What the purpose of sending the Holy Spirit was and how it happened

Vyacheslav GoncharenkoVyacheslav Goncharenko

24.05.2015 г.

Do you know that we live in the age of the Holy Spirit? That’s what our time is called: the era of the Holy Spirit, the age of grace. What does this mean? It means that there is an open door for each person who lives on the planet regardless of his or her race, social position, nation, or country to receive salvation. Everyone can be saved. Even the worst sinner, even the most terrible criminal, given up by society, can find salvation and eternal life. Because it’s the age of the Holy Spirit, the era of grace, each person feels a calling, the appeal of the Holy Spirit. Quite often we can hear this appeal when we go through times of crisis, when we feel forsaken and lonely. This is a golden opportunity when the Holy Spirit knocks, appeals to person’s conscience, convicts of sin, reveals the truth and speaks about judgment. Blessed is he who, upon hearing this call, turns to Him to find everlasting life.

I am confident that the Holy Spirit here on the earth works through His Church. If you share the Gospel of Jesus Christ you are a partner in the Kingdom of God. You are a very important tool in God’s hands.

The age of the Holy Spirit began when Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. You have heard that Jesus Christ died, was raised from the dead and then was lifted up. Prior to His departure He called His disciples together and they asked Him, “What’s next?” They thought He was going to restore the Kingdom of Israel. But Jesus said that it was not their business to know when it was going to happen and they didn’t need to know the day and the hour which the Father fixed by His own authority. Along with it Jesus highlighted what indeed held great significance for believers, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). And after He had said those things, He was lifted up and a cloud received Him out of their sight. They couldn’t see Him any longer. The disciples watched and marveled because they had never seen such a miracle. They witnessed many miracles: how Jesus healed the sick and even raised the dead but to see Him lifted up to disappear into a cloud was beyond them. They stared and stared. It didn’t say how long it took but probably long enough because even angels appeared and said, “Why are you looking into the sky? Jesus has gone and now He sits at the right hand of God the Father. You are to wait for the promised Holy Spirit, the advocate, Who is coming to stay with you forever. You go and call the rest together and wait for Him.” The disciples got a quite interesting assignment: to wait. You know that it’s not always easy to wait for something or someone. Have you ever waited for something to happen? How was it? You keep thinking, “When’s it going to be over?”

The disciples weren’t told that the Holy Spirit is coming in ten days or something. Yes, that would have been so sweet: mark 10 days on the calendar and relax. But the angels just said, “Wait!” So the disciples kept on waiting. A day passed; nothing happened. Two, three, four days and they’re still waiting… I can imagine someone begin to squirm by that time. But they had the assignment to stay together and wait. It’s written that they with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer and supplication. I think they recalled different events they had gone through together with Jesus. On those days Matthew, Luke, Mark and John might have made up their minds to write their Gospels. It’s written that about 120 people came together: apostles, Mary, Jesus’ mother, His brothers etc. Jesus had siblings; Joseph and Mary had more children after Jesus was born. All of those 120 people knew Jesus and they shared many events together. The Bible says that over the course of those days Peter stood up and said, “We have to appoint another apostle to take the place of Judas who fell away, hung himself and left us.” You see, even Jesus’ team had a backslider, a betrayer. His name has become a common noun. We commonly call traitors “Judas.” Following Peter’s suggestion, they put forward two men and cast lots. The lot fell on Matthias and he was added to eleven apostles. Thus the number 12 was recovered. In God’s plan numbers play an important role.

Then when the day of Pentecost (a Jewish feast) arrived suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. Commonly, the word spirit is translated as wind. The Greek word for spirit also means wind or breath. It’s written that this “wind” filled up the whole house. It’s amazing that even to modern times we hear many interesting testimonies of how the Holy Spirit moved, visiting various gatherings and nations. What we are talking about today is neither mysticism nor a thing of the past which can’t be confirmed. The Holy Spirit is real today. This is His age. He is the boss. He moves in this world in the midst of God’s holy people as well among the sinners. He is everywhere. It’s said that the Spirit breathes where He likes. No one can direct the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we think that our words “Holy Spirit, come!” invite Him in. You know, He doesn’t wait for our invitation to come. He knows when to come and how to move. He knows everything! Because He is God, the third person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Everything alive lives by the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of life.

