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[C H A P T E R 7] TONGUES BEYOND THE UPPER ROOM – GUIDELINES TO RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT BY KENNETH HAGIN

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Let’s talk about why some folks have difficulty receiving the Holy  Ghost, even when they are seeking to be filled. There are many opinions
and ideas out there about how to get baptized in the Holy Spirit—but
the Bible way is always the best way.
I want to start with an important truth that causes many who seek
the infilling of the Spirit to stumble: The Holy Spirit doesn’t speak in
tongues through you.
Look at what Paul says in First Corinthians 14:14: “For if I pray in an
unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
Notice that phrase, “my spirit prayeth.” The Amplified reads: “. . . My spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays ….” God has provided a way for our spirits to pray apart from our understanding.
It isn’t the Holy Ghost doing the praying; it is the Holy Ghost  helping our spirits to pray. He gives the utterance—we do the praying. The miracle of tongues is not who is doing the speaking.  We are the ones doing the speaking. The miracle of tongues is where the tongues are coming from and what is being said.  That’s where a lot of folks miss it. They sit around waiting for the Holy Ghost to do the talking. It is true that the Holy Ghost is the One Who gives the utterance. But it is not the Holy Ghost doing the talking. There is a difference.
Notice also what Acts 2:4 says about this: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost gave the utterance, but the believers did the talking.

They Began To Speak
I remember one conversation in particular that I had with someone who didn’t understand this principle. I was holding a meeting at a church in Texas in December 1950, and a church member decided to write and tell her friend about the meetings. This friend lived further west in Texas and had been seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit for many years. The church member wrote to her friend, “Everyone down here is receiving the Holy Spirit! Why don’t you come visit for the weekend and attend the meetings with me?” So this lady drove down for the Friday and Saturday night services, and both nights I laid hands on her to receive the Holy Ghost without any noticeable effect. That Sunday morning was to be the woman’s last service before she headed back home that afternoon.

I preached that Sunday morning and then turned the service back over to the pastor. As he was making announcements, the church member who had written her friend lifted her hand and interrupted the pastor, saying, “Brother McMullen.” The pastor stopped and  acknowledged her. The woman then related that she had written her friend, who was sitting next to her on the front row, and asked her to come to the
meeting. The church member said, “Brother Hagin did lay hands on my
friend, but I’m wondering if he would lay hands on her one more time. She has to go back now, and she’s so disappointed that she has failed to receive the Holy Spirit.”  The pastor turned to me for my answer, and I said, “Yes, I’ll lay lhands on her.” So the woman’s friend came forward, and I laid hands on her again. I
knew the Holy Ghost came on her, and I knew He gave her utterance,  but she didn’t speak with tongues. However, I didn’t have time to  preach her a sermon; it was already past twelve o’clock and the pastor was ready to end the service, so the women walked back to their pew.
A short time later I was walking through the church parking lot, and I walked by these women sitting in their car. As I passed the car, I could see the look of disappointment on this dear lady’s face who had been seeking the Holy Ghost, and I felt so sorry for her. So I went back and knocked on her car window. The woman looked up at me, startled, and
rolled down the window. I knew exactly what this woman’s problem was. I just hadn’t had time to deal with it in front of everyone at the end of the service. So I asked her, “Sister, do you have your Bible there?” She nodded. I said,

