January 2019

28 Jan The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Part 2

If there has ever been a day when it is of the utmost importance for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit, it is today. Thankfully, God is raising up people like you that will make it possible for believers, be it children, youth, or adults, to be filled to overflowing with this promised gift from the Father. (Joel 2:28-29; Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:39).  I mentioned in the last blog post that I have found that there are those who struggle in knowing how to lead a person or group to receive this gift. So, with that in mind, I began a three part series that gives a simple overview on how to teach about this baptism. The three parts being shared are The Teaching, The Preparation, and The Receiving.  The Baptism in the Holy SpiritPart 2 – The Preparation After establishing a solid Word foundation, it is important to prepare the way for the receiving. In other words, we must make known what the Bible says will happen when the gift is received. I call this getting their "expectater" (I know that this isn't an actual word, but I can't find a better word) ready. Here's an example. When a ball drops from your hand, you can expect or know what will happen. It will ALWAYS fall down. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we can KNOW what to expect. I shared in the last blog that Jesus said that our Father is anxiously waiting to give His Spirit to every believer who asks. (Luke 11:13) But, what's next? What can we expect to happen when we are filled with the Holy Spirit? The answer is found in Acts 2:4. And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately].Acts 2:4 (Amplified Bible) Here is the "expectater" information: The Father gave the gift. "They were all filled ...

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21 Jan The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Part 1

One of the most common statements that I hear from Pastors and those ministering to children and youth concerns how to teach and then make it possible for people to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you are one of those that has struggled on how to lead a person or a group into this gift that God has provided for each and every believer. With that in mind, I want to share a three part series that gives an overview on how to teach about this baptism. I will take what would be pages of teaching and instead share enough to give a solid, biblical understanding. The three parts to be shared are The Teaching, The Preparation, and The Receiving.  And, one more thing about this series. If you have not received this promise from the Father (Joel 2:28-29), read these three blog posts and then simply ask the Father to fulfill His promise in your life.  The Baptism in the Holy SpiritPart 1 - The Teaching The teaching is quite simple. It's all wrapped up in one verse. Jesus (can you ask for a greater authority on this subject?) said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spiritto them that ask him?”Luke 11:13 This one verse shares so much about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is a gift. This is a good gift. This is a good gift from heaven. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give to all that ask. Want more? I could add just a few other verses about this gift. This is a necessary gift. Acts 1:4 This is beneficial gift. John 16:7 This is a powerful gift. Acts 1:8 This is an ongoing gift. Ephesians 5:18 ...

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