God is willing to pour His Spirit out upon every human being. It is the power of God in our lives that brings us to repentance and willing to walk in His path. It is His power in us that causes us to do His will. How do we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives? Let's study some of these verses and become enlightened as to who may receive and how we may receive His Spirit.
Upon young and old
Joel 2:28 "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."
Christ the Giver of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire."
Bestowed in Answer to Prayer
Luke 11:13 "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.?
Through Waiting Upon God
Luke 24:49 "And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
Empowered for Service
Acts 1:8 :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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Personal Cleansing Precedes
Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
God is more willing to give us His Spirit, than we are to give good gifts to our children. I love to give my children good gifts and God is more willing than that to give us His Holy Spirit. What a promise! The Holy Spirit will be given in answer to prayer, so we must ask for this Gift and patiently wait upon God to bestow it upon us. We also must be ready to receive Him, by a cleansing of the heart and mind in repentance of our sins and a turning away from them. God wants a pure temple to
fill with His Holy Spirit. God is holy and wants us to be Holy too. 1 Peter 1:16 "For it is written, 'be ye holy for I am holy'" How are we holy? By confessing our sins and repenting of them and letting Christ reign in us by His Holy Spirit. It is a daily habit of turning to God first thing in the morning and asking for His presence in our lives throughout the day and letting Him guide us by His Spirit all through the day. May that be our plea, to be filled to overflowing and letting others know what a wonderful life we can have in His presence. Grandma Joan