Pastor Wrinkles: Shaken & Stirred Pt. 4

Here is the next excerpt from Sunday morning’s sermon.

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We were  discussing the believer’s need to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have often heard it said that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is not for everyone. Yet Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2: 39.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for everyone!

Hear me Christian, if you will receive His baptism you will also receive His freedom  from condemnation sin and failure: For where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

The final point I want to make today is … being filled with the Spirit involves releasing the Spirit through our lives. Many believers will recognize God’s ownership of their lives and will receive His baptism but they never come to know the Christian life that shakes and stirs because they never release the Spirit through their lives in faith. So many are living dull, drab, lukewarm lives even while believing and receiving because they are not releasing the gifts in living and ministry. We can have great powers of recognition and wonderful willingness to receive from God the free gifts of salvation and supernatural power but these gifts were never meant to be held in a reservoir. They are meant to be poured out like a river and only when we pour the gifts out through faith-filled victorious living and ministry will our Christian lives be shaken and stirred with the vitality that Jesus desired.

You say, ‘I am baptized with the Holy Ghost.”

Great! I would ask,  “What are you doing with the baptism? ”

Your answer should not be, “Well I am a prophet to the pastor.”

You know what a prophet to the pastor is don’t you? That’s someone who comes to the pastor and says “ Pastor I think God wants you to do thus and so…. Have fun!”

Releasing the Spirit doesn’t involve you telling other people what to do. It involves you living and doing everyday according to the giftings God has poured out in your life. Paul the apostle said,

 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your  faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8

So Christian…

Have you recognized Jesus as Lord and have you recognized His Spirit’s ownership of your life?

Have you received the powerful baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Are you releasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit through faithful living and the ministry He has directed you to?

Let’s pray: Father God, I thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for my sin. Forgive me of all I have done wrong in this life and come into my life as my personal Lord and Savior. Send your Holy Spirit to live in my heart and cause me to be born again so that I can begin a new life with you. Lord I willingly open myself to your Spirit and all the gifts He has to offer. Lead me in using your gifts as you direct I declare right now I am willing to be used by you in any way that you desire. In Jesus name A-men

Did you just pray that prayer for the first time or as a rededication of your life to Christ? Drop me a line and tell me about your experience!

Pastor Wrinkles AKA Pastor J

2 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: Shaken & Stirred Pt. 4

  1. I think I’m going to start listening to past messages that Pastor, Pastor Brad, and, of course, you, Pastor J have given because I believe God has more to tell me through them. I believe God uses the second time to let the seeds planted take root. Thank you, Pastor J for this message has certainly shaken and stirred my heart!

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