And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove , and lighting upon him. ( Matthew 3:16 )
........... he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
- - Matthew 3:11c - -
But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ................ - - Acts 1:8a - -
2. PURPOSE OF THE POWER
.......... and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth - - Acts 1:8b - - Matthew 28:19-20 - -
3. RESULTS OF THE POWER
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. - - Acts 2:41 - - ext.
4. ASK GOD FOR THIS FIRE POWER
.......... how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? - - Luke 11:13b - -
5. MAKE ROOM FOR THIS POWER
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 you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. - - Acts 2:38
There are a few things I've discovered concerning people and fire. I do mean literal match striking, fuel burning, food cooking fire.
First of all, it's hot to the human touch. Secondly, all people depend on it to some degree. Thirdly, when any type of structure catches on fire, whether it be a residential place, or a public facility, people inside will always try to come out. If anyone is unable to get out, someone will go back to get them out. If one catches on fire in the building, he desparately
heads to the outside. Fourthly, If they make it to the outside, they broad- cast the adventure, and finally, they tell the officials and community as to how the fire started.
From Pentecost, even until now, God has purposed the church to re-act in the same like manner. He never intended for the church to be on fire and stay in our typical worship centers. We continuosly leave out of one building and go to another that's supposebly on fire with the Holy Ghost also. But, he gave believers the fire power to make haste to hurry out of the complex to ignite the world by telling them how their fire started, and who's responsible.
Let's examine Acts 1:13-15 ! Only one hundred and twenty souls were gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. ( our church assembly, ). They received the fire power in Chapter 2:1-4. I can't believe that all of the people that were in Jerusalem during this outpouring were in this small upper room. The one hundred and twenty had to take their power to witness to the streets. This is precisely what God wants the church to experience today, that is, catch on fire inside and burn in the streets.
Remember this ! A live church is one that makes it top priority to win the lost to Christ. But, a dead church is one that's constantly putting on indoor programs without putting fort effort to win the lost.
Being blessed and highly favored is to
love Jesus enough to bring him the souls he died for, to live holy, and give