I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT
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_“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”_
In the Old testament, the presence of the Holy Spirit was not given to all. God only gave the Holy Spirit to His special chosen vessels – kings, priests, Judges, prophets and deliverers of Israelites, whom He used according to His purpose. But God’s earnest desire for every one of His children is for them to live entirely and unceasingly under the control of the Holy Spirit, to be filled with His Spirit. That is why he made this promise in Joel 2:28 which came into fulfillment in Acts 2:1-11. The Holy spirit came upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost.
This great outpouring brings about a complete transformation upon the life of the apostles and early Christians. They became entirely new (2 Corinthians 5:17), their carnal thoughts changed to spiritual insights and their selfishness changed to love. They were empowered to bear witnesses for Christ.
From this acts you will realized there is always a mighty and complete transformation when the Holy Spirit is been received in His fullness.
WHAT IS MISSING IN OUR TIME?
Every year, we have “Life in the Spirit Seminar”, yet, it seems there is no transformation in our lives. The question becomes – Is it that the outpouring during Pentecost is different from the one we have experienced? The answer to this is found in “Ezekiel 47:1-12, John7:37-39.”
From the scripture above according to prophet Ezekiel, we can see the streams of water flowing from the temple to the east, the stream represents the Holy Spirit flowing inside of us. When this streams flowed into the red sea, the bitterness turns into fresh water. This indicates that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, there is always a transformation. By the flow of this water from the sanctuary, it depicts that the Holy Spirit is not a dormant Spirit, He is a moving Spirit. It is only when we give ourselves completely to Jesus, that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit would be complete in our lives. Alleluia!!!
In Ezekiel 47:1-6, God revealed to us four different levels of our surrendering and commitment to the Spirit.
Ankle deep level: This category have 10% commitment and surrendering – vs 3 eg Simon the sorcerer in Acts8:9-22.
Knee deep level: This category have 30% commitment and surrendering vs 4.
Waist deep level: This people have 50% commitment and surrendering vs 4. Their fruits are not much. They are half renewed.
Sinking level: The Holy Spirit is in total control of the entire life of the person vs 5. This is where God desires that each of us should be.
God has presented another opportunity for us in this Life in the Spirit Seminar to take us from ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep to sinking level with the Holy Spirit.
GOALS OF LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
The aim of this seminar is to lead Christians to a deeper Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Life in the Spirit Seminar helps to:
Begin a new relationship with God.
Restore a broken relationship.
And to deepen an already existing relationship with God.
The seminars may not solve all our problems, but they will be a strong guide towards building a deeper relationship with the Holyspirit. Therefore, our commitment is paramount importance.
This is a 10 weeks program. And we are expected to participate fully in all of them.
Here are the topics to note down in this 10 weeks program.
1st week: Introduction (done)
2nd week: God the father loves you personally
3rd week; Jesus saves you and sets you free.
4th week: Jesus is the Lord of your life.
5th week: You are called to be a disciple of Jesus.
6th week: Jesus sends you His Holy Spirit
7th week: You will receive the Holy Spirit.
8th week: You then are the body of Christ communion.
9th week: You shall be my witness
10th week: Commissioning.
Tuesdays: Teachings and prayers
Fridays: Group classes
Other days: Personal devotions
Howard can we participate effectively in this Life in the Spirit Seminar?
Willingness: You must be willing to allow God work deeply in you (Total surrender)
Readiness: to spend at least 15mins every day in personal prayer (quiet time, rosary, bible meditation).
Faithfulness: Steadfast in attending the seminars every week (Tuesday and Fridays) without failing.
Readiness to return to the sacrament.
_”On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice – Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them .”