Google+ 06/28/14 Be Cleansed By the Fire of the Holy Spirit Today and Forever!

Acts 1:4-7

 

Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them,

“Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised,

As I told you before.

John baptized with water, but in just a few days

You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him,

“Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times,

And they are not for you to know. 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—

In Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

As we conclude our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "The Age of Miracles!" we discover one last miracle that Jesus bestows on us.  Just before Jesus ascends to be with His Father in heaven, all of us get baptized with fire and the Holy Spirit.  What does that mean?  Instead of being baptized with water as John the Baptist did, our entire being is changed by the fire of Jesus Christ.  Our souls become completely cleansed.  Our thoughts and deeds become all new and we are able to perform "miracles" through the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is what it means when Jesus says we will be His witnesses.  Notice that we are to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.  No one is excluded.  No country club membership cards allowed!  All that truly believe in Jesus as the Son of God are brothers and sisters in Christ.  We don't need denominations or buildings.  We don't need fancy offering plates, chalices, or robes.  We need Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  All the rest just gets in the way of the reality of the work we have to do for His Kingdom.  Today, let's repent of our evil and misguided ways.  Let's start anew, armed with only Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Let's follow His teachings and let's love one another.  Let's stop judging each other and start appreciating the miracles that each of us are in Christ.  "Be Cleansed By The Fire of the Holy Spirit Today and Forever!"