“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give The Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Lc.11:13)
When we confess our sins before The Lord and accept Jesus Christ as our savior, He gifts us with the new birth. Our spirit, the one we can’t live without, is suddenly “quickened”. We are then able to begin the spiritual life, for The Lord will have nothing to do with the flesh, only through our spirit will we be able to please The Lord.
(Jn 4:23-24 ; 6:63 Fil.3:3)
The flesh, as stated in The Word of God, is anathema to God, meaning that the flesh will always serve the law of sin, regardless of our desires. (Ro 8:6-8 / I Co. 15:50 / Ga. 5:24)
We should understand that spiritual life, and the spiritual heaven of God is not a ghost town. It is very real, only it is made of a different substance than the one we wear. But you can rest assured that you will be able to touch it, see, walk it and enjoy it.
After the new birth, the quickening of our spirit is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, a relationship which will last for all eternity.
Here is where things start to get… difficult, because, even if we don’t know it and even if we are unaware, we have just joined a war. We have just become soldiers and the enemy, who did not bother with you before this… is very angry at… you.
Now we would like to be very clear before you change your mind. In this life, we will either die now or we will die later, but death is unavoidable. That is, unless you happen to be caught up in the translocation of the church. (Rev. 19:6-9)
Death now, will result in life later, but life now, will result in death later. The difference is that death later will be permanent, while if you give death to this flesh now, you will live eternally in an eternal kingdom.
Since the decision is “a no brainer” we will give you a little information to help you as you strive, battle and have victory over those who would impede your way to heaven.
You see, the One who wants you to live eternally with Him, has provided Someone to help you on your way, He is called The Holy Spirit.
It might not be as simple as repenting from sin, or the new birth, these happen instantly, but The Baptism of The Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16) may require a little more… effort. Needless to say, it is not up to us, for God is the One who has the last word, as they say.
Meaning that He might give it to some instantly, while others might have to fight a little for the privilege.
Regardless of whether you have to strive some or not, The Holy Spirit is the key to victory.
Let’s say I make you a gift. You need glasses to see your way around this earth. I gift you with a pair of glasses just right for you. I hand them over, free of charge, my gift to you. You are happy with the gift, but for it to be of use, you have to unwrap it, you have to put it on and you have to use it.
It is the same way with the gift of salvation. Most certainly, you have to accept it, but you also have to… unwrap it and… you have to use it. Otherwise, the gift has not really been accepted.
If you did accept the gift, unwrapped it and are wearing it, The Holy Spirit is the next step.
Acts 1:8 promises that we will receive power when He has come into our lives, power for what? You ask, power to make it through the darkness in this world and emerge victorious in the kingdom of heaven. Power to say no to those things which by nature we are inclined, even eager to do but are working against our salvation. Power to be faithful to Him who has done so much for us.
If you feel spiritually weak; if you are in no mood to pray, if you struggle to go to the temple, if you are not certain of your salvation, it is because you have not received the baptism in The Holy Spirit.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of The Holy Ghost.” (Ro.15:13)
“because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by The Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Ro. 5:5)
“Likewise, The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of The Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Ro 8:26-27)
More important still…
“For The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Until this becomes a reality, we should do nothing else.