There are many of us who are happy and excited about this fast, waiting eagerly for the 17th of April, the designated day for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For those, every day is a day of great joy and a taste of what’s to come on the 17th of April. But, there are some of us whose journey towards the 17th of April has not been smooth. It’s been filled with doubts and lots of oppressive thoughts from the devil. These people are looking around and thinking, ‘Oh yes, the Holy Spirit will surely come on the 17th of April and He will seal many people, but not me. I won’t be one of them, because I do not deserve Him.’
If you are among those who are thinking and feeling this way, this is what you need to realize. First and foremost, that thought isn’t your own thought. As familiar and natural as it may feel, it is NOT your own. It is from the devil. Secondly, you need to realize that the devil has absolutely NO power over you – none whatsoever! He CANNOT impede you from receiving the Holy Spirit. He has no authority over you. And, he most definitely can’t impede the Holy Spirit from coming upon you. So, that leaves him with one option... to use his biggest weapon against you... YOURSELF! The only way that the Holy Spirit will not come upon you is if you yourself count yourself out. When you choose to rule yourself out, the Holy Spirit will have to respect your wish.
So, to get you to rule yourself out, the devil will remind you of your dirty past, the horrible things that you used to do, making you feel unworthy of receiving the Holy Spirit. Naturally, if you choose to accept the feelings that he brings, you won’t even bother seeking the Holy Spirit anymore, because you will have decided that you aren’t worthy. In that case, you will have defeated yourself and taken yourself out of the race, and the devil will have won. Tied up! I will say it again. The devil has absolutely NO power over you. The only person who can impede you from receiving the Holy Spirit is you yourself.
And, should those oppressive thoughts come, increase your sacrifice. If you were praying three times, start praying six times. If you were reading the Bible once, start reading the Bible twice, three times. Send a clear message to the devil that you will not be intimidated by his tactics! The more he attacks you, the more you will seek God. What about if you feel demotivated? Since when has acting relied on feelings? Act, obey, regardless of how you feel. Remember, only you can impede yourself from receiving the Holy Spirit on the 17th of April, which would be a shame because Jesus paid a very high price in order to redeem you, so that you could be able to receive the Holy Spirit. It’s now all in your hands. Who will you choose to believe? God or the Father of lies?