Category Archives: The Holy Spirit
The day of Pentecost took place 50 days after Easter Sunday, which is traditionally thought to be the day that Christ rose from the dead. Christ himself said He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Now if you look into this for yourself, instead of blindly believing what people tell you, it will be clear that it is impossible to fit three full days and nights into the period between Friday afternoon, and early Sunday morning.
People often confuse tradition with what the bible actually says, and that is one of the reasons why people think the bible contains errors. It doesn’t, but people’s traditions do. I found a good site with some interesting information about Pentecost:
Hello everyone; I have some exciting news, I am adding podcasts to my blog offerings. The first uploads are the podcasts of our ladies bible study at New Beginnings Transitional home in Baton Rouge. The bible study are a blessing to all of us who meet together, and I hope you will be blessed as well as you listen.
We are currently doing a series about the Ministry of The Holy Spirit, and a study (seperately) of the book of Acts.
Click on the link below to listen to the first podcast:
“Give and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall men pour into your bosom.” Luke 6:38
The Lord gave me a revelation about this verse. It does not only refer to material and financial things, it also refers to love, among other things.
There is a great principle of God that applies to love—no matter how much you give, your supply is not depleted—and not only is your supply NOT depleted, it grows. Love, mercy, grace, longsuffering—all of these are the fruit of the Spirit, and they grow equally as we practice them. It is the Holy Spirit who causes them to grow, not us, and that is why they are called the fruit of The Spirit. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our lives, God will see to it that it does. The greatest of these is love, if we have the love of God in us, we will have mercy, grace, longsuffering, etc, in ever increasing measure.
Galatians 5:22-23King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
1 Corinthians 13:13King James Version (KJV)
13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
If you don’t know what to pray, just praise Him! In your prayer time, thank Him for all that He has done for you, thank Him for all the good things He has given you. Read the Psalms to inspire prayers of thankfulness and praise and worship. Praise and worship should be a big part of your prayer life.
Spend time praying in the spirit, if you are not yet baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek it. Start and end your day with prayer, make it a routine. There may be times when your prayer life may seem dry, but keep seeking Him. He said He will manifest Himself to those who diligently seek Him.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
That table is the perfect prayer of faith that we pray when we pray in tongues. the oil mentioned here is a type of the Holy Spirit when He fills us, His presence fills us so completely it flow out and manifests in our prayer language, as the Holy Spirit causes us, in our spirit , to send up a perfect prayer of faith, asking for exactly what is needed; when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what we out to pray for and all the enemy can do is stand there and watch those prayers go up.
I was baptized with the Holy Spirit in March 1998. I had been brought up in a Pentecostal Church from the time I was 12, and I had seen people praying in tongues., but I didn’t believe it. I was saved on October 10,.1997, but I still didn’t believe that praying in tongues was a real thing. One day, I had a conversation about tongues, with an older brother in Christ, and his wife. I knew they had the truth, so when they told me it was real, and told me to read the book of Acts, I believed that they believed it, but I wasn’t convinced that it was real.
I read the book of Acts. The following Sunday in church, I told the Lord: “Lord I’m not sure I believe in this, but I see it in Your Word, and I see it here in the church, so if it’s real and if it’s of you, I want it. Amen”
I didn’t have any dramatic experience, I didn’t fall on the floor, actually I didn’t feel anything, I can’t explain it, but one moment I was praying in English, and the next moment, I wasn’t.
Now when I started praying in my prayer language, then I felt the power of the Holy Spirit flowing. I’ve often asked the Lord, many times since then,
“Why did you do it that way? Why does it seem like you answered a prayer of unbelief?” After all this time, He told me:
“Because you had to admit to ME the unbelief in your heart. Once you did that, I was able to cleanse it, and purify your faith in that instant, and then you were able to receive.”
Wow. There is no response to that but “Glory be to God!!”
Unbelief is like any other sin–we have to confess it to God and ask Him to forgive us, and ask Him to cleanse us of it, in order for Him to be able to purify our faith.
1 Corinthians 12:1
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
Since all of the bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written down by men, this passage, like every other passage of the bible, is very important, and as we go through this chapter, we must realize it is the Holy Spirit speaking, and not men–the Apostle Paul was just the vessel through whom the words of the Holy Spirit flowed, So the Holy Spirit is here saying that He does not want us to be ignorant about what the gifts are, and what is involved with their proper function, and what benefit they have to the body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:2
“You know that you were Gentiles carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.”
A dead religion sets up men as idols, men who do not understand the word properly, as they should understand it. In this passage, the word “dumb” does not mean unintelligent–in this scripture that word means “unable to speak” This applies to these idol leaders, they are unable to properly convey the Word of God because they do not understand the Word of God. This is for one of these reasons: 1–they are not saved, or 2–if they are saved, they do not understand, or outright reject the work of the Holy Spirit, and as a result, the people who listen to them are led into error, and make idols out of men; this happens every time that God the Holy Spirit is rejected.
Many of the people who follow these dumb idol leaders are unsaved themselves, because they are not being fed the Word of God by these leaders, and the Holy Spirit has no opportunity to work in their lives.
1 Corinthians 12:3
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.”
This is speaking of more than just words: it refers to accepting the gospel once it is heard, thereby declaring Jesus Lord, or rejecting the Gospel, and in your heart declaring Jesus “accursed.”
It is the Holy Spirit who points people to Christ, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts the sinner of their sin, and makes them aware of their true condition, and of their need for a Savior, it is the Holy Spirit that takes a sinner who was dead in their sins, spiritually dead, that is, and makes them alive spiritually.
An unsaved person has no knowledge of who God truly is, no desire for the true God, and no clue about their true condition, until the Holy Spirit shows them. It is the Holy Spirit who takes that spiritually dead sinner, and makes them alive. The word for this is “quickening”
There are several scriptures in bible where the word “quicken” or “quickening” is used in this way–with the meaning “to make alive.”
“And you has He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins:”
When we look back to Ephesians 1:15-23, it becomes clear that the “He” spoken of is Jesus Christ, because He is our Savior, and it is in Him that we are made spiritually alive, as He was crucified, and then made physically alive, after three days and nights. But it is still the Holy Spirit who quickens our dead hearts to come to Christ in first place, accepting Jesus as Savior, at which point we become alive in Christ Jesus.
“But God (God the Father), who is rich in Mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together in Christ (by Grace you are Saved:) 6 and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus:”
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son became a man and died on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit orchestrated all events, carrying out the will of both the Father and the Son. Here we also see that all the members of Godhead are all equally, 100% God and all are involved in our salvation.
I need to write it again:
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son went to the Cross, and God the Holy Spirit carries out the decrees of both the Father and the Son, and quickens us to faith in the Cross. God’s greatest work was the Cross. Jesus came for that purpose, and that purpose alone.
” And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven all your trespasses; 14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it our of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it..
The place of Jesus’ victory, and in Him, our victory, was, and is, the Cross, and no where else!!
Scriptures concerning our quickening:
“As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.”
Once we were not the children of God, but by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished, we become the children of God.
“For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them, even so the Son quickens whom He will.”
“It is the Spirit who quickens the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”