Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If there was no Baptism in the Holy Spirit...

18 June 2014

If there was no Baptism in the Holy Spirit...
1. The church will be weak, devoid of the power of God.
2. The mandate of the church to be a witness of Christ to the world will be carried out very feebly and easily overlooked.
3. The miraculous will be absent in the church. It will function as any human organization but it will not carry the divine expression of God's power.
4. The church will not be a world wide organization as it is today. The church may not even exist. Persecution in the early days could have easily destroyed the church.
5. The prayer life of the church and individual Christians will be ineffective and ritualistic.
6. The gifts of the Spirit will be lost.
7. Vision for the world and the lost will be blur.

To be baptized in the Holy Spirit is more than an experience, it is a continuous lifestyle. To obtain the experience and not live daily filled with the Spirit is as good as not being baptized in the Spirit at all. The expression of a life that is filled with the Spirit is power and witness.

Acts 1:8 
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
(Holy Spirit Baptism = Power + Witness)