READER SEARCHES FOR BAPTISM
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Gail Ramsey
Dear God! How can I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Your Son, Tim
Dear Tim, When you ask for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God's
Word promises that you will receive it: "And I say to you, ask, and
it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be
opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any
father among you, will he give him a stone? Or it he asks for a fish, will
he give him a serpent instead of a fish? If you then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly
Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:9-13)
Tim, The Holy Spirit will give you utterance as you give Him permission,
and allow Him permission, and allow Him to pray through you. Boldly speak
out loud those words and syllables you receive, not in your own language,
but the language given to you by the Holy Spirit. It's just like a baby
learning to talk. But God won't force you. You'll have to open up your
mouth and use you own voice.
Dear God! What is karma? And how does a person get "good
karma" as opposed to "bad karma?" Still searching, Shelly
Dear Shelly, Stop searching.
Karma, one of the building blocks of Eastern mysticism, is the "law
of the deed" of sowing and reaping. Karma is connected to Transmigration
(reincarnation), and defines the results of sin and the rewards of good.
According to karma, wrong actions inevitably produce punishment, good actions
their reward; and salvation consists of doing good in excess of evil in
order to evolve to the highest state through successive incarnations. This
highest state is called "Enlightenment," "God-consciousness,"
or "self-realization." According to this belief system, there
is no sin, no supernatural intervention, and no God. Heaven and hell are
not accepted concepts. Each person bears the entire responsibility for
his actions, and continue on through successive incarnations until he reaches
union with the Divine, and actually becomes God. Lord, give me grace and
Gail Ramsey, an ordained minister, portrayed the role of Susan Moore
on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She had other roles on the TV programs
Mike Hammer, Generations and California Dreams. Today, Ramsey leads Semeion
Ministries, where readers can write her at PO Box 77, Renoldsburg, Ohio