When the Holy Spirit comes on you, a damp squib, a WlNh-out, will become a stick of dynamite. The impossible Will become possible.
I Samuel 8:4 tells us that Israel wanted a King:
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a King to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
Samuel was displeased, that the people did not recognize the LORD as their King. When the people of Israel persisted, the LORD let them have their desire.
The Bible says there was a man in Israel called Saul (1 Samuel 9:1-2), whose duty was to look after his father’s donkeys. Taking care of sheep is one thing, but taking care of donkeys? What a job! He was given this work by his father, Kish, who evidently thought Saul was useless.
And he didn’t even make a success of that job. He managed to lose two of his father’s donkeys. So he took a servant and went to look for them. After combing the entire territory of Benjamin without finding the donkeys, Saul wanted to return home. But his servant said (verse 6):
“Look in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”
Saul agrees and the story continues in verses 15-21
Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel: “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel, for their cry has reached me”… Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?” “I am a seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart. As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and all your father’s family?” Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”
When Saul heard that Samuel was talking about him the leader of Israel he just listed all the reasons why It Couldn’t happen: his tribe was the least in importance, his family the lowest-ranked in that tribe, and he was the most unless member of his family, which was why he was a donkey boy. “Oh prophet,” he would have said. “How can I be a King, with my lack of ability?”
But once again we see the same answer to an impossible situation. In 1 Samuel 10:6, Samuel says:
“The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”
Did you know that when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you become a different person? In my own life I have proved the truth of this.
Today I preach before thousands. But if you had met me before I became a Christian you would have noticed a vast difference. I could not have stood up to speak even to two people. I went to a school in which medium of instruction was Telugu not English. I could not even put together a simple sentence in English before I was born again. I spoke Telugu and Kannada fluently, but no other language.
Then in 1983, I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ Within a week I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came upon me, I became a different person Today I stand before thousands of people and preach the good news. And this former Telugu medium schoolboy even went to England to preach to the English people.
Whenever I meet former classmates of mine they arc staggered at the change in me. They ask what has made; mt such a different person. They are right – I am a different man! It happened when the Holy Spirit came upon me.
We read the story of Samson, a judge of Israel, it Judges chapter 13. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Samson was muscular. The great strength for which he is famous stemmed from the Holy Spirit coming upon him. In chapter 14:5 we read:
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring towards him. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor mother what he had done.
When the young lion came roaring towards Samson h tore it apart so easily not because of his own strength, bu because the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.
When the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, if your enemy the devil is getting at you, or you face massive problem,
you will not turn and run. In the might of God’s Spirit, you Will march straight up to the problem and tear it to pieces!
It is time that the church of Jesus Christ roared back at (He devil. The devil has roared for long enough. Problems, sickness, poverty – all these scourges have intimidated the child of God like lions. Let’s not run away, but face them with a roar and tear the enemy into pieces!
But I can almost hear the familiar question: “How can I do that, Rambabu?”
You will roar back at the devil when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and the power of the most high overshadows you. When Samson returned to the spot where he had torn the young lion apart, he found a swarm of bees and some honey in the lion’s carcass (Judges 14:8).
Just like the honey in the lion’s carcass, when you roar back at the enemy in the power of the Holy Spirit, you will tear the problem apart and from the problem will come a blessing for you.
In Judges Chapter 15, the Bible says that Samson Clucked the Philistines viciously and slaughtered many of (him to get vengeance because they had burned his wife and father-in-law to death. Then Samson hid himself in a cave. We read in verse 9-11:
The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi. The men of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight us?” “We have come to take Samson prisoner,” they answered, “to do to him as he did to us.” Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cave in the Rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize Ihat the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?”
When Samson looked at 3,000 Israelites coming toward him, he must have thought his people were coming lo support him because they recognized the anointing on his life and would stand with him against the enemy, the Philistines. But sadly that was not the case (verse 12):
They said to him, “We have come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”
Here was a man anointed by the Holy Spirit. But instead of backing him up, instead of standing with him, they were ready to give him over to the enemy.
Friend, when you see an anointed servant of God, stand by him, support him, and never work against him.
Samson made them swear that they would not kill him themselves (verse 12). Though there were 3,000 of them, they hadn’t have the guts to arrest Samson without his permission. They knew that he had the anointing of the Holy Spirit and if they turned against him, he would tear them all to pieces.
Play with fire, play with electricity, play with a nuclear missile, if you like. But don’t play with an anointed servant of God. God backs him up. This is illustrated in verses 13-14:
“Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock. As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came towards him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.
