Thursday, August 16, 2012

Holy spirit..! – Di’s account

Today Lord urged me to write about HOLY SPIRIT.
Google or Web definition of “HOLY SPIRIT” says
the third person in the Trinity; Jesus promised the Apostles that he would send the HOLY SPIRIT after his Crucifixion and Resurrection
Point to note here is “he would send the HOLY SPIRIT after his Crucifixion and Resurrection”
I pray that this post will let you ponder.
I  love Jesus and am already Saved, Then why do I need HOLY SPIRIT?
Being saved by Christ alone would not let you be a child of Christ. A proper heir of Christ should walk in the path ordained by the lord with the Word of GOD as the staff and HOLY SPIRIT as the guide.
·         Accepting Christ is the first step.
It is letting the merciful GOD to wash away the sins and purify as clean as the snow. However, for the further journey as a Christian we need his HOLY SPIRIT.
If our faith is the Spiritual Vehicle:
Learning to Drive – Accepting Christ as the Salvation, Getting the branded Car  – the Water baptism
But if we do not know where are we going, what can we do with that, how can this help our life?
·         Either we can drive in circles for the fun of it.
·         Just drive randomly to some place which we don’t want to be there.
·         Find ourselves at cross roads and make wrong choices.
Yes, We need something more now. We need a guide. HOLY SPIRIT is  the GPS. He direct you, speak wisdom to you and take you to the place you want.
Water baptism is mark of accepting Christ as your savior. It is the public acceptance of what has already transpired in the heart of the one who has received the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Being baptized in HOLY SPIRIT is the mark and our covenant with our Lord. At that point, there is no medium between us. There is DIRECT relationship with GOD.
 Without HOLY SPIRIT you will be stranded, stunted.  You would be a Christian yet a baby in your faith.
GOD want us to mature in our faith and in our love for him. So we can enjoy the fruits of his Mercy at its full.
A baby looks cute, precious but can only wiggle, crawl around  in a confined and comfortable place. A grown up man alone can ford, climb, explore and enjoy the beauty of the creator and enjoy his blessings. Without HOLY SPIRIT and word of GOD, the GOD’s will for you would not be fulfilled to its completeness.
Here are some references from bible on Holy Spirit:
John’s account:
John answered them all, “I baptize you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire.( Luke 3:16)
**Mark 1:8, Matthew 3:11 These are parallel references to Luke 3:16
The same is confirmed by Peter in Acts 11:16.
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21, 22)
Lord Jesus says:
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. (John 14:16-17)
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)

Lord Jesus explains the ministry of the Holy spirit:
 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.( John 16:7-14) references:
First Church Of Christ:
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.( Acts 2:38)
Acts 10 – Read about Cornelius & Peter.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[b] and praising God. ( Acts 44:46)
 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13)

For more please read Acts 19:1-7,
Acts 11:20, Acts 19:9-10.
Please pray for the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT, Today. We need him to excel in our spiritual and worldly life!
He is our counselor; he will convict us of our sins; He is the interpreter, he will enlighten the scriptures for us; He is our compass, GPS to guide us in this wilderness journey of Life.
GOD bless!
P.S. Kindly share your view points on various aspects of leading a good Christian life! Amen!

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