The Missing Piece
Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It tells you how to be saved, and it tells you how to be filled. Have you ever tried to drive a car without the key? Unless you start the engine, you won’t get very far. Have you ever noticed people who have strong views on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, who have never received it? That’s like me writing a product review on a Lambo – when I’ve never driven one. Shouldn’t you drive the car first? Before giving a review? The reason half or more of the American church rejects the filling of the Holy Spirit in this present day, is because that’s where the power comes from. And the devil wants to prevent them from plugging into that power. (Quick side note: If you haven’t received Jesus as your Savior to give you a new heart and mind – you won’t possibly understand what we’re talking about in this Daily Huddle.) It was Jesus’ first instruction to His disciples. The very first step of obedience He required of them. If you love me, you will obey my commands… The new commandment – Love One Another. But upon His departure, which He told them He would be leaving… His first command, “Wait in Jerusalem, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you will receive power to be my witnesses (martyrs). It’s the power needed to walk in the new life, and overcome the old life. That’s why Jesus said He would ask the Father, and His Father would send them the Holy Spirit. That’s what He meant when He said, I will not leave you as orphans… He wasn’t talking about the second coming, He was talking about the promised Holy Spirit that could be everywhere with everyone, not just like Jesus in his earthly body, who was only with people, when He was with them. That’s why He said, “It’s better for you that I go” when they couldn’t understand and didn’t want him to leave. Living this new life in Christ – is a spiritual thing, not a natural thing. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to the natural mind – these things are spiritually discerned. What did He mean? You need the Holy Spirit to understand these things, your mind won’t, your spirit will. That’s why people reject the power and presence of the Holy Spirit today, if their mind can’t get its arms around it, they reject it. That’s what Nicodemus struggled with. How can a man climb back in his Mother’s womb and be born again. Jesus lovingly chided him, “You are a teacher of Israel, and do not understand these things? We are talking about spiritual things, not earthly. The devil wants to keep people from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit – the very power they need - which Jesus promised His Father would send. Why does the devil work so hard to keep people from this? So they just live life by their brain, rather than their spirit. That’s why praying in tongues is a roadblock to some people, because they cannot understand it. When Jesus said they wouldn’t, it’s Spirit, not flesh. Praise God for things we don’t understand. I don’t really understand the workings of a gasoline engine, or how a cellphone operates, but I use them all the time. I don’t need to understand how they work, I just need to use them for the purpose they were created for – and those examples aren’t even spiritual, they’re natural. The devil will either cast doubt and unbelief about the present power and filling of the Holy Spirit, or if people did receive Him, the devil will try to keep them so preoccupied in the natural, that they neglect pursuing the presence of the Holy Spirit as a priority in their life. How often do you pray in the Spirit, versus praying in the understanding? (Heavenly Language vs. English language – or whatever your native language is?) Praying that you will review the Topic – The Purpose of Tongues in your life. Have you ever spoken to someone who rejected Christ for years? Who just wouldn’t give their life to Christ – for either unbelief, or because they didn’t want to give up their sinful life, or were afraid God would make them do something unfun – like be a pastor or a missionary… Or they would have to stop doing some things they really liked to do, which weren’t honoring to God, but they didn’t want to give up… Only to find years later, that God in His Amazing Grace and mercy and patience, allowed them to come to Christ before they died and it was too late. They suddenly realized that what the devil told them was a lie, and their only regret was not giving their life to Christ earlier. Is that you? Do you know that Jesus is the way the truth and the life, but just haven’t given your life to Him? For whatever reason… Why Wait? You’re just giving up the time you could be walking in freedom and power! What you think you’ll miss, is a mirage. Sin isn’t better that what God has for you! God is the creator of everything good. Don’t miss out on His plans for you – they are so good, better than you can imagine! A: Admit you’re a sinner (that should be easy) B: Believe that Jesus died for your sin in your place, and was raised back to life again (there were five hundred eye witnesses!), and C) Commit your life to obeying whatever He tells you. Leave that old life, so you can walk in newness of life! There’s no magic prayer – it’s just belief in the truth - and commitment of heart. Jesus forgive me I know I’m a sinner, thank you for dying in my place, for paying the price for my sin! I give you the rest of my life to you right now, whatever you say, I will do it. And thank you for your promise to help me! Cause I definitely can’t do this on my own. That’s the journey of a lifetime! And longer than that – for all eternity! Then ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit the Father Promised – so you receive power to live this new life! Luke 11:13 - “If you who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more with your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” He will, the Father Promised. He will fill you with the Holy Spirit – to give you power to do what you can’t do in your own power, and to lead you into all truth! So you’re not easily deceived anymore, so you can see through deception, and build your life on truth. And if you are one of those who received Jesus as your Savior, but never received the Power that He promised - the Baptism of the Holy Spirit... Are you willing to take the first step of obedience that He told His disciples to take? Wait in Jerusalem. Be filled with the Holy Spirit – so that times of refreshing may come from the LORD. Don’t let anyone else’s unbelief, or the limits of your natural understanding, keep you from what God promised, and purposed for your good! If you’ve received these two promises from God, Salvation, and Filling of the Holy Spirit, then pursue the power of His presence. Don’t let the devil distract you by the things of the world. Develop your heavenly language. It’s no different than any child learning English. The more you speak it, the more fluent you become. You just open your mouth… the Holy Spirit will take over. Your mind won’t understand – get over it! God said that’s how it works. Do you believe in things you can’t see? You don’t see Jesus, but still believe the truth of who He is. You won’t understand your heavenly language, but speak it in faith, let the Holy Spirit pray the Father’s perfect will over you. Keep praying in the Spirit and the understanding (English) And your faith will grow, your spirit will grow, His power in you will grow. The purpose of your heavenly language is so you will have power to walk in everything God has planned for you, and to build your faith (Jude 1:21) which pleases God, and enables Him to move mountains. Praying that you won’t neglect the most powerful tool you have – praying in the Spirit - so God can lead you into all truth by His Word, and His plans for you. That’s what makes PiVAT & PRISM so powerful. You do PiVAT and PRISM by the Holy Spirit, not your brain. Your Daily Call becomes fire – as the Holy Spirit leads you and prays through your voice what your Daily Call Partner needs. That’s a powerful life - what God designed for you to walk in! So He can fulfill the purpose He has for you. Praying that what He promised, will never be missing in your life - that you will pursue it, and walk in it, that you will be always be filled with His Spirit – with the power you need!
Love you all,
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Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!