Neglecting the Holy Spirit
What is it that has so convinced so many churches and so very many Christians to ignore, dismiss, or even demonise God’s Holy Spirit? The manifestation of Him in your life can get you branded demonic, or apostate, or belonging to a cult.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
Born of the Spirit?
Luke 3:16 “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Baptised with the Holy Spirit?
John 16:12-14 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”
The Spirit of Truth?
Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
As the Spirit enabled them?
Acts 8:17 “Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
Received the Holy Spirit?
Hmmm – These scriptures tell me, without any shadow of a doubt, that we are supposed to cultivate a relationship with Holy Spirit. In fact, in order for us to operate properly as Christians, we cannot operate without the Holy Spirit to help us. As it has been said, quite correctly, the Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit is like a lamp that is not plugged in.
Yet there are seemingly numbers of otherwise good Christians who know little or nothing about Holy Spirit apart from His Name, and who have little or no idea of who He is, and why He is. He is, to them, something or someone who helped launch the church 2000 years ago but who no longer has any relevance in today’s church or world.
Wake up Church. Wake up Christians. Holy Spirit was sent to help us minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. He was sent to be our friend, and our teacher and guide. He was NOT sent just to launch the 1st Century Church, He was sent for all of us, every day until Jesus returns for us. He is for today, for every second of our lives.
Stop grieving Him and listen to Him. Allow Him to be in, and to move in your life. He is the very best friend you could ever have.
John’s baptism gives you salvation and eternal life. Holy Spirit’s baptism will put God’s power in your life for ever. Neglect whatever else you want but please don’t neglect Holy Spirit.