The Holy Spirit is your ‘ genie’
…Command it and say ‘let there be’, and it will grant your wish
When Jesus was slain on the cross in Calvary, His blood was presented to His Father in Heaven as the ultimate sacrifice for the cancellation of sin for all men who believed that Jesus is Lord and accepted Him as Saviour.
When Jesus ascended to Glory, God the Father released the Holy Spirit aka ‘the Spirit’, the ‘Spirit of God’, the ‘Spirit of Christ’, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ to dwell with mankind in fulfilment of Matthew 6:10: “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Without ‘the Spirit’ or where the Spirit has not been received, God’s will is not possible; and Satan reigns supreme through natural disasters, accidents, incurable diseases and the like. And God’s will is that all believers be restored to Him, to be like Him in His image and be able to do all good things like the Father. ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..’. (Ps.23:6). That is why the work of the Holy Spirit is of the ultimate importance to men. He is the immediate source of life ( Ps. 104:29, Job 32:8, Num. 11:17. The Holy Spirit played a part in the coming of Jesus Christ in the first place (Luke 1:35, John 1:32, 3:34), and He is the ‘revealer’ of divine truth and thus the source of the inspired Scriptures. This means it is impossible to walk with Christ, not to mention to teach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit. It is active in conversions and in the edification of the believer by the Word of which He is the author. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…” About the Holy Spirit, Jesus said to His disciples, “You have heard from Me, for John truly baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4,5,7. And because God, who is in Christ, is not a man that He should lie, indeed the Holy Spirit descended upon the saints as they worshipped in the upper r oom. ‘ When t he Day of t he Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Now there has been much debate as pertains the issue of tongues, as many have argued that the first Christians actually spoke in discernible tongues, as opposed to today’s seemingly sense- less utterances. It might help to note Jesus’ attitude towards his disciples curiosity as they asked, “Lord, will you at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or reasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” It seems all Jesus wants from us is to trust and obey. As per the Lord’s promise, the disciples indeed received power to do mighty things, even greater things than He had done during His earthly Ministry. These gifts are possible to all who believe, as it is written in Mark 16:15-18: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will
be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Again there is much debate about the issue of baptism, with some believing water baptism is no longer relevant. But there is Scriptural evidence that it is. In John 3, Jesus explains to a curious Nicodemus the secret behind His power, and He says; “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Let me explain this in everyday language: Jesus was saying unless one was baptised by immersion ( John’s baptism) and received the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost baptism as in the Pentecost experi- ence), he would not be able to live in the spirit realm. The Kingdom of Heaven as a spirit realm that gives us a taste of heaven while here on earth, as opposed to an actual destination. Before the Pentecost experience, the Kingdom of God was spoken of as near ( Mark 9:1, Matt 16:18); and after Pentecost (Acts 2) as being in existence (Acts 2:47; Col.1:13;
Rev. 1: 6; 9). In Luke 20: 1- 8, Jesus proves beyond any reasonable doubt that water baptism is not only still relevant after Pentecost, but very integral to hearing from God. ‘Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?” But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John – was it from heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘from heaven’, He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’, all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Jesus spoke in codes that could only be decoded using the keys of the Holy Spirit, which could only be obtained as a result of both the water baptism and the Pentecost experience. The Pharisees and scribes had scorned John’s baptism, and where they did get baptised they did not obey the Lord’s commandments, totally shutting themselves out from the voice of God. For this reason, they did not realise that Jesus had actually told them that His power was unlocked as a result of John’s baptism. ‘When He had been baptised, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” (Matt. 3:16). Many are confused what should come first - water or the Holy Spirit? The Spirit of the Lord tells me, Jesus is only concerned about obedience and does not want us to worry about what came first between the chicken and the egg. Now, I want us to put into practice what we just learnt by emulating God as He used the Spirit to create everything we see today. ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God (aka Holy Spirit) was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ (Gen.1-3). Decide in your heart what you want, making sure that what you want is what God wants; and command the Spirit: “Let there be…” Like a genie, the Spirit will grant your wish, right NOW, in Jesus