Step Two: Decide You Want The Holy Ghost
Once you have examined your motives and you know that you can approach God with the right reasons and right motives for wanting this gift – then the next step is to decide if you really want this gift.
This may sound a bit redundant, but it isn’t. The gift of the Holy Spirit is only for those who want to go all out for God. It is only for those who are willing to put the pedal to the metal for God.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:1-2)
One accord in one place depicts two things: 1) A desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit 2) And unity, which is the right atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move. To be filled with the Holy Spirit, decide you want Him and create a conducive atmosphere for Him to come whether at church or at home during your personal prayers.
If God is going to allow the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon you, He is going to want you to do something with it. God has a specific plan and destiny for each person’s life. If God fills you with the Holy Spirit, it’s because you are going to have His power available to you to do what He wants you to do with your life.
If you are not willing to be used by God for whatever He wants to use you for in this life, then the power of the Holy Spirit is just going to be wasted and He will more than likely withhold this gift from you. Again, this is another reason why God may not release this gift the first time someone asks for it. This person does not really understand the ramifications and responsibility that comes with receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirt upon a believer is not exclusively for speaking in tongues. Jesus said to His disciples: “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)
Many Christians, after realizing the responsibility that comes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, really do decide not to press in because they know they cannot give God a full and unconditional commitment to fully serve Him.
Decide you want the Holy Ghost today.