POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Why catch the fire? Firstly I want to announce to you that you don’t just have to catch the fire as such. But you as a born-again child of God have to receive the person of the Holy Spirit Himself. I mean to say that the Holy Spirit is a person.
He is a person with mind, will, wisdom, understanding, love, emotions, compassion and
- He is one with God. That’s why we speak of God the Father (the Creator)
God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit- three in one. The Holy Spirit is
the C E O of the church.
So you have to receive Him like you have received Jesus. He must live in you. But here is some good news. As you receive the Holy Spirit through baptism in the Holy Spirit you must continuously receive infillings with the Holy Spirit
- As you acknowledge the Spirit of the Lord in you and give Him both reverential fear and audience daily, He will increase himself in you. You will begin to be conscious of His presence, His voice and His counsel in your life.
Baptism with the Holy Spirit like salvation is a mystery. Many church denominations don’t understand it. They miss it completely. But the Bible is very plain about this.
‘I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matt.. 3: 11).”
I don’t know what significance and value John’s audience attached to this message in those days. But I believe that today’s church needs to revisit this statement now.
It’s time for revival.
John the Baptist appeared on the scene at the right time for the right purpose. He broke the so called inter-Testamental period. For a period of four hundred years Israel was separated from God and His mighty acts. It was long that the voice of the prophets was silent and Israel’s expectation of the Messiah was shuttered.
They had completely lost their hope for the Messiah and were now under the foreign regime of Rome.
And suddenly God who is rich in mercy visited His people. The long-longed for prophecy and promise was fulfilled. John the Baptist – the fore-runner of the Messiah was ushered into the scene and broke the silence. Again God had remembered His people. Because Israel was sick and tired of this spiritual vacuum and the state of apostasy, they readily recognized and accepted John as the ‘voice of the one crying in the wilderness.’
So it was not difficult for the Jews to understand John’s greatness. In fact most of them were tempted to acknowledge him as the long-longed for Messiah.
To this John had to respond and clarify them. One day as Jesus approached the crowd John declared:
Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore I am come baptizing with water (John 1: 29-31 K J V).
The climax was reached when Jesus submitted unto John to be baptized. This submission shocked John too. But watch what happened at this baptism. While the Jews who were standing there watching were still puzzled as to who was actually greater between John and Jesus, God Himself offered the solution.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said: This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased
(Matt. 3: 16-17).
First of all let us understand that John the Baptist was himself a great man. And so was his baptism. That’s why many Jews rushed to the river Jordan to be baptized.
Even Jesus Himself testified about John’s greatness, saying: “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he
So if John the Baptist was great and his baptism too, great, what more could they expect? John answered this question. He indicated that even though he was commissioned to baptize them for the remission of their sins, this should not distract them from recognizing and accepting Jesus and His baptism. “…he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
In those days if a visitor or a stranger arrives the first thing was to remove his shoes and wash his feet. This was mostly done by slaves. Now John is saying that even though he is not a slave and in spite of his greatness he is not worthy to bear Jesus’
- You see, here John is opening the eyes of the Jews that they may clearly understand the greatness of Jesus.
Have you ever taken time to consider how great Jesus is? Immediately you understand His greatness and submit to His authority you will be a changed person
- The secret of attaining the greatness of God is in knowing,
understanding and acknowledging the greatness of Jesus. The Bible states very clearly that: “The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits
(Dan. 11: 32b K J V).” Amen. Do you really know him? Have you taken time to learn (study) and meditate about him? Who is this Jesus?
Jesus is the King of glory.
He is the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the ending
He is the Ancient of days. He has been there all the times.
He is the Lord and changes not.
Jesus the same yesterday, today and for ever
He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
He is the Christ, the Anointed one of God.
He is the resurrected Lord, exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father.
He has the scepter of Gold in his right hand.
He has the rod of iron.
He has the keys of life and death. He possesses the keys of David.
He is the Creator of the whole universe and everything is under his feet.
The government is upon his shoulders, and he has the whole world on the palm of his hand.
How magnificent, glorious, excellent and wonderful is His name!
