BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY JULY 23, 2019
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
After you have washed a cloth, rinsed it and dried it, what is the other thing you do? The next thing is ironing to make it smooth and suitable for wearing. Similarly, after your born again experience as the first work of grace, and sanctification as the second work of grace, you need a third work of grace for a smooth and effective service in the vineyard of God.
This is called baptism in the Holy Ghost. Some people wash their clothes and put them on without ironing. It will show some roughness but they don't mind. But some other people will not do that. They want their clothes well ironed to make it look good and fine on their body.
Those who know its value yearn for Holy Ghost baptism while many others are satisfied going about their Christianity without experiencing the baptismal power of the Holy Ghost. This is permissible since Holy Ghost baptism, unlike salvation and sanctification, is not a prerequisite for heaven.
Only sin can hinder you from heaven and you have settled that in sanctification. But baptism in the Holy Spirit is for service. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
From this scripture, we could see that Holy Ghost baptism is for service. It is baptism of the Holy Ghost that would enable Jesus' disciples carry out the Great Commission He asked them to carry out in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and throughout the world.Praise the Lord!
So, baptism in the Holy Spirit is not for you to go to heaven. No! You are already qualified; you are already cleansed from sin; already your heart has been made holy when you were sanctified; so it is only for service yet you will require it because it also has the accompanying benefit of speaking in tongues, which helps your prayer life.
Speaking in tongues is the outward manifestation of baptism of the Holy Ghost as seen in several portions of the scripture beginning from the first experience at Pentecost. Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Thought for the day:
Earnestly pray for the baptism of the Holy Ghost if you are yet to receive it.
Song for the day:
down Your fire, we pray Thee oh Lord, send down the……..
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 38-40; Acts 23:12-35.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA