How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 44 Pages | Published 2002

This brief booklet walks a person through the main obstacles to speaking in tongues, and shows how each one can be successfully overcome. It is down-to-earth, practical and biblical, and in it Mark Virkler shares the struggles he went through before he was able to speak in tongues. Some were theological issues and some simply practical issues, like the fact that if I am going to speak in tongues, I will need to speak. Otherwise, nothing happens.

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This brief booklet walks a person through the main obstacles to speaking in tongues, and shows how each one can be successfully overcome. It is down-to-earth, practical and biblical, and in it Mark Virkler shares the struggles he went through before he was able to speak in tongues. Some were theological issues and some simply practical issues, like the fact that if I am going to speak in tongues, I will need to speak. Otherwise, nothing happens.

Practical, Biblical, Spiritual, Clearly Laid Out and Easy-to-Understand = Breakthrough!

Four views on the value of speaking in tongues are presented, and you are encouraged to develop your own understanding of the biblical view. Also included is a chart comparing the three baptisms in the New Testament: the baptism into the body of Christ, the baptism into the Holy Spirit and baptism into water.

Finally, there is a brief theological overview of the three different workings of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life:  the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer at the point of salvation, filling the believer when he is yielded to Him, and erupting into an overflow up and out of the believer in the baptism in the Holy Spirit. These three works of the Holy Spirit are explored biblically, then compared in chart format.

Practical, biblical and spiritual are the three key words to describe this booklet. This teaching will free you from rationalism and release you into Spirit encounter. You will find it life-changing! Pass copies out to your friends. Use them in home Bible study groups or Sunday school classes. We have priced it inexpensively enough for you to give it away to those hungering for such an experience. We recommend it be given at the altar to those seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit and as a congregational handout when you are teaching on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Our goal is that everyone seeking the evidence of speaking in tongues, receives it. This tool is designed to ensure that happens. We have seen people who have sought for the gift of tongues for over a decade immediately receive by reading and applying this book.

Question and Answer

Mark,

You mentioned in your story about receiving tongues that it took some time to get it down right and a year before you spoke in front of anyone in tongues. My question is that how long did you think it took before you felt fluent? Did you stumble over yourself for a while and how long? Did you keep thinking you were repeating the same thing over again? And because of these things all going on in your head how long did it take before you felt you were not making it up?

Thank You,
Hungry and Searching

Response back:

Dear Hungry and Searching,

Well, it doesn’t need to take you as long as it took me. I am not even sure how long it took me as I received the gift of speaking in tongues 40 years ago. Here is how you can shorten the awkward phase as you begin speaking in tongues:

Give your mind something to do which facilitates the process, rather than sitting there in judgment of the process.

So I tell my mind, “You do not need to judge each syllable to try to determine if it is a language or not” (not that my mind even has the capacity to perform such a function).

Instead, I want you to picture the throne room as John did in Revelation 4, and see the multitude worshipping before His throne, and then picture us entering in with them in worship to the King Who is seated upon the throne.”

Now my mind is facilitating the spiritual encounter of worshipping in tongues, and the flow of tongues expands more quickly and easily. Try this for several days and see where it takes you.

Testimonies Concerning How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

"I believe this book will be used greatly to: 1) open hearts of rational Christians to the possibility they have been deceived and kept from entering into the abundant supernatural life promised by Christ, 2) bring mature understanding regarding the work of the Holy Spirit to the charismatic and pentecostal movements, and 3) help answer the question, 'I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, now what?' I also expect it to be an excellent tool to aid in bringing seeking Christians into Holy Spirit baptism and the gift of tongues.
 -- Joe Allison CEO, Exec. VP, GTi Products Inc., Intercessor with Reformation Prayer Network/Healing Tree International


"This booklet will help the average believer allow the Holy Spirit to baptize him and to release him in the gift of tongues, which is, practically speaking, a foundational gift that helps one get released in and operate in all other gifts of the Spirit. Dr. Virkler's experience of speaking Portuguese as the Spirit released him in the gift of tongues is fascinating, and as always, the principles seen in Scripture of letting go of the rationalistic control of one's mind and flesh and of tuning to Spirit-flow while stepping out to speak in tongues are very helpful."

-- Dr. Gary Greig Founder - Kingdom Training Network

Journaling About the Value of Speaking in Tongues

From Lyle Thomas: Just had a powerful time of prayer in tongues. It almost always takes me to a higher level in the spirit, so I want to make it more regular, and I am really glad I am training myself to go longer each time. Today was 19 minutes. I suddenly burst into tears when praying about our marriage, and the family (at least that is what I was thinking about and feeling like what I was praying about).

What do you want me to know about all this, Lord? Lord, what do you want to say about tongues as a means of drawing closer to you?

"You see its benefits, yes? I am teaching you through these benefits the power of the flow of my spirit. In many ways this is the training ground for the ability to walk by the spirit in general. For when you can release the creative flow of my anointing, then you can release the power of my presence in a given situation. In this way, your devotional life and your walking life will merge more and more into a unified whole. Do not beat yourself up over the pace of change. Rejoice in the natural seeds of hope that are popping up as you begin to walk in this reality. You will not need to make yourself walk by the spirit the more you flow in the spirit. This is naturally supernatural. It is the way of the Master."


