Excerpts from Whispers of the Spirit, Whisper 92, Brenda Rambo
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist proclaimed that I am the One who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. If My baptism with the Holy Spirit was not important, the Word would not repeat this truth in the Gospels and the book of Acts over and over. When the Holy Spirit comes upon your life, He fills you with power from heaven. You need My baptism of the Holy Spirit and supernatural power to walk out your Christian life.
Seek out truth about My Spirit and My baptism, and do not be deceived by the traditions of men. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth concerning My baptism, and your life will forever be changed.
Salvation, your born-again experience, is different from My baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire.
When the Holy Spirit baptizes My children in the Spirit, often there is evidence with supernatural utterance in a language they have never learned; however, that does not occur in every situation.
My baptism brings spiritual fire to the human spirit that hungers for more of Me. As you rest in Me in deep fellowship, the Holy Spirit will saturate your soul in My presence, and My baptism will take you deeper into realms of My glory. (End of excerpts)
Since many pastors have not experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they are unable to teach truth on this important Christian experience. Many pastors even discourage learning more about the Holy Spirit, especially the baptism. The reason the Church lacks power is due to lack of empowerment by the Spirit. It is impossible to go to the ends of the earth with the gospel if you have little to no power to do so. Some missionary boards refuse missionaries if they have received the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. Can you imagine anything so ridiculous as that? Why go to the mission field if you have no power to go?
Denominational pastors/church governance need to repent of their position on the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and spend time trying to figure out what the scripture really says about this blessing. I have often wondered if this could be part of what grieving the Holy Spirit looks like.
Christians who really don’t have any interest in this are usually happy with status quo church and don’t want to be bothered with going deeper. Doing church is not sufficient to take us through the days ahead.
We are long past time for crying out to God, falling on our faces in repentance, and seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord and His Spirit. Our worn out superficial religious experience (not everyone’s) is dead and it is time for something more.
The “more” is the power, baptism and fire of the Holy Spirit.