As you begin a long and constant love walk with Him you will begin to experience his mighty power in your life. He will become so real in your life that it will be like you dwell with Him in a real and genuine way. He will be unto you the fountain of the living water.
CHRIST IS OUR DIVINE SAVIOUR
Here follows an inspiring extract from one of the great servants of the Lord who knows his master.
Christ is a rare jewel, but men know not His value. A Sun which ever shines, but men perceive not His brightness, nor walk in His light. He is a garden full of sweets, a Hive full of honey, a Sun without a spot, a Star ever bright,
a Fountain ever full, a Brook which ever flows, A Rose which ever blooms, a Fountain which never yields, a Guide which never errs, a Friend who never
- No mind can fully grasp His glory, His beauty, His worth, His
importance, no tongue can fully declare, He is the source of all good,
Fountain of every excellence, the Mirror of perfection, the Light of heaven, the Wonder of earth, Time’s Masterpiece, and eternity’s glory,
Sun of Bliss, the Way of life, and life’s fair Way.
Don’t ever dare to walk the Christian journey without experiencing Jesus in real
- Have an intimate relationship with Him. Accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Acknowledge Him as your master, having the final say in your life. Let Him rule in your life. Put Him first in everything. Then you will begin to experience the grace of God in an abundant manner.
One day John the Baptist said about Jesus: “He must become greater; I must become less (John 3: 30). The K J V renders it thus: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This explanation was very good and accurate to John’s audience because they confused Jesus’ greatness with that of John. But this is not a doctrine to make us inferior in our walk with the Lord. I for one don’t believe that Jesus came so that we may decrease. And I don’t think that He wants us to decrease in any way. Rather I believe that He wants us to increase in Him and with I’m reminded of the account of a certain little boy. His Sunday school teacher had taught that people must receive Jesus to be saved. This young fellow went home and broke the news to his mother. When she confirmed what the teacher had said, the little one protested and said: “But mom, if I receive Jesus in me He is so big that He will stick out.” I agree with the lad. Jesus is so great that when we receive Him He will stick out. And surely He must stick out. He must stick out that His greatness be seen through us.
But this happens only after the baptism withthe Holy Spirit, and with fire. When this experience has been really and genuinely accepted you begin to have the power of God and power with God. You really begin to do great exploits. He increases in you and with you in every aspect of your life. He becomes “Christ in you the hope of glory –feeling the earth
(Col. 1: 27).” Hallelujah!
The Holy Spirit comes with mighty power and revelation. He will bring about transformation in your life. As you continuously feed on the word of God and earnestly follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and instruction so that you learn the discipline of leading a fasting life, then the mighty power of the Holy Spirit (the anointing) will increase in your life. The fresh anointing will always be accompanied with fresh fire. All you need is to abide in God. You must also learn to lead a separated life. Then you will experience the marvelous touch of the Lord’s hand all the days of your life. This will not only change your life, but it will also impact the lives of others around you. Speak of the power of the Holy Spirit!
Do you want to know about the real power of the Holy Spirit? Wait a minute.
The power of the Holy Spirit is God’s manifest presence – the anointing that flows through the sanctified vessel to make fresh impact on the lives of both the minister and those ministered unto. It’s God’s grace in action. I mean to say that it is the supernatural power of God that flows through His vessel – the minister unto
all God’s people who are ready to receive it.
It is the power of God unto salvation for the sinner that repents.
It is the power of God to heal the sick.
It is the power of God to deliver the oppressed.
It is the power of God to set the captives free. It is the power of God
that destroys the yoke and lifts the burden.
It is the supernatural power of God that brings about a mighty
With this power you begin to dislike those things you couldn’t dislike
With this power you begin to dislike those things you liked before.
With this power you begin to see those things you couldn’t see before.
With this power you begin to hear things you couldn’t hear before.
With this power you begin to understand and appreciate things you
couldn’t understand before.
This is an awesome power from above.
Unfortunately Many Christians tend to miss or neglect it. Many Christians miss this blessing because they have been taught that as long as they have been saved by receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it is OK. That is not enough. You only become OK when you have the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
A certain teacher of the word ever said: “If you are filled with the word only, but lacking in the Spirit, you dry up. And if you are only filled with the Spirit, but void of the word you blow up. But if you are filled with both the word and the Spirit you grow up.” I agree with him. Here is another advice. Without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can ever fully understand the scriptures.
