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“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16)
Some Christians think the Holy Spirit sometimes goes on a break, or takes a recess just because at such times they don’t “feel” His presence. You don’t have to “feel” God to know that He’s with you. Rather, you ought to know that He’s with you always, because the Word says so. Jesus said, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). Sadly, some have reduced their experience of Christianity to the carnal realm of feeling, and that’s wrong, for we walk by faith and not by sensory perceptions (2 Corinthians 5:7).
That you did something wrong won’t make the Holy Spirit leave you. Remember, you weren’t made right with God because of your own righteousness, it came because God gave you His righteousness. Thus, His presence with you isn’t dependent on what you did right or wrong, or the way you feel; His presence is dependent on His infallible Word! That’s the reason He’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Don’t consider what your feelings tell you. As long as you haven’t willfully rejected Christ and His sacrifice of salvation for you on the Cross, the Holy Spirit cannot and will not leave you!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, Uncategorized tagged by admin
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38)
Jesus’ ministry began in full when He received the Holy Ghost. Prior to His baptism at the Jordan, there was no record of Him performing any miracles. It was after He received the Holy Spirit that He went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38).
The Holy Spirit enables us for the miraculous; Jesus Himself testified that “the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10); He was referring to the Holy Spirit in Him. It was the Holy Spirit who brought all the power into Jesus’ life.
Now, for us who are born again, we’ve been anointed with the same Holy Spirit for good works. Romans 8:11 lets us know that the same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead lives in us today; He vitalizes, enables and energizes us for good works.
This is why in Matthew 10:8, the Master said, “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils.” Like Jesus, you’ve been anointed for good works; in your sphere of contact, you ought to be doing good, healing all that are oppressed of the devil, for God is with you! Hallelujah!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“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 Judea, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8)
Literally, “power” means the possession of controlling influence, superiority or authority. In the Bible, two different words are translated “power” from the original Greek writings. The first is “exousia,” and the second is “dunamis.” Our focus today is on the second.
Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” “Dunamis” translated “power” here refers to divine energy, might, strength for wonderful works, or miracle-working ability. It means inherent power, or the dynamic ability to cause changes. This power is what you received when the Holy Spirit came to live in you! This means, you can do supernatural things because you’ve got power to effect changes.
Now that you’re born again, Christ lives in you, and He has empowered you for the transcendent life. He’s given you the spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You’ve been filled with dynamic ability to cause changes; this power will work anywhere, and under any circumstance, but you’ve got to stir it up. When Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift of God in him (2 Timothy 1:6), he was referring to the power of the Holy Spirit. You stir up that power when you pray in tongues, and you release it by declaring God’s Word!
Stir up that power now, speaking in tongues and declaring the Word in faith. Hallelujah!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
In our opening scripture, the Apostle Paul was writing to the Ephesian church which was already acquainted with the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. So he wasn’t telling them to receive the Holy Spirit afresh, but that they should be continually filled with the Spirit.
In Acts chapter 2, when Peter and the other believers received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, simultaneously. But they continued to experience other times of infilling. An account is recorded in Acts 4:31: “…when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” This wasn’t referring to the Apostles alone, but all the other believers with them.
A Christian who has received the Holy Spirit without experiencing this continual infilling will live an ordinary life. The Apostle Paul lived an extraordinary life because he understood the importance of being constantly filled with the Spirit. To the Church in Corinth, he said “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all…” (1 Corinthians 14:18).
You can get yourself filled with the Spirit today as you speak in other tongues, study the Word of God, and give yourself to it in meditation. Ephesians 5:19-21 show us more ways: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”Holy Spirit, Uncategorized tagged by admin
“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited” (Isaiah 54:2-3).
That anointing causes everything you do to grow and expand, and makes your experience in life characterized by constant increase and expansion in an extraordinary way. That anointing makes everything you do multiply far above what you could ask, think, or imagine.
