BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! We must come into Union with Jesus!!!
For many months now, Yahweh has been speaking to me about the importance of his children coming into complete UNION with his Son, Jesus Christ. Yahweh has actually allowed me to feel his heart on the important issue of Christians coming into complete alignment with Jesus’s desires for them.
For Yahweh knows that unless all of his children FIRST come into union with Jesus, unity within the church as a whole, across denominational lines, will never happen.
One Sunday morning, God literally had me cry HIS tears for 4 hours straight, because a large majority of his children are NOT in union with Jesus. In fact, I could not stop Yahweh’s tears from flowing through my eyes, until he was done using me. It was something that had never happened to me before, but is an experience that I will never forget.
The day I grieved for Yahweh was day 22, following a 21-day fast.
During my fast, I had asked God to give me a greater discernment of spirits. I now know that my request was granted, because the first thing I felt, on the day I broke my fast, was my Lord and Savior’s heart, HIS SPIRIT.
On that day, God specifically wanted me to feel the pain that he has for his children, who are not in union with Jesus, when it comes to Jesus’s DESIRE to baptize them with Yahweh’s Holy Spirit and with Fire (Acts 1:5, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33). God wanted me to feel his pain so that, when I talked about this issue, HIS urgency and passion would be sensed in my voice.
Yahweh wanted me to feel the pain he feels for his children, who are not being fully equipped with EVERYTHING the HOLY SPIRIT has to offer them.
Yahweh is grieved that his children are living their lives without HIS power and boldness to be Jesus’s witnesses to the ends of the earth. And because ALL FACETS of HIS WORD are not being fulfilled, all areas of his children’s lives are being negatively affected, and HIS kingdom’s effectiveness is suffering as a result.
Something has got to change…
We have got to come into UNION with Jesus…
Before I go any further, I want to stress to you that it doesn’t matter what denomination you are, or what your denomination currently believes about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t matter what your knowledge or understanding of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is. It doesn’t matter if you are a new Christian, or have never even heard of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
What matters is your LOVE for Jesus, and what Jesus wants to BLESS you with!
If you love Jesus, and desire a more intimate relationship with him, this message is for you! If you want to fulfill the extravagant dreams Jesus has for you, while on planet earth, this message is for you! If you want to experience an exciting, adventurous, and purpose filled life, this message is for you! If you want to walk on this earth with power, authority, boldness, and courage to be a compelling witness for Jesus, this message is for you!
If you have already come into union with Jesus with regards to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but would like an easy way of describing the importance of it to fellow Christians, this message is for you also!
And finally, if you have already decided that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is NOT for today’s believers, please read this blog until the end, as God has given me a different way of explaining this extravagant GIFT from heaven, and why it is critical for EVERY believer in Jesus Christ to receive.
So let’s begin…
Before I take you to the day of Pentecost, the day the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit and with Fire, as described in Acts 1& 2 of the Bible, I want to take you to the day of Jesus’s resurrection.
What many Christians don’t know is what transpired when Jesus met with his disciples on the evening of his resurrection. It was on this evening that Jesus appeared to his disciples, in order to prove to them that he had indeed been raised from the dead. It was on this night that the disciples finally believed everything Jesus had said to them during the previously 3 years of walking in his footsteps. Finally, everything made sense. Jesus, who was crucified and buried just 3 days prior, was NOW ALIVE and standing before them.
On this night, the disciples finally believed that Jesus was indeed WHO he declared he WAS… the Son of God!!!
On the night of Jesus’s resurrection, the disciples BELIEVED! And because they believed, Jesus gave them what he promised they would receive: the Holy Spirit. Jesus had told his disciples, during the Last Supper, that the Holy Spirit would come to them, and dwell WITHIN them (John 14:15-17, John 14:26-27, John 16:7-11, John 16:13-15).
“On the evening of that (resurrection) day, the first day of the week…Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be WITH you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:19-22).
