Have you received the Holy Ghost?
The concept of Holy Ghost baptism is a popular teaching in churches across the Christian faith, especially in Pentecostal churches. Regrettably, the concept has been bastardised, abused, and misconstrued by some churches today.
Leaders and professors of Holy Ghost teachings seem not to understand the nitty-gritty of what it entails to be baptized and filled in the Holy Ghost. On the other hand, some assemblies have resorted to teaching their members tongues as emphasis has shifted from having the real experience to speaking in tongues as a yardstick to operating with the power of the Holy Ghost. Such practice is purely demonic and unscriptural.
Surprisingly too, a careful examination of the lifestyle and conducts of some Christians who professed to be baptized in the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues clearly shows absence of salvation in their lives. The carnality that heralds their lives is so alarming as all manner of evil works are found in their midst.
The absence of the Holy Ghost in many churches today is so obvious. The works of the flesh that reign supreme in those churches is one of the evidence of the above fact, while immorality is no longer regarded as sin in their gathering, but the mere weakness of the body that can be overlooked by God.
A church that is filled in the Holy Ghost, frowns at sin and rebukes it openly. A sincere believer who has received the Holy Ghost cannot live a double standard life that is questionable before God and men. The world does not attract a Christian filled in the Holy Ghost; his heart is perfectly fixed on God and the vision that drives him to the finishing line.
The Holy Ghost baptism comes with fire, holy zeal, and vision to do exploit God and expand His Kingdom. Paul was an example of a man filled with Holy Ghost. He had the boldness to preach the gospel; he gave his entire life to it. Paul disobeyed the religious authorities because he was consumed with the heavenly vision propelled by the Holy Spirit. He was not mindful of whose horse was gored when it comes to standing for God.
All that the church needs today is the power of the Holy Ghost to do the work of God in God’s own way. It is the Holy Ghost that gives the utterance to preach the gospel and bring conviction to sinners. The Holy Ghost is a counselor that edifies believers’ soul and brings comfort to their lives even in amid of troubles. He is the believers’ advocates. He stands to defend believers in all aspects of life. He is the Intercessors; He intercedes for believers with groanings that cannot be uttered. A man that is filled in the Holy Ghost can pray for hours and not exhausted.
The Holy Ghost is the promise of the Father. It is the gift God gave to the church as a way to regularly have fellowship with them. This is the reason it is expedient for the church of Christ to possess the Holy Ghost, so, they can be directed and led according to the will of God in all spiritual matters. No man can lead the church of Christ without the help of the Holy Ghost. Church is God’s business and must be led by the owner of the business – Holy Ghost.
The lack of Holy Spirit experience in some churches has led to all forms of atrocities and cultic practices. Men and women are being merchandised by so-called ministers who are possessed by marine spirits. They have reduced Holy Ghost to an ordinary Olive Oil bottle and sell it to their victims for a large sums of money. Such churches are dried and filled with witchcraft activities and every work of the devil.
In the early church, receiving the Holy Ghost was a prerequisite to serving in the church. In the Acts of the Apostle, the Apostles selected men filled in the Holy Ghost to serve food. This goes to show how important it is to be filled in the Holy Ghost before touching anything in the house of the Lord.
The requirements for receiving the Holy Ghost is sincere hunger and thirst for the experience. You can be baptized as you earnestly desire and pray for the experience today.
• For further reading : Acts 26:19; John 16: 8-10 1 Cor. 2:4; Rom. 15:14;1 Acts 10:38; Exodus 13:21-22; Matt. 16:13; Jn. 16:7-16; Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:7-8, 12; 9:17; Acts 6:1-3. For details of our programme, visit us @www.kpicpc.org. You can also follow us live on Facebook @kpicpc & You Tube @ kpicpc.