“WORTH CONSIDERING,” RENEWAL 6/22/19 (Across my desk.)
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…” (Isaiah 55:12, NIV)
Living With Enthusiasm
The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos.” “Theos” is God. When you’re enthusiastic, it simply means you are full of God. When you get up in the morning excited about your future, recognizing that day is a gift and go out with a spring in your step, pursuing your goals and passionate about life, then God will breathe in your direction. Studies tell us that people who are enthusiastic get better breaks. They’re promoted more often. That’s not a coincidence. When you’re full of passion, you have the favor of God.
Remember, God didn’t breathe His life into us to drag through the day. He didn’t create us in His image, crown us with His favor, and equip us with His power to just go through the motions of life. You may have had some setbacks, the wind may have been taken out of your sail, but this is a new day! God wants to breathe new life back into you. If you’ll get your fire back, get your passion back, the wind will start blowing once again. When you’re in agreement with God, He can cause the winds of favor to shift in your direction!
A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for another sunrise, another day, another opportunity to praise You and pursue the dreams You’ve given me. Help me to stay filled with Your joy which is strength so I can serve You with my whole heart in everything that I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Last night, we had another productive House Church gathering of about a doz. saints. And a great testimony was given by one of the members concerning the difference in their life as to being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Another did not believe him as he was quoting the thoughts of one of the different churches that he attends. This guy giving the testimony had so much new enthusiasm and so much renewal that he was not about to back down. So we had two heavy duty Hawaiians, lovingly, dukeing it out but trying to be lovingly nice. The time was rather electrified, the “Pot Blessing” was also really great. And now perhaps I need to spend some time on the Biblical position next week for the “Gifts of the Spirit” ( 1 Cor. 12:1-11) that come with the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
So thought that I would just list the Biblical verses on the subject and ask for your thoughts.
Peter quoted Joel 2:28 on Pentecost :
1 Cor. 14:1-5,
Acts 2:4, 2:11, 10:46, 10:46
1 Cor. 12:10, 12:28, 12:30, 13:1, 13:8, 14:5-6, 14:18, 14:21-23, 14:39,
Baptism of/in the Holy Spirit:
1 & 2nd Thessalonians
The Disciples were Born from Above in the Upper Room at the Resurrection of Christ Jesus but not empowered by the Holy Spirit until 50 days later.
Paul was saved on the road to Damascus and filled with the Holy Spirit 3 days later: Act.9:19
Philip had a revival among the Samaritans and Baptized them. They were later filled with the Holy Spirit when Peter and John came up to Samaria. Acts 8:14-25, possible months later.
Paul’s first words to the disciples of Apollos were: Acts 19:2 And he asked them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed [on Jesus as the Christ]? And they said, No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.
So in this study we see that one can be Baptized into the Holy Spirit at the same time as being Born from Above. But personally, I have not found this to be true today, very often, due to a lack of obedience. And this is the reason that most of Christianity is powerless. Most of the time, as John Wesley said, there is a need for this 2nd work of Grace.
Luke 11:9-13 is the key for this empowering to happen along with obedience, Acts 5:32 & Hebrews 5:9
So get back to me with your thoughts. Be Blessed in your Day, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org (Back Blogs of “WORTH CONSIDERING” can found on our Home Page link by that name.)