BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #58

Continuing on the work of the Holy Spirit:
APPLICATION OF SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES

“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” ACTS 1: 4 – 8. Also:“For He has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline/sound judgment.” II Timothy 1: 7. With this Spirit we can: a) be faithful; b) resist temptation; and, c) witness to others. What are we to do with all this POWER?! “Go ye therefore into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them whatsoever I have commanded you.”

We “today” Christians crave “spiritual successes”. We tend to think in terms of how many souls we have led to Christ, how many people belong to “our” church, how many “associates” we have or how many “deacons” or how many auxiliaries we serve on. We must realize that one life discipled according to God’s Word, one soul not only led to Christ but encouraged in his growth in Christ, is more valuable to God than a hundred who merely acknowledge Him, but don’t serve Him.

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