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I Heard. I Believed. I Received.

I’ve gone to church all my life, but when I was twelve years old I heard something that forever changed my life. Actually, it was more than just hearing that changed me…it was believing that changed me!

This may need some explaining, because it wasn’t just hearing or believing…it was receiving that changed me forever! I’ve never looked at God’s Word the same. I’ve never been the same…let me do that explaining with an illustration!

I’m Connected and I Love It!

The fruit must remain on the tree to become sweet fruit.Several years ago when smart phones were a new thing, I needed a new phone. I looked at lots of options.

Then I-heard I could process credit cards at conferences instead of renting a point of sale machine. That change would save me a ton of money. The salesman handed us the phone and began to explain that we could download apps.

An app?

I had never heard of an app. (yes I know… I know! But you’re forgetting this was a long time ago!) So he took his phone and began to show us some of his favorite apps. I was totally amazed to learn that the applications provided additional benefits and capabilities far beyond that of a regular phone.

Talk only?

No one wants a phone that ONLY lets you talk to someone (I see you, you are shaking your head at me, because not there are thousands of apps that provide a myriad of functions.) Imagine not even knowing the apps are available.

Staying on the Bleeding Edge of Technology

Some folks aren’t content staying on the cutting edge, they want to be the first to be in the know about everything involving technology! While knowing about and USING apps is important when you own any kind of smart phone There are things, really critical things, that way too many people have never discovered.

What you don’t know can hurt you.

Not knowing that you are…

driving on a one way street-the wrong way.

complaining about the principal to the principal and not her secretary.

wearing your blouse inside out.

missing out on God’s amazing gift.

Not knowing that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit is a real disadvantage. I was one of those people.

 

My grandma would mention the Holy Spirit sometimes.

But the only thing I knew about Holy Spirit was when the pastor at my church gave the invitation. My pastor would tell us, “If you have not given your heart to Jesus and you feel the Holy Spirit knocking on your heart’s door, then today is the day for you to open your heart and let Jesus in your heart.” That’s all I knew.

I was so hungry for more of God.

I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me, so every Sunday I went down to the front. My dear Pastor, would remind me that I was already saved. I would go back to my seat like Samuel in the Bible, confused about what was going on.

I didn’t know that I could be filled with precious Holy Spirit, but one day a friend shared the good news with me. Actually, I had more than one discussion and then listened to numerous sermons before I understood.

It’ wasn’t that it was difficult to understand, it was just that I didn’t know anything about Holy Spirit.

But when I heard,I believed, I received Holy Spirit.

 

People are Confused.

But today, in the modern church, many believers are confused. Far too few can say I heard, I believed and I received. Some folks seem to be totally ignorant on the subject and others are asking questions:

Got questions about Holy Spirit?

What is the significance of Pentecost?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Are tongues of the devil?
Was speaking in unknown tongues just for the disciples?
Is Pentecost just too deep for me to understand?

I’d love to point you to some of the answers in my book “Precious Holy Spirit.”

There seems to be a menacing fence – complete with a huge “Keep Out” sign – surrounding Pentecost and its accompanying infilling of the Holy Spirit. Some folks  say, “You receive all you need when you get saved.”

Confused and frightened by the roars of tradition and skepticism , far too many believers remain silent and powerless. I am convinced that the Person of Pentecost is the missing dynamo in the modern, anemic church?

Especially since Jesus told His disciples, after His resurrection, to “receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22

Removing the barriers that keep us from experiencing more of God,

demands that we search God’s Word, discoverand receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Believe

Like everything God has for us, we must believe to receive precious Holy Spirit.

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Is it really important?

Why is this experience so critical?

It is because it takes believers into a deeper, fuller relationship with God. The benefits of living a Spirit filled life is experiencing the partnership of Holy Spirit guiding, empowering and transforming every area of a believer’s life.

I am not talking about a one time experience.

I am referring to building on a relational experience that moves forward into everyday life, like a wedding should move into a deeper, fuller lifelong relationship.

Out of this partnership with Holy Spirit flows

love,

joy,

power to win over sin,

power to witness,

and spiritual maturity.

Jesus made a big deal out of the reality that they should not grieve over the fact that He was leaving them, because He would send a comforter that would not just be with them, but would live in them.

Pentecost ignored is Pentecost lost.

When we fail to embrace Pentecost, we forfeit its benefits. This decision robs believers of a vast gold mine of spiritual gifts that are available.

Pentecost must be taught to be sought.

Pentecost must be believed to be seized.

As believers and ministry leaders we must be bold to share the good news concerning God’s amazing gift just like Paul did.

Seeing people receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit is no different than any other revelation hidden in God’s Word.

For transformation to take place a believer must experience: I-hear. I-believe. I-receive.

Shattering the Darkness

           is difficult without a light.

You Know About Darkness,

You Know About Darkness, IfGetting through people’s opinions and hang-ups can be challenging for pastors and teachers.

After 5 years of teaching on Holy Spirit, I have released a book called the book “Precious Holy Spirit”. In this book I un-wrap the mystery of Pentecost using scripture, stories, and illustrations to help unlock and enlighten the understanding.

This book is packed with strong illustrations you or anyone can use to helpshare this spiritual mystery with others as well.

Paul asked the believers at Ephesus many years after the day of Pentecost, “and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:1-3 nlt

They hadn’t even heard that there was a Holy Spirit until Paul questioned them. But when they heard…they believed and they received.

 

St. Augustine clarifies it: 

“Holy Spirit  was now to come no longer as a transient Visitor, 

but as an eternal inhabitant.”

 

FALL IN LOVE

The book “Precious Holy Spirit” is not a theological exegesis, but it is a journey through scripture to help the reader fall in love.

I wrote this book in a clear, easy to understand format using seven words pictures that describe Holy Spirit.

It uses interesting stories from nature and history to unlock the mystery of Pentecost.

This book is for the person that doesn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit.

It’s for the person that avoids the whole conversation because they think it’s all weird.

And, it is also for anyone who has received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but wants to rekindle their passion, or wants to know how to access the resources available to the Spirit filled believer.

This book will inspired and ignite you.

You will fall in love—all over again.

Additionally, this book is written to pastors or leaders that need a little extra help making the whole topic of receiving the Holy Spirit easier to understand.

It gives clear examples and illustrations that can be used in conversation, training and sermons.

Download the eBook and start reading right now.

Holy Spirit wants to be your personal trainer.
Colossians 1:9-12 prayer

Holy Spirit change us

from the inside out!

Where will life take you?

I don’t know where life will take you, but I know if you travel with Precious Holy Spirit your life will be different.

I’m not saying it will always be easy, but I am saying He guides. He comforts. He empowers. His very presence changes us at the deepest level.

It is my deepest desire to help believers experience the fullness and victory that God has for them.

We need the Holy Spirit today, just as much as the early church did.

I am convinced that God still wants to pour miracles through believers!

The only way this will happen is for believers to live Spirit filled lives.

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