Gift of the Spirit

 

 

THE PROMISE 

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.

John 14:16,17, HCSB 

 

THE TESTIMONY 

So mightily can God work when men give themselves up to the control of His Spirit. 

The promise of the Holy Spirit is not limited to any age or to any race. Christ declared that the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end. From the Day of Pentecost to the present time, the Comforter has been sent to all who have yielded themselves fully to the Lord and to His service. To all who have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit has come as a counselor, sanctifier, guide, and witness. 

Those who at Pentecost were endued with power from on high...were repeatedly assailed by the enemy of all truth, who sought to rob them of their Christian experience. They were compelled to strive with all their God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. Daily they prayed for fresh supplies of grace, that they might reach higher and still higher toward perfection. Under the Holy Spirit’s working even the weakest, by exercising faith in God, learned to improve their entrusted powers and to become sanctified, refined, and ennobled. As in humility they submitted to the molding influence of the Holy Spirit, they received of the fullness of the Godhead and were fashioned in the likeness of the divine. 

If the fulfillment of the promise is not seen as it might be, it is because the promise is not appreciated as it should be. If all were willing, all would be filled with the Spirit. 

Since this is the means by which we are to receive power, why do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of the Spirit? Why do we not talk of it, pray for it, and preach concerning it? The Lord is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who serve Him than parents are to give good gifts to their children. For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer his petition to God. Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely... The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give. 

— The Acts of the Apostles, p.49,50 

 

THE RESPONSE 

Dear Lord, I yield myself fully to You and claim the promise of the Holy Spirit. Thank You that I may have Him as my counselor, sanctifier and guide. I seek a fresh supply of Your grace today and everyday. I submit to Your molding influence that I may be fashioned after Your divine likeness. May Your presence be with all Your workers that we may give the proclamation of truth with power. 

 

 

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