“Well, please open it to Acts 2:4.”
Then before she could get her Bible, I opened mine and handed it to her. I said, “Would you read that verse out loud for
me?” The woman read the verse out loud: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance? I asked, “According to that scripture, who did the speaking
with tongues?” “Why,” she said, “the Holy Ghost did.” I already knew that this was the woman’s problem. She was waiting for the Holy Ghost to speak with tongues for her, but the Holy Ghost doesn’t speak with tongues! So I said to her, “Read that verse again out loud.” So she read it again: “It says, And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’.” I said to her a second time, “Who did the speaking with
tongues according to that scripture?”
She answered, “Why, it says that the Holy Ghost did!” I said, “Would you read that verse again please?” The woman read it out loud a third time, and for the third time I asked her, “According to that scripture, who did the speaking with
tongues?” She said, “The Holy Ghost did.”
I said, “Would you mind reading that verse again? Read it out loud.” For the fourth time, she read: “‘And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak . . .’—wait a minute!” she exclaimed. “It says that they began to speak!” She reached over for her own Bible and checked to see if the verse
read any differently in hers. Then she said, “I thought for sure this verse said the Holy Ghost spoke in tongues! In fact, Brother Hagin, if I had been called on to witness in court and the judge had sworn me in and put me on the witness stand, I would have sworn that my Bible said the
Holy Ghost did the speaking with tongues. And I would have been
wrong!”I said, “You sure would have. But wait a minute, Sister. We don’t establish anything on one verse of Scripture. The Bible says,’… In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established’ [2 Cor. 13:1]. Please turn in your Bible to Acts 10.” Then we read Acts 10:45-46 together: “. . . On the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES ___________ ” Peter and the Jewish believers who came with him heard Cornelius and his household—not the Holy Ghost—speak with tongues!

