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GIFT OF POWER (Holy Ghost Baptism)..........If you don't use it, It won't produce anything!

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INTRODUCTION:

Brethren, let us welcome the Holy Spirit afresh into our lives and give God glory for keeping us till this day.  

Thank God for leaving the Holy Spirit in the earth yet, for a time will come, when God will withdraw the Holy Spirit from the earth. When the restraining power of God, the Holy Ghost is withdrawn, evil will break out from all sides and there will be no power to hinder onslaught of the devil and his agents on earth.

Hopefully me and you would have been raptured by that time.

We are looking at the gift of power, which the Apostles received and worked with, by which mighty works was done through them. This gift does not come because of man's righteousness or holiness.  It comes through faith in the name of Jesus Christ.

It is not a tangible gift, but those who have the grace to work with it knows. Apostle Paul told the man at the beautiful gate "Silver and gold I have none, what I have I give unto you...In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk" and that was it.  The man stood up and walk, jumping and running into the synagogue.

This is the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit walking with you to confirm your words and bring praise and glory to God the Father.  Those operating with the gift may be hungry and rejected, yet when it is time to bring down the glory of God, the Holy Ghost will move to glorify Jesus. 


Please note that this gift is not sitters - People afraid of taking up challenges.    If you receive the gift and refuse to use it, it will produce nothing, though you have the gift.  If you decide not to exercise it, the grace which the gift brings will not grow in your life.

CHARACTER AND PERSON OF THE HOLY GHOST:

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the promise of the Father which Jesus spoke about, saying "John baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence".  

The Holy Ghost is the power of God to witness Jesus Christ to the uttermost part of the earth.  This is why the Lord Jesus commanded  the disciples not to proceed to anywhere without receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.  He says to them, "Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard from me".

Brethren, you need the baptism of the Holy Ghost to do anything meaningful in the kingdom. You are helpless in the kingdom without the Holy Ghost. Your oratory and Queens English cannot convert a single soul, so you need to lifestyle of Christ, the apostles and be determined to please God in all you do.

Holy Spirit is the 'Ability to do' all things in the kingdom.  When the Lord says "Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on High" - Luke 24:49, that endument of power is the ability, grace to do the impossible, and it is the man with the ability 'to do' that wins in battle. 

Doing exploits in the kingdom start from you.  The Holy Ghost gives you the ability to live right - Holy and righteous living.  He rebuke you each time you do what is wrong.  The Holy Ghost comes to correct when you say something you are not too sure of.  Sometimes you make a wrong statement innocently, the Holy Ghost will remind you that the statement was wrong for you to repent.

The Holy Ghost monitors us to help us to amend our ways and that's why wise believers do not grieve Him or ignore His promptings - They are for our good. It is the Holy Ghost that helps us to see our wrongs and correct them.  Your garments cannot be spotless without the help of the Holy Ghost.

There is no kingdom exploit without the 'Vessel' being clean.  Without faith in Christ and pure heart, heart of love...no man can do any meaningful exploits for God. God is still looking for men that will carry the mantle of fire and glorify His Son Jesus Christ.

Purpose of Holy Ghost Baptism:

In John 14:15-17, 26, Jesus made a profound statement about the Holy Ghost.  He says, If ye love me, keep my commandments and I will pray the Father and He will send you another comforter.  This scripture gives us a clue to the exploits that men can do with the help of the Holy Ghost.  

See what Jesus said in John 14:15:  "If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. - John 14:15

When the Holy Ghost came upon the disciples of Christ on the day of Pentecost, it was for them to begin the work of God.  The Holy Spirit as a gift from the Father comes upon the obedient men and women of God, who are ready to witness Christ everywhere they find themselves - whether in the hospital, aircraft or in the ocean-going Ship.

And immediately, the Holy Ghost descended on them and they were filled, uncommon boldness entered their lives and the ability to teach and preach the gospel fearlessly entered them too.

The Holy Ghost is given to them that obey God - Acts 5:32. The Holy Ghost fills people who obey the word and voice of God, to do what He says they should do.  No wonder there are many people who speak in tongues but nothing happens.  Though they blast in tongues uncontrollably, there is no power.

Fake TonguesThere are many that speak in tongues, which should be a sign of the presence of the Holy Ghost in their live, but do not know the person of the Holy Ghost or anything called holiness.  

The devil has cleverly devised strange tongues for his agents in the church.  They counter the tongues of believers with their blabbing as though we are praying to man.  We have witches and wizards who mimic the tongues we speak in the church thinking it is for outward show...NO, its not for show!

How do we receive the Holy Ghost?

How did the apostles receive Him and got filled?  They prepared themselves and were praying in one accord and boom, the power from on High descended upon them and they were FILLED. 

1. We receive the Holy Spirit through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we believe that he died for our sins and that he was raised from the death, at that moment we are born again. At that same moment we receive the Holy Spirit. 

2.  Repent and be baptized: - Then Peter said to them,"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.  Acts 2:38-39,41

CONCLUSION:

Holy Ghost baptism is for exploit in the kingdom and no one receives it and stay at home.  You are expected to use the gift to win souls to Christ. It is the Holy Ghost that sends out the 'Kingdom labourers' - Evangelists and Pastors, Prophets etc who are called into ministry.  

He will lead and guide them throughout their lives and ministry to achieve the purpose of God. Everyone working in the will of God is led by the Holy Spirit.  

Many have received the gift in the past but continued in their old ways, thereby grieving the Holy Ghost and making Him ineffective in their lives. So, when a person gives his heart to Jesus, he should be conscious of his new position in the Lord and turn away from his past, so the Holy Ghost can have access to his live to change him into a better christian.

Let us live in obedience to God, as unholy living grieve the Holy Spirit and limit what He can do through us - Ephesians 4:25-32.  Let us witness Christ with boldness to our generation, lets proclaim the Gospel. 

Whenever the disciples were full of the Holy Spirit, they went about preaching and teaching Christ, reaching out to people from house to house. Holy Ghost baptism is for soul winning and we can be filled as many times as we desire Him to do more, just as it happened to the disciples of Christ.

Friends, I am persuaded that Jesus is coming soon.

Do you know your sins were forgiven when Jesus died on the cross? No matter the sins you have committed, once you believe in JESUS and what He did at the cross and receive Him as Lord, you are okay with God. 

The Holy Spirit will then begin to work-out those things that are pleasing to God in you, albeit...gradually. Whatever you have lost, the Lord will restore, plus eternal life.
Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 

Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 

FIRE...
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