The Bible becomes a dead letter without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That’s why many people have gone
- Trying to grasp the message of the Bible without the help of the Holy Spirit
is like trying to understand any message from a book written in a totally foreign language
- It becomes a futile exercise.
Sentinel Kulp says in “Secrets to Spiritual Power (from the writings of Watchman
Nee, 1979)”: “We are not sure if a worldly brain is effective in other matters, but we are sure of this one thing: a worldly brain is absolutely useless in spiritual matters.”
I strongly agree with him. We need the Holy Ghost. We need the anointing. We need the fire of the Holy Ghost in order to do the kingdom business both effectively and efficiently. The Holy Spirit brings into our lives such light that searches deep in our hearts. With this light we begin to discover ourselves. With this light we discover who Christ is in us. We also discover who we are in Christ.
This is the light that conquers spiritual ignorance completely. It enables us to see very clearly. This is the light that searches deeply within us and brings our hearts in alignment with the truth. This is exactly what the scribes and Pharisees needed to recognize the Messiah. The weakness of the scribes and the Pharisees was that they claimed to understand the scriptures without total submission to the will of the Father.
May the Lord God help us obtain this solid truth for it comes with the grace of God!
What is the grace of God? The grace of God is the power of God bestowed upon us, and it opens our eyes so that we can be able to see in the way our Creator intended us to see. This power conquers our spiritual blindness so that we can be able to see all we are expected to see. This is the power that releases in us the gifts of the Spirit. We need to understand that the power of God is a reality, but unless we are enabled by the grace of God to release it, it cannot be fully manifested or accessible.
The power of God is available.
It is the power to save sinners.
It is the power to heal the sick.
It is the power to deliver the oppressed.
It is the power to set the captives free.
It is the power to open the blind. It is the power to unstop deaf ears.
It is the power to make the dumb to speak. It is the power to make the
It is the power to raise the dead. This is the power to perform miracles and
to release the treasure and wealth of heaven.
A.W Pink says:
Grace is a provision for men who are so fallen that they cannot help
- So corrupt that they cannot change their natures, so averse to God that they cannot turn to him, so blind they cannot see him, so deaf they cannot hear him, so dead that he himself must open their graves and lift them into resurrection.
It is true. The anointing brings about the results. If you hear of any ministry where things are happening, the secret behind it is the anointing. I’m speaking about real and genuine old-fashioned miracles, signs and wonders. I’m speaking about the same works wrought by Jesus Himself and the apostles.
You most probably have heard about these testimonies, how Paul the apostle ministered with power and authority through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and brought about tremendous results. And how he wore napkins (handkerchiefs) and transferred the anointing over them and sent them to those who were sick and oppressed by the devil; and when the victims applied these clothes demons came out screaming and left them.
Also, you may have most probably heard of Peter and John healing the man at thegate called Beautiful that was born crippled. I’m sure you have heard of Peter when he brought Dorcas back to life. You know how people were brought along the streets and as Peter’s shadow fell on them (and they got healed). It was the anointing, and not necessarily his shadow that healed them. Even today if we genuinely believe that we serve the same God, we must also believe and expect the same miracles to occur. Jesus said: “Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14: 12 K J V).”
What a wonderful truth! What a wonderful promise! All God’s promises are yes and amen to all that believe. (2 Cor. 1: 20) Amen.
When Jesus came – life came also.
When Jesus came – the light came too.
When Jesus came – healing came too.
When Jesus came – victory came too.
When Jesus came – deliverance came too.
What a blessing and we are free in deed!
The importance of the baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire cannot be over-
- This is the fire that will give you go. Show me a purpose-driven
Christian, I will show you the fire-driven Christian. Someone once said: “When you are baptized with the Holy Spirit you have the fire. But when you are baptised with fire, the fire has you. Do you see the picture? Here we are speaking of the experience where the Christian has the fire of the Holy Spirit, and at the same time the fire has him. What a mystery! In actual fact as you receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit with fire so that the Holy Spirit with fire is in you and upon you, you are at the same time in the fire of the Holy Spirit.