“Well,” I said, “that’s two witnesses; now let’s read the third one. Turn over to Acts 19.” I directed the woman to read verse 6: “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied!’ “And they spake with tongues. Yes, I see that now!” she said.
Then I said, “I want you to notice that when Paul laid hands on those disciples in Ephesus, it says that ‘. . . the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spake with tongues. . . ! Now, may I ask you another question?” The woman said, “Yes, you may.” “When I laid hands on you a moment ago in church, did the
Holy Ghost come on you?” The woman emphatically replied, “Yes!” I asked, “Did your tongue seem to want to say something that wasn’t English?”
“It was all I could do to keep from it!” the woman exclaimed. “You’re not supposed to keep yourself from it,” I explained.
“You’re supposed to yield to that urge and speak in tongues. Now, if I’m wrong, tell me I’m wrong, but I sense that you have that same inner urge right now. You’re having to hold back and almost swallow your tongue to keep from speaking!” “Yes, you’re right!” she replied. I said, “Well, go ahead and yield to that urge and speak it out.” Just like that, the woman started speaking fluently in other tongues! That woman sat in her car with the window rolled down, speaking in other tongues and having a glorious time in the Lord. And as the other church members walked through the parking lot to their cars, they all heard this woman—who supposedly couldn’t receive the Holy Ghost, no matter how hard she tried— suddenly speaking fluently in tongues and magnifying God! Over the years, I’ve run into this kind of wrong thinking again and again when ministering the Holy Ghost to people. Some people seem to think the baptism in the Holy Ghost is like swallowing a little radio: When the Holy Ghost is ready to speak in other tongues through a person, He just “turns on the radio” on the inside and the tongues come out of the person’s mouth automatically! But that isn’t the way it works. Wrong thinking in any area will defeat you. You have to learn to
think in line with what Gods Word says. And when it comes to speaking in tongues, you can’t find the expression “the Holy Ghost spoke through them” or any similar expression anywhere in the New Testament. The expression the Bible uses every time is “they spoke.”
There is another scripture that proves this point. It’s found in First Corinthians 14:18, where Paul says, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all!’ Notice that Paul did not say, “I thank my God that the Holy Ghost speaks in tongues through me more than anyone else.” No, he said, “I thank my God that I speak…”! Speak as the Holy Spirit Prompts . Here’s something else I want to point out. One day when I was studying Acts 2:4 in other translations, I noticed that The Twentieth Century New Testament translated that last phrase this way: “… [they] began to speak with strange ‘tongues’ as the Spirit prompted their utterances’.’ In other words, the believers had a prompting or an urge to
speak. That’s the reason I said to that woman in the church parking lot, “Did
your tongue seem to want to say something that wasn’t English?” That
was the Holy Ghost prompting her.
You see, the Holy Ghost never makes people do anything. If He did, He’d make everyone get saved today, and we’d all go together into the millennium tomorrow! No, the Holy Ghost leads. The Holy Ghost
directs. The Holy Ghost gives a gentle push. The Holy Ghost prompts. The Holy Ghost urges. But devils and demons drive and force and make people do things.
Just as I told that woman, when you ask to receive the Holy Ghost and then sense the urge to speak words that are not your native language, you’re not supposed to fight that urge. You’re supposed to yield to the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit and begin to speak. In 1951 while holding a meeting in east Texas, I was driving down the street with the pastor, and he pointed out a man who was the choir director of the largest Full Gospel church in that city. However, this pastor told me that the choir director had never been filled with the Holy Ghost, even though he’d attended a Pentecostal Bible college and had been the music director in that church for 21 years. I thought no more about it, but the very next night, I saw this choir director and his wife sitting in the service. I preached about people getting filled with the Holy Spirit without tarrying, which was a new message for this congregation. After the message, I asked for those who wanted to be filled with the Holy Ghost to come forward. I looked over at the music director. I could tell that his wife was trying to convince him to come forward and that he was saying, “Oh, there’s no need for me to go. I’ve been seeking all these years without any success.” Finally, the woman prevailed, and the man came forward. I could tell he came just to please her. I went down the line and talked to each of the 13 individuals in the prayer line one by one before I laid hands on them. The first four or five immediately began to speak in tongues after I laid hands on them. Then I came to this man, who stood there with eyes closed and hands lifted. When I laid hands on him, the word of knowledge began to operate. I knew immediately what part of his trouble was. I said to him, “Open your eyes and look at me.” Then I stated to him, “Nothing in your life would keep you from being filled with the Holy Ghost. You have no secret sin that would hinder you from receiving the Holy Spirit.” The man’s eyes opened wide as he said, “Oooohhh! Do you really think so?” I said, “I don’t think so—I know so.” Later I learned that the devil had so tormented this man’s mind that sometimes he couldn’t sleep at night and would be left with a bad headache for up to three days. Accusing thoughts bombarded his mind,such as, You would already have the Holy Ghost if there wasn’t something wrong with you—some secret sin you don’t even know about. But there is no such thing as a secret sin you don’t know about. The Holy Ghost or your own conscience will tell you. And if your conscience doesn’t tell you anything, don’t try to drag something up! Then I said to the man, “I’ll tell you something else while I’m at it. I will lay hands on you no more than three times, and you will be filled with the Holy Ghost.” Again the man asked, “Do you think so?” I said, “No, I don’t think so—I know so.” “Well, I’ll be back tomorrow night!” he replied. Sure enough, the next night the man was back. This time, his wife didn’t have to encourage him to come forward. He was one of the first ones to get in the prayer line! When I reached the man, he said to me, “Do you still think I’m going to receive the Holy Ghost?” I said, “No, I’ve never thought it. I know it.” “Well, you said you wouldn’t lay hands on me more than three times. Tonight is the second time.” “That’s right,” I said. “The next time is it, then?” “That’s right,” I replied. The next morning, I was kneeling on the platform in prayer during our corporate prayer time. Suddenly I felt someone tap me on the shoulder. I looked up and saw the music director standing there. He stooped over and said, “Do you still think I’m going to receive the Holy Ghost?” I said, “No, no, I don’t think you’re going to receive the Holy Ghost. I know it.” “You said you wouldn’t lay hands on me more than three times without my getting filled. This will be the third time.” I said, “Yes, this is it.” Then he said, “Guess what? I just told my employees, ‘Take over at work. I have to go see Brother Hagin. He said he wouldn’t lay hands on me more than three times, so I’ve decided there’s no use in my waiting for tonight. I’m going over there this morning!'” I said, “Well, just kneel down here by my side.” The man knelt down. I laid hands on him and said, “Receive the Holy Ghost in the Name of Jesus.” The Holy Ghost came on him, and he began to stammer a little and speak a few words in other tongues. That was thoroughly scriptural, for the Bible says in Isaiah 28:11, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people” I said to him, “Brother, that’s it, that’s it! That’s the Holy Ghost giving you the utterance. Grab it like a dog grabs a bone, and run off with it!” What did I mean by that? I meant, “Just lift your voice and talk a blue streak in tongues!” So the man lifted his voice and began to speak at the top of his voice in other tongues. Suddenly he could hear himself speaking with other tongues, and he got so thrilled that he danced all over the platform on his knees! Later I asked the man, “What did I do or say that helped you more than anything else to be filled with the Spirit?” “First, Brother Hagin, you said there’s no secret sin that would keep me from being filled with the Holy Ghost.” Then he told me that the devil had tormented him for more than 20 years along that line. (When a person doesn’t know the Word, the devil will have a heyday with him!)