So just paint a picture of the wind bursting in on the day of Pentecost. I recall many revivals that took place over the course of modern history. If you have ever watched the movies “Transformation” or “Reformation” you witness the great and magnificent things the nations saw on the event of the Holy Spirit’s visitation. It’s amazing! Find an opportunity to watch these movies.

The story of one revival left a particular mark in my mind. In Canada in one town a church came together to pray for God to visit their town because it was full of darkness. Young people committed suicide, many men and women got drunk and addicted. Crime skyrocketed and a wave of chaos and anarchy hit the town. The pastor called together the congregation and made an offer, “Let’s begin praying because the devil is running wild here! Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit may come, change the atmosphere and start a revival in our town because we are powerless in ourselves!” So the Christians prayed. How many days they kept on praying I don’t know but the Holy Spirit always notices the thirsty hearts and comes. In the book of prophet Isaiah God says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). It’s amazing but indeed nothing happens when there is no thirst. But as soon as you show your passion toward God, as soon as you make God your first priority and He becomes the most important person in your life and you desire to have relations with Him and the Holy Spirit, He surely comes. And He begins doing great works which none of us can accomplish. One day there came a sound from Heaven similar to the one described in the book of Acts. People heard that roar, that wind which filled up the entire house. They couldn’t believe what happened. God’s presence appeared very tangibly. A cameraman even had that wind recorded: and it sounded like a hurricane rushed through the church during the prayer; it was a time of God’s mighty visitation. When all that happened people couldn’t leave for home, they kept on praying, praying and praying all night long. When the dawn came, about 5-6 o’clock in the morning multitudes of people gathered at the church building. Some of those people said, “We were walking the whole night as long as about 15 miles.” Somebody asked them, “Who told you that we are praying here?” They replied, “No one. We felt strong conviction of our sins and came to say that we don’t want to live like that any longer.” So that town experienced a revival. Thousands and thousands of people got saved. Right from the time lots of people broke the habit of excessive drinking, none would commit suicide. The town was transformed all by the power of the Holy Spirit. Such things happen nowadays.

The Holy Spirit moves in different ways when He comes to live in us. Sometimes He does bigger things, sometimes smaller things but He is doing something constantly. Since the time you got saved amazing work is being done within you. The Holy Spirit is producing something in your life. Divine fruit is growing. Wouldn’t you agree that you are not the same you were before? You have changed radically. Your worldview, values, life outlook, attitude toward others, relations within the family have changed. All of these are the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

I remember an official asked me, “How do you make it happen that a drunk or a hardened criminal becomes a good person? What are your secrets? What methods do you use?” It’s amazing but it’s the Holy Spirit Who is working out all of those things. It’s He Who touches people, healing their hurting souls and changing their hearts. A changed hearts is the greatest miracle ever.

In addition to such “invisible” work, the Holy Spirit does spectacular things in our day-to-day experience. When I was a small boy I remember my parents (I grew up in a Christian home) were talking about something with great excitement. Later on I learned what it was about. The Lord even gave me a chance to meet one of the generals of the revival in Estonia. There is a famous church in Tallinn, St. Olaf’s Church. It’s the tallest church in Tallinn and its spire overlooks the whole city. One day people from that church said, “Let us come together and pray! We are not happy with what is going on in our city!” And they began to pray. They were persistent and prayed diligently. And that church experienced a great visitation from God. The Holy Spirit began moving in such a mighty way that every sick person who would come there was healed. One room in the church was piled with crutches and wheelchairs. No matter how seriously sick a person came there, he would go home totally healthy. That church’s fame went through the entire Soviet Union. Many would come to visit the church to see how the Holy Spirit moved. The Holy Spirit united different denominations; there were Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Lutherans, all together. The Holy Spirit wipes out all boundaries. No one was seen as a stranger, a member of a foreign denomination; all were Christians. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of love Who makes us all one in Christ.

