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Baptism in and with the Holy Spirit

Updated on September 15, 2013

Two kind of Tongues!

After I was baptism with water I learned that there was jet another baptism, namely the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

I heard people speaking in tongues and did not understand it.

It sounded like the persons were talking in Japanese or Russian. Acts 19:6: And as Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in [foreign, unknown] tongues (languages) and prophesied.

We also read in Acts 2:4: And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear {and} loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].

Sometimes a person will stand up during the Church service and speak in a tongue and somebody else will bring the interpretation and while this is happening, some people were speaking in tongues (there personal gift) while they are praying, the latter are used more in prayer meetings.

I realised that there were differences between them as we see in 1 Corinthians 12:1: now about the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed.

I learned that there were two kinds of tongues.

  1. The one kind of tongues was for all, Joel 2:28-29: "Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions. (The servants were less worth than a dog)
  2. Then there is the gift of tongues that only a few people received, as we read in 1 Corinthians 14:32: For the spirits of the prophets (the speakers in tongues) are under the speaker's control [and subject to being silenced as may be necessary], and in 1 Corinthians 14:39: So [to conclude], my brethren, earnestly desire {and} set your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired to preach and teach and to interpret God's will and purpose), and do not forbid {or} hinder speaking in [unknown] tongues.
  • The first kind of tongues was passed over by lying on of hands and all can receive it.

You can also receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit when you earnestly seeking God, with all your heart, strength, He will baptise you, without anyone laying hands on you.

  • The second kind is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit and it is given by the Spirit to how He wants to, and that gift works with the gift of interpretation as in 1 Corinthians 12:10: To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern {and} distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues.

I was baptized in the Holy Spirit!

We had a Pentecostal week and we learned all about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I was waiting on God as His disciples of old to be fill with the Holy Spirit as what we read in Acts 1:1-5: Before he was taken up, he gave instructions by the power of the Holy Spirit to the men he had chosen as his apostles. For forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him, and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God. And when they came together, he gave them this order: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

I longed so badly to be baptised with the Holy Spirit (the first type of baptism) that I was perspiring badly from forcing it on the day they prayed for me.

My Pastor laid hands on me, but nothing happened so he went on praying for the rest.

He came back a second time, and as he touched me, at that moment I was immediately slain in the Spirit (I fell to the ground powerless).

I believe that nobody can stand before the almighty God of heaven and earth. Joy unspeakable flooded my soul and I experienced such peace and a feeling too wonderful to describe. I couldn’t stand up for a long, long time. After I came to my senses, I couldn’t speak in tongues. I was so disappointed.

Two weeks later at a conference meeting at “Marranatha Park”, South Africa, while worshipping God in prayer and song I heard that somebody was speaking aloud in tongues. It sounded very close to me. I then realised was that it was my own voice I heard. I was so glad that I was baptised with the Spirit and I think that I stressed myself in trying to force it.

Speak in your unknown tongue!

Afterwards it came naturally.

It felt so good to glorify my Maker in a heavenly, unknown tongue. It edified my being and my faith grew. In 1 Corinthians 14:14-15: we read; For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody]. Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind {and} understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind {and} understanding also.

  • My life changed totally after that.
  • I understood the Bible for the first time in my life, the Word in the Bible just opened up for me.
  • My life became full and the Spirit led me.
  • I started to dream dreams and it came to pass.
  • I got a boldness that I never had, and I started praying for people.
  • Miracles followed soon after that.
  • I pray in tongues for hours with out even speaking in my mother tongue.

I am blessed out of my socks if I can put it that way. “Glory to God” and the Lord worked one miracle after the other in my life up to today.

I never looked back after that day and I always think of David that pleaded with God not to take the Holy Spirit from him. David knew that his strength was in the Spirit of God and that he couldn’t go on without the leading and comforting of the God’s Spirit.

That is also my plea for you today and for me - "Jesus Christ"! “Lord! Please do not take away Your Spirit from us”!

One of the Testimony’s that stood out I want to share with you.

