Friday, March 04, 2011

Baptized in the Holy Spirit

“Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I am – so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1: 8)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the source of personal transformation and power. What self-development literature calls the power of the subconscious as the agent of personal transformation is what Christian authors recognized from the New Testament as the power of the Holy Spirit in personal transformation. The Holy Spirit is the immanent reality within us that expands our potential in everything. How to tap fully into this power is the biggest secret in the world. But it is as easy as ABC. It is as free as air. Yet the consequence is more powerful than TNT.
The Holy Spirit comes to the soul that desires Him with all his heart. Add prayer and a heart and soul that is free from unconfessed sin and you get the entire requirement that is needed.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Gathering with Christ

“Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather in with me throws away. And so I tell you, every human sin and blasphemy will be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And anyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but no one who speaks against the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit will be forgiven either in this world or in the next.” (Matthew 12: 30 – 32)
There seems to be two positions in Christianity:
• Gathering with Christ
• Throwing away the harvest
There is no middle course. You gather with Christ, when you dwell in Him and allow Him to dwell in you. This is Jesus’ own condition for bearing much fruit. He says:
“I have chosen you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last.” (John 15: 16, 19)
Our answer should be:
“I will bear witness to you in the world, O Lord. I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers.” (Psalm 17: 50; 21:23)

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Voice that speaks in court

"17 But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. 19 When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. 20 For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you."
One of my own favorite titles for the Holy Spirit is The Voice that speaks in court. I have experienced the help of the Holy Spirit again and again in my life in circumstances that resemble court. I have come to trust Him to inspire in such situations. Now that I know that He helps us in very tight situations, I do not leave things to chance. If I anticipate a sticky situation, I ask my Friend, The Voice that speaks in court to help me. He never fails.