Immersed

“For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)

On the Day of Pentecost, 120 disciples (committed followers of Jesus) were amazingly touched by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). This fulfilled the promise Christ had made to them a few days earlier. He said, “John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).

Jesus calls us to become completely immersed in the Holy Spirit’s power and influence (Lk 24:49). We must recognize that this initial experience of being baptized (immersed) in the Holy Spirit is only the beginning of a lifelong experience. The point is that there is always more! God wants us to remain filled with the Holy Spirit… to remain under His influence. Many accused the disciples of being drunk after the initial experience in the upper room, because there seemed to be no explaining their unusual behavior.

“Don’t be drunk with wine…” says Paul, “but be filled with the Holy Spirit!” (Eph. 5:18)

Perhaps another analogy would help to clarify. As Christians we could be compared to a “reservoir” for producing electrical power, like Hoover Dam. When we accept Christ, construction of our reservoir is complete. We now have the potential to be useful and to affect lives. Yet until the flood gates are opened and the cascading river waters pour through, no power is available. So it is when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit… the flood gates open.

Yielded Lives:

We yield our lives to God and the Holy Spirit pours into us and through us… like power stations. It is then that we become most effective in God’s service. As with the reservoir, this power-generating experience is not intended to be a one-time occurrence. It is to be an ongoing process… a flow. When our spiritual power runs low, we need to return to the Source and let the Holy Spirit pour into us again, bringing fresh power.

Keep on being filled – over and over again!

This happened to the early followers of Jesus. They had already been baptized in the Spirit; but later, when persecution arose, they needed a new surge of spiritual power; so they prayed to the Lord once again and “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31). Even the building was shaken. As the Spirit-filled believer serves the Lord, there is an expenditure of spiritual power. It becomes necessary for us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, in order that His power may be replenished in us.

Spiritual growth is measured by our capacity to flow in the anointing.

Here is the secret of Spirit-filled living… Stay Immersed! The Spirit-filled life is a continuous process of receiving and giving. We were all made to drink of this One Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). The secret is like breathing… being filled and pouring out to others, of receiving power from God and spending it in Kingdom ministry.

Jesus said “freely you receive, freely give” (Mt 10:8).

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