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Dr. June Normil
During the persecution of the Early church in Jerusalem, believers began to leave the city. Philip traveled north to Samaria and started to preach in that area (Acts 8:5). The miracles that accompanied the preaching of the Word led many new believers into salvation (verses 6,12). When the good news about Samaria reached the church leaders in Jerusalem, they sent Peter and John to help with the work (verse 14). Peter and John prayed for these new believers to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (verses 15,17). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a vital step on living the Christian life. Jesus' instructions to the Church before His ascension are still valid (see Acts 1:5-8). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to accomplish the work of God that He calls them to do. He enables believers to overcome sinful desires and habits, and develop Christlike character.
[For Personal Reflection] How can you become more involved in proclaiming the gospel and believing for miracles?
In Acts 10, a Gentile named Cornelius was told to send for Peter so he could help Cornelius seek God. A visit by an angel to Cornelius and a powerful vision to Peter resulted in Peter standing in Cornelius's house to preach the gospel. The prevailing thought in the Early Church was that in order to be a believer, a person must also be Jewish. Because these Gentiles believers were baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter knew without a doubt that God accepted Gentile believers. When Peter returned to Jerusalem, the Jewish believers questioned Peter for being in a Gentile's house (11:1-3). Peter reported that he had just begun speaking when the Holy Spirit came upon them (verse 15). When people hunger for the things of God, "they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). Like Cornelius, our hunger for God results in the blessings of God coming into our lives
[For Personal Reflection] How can you demonstrate that you recognize God's will to take the gospel coming into our lives?
Believers need the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This gift is intended by God to be more than just a one-time experience; it is to be the beginning of a life that is Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit, set aside time to seek God for this gift. if you are uncertain how to proceed, seek help from your pastor or a mature, Spirit-filled believer. Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit can help you live as a child of God. The Holy Spirit can also guide you each day as you seek Him and yield to His will. He will give you the power you need to live as a witness of Christ and to overcome temptation.
WE NEED THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 101 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May. 2020 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil