After listening to Jesse's podcasts I reflected upon the issue of the "Baptism of the Spirit evidenced by gifts". I had been reading a book called, "These are not drunken as ye suppose" by Professor Howard Ervin and commented on the challenge that we who have been baptised in the Spirit face. It is not enough to simply manifest the Spirit's gifts at the time we received the baptism of power. We must heed Paul's command to "stir up the gift within you by the laying on of hands".
What is it? - it is God's presence and power made manifest.
How is it conducted? - It is tangible and detectable and discernible to your physical body...heavenly materiality! It is 'of substance'
How can I receive it? - By faith....we looked at Mark 5, where the woman touched Jesus' cloak and was healed....faith pulls the power of the sovereign God into our meetings".
Good friend and blogger Julie pointed me to this awesome looking blog; "The Sound of Thunder". It's written by a Pentecostal pastor and he calls his favourite links, "Lightning Rods". An excellent post to begin with is one called "Shaken Not Stirred - What do we need in order to launch out in the Holy Spirit?". It's going to be added to my regular blogs to visit!
Speaking of Julie, she's been busy with a series on posts looking at the vital issue of grace vs legalism (here is an excellent example - "What about Grey Areas?"). Again it's not immediately connected to all things charismatic, but it is a foundational issue which can instantly grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. So visiting her blog in our study of the longed for charismatic resurgence is a MUST!
But my point in transcribing these prophecies is that there is also a lot of GOOD examples of the Spirit manifesting Himself through the prophetic and I want to publish them here as a motivator for our faith. God is speaking through the prophetic! Let's seek to be used by Him also.
20. Tuesday June 5th 2007.
21. Wednesday June 6th 2007.
Also Jesse has joined the "Underlined Bits" blog which is hugely excited! His first post is an awesome one from C H Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit.
Finally a good friend of mine - Hugh Griffiths - has restarted his blog up with a vengence. He is an elder of a church in Swansea in Wales with a great name - "New Covenant Church". That's a kind of church I would like to be a part of! He shares my passion for Ern Baxter and I love his Kingdom vision. He has written a number of posts on the charismatic statesman Arthur Wallis. There is a free download of Arthur's book "The Radical Christian". This is a book particularly worth reading because of the awesome Spirit-inspired vision. Get to the blog and get reading!