In both the Old and New Testaments, you can read about the Holy Spirit displaying the most unusual things! After people began to praise their God, He shook buildings; during the day of Pentecost, he came with a mighty, rushing wind! A “tongue of fire” even appeared on the heads of the believers! What I am trying to say is that when the Holy Spirit arrives, He shakes things up! (take a look at Acts 2:4 and 4:11). What I mean is that people and things do not remain the same!
John the Baptist preached,
“I am baptizing you with water. But soon, someone more powerful than me is going to come, and I’ll tell you what, I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (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 fire began burning in me back in 1979, and hasn’t burned out yet!
That is exciting! But why are so many believers hot one minute and then cold the next? Is it that they are never entirely yielded, never sold out? Is it because they refuse to let Jesus baptize them with the Holy Ghost?
Jesus explained that “The [Holy Spirit] comes to convict the world of sin, to show it what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it” (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 their hearts? My friends, He is God’s plumb line. Anything that doesn’t measure up to Christ, he reveals — and He convicts and empowers us to conform to his Word! (And I can assure you that when this happens, it is not pleasant). He becomes our Comforter as He convicts us of sin and 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 are 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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