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what does baptism of the spirit feel like?

The thread title says it all. What does it feel like? I'm fairly certain I experienced it a few months ago, before I was water baptized (I don't know if that matters). I had some doubts about my salvation, and then that night I was praying and the concept of grace just hit me, like the biggest A-HA moment of my life. I felt really humbled and happy, and I just felt a whirlwind of emotions. My faith has been strengthened since then, despite some difficulties. I just wonder because most people close to me spiritually are either calvinists or undecided on the issue of Spiritual gifts, so I haven't ever been taught about those things. I haven't spoken in tongues ever, and I do not have any of the spiritual gifts that I can tell.
Would anyone mind explaining what your experience was like and how your life changed afterward?
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It actually doesn't have feelings attached to it. The Holy Spirit comes in and indwells our spirit. Our emotions are part of the physical body, and that is not where the Holy Spirit dwells. We receive the baptism in the Spirit by faith. If we trust in feelings, we are not receiving the Holy Spirit. What is flesh is flesh, and what is Spirit is Spirit.

Here is how we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives.

1. We believe it is God's will for us.
2. We ask Him to come in.
3. We receive Him into our spirit.
4. We confess that we are baptised in the Spirit.

This is the path of faith. We take these steps because they are supported by Scripture.

Once His indwelling is settled by faith, we will then have experiences as the Holy Spirit affects our hearts, minds and emotions. We don't go looking for experiences or emotions. We leave those to how the Holy Spirit wants to work with us.

The Scripture says that the just shall live by faith. This is very simple. It is merely believing the Word of God and acting on it. No emotions or feelings are necessary. Obedience is not an emotion or an experience. It is an act of the will on the basis of our belief in God's Word.

Whatever is not of faith is sin. Dependence on feelings there is sin.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Therefore, if we trust in feelings we are not pleasing God. We are barking up the wrong tree.

But when we determine that we are going to be obedient to what God tells us in His Word through actions determined by our will, then we are pleasing God, and then any experiences or feelings that He wants us to have will be bonuses brought about by His love, care, and grace.
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The link below and it's cited references may help you.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit - Theopedia, an encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity
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Originally Posted by tripletiger1200 View Post
The thread title says it all. What does it feel like? I'm fairly certain I experienced it a few months ago, before I was water baptized (I don't know if that matters). I had some doubts about my salvation, and then that night I was praying and the concept of grace just hit me, like the biggest A-HA moment of my life. I felt really humbled and happy, and I just felt a whirlwind of emotions. My faith has been strengthened since then, despite some difficulties. I just wonder because most people close to me spiritually are either calvinists or undecided on the issue of Spiritual gifts, so I haven't ever been taught about those things. I haven't spoken in tongues ever, and I do not have any of the spiritual gifts that I can tell.
Would anyone mind explaining what your experience was like and how your life changed afterward?
My understanding of scripture, as opposed to my former Pentecostal understanding, is that a believer is baptized and filled with the Spirit and given access to every spiritual gift the moment he/she receives Christ (see 1 Cor. 12.12-13; 2 Peter 1.3; Eph. 1.3). To teach, as Pentecostals do, that it takes a crisis experience of some kind in order to receive “all (ALL) things necessary to life and godliness” and “every (EVERY) spiritual blessing” is counter to the teaching of Christ and the apostles. The only mention of a “baptism of the Holy Spirit” found in the Epistles is the mention by Paul in the verse in Corinthians (above). According to him, we are baptized in the Spirit at the very moment we become members of the Body of Christ (i.e., at conversion).

So, whatever you felt at the moment you received Christ is what you feel when you were baptized into the Body of Christ. You don’t have to wait, or tarry, or fast, or pray, or become sanctified, or clean up your back yard or anything else to receive anything Christ has for you. You already have them and have had them from the day you received Christ.

Now use what the Spirit has given you.

~Jim
Christianity without signs and wonders is just another religion. ~John Wimber
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My understanding of scripture, as opposed to my former Pentecostal understanding, is that a believer is baptized and filled with the Spirit and given access to every spiritual gift the moment he/she receives Christ (see 1 Cor. 12.12-13; 2 Peter 1.3; Eph. 1.3). To teach, as Pentecostals do, that it takes a crisis experience of some kind in order to receive “all (ALL) things necessary to life and godliness” and “every (EVERY) spiritual blessing” is counter to the teaching of Christ and the apostles. The only mention of a “baptism of the Holy Spirit” found in the Epistles is the mention by Paul in the verse in Corinthians (above). According to him, we are baptized in the Spirit at the very moment we become members of the Body of Christ (i.e., at conversion).

So, whatever you felt at the moment you received Christ is what you feel when you were baptized into the Body of Christ. You don’t have to wait, or tarry, or fast, or pray, or become sanctified, or clean up your back yard or anything else to receive anything Christ has for you. You already have them and have had them from the day you received Christ.

Now use what the Spirit has given you.

~Jim
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Originally Posted by Optimax View Post
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Boy, is that the truth.


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My understanding of scripture, as opposed to my former Pentecostal understanding, is that a believer is baptized and filled with the Spirit and given access to every spiritual gift the moment he/she receives Christ (see 1 Cor. 12.12-13; 2 Peter 1.3; Eph. 1.3). To teach, as Pentecostals do, that it takes a crisis experience of some kind in order to receive “all (ALL) things necessary to life and godliness” and “every (EVERY) spiritual blessing” is counter to the teaching of Christ and the apostles. The only mention of a “baptism of the Holy Spirit” found in the Epistles is the mention by Paul in the verse in Corinthians (above). According to him, we are baptized in the Spirit at the very moment we become members of the Body of Christ (i.e., at conversion).

So, whatever you felt at the moment you received Christ is what you feel when you were baptized into the Body of Christ. You don’t have to wait, or tarry, or fast, or pray, or become sanctified, or clean up your back yard or anything else to receive anything Christ has for you. You already have them and have had them from the day you received Christ.

Now use what the Spirit has given you.

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I don't know what form of Pentacostalism you experienced, but I can promise you, I went through no "crisis", no fasting, no work of any sort, except some Bible study on my own and a 30 second prayer to ask for what I read in the Bible that I could ask for. And it was given to me.
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I felt an undescribable feeling for over a week when I was saved.
I was prayed for two months later and after that knew I could pray for someone and see them healed.
Some time in between these two events I started praying in tongues.

I can not tell you when I was baptized in the spirit so can not tell if there was anything to mark it, my guess would be when I was saved and believed .
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