The Spirit

flower-15701_640Acts 11:16: And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

Here Peter was trying to view his experience through the glasses of the word of God and not, as some do, try to impose their own experience on it.

Many do not speak in tongues so they impose on the scriptures what their experience says. Many know people who are pious and serving God but who do not speak in tongues so they come from that experience and make the scriptures conform to that experience, rather than seek to conform to scriptures. Your experience can be a lie but the word of God is true.

Some may say that tongues have passed, ceased in the first century. They go on further and declare that those who speak in tongues are under the influence of demons. They quote Paul who says that in the last days people would yield to seducing spirits and doctrine of demons (1Timothy 4:1). But they neglect the words of Jesus that we should be careful about blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:14-20, Matthew 12:24-25).

Jesus said this when some people, in a bid to discredit him (as these people try to discredit speaking in tongues as a part of the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit) said that he casts out devils by the chief of demons, Beelzebub.

And Jesus added that a sin against the Holy Spirit does not have forgiveness. He noted: “If through thee finger of God I cast out devils, then the kingdom of God has come near to you,” referring to the means with which he cats out devils, the finger of God, the Holy Spirit.

In a way saying that the supernatural is an expression of the kingdom of God. So because something cannot be explained by logic does not mean you should ascribe it to Satan because that borders on blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

If some people have their way, the gospel will just be about getting some knowledge, knowing the right things, but the gospel is also about a spiritual experience, it is more than a mental experience.

The Holy Spirit marks things with the divine presence, he marks us as being God’s possession. Paul said that we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, separated to God, made his own (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is also as our helper (Romans 8:26-27). He has something to do in our lives right now. He manifests in our lives, bringing to bear the work of Christ. He applied the work of Christ to our hearts bringing us to the place of manifesting the glory of God.

Without him our words do not have power, they make no impact. Paul was adamant about not coming to the church of Corinth with words of human wisdom but the demonstration of the Spirit and power. There is nothing quite about a demonstration, nothing neat about it. A demonstration is a display of the spectacular.

Paul cared more for the demonstration of the power of God than for the exposition of scriptures. He said to the church in Corinth: I did not come to you with the excellence of speech, of human wisdom, but the demonstration of the Spirit and power so that your faith does not lie in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24). So, he consciously walked in the supernatural.

We should be careful in the church of Jesus Christ that in the bid to be word-based, instruction-based, we leave out the operation of the Holy Spirit, the sheer unpredictability of it, the experience of heaven, the pulling down of the hand of God to make the people on the earth recognise the supremacy of God.

When there was doubt in Israel about who to worship, either God or Baal, what settled it was a display of the supernatural, no long exposition or explanation. First there was the cessation of the rain for some years, then the coming of fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice laid by Elijah the prophet of God, while the prophets of Ball, regardless of how much they cried or cut themselves did not get a response from their God. All Israel thereby said: the Lord, he is God (1Kings 18).

The presence of the Holy Spirit makes all the difference. The disciples were instructed to wait for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in power in their lives before they manifest themselves to the people in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as the witnesses of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). They were not to go into the midst of the wolves of the earth without supernatural endowment, in infusion of strength, faith and power of God.

In the focus verse, Peter said that he remembered what Christ has said, and he was able to act appropriately in the situation. That means if we do not put his word in our minds (remembering it), then we would not please him.

Paul said that we need to have the word of Christ dwelling richly in our hearts (Colossians 3:16). If we allow the word to dwell in our hearts then we would do the right thing.

If we do not connect appropriately with the word of God we would not be able to connect appropriately with others. Paul said we need to have the words of Christ dwelling richly in us so that we will overflow in the same in blessing to others.

The experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit should always be connected to what is written in the word of God. We should not have a spiritual experience out of the orbit of the scriptures. That is a trap.

There can be no church without the Holy Spirit. It is with the presence of the Holy Spirit that Christ becomes alive in each of us.  God is in you by the Holy Spirit. You are a carrier of God, carrier of light. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the presence of God. He manifests as the glory of God. He moves in to bring the will of God to pass.

The bible says that no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God (1Corinthians 2:12-21). That is why the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is encouraged (2Corinthians 13:14), because it is through him we get to walk with God.

Though we do not see God, we sense Holy Spirit, and are led by him (Romans 8:14). That is our right as sons of God. The manifestation of Jesus as Son of God was by the Holy Spirit, from his conception to his miracles and his death and resurrection, the same with us (Romans 1:4).

It is by the presence of the Holy Spirit that we have God in us. We do not just go to about with human wisdom, the Holy Spirit becomes in us the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-2), we do not go about with our power, the Holy Spirit, the supernatural one, doing stuffs through us.

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2 thoughts on “The Spirit

  1. Those who do not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them do not belong to God, plain and simple. God bless you:)

    So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:8-14

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  2. Reblogged this on thinklikegodthinks and commented:
    It is obvious that the Church has failed to appreciate the enormity of John3:3-6. And so numerous Christians live carnally because we do not have a revelation of the discussion between The Lord and Nicodemus. Matthew 22:29
    Also, in general we have failed to appropriate the awesomeness of what happened to a Christian at the point of salvation – POS.
    1. The manifestation of the Spirit ushered us into a Life in the Spirit but the experience was bottled up because the ministers and leaders too failed to live upon this foundation. Acts 2
    2. Our life as Christians onwards needed to be lived in accordance to John 3:5. In other words, our operational philosophy should emanate from the Kingdom of God and not from the world system. That is, we are supposed to be under the full control of the Holy Spirit ….Eph 5:18. Every time a believer is not under the full control of the Spirit he/she defaults to the mindset and lifestyle of their unbelieving self. So they make decisions in the flesh, controlled by the flesh and when they get a flesh driven result, they cry foul, why God? 1Corinthians 2:14
    3. The ultimate reason for the Godhead sending the Holy Spirit to indwell the believer, therefore, is to migrate us from the world to the Kingdom. In Luke 5:1-5, notice how the Apostles migrated by leaving their well paid professional job. The goal is to develop the believer into a man/woman of the spirit. Such a one is constantly full of the Holy Spirit, full of faith and full of integrity. Acts6:3-5, Acts 11:22-24, Acts13:1-3
    4. To attain this level, requires a paradigm shift in our relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. Life in the spirit is the sum of = walk in the spirit + work in the spirit + think in the spirit + live in the spirit. This can only be attained when there is a daily pre-occupation with one’s purpose for life.
    5 Lastly, a believer who desires such a life has to stimulate spiritual growth by establishing a spiritual presence, constantly refreshing his/her human spirit every 1hour or as convenient in the beginning. This refresh takes the form of chatting with Holy Spirit, expressing love to the Godhead, discussing issues for solutions, engaging in a Q&A on matters, deferring decision and choices until He has spoken or instructed, eulogising through worship and thanksgiving. This is the price to pay to become a man/woman of the spirit.

    From then onward, the Holy Spirit takes full control and life in the spirit has just begun!

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