The coming of the Holy Spirit is the aim and the purpose of redemption. Throughout the Old Testament, the world was reminded of the “promised Messiah” (the Christ). The prophets saw the whole purpose of redemption, the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ. But there was yet one more step, the coming of the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4, 2:33,39). There is a difference between a soul filled with the Holy Spirit and one that is not filled with the Holy Spirit. I read a quote just before writing this message. It said, “’Cold pots’ are more dangerous than ‘hot pots.’” Many believers are afraid to receive the Holy Spirit for fear of becoming “hot pots.” The real danger in the present-day church is not from “hot pots” but from “cold pots.” The church is in more danger of freezing up than burning up.
In the church there are three types of life. There are those who move in the flesh, those who feed the mind only (ever learning but never coming to the truth), and those who move and live in the Spirit. Those who exercise the flesh and mind only outnumber the people of the Spirit. Many churches want to be like the book of Acts. The book of Acts tells of three divisions. Acts 1 speaks about the preparation stage, Acts 2 speaks about the power stage, and Acts 3-28 speaks of the production stage. The Holy Spirit was the key to witnessing with power to the unsaved world. The promise of the Father is received through faith (Galatians 3:5). This puts the receiving of the Holy Spirit within reach of every believer. Don’t struggle with it; just believe and accept. It’s God’s promise. Set your life to receive the Promise of the Father. The power of the Holy Spirit is a “now” need.
Pastor George Belobaba
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