Sunday, May 24, 2015

Refills of the Spirit

Today is Pentecost Sunday, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church 50 days after Easter as recorded in Acts 2...

1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

God wants us to experience our own personal Pentecost. Unfortunately many Christians are mistakenly taught that being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit are the same thing. Numerous Scriptures disprove that. Look at Acts 19...

1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 
2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 
6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Keep in mind this was not written to unsaved people but to the believers in Ephesus. It’s also worth noting the verb tense in the original Greek says we should be continuously filled. All of us can use occasional refills of the Spirit. 

This past Wednesday I attended the midweek service at Living Word Christian Center. Associate pastor Steve Sibinski ministered that night. Often when he takes the pulpit, the joy of the Lord manifests. This particular night was no exception although the service started on a more serious note. Pastor Steve read Scriptures about the rapture as a reminder the Lord could return any day. Later he invited those who wanted a fresh touch from the Holy Spirit to come forward. I responded and the power of God flowed through me. Holy laughter continued on even after the service was formally dismissed.

So if you have already received the baptism of the Holy Spirit but feel spiritually dry, ask the Lord for a refill. He wants us to be full of Him!

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” - Acts 13:52

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