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Receive the Holy Spirit!

In Mark chapter one John the Baptist told his audience that the one who is more powerful is coming, he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.

And in those days Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan by John, and as soon as he came up out of the water, John saw the heavens open and the Spirit descending on Jesus like a dove, and immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness.

Now listen my friend; when you receive the Holy Spirit, immediately your life changes. 

God does not give you of his spirit to only experience a funny feeling; quaking, trembling, or entertaining others like what they do in circus, but he gave us that he should drive us to doing his will. The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness for "forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him." It was not fun, but serious business, such that later a man with an unclean spirit, "cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God." Mark 1:23-24. 
And when you follow Jesus, do so knowing that he said, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of  men." 

When you have answered the call, or you have received the Holy Spirit, what you do afterwards you choose not, instead you’re led. I hear Jesus say Simon, son of John, "Truly I tell you, when you were younger, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don't want to go." John 21:18. 

Anyway from the wilderness Jesus went straight into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. This he did, not only because he was the Son of God, but because the Holy Spirit was driving him. 

I said when you receive the Holy Spirit, immediately your life changes, he comes in your life that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, and to exercise it.

Ask God to give you the Holy Spirit!

This message follows that I said, Receive the Holy Spirit! How do you receive the Holy Spirit? You ask God to give you the Holy Spirit!

In Acts 19, Paul found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They told him, no, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.

How about you my friend, have you?

First and foremost, you got to know who he is before you can receive him. He’s not an ‘a’ as if he’s a piece of something. He’s a person, and is the Holy Ghost. He has all the attributes of personality and is not merely a power or force. 

Read John chapters 14, 15, and 16, Jesus there speaks of the Holy Spirit as a “He”, and is "The" the Comforter or the Counselor (John 14:16 and 15:26). He comes in your life to advise, exhort, comfort, strengthen, intercede on your behalf, and to encourage.

Also, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is God. He has the characteristics of God and that he does God’s work. He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11) and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus (John 3:8).

He is included with the Father and the Son in such Bible passages as Matthew 28:19 where the apostles are commanded to baptize those who receive the Gospel “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” 

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon people, anointing them for a specific purpose (Exodus 31:1-5; Numbers 24:2) and in Genesis 3:22, "the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..." and you can see how he’s included, even in creation.

In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is welcomed  to dwell within all believers (1 Corinthians 6:19), he shouldn’t drift as he used to, but should live in us so he can assure us that we are children of God (Romans 8:16), and should enable us to live the Christian life (Romans 8:9, 12-15),  to rise from the dead, and gift us for Christian service (1 Corinthians, chapter 12). Now my friend, from since you believed, is the Holy Spirit performing these duties in your life?

The reason why he came on the day of Pentecost is because the disciples were waiting for him, they were all together in one place, and then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues as evidence, as the Spirit enabled them.

Jesus said, "...the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?" Luke 11:13. And he teaches, ask and you shall receive.

I will take this up next time but meanwhile I leave you to pray or ask God to give you the Holy Spirit right where you are.

God bless you,
Laurence - Simple Gospel Summation 


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