ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16

        6/22/19    (Across my desk.)

Today’s Scripture
“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.”

My Thoughts:
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  :28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

I like to include as it demonstrates how powerful unity is:  Gen. 11:
  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.  6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.     (So we don’t want to be divide concerning the power of the Holy Spirit.)

1 Cor. 14:1-5,  Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ([a]interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching).  For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].  But [on the other hand], the one who prophesies [who [b]interprets the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their upbuilding and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation.  He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself, but he who prophesies [[c]interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness].  Now I wish that you might all speak in [unknown] tongues, but more especially [I want you] to prophesy (to be inspired to preach and interpret the divine will and purpose). He who prophesies [who is inspired to preach and teach] is greater (more useful and more important) than he who speaks in [unknown] tongues, unless he should interpret [what he says], so that the church may be edified and receive good [from it].  AMPC (Amplified)

Unique Tongues:
Mark 16:17
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
Matt.3:11,  3:16
Luke,  11:9-13
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<><    (Back Blogs of “WORTH CONSIDERING” can found on our Home Page link by that name.)

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