Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 November 3 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.(Acts 19:1-6).

Today's Morsel: Do you have the Holy Ghost?  The question that Paul asked these believers is not a question of rudeness, but a question of clarification.  So many folk say that they have the Holy Ghost, but their lives reflect otherwise.  If someone says that they are a Christian and a follower of Christ, they should know when and how God filled them with His Spirit.  The evidence that you have been filled with God's Spirit is that you will speak in another tongue as the Spirit gives the utterance.  I know that there are many that will disagree with this statement, but what is your evidence of the infilling?  You can't have the Fruit of the Spirit nor the Gift of the Spirit without the Spirit.  Don't get me wrong, I am not elevating speaking in tongues, but there is no other evidence in scripture after Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and ascension where any were filled without speaking in tongues. John wrote in the Gospel of John, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" (John 7:37-39).  So let me warn you, the devil has always tried to imitate everything that God does, even speaking in tongues.  But when you are truly filled with God's Spirit, you are going to speak with another tongue just like they did in Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:12-17,  Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:6, and it's going to be for real and not an imitation of the real thing.  The Apostle Paul, who also wrote, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all (1Corinthians 14:18) knowing that these were believer would have never asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost since they had believed if it was not a separate and distinct experience with precise evidence.  As he told the church at Rome, "For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged" (Romans 3:3-4). The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Christ and Paul informs us that if any have not this Spirit, they are none of His (Romans 8:9).  

Sing:  I've got the Holy Ghost, down in my soul, just like the Bible says, I've got the Holy Ghost, down in my soul, just like the Bible says; Well I've been to the water and I've been baptized in Jesus Name, my soul got happy and I'm satisfied, I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now, just like the Bible, just like the Bible, just like the Bible says.

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