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Building Up Yourselves On Your Most Holy Faith

May 4, 2009

It’s always fascinating when the Lord does something that forces us to think outside the confines of our “brand of chritianity” so to speak. While such events should not cause us to compromise scriptural truths, they do remind us that none of us have managed to place the Creator of all that is in a box and that he alone knows the heart of every person. As such, the following passage offers us a needful reminder.

I Samuel 16:6-7 “And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD”S anointed is before him.
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

The following link may challenge the thinking of some for a number of reasons, however, I found it to be very encouraging. There are people receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost in a setting where we traditionally wouldn’t expect the embracing of this promise. This in turn forces us to step outside the perimeters that we so love to establish; not to consider any teachings which don’t have a scriptural basis, but rather to consider that the true body of Christ is not one-dimentional.  Here’s the link:

IN AWE OF THE SUPERNATURAL

The gift of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, is a promise to every generation until the return of Jesus. When it happens in venues that most of us wouldn’t expect, it kind of gives one an idea of how Peter must have felt when the Gentiles received the Holy Ghost. He was just obediantly delivering the gospel to the house of Cornelius when the Lord gave the increase; thereby forever settling the issue as to whether or not salvation was also granted unto the Gentiles. Today, two thousand years later, the Lord is continuing to give the increase to whosoever will receive it. “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”  As we approach the end of the age, it’s  imperative to not only receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but to be continuously filled with the Spirit if we’re to withstand the trials ahead. Our own strength or understanding will simply not suffice.

This post has been on my mind for almost a year without so much as a rough draft. After reading Shirleys post, it seemed needful to finally get it out. It’s not an exhaustive study (I simply don’t have that kind of time) but rather a listing of three things that are the result of being filled with the Spirit. My prayer is that everyone who professes Jesus Christ as Savior will both desire and seek to be empowered from on high. One cannot emphasize enough, the need for each of us to prayerfully search the scriptures for ourselves. In these days, discernment is a must and we must always be mindful of the fine line between embracing sound doctrine (undeniable scriptural truths) and becoming soundly indoctrinated (adopting a teaching and then continuously arranging scripture verses so that they support that teaching.) The differences can be ever so subtle and, if we’re not atuned, all but impossible to detect.

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

This is the first item. Power from on high to live, and be witnesses for, the Lord Jesus Christ in a hostile landscape. Today in the western nations many have become so secure in their physical situation that a form of godliness, has replaced the filling of the Spirit and education has replaced the leading of the Spirit. This may hold up for a while and in todays church there seems to be an incredible lack of discernment. In times of continuance, almost anyone can quickly learn a few christian catch phrases and appear to be spiritual. However, a form of godliness  will not serve one at 2:00AM when two black military style vehicles have parked in front of the house and we have five minutes to gather some personal effects before being taken away. (It can happen here. Plans are already being drawn up that will label the gospel as “hate speech” and christians as potential terrorists.) We must be close to the Lord Jesus and filled with the Spirit; there’s no other way to endure this.

Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

A second reason for being filled with the Spirit is prayer. When we pray in the Spirit, it’s perfect prayer that’s void of our own agenda or lusts. When I go before the Lord, look over my ever lengthening prayer list, consider the battles around me, and the unknown elements of tomorrow, it’s like “Lord where do I start?” We cannot possibly address such issues using our own limited understanding; let alone keep our own desires from getting in the way. But praying in the Spirit; just coming before the Lord and yielding will always result in praying according to the will of God. My own prayer life is much different than it was even two years ago. Much of it is in the Spirit and most of this is with singing. It’s beyond description; I only wish that everyone would find this place. Such total contentment and peace that, despite many attempts to describe it, there are no adequate words in our vocabulary.

I should save this for the last point, but when we come into the place described above, the sweetness is so overwhelming that the lusts and itineraries of this world just drop to the ground like yesterdays newspaper. Things that may have once caused distraction simply fall away as our foremost desire is to the Lord Jesus. The reason that so many professing christians live a lukewarm lifestyle is that they haven’t entered into this secret place with the Lord Jesus. As such, my standing prayer for all professing saints is that the Lord would draw them so close and grant them such a revelation of himself that they would be forever ruined to find any type of pleasure in a carnal lifestyle. When we truly “taste and see that the Lord is good” nothing of this world will ever again be able to pacify us. (Philippians 3:8)

Jude 20-21 “But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

The third item is that our faith is built up and unbelief is kept in check. I can remember wrestling with a lot of carnality and unbelief in the summer of 1984. That is until August, the month that I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Suddenly, a number of wrestlings were no longer a struggle and I had a closeness to the Lord Jesus on a level that hadn’t been there before. I had a lot of incredible times with the Lord prior to this, but when I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, everything was amplified multiple times. (This is not to suggest that “I had arrived” spiritually. We must continue to die daily to ourselves; right up to our final moment.) Twenty five years later, the Lord continues to become more incredible with each passing day under the sun. Again I find myself trying to describe things that reside beyond the limits of earthly terminologies.  

Well I have to go for now. This topic is really deserving of a comprehensive study. Phil McAlmond had a series of posts on the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit. Unfortunately, he deleted his blog several months ago. Then again, one must wonder how long we should engage in this venue. I guess until the president shuts it down; since he is soon to have the authority to do so during times of national emergency. One of those strange goings on that get practically no media attention. Oops….getting off topic a little. Well, I’ll be going for now. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to 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 hime should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to rememberance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
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One comment

  1. My friend… thank you for your article — I understand exactly what you are saying. I grew up being told that the Holy Ghost and tongues were of the devil. But some years after Salvation, I was filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues for quite a while. If it was of the devil, I must say it was the greatest thing he could have given… but, — it WAS NOT from satan… it was a precious Gift from God.
    Keep on Christian friend… if our satanic president and government end up claiming this fleshly body… they can never touch our Spiritual man, for then… we will be with the Lord Jesus Christ.
    God Bless You.



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