 

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Got Me Over My Hump

As I sought to apply these principles concerning speaking in tongues, I did the following journaling.

There's no place I'd rather be than right here with You, Jesus. Thank You for turning off the music [here at the club] today. Speak to me, and fill my heart with Your words, Your thoughts, and Your heart.

I love worship. Worship is the stuff of life. It is the essence of all true living because it is about connecting with the source of all life and of all salvation and connecting with love, and your created heart. I bless you for worshiping Me this morning, and I am filling you with Myself, even though you don't always feel it. You are right that all of life should be about living in the flow of My spirit, and that is a great revelation to have.Yes, it is not so easily done, but you have grasped something powerful, and you will grow into it. Keep following Me and My leading, and I will fill you to overflowing.

Speak to me about tongues, Lord. I first of all just want to have a confirmation in my spirit about what is really true about it. Don't want my mind to figure it out, but for You to give it to me in accordance with Your Logos.

Tongues are about connecting with My spirit too, and about connecting with My heart which can flow through you in new and powerful ways when you can connect to that river within. It is a non-rational way of connecting to Me since it involves a part of you that does not normally flow. So I give them to My people for their edification so that they can be built up in the ability to flow with Me and how My Spirit is moving through them in love, in encouragement, and in sanctification.

Then why do I resist them?

You don't resist them, you only resist being forced into a box and a way of doing things that you are not used to. You love Me, and your spirit is in tune with Me, but you are not used to flow in this way with Me, and it is uncomfortable, for you, so you do not like getting outside of your comfort zone. It is normal, but it is a part of your growth curve that you need to step out and come with Me in the flow of My Spirit. I don't want you to do anything that is not of Me, but I also want to push you to receive in a new way the flow of My Spirit within you. I am in you and flowing at all times, and your job is only to recognize it and flow with it. It is at once simple and yet takes practice, because you have not been as in touch with your spirit as you can be. I am in you, and I am flowing rivers of loving living water, that can overflow your heart with praise and encouragement and sanctification for building you up in love for Me. This is what it is about, and I want to fill you even more. I know it is uncomfortable, but that is what you must pass through to go to another level of living in Me. I love you, and I only want what is good for you. I love you like a son, and so I do not ask bad things of you.

I don't want to make it up. I don't want to have it be me. I want You to overwhelm me with Your Spirit that makes me know it's You. Wouldn't that build me up in faith?

Not in the same way that stepping out in faith, and see Me lead you by the hand does. When you step out, not fully knowing what is going to happen, then the results can be even more dramatic and amazing then would have happened had I just taken you there supernaturally. It's still a supernatural process, but it requires you to step out first and receive, than just have Me force Myself on you.

It's not force, I invite You.

Yes and no. You are not really inviting Me when you ask Me to force Myself on you, are you? It's like a stubborn child that wants to be given everything and yet does not want to earn it.

Earn it?

Of course it's a gift, but it's a gift that you have to actively want it; you have to reach out and take it. If you don't tap into the flow of My Spirit, then giving you a big zap will not teach you how to tap into that. Do you want the tap or the zap? Zaps fade, but the tap leads to deep reservoirs.

So I just have to repent of stubbornness. Man, even that is hard.

Stubbornness has a way of being that way, doesn't it?

Is there anything behind the stubbornness that I need to know about?

Nope. It's pretty simple today. Are you trying to buy time?

Yes. Can I have an hour?

I'm here when you are ready.

I'm back. You know, I feel like I am changing my identity, from a non-tongue-talker to a tongue-talker. That's a big deal to me.

What's your real identity? You are My child. That's all I look at. This is no small thing, but it is no big deal to Me. You are the same to Me. You are just My son.

The Christian world sure makes a big deal of it.

They sure do, for they are all caught up in appearances. They do not look at the heart of man, and that is where I focus. You must be this way, as I am. Look at the heart of the matter, and don't be fooled by appearances. One man's tongue is another man's talk. It's nonsense in reality. I just want you to follow Me and the flow of My Spirit. I love you and will give you only good gifts. My Spirit is a good gift.

OK. I repent. It's time to let go and confess that I have been stubborn. I wanted things my way, but You are so gracious in letting me take my time and reason with You through it all. I want Your way above all ways. I want Your Spirit above all else. I want Your river to flow through me, and so I will submit my tongue to You, and by Your grace, every part of my body and soul.

Speak it out, son.

[a few minutes later - after speaking forth in tongues, in faith]

I feel totally exhausted, like I could lie down here on the floor and go to sleep. Is this from my workout, or something spiritual going on?

Yes, you have worked hard, My son, and it is not all from your workout. I have been purging you of things that you don't even need to know about. You are being cleansed for a new work ahead. I have been in surgery, and you are responding well to the treatment. Take care of yourself today, and rest well. I'll be calling on you to find out how it is going.

Thanks, Doc. I'll go home now, then.

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