It happened that I travelled to the city of Jitomir in Ukraine to attend a pastors’ fellowship. Bishops of charismatic full Gospel movement, ministers who had served up to 20 years and more, came together. We came to meet in person because prior to that time we knew each other only by correspondence. About 30 brothers from different countries arrived. There were ministers from America, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus etc. The fellowship was very sweet. We all spoke Russian. We had three days of enjoyable fellowship. Then one of us had an idea and he shared an amazing story of a nearby town called Korosten which God’s Spirit visited in former times. The man went on to say that a person who had pastored at that time was still alive and had a sharp mind. He was an old man about 90 years of age. So the brother suggested, “Let’s invite this man and ask him to pray for us, lay hands on us, share his experience and encourage us. It might be beneficial for us.” So that old man came. His face was very old indeed framed with grey hair. But looking at him I saw God’s life, God’s fire in his eyes. His eyes were shining while he shared his story, “We just prayed. We said, ‘Lord, we want to see revival here, we want our town to be saved.‘ And we kept on praying.”

That old man told us of great amazing things, of how God moved. I asked him, “Please, tell us how that all came about.” He said, “As we prayed the Holy Spirit touched our children in Sunday school. We hadn’t paid much attention to them. Well, they usually just ran about underfoot. But as soon as the Holy Spirit visited our church and touched our children we immediately saw God’s power upon them. A boy, 5-6 years of age, who could hardly speak was filled with God, with the Holy Spirit. He prayed in tongues and lifted up his hand. At that moment every person in his sight who was demon possessed began screaming. The boy kept on holding his hand up for several minutes and all those people were set free. They came up to the front, some pushing wheelchairs, some carrying crutches. It was God’s power in action: five minutes and all were made well. As a result, when we looked for a sick person to pray for him to get healed we didn’t find even one.”

Hearing of those miracles I imagined it happening today. If God did it then He can do it here and now. But are we really passionate to see that happening? Or we are satisfied with what we have reached and won’t go any further? One of the biggest problems believers have is that they set limits on God saying, “That’s enough!” For instance, a person begins speaking in tongues and thinks, “That’s enough!” But I would like you to know, that’s not the end. The Holy Spirit has no limits, no restrictions! He is God! I expect Him to show Himself in a mighty way in our church. I expect the prophesies we have heard about us to be fulfilled: the sick people will be brought here from all over and God will move mightily demolishing the curse of oncological diseases on our land. Chernobyl or whatever reasons it has occurred; our country has suffered a great deal of it. God is able to turn it over and make our nation healthy again. There are going to be no sick people among us! God is showing His grace over our nation!

Now let’s go back to the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. What happened when the wind rushed in? It’s written that tongues of fire separated and came to rest on each of them (Acts 2:3). Surely, it doesn’t imply physical fire or flame. The Scripture calls it “tongues of fire” meaning heavenly fire which rested on each one’s head. And all of them are said to become filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:4). Many people arrived at Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover and each of them heard the disciples speaking his own language. They listened attentively to what the apostles were saying and heard of great deeds God had performed. Many who came were puzzled, “How do you know our language? We live 300 km far from here. Our tribe is very small! How did you come to know?” But it was a gift from God; the apostle didn’t learn the languages. The Holy Spirit gave them abilities and they supernaturally began doing something they had never learnt. Those who came to the feast heard of great works of God. A profound thought is hidden here: God wants people of this world to hear of His great works. Look what this world imposes upon us via TV: criminals, crime, fear. God never acts like that; He never blows in fear. He wants people to hear of His great deeds. I believe that each of us is  God’s instrument to speak of His great works. You can tell unbelievers, “Look, what God is doing in my life! Look at what He is doing throughout the world! Look at what He has done in our church!” You are free to share testimonies of miraculous changes which the Holy Spirit has made. You are to tell about God’s great works.