The night of Jesus’s resurrection was the disciples salvation day. On this night, they received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within them. They received what Jesus described as PEACE. In fact, twice Jesus said, “Peace be WITH you.”
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as “Peace,” (John 14:27, John 20:19-22), the “Spirit of Truth” and the “Counselor,” (John 14:15-18, John 14:26, John 16:7-11), a “Teacher,” (John 14:26), and as the “Communication Link” between Yahweh and his children (John 16:13-15).
Therefore, on the evening of the day Jesus’s resurrection, because the disciples believed that Jesus was the Son of God, who died and rose for their sins, they received the Holy Spirit within them, just like believers do today!!!
The day that someone accepts Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, is the day they receive salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit to reside within them. A person’s salvation day is the day the Yahweh’s GIFT of PEACE comes to dwell within them.
So, if the disciples had already received the Holy Spirit, on the evening of Jesus’s resurrection, what were the events that occurred on Pentecost, 50 days later, all about? Why did Jesus DESIRE to baptize his disciples WITH the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5), and why did John the Baptist prophesy that Jesus would do just that (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33)?
Didn’t the disciples already receive everything they needed on their salvation day?
From Scripture, we know that Jesus walked with his disciples for 40 days after his resurrection, before he ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of his Father Yahweh. Right before Jesus left this earth, he gave his disciples the following instructions, first spoken in the gospel of Luke and then repeated in Acts.
“Behold, I send the PROMISE OF MY FATHER upon you; but STAY in the city, UNTIL you are CLOTHED WITH POWER from on high” (Luke 24:49).
“And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to WAIT for the PROMISE OF THE FATHER, which he said, ‘you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized WITH the Holy Spirit…you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come UPON you; and you shall be my witnesses…to the end of the earth’” (Acts 1:3-5, 8).
Interesting…on the day of the disciple’s salvation, they received PEACE, when Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” And now, Jesus was promising the disciples POWER, through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire.
PEACE and POWER!
Sounds like two completely different things to me.
I know without doubt that the Holy Spirit WITHIN us brings us personal PEACE, because the Holy Spirit within us becomes our Counselor, our Teacher, and our Communicator with Yahweh and Jesus. The Holy Spirit within us is the avenue by which we receive our daily bread from heaven, which includes personal insight, promptings, instructions, revelation, direction, and dreams and visions from our Heavenly Father through the myriad of ways in which he speaks.
So what then is the POWER that Jesus desires his disciples to receive, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire?
Well…according to Jesus’s own words, we need to receive POWER for the purpose of being HIS witnesses to the ends of the earth!
It sounds to me like Jesus was telling his disciples, “You are only going to be compelling and effective witnesses for me if you have MY POWER, just like I was a compelling and effective witness for Yahweh, because of YAHWEH’s POWER that came upon me during my baptism, when the dove from heaven descended upon me and remained.” (Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-33, Acts 10:38)
When the disciples heard Jesus’s command to WAIT for the Promise of the Father, they had two choices. They could obey Jesus’s commands to WAIT for the MORE, which Jesus describes as POWER. Or … they could choose to disobey Jesus’s command, by immediately going back to their lives, being satisfied with the PEACE of the Holy Spirit within them that they had already received on the day of their salvation.
Thankfully, the disciples obeyed Jesus’s command and waited for the Promise of the Father, or the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ would likely have never made it to the ends of the earth, because the disciples would have had to witness through their own HUMAN POWER.
Scripture says that after Jesus charged the disciples to WAIT (which ended up being a total of 10 days), the disciples returned to Jerusalem, went up to the upper room where they were staying, and PRAYED in ONE ACCORD (Acts 1:12-14) !
What that means is the disciples all prayed IN UNION!!! What that means is that ALL of the disciples prayed for Jesus's WILL and DESIRE to be done in their lives. Because they BELIEVED wholeheartedly that what Jesus said would come true, they all came into agreement with Jesus that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire, and as a result would have heavenly POWER come upon them to be his WITNESSES.
