Reacquainted with the Holy Spirit (Part 2)
31 Dec 2017
We need to be reacquainted with our unseen partner, who is the Holy Spirit. The church has not taught enough about Him, which is why many people do not understand the importance of the baptism of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost is not like the cartoon ghosts many of us have seen on television; He is God, Himself, functioning as a spirit. We are coming into a time when we will see things come to pass that we cannot explain according to our natural abilities, and we will have to attribute it to the Holy Spirit. Soon, He will re-introduce Himself to the world, and even people who previously did not believe in Him will acknowledge that He is real. We are preparing to move into the supernatural realm, where we will see things happen by God’s Spirit. He will remove the frustrations of life, and give us a peace that passes all understanding.
- The Holy Spirit leads and guides us, teaching us what we need to know.
- The Spirit of God and the grace of God, working together, result in the spirit of grace. This spirit will guide us into all the truth of God’s grace.
- There will be things we did not deserve or earn that we will receive, because the Holy Spirit wants to hear us declare, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
- Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
- Religion has allowed us to think we accomplish things through our own abilities.
- We will not need the Holy Spirit when we get to heaven. His function and purpose is to guide us while we are still on the earth, living with physical minds and bodies.
- And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
- Here, Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit.
- And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts 1:4, 5).
- Baptism by water is distinguished from baptism by the Holy Spirit. If we receive this second baptism, we will see amazing things in our lives.
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit only comes after we are born again.
- And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:16, 17).
- Jesus was baptized in water, but then another baptism took place by the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not perform any miracles before this event; He waited for the Spirit before moving into His ministry.
- Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).
- Jesus received the Holy Spirit into His life, which was what allowed the Spirit to guide Him. The Spirit was preparing Jesus for what He needed to do with His ministry. It is the same for us; the Holy Spirit knows exactly where we should go and what we should do.
- We have all been given gifts. These gifts are not for us, but for someone else we will encounter as we fulfill God’s purpose for us. The Holy Spirit shows us how to use our gifts.
- But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
- For a long time, religion has misled people about what true power really is. It is the ability to get the job done.
- The word “baptize” comes from a Greek word meaning total immersion. Baptism by the Holy Ghost gives us supernatural power that is not ours.
- Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:14-17).
- The experience of the baptism by the Holy Spirit is seldom discussed. Many people are afraid to talk about Him because of a lack of understanding.
- The “spooky” things we see in church are not the Spirit, but the actions of people who do not understand how to respond to Him.
- When the Holy Spirit of truth comes, He will come to convince us that sin has finally been dealt with, to convince us of righteousness, and to convince us that the devil has already been judged.
- So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Hebrews 9:28).
Acts 1:4, 5
Matthew 3:16, 17