Along with those who were sincerely amazed there were those who scoffed, saying, “They are full of sweet wine.” Those people laughed, “What are you murmuring? What’s the matter with you?” Then Peter lifted up his voice and said, “All is well. We are not drunk as you suppose. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

Acts 2:17:

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 

Peter said, “Here is what has happened: the prophesy has come to life today. We have entered a new era, the era of the Holy Spirit. A completely new period for our world has arrived.” And he continued preaching. Some think of Peter as an uneducated fisherman but read his sermon up to the end and you will see how intelligent he was. Hear his words! Notice the change that took place in that fisherman! Led by the Holy Spirit he delivered speeches which were beyond the man’s natural ability. Peter quoted the Scripture, book of Psalms: “It’s written… It’s written…” Don’t think of him as an uneducated fisherman. He is a knowledgeable person. He ended his speech saying, “Please come to realize that what has happened, that wind from heaven, is God’s promise of the beginning of the new era, the era of salvation through Jesus Christ Whom you crucified by the hands of evil men. You betrayed Him, you rejected the Son of God, you crucified Him. But God made Him a corner stone in the foundation of His building.” Hearing that people’s conscience judged them and it’s written that they were cut to the heart, “What have we done?” And then they said, “What must we do?” Peter completed his message saying, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) Peter says that after they repented they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is not the end. Some people think, “I have repented… It’s enough.” But you are to receive the Holy Spirit after that.

Acts 2:39:

The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call. 

A number of people, even believers still doubt, “Can this belong to us? We can’t believe it!” Amazingly enough but when it comes to the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the signs of speaking in tongues many people  would rather believe God saying, “… and you will walk on the moon” than that. But Adamic nature must capitulate, surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ! You have to surrender, it’s a good word. People, show God a white flag! Don’t fight with Him, simply surrender! Then rivers of living water will start flowing out of your well. It will bypass your mind; this language will flow out of your spirit. Don’t regard yourself to be smarter than God!

When I got sick two years ago my mind switched off; I couldn’t utter a word. I saw, I recognized every person but couldn’t pronounce a word. Everything got mixed up because the stroke caused multiple damages to the brain. My speaking ability was shut off. My only consolation was prayer in the Holy Spirit. And you know it was so easy for me to pray that prayer. I couldn’t speak a word in Russian but in the Holy Spirit I was alive! It confirms the fact that the prayer in other tongues has nothing to do with our brain. Because we are not only emotional beings, we are also spiritual. None of the world’s educational institutions will tell you that a human being consists of spirit, soul and body. You can find this only in the Bible. The Holy Spirit comes into our spirit making us new and perfect creations in Christ. And God desires to flow through us with no hindrances, despite our prejudice, superstitions, strongholds, stereotypes and human foibles which can fill up our mind, like for instance: “What will people say?” If we trust God He begins moving through us. When we pray He starts acting through us.

So when a person receives salvation what is next? When a person repents and receives Jesus Christ as his Lord the next step is to receive the Holy Spirit. Why is it important? It affects our salvation. That’s why. It’s crucial for our victorious life. Until you receive the Holy Spirit you can’t live victoriously. Without Him you will have to rely only on your own strength to fight against temptation and sin and you will never win in this case. You will never be able to conquer Satan by your own power. He will deceive you because he is a deceiver, he is the serpent. He has been doing this business for centuries and he has learnt thoroughly the human nature. You won’t be able to stand against him without God the Holy Spirit. But when you receive the Holy Spirit you obtain new quality of life. You become unattainable for Satan. You are always ahead of him. Even before he plots something against you the Holy Spirit will reveal it to you. If somebody digs a hole to trap you the Holy Spirit will always send you a warning beforehand.

