Friday, January 4, 2019

You need the SPIRIT Holy Spirit Baptism

There is one thing that the unbeliever
cannot receive from God, and that is the Holy Spirit. It is reserved
for those who are born again. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to
those who do not just believe in Him, but who obey Him. The Holy
Spirit is the Spirit of Christ that He gives in those who love Him.
The Holy Spirit is the COMFORTER, “the Spirit of truth, whom the
world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him” John
14:17. The Holy Spirit is the PRESENCE of Jesus Christ, WITH the born
again believer. Jesus said to His disciples:”But the Helper, the
Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will TEACH YOU
ALL THINGS, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to
you.”John 14:26.
The Holy Spirit was only given after
Jesus had been crucified, resurrected and had ascended to heaven. It
was given on the day of Pentecost, to the first followers of Jesus,
the disciples, who had followed Him and had been taught by Him. We
read about it in Acts 1 and 2. When the Holy Spirit came on them
“they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”Acts 2:4
Many of the crowd that witnessed it thought they were drunk, but
Peter explained to them that it was the fulfillment of the prophecy
that was spoken by the prophet Joel. When they asked Peter what they
should do, ”Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of
you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of
your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For
the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off,
as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40And with
many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them,
saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”
It was also the fulfillment of the
words of John the Baptist who said:”I baptize you with water for
repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I
am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy
Spirit and fire.”Matthew 3:11.
After the day of Pentecost many of
those who believed, repented and were baptized in water, also
received the gift of the Holy Spirit in the same way, with the
evidence of and ability to speak in tongues. All those who received
the baptism in the Holy Spirit, that we read of in the book of Acts,
started speaking in tongues. Jesus Christ never changed, the Holy
Spirit never changed. Even today those who receive the baptism in the
Holy Spirit also have the ability to speak in tongues.
It was also the fulfillment of the
words of Jesus as recorded in Mark 16:15-18. “He said to them, “Go
into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He
who has believed and has been baptized will be saved; but he who has
disbelieved will be condemned. 17“These signs will accompany
those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, THEY
WILL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES; 18they will pick up serpents, and
if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;
they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The promise of the baptism in the Holy
Spirit is for ALL who believe in Jesus and who repent and are
baptized in water as Peter also said:.“For the promise is for you
and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord
our God will call to Himself.”Acts 2:39.
Many claim to have the Holy Spirit but
they are only deceiving themselves. Others have been deceived by
preachers that tell them that the gift of the Holy Spirit has ceased.
Jesus never changed, He is the same, yesterday, today and for ever.
He still baptizes in the Holy Spirit, but there are preconditions to
receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and those are very clear:
you must repent and be baptized in water for the
forgiveness/remission/pardon of your sin. You have to earnestly seek
Jesus, stop sinning and live Holy. You must have a earnest desire to
follow Him. We see that the disciples who first received the baptism
in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they were all in the
upper room of the place where they were staying, “They, all with
with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His
brothers.”Acts 1:14.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit does not
just HAPPEN. You need to go after Jesus, be serious, seek Him with
all your heart, obey His teachings, repent and be baptized, devote
your life to Him, seek Him in prayer. It is also not something that
we deserve, we are not entitled to it but Jesus gladly gives it to
those who love Him and obey Him. It is also not a guarantee of
salvation, it is a GIFT but it is PROMISED to all who OBEY Him. Many
do not want the gift, and Jesus will not force it on them. Others
want the gift but they have no desire for Jesus and therefor they do
not receive it. Many have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
They can speak in tongues but they do not follow Jesus, they do not
seek Him, they are unholy, sinful, live as enemies of Jesus. They
think they have a guarantee of salvation because they once received
the gift and they can speak in tongues. Jesus never takes back His
gifts. His calling and His gifts are irrevocable, but those who do
not follow Him and do not bear good fruit will get cut off and
burned, they will end up in hell, if they do not repent. That is why
Jesus said that:“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord,
did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons,
and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will
declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU
You need the Holy Spirit baptism. You
need the PRESENCE, COMFORT, HELP and GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit.
That is“the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations but is
now revealed to His saints. 27to whom God has
chosen to make known among the
Gentiles the glorious riches of
this mystery, which is
CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.”Colossians
1:26,27. The Holy Spirit is CHRIST DWELLING IN YOU. It is what Jesus
was talking about in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and
keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved
by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
and also in verse 23 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and
My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode
with him.”
The Holy Spirit is not just a token
from God. Jesus said:13“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He
will GUIDE YOU INTO ALL THE TRUTH; for He will not speak on His own
initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will
disclose to you what is to come. 14“He will glorify Me, for He
will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15“All
things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes
of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:13-15.
The born again, Holy Spirit filled
child of God is led by the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul wrote in
Romans 8:9 “you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed
the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the
Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” He further writes in
verse 14: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these
are sons of God.” They are the children of God. You need the Spirit
of God, that the world, the unbeliever, cannot receive, you need to
be led by and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be able to be
see and be fruitful in the kingdom of God. Further, you have to SEEK
and FOLLOW the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If you disobey the Holy
Spirit and grieve Him, He will leave you. He will discipline you if
you go wrong but “the LORD said, 'My Spirit shall not strive
with man forever,'”Genesis 6:3.
You NEED the Holy Spirit, but you can
only receive Him if you OBEY Jesus, REPENT and be baptized. You need
to clean your house, clean your heart, your life, of all sin and
unholiness, before He will come and dwell with you. The Holy Spirit
does not dwell in a filthy temple. Once you have received the Holy
Spirit, you must stay pure and holy, sin no more. Paul wrote “Do
you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God
dwells in you? 17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will
destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you
are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16,17. Many children of God who were once
filled with the Holy Spirit will end up in hell because they grieved
the Holy Spirit and defiled His temple. If they do not repent and be
holy, follow and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they will be
cut off and burned, they will end up in hell.
You need to earnestly desire to follow
Jesus, seek Him in prayer, seek Him, fellowship with Him, His
guidance and presence, to know Him, hear His voice and be pleasing to
Him, not just for salvation and to skip hell, but to be with Him and
be part of His kingdom. Then He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit,
He will reveal Himself to you. If you turn your back on Him, keep on
disobeying Him, deny Him, then He will deny you also, you will not
enter the kingdom of heaven and you will be cast into hell, even if
you have received the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit, ALWAYS
until the end, to follow and obey Him for eternity.
Jesus warned that those who blaspheme
the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Many believers, religious
people, are foolish. They make the mistake of mocking those who have
the Holy Spirit, calling them demon possessed. They must be careful
what they say. They can regret it for eternity. Do not play around
with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the most precious of
gifts given by God. Do not despise nor grieve Him. Seek Him with all
your heart. The Holy Spirit is your connection with Jesus, your
constant companion, your fellowship with Him.
Have you received the Holy Spirit? Do
you follow and obey Him?
May Jesus bless you.

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