The Gift/Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Are Your Priorities Straight?

Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.For they heard them speaking in tonguesand praising God.”

Acts 4:31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

Acts 8:16 “because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

The book of Acts is full of accounts of the Holy Spirit manifesting with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

The Holy Spirit wants to come upon us so let’s examine: Is this really about Jesus? When Jesus Himself went into the desert He was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. When you receive Jesus, you receive the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t mean that rivers of living water are flowing through you yet.

Jesus wants to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. It gives us power to be a bold witness and tell others about Jesus. We can share with boldness that God gives. When Jesus came from the wilderness He said, [Luke 4:18] The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because. The Spirit of the Lord was upon Him for a reason – to glorify God in heaven.

Are our priorities straight?

Is Jesus the forefront of what we’re after? If so, the gift of the Holy Spirit is for you. But you’re not going to want this if your life is about “you”. The Kingdom is about King Jesus.  There are things to Holy Spirit will lead you into like praying in tongues and telling others about God.

Do you ever have a problem with your thinking? Commit your ways to the Lord and Your thoughts will be established. If you decide to commit your way to the Lord (i.e. “Lord, I want to commit to seeing my family coming to know God in a greater way”), you are into a problem because you can’t do it on your own. But there is help called the Holy Spirit. He will give us power to be witnesses!

Have we made the right commitments?

Because then, the Holy Spirit will give us the words and boldness that we don’t have. The disciples went before Kings and He gave them the words to say. Just think about what God’s done in your life. Invite the Holy Spirit into that meditation and He will give you confidence. God wants us to share with others because He wants others to enter into the same goodness and love that we have encountered. They need to hear about what God has done in your life! (It might be as simple as saying, “I felt the presence of God.”)

Will you commit to following God and glorifying Jesus? God will prompt us to serve but He will also use our words. He will give us boldness to share the Gospel in a world that’s turning against Him. We need the Holy Spirit to build up our most holy faithby praying in the Holy Spirit. That faith is set apart from the world and is untouchable.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to share. There are times we know the Holy Spirit is behind what we do and say. Others can tell we’ve been with Jesus! We have access to rivers of living water.

 As interpreted by Cherry Mayola, assistant to Pastor Matthew

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