The Holy Ghost, The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, the Comforter, the Teacher of Truth, the Third member of the Trinity. GOD, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord.
To speak of one is to speak of all three. They are ONE.
Some fear that giving their life to God, means they can no longer enjoy themselves. They would be entering the world of Do’s and Don’ts, of Rules and Regulations, Strict Adherence to the Denomination’s thoughts, beliefs, Rituals, and Customs.
None of that is true, if you give your heart and mind to Christ, you will experience a Freedom and Joy that you have never known. Because the Holy Spirit draws you to Salvation, He Teaches, Comforts, Leads, Guides, He is always with us.
The fear or uncertainty of what the Holy Spirit is, or does, is pretty standard in the Evangelical world. We may speak of the Holy Spirit and believe He is within us, but we do not understand how He works.
I have heard Preachers say; ‘If God wanted me to have the Gifts, (the Baptism of the Holy Spirit), He would have given it to me.’ Or, ‘It’s not for today, there are Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, and Mormons, that speak in tongues, so it must be from the devil, these people are not even Christian.’
I once thought, if people didn’t believe as I did, they were not saved. I trust I have grown since that time. Not sure of the Seventh Day Adventists, or the Mormons, but Catholics recite the same Apostles Creed as Evangelicals do. they believe that Jesus died on the Cross to save them, they just do not realize they could have a closer relationship, a personal walk with Jesus, Yoked to Him, enjoying His company, accepting His Comfort and Joy.
I believe this fear of the Holy Spirit, and the Gifts is because people do not realize that they are in control. The Spirit does not take us over and cause us to speak gibberish or anything else.
1 Corinthians 14: 32.
“And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”
The concern is from one area only. Tongues and Interpretation. For some reason, this scares otherwise fearless Christians.
It is the first Gift of the Spirit, the 120 received, and is the one Gift all could use. It is a gift to encourage the Church, (with Interpretation), and a Gift to build up our Faith. (Jude)
As a Prayer Language it is our Spirit speaking to the Lord. We may not understand, and we are not supposed to understand, it is a Gift that links us to God.
We do not know what we pray, but it is the perfect prayer, that God wants us to Pray.
When we refuse to ask for and accept the Gift that God offers, we are hiding the Talent given us, instead of growing in it. (Matthew 25).
I believe the Gifts are the Talents the Master left us. Those who learn their use, grow in the Faith. Are able to bring Healing and Comfort and even Faith to those without. The Gifts of the Spirit, release the Power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Why someone who loves God, would not SEEK ALL HE WOULD HAVE US HAVE, is beyond me.
Saints, pray for all God would give you, to complete you in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 3:10)
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We all have the relationship we want with God.
I desire a more intimate one.
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