Jesus said, “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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.” (John 3:5,6)
Jesus invited those who were thirsting, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive for the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (John 7:37-39).
Jesus promised, “I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever, Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16,17).
Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:22)
The Holy Ghost is so essential to salvation that the Bible plainly says, “If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His.” (Romans 8:9)
Oh, how we need a fresh outpouring and infilling of the Holy Spirit!
It is the Spirit who invites us to God. (Revelation 22:17)
It is the Spirit who convicts and convinces sinners of their sin. (John 16:8)
It is the Spirit who breathes Spiritual life into those who are dead in sin. (John 6:63, Romans 8:10).
It is the Spirit who empowers the believer over sin. (Romans 8:6)
It is the Spirit who enables the believer to witness. (Acts 1:8)
It is the Spirit who fills our hearts with love. (2 Timothy 1:7)
It is the Spirit who comforts us in all our trials. (John 14:16)
It is the Spirit who teaches us. (John 14:26)
It is the Spirit who guides us. (Romans 8:14)
It is the Spirit who makes us disciples—disciplined (2 Timothy 1:7)
It is the Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16)
It is the Spirit who gifts God’s people to do God’s work. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
It is the Spirit who graces God’s people to walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22).
It is the Spirit who sanctifies, and purifies the heart. (2 Corinthians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2)
It is the Spirit who hallows worship. (John 4:23)
It is the Spirit who satisfies the heart of man.
The Jews celebrate Pentecost as the day that Moses received the 10 Commandments, written by the finger of God on tablets of stone at Mt. Sinai. (See Exodus 20)
The Christians celebrate Pentecost as the day that God baptized the disciples in the Holy Ghost and wrote His Commandments on their hearts as they prayed in the Upper Room. (See Acts 2).
Filled with the Holy Ghost, the first Christians testified, “God purified our hearts,” (Acts 15:9), and with great grace and great power (Acts 4:33) they went everywhere speaking the Word of God with boldness, to everyone both Jews and Gentiles. Pentecost changed them. Pentecost created the Church. And Pentecost changed the world.
Pentecost changed the disciples inside and out. Human hearts—or human wills—are incomplete, incapable, and impure without the Spirit of God.
Without the Spirit we cannot clearly see or understand God’s will.
Without the Spirit we tend to resist God’s will—even though we know we shouldn’t.
Without the Spirit our love is self-centered.
Without the Spirit our judgments are biased and we are unteachable.
Without the Spirit our lives are intemperate and sense driven.
But when the Spirit of Holiness is welcome into our hearts we are altogether different. We sing, “I once was blind but now I see.” We gladly testify, “Not my will, but Thine be done.” We love selflessly, judge lovingly, and walk in the Spirit joyfully.
Those who are filled with the Spirit, led by the Spirit, and sanctified by the Spirit are truly free to do what they please—and what they please is to please the Lord.
Without constraint or mandates the Spirit-filled people of God hunger for holiness, crave for Christ-likeness, and live prayer and careful lives without regard to what the world is doing or saying. They are, “Filled with His goodness, lost in in His love!”
Surely this is the need of our day—people who will do what they ought to do and love doing it.
We ought to forgive—and when the Spirit reigns we love forgiving.
We ought to give—and when the Spirit abides we love giving.
We ought to obey God—and when the Spirit rules we love obeying God.
We ought to love everyone, our friends and enemies—and when the Spirit has filled our hearts we love loving our friends and enemies.
We ought to live holy and separate from the world—and when the Spirit prevails we love living holy and separate from the world.
We ought to be teachable—and when the Spirit leads we love being taught.
We ought to be disciplined—and when the Spirit corrects we love being disciplined.
We ought to be led by the Spirit—and when the Spirit prompts we love being led by the Spirit.
We ought to live as citizens of heaven—and when the Spirit satisfies we love living as citizens of heaven. This world is not our home. With reckless abandon we reject the expectations and demands of this world’s culture and we joyfully embrace Christian culture.