God’s desire is that you recognize this anointing and let it function in you and through you. Philemon 1:6 says, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
“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 dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11)
When you receive the Holy Spirit, His presence in you vitalizes your physical body. Your body therefore has the capacity for divine health, and that’s reality. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; He lives in you with all of His glory and power.
In 2 Corinthians 6:16, God says about His people: “…I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” First, He says, “I will dwell in them,” that means settle down, or make His headquarters in you. This happened when you received the Holy Spirit to live in you. Then He continues: “…and walk in them.” “Walk,” there, is the Greek word “emperipateō,” which means to perambulate: to walk up and down in a supervisory way, as an official assigned to a border would. That official keeps moving up and down that border, to see if there’s been a breach, so he could fix it.
The Holy Spirit does this inside you: He perambulates in you, and if anything goes wrong in your physical body, He’ll fix it; and if He needs to renew it, He’ll renew it. Hence no sickness, disease, or infirmity should have the power to ravage your physical body. Glory to God!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8)
As Christians, not only have we been divinely mandated to preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15), we’ve been endued with power from on high to function effectively as fervent souls winners. We’ve been made able ministers of the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul being mindful of this said, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). We’ve been divinely enabled to manifest the Kingdom-life and show forth the unsearchable riches, graces, excellence and manifold wisdom of Christ through the preaching of the Gospel. This charge is for every Christian, not for a select few!
You ought to be afire for the Lord, with your heart burning hot with the Good News. You have the Holy Spirit, and He has already enabled you for the task, so all you need do is to go ahead, open your mouth and speak! You’ll be amazed at the gracious and powerful words of wisdom that’ll proceed out of your mouth.
Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Hallelujah!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isaiah 10:27).
When we first started out in the ministry, those who came to us – those we ministered to and won to Christ – were those who some other Christians thought were carnal, broken, dejected or too lost to be transformed. But we had something, the anointing, and that made the difference. Today, the stories of all those that came to us have changed, and these are the ones doing great and mighty things for the Lord all around the world.
In Isaiah 32:15, the Bible says “Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.” The Holy Spirit brings the anointing into your life and makes you productive. He turns your wilderness into a fruitful field; He causes water to spring up from your desert.
With the Holy Spirit, your experience will be that of productivity, growth, increase, expansion and progress in every area of your life, and a bursting forth on every side. Also, the anointing imparts authority to your words and brings grace into your life, causing you to walk in divine favour. Things just fall into place for you; failure, poverty and defeat become separated from your life. That’s the effect of the anointing!Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:27)
Having received the Holy Spirit, every Christian has an inner guide within. David referring to Him said in Psalm 23:2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” He is your controller from within; He leads you, guides you and tells you what to do such that you don’t need a code of conduct to do what’s right. He’s within you, guiding you in specific steps to take, specific thoughts to think, and specific things to do. As the Psalmist says, “…He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).
There’s a force of wisdom and righteousness at work in you now, because the Greater One lives in you! He guides and instructs you from within – in the paths of righteousness – propelling you to do right and fulfil the will of God for your life. You don’t have to despair for your future because the one who knows everything about everything is in you.Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit tagged by admin
“And the Spirit of LORD will come upon thee, and thou shall prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man” (1 Samuel 10:6)
The importance of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the Church can never be over emphasized. Jesus and the Father are in Heaven but the Holy Spirit is with us here, and He reveals the Father and Jesus to us. You can’t live an effective Christian life except through the Holy Spirit. No wonder the Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they were endued with the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:4). They needed the power of the Holy Ghost to be effective witnesses of the Gospel of Christ.
The apostle Peter, who in timidity and fear, denied Jesus before a young girl, became so bold after he had received the Spirit. When the opportunity came to testify about Christ, he boldly preached the Word and won about three thousand souls to Christ at once: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). The Holy Spirit made the difference in his life!
The same Holy Spirit is all you need for a successful and fruitful journey in your walk with God and through life! He’ll make the difference in your life if you’ll learn to recognize Him and walk with Him! He’ll take you all the way, and become to you what you need Him to be!