In both the Old and New Testaments, you will find the Holy Spirit displaying his presence in the most unusual ways! He shook buildings. People began to praise him—in new tongues. At Pentecost he came with a mighty, rushing wind! Fire flamed out from the heads of the believers! When the Holy Spirit comes, things get shaken up (see Acts 2:4 and 4:11).
John the Baptist preached, “I’m baptizing you here in the water. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out” (Luke 3:16).
Wow! My friends, the Bible makes it very clear: When Jesus comes to you, he wants to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire! The Holy Spirit brings fire—a red hot, consuming love for Jesus.
That is exciting! So why are so many believers hot one minute and then cold the next, never totally yielded, never sold out? Is it because they refuse to let Jesus baptize them with the Holy Ghost?
“When [the Holy Ghost] comes, he will convict the world of its sin” (John 16:8). Could it be that these believers aren’t convicted because the Holy Spirit hasn’t been invited to take his rightful place in them? He is God’s plumb line. Anything that doesn’t measure up to Christ, he reveals—and he convicts us and empowers us to conform to his Word! Truly he becomes our Comforter in this, because as he convicts us of sin, he empowers us to forsake it. That is true comfort!
The Holy Spirit will never make you do anything stupid—as a matter of fact, he won’t make you do anything. But I’ll warn you, he may come upon you in such a way that sinners think you’re drunk! In fact, some churches won’t welcome him in because he will be too noisy, too upsetting, too unpredictable!
Well, he might be, but then again, he will empower you to victory and joy. Learn to give him full reign . . . and remember to give him all the Glory!
Father, you have told prisoners, “Come on out. You’re free!” and those huddled in fear, hiding in the darkness, “It’s all right. It’s safe now.” Because of your Grace and Power we will feed along the pathways and will find pasture even on the barren heights. We will no longer hunger or thirst, and the scorching heat of the sun won’t strike us, because our compassionate One will guide us and will lead us to springs of water (Isaiah 49:9-10)
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