When John had finished explaining the plan of salvation to Irma, I asked him if I could borrow the New Testament that he had in his hand. And I used it to talk to Irma about the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
I told Irma, “There is one more thing you need from God. You need the baptism in the Holy Spirit.”
I began to walk her through John’s Gideon New Testament with scriptures on the Holy Spirit. Scriptures such as Jude verse 20, “But you, beloved building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”. I said “Irma you can see how important that building yourself up in the Holy Spirit is cant’ you?” She agreed it was important. John said nothing, he just listened.
Next I went to 1 Corinthians 14:4, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church”. I explained to Irma that speaking mysteries to God means “teach or instruct” and again Irma agreed it was important.
I proceeded to read 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For one that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not to men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; however in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
Next I read her Romans 8:26-28, “26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
I explained to Irma that when we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit helps us to pray the perfect will of God for our lives. She agreed that praying God’s perfect will was important!
Then I read Irma Acts chapter 2:1-4, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
After reading each of these verses, I would explain to Irma what the benefits of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit was, (remember now, that John [the Baptist gentleman] is sitting between us and taking in each scripture).
Then I explained to Irma that I wanted her to pray the following prayer, asking Jesus to baptize her in the Holy Spirit. Before reciting the prayer, I turned to John and asked him, “John have you ever asked Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” John replied, “No, I haven’t.” So I said,“John, you need to pray this prayer also.” I then led John and Irma in the following prayer:
“Jesus I believe that you are the one Who baptizes men in the Holy Spirit, I see in the scriptures that you filled the disciples with Your Holy Spirit, and that You gave them utterance, You gave them words in a language that they did not understand.”
Then I told John and Irma, “When I lay my hand on you, I want you to speak out, but not in English. I want you to speak whatever syllables that come to your mind, speak them out of your mouth.”
When I laid my hands on Irma, she spoke out in tongues immediately and fluently. When I laid my hand on John, he was much more reserved and when he spoke, he spoke rather quietly, but he spoke in an obvious tongue.
When we arrived in Seattle, John and Irma disembarked from the plane with the rest of the passengers. I waited until the passenger in the rear of the plane disembarked, so I could get my luggage, which the stewardess had stowed in the overhead behind me.
When I disembarked from the plane, both Irma and John were waiting for me. They both thanked me very heartily. Irma said, “This is the best airplane trip I have ever taken. Thank you so much.” John asked for my business card, and said that he wanted to stay in touch.
And that is the War Story that I shared in last week’s Chapter meeting of the new Marysville Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in Western Washington State.
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