“2 And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. The initial evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is speaking in unknown tongues. When praying in tongues, we speak unto God and magnify His many wonderful works (Acts 2:11). I am not speaking here of the gift of tongues and interpretation as in the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) but of tongues as our prayer language as in the day of Pentecost.
Praying in tongues edifies the Believer.
“He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:4
This is the rest wherewith the weary are refreshed.
“11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. 12 To whom He said, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Isaiah 28:11-12
Many have been taught this refreshing is not for today but Jesus commanded His Disciples, of which we are, to wait on the Promise of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes waiting is hard. Yet because of one man’s importunity, his friend got up and gave him that which he was seeking. It was not because he was a friend but because of his persistent requests that his wishes were granted.
“5 And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” Luke 11:5-13
Keep asking. Keep seeking. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all Believers and the initial evidence is speaking in other tongues.
“17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18
This is that which the Prophet Joel spoke of. That latter rain is coming. Many can hear the sound. Many are sounding the alarm. There is a harvest who will be swept in by the power of God as His Laborers; His preachers, teachers and prophets, endued with the power of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit for service, lift up the Banner of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to a lost and dying world.
-Donna Clark Warren