The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

The Holy Spirit and Fire! – Part 3

Monday, November 18, 2019

“‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’” (John 1:33 NIV)

John the Baptist said that when the Messiah came, he would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  Is there some appetite that’s out of control in your life?  You can struggle with it and do hand-to-hand combat for the rest of your life, but I can tell you right now that it’s not going to be very successful.  But just let the fire of God begin to burn; he’ll burn that stuff out and change you within.

The disciples were fishermen; they were losers; they denied the Lord; they ran away the night he was betrayed.  And suddenly, we read in the book of Acts that they were doing exploits and turning the world upside down with the good news of Jesus Christ!  And it wasn’t just the apostles.  It was deacons and deaconesses… all kinds of people speaking out for God.  Their words had weight; their words penetrated like fire; their words had impact!  They had no Bible school training, no psychology, no programs, no computers, nothing!  You can explain it by only one thing:  “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord”!

This promise is for every believer; so you first have to believe that Jesus died for you, repent of your sins and accept the atonement of his sacrifice on the cross, and receive his gift of eternal life.  Then the Holy Spirit lives in you.

But even though we have the Holy Spirit living in us, how few Christians have access to all that God promised us through the Holy Spirit.  Many of us are just eking out an existence spiritually and living on drips from a faucet, pleading, “Just another drop; please, another drop,” when Jesus himself said, “I’ll give you rivers of living water”!

I don’t know about you, but I want more of the Holy Spirit in my life.  He promised it, so it’s not as if we had to beg for it.  We didn’t make up this promise.  God said, “When my Son comes, he will baptize you, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and with fire!”  

Maybe you’re at the end, and don’t even want to go on.  God is going to help you, but you have to come to a place of faith in order to avail yourself of all he has for you.  All you have to do is ask.

Let’s pray:  God, we’re asking you to fill us with the Holy Spirit this day, this week, so we can be the people you want us to be.  We’re not looking within ourselves, because we’re a mess.  But we’re looking to you.  We have you, and we thank you, but we want more.  We want more in our talking and our witnessing.  We want wisdom, direction, supernatural leadings, and supernatural faith to start praying for people like we’ve never done before—faith that brings incredible testimonies of your power.  We’re not asking this so that our names or the names of our churches might be in lights.  We’re asking so that Jesus will be glorified.  How will the world know that Jesus is great unless you work in us by the power of your Holy Spirit?  Otherwise, we’re going to get tired, discouraged, distracted, tempted to give up.  But you knew that, Lord.  You knew how weak we were.  That’s why John the Baptist said, “The one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire”!

Read John 1:32-37

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