Acts 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what [is] the cause wherefore ye are come?
Last Sunday I was preaching at a service and the Pastor had given me 30mins to share my message which was on the importance of being taught/led by/working of the Holy Spirit in us. When the 30mins was almost over the Lord led me to share on some factors and then I continued with the permission of the Pastor. By the time I finished it was almost one and half hour! But within this time we saw many people receive baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Pastor was planning this about 3 weeks later and it happened all of a sudden.
Transformation of a Believer into a Christian is only by the Holy Spirit’s working in us. True it is by the grace of God that we come to believe in Christ but it is only by the working of God in us that causes us to follow Christ.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is part of our baptism in Christ (‘Water Baptism’). Like I mentioned before the term ‘Baptizo’ (baptism) was a term used in dyeing of clothes and thus is not simply about being immersed but more about getting transformed, putting on the nature of what we are immersed in. So we may be immersed physically in water but more so we need to be immersed in Christ and put on the Nature of Christ. This is not a onetime incident but a long process.
We see in today’s message Peter was led by the Holy Spirit and we may think all was well with Peter, but we know by the book of Acts Peter many at times was led by his own nature and did many mistakes, which at times required Paul to rebuke him in public.
By our personal encounters with the Holy Spirit let us not be deceived to think all will be well henceforth. Let us not be off guard for as the Spirit of God works in us, so also our carnal/worldly corrupt nature also tries to work on us. This battle between the two is an ongoing process and the day we totally kill / suffocate / starve to death our carnal nature we do not get counted as overcomers.
Lord You are Almighty God, You are Spirit and your Kingdom is Spirit World. You desire we be transformed in Spirit so as to inherit in your Kingdom. We pray your people are not deceived to count themselves as inheritors without working towards inner transformation. We pray they understand Christianity is all about being transformed in the Spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit…
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Mark 1:8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Wherefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.
Ephesians 4:22 that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
Colossians 3:9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings,
Dated 17 Oct 2019