This fire brings with it new experiences in your daily living. We all know what fire on the natural realm) is. So the power of the Holy Spirit is symbolized as fire. Why?
Because fire has tremendous power and effects upon many objects – including
Fire burns. So the fire of the Holy Spirit will burn all the chaff and dross in our Christian lives.
Fire consumes. “For our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12: 29).”
Fire purges and purifies. We need to be continuously purged and purified.
Fire melts. Our hard hearts must be subjected to the fire of the Holy
Spirit to melt.
Fire has some cutting power. If we are filled with the power of the
Holy Spirit with fire when we minister the word of God, it will cut to the heart. It will be sharper than the two-edged sword.
Fire makes hard objects pliable. Sometimes there’s a need for us in certain areas of our lives to be bent (without breaking).
Fire joins objects together.
There are some elements and characteristics in our lives that need to be destroyed completely.
Fire straightens. Like the iron that gives our clothes good shape, the fire of the Holy Spirit will give good shape to our ministry and lives.
I’m telling you, this fire of the Holy Spirit will change a lot of things in your life.
The same fire fell on me, and I was no longer the same.
It literally consumed those carnal and worldly pleasures and appetites that I could not control before. This is the power that delivered me (by the grace of God) from the curse and destruction of alcohol and drugs. Then the Holy Spirit taught me the wisdom and understanding that the new wine (of the Holy Ghost) is better.
He Guided me into the divine revelation, the knowledge, the truth and the discipline to understandthat there was no need for me to be drunk with wine wherein is excess but rather to be filled with the Spirit. I mean He has a sense of humor. He would say unto me I know you are used to these intoxicants; but if you want to be drunk the right way be drunk with the new wine of the Holy Ghost.
Had God not intervened at the right time and set me free from these satanic bondages I don’t think I could still be alive today. Even if I could still be alive, I know I would be just a walking corpse. Praise God He came to my rescue. Do you need Him too?
So the Spirit will enable you to walk right with God. Look at what Isaiah says about the Spirit. “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaih11: 2).”
The Holy Ghost fire is the fire of fervency. It is the fire of zeal. It will mobilize you.
It will get you moving. It will charge you and give you go. Can you remember Jeremiah the prophet? “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay (Jer. 20: 9).” Did you hear that? When you are on fire for God nothing can stop you. I know what I’m speaking about.
The devil cannot stop you.
Demons cannot stop you.
Circumstances cannot stop you. Opposition cannot stop you.
Criticism cannot stop you. Poverty and want cannot stop you.
Fear and failure cannot stop you. Rejection and slander cannot stop you.
This fire is different. It is not an ordinary fire. Neither is it strange fire. It is the supernatural fire of God.
Elijah new better of this fire – for he was surely a man of fire; yes Elijah was the prophet of fire. Look at the following mystery. “Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench
(1King.18:38 K J V).” Did you hear that? “…and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood…” No big deal. But mark this: “…and the stones, and the dust.” Incredible, isn’t it?
That’s the fire of God. It consumes everything.
It will consume the self.
It will consume selfishness.
It will consume the old man.
It will consume sinful life.
It will consume all carnal tendencies.
Fire changes things. It brings about a new nature. It will bring in you a new
character, with charisma too. For we need both character and charisma.
Some Christians get satisfied with character only. Not me.
I need both. I need character for holiness and righteous living – that’s sanctification. It has to do with bearing the fruit of the Spirit. But I also need charisma for effective Christian living and power. I need authority for victorious living and for the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. To me character and the charismatic power of God are equally important.
Take a look at Jesus Himself. He had both. John the Baptist called Him the Lamb. That is meekness. It is holiness. It is character.
But John the Elder calls Him the Lion of the tribe of Judah. That is charisma. It is power. It is authority. It is victory.
Go for it!
There is an urgent call for every believer to be continually be filled with the Holy Spirit and with fire. We need to be sanctified – to live a holy life and to be totally separated from the world system. The church is supposed to give light to the world.
On fire with the power of the Holy Spirit!