Friday, August 10, 2012

Do We Need To Really Ask For The Holy Spirit?

Why Ask For The Holy Spirit When A Believer Already Have Him Within?

By Abraham Israel

Many in Christendom are as dry as a dead bone and are weary in their Christian walk because they have not yet asked for the gift of the Holy Spirit or have come to experience the spiritually exhilarating earthly and eternal benefits for being filled with the Spirit in their lives. Jesus said that it is the will of the Father God in heaven that all should believe Him to be saved from sin (John 6:39-40; 8:24). But Jesus did not stop there for the sincere disciples who wanted to live a powerful and overcoming life over sin, sickness and death. He received the gift of the Holy Spirit to do powerful ministry and live for the glory of God (Luke 3:21-22) and also told His sincere followers to ask God for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). He clearly lived the overcoming life of victory over sin just with the weakness of sinful flesh acting against Him as like any one of us (Rom 8:3; Heb 4:15). In Jesus we see an example to learn.

Jesus was man of prayer who spent more time in praying to God than any other thing He ever did on earth
(Matt 21:13; 14:23; John 2:21-22; Luke 5:16). He was always in an attitude of prayer, the apostolic disciples who walked along with Him all the time did not understand how Jesus prayed to God because it was not in intelligle words but groans and tongues which they were not able to get when they tried to imitate Him (Heb 5:7).

Then the following truths are the greatest secret Jesus shared with His disciples to pray and live in the power of God :

1) Jesus told them to ask the Father for more of the Holy Spirit and He promised that surely they will get not any other spirit of evil but only the Holy Spirit
(Luke 11:9-13). The way Jesus told them to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit is to ask and keep on asking persistently for it until they get it. Even when we first believed Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, even at that time itself we were sealed with the Holy Spirit as a promise of God that we are already God's possession and that we will be kept sealed until the day of rapture in which we will get a glorious new metaphysical body (Eph 1:13-14). So it is one things to get saved but totally another thing to receive the Holy Spirit Himself as a gift and to be filled with constantly with the Spirit (Acts 2:38-39; Eph 5:18).

2) When you do not have power enough to defeat the devil and his demonic doings, just fast and pray for your flesh to starve and totally depend on God's strength which comes through the Spirit's filling to defeat the devil's schemes of evil against you and others
(Matt 17:19-21; 12:28). Fasting does not change God but it changes our position spiritually to depend on the Lord for victory and not on our own ability.

3) Jesus told the apostles to wait for the
"Promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4) which they obeyed and as a result of it all the spiritually hungry ones were filled and spoke with tongues on the day of Pentecost as a external evidence of the internal filling, as the Holy Spirit gave words from the inside of them to speak (Acts 2:4). There is not a single place where we can say for sure that a person received the gift of the Holy Spirit without the external evidence of speaking in tongues, instead Jesus Himself confirmed that when a believer believes, he will have a external sign of the internal filling of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17).

4) We should ask for the Holy Spirit from God the Father with the external evidence of speaking in tongues because Jesus along with all the apostles in the first century were constantly filled with the Spirit by speaking in tongues and lived a powerful life of great testimony for the glory of God
(Acts 1:13-14; 2:4). They also encouraged all to be filled with the Spirit (1 Cor 14:2, 18; Acts 19:2, 6). [If you have any doubt that whether Jesus spoke in tongues or not, clik the following link to read my post and know that Jesus indeed spoke in tongues :]

5) Nearly more than five hundred believers heard Jesus' invitation to stay in Jerusalem to receive gift of the Holy Spirit, but finally only one hundred and twenty of them obeyed the command of Jesus and received the promise of the Father
(1 Cor 15:5-8). This shows that unless a person is hungry enough and desperate to ask God for the Holy Spirit, God will not the give them the most precious gift that He has promised to give next only to the salvation of their souls (Matt 12:32).

6) Jesus is the one who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit personally
(Matt 3:11), so we must look to Him as the source for getting filled with the Holy Spirit and receive Him as a gift (John 7:37-39).

Many Christian who are born again and are sealed with the Holy Spirit for salvation still have not received the Holy Spirit as a gift with the evidence of speaking in tongues because they have not sincerely asked God for it. Apostle James plainly says,
"Yet you do not have because you do not ask." (James 4:2). They have nobody to blame but themselves. Some have not received the gift of the Holy Spirit because of the wrong doubts their demonination has caused in their mind. No believer can be able to receive this most imporatant gift in their christian life without faith and so they must throw their denominational man made tradition which nullifies the truth of the word of God, in to the waste bin and sincerely ask God to give them wisdom to accept the truth and have the desire to get filled with the Holy Spirit (James 1:5-6).

Also some do not receive this gift of the Holy Spirit because they have fear that they will receive some other spirit when they ask for a supernatural filling of the Holy Spirit. Such fearful people must know that such fear is not from God but from Satan who doesn't want them to be filled with the Holy Spirit and as a result of it live victoriously for the glory of God over sin, sickness and death. God has given ever believer only the spirit of power, love and a sound mind
(2 Tim 1:7).

If someone is ever fearful to seek, desire and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit with the external evidence of tongues which testifies of the internal filling
(Acts 10:46-47), such people must read the following question and answer themselves to increase their faith that they will never get any other spirit when seeking for the filling of the Holy Spirit. The questions to answer are, "11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:11-13). The positive believers must have the answer no for all the above questions and must start to move forward to ask the heavenly Father to give the gift of the Holy Spirit in their life, God will definitely give them if they sincerely ask, seek and knock desperately and keep on going till they get in personally (Luke 11:9-10).


Much Blessings.....


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1 comment:

Douglas Allen Fraser said...

A very good teaching and it will open the spiritual eyes and ears of those who are truly searching for all that God desires to give to all who will ask for His gifts.
Douglas Allen Fraser
Bridge Builder Ministries International
Weatherford, TX USA

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