Years ago, I had a visit from a nearby pastor. He told me about his experience with the Holy Spirit (baptism and prayer language). He said he would never teach this to his church because they wouldn’t understand! “I don’t want to turn anybody off,” he said.
I thought about it. I kinda felt the same way. I didn’t want to turn anybody off. I wanted to turn them on to power of the Holy Spirit!
To be perfectly honest with you, there have been many abuses and misuses of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Some hyperemotional churches have turned off sincere Christians.
They haven’t elicited hunger. They’ve caused confusion and set some against the authentic power of the Holy Spirit. If that’s you, I’m sorry!
So where’s the balance? Lakeview embraces the work of the Spirit as long as it’s done decently and in order, building people up. We don’t in any way seek to come across as trying to be superior on the subject of the Holy Spirit. We’re trying to learn. We’re seeking to grow.
This is the age of the Spirit and we don’t want to miss what God is seeking to do.
The coming Age of the Spirit was clearly on the mind of Jesus. Towards the end of the Last Supper Jesus said, “I have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too much for you now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into the full truth. He won’t speak on his own. He will speak what he hears and will tell you about things to come” (John 16:12-13 GW).
What was on Jesus mind three days later, the first time He met with the disciples after His resurrection? The Holy Spirit
That Sunday evening, the disciples were together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were glad to see the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:19-22 GW).
Luke recorded this about that conversation: “What comes next is very important. I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until HE arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high!” (Luke 24:49 MSG).
And 40 days later on the day Jesus ascended what was on His mind? The Holy Spirit. It’s the last thing Jesus talked about. HE IS COMING!
You can watch or listen to the full message here.