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This Post Is By Pastor Dennis Smith of Holy Spirit Ministries.

Pastor Smith is Author of “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit”. Spirit Baptism is a Great Read That Will Guide you into A Close Intimate Walk With Jesus, The Only One Who Can Save You!! Details and links are at the end of this post.

Christians of Past Generations

The Lord has given us examples in both the Bible and history of individuals who have learned lessons in life as the struggled to enter into the victorious life the Bible calls them to attain.  Paul tells us that “all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” 1Corinthians 10:11.  One such example is that of J. Hudson Taylor, the well known 19th century missionary to China.

Taylor experienced frustration, confusion, and discouragement at the beginning of his service for the Lord.  At the age of thirty-seven he shared his inner most feelings with his mother in a letter.  In it we read of the feelings of failure and defeat he felt because of his inability to be faithful to His Lord in all things.  Taylor wrote:

“My own position becomes continually more and more responsible, and my need greater of special grace to fill it; but I have continually to mourn that I follow at such a distance and learn so slowly to imitate my precious master.  I cannot tell you how I am buffeted sometimes by temptation.  I never knew how bad a heart I had.  Yet I do know that I love God and love His work, and desire to serve Him only in all things.  And I value above all things that precious Savior in Whom alone I can be accepted.  Often I am tempted to think that one so full of sin cannot be a child of God at all; but I try to throw it back, and rejoice all the more in the preciousness of Jesus, and in the riches of that grace that has made us ‘accepted in the Beloved.’  Beloved He is of God; beloved He ought to be of us.  But oh, how short I fall here again!  May God help me to love Him more and serve Him better.  Do pray for me.  Pray that the Lord will keep me from sin, will sanctify me wholly, will use me more largely in His service.”

John McCarthy, a fellow missionary in China, wrote Taylor a letter describing a recent understanding he had come to concerning victory over temptation through Christ.  In the letter McCarthy wrote:

“To let my loving Savior work in me His will, my sanctification is what I would live for by His grace.   Abiding, not striving or struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power;…resting in the love of an almighty Savior, in the joy of a complete salvation, ‘from all sin’—this is not new, and yet ‘tis new to me.  I feel as though the dawning of a glorious day had risen upon me.  I hail it with trembling, yet with trust.  I seem to have got to the edge only, but of a boundless sea; to have sipped only, but of that which fully satisfies.  Christ literally all seems to me, now, the power, the only power for service, the only ground for unchanging joy.  May he lead us into the realization of His unfathomable fullness…Not a striving to have faith…but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need; a resting in the Loved One entirely, for time and for eternity.”

God used this letter to open Taylor’s eyes to the wonderful truth of our abiding in Christ and His abiding in us; the truth of the mystery of the believer’s union with Christ.  From that day forward Taylor’s walk with God was one of peace, rest and victory in Christ.  This amazing change could be seen by his colleagues in ministry who said, “Mr. Taylor went out, a new man in a new world, to tell what the Lord had done for his soul.”

Taylor wrote his sister in England seeking to explain to her this wonderful truth he had discovered and the marvelous experience he was having in His Lord.  He said:

“As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone.  The last month or more has been perhaps, the happiest of my life; and I long to tell you a little of what the Lord has done for my soul.  I do not know how far I may be able to make myself intelligible about it, for there is nothing new or strange or wonderful – and yet, all is new!  In a word, ‘Whereras once I was blind, now I see.’

“When my agony of soul was at it height, a sentence in a letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before.  McCarthy, who had been much exercised by the same sense of failure, but saw the light before I did, wrote (I quote from memory): ‘But how to get faith strengthened?  Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.’

“As I read I saw it all!  ‘If we believe not, he abideth faithful.’  I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed!)  I thought.  ‘I have striven in vain to rest in Him.  I’ll strive no more.  For has He not promised to abide with me – never to leave me, never to fail me?’  And, dearie, He never will!”

