Faith Class 101: Class 12
Let’s continue to learn about the Holy Spirit who lives in you and His roll in building The Church.
“...I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)
The building of The Glorious Church, of which you are a member, relies on powerful keys from the Heavenly Kingdom.
Born again people of God are Kingdom Citizens who have the Ministry of Reconciliation. All assignments, all ministry gifts go back to this core principal.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
God did not send us out on assignment without a supply from His Kingdom.
That supply is called the anointing or power of God, and it is resident in God’s Spirit who abides within you. There is so much to say about this glorious Person, the Holy Spirit.
His primary function is the Builder of The Church...through us! One cannot be born again without Him. (John 3:1-8)
Jesus’ Departure from Earth—Our Advantage?
When Jesus walked the earth He helped many people. But when the crowds went home, they went home without Him.
We’re different! The Holy Spirit filled our inner man on the day of our new birth. You and I were born of Him. We will never be an orphan again and we will never be alone. He’s there with us in every step we take, in every part of this life. He is forever undeniably faithful to us. He will always help us and lead us into triumph and victory…if we’ll hear and obey.
And when we make mistakes, He is there to guide us back into close fellowship with the Father. (1 John 1:9)
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
When you receive Him as the Baptizer with fire, His might is released in you. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” (Acts 1:5, 1:8, and Acts 2:1-4)
The Greek word for power is dunamis.
This is where we get the word dynamite from. Think of the Holy Spirit as the all-mighty power Source that can blast demons to flee in fright as you speak out with authority using the name of Jesus!
Put on God’s Armor!
God’s armor is given to us for power, protection and advancement!
Holy Spirit and The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17)
His initial indwelling when you were born again is increased and expanded when you get baptized in Him and speak in tongues. (Acts 19:1-7) Trying to explain this Baptism in the Holy Spirit is hard to put into words but one word came to my mind, “volumized.” This was not found in my dictionary.
But the word voluminous is.
It means: of great volume; large; extensive; abundance; sizable; massive—which makes one wonder how God can squeeze Himself into the spirit of man? Just a bit of humor there...
WORKINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Revealer—John 16:1-15
Jesus said, of God’s Spirit:
He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
He is the Revealer of truth and will guide us into all truth.
He speaks only what He hears.
He reveals things to come.
He will glorify Jesus, for He takes what belongs to Jesus and gives it to us!
This is that...which Peter explained to the people:
"This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33
Never been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues?
You don’t want to live out your race without this. (Read Acts 19:1-6.)
It’s easy to receive. Pray this prayer:
“Father God, I come to you in Jesus name. I thank you that I am born again. You said in Your word, ‘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!’ (Luke 11:13)
I am asking you LORD to fill me with the Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God.
I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance.”
Begin to praise God with all your heart and release what you sense in your heart, not your head...let those sounds come forth. As you develop, you’ll gain confidence, just like a young child learning to talk.
Recommended for you:
Why speak with tongues. Kenneth E. Hagin audio.