Saturday, February 22, 2020
is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit.
(The Book of Joel)
Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28-29 Additional Bible Reading: Luke 3:15-17. John 14:26, Zechariah 4:6, Proverbs 22.
Jesus Christ is the great promise of the Old Testament while the Holy Spirit is considered as the great promise of the New Testament. We have been so blessed with those two great promises. Jesus Christ has come and because of Him, the Holy Spirit is now here with us.
John the Baptist in introducing Jesus Christ said that while he John baptized with water, Jesus was going to baptize with fire-referring to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Under the old covenant, the Holy Spirit only came upon the people that God wanted to use for His specific purposes and missions. Even at that, He did not remain on the people; He did not dwell with them and in them.
Today because of what Jesus Christ has done, all believers in Christ now have God living in us as the indwelling Spirit of God. We have gone from where God was for to us, to God being with us, to God being in us today. Hallelujah!
The "Pillar of cloud by day and the Pillar of fire by night" now lives within us. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, our Helper, our Advocate, our Stand-by, our Teacher.
The scripture in Joel says that with the advent and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, sons and daughters can now prophesy and speak forth; young men can now see visions and old men can dream dreams.
The resident and indwelling Holy Spirit is the power and grace of God at work in our lives. We live in the most exciting of times and generation because our God lives in us now. Jesus said it was expedient or more profitable for Him to leave the earth so that the Holy Spirit will come and live with us.
Many believers today are not walking in the consciousness of the enormity of the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is why so many are living far below their redemptive power. Many are living in defeat and failure.
The Holy Spirit that came upon David after the anointing by Prophet Samuel enabled him to kill Goliath. The Holy Spirit upon Samson made him invincible.