Wednesday, 20 April 2011

21 Day Fast Diary... Saving Souls!

In a previous blog I mentioned the importance of backing the assurance that you have that you were baptised with the Holy Spirit with the fruit of the Spirit. It is important to verify that you have received a new conscience, a new character. You are now a different person, because you now manifest the fruit of the Spirit that lives in you.

Another distinctive characteristic of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the desire to save souls. Because God’s greatest desire is to see humanity saved, to the point that He was willing to sacrifice His only Son to make that desire come to fruition, when He comes to live in us, through the Holy Spirit, this desire now becomes our own. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you consequently want to see others saved as well. After my baptism with the Holy Spirit, I immediately felt this need to go and save others. There was a burning pain inside of me that others did not have what I now had, and I wanted to change that. I wanted to help them find Jesus, as I had found Him. But, most importantly, I wanted them to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, as I had, to have the peace and joy that were now a part of me.
That is evident also in the apostles of the primitive church.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:14-16)

When the apostles would learn of new converts, naturally, they would not only preach about the Holy Spirit to those who were recently converted, but they would minister the baptism with the Holy Spirit to them, so that the new converts would also receive the Holy Spirit. Such was the importance they placed in receiving this baptism with the Holy Spirit and also the zeal they had to see others saved as well.

We have been blessed and renewed in these 21 days, so that we may freely give what we have freely received. It is now up to us to spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus and to speak of the importance of the baptism with the Holy Spirit to those who have not yet been baptised with the Holy Spirit. In every little conversation we have with others, we have to spread the perfume of our Lord Jesus, by sharing the importance of receiving the Holy Spirit and even going to the point of ministering the baptism with the Holy Spirit to them. God is counting on us to allow Him to do what Jesus would do if He were still here on earth. The Holy Spirit comes upon us, first and foremost, to save – to save us and others around us. Let us give Him free reign and allow Him to work through us. Then, not only will we be singing, ‘Oh, what a day!’ We’ll be singing, ‘Oh, what a month, what a year, what a decade!’ 

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