The Holy Spirit impresses the person of his lost condition and the need for the Savior. The person comes to the Lord and confesses his past sins and by faith receives instant forgiveness and stands justified before the God “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Then, the Holy Spirit convicts the person of God’s will and also of the person’s weaknesses through the daily study of the scriptures and prayer. Again, by faith the person receives daily from God all the necessary grace, power, and help to overcome his weakness. This is a lifelong process “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
The Holy Spirit is given only to the obedient “the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32). Jesus said, “If ye love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:15, 16). The believer should not be under the power of sin. But what is sin? “… sin is the transgression of the law …” (1 John 3:4). One could not be filled with the Holy Spirit without obeying God’s law (Exodus 20) through the enabling grace of Christ.
Level three involves an exercise of the same kind of faith for the purpose of sharing others with others what the Lord has done in our lives. As the disciples prayed for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and received it at the Day of Pentecost, the believers today should pray for the empowerment of the Spirit to take the truth to all the world before the coming of Christ.
The Holy Spirit gives the believers gifts to assist them in their Christian walk and witnessing. The Holy Spirit Himself decides how the gifts will be distributed, and to whom “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:8-11).
There are many powerful promises that the Lord has given the church to claim the gift of the Holy Spirit. Here are a few:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him” (Matthew 7:7-11).
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1: 4).
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:16- 20).
In His service,
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