Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
"God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of sound mind" (2 Tim 1:7). This month we are going to celebrate Pentecost on the first Sunday.
Actually Pentecost is the Birthday of the Church. Without Spirit we can't be a fruitful Church. So let's think about Holy Spirit "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" (Acts 19:1, 2).This was the very first question Paul asked a group of disciples. Not without reason.This is still the most important question for every Christian. The initial reception of the Spirit is called in the New Testament by various names: The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Mt 3:11; Acts 1:5), Enduement with power from on High (Lk 24:49), Filling (Acts 2:4), Receiving (Acts 2:38; 8:15) and Anointing (Acts 10:38). Oh the glorious "Promise of the Father!" (Acts 1:4). A rightful inheritance for every child of God!
Folks encounter certain common problems while seeking the Gift of the Spirit. Because these are not tackled, we have simply too many chronic
seekers who are never able to appropriate this blessing.First, the problem of fear. Some seekers are very apprehensive lest they would receive a counterfeit experience. This is absolutely unfounded.
Christ predicted that people would have this fear while praying for the Holy Spirt. So He said, "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" (Lk 11:11-13). Any comment needed for this passage?
Then the problem concerning faith. It is inconceivable that people think they need a greater and extraordinary faith to receive the Spirit than the one they exercised to receive Christ. Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are God's parallel Gifts. The disciples were not men of super-faith when they were tarrying in the upper room (Mt 28:16,17; Mk16:14; Lk 24:41)
Nothing more 4 than a basic faith was necessary (Jn 7:39). It is after that the Holy Spirit comes on us we grow strong in faith. Faith is one of His gifts (1 Cor 12:9). Then there is feeling. Each person is different in his emotional makeup.
Accordingly the outward expressions will differ. Some people jump or shake or fall flat when the Holy Spirit comes on them. But it is wrong to expect everyone to do it. Facts first, faith next and feelings last.
This order is important. Some feel that they are not holy enough to receive the Holy Spirit. The fact is that we don't receive the Spirit because we are holy,but in order to become holy! Hallelujah. May our God fill us with His Spirit and help us to live a Spirit filled and Spirit led life.
May God bless us all.
With Love and Prayers,
Rev. Pretheesh Babu Kurian