One day I was dressed and ready to go to an appointment with somebody and that person phoned me as I was driving out from my home.

I was dressed and did not want to go back in the house, so I start praying and I asked the Lord what must I do and the Spirit of God led me to drive. I drove where the spirit of God urged in my hart and I stopped next to the road, there was a fenced field. The Holy Spirit led me to go through the fence and down the field to the end.

There was an embankment and as I came closer I saw a small building. I went to the building, knocked and went in. There was an old man sitting in the one room building. He looked up as if he saw a ghost and he started to shake. I introduced myself and said that the Lord had sent me to him.

He was now openly sobbing and through tears told me that he wanted to end his life. He asked God if He was real He must send someone to come and tell him of Jesus.

I was so blessed and the same time amazed that the Lord had sent me right to this man. I started sharing the gospel with him and he gave his heart to Yeshua.

Not long after this incident the Lord told me to go to a specific shopping centre and I went there in obedience, praying on my way there. When I got there I started walking from the one side to the other, not knowing what to do.

I had walked to the other end of the centre and back again, yet nothing significant had happened.

I then saw a friend of mine in Christ and rushed over to him. His first words were that God has sent him here and he did not know what for. I told him that God told me to be here too, although I also did not understand why.

We were confused and then we sat down and drank coffee at a coffee shop. As we were drinking our coffee we both saw a friend of ours coming out of a shop opposite us and my friend hurried over to him, inviting him to the table. As we started talking to him he said that he was buying the things he needed to commit suicide.

We both immediately knew why we were there and we started ministering to him, and later prayed for him there in front of all the people in the coffee shop. He renewed his relationship to the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) and he grabbed the Hope of the Gospel hungrily. He walked out of that shopping centre more than a conqueror. It is wonderful and amazing when the Holy Spirit uses a person to save and to impact another human being’s life.

In this time I had a vision in 3 parts at three different times but it was all the same vision that I also want to share with you.

This Vision was strange, but came out true.

I saw a bear like creature, with a face of a wolf, flying over a landscape that looked like land after a volcano has erupted, and I could sense the heat and saw the smoke from lava just cooled down, it was like a crust on top of the red-hot lava.

I saw this creature flying up and down as if it was looking for something. He did not have wings but still could fly.

The next vision a couple of days later I saw the same creature but this time he had a thing in its claws or hands. It looked like an instrument you use to beat eggs with. It had a handle and then there were wires coming out of it all around to the bottom and back into the handle.

I saw a table in a sort of room or place also on melted black lava with steam and silver smoke coming out of the ground. On the table there were a lot of cages, staged in rows of three, but these ones were opened up and it looked like bird cages. When the creature took one of them off the table you could see the dust on the table, and I know that these cages stood there for a very long time, by the ring of dust lying where the cage had stood.

Strangely, it was clean under them. I saw that in places there were only a few cages on the table and at other places almost all the cages were there. When the creature picks up a cage it opens up into the instrument that looks like an egg-beater. He took one of them and then he flew away with the cage, but this time he flew over almost the same terrain but there were a lot of volcanic mountains.

I saw a third vision of the same creature flying away to an unknown place and I was wondering why I keep on seeing this creature.

Then I saw him coming from afar and he came nearer until he flew past me. In the cage like devise he had in his claws trailing behind him I saw a woman and immediately I recognised her.

I saw her long blond hair waving in the wind through the bars of her cage. She looked so beautiful, calm and peaceful and it took me by surprise. She did not know or see the danger she was in. The creature flew away in the distance and the vision was over.

I knew that he had encaged her and was delivering her to the gates of hell.

I was stunned and also heartbroken by what I had seen and I did not know what to do about the vision.

I was wary to go to the Pastor at the Church I was attending because it was his wife I had seen and I couldn’t talk to anybody else because I was afraid that they wouldn’t believe me.

Everything seemed so perfect in there marriage and they were the perfect example of married life.

Shortly afterwards, we heard that Pastor was getting a divorce because his wife was in a relationship with another man and she did not want to go on serving the Lord or her husband.