What I find fascinating is that the disciples had no idea what they were waiting for. They didn't have Scripture to read in order to figure out what Jesus meant by his promise of being baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire, because they were the first to receive this gift. They didn't have a preacher to explain WHAT it meant, and HOW it would all take place. In fact that term, “baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire,” might have been something they only heard once through John the Baptist over 3 years prior.
What I think was very strategic, on God’s part, is that he made sure Jesus’s mother Mary was amongst the disciples, during their 10 days of waiting.
I would imagine that Mary shared with the disciples her powerful testimony, of when the angel Gabriel came to her and told her she would conceive in her womb and bear a son named Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).
I would imagine she shared that Gabriel told her that the IMPOSSIBLE would become POSSIBLE when the Holy Spirit came UPON her and the Power of the Most High OVERSHADOWED her.
As we know from Scripture, Mary didn’t reply to Gabriel’s declaration that she would birth the Son of God by saying, "Gabriel, I think I am going to need more explanation, before I agree to this thing that you are telling me, that I don't completely understand. What do you mean, the power of the Most High will overshadow me? What are the ramifications of this on my personal life? If I agree to birthing Jesus, the Son of God, how exactly is this going to affect my own life’s dreams and desires?"
No…instead Mary said, "I am your handmaiden. Let it be to according to your word."
You see, Mary came into complete UNION with Yahweh’s desire for her, without knowing or understanding all that Yahweh was asking of her. All she knew was that she loved Lord with all of her heart. And she believed that God had her best interests at heart. She therefore SACRIFICED HER BODY for his purposes!
No if-s, and-s or but-s…NO LIMITATIONS!
Because of Mary’s testimony, and the fact that Jesus, who was dead, but was now alive, I can see the disciples coming to the same conclusion as Mary did.
I can imagine ALL the disciples praying in union…
"Jesus, even though we don't know how you are going to accomplish what you are saying, WE ARE YOUR DISCIPLES and we believe what you have told us is TRUE. Therefore, LET IT BE TO US ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD! We believe you and want to receive EVERYTHING you have for us, through what you call the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire, so that we can be your effective and compelling WITNESSES to the end of the earth, just like you witnessed for Yahweh!”
Since the disciples stayed put in Jerusalem, them must have all come into agreement that they needed to WAIT to be clothed with power from on high, BEFORE they moved forward in being Jesus’s witnesses!
And so they did…
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them TONGUES AS OF FIRE, distributing and resting on each one of them. And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).
Remember Jesus said he would baptize with the HOLY SPIRIT and with FIRE. The tongues of fire that were seen resting upon the disciples was proof of what took place on that day, so that there would be no doubt of what just happened.
Peter described to the crowds what they were witnessing when the disciples all began speaking in other tongues the mighty works of God. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having RECEIVED from the Father the Promise of the Holy Spirit, he (Jesus) HAS POURED OUT this which you see and hear” (Acts 2:32-33).
On the day of Pentecost, Jesus fulfilled his promise to his disciples, by clothing them with the same POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT that he himself had received on the day of his baptism. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the HOLY SPIRIT and with POWER; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
It wasn’t until the disciples were baptized by Jesus with the baptism of the Holy Spirit through tongues of fire falling down upon them from heaven that the disciples received the POWER to become Jesus’s BOLD WITNESSES to the ends of the earth. It wasn’t until Pentecost that they were able to preach the Gospel boldly, to heal the sick, and to cast out demons in Jesus’s name.
Because the disciples began speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ in both WORD and in POWER after the fire fell from heaven, scripture records that over 3000 souls were baptized on the day of Pentecost, becoming children of God.
Now that is a GREAT day at church!!!
Now don’t miss this…
3000 people became followers of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost, because 3000 people BELIEVED the testimonies the disciples SPOKE about Jesus, disciples who allowed Jesus to baptize them with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
When the fire fell from heaven, and the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit, the first thing that happened is they opened their mouths and uttered not their own words, but what they heard their Father saying through the Holy Spirit. The first thing they did is WITNESS, by speaking the MIGHTY WORKS OF GOD in a language they didn’t even understand!
