There are many places in the New Testament that talk about the spiritual warfare we are in. (Ephesians 6:11) Paul talks about putting on the whole armor of God. (1 Timothy 6:11-12) Paul talks to his young protégé Timothy and says fight the good fight of faith. (II Corinthians 10:4) Paul is talking about spiritual weapons, not carnal ones and they are mighty through God. So the Lord would not have all of these scriptures on spiritual warfare if we were not going through them.
The third person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. He is our paraclete, He is our helper. He guides us into all truth and shows us things to come (John 16:13). It’s hard to find truth in this world. He also gives every born again believer additional power through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). The only pre requisite for it is you need to be born again and then just ask the Lord to fill you with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 19:1-6). Although the Apostle Paul laid hands on them you can also receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit just by asking the Lord to receive this gift.
We see this new power Peter received on the Day of Pentecost, this is the same man that denied Christ 3 times just a few short days before (Acts 2:14-41). Now this same man stands up and ministers to the people on the Day of Pentecost like a man with God’s power in Him like never before, he speaks with authority and 3,000 people are saved. GREAT MESSAGE RIGHT? That same power is available to you after you have asked Jesus Christ to come into your life and be born again.
I don’t know about you but I want everything that the Lord wants to give me. I am not afraid of anything He has for me and you couldn’t keep me from asking and receiving from Him. He loves us all and only gives good gifts to His
children. (Matthew 7: 7-11). I received Christ as a teenage boy and it was years after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I am a witness of the huge change in my life. I have more of God’s spiritual power in my life. I could sense the presence of God in a more powerful way, witness and lead others to Jesus with holy boldness. The gifts of the Spirit in (l Corinthians 12:1-11) flowed in my life better, I had a new sensitivity to the voice of the Lord than I have ever had before. I am a witness of the tremendous benefits of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I would never be without it, I want to pray in tongues every day of my life, the Apostle Paul must have, look what he says, “I pray in tongues more than you
all.” (I Corinthians 14:18).
Of course you will get to heaven without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and God loves us all the same but I
want all the power I can get for the spiritual warfare we are in here on earth before we go to be with the Lord. When we were born again we all have the Spirit of God in us but this is a subsequent gift of allowing the Spirit of God to be loosed in our life to give us that additional power that Jesus promised. (Acts 1:8)
The Lord showed me He wants us to be like as strong swimmer. A strong swimmer can not only save his own life but he has the ability to save others. That what our Lord wants us to be.
God bless you all, I will meet you here next Monday, same time, same station to share more. Conrad