Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit



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When a person gets saved, the Holy Spirit quickens the mortal body, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11) (KJV)

The Holy Spirit is the one that gives salvation experiences and seals you. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise," (Ephesians 1:13) (KJV)

The Holy Spirit is in you when you get saved, but you have to accept Him.

The Holy Spirit is a Gift!

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as a Comforter and He is Forever! 

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (John 14:16) (KJV)

The same Spirit Jesus was baptized with by John the Revelator, Jesus sent to ALL of us. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead can dwell in you!

A prayer: "Jesus, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. I welcome Him inside me to live with me forever and ever. I give you praise, honor and glory. Amen."

That's it!

Trust me, the Holy Spirit (next to Jesus, is my favorite words) will manifest himself to you. He's kind, sweet, long suffering, patient, loving, all the things Jesus and God the father is because He's an equal part of God. 

How do you know the Holy Spirit is in you? Well, I fell Him tingle my legs, cause my bones to vibrate in my legs (I love that one a lot), He can raise the hairs on your skin. Sometimes I feel like He is a Helmet on my head. He's totally cool and never means you any harm. That's why the Dove is how He came down to Jesus when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. He's the comforter Jesus sent. One of the coolest things He did was Anoint my eyelids. They tingled. Everyone is different so you might also feel heat like I do, and sometimes even cool heat (that one is neat). He can flash light in your eyes, He can give you dreams, and He can impart gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. Chapter 12 details the 9 Gifts of the Spirit of Jesus). We will cover those in another sermon. 

And, honestly, He is Jesus's Spirit. I call Him that and He's not objected. I see it this way: Basically, Jesus went back to Heaven so he could send us His Spirit. You see, Jesus had the Holy Spirit all to Himself when He was on earth. But, when He went back to heaven, that released the Holy Spirit to come and live inside us. When you take your first breath out of the womb, who exactly do you think gives you that breath? That's the Holy Spirit. He's always been there, but, until you get saved, you just don't know it. (Romans 8:11)

And, He is Power! See: https://www.transgenderchurch.com/2020/08/the-power-inside-you.html

The Holy Spirit will lead you into ALL truths!

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." (John 16:13) (KJV)

What does He talk about? Jesus is pretty much it. The Holy Spirit loves to talk about Jesus because Jesus is the Authority over everything, including sin, sickness, infirmity, the devil, the animals, the sea, the rain, and even death itself. When Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead by the Holy Spirit, the keys to death and hell became His domain.

Revelation 1:18: Jesus says, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Hades is hell.

If Satan tempts you, give him the Word of Truth (Scripture) in response as Jesus did in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11)

IMPORTANT: If you don't know the Scripture to give, just say, "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." (Matt 16:23) (KJV)

The Holy Spirit will bring Scripture to your mind. I don't know all these Scriptures so I let the Holy Spirit bring them to my mind. Trust me, I ain't writing this sermon, the Holy Spirit is. The Glory belongs to Jesus. 

The biggest thud of Scripture from the Holy Spirit I ever got was when I asked God if He could fix my car's air conditioner. The Holy Spirit quickly thundered it into my mind, "Nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37) (Paraphrase) And, guess what? It has worked flawlessly ever since. My car is 19 years old and He knew I couldn't afford $500-1000 to fix it. So, He fixed it.

The Holy Spirit greatest fruit inside a believer is Love. He will lead you to love everybody. Why? God is Love. Jesus is Love. The Holy Spirit is Love. (1 John 4:7-21)

What does He look like?

One teen girl on Youtube said she saw the Holy Spirit and He looked like a mist and every so often His face would form and He looked like Jesus. I forget where the video is, but I've never forgotten what she said. I've seen a mist before and I'm sure that was Him. I just didn't realize it until I saw her video. But, the Holy Spirit loves to show you Jesus not Himself so if you see Him, feel a little special. 

The Holy Spirit will ALWAYS agree Jesus is Lord:

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them."

(1 John 4:1-5) (KJV)

So, if you believe the Holy Spirit has told you something, you can try the spirit as the Scripture says above. Basically say, "Do you confess Jesus is come in the flesh?" If the Spirit says, "yes", you know it is of God. Anything else, rebuke it and don't listen to it.

Some things Christians are not supposed to do: divination, walk on coals of fire (Pass through fire.... see https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=%22pass+through+the+fire%22&qs_version=KJV), astrology, read your horoscope (it's of the devil, folks), get your palm read, witchcraft, consult a spiritualist (basically, they are all witches). You probably shouldn't even celebrate Halloween. It is paganism.

The best thing you can do is read your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to show you everything. He loooooves to do that. In fact, the first book you should read as a new Christian is the Johns. That tells you all about Jesus and the love of Jesus.

Amen.

Pastrix Rachel Teresa
Transgender Church






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