Taylor went on in his letter to describe how the Lord had opened up his understanding concerning Christ’s words that He is the vine and the believers are the branches.  He wrote: “Oh, the joy of seeing this truth!”  Then he said:

“The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings.  I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine.  It makes no matter where He places me, or how.  That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient.”

Yes, J. Hudson Taylor found the secret of victory in his walk with God and great peace in all circumstances of service for Christ.  God offers to each of His children this same victory and peace.  Do you desire such victory and peace?  My prayer is that all who read this book will find just that – victory and peace in Christ; a joy that seemed so impossible to attain before.

Next Post: The Path to Discovery. The Truth of Abiding “in Christ” and How We Can Experience a Victorious Life.

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“The Baptism of The Holy Spirit”. In This Book Pastor Smith gives the reader an essential understanding of The Baptism of The Holy Spirit. Click on the link that follows.

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4 thoughts on “Holy Spirit Baptism! Has Your Christian Experience Been All You Hoped It Would Be?

  1. Wow! These words are honey for the soul. God is revealing such wonderful life changing truths to His children in these last days.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Your Sister in Christ,
    Jean Still

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  3. Hey Pastor,
    I had similar experiences in my life, growing up in a foster home, being sent to a boarding church-run secondary education institution (a boarding school), I spent five years wondering from city to city, working in hospitals in each one. Was in the Air Force for four years, including one year in Thailand. I hid behind booze and some other things, and came out of the military, and trained in a medical specialty, went to a university and eventually became a servant of the profession of social work.

    I worked with old people, young troubled people and their families, and alcoholics with other addictions as well. The Lord was leading me. I could feel it. I and my wife had an autistic son who yet lives with us. We had many struggles, but then, though Seventh-day Adventists, we began to study how the Holy Spirit works in us and on us through Christ’s Covenant. We both discovered that God gave us all a framework within which He can show us spiritual blessings and knowledge about His love and grace. That framework was given to Moses at Mount Horeb. The beautiful Torah. The Law of the living God.

    As I have, along with my wife, studied about the Sabbath rest, past, present and future, we began also to study the rest of the Torah’s statutes and judgments, including His other special times. I had always been told that there was something wrong with the “other laws,” that somehow they were only temporary and less perfect
    than the “New Covenant,” ushered in by Jesus at His crucifiction.

    I read His powerful words: “This cup is My blood of the New Covenant.” I read the words again. Then, I began to understand that the Covenant given at Horeb, “the law of Moses with the statutes and judgments,” which God had “commanded for all Israel,” had never changed, other than the end of animal sacrifices, burnt offerings, and the earthly Temple. I now understand that, where once I thought of myself as a “Christian,” that I was in reality a Gentile who didn’t understand that I needed to
    admit my utter weakness and inability to follow God’s Covenental laws of love, decency, compassion, and honesty.

    This was a few years ago when I began my spiritual journey back to God’s original’
    plan for my life. I discovered that the plan is found in the deep meanings of His New Covenant. I had to leave behind my Old Covenental belief in my own efforts. I had neglected God’s laws, statutes and judgments as they would have helped me understand how to truly keep the Ten Commandments. I really did not know the structure of God’s entire Law. I had treated it as an enemy; out to only limit me and control me. I had only tertiarily read about the Law as “a lamp unto my pathway.”

    I thought Christ had set me free from all such things. I did not need to worry about keeping God’s Covenental Law. But, then I found myself involved in drinking, smoking (some of it illegal sorts of things), and other things that, in reality had me in bondage. I then read Exodus 34. The New Covenant given by the pre-incarnate God the Son. The promises He makes there are fully described in the four cups of the Passover Seder celebration. He promises us justification (forgiveness), sanctification (can take a life-time), deliverance from sin through the power of the Holy Spirit (but
    -we must make that first step toward God’s outreached hand in faith that He will fulfill His promises: no guarantee of freedom from suffering and pain, but at one-ment with Himself, and finally the Kingdom and ha-Sheminiye Atsaret, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (the beginning of His Tabernacling with His people and they, by His invitation, will tabernacle with Him……forever.