We should come to realize that it’s of high importance. For this reason if you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit and don’t speak in tongues, don’t have this sign, change your thinking and begin looking for it. Don’t leave things to take their own course, “Let it be as God pleases. If He gives, that’s good, if not so be it.” No, no, no! I believe you have to long for Him, long wholeheartedly. Pursue Him; tell Him, “Holy Spirit, I don’t want to live without You!” Why is it critical? When we invite Jesus Christ into our life and repent of our sins the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from every sin. It washes clean our heart and our life. Once we were polluted but now we are made clean. The Bible says that when our home has been swept clean but empty the unclean spirit which once lived there twisting your life goes to deserted places but finding no rest says, “Let me return to my home.” It comes back and sees the home is clean and swept. Then it takes seven more evil spirits and stays in. Keep this in mind and never leave your home empty. Our home should be occupied. There is only one way to prevent backsliding, falling and returning to old sins: your home which is your heart, your spirit should be occupied by the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit should fill you that you may experience His presence. It’s crucial to constantly keep up this spiritual temperature. Then Satan will be unable to catch you off balance and you will live a high victorious life in Jesus Christ. Amen! So be thirsty. Isaiah prophesies: “I will pour out streams of God’s grace on the thirsty.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17:

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 

Your body was designed for the Holy Spirit to live in. Your body was created as a temple of God for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside. It’s forbidden to devastate God’s temple. Don’t mess around with it. In fact, it’s all about your life in eternity because, my friends, it’s by the Holy Spirit that we are going to be lifted up on a cloud to meet up with Jesus Christ. The rapture of the Church when believers will be lifted up is going to done by the Holy Spirit. It’s written that not all of us will die but we all will be changed. If you won’t live to see Jesus Christ’s second coming but die a believer you are going to be raised up from the dead in the first resurrection of the righteous. It’s written that those who will be brought back in the first resurrection are going to be justified, while those (sinners) in the second condemned. We want to be in the first group. This is why you should believe not just a little bit, doubting if you are a believer or not, but stand firm, being confident that you are saved, spirit, soul and body. What proves that you are saved? The Holy Spirit dwelling in us is the eternal guarantee of our salvation.

Romans 8:9:

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. 

If God’s Spirit lives in you, you are not in the realm of the flesh as other unbelieving people are, you are not led by your flesh thinking, you live high above where you have the power and victory over sin, temptation, obstacles and sicknesses. As if you live in a different dimension.

Romans 8:9:

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 

And now let me ask you have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? If your answer is: “I am not sure,” then it’s necessary for you to receive the baptism. Are you filled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit dwells in you? You might say, “I have repented and accepted Jesus Christ…”

But let’s take a look how it was in the times of apostles. What was next after people repented? In the book of Acts we find that after people accepted Christ they received the Holy Spirit. If you have repented but haven’t received the baptism in the Holy Spirit then something is not completed in your life. Here is where weaknesses, doubts, sins come from, you simply don’t have power to overcome all of these.

Let’s recall what we have already seen in the second chapter of the book of Acts when they began speaking in tongues.

Acts 2:4

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

Let’s recall the story when Peter preached to Cornelius. Peter came and preached to Gentiles, people who were not Jews. God sent Peter and he preached Christ.

Acts 10:44-46:

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.  For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. 

Do you see the secret? The coming of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the sign of speaking in other tongues.

Here is one more story of Paul’s ministry. While in Ephesus he asked believers: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2) If you have believed it’s time to receive the Holy Spirit. Those people sincerely believed but they hadn’t heard of the Holy Spirit though they looked for salvation and to be with God.

Acts 19:3-6:

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 

That’s why I am asking if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit? Do you ever prophesy? If you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit He should be seen. The Holy Spirit should miraculously show Himself in your life. God is not an author of nominal Christianity, lukewarm Christianity, religious Christianity, following unbearable unclear rules. It was a heritage of the Old covenant. The New covenant is marked by the grace of God. The power, the person of the Holy Spirit, has come down from Heaven. He makes our life in Christ happy, joyful and victorious.

The Bible tells one interesting story of a magician who lived in Samaria where Phillip was sent. Phillip came and preached there and people repented and received Christ. A great multitude repented and they had to receive the Holy Spirit. Then Peter and John came and prayed they receive the Holy Spirit. If a person doesn’t receive the Holy Spirit he or she won’t have power to withstand. Do you want to get to Heaven? You need the Holy Spirit!

Acts 8:16-17:

…the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Thus those people repented, were baptized and received the Holy Spirit when apostles laid hands on them.

