How to receive the Spirit

“If ye 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 11:13).

This is the promise for every believer. The verse not only tells us about the promise, but also how to receive it. Ask and receive.

The conditions
What are the conditions for receiving?

1. This blessing can only be enjoyed by someone who has been born again.

2. The blessing must be desired. “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6.)

3. Understand what you are seeking. It is not some emotional or charismatic manifestation that should be sought, instead it is imparted perfection. It is the perfection of the perfect God coming into our lives enabling us to walk in holiness and sanctification. It means that we are being “filled with all the fulness of God.”

4. Seek it until it is obtained. The resolution to be filled must be settled, decided and uncompromising.

How to ask
1. Separate from all known evil … (1 Thessalonians 5:22). This means that we must live the way God intended for us.

2. Separate ourselves unto God. It is not enough to be moral. We must be “in” Christ if we are to receive.

3. Believe. Without faith we cannot receive anything from the Lord. In other words, a whole-hearted consecration to God is vital.

4. Do not trust in feelings. Emotions and experimental knowledge are poor evidence of the fulness of the Spirit. Simple faith, independent of feelings is all that is required.

5. Obey God. How can we expect to receive if we are unwilling to obey the word of God? We must have a continuous, unhesitating obedience to all the known will of God.

Once the conditions have been met there is no reason for delay. God can work immediately. Simply trust Him to do it . . . “Whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24.) Then we will find that our usefulness for God will be enlarged, and the joy of the Lord increasing day by day. Thus we shall be changed “from glory to glory” by the Spirit of the Lord.

I take the promised Holy Ghost,
I take the power of Pentecost
To fill me to the uttermost.
I take, He undertakes.