Last Sunday night, we had several teenagers and adults, "baptized in the Holy Spirit." How do you know this? They begin to speak in another language that was given to them by God. It's the first, initial, physical sign.
The bible talks about a second experience that we can have with God, after we start a relationship with him.
It's an experience of God's power, but it is also an experience of God's presence, where we are touched by God.
When I start my relationship with God - His spirit comes into my life. Let's use a metaphor - he comes into my living room. To think that God's spirit lives in me us just awesome and incredible!
When I am filled with the Spirit (which is a synonym of being baptized in the Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit not only is in my living room, but goes into my bedroom, my bathroom, the basement, every area of my house.
I do not need this experience to start a relationship with God.
I do not need this experience to arrive in heaven and have eternal life.
I do need this experience to live the Christian life to it's fullest.
Being filled with the spirit helps me fight my tendency to sin in my life.
It's like being at the fair, and playing the game where there are several popping objects in front of you and your challenge it to see how many of them you can bop down in the time allowed. Things just keep popping up.
We fight the "flesh" on a daily basis. Somedays are more difficult than others, but each day we need to walk in the spirit.
What a wonderful tool God has given us to live for him!