People will never turn to Christ until they realize their need of a Savior. Believers will never accept Christ as Their Baptizer until they realize how much they need the Baptism in the Holy Spirit..
Jesus came to bring fire. Luke 12 verses 49 and 50: V49 “I come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze! V 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how it consumes Me until it is finished.”
Let us turn to the Book of acts, 2 verses 1 to 4: Using verse 3 “And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them.”
The command of Jesus is Luke 24 verse 49, was, “And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. as for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”
And when the day of Pentecost came. they were all with one accord in one place. a change took place in all those that were gathered in the upper room, and they were never the same again.
If man’s ability and human wisdom would bring revival and accomplish the work of Our Lord and Our Friend, there would be great things done in these days. The greatest proof of man’s lack of understanding of The Holy Spirit in this hour, is the lack of power in so many churches. Lots of churches have been closed or are closing others are carrying on in a form of religion with no converts or revivals.
God must have natural lips through which to speak, but words must be touched by The Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 4 verse 20:
“For the Kingdom of God is not in talk but in power.”
We were all born for such a time as this. We have a walk to walk. We have a witness to display. We have the power to demonstrate that witness.
Alicia Keys sings a song, “This girl is on fire”, this is a worldly song. Oh that we could say about ourselves we are on fire with the fire of The Holy Spirit, to give us a boldness to go and witness to all the unbeliever Our Lord and Our friend puts in our path.
Of Course we will find opposition, but with the help of The Holy Spirit, we are on the winning side.
Paul realized that it is error to try to combat spiritual forces of evil with human weapons. In Ephesians 6, he writes
“Finally my brethren, be strong in The Lord, and the Power of His Might. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high pl;aces.”
In 2 Corinthians 10 verse 4, Paul writes, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong Holds”
In 1 Corinthians 2 verse 3 and 4: Paul admits this, “And I was with you in weakness, and it in fear, and in much trembling, And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of Man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of The Spirit and of Power.
The Lord has provide all we need to succeed in this world for Him, and one of the most effective helps He has left us is Baptism of The Holy Spirit. A Baptism of fire and power. The fire to burn away the dross so The Spirit Power can be more effective through each one of us.
The Baptism is available to anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, it is a Gift.
O F J.