As a result of opening their mouths and letting the Holy Spirit speak through them, 3000 souls were HARVESTED for Yahweh’s kingdom in just one day. So being baptized with the Holy Spirit is about being a witness in order to bring in a HARVEST. In fact, God said to me one day, “Being clothed with my power is ALL ABOUT THE HARVEST!”
The disciples were compelling and effective witnesses for Jesus Christ, because they allowed Jesus to baptize them with HIS POWER to be his witnesses.
Because the disciples did NOT LIMIT Jesus in his desire to baptize them with the FULLNESS of the Holy Spirit for his kingdom purposes, 3000 people became followers of Jesus Christ in one day!
So my question is this…
Why aren’t we seeing the same results as the first church did, in bringing people to Christ?
The Good News of Jesus Christ has not changed.
The Gospel message is the same as it was yesterday.
Unfortunately, what has changed is that a very large majority of believers in Jesus Christ have not followed Jesus’s instructions and WAITED for him to baptize them with his POWER to be his WITNESSES to the ends of the earth.
And because believers are trying to be Jesus’s witnesses using their own HUMAN POWER, they are having limited results!
Before the disciples received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they were not bold speakers, they were not able to heal the sick, and they could not cast out demons. However, after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they also had these incredible gifts!!!
NOW THAT’S HEAVENLY POWER!!!
Because the disciples allowed the Holy Spirit to speak through their mouths, and miracles, signs and wonders followed them wherever they went, people BELIEVED what the disciples SPOKE about Jesus and became followers of Jesus Christ themselves.
So my question to every believer is this…
After the day of your salvation took place, the day the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you, did you then WAIT to receive the PROMISE of the FATHER? Did you wait to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire as was promised to Jesus’s disciples?
Jesus needed his first disciples to be FULLY EQUIPPED!!!
Jesus needs YOU to be FULLY EQUIPPED!!!
So if you haven’t waited for Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire, you need to come into ONE ACCORD with Jesus, come into UNION with Jesus, and pray for his dreams and desires for you to come to fruition, with absolutely NO LIMITATIONS!
If you don’t know if you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire, which is a separate event from your water baptism, then I would imagine that you haven’t. From my own experience, there was a definite BEFORE and AFTER.
From my own experience, after I asked God for “EVERYTHING the Holy Spirit had to offer me,” I can honestly say that everything drastically changed. Not only did Yahweh’s voice become 1000 times clearer than before, but I also became a bold and effective witness for Jesus Christ. After I was baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire, which I previously knew absolutely nothing about, I received an abundance of spiritual gifts. And through the these spiritual gifts, I have played my part in miracles, signs, and wonders taking place in other people’s lives, in Jesus’s name.
So please… I urgently plead with every believer today, who reads these words, to come into COMPLETE UNION with Jesus Christ by asking to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. As Yahweh’s children, we need to stop grieving his heart on this important matter, and receive ALL that Jesus has for us.
Please don’t wait…Jesus needs a multitude of POWERFUL LABORERS to bring in HIS HARVEST for such a time as this!!!
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with MIGHT through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have POWER to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you MAY BE FILLED with ALL THE FULLNESS of God” Ephesians 3:14.
“BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for righteousness, for they SHALL BE FILLED” Matthew 5:6.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
1. BELIEVE that Jesus desires to bless you with the Promise of the Father, called the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire.
2. WAIT to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus instructed his first disciples.
3. PRAY to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in one accord with Jesus’s desires, until the day you receive it.
4. TELL Jesus, “Let it be to ME according to your WORD!” with no if-s, and-s or but-s….
5. RECEIVE the fullness of Jesus’s power when it comes upon you, being careful not to limit him with your own knowledge of what you think you may or may not be receiving.
6. ALLOW Jesus to use you as his effective and compelling witnesses, because of his power and boldness flowing through you, and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit he blesses you with.
7. SHARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!!!