and/or ministries of the Spirit of God though. Conversion
is one thing, spiritual gifts are another.
- The fact that Paul tells the Corinthians to desire spiritual
gifts makes clear that some of them were still seeking these things
even though they were already Christians.
- “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to
be unaware.” (1Co 12:1)
- Paul makes clear that there are certain things about gifts and
manifestations of the Spirit that we ought to be aware.
- “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are
varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all
persons.” (1Co 12:4-6)
- There are different gifts of the Spirit. There are different
ministries. There are different effects by the Spirit. You need to
really understand that. There is no cookie-cutter mold or formula
that the Spirit has to follow in how He manifests Himself through
believers so long as it is not contradictory to what we are given
in the scriptures.
- “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for
the common good.” (1Co 12:7)
- When the Spirit manifests Himself through a believer it is not
just for Himself. Yes the Spirit of God can absolutely comfort you
personally, but we are talking here specifically about gifts and
- I remember reading one of the early Christian writers talking
about this. He remarked about when a Christian casts out a devil
from a lost person in the name of Jesus with prayer. He said that
such things were not for the benefit of the one who God used to do
it but it was for the benefit of those who saw the power of the
name of Jesus and were convinced of the truthfulness of the
- “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and
to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to
another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing
by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to
another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to
another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation
of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things,
distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” (1Co
- Again, Paul goes out of his way to explain that the Spirit of
God does different things through different believers but every one
of them (except contrary to the written Word) is from the same Holy
Spirit. We need to remember this when seeking to be baptized in the
- “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but
be filled with the Spirit,” (Eph 5:18)
- This verse is sometimes used to talk about the Baptism in the
Holy Spirit. That is incorrect. This verse cannot be referring to
that experience. If we look at the context we’ll see why.
- “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but
be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your
heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to
one another in the fear of Christ.” (Eph 5:18-21)
- First of all, the phrase “be filled with the Spirit” is an
imperative. That means that it is in your power to perform the
action. This cannot be referring to the baptism in the Spirit
because that is not something that is in our control. It is
something that is sought from God. That’s our first clue.
- Second, look at the context. The imperative, or command, to be
filled with the spirit is followed up by a description: speaking in
psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing, giving thanks for all
things, and being subject to one another.
- What Paul is talking about here is the state of being filled
with the Spirit of God. Remember, if you are a Christian you
already have the Holy Spirit. You just might not be walking in the
Spirit. This is a command to continually walk in the Spirit that
you already have. That is separate from being baptized in the
- I could go on with other passages but we can see from these few
several things that ought to inform our understanding of being
baptized in the Spirit.
- Focus on Jesus Christ.
- The beginning of a lot of mistakes and errors made in seeking
the baptism of the Spirit is when you take your eyes off of the
real focus. It begins to be about having the experience—for any
number of reasons—and not about seeking to be closer to Jesus. It’s
supposed to be about being all that He wants, and as made possible
through His sacrifice, for us to be in Him. This connects with the
- Make sure your heart is right about why you are seeking it.
- Not to convince you that you’re saved.
- Not to strengthen a ministry.
- Not to make yourself feel spiritual.
- We seek Christ, and Him only.
- Our sole purpose is to draw closer to Him, to be all that He
desires us to be, and to further the kingdom of God.
- What to do
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience. It’s sole
purpose is stated in scripture:
- “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."”
- The sole purpose for the baptism in the Spirit that is
explicitly stated in scripture is endowment of power for service.
It is to enable us, and to strengthen us, to be effective ministers
of the gospel. Whereas things such as spiritual gifts are for the
community of believers to be edified and built up the baptism in
the Holy Spirit is for service. Let me briefly tell you how to seek
- Keep your focus on Jesus Christ. You are seeking Him and not
necessarily an experience. Guard your heart from any ulterior
- Abide in Christ continually. In everything make Christ the Lord
of your life. Seek to root out all worldliness and anything that
God is dealing with you about. You cannot compartmentalize your
- Strengthen your prayer life. Learn to tarry in prayer. Don’t
only pray about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but pray about
everything. Learn to pray throughout your day. Learn to praise God
throughout your day and to cast down anything contrary to His Word
in your mind. Pray for others continually. And in addition to that,
be asking God to endue you with power from on high. But pray for it
leaving it in God’s hands. Persist in prayer day by day AS you
follow Christ in every other area of your life.
- If you feel led to, you can spend long seasons in prayer about
the baptism in the Holy Spirit or even fast when you want to, but
be seeking it from Jesus as you follow Him with your life. If you
aren’t letting God have the rest of your life then don’t expect
much from God.
- Read the Word of God. Read it more and more. Learn to love it.
Memorize it. Let it become the guiding principle of your life. When
you see promises that are for Christians today then begin to pray
about them. When you don’t understand something pray and ask God to
give you understanding.
- Learn to walk in the Spirit. As a Christian you already have
the Holy Spirit. You CAN overcome sin already. Learn to stop
quenching Him in your daily life. Deal with sin in your life. Learn
to deny yourself and discipline yourself to do these things
continually. The Christian life is about pressing forward. It takes
conscious, concerted, effort on your part.
- Persist. Endure. Continue to seek God and continue to pray to
God about the baptism in the Holy Spirit and asking, seeking, and
knocking for it. Trust God that He will be faithful to His Word,
and trust that He knows when you are ready for it.
- (Testimony of praying for a wife)
- I know that I will surely disappoint some people. I didn’t go
in-depth about some things and some will feel that I’ve
oversimplified. No. It really is that simple. It’s just that
sometimes people don’t want to press forward into a closer
relationship with God. They simply want an experience.