Acts 8:18:

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 

I wonder how did that magician recognize that the Holy Spirit was given? Reading between the lines we can understand that the laying of hands led to something. What was it? People began speaking into other tongues. The magician, perhaps, thought, “Wow!” He is a truly amazing person. He didn’t come and say, “Give it to me! Let the Holy Spirit come upon me also!” No. He says, “Pray that I am able to give the Holy Spirit to others.”A leader who desired to leaven and teach others was speaking through him.

 Acts 8:20:

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 

Peter probably knew nothing about psychology and how to explain in a gentle way. Look how strictly he replies:

Acts 8:21-24:

You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.  For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” 

Once, a sorcerer came to our meeting. Somebody invited him. Pavel Goncharenko led praising on the stage and that sorcerer said, pointing at him, “This is a bad person!”A brother asked, “Why? He is very good kind person!” The magician continued, “He is a bad person! I met him once in the city…” It turned out that Pavel witnessed to him about Jesus Christ but he most likely didn’t welcome the message. Pavel being filled with Holy Spirit spoke several words in other tongues. The sorcerer kept going, “He said something to me and when I returned home I dug through all the dictionaries to find the meaning. And do you know what it was? ‘You will be crawling like a crawfish for three years.’ You may understand it differently but that man was a sorcerer.

Do you remember that apostle Paul made even somebody blind? That person also practiced sorcery. Paul forbade him saying, “I ban you! You turned people away from the ways of God.” And the sorcerer lost his sight at once. It’s a spiritual battle between the power of God and Satan. The battle is still ahead and it’s going to be pretty severe. Read about Apocalypse in the book of Revelation. I won’t tell it into much detail now but it says that a severe battle is going to take place between light and darkness. At the dawn of human history there is going to be the greatest spiritual battle of all. It describes how Satan is going to act, antichrist, beast and false prophet, people who are possessed by unclean spirits. You can read about all of these. But you will see the end is going to be glorious. Jesus is the King! He is going to win and we as well! Halleluiah!

And when you have received the Holy Spirit you should be filled with Him.

Ephesians 5:18:

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit… 

Now I am going to explain. What does it mean “not to get drunk on wine”? Wine represents worldly pleasures, when people try to satisfy their souls apart from God and the Holy Spirit. There are millions things on which people feed their souls. They find consolation thinking of good weather, or a nice vacation, dreaming of good salary and financial position or new connections. People always live on hope. But most of such dreams are idols in people’s minds. These are a sort of feeding troughs where people nurture their souls. Apostle Paul tells believers, “Don’t get drunk with wine! Don’t look for other feeders! New wine is available for us – get filled with the Holy Spirit!”

Apostle Jude (not the “Judas” who hung himself) writes in his account: … by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit… (Jude 1:20). Building up and filling oneself mean recharging. It is similar to a battery. When it runs low, when the energy level is insufficient the car won’t start. You won’t be able to move one step further. What do people normally do in this case? They connect it to a source of electric power and recharge. What do Christians do? They connect their spiritual terminal blocks to the source – the Holy Spirit, and recharge praying in the spirit for one, two, three hours …

My friends, it works! Your headlights will regain power. Your fireless eyes will resume shining. Your entire life will change. When we look for an answer sometime it may seem somewhere here or maybe in this particular person. But a believer should be able to say together with David, “Only in the Lord my soul finds comfort!” Each of us needs to drink from the Holy Spirit and stay in close relations with Him in order to draw the power to live a victorious life in the Holy Spirit. I have witnessed that when you are full of the Holy Spirit till it overflows then the gifts of the Holy Spirit start flowing through you and the fruit of the Holy Spirit begin shining in you – peace, joy, love, patience, meekness, self control; there is no law of limitation for those. When people live not according to the law but to grace they enjoy their life in God. Besides, the Holy Spirit reveals their calling. Many believers don’t know what they are called to do. They are anxious not knowing what they are supposed to do. “Who am I? Who am I?”Pray, build yourself up and get filled with the Holy Spirit. He will talk with you. He will disclose where you are supposed to work, for instance, and how you can benefit the Kingdom of God. Nothing will be impossible in your life when you get this revelation!

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