14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” (Acts 8:14-24 NKJV)
I have heard many people sing gospel song after gospel song and pray prayer after prayer asking the Lord to anoint them with His Holy Spirit or to fill them with His Holy Spirit. I have seen all kinds of displays by people trying to convince others that they really want to be endowed with the genuine power of the Holy Spirit of God. Some have given enormous amounts of money to churches. Some have shouted long and hard in worship. Some have served in churches faithfully and have genuinely been good people.
However, they have not done one thing that the Lord has required or commanded of them to do with regards to receiving His Holy Spirit.
- They have not changed their way of thinking. Their thoughts are still of an earthly sensual nature (Romans 12:2). They have not repented.
- They have not believed the Gospel of the Kingdom of God for they have not obeyed His Holy and Eternal Commandments (Mark 1:14-15.John 3:36, John 14:15).
- They have not been baptized in water by submersion in the name of Christ Jesus as instructed by God through Christ and His apostles (John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12, Galatians 3:27).
Yet, they want the promised gift of God (The Holy Spirit) that is promised to His obedient children who have truly repented of sin and of their rebellion against His Eternal Laws and who demonstrates their belief in His Gospel by obeying His commands.
So, you can ask God for the promised Gift of His anointing. But how about doing what God says to do first before making any demands upon Him (Matthew 6:33, James 2:18).
“The Holy Spirit is given as God commands and not as we demand.”
Obedience is evidence of our belief in God and God rewards obedience with His promise.
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)