Wednesday April 15th 2020
Memorise: And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tong fues. Mark 16:17
Read: John 7:37-38 (KJV)
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
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Sing hymn 19
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual experience that is highly misunderstood in Christendom today. It was prophesied in Joel 2:28
“And it shall come to pass, afterward, That I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; And you sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
It was promised by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after …. Shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”. This was then actualized by Jesus Christ when He said “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….” (Act 1:18). This is the means by which the Holy Spirit initiates Christians into spiritual communion with Jesus Christ, with the evidence of speaking in tongues and for the purpose of equipping them for God’s service.
Joel 2:28 and Acts 1:8 clearly state that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gives access to some supernatural gifts and abilities like prophecy, healing and vision.
To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, one must develop an insatiable hunger and thirst for His infilling (John 7:37-38). In the scripture above, Jesus said that anyone who believes in Him as the Holy Spirit Baptiser will become a source of living waters. He also said that those who drink from Him will never thirst again (John 4:14). Acts 2:38-39 says. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you….” God provided the Holy Spirit as a means of solving all human problems.
However, we must first repent of all our sins, accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and then receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. May the living waters flow through you to the whole world in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit that Your power may flow through me, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.