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The Power of the Holy Spirit is for Children of All Ages

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The Power of the Holy Spirit is for Children of All Ages

It’s interesting to me in the Old Testament we primarily see only God the Father. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and within those pages, there are 99 names of God—God the Father, but God the Son of God was mentioned only once, and God the Holy Spirit just three times.

As you flip the pages from Malachi (the last of the Old Testament) to Matthew (the first book of the New Testament), suddenly everything changes. The whole family—the Trinity, the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit all showed up.

Immediately we see story after story of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. There are a 125 references to God, the Son and 90 references to God, the Holy Spirit.

In Luke’s story, we see the Holy Spirit filling children.

An angel showed up to tell Zacharias what was going to happen to him and his wife, Elizabeth. They were up older and wanted a child. He is one of the leaders in the temple, and he went there to pray. The angel said the most amazing thing to Zacharias, soon to be the father of John the Baptist. “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”[1] A fetus can actually experience God’s presence.

While with us at Lakeview, Jay Culvert—a missionary to the inner cities of America— told an amazing story about an inner city pastor named Isaac Olivarez. He said in Isaac’s neighborhood, where he was planting a church in Denver, Isaac saw this lady strung out on drugs—an addict. She was noticeably pregnant. The first time Isaac met her, he felt impressed to ask her, “Do you mind if I pray for your baby?” And she was very nonchalant about it, as if she didn’t care.

He stood right there in the street and after asking, put his hand on her stomach and prayed over this baby that was inside her body. Every time afterwards, when he would see her, he would pray over the baby.

The day that child was born, the doctor said, “You can’t take this child into that environment. The child is addicted to drugs. We need to have an adoptive parent. Do you have any family, any friends? Do you know anyone who would take the baby?
She said, “No,” but then she remembered the pastor. The found Isaac and his wife, and they adopted that little one. Those things aren’t by accident. The Spirit of God lead him to pray over this baby in the womb.   If a baby inside of its mother can be filled with the Holy Spirit, then children of all ages can experience the power, the joy and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.

Some of you parents are very worried about your children. You have a son or daughter that might seem out of control and often filled with anger. Your prayer shouldn’t only be, “Lord, take away the anger that fills their heart,” but let your prayer also be, “Lord, fill their heart with your the Holy Spirit!” God into the bedroom and pray over them.

The Prophet Joel wrote: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit on all My servants—men and women alike.”[2]

God has promised that your children and grandchildren can be filled with the Holy Spirit! Pray and believe towards that end!

[1] Luke 1:15 NKJV

[2] Joel 2:28 NKJV

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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