“What you said released me,” the man said to me. “I went home and I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years! And the second thing that helped me was the fact that you were so positive. You were so full of faith, you convinced me that I was going to receive the Holy Ghost!”
Then the man told me one other thing that helped him. He said, “When I began to stammer a little and say a few words in tongues, I had been to that place at least a thousand times in the 20-plus years I’ve been seeking the Holy Ghost. But someone would always say, ‘Let the Holy Ghost talk,’ and I’d stop to let Him talk—and that would be the end of
it. But you didn’t say that, Brother Hagin. You told me to go ahead and keep on speaking!” I told the man that because the Holy Ghost wasn’t the one speaking in tongues—he was! You aren’t supposed to stop and let the Holy Ghost speak.
You are to speak the utterance He gives you! So if you’ve prayed to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and have had difficulty speaking with tongues, let this man’s testimony help you. Realize that the Holy Spirit has already given you the utterance—now it’s up to you to open your mouth and speak it out!

Drink Until You’re Full!
We saw earlier in John 7 that Jesus likened receiving the Holy Spirit to drinking water:
JOHN 7:37-39
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, LET HIM COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
39 (But THIS SPAKE HE OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus
was not yet glorified.) Later in Acts 2:4, it says, “And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues. . . ” Well, how do you get
full of water? By drinking! How do you get full of the Holy Ghost? By drinking! Jesus invites you to “come and drink.” That means to speak freely with other tongues until your spirit is satisfied!
In First Corinthians 12:13, Paul uses this same analogy of water: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body [that’s the New Birth], whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to DRINK INTO ONE SPIRIT” Just because you’ve had one drink of water is no sign you are full of
water! You have water in you, but that doesn’t mean you’re full. In the same way, it’s one thing to be born of the Spirit, but it’s another thing to be filled with the Spirit. The Bible doesn’t tell you to be half-filled or two-thirds filled with the Holy Ghost. It says to be filled. So if you aren’t full of the Holy Ghost, drink in the Holy Spirit until you get full! How can you tell when you’re full? The one clear answer I know of is found in Acts 2:4: When they were filled with the Holy Ghost, they began to speak! While there are other evidences, the one consistently found in Scripture is speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. Jesus’ invitation is simple: Come and drink—and keep drinking until you get full. But can you drink with your mouth shut? No, just as you can’t drink water with your mouth shut, you also can’t “drink” of the
Holy Spirit with your mouth shut. You have to open your mouth and drink till you’re full. Then when you get full, you’ll start speaking with other tongues, for that is the initial sign or evidence of the Spirit’s infilling. And you can continue to drink a full measure of the Holy Spirit by praying in tongues every day of your life!

Hindrances to Receiving the Holy Ghost
There are some things that can keep a person from being filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in
tongues, such as a lack of faith or a lack of yieldedness. Remember, the Holy Ghost gives the utterance, but the person must do the talking. That means the person must open his mouth and use his
own voice to start speaking. After a believer asks Jesus to baptize him with the Holy Ghost, he needs to quiet his mind and see if he senses the Holy
Spirit giving him syllables or words on the inside. If he doesn’t sense anything, the problem may be a lack of faith. Why?
Because a person must first receive the gift of the Holy Spirit he’s asked for by opening his heart to the Spirit and drinking Him in. When he receives the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost will give him
utterance. In this case, it would behoove that believer to go back and study the five recorded instances in the Book of Acts where people got filled with the Holy Ghost (see Acts chapters 2, 8, 9,
10,19). He should read those verses very carefully, for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).
On the other hand, if that believer does speak out an utterance in tongues—even if he speaks only a few syllables—he
needs to hold on to that utterance and refuse to give up on it. However, he should also expect more to come! The problem in this case is a lack of yieldedness. Therefore, when he’s alone and undistracted, the believer should pray in other tongues. He should start with the utterance he has already received but should determine to yield more and more to the Holy Ghost.
Once when I was holding a meeting in a certain church, a young businessman came forward one night to receive the Holy Ghost. When I laid hands on the man, the Holy Ghost came on him, but all I heard him speak were two words in tongues.The next night when the pastor asked for testimonies from folks who’d been saved, healed, or filled with the Holy Ghost during the meetings, this young man got up and said, “I want to praise God for filling me with the Holy Ghost last night.” Then he sat down.

