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Don’t Let Satan Mislead You!!


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Post by Pastor Dennis Smith

 

There has been much misinformation and confusion about what happens when a person receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Satan fears this experience in the believer more than any other.  He knows that the baptism of the Holy Spirit will break his power in the believer’s life and the resulting powerful witness for Jesus Christ will bring Satan’s work to an end on planet earth.  For this reason he has done everything he can to confuse this teaching and cause many sincere Christians to misunderstand it and even be suspicious of it.

 

“There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation.  When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come.” Review & Herald, March 22, 1887

 

Receiving the baptism of the Spirit does not necessarily involve a highly emotional experience.  One may or may not feel something at the time of seeking the infilling of the Spirit.   However, the Spirit will make Himself known to the one He indwells.  His presence will begin changing the believer’s life from within.  A new power for victory and service will be manifested.

God desires to give His children this wonderful experience of Spirit baptism.  However, in order to receive we must ask in faith believing He will bestow it.  Secondly we must be willing to give ourselves completely to God.

 

“The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit.  It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.” Testimonies to Ministers, p. 507

 

Seek the Baptism Every Day

 

Another very important point is that we must renew this infilling every day.  Paul said, “I die daily”, (1Corinthians 15:31).  The dying to self and infilling of the Spirit is a daily experience.  It is not a “once and for ever” experience.  Paul tells us that the “inward man is renewed day by day”, (2Corinthians 4:16).  We need the renewing of the Spirit every day of our life.  Also, Paul’s command to “be filled with the Spirit”, (Ephesians 5:18), is a continuous action verb in the Greek meaning we are to keep on being filled with the Spirit daily.

With the infilling of the Spirit the believer is led by the Spirit.  Paul writes of the importance of this being a daily experience when he states;

 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

 

Again the verb form in the Greek is continuous action.  Paul is saying, “as many as are continuing to be led daily by the Spirit of God.”  Hence, we must receive the Spirit everyday to be led by Him everyday.

Christ is our example in all things.  Note what Ellen White writes about the baptism of the Spirit in Christ’s daily life.

 

“Daily He received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit.  In the early hours of the new day the Lord awakened Him from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others.” Christ Object Lessons, p.139

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