After I received Christ’s baptism, known as the Holy Spirit baptism or the baptism that comes by fire, I began to tell people what happened to me.
Unfortunately, the first person I told–whose father was a pastor–basically called me crazy (in a loving way) and told me I was feeling guilty for my past sins.
I was floored.
I honestly thought that I could easily share this amazing testimony of how Jesus does a mightier work than man with the idea that every Christian would relate and be immediately excited for me that I had been born again.
Wow, I was completely wrong about that.
I got sympathy votes, strange looks, and flat-out “no, that didn’t happen to you”s. I was shocked. These were Christian people!
I knew the truth. I knew that Jesus sent the fire upon me and burned that sin away. I knew that He put His Holy Spirit inside of me. I now had spiritual gifts that I did not have after getting water baptised. And— I knew that the unbelieving naysayers had no clue.
That’s scary— for them.
However, for me, things were amazing, yet things were also troubling. I was learning that I had a cross to bear among the very people I thought would believe. Once I realized that they were trying to make me squash the truth, I made it my mission to shout it louder.
Jesus still baptises with the Holy Spirit today.
 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. ~Matthew 3:11-12 KJV [Spoken by Jesus’ cousin, John the baptist, to the crowd.]
It is different from water baptism. I knew the Holy Spirit was with me after being water-baptized and I experienced many things with the Lord (e.g. Still small voice of knowing, miraculous healings, audible instruction). However, when I was fire-baptized, I received evidence that went above and beyond. Unfortunately, when sharing it, I was experiencing division.
 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?  But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. ~Luke 12:49-53 KJV [Spoken by Jesus]
Yes, if you have been fire-baptized, take heart when no one believes you or cannot relate. Stay strong because you know the truth. Now stay strong for the journey.
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