The next night the pastor once more asked for testimonies. Once again this young man got up and testified, “I want to thank God that two nights ago when Brother Hagin laid hands on me, I received the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues.” At the next evening service, the pastor once again asked for
testimonies, and once again the young man jumped up to testify. But this time when he jumped up, I thought he would go through the ceiling! He said, “Folks, three nights ago the Lord baptized me with the Holy Ghost, but I spoke only two words. “Because my family has been staying up late every night to attend
the services, I’ve been coming home from my business at lunchtime to
take a 30-minute nap every day at noon. But these last two days, I haven’t been able to take my nap.” The young man went on to explain why he hadn’t been able to take his midday nap. The day after I ministered to him, he was trying to go to sleep when the devil started whispering to his mind over and over again, “You didn’t get anything last night
when you asked to be filled with the
Holy Spirit.” The man said out loud in reply, “Yes, I did.” The enemy answered, “But you didn’t speak with tongues.”
So the young man rose up, got his Bible, and opened it to Acts 2:4. Then he said, “Mr. Devil, in case you can’t read, I’ll read it for you. It says here, ‘And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.’ Last night I began to speak with other tongues, so I have
received the Holy Ghost. I spoke two words, and that is a beginning!”
The next day this young businessman came home at noon again and ate a little lunch. Then he went to his room to lay
down for a nap. But once again, he couldn’t sleep because the devil kept saying to his mind, “Now you’ve testified about being filled with the Holy Ghost, but you’re NOT filled! Let’s hear you talk in tongues.”

The man couldn’t speak more than those two words in tongues. Then the devil said to his mind, “See? You didn’t get
anything!” But once again the young man rose up and opened his Bible. He said, “Mr. Devil, in case you can’t read, I’ll read it to you!” Then after reading Acts 2:4 to the devil again, the man said, “I know I spoke only two words, but that’s a beginning. I began to speak with other tongues, so I’m filled with the Holy Spirit!” Then the young man said to us, “At noon today, I tried to take a nap again, and the devil started saying the same thing he’d been saying to me for the past two days. So I got up and opened
my Bible and read Acts 2:4 to him again. I said again, ‘Three nights ago, I began to speak with other tongues, so that means
I’m filled’ Immediately after I said that, I started laughing at the devil. And before I knew what I was doing, I was speaking
fluently in other tongues! So I spent the rest of the time praying in the Holy Ghost!” You see, this young man had received the Holy Ghost. It was just a
matter of his learning how to yield to the Holy Ghost. So, you see, when he yielded to the Holy Ghost’s prompting to laugh at the devil in faith, that helped him yield to the Holy Ghost to pray in other tongues!
It’s so important for a person to stay in faith as he learns to yield to the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, he’ll fall back into unbelief and think, Well, I just spoke a couple words, so I didn’t really receive anything. The devil likes to use doubt-filled arguments like that to bind up a believer so he can’t enjoy the benefits of the infilling he’s already received.
I’m telling you, you’re going to have to learn how to answer the devil with
the Word if you’re ever going to amount to anything in the Lord! Someone might say, “Why, I can’t rebuke the devil! I’m scared of him!” But if that’s what you’re saying, you’ve already let the devil take you captive. You’ve already played into his hands, for the spirit of fear is of
the enemy. The devil will always bring up the same old arguments because he
doesn’t know any new ones. He will try to talk you out of what God’s given you, but you can always whip him with the Word! So if you’ve only spoken a few words in tongues, hold on to that utterance in faith and keep speaking out those words you’ve received. Certainly that’s the Holy Ghost, for He said, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people” (Isa. 28:11). I like what Donald Gee, the famous British preacher, said about people who stammer a word or two of tongues when they first get filled with the Holy Ghost. He likened this situation to a whistling teakettle. As the water in a teakettle starts to get hot, every now and then the teakettle will let out a little whistle. But you don’t take the teakettle off the stove when it just starts to whistle. You keep it on the burner until it’s whistling long and loudly and giving off a steady stream of steam. Only then do you pour out the hot water to make tea! In the same way, if you’ve spoken only a few words in tongues, it’s important that you don’t stop there. Keep speaking with tongues until out of your innermost being a steady stream is flowing out of your mouth and you enter into the fullness of God’s blessing!

