Sadly, there is a power shortage in too much of the church. Some see the cause as a lack of faith. Faith is vital—it is a living-loving-trust-oneness-relationship with God. However, when I look at the ministry of Jesus, I see that everyone who came to Him asking for healing received it, even though their faith seemed to be very simple and straightforward. Could it be that we’ve overcomplicated faith? Perhaps there is elsewhere we may look for an answer to the power shortage? Jesus taught that once we were baptized with the Holy Spirit we would receive power to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8) Could it be that a great part of the power shortage in too much of the church is due to the lack of a fuller, more genuine, continuous expression of the baptism with the Holy Spirit?
What do we mean by a fuller, more genuine, continuous expression of the baptism with the Holy Spirit? I certainly don’t mean to cause you to doubt the validity of what you’ve already received, but to open the eyes of your heart to the reality that THERE IS MORE—there are endless possibilities in the baptism with the Holy Spirit. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is so much more than we’ve ever thought or hoped it could be.
There is More
Some say that when we make Jesus the Lord of lives, and are subsequently born of God, that there is no more of God to receive—we have all of Him there is to possess. They often base their reasoning on the truth that it was the work of the Holy Spirit that made us a new creation in Christ, and since the Holy Spirit is person, and since a person cannot come in degrees, we have all of the Holy Spirit that there is to possess.
However, wasn’t Jesus, as to His humanity, born of God? And, wasn’t the Holy Spirit instrumental in His conception? (Matthew 1:20) Yet, He didn’t perform a single miracle until after the Holy Spirit descended and remained upon Him at His baptism and He then later returned from His fast in the wilderness in the power of the Spirit. (Matthew 3:16; Luke 4:14; John 2:20) Evidently, even though Jesus, as to His humanity, was born of God through the work of the Holy Spirit, there was still more of God the Holy Spirit for Jesus, as to His humanity, to possess.
And, didn’t Jesus breath upon the disciples and say, “Receive the Holy Spirit”? (John 20:22) And yet, He told them to go and wait in the city of Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father where they would soon be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Apparently, even though they had received the Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed upon them—THERE WAS MORE! (Acts 1:1-8)
From that point forward, we see that the disciples were deeply transformed and walked in great power. For example, Peter was no longer a Christ denier, but a bold witness of the resurrection, with people bringing invalids to lay in his shadow to be healed. (Matthew 26:70; Acts 2:14; Acts 5:15) Why don’t we see the same degree of transformation and power in many of those who are baptized with the Holy Spirit today?
Could part of the answer be in how we have viewed the baptism of the Holy Spirit—that it’s only a means to “get a handle” on God and thereby get power from Him for our lives and ministries? But the Baptism of the Holy Spirit isn’t just so that we can get a handle on God, it’s so that God can get a handle on us.
Do we possess God in the baptism with the Holy Spirit? Yes, but in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, He also possesses us. English Evangelist Smith Wiggesworth said, “There are two sides to this Baptism: the first is that you possess the Spirit; the second is that the Spirit possesses you. This is my message at this time—being possessed by the Baptizer, and not merely possessing the Baptizer. There is no limit to the possibilities of such a life, because it has God behind it, in the midst of it, and through it.”
To really desire and then experience the baptism with the Holy Spirit will require complete surrender. Theologian and author A.W. Tozer said, “Are you sure that you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own? even though that spirit be the pure Spirit of God? Even though He be the very gentle essence of the gentle Jesus? Even though He be sane and pure and free? Even though He be wisdom personified, wisdom Himself, even though He have a healing, precious ointment to distill? Even though He be loving as the heart of God? That Spirit, if He ever possess you, will be the Lord of your life!”
All for Jesus
Let’s start with the that. Since THERE IS MORE, let’s say, “Lord, here I am, all for Jesus, and in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, please posses all of me so that I can possess all of Jesus.” That is our heart cry 2017, “All for Jesus! All of Jesus! All to Jesus!
God is blessing and moving marvelously, Jesus is touching many lives and we are seeing Him perform many signs, wonders, miracles, and healings. Last month, we ministered in five different states—WA, MO, MS, LA and AK. In Alaska, we saw a man cough four growths up onto the floor while he was receiving prayer. A young man in another service had two growths on his throat (one about the size of a Ping-Pong ball that would choke him when pressed upon) disappear while receiving prayer. Please pray for us in our travels, we will be in five U.S. states and British Columbia, Canada in the next month. More Jesus! More fire!
Nathanael & Michelle
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