I immediately knew then that the Lord had shown me what was happening in the spiritual world before it happened in the physical afterwards.

Satan had imprisoned her by her actions of adultery and the vision showed me the spiritual side.

I then went to the Pastor and told him the vision and he understood it immediately.

We started to pray and to break the power of the evil one.

I knew that if I had gone to him earlier, we could have saved his marriage but I was still a very immature Christian at that stage, not understanding spiritual things. If I had recognised and understood the meaning and importance of that vision, I could have acted earlier and with more zeal!

Learn out of my mistake that if the Holy Spirit gives you a vision or dream, ask God to give you the wisdom to act on it, to rebuke the evil one and in doing so glorify God.

All of this and more happend after the babtizem with the Holy Spirit.

From South Africa!

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    • profile image 

      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      We are powerless without the baptism of the Holy Spirit and we need to be continually filled with the Spirit! Praying in the Holy Spirit (tongues) are available to all believers as you mentioned. Tongues is a powerful tool God has provided for us to bypass our minds and feed our spirits directly. Paul said " i PRAY IN TONGUES MORE THAN YOU ALL" praying in the Holy Spirit gave him the revelation that allowed him to write most of the new testiment.

    • EphremHagos profile image


      7 years ago from Addis Ababa

      Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit in his defining death on the cross through "the blood and the water" that poured out from his pierced side signifying the unique death he suffered by which alone he draws people to himself.

      (John 12: 32-33; 19: 30-37; Acts 2; Rom. 6: 1-6)

    • Anjili profile image


      8 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Thanks for sharing your Holy Spirit baptism experience. It goes a long way in providing evidence to agnostics on the reality of a believer's life in Christ. Only those who have been in the heat of things know how hot it really is. Bravo. I hope you keep praying for your pastor's wife.

    • louisxfourie profile imageAUTHOR

      Louis Fourie 

      8 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Thank you all so much for your feedback on baptism. There is a deep hunger in the Body of Christ for the Power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The baptism with fire is a free gift to all who believe. For those still waiting, dont lose faith. It is already yours.

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      8 years ago

      Believe this or not, there are Churches that teach that the Gifts of the Spirit are no necessary or available in this day in time; Deep down I know this is False! I Can't and Will Not Except this as True, I might be an unusual individual who Believes Anything is Possible. This will Never Change, the reason being that God works in Strange and Mysterious Ways; they are Beyond our even Our Best Efforts and Thinking. Knowing this I have nothing to fear and can live totally Free, Leaning on His Every Word!

      I truly Like this HubPage and you are also a Unique Person.

    • louisxfourie profile imageAUTHOR

      Louis Fourie 

      8 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      "I too have been praying fervently for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and had several people lay hands on me yesterday" Stunning, now the great things will happen through you, God bless.

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      Renee S 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I too have been praying fervently for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and had several people lay hands on me yesterday (Sept.27, 2010) and was filled with the Holy Ghost. I didn't fall, but swayed back and forth, seeing flashing white lights behind my closed eyes as they prayed. I didn't get tongues but I am encouraged that I will soon by reading your account. Bless you, my friend. You really have given me some hope that God will do great things through me.

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      hanging out 

      9 years ago

      i am glad you were not able to force it down, the holy spirit is a gift from God that he gives when we stop trying to wrestle it from him, lest we should boast. Congratulations

    • louisxfourie profile imageAUTHOR

      Louis Fourie 

      9 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Thanks for you all, God bless you.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      What a powerful testimony, and yes, the Holy Spirit gives us no fear and the boldness to tell it!! Hallelujah!!

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      His daughter 

      9 years ago

      Bless you, Louisxfoure. It's always great to hear of how the Holy Spirit works in others. We all need to be senstivie to His leading and be willing & cleansed vessels that He can inhabit and work through. Continue building that relationship with Him.

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      9 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Louie thank you for your faithfulness in writing this. I am blessed to hear of your faithfulness to follow Gods direction. I'm excited to read more. Bless you my brother!


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