Don’t Look for Outward Actions
Too often we try to judge spiritual things by fleshly standards, deciding what a person has or has not received from God according to how they act outwardly. Let’s say three people come forward to receive the Holy Ghost. One of them receives and just stands there speaking very quietly with other tongues. Another receives and also speaks with tongues, but he gets so happy he runs up and down the aisle. The third one speaks with tongues and dances a little jig for joy. Then he cries and hugs the people around him. The next day someone asks those who were present, “What happened at the service last night?” “Well,” someone says, “three received the Holy Ghost, but two of them really received!” But the truth is, the two who showed more outward emotion didn’t receive any more of the Holy Ghost than the person who only spoke quietly in other tongues. I learned a long time ago that you can’t tell what is in a book by looking at the cover. You also can’t tell whether a person has received the Holy Ghost by his outside actions at the moment— unless it’s speaking in other tongues. Sometimes people just get stirred up emotionally, shouting and carrying on and making a lot of noise, and it doesn’t mean a thing in the world. Of course, other times a display of outward emotion is a result of a true spiritual experience. But whether or not a person has truly

received from the Lord is not determined by his outward emotions; it is
determined by his heart.
Are You ‘Good Enough’ to Receive the Holy Ghost?
Years ago I was holding a meeting at Brother and Sister Goodwin’s church, who were also our close friends and fellow ministers. After one
of the morning services, a denominational woman came over to Brother Goodwin and me and said, “I want you to pray for me. I’ve come to
understand that I need to be filled with the Holy Ghost.” Brother Goodwin replied, “Well, there’s never a better time than now!” She said, “Oh, no, I just want you all to pray for me, but I couldn’t receive right now. I have some more digging to do.” She meant that she had more praying and preparing to do before she could be ready to receive the Holy Ghost. Brother John Osteen was also present at the meeting and was standing nearby. Brother Osteen came from the same denominational background as this woman, and he knew where she was missing it in her thinking.
“Well, now, Sister,” Brother Osteen said, “aren’t you saved?” “Oh, yes.” “Aren’t you a blood-washed, born-again child of God?” “Yes.” “Do you believe that if you were to die this minute, you’d go to Heaven?” “Why, yes!” she replied. “I know I would.” Brother Osteen said, “Well, then, Sister, if you’re good enough to go to Heaven, you’re good enough to have a little more Heaven in you! You don’t have to do any more praying. It’s the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses you from all sin. It’s the blood that made you worthy to receive the Holy Ghost. It isn’t anything you did! It’s the blood of Jesus that made you a new creature!”Well, this woman saw what Brother Osteen was saying to her. Then Brother Osteen, Brother Goodwin, and I prayed for that dear lady, and she almost instantly received the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues!

Too often Christians make the same mistake this woman made, thinking there is something they have to do to be worthy enough to receive what God already promised to give them. Or they get on the negative side of being filled with tongues and talk themselves out of what they already have. This is what you have to get established in your heart: When a child of God asks in faith to be filled with the Holy Ghost, our Heavenly Father is not going to refuse his request. And when someone receives the Holy Ghost, he will receive the Bible evidence of that gift. All he has to do is yield to the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in faith, not allowing himself to speak in his own native language. As he does, he will speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives him utterance! So open your mouth, and drink deeply of the Spirit. Keep drinking until you’re full. Then speak out the utterance He gives you. Don’t let the devil or anyone else—including yourself—talk you out of what God has already given you. There is a whole new dimension in God to explore after you receive the Holy Spirit!

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