TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 2017
TOPIC: ASPECTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
TEXT: Luke 11:13 “So if you sinful people 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….”
There are many different expressions for the baptism Of the Holy Spirit… being baptized in Holy fire…. endued With power…. Anointed With the Oil of God…. immersed in the spirit…. filled With the spirit, walking, praying, living in the Spirit….. Our bodies being temples Of the Holy Spirit….. having another Comforter besides Christ Himself. These are sketches, but color and details have to be added. The Bible is the picture gallery Of the Holy Spirit in operation: it portrays signs, wonders and miracles… men looking as if they had been With Jesus… The world turned upside down… people coming to know the lord, enjoying a new experience.
Not just religious enthusiasts, churchgoers — but a new breed With vibrant faith. Do you not enjoy having vibrant faith percolating in you!
Paul says that ” Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together With Christ, (by grace ye are saved;). and we are strengthen With all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering With joy” . The Lord Jesus Christ promised that we would receive power. I compare baptism Of the Holy Spirit to a household appliance that comes With a built-in electric cord. Unless you plug that cord into the source Of power, the appliance does not function. All its potential is there — it may even carry a famous brand name but it must be connected to the power for it to achieve its purpose. As recipients of God’s free gift of salvation, we have been ‘brand named’ as His children …so now, let us come Off the self-reliance, or the closet Of timidity and allow the Holy Spirit to energize us by His power.
As born again believer, you are special. You are a saint in His eyes, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for you. Jesus alone made it possible when he died, rose and ” sat down at the right hand Of the Majesty on high”.
What a gift! Receive that gift today! You Will never be the same again.
Numbers 2; Ps.36; Eccl. 12; Philemon 1