Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? Have you received God’s promised Spirit presence?
Has the power of God clothed you in spite of your weakness and nakedness?
There is an experience of the Holy Spirit that can be described as a baptism. Before you were dry and lacked power. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the church was alive and empowered to do the works of Jesus.
Charles Finney, the American revivalist wrote about an experience he had in prayer:
As I went in and shut the door after me, it seemed as if I met the Lord Jesus Christ face to face. ... He said nothing, but looked at me in such a manner as to break me right down at His feet. I wept aloud like a child, and made such confessions as I could with my choked utterance. ... As I turned and was about to take a seat by the fire, I received a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost. ... No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart. I wept with joy and love.
Have you had that kind of encounter with the Living God? If you have, you know that your heart is not satisfied unless you are able to return to God’s presence. Like Mary sitting at he feet of Jesus, there is a choice of the best thing. All other activities will wear us out, but a moment in God’s presence gives life and strengthens us.
Welcome the Holy Spirit when you pray. Heaven is not shut. We can speak to God and Holy Spirit leads us to an understanding of God’s openness to listen and respond.
What happens when a church prepares itself for the coming of God’s Spirit? In Acts chapter 2, the disciples gathered together in response to the Lord’s direction. They prayed, talked and came together in such a way that Luke describes them as being in one accord. In the unity of Christian brothers and sisters, the Spirit came in power and they were all filled with the Spirit.
Their mouths opened and they spoke in new ways. They spoke God’s message in languages they had no prior knowledge of. And through the work of God’s Spirit thousands of people were suddenly added to the church as Jesus was proclaimed.
New Song Church has a downtown campus that meets on Saturday nights at Central United Church. When that church’s current building was dedicated in the early 1900’s as a Methodist Church, there were 10 days of preaching meetings that resulted in 1200-1400 people making a confession of faith.
Windsor has not experienced that kind of large-scale immediate response, before that time or since. God has been faithfully working, but there is a dimension of God’s power to touch people and change them that we need today.
You may feel, “What can a small church like yours do that will make any difference?” You can pray and God can baptize you in the Holy Spirit, giving you power to proclaim Jesus to a world that needs hope.
Is that what you want in your life and in your church? If so, let us be united in asking God to move upon us.