When the enemy saw Samson bound they came shouting. They thought they’d get Samson at last and would kill him. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and the ropes melted like wax. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you, every bondage that is binding you will melt like wax. Even though you think it is Impossible, that rope of sickness will melt like wax. You will break the rope and be free.
A man of God in Canada called John G. Lake went as I missionary to Africa. He found plague rampant in the whole region. Thousands were dying, but nobody would bury the dead bodies for fear of catching the deadly disease. John G. Lake started to pick up the dead bodies and bury them. The medical team there saw him burying the dead without taking any preventive measures, such as wearing gloves and a mask. The doctor urged him to get a dose of vaccine, or he would die. But John G. Lake said: “I have a vaccine which you do not know about. The bacteria cannot touch me.”
Then he asked the incredulous doctors to take some fluid from the body of a plague victim and to check that the causative bacteria were present under a microscope. After they had confirmed this he asked them to put it on his hand. They were reluctant, but did so at his insistence, and at his request, once again checked this fluid under the microscope. To their utter surprise they found that as soon as the bacteria touched his hand they died.
John G. Lake said: “I have the protection of the Holy Spirit”. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you every rope of the devil can be broken.
Samson’s powerful feats continue (verses 15-16):
Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. (verse 15)
Samson did not have a sword nor any kind of weapon. All he found was a small jawbone of a donkey. But with it he killed one thousand Philistines. And then he sang a song.
Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” (verse 16)
The “jawbone” in the hands of an anointed man can be a mighty weapon. Christian life is not a religion. It’s not about going to church every Sunday. It is a supernatural life. I know my God is real. The thing I value most after my salvation is the anointing in my life. I’d make any sacrifice to keep it. The people I minister to are not blessed because of who I am, but because of the Spirit of the Lord upon me. Otherwise what can I, a mere man, do? I would also be a damp squib, unable to roar back at the enemy, without the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in Zechariah 4:6:
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit’ says the LORD Almighty.
You need only one qualification to receive this power in your life – you must be born again. You don’t have to be a perfect Christian, otherwise no one would get it.
The Holy Spirit is not for strong, but for weak people. If you know that you can’t live a victorious life in your own strength, and that you need the Holy Spirit, then you are the right person to receive Him. He will come upon the imperfect and make them perfect. If you are someone who lays “I’m a strong person, I have a strong will and 1 can do It myself,” then, my friend, the Holy Spirit is not for you.
Peter was not perfect. Neither was Thomas, John nor any of the other disciples. But the Holy Spirit came upon them and built them up. You only need to be born again. Believe that Jesus loved you and so in your place took the punishment for your sin and died. Believe that he was buried but after three days rose again from the dead. Repent of your sin, invite Jesus into your heart and He will come in.
Once you are a child of God, you can receive the Holy Spirit. This experience is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “Baptize” is not a religious word. It simply means “immerse”. When you immerse yourself totally in water, the water comes “on” you. Similarly, when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, he comes “on” you. Salvation is the Holy Spirit “in” you. Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power from above. That means you receive power from above only after the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
You may ask, do I have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to go to heaven? The answer is no. If you have opened your heart to Jesus, that is enough to take you to heaven. But if you want to be an effective Christian, you need the power of God.
So how can you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
My friend, don’t think of the Holy Spirit as shapeless. The Holy Spirit is a person. He has hands, legs, nose, eyes and feelings. He is not formless. He is Jesus himself.
Now, how many Holy Spirits are there? One or two? Please do not get confused, there is only one Holy Spirit.
Steps to receive Baptism of the Holy Spirit:
1. If you are born again, remember that the Holy Spirit is in you. 1 Corinthians 6:19.
3. Remember that there is only one Holy Spirit and He is already in you since you are born again. So you do not receive another Holy Spirit when you are baptized by the Spirit but the same Holy Spirit who is in you will flow out of you and come upon you. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not from outside to inside but it is from inside to outside. John 7:37-39.
4. You receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith not by feelings. Gal 3:2. So don’t seek feelings. If they come, let them come, but we don’t run behind them. Our faith is in the Word and not on feelings.
5. Do not doubt saying perhaps I might receive an evil spirit. Mat 7:9-11.
6. Whenever the Holy Spirit flows out of you, he always flows by imparting a language known as speaking in tongues.
7. So right now open your mouth and praise Him. As you start praising Him aloud, now say in the name of Jesus, I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
8. Now stop talking in your language or saying hallelujah. But open your mouth and loosen your tongue and begin to speak any strange sound you get in your mouth. Speak it aloud, speak it bold and that strange tongue is called as speaking in tongues, which is the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
From “Dare to Win” by P.S. Rambabu. All rights reserved by the author. Reproduced here with permission of the author.