    We need to be reminded regularly in this life on this sinful, selfish, hate-filled, lying earth, of the presence of the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost (Shavuot, in Hebrew). That is the day each year when we need to celebrate the presence of God the Holy Spirit. He is in the midst of us. He commanded us, if we want to be part of His family of Abraham, to use that day as a special commemoration of our lawful responsibility to take care of the poor, widows, orphans and strangers, Generosity and putting
    “the other guy first” are part and parcel of the work of the Holy Spirit in helping us keep His statutes about care for others. That is why He commanded it.

    Then, the sabbath of Trumpets, a yearly celebration that commemorates God’s past use of the Trumpet of God, when He gave us His Covenantal Law. As well, He commands us, today, to realize that soon there will be seven trumpets with seven vials.
    Then, just after the Voice of God Deliverance (remember the cup of Deliverance?) when the Trumpet of God shall loudly sound, the Ten Commandments will be read before all people, everywhere and the saints of the most High will be caught up to meet him, from glory to glory. All during the time just before the voice of God deliverance, God’s faithful ones will have been earnestly fasting and praying for the forgiveness of whatever sins may have not been confessed. God’s voice of Deliverance will let them know that they are sealed.

    The journey, with the King of the universe leading the way toward the Kingdom, will take seven days, as celebrated in the yearly Feast of Tabernacles. The eighth day, ha-Sheminiye Atzaret, the eighth day assembly (the greatest celebration that heaven will
    have ever witnessed. Then the 1,000 year millenium when Jesus escorts us to the whole wide universe. Wow!

    But, it all begins here on earth, Even now for many. God’s feast days and holy convocations, including the Sabbath, at the head of them all as found in the Fourth Commandment, have existed forever before sin, and will live on forever after sin has been eradicated.

    The feasts are the Chaddas. Christ is the Chaddas. His holy times describe His Plan of Salvation. Ezekiel 36, vss. 26, 27 tell us that God told Ezekiel that He would remove from us our willful, Old Covenant hearts of stone, and put His heart of flesh within us
    (only the Holy Spirit can do that. We can’t. Then it says He will put His Spirit in our hearts and cause us to “walk in His statutes and KEEP His judgments and DO them.”

    And old Jewish saying simply says, “We learn when we do.” That is how God works
    with those He loves.

    During the yearly Feast of Tabernacles, the Torah is read, studied, talked about, and, because we want to be like God the Son; Jesus Christ, we want to follow in His footsteps as it were, and do all things, including what Ellen White said He taught His followers and disciples at Capernaum: “the proper manner of keeping feasts.”

    Torah is the Word of God. Jesus said that we should not follow man
    s so-called wisdom. We should follow Christ’s commandments which have never changed. The animal sacrifices had nothing to do with the only apparent holy time known to Adam and Eve when the first animal sacrifices took place after sin entered,
    That day was the weekly Sabbath day. That was when the Sabbath and the other nine
    moral principles became moral laws. These were followed, after the accumulation of sin, with the statutes and judgments, including those that follow under the fourth commandment. They are listed in Exodus 34 and Leviticus 23. All of the holy times, weekly and yearly, are listed when God said to Moses, “These are My feasts. ” The Sabbath is the first one listed in Leviticus 23. It is the third holy time in Exodus 34, after “no molten images,” followed by “keep the Lord’s Passover with the days of unleavened bread.” After the Sabbath is listed “the feast of weeks” (shavuot, or Pentecost), etc. God’s Spirit is passed to His people through His special times of prayer and worship.

    God bless you. Please pray for this aging Jewish Christian, I will pray for you also. Soon, with a few changes that the Church seems to be seriously exploring, will come that time when “the two shall become one man. In Messiah.

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