GWEA Monthly Message, November 2019
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
The Holy Spirit is the most ignored person today by both individual Christians and by the churches. Too often, people think that He makes Himself known because they feel good, when really the opposite is true. His job is to convict us of our sin so that we can repent and hear what the Spirit says (Rev 2:7, 29; 3:22 ) and do what Jesus wants us to do. Jesus tells us the Holy Spirit’s job description: He is our counsellor or defence lawyer (Jn. 14:16) and teacher (Jn.14:26); the one who will “convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment” (Jn.16:8-11).
To hear from the Holy Spirit we must receive the Baptism of Jesus which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 3:16) with the proof of “the signs following” (Mk. 16, 17-20). If there are no signs, then there is no Holy Spirit. He gives us the power to be Jesus’ witnesses (Acts 1:8); He equips us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10) so we can do the ministry that Jesus wants us to do; He replaces the “works of the flesh”(Gal. 5:19-21) with the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23); and He develops the "character of Jesus" within us (Gal. 5:22-23; Rom. 5:1-5).
Many people do not like the changes the Holy Spirit wants to make in them, and therefore they do not want to hear what the Holy Spirit says to them. They reject the work of the Holy Spirit, attributing it to the work of the devil or demons. Many people have been told that they have received the Holy Spirit when they have not because there is no proof or evidence of speaking in tongues (Mk. 16:17-18; Acts 2:4; 8:15-16; 10:46). Because of lack of ministry or bad teaching, their churches have the same problems which the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation had - they were in danger of being closed by Jesus. This is the reason why Jesus said to each of the churches, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” (meaning every day in Greek as in Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).
Those people who do not listen to the Holy Spirit mistake human fellowship for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. They cannot “worship in Spirit and in Truth” (Jn. 5:23-24) as Paul described in 1 Cor. 14:26-40. The Holy Spirit is a person with feelings who can be “grieved” (Eph. 4:30), “quenched (1 Thess. 5:19), “outraged", (meaning insulted in Greek - Heb. 10:29), and “blasphemed” which happens when the Holy Spirit's work is referred to the work of satan/devil and/or demons (Mk. 3:22-30). People are at the risk of losing their Salvation (Rev. 3:5) when they grieve, quench, outrage or blaspheme the Holy Spirit as mentioned above.
It seems that many people are afraid of the Holy Spirit. Their fear reveals that they do not know Him. It is the Holy Spirit who pours God’s “love into our hearts” (Rom. 5:5). They are like a five year old boy who I once asked if he would like to have the Holy Spirit come into his heart during a service. He answered, “I’m afraid of the Holy Spirit!” I said, “You don’t have to be afraid of the Holy Spirit, he’s a lot of fun!” Then we prayed asking Jesus to fill his heart with the Holy Spirit, and he began to speak in tongues. After he stopped, the boy remarked, “The Holy Spirit is a lot of fun!” That is the reason why the Apostle Paul said, “But earnestly desire the higher gifts (of the Holy Spirit: meaning charismata as described in 1 Cor. 12: 31). The Holy Spirit makes for an exciting Christian life when we do the ministry of “signs, wonders and miracles” (Acts 2:43; 5:12; 8:6; 16:20; 15:12; Mk. 16:17-20).
If you, your family and/or friends would like to receive either Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a Gift of the Holy Spirit, Healing, Deliverance, etc., I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me.
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