Need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to do Effective Ministry

One of the highlights of my past 3 day cycling trip is when I stopped at a beautiful small Anglican church to take pictures. I went inside where I had the opportunity to talk and pray with 2 retired men who were there cleaning. Just as I had finished praying the minister walked in the door and wanted to know what I was doing. I told her about my cycling ministry. She was intrigued and listened as I shared several stories about my trip. I told her about a young 17 yr old girl I met at a hotdog stand at the beginning of my trip who opened her heart to me about her troubles. She was in an abusive relationship and needed help and a place to stay because her parents were kicking her out. I prayed with her and she hugged me as I gave her my email and told her to contact me if she needed help. There are no chance meetings with God.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is still in the healing business today in our worship services if we adhere to God’s order of worship. The bible is full of examples were Jesus healed sickness, disease, blindness, deafness, cast out demons while doing his ministry. (Matthew 9:35; 17:14; Mark 5:1; 7:31; 8:32; 9;14). When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit we can do ministry as he did (Acts 1:8). Matter of fact Jesus told us we will do greater works than him (John 14:12). This means that we should see people repenting of their sins and receiving Salvation, others receiving healing miracles from cancer and other diseases and still others receiving wisdom, knowledge and direction for their families and their lives. Churches who don’t follow this order of worship or grieve or speak against the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-2; 30-31; Matthew 12:32) usually end up closing their doors for business. We are to live “to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

We need to be equipped with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to do ministry (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:16-18; John 4:48; Romans 8:26; Matthew 3:11). When we receive Jesus he opens our minds so we can understand the scriptures in the bible (Luke 24:45; Ephesians 1:18). Without him they are just words on a page subjected to our own fleshly interpretation. When we receive the Holy Spirit we become a new wine skin (Luke 5:38) and the Holy Spirit is the new wine (Act 2:13). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit edifies us and changes us from the inside out. As Christians we are to walk or live in the spirit (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4) and seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31) daily so we can get our needs met continually according to his riches and glory (Philippians 4:19). Everyone must have their own day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).

I’m able to do this unique cycling ministry because the Holy Spirit guides me as I travel (John 14:26). He is a real person and I hear his voice daily (John 10:3). I demonstrated my tongues language (Mark 16:17) to the minister and asked if she wanted to receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). This way she can be sure that she is doing what God wants her to and would get direction for her church too. She agreed and so I laid hands on her as Paul did in the Book of Acts and prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit right there outside her church building (Acts 8:15-16 ). Within several minutes she rec’d the Holy Spirit and began praying out loud in tongues (Acts 2:1-4). She was excited and told me how she was looking forward to hearing from Jesus for her ministry and church. I mentioned how important it was to pray in tongues every day and not to let anyone discourage her that tongues wasn’t for today. Also I encouraged her to come to some of our house meetings to get some further teaching on the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in the Book of Acts. This way she can be assured of a refreshing and exciting Christian life.

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