Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
Read: Romans 8:26-27
Beyond the experience of salvation and sanctification, the Lord wants to take you further by baptising you with the Holy Spirit.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
After God has cleansed you and given you a heart of flesh, you will begin to hunger to do His will. You will realise you cannot do so on your own. You will desire to pray but you will not be able to pray correctly. This is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit is given to us: To help us overcome such limitations (Romans 8:26).
In the days after I received Christ into my heart, we had prayer time at the end of the sermon during Sunday service. We were free to pray as we liked. On saying the Lord’s Prayer, I would not know what to say next just after about five minutes. I would raise my head to see if anybody was standing, if none was standing, I would go over another five minutes prayer. Since I did not want to be first to stand up, I would stay where I was, enduring prayer time. But the day the Holy Spirit came upon me, the power of God took over my life. Now, I can pray for hours non stop. Have you received the baptism in the Holy Spirit? There is little you can do without Him. The Christian life will be a bore without Him. Christian service will be a thing to be endured, not enjoyed if you have not experienced the Holy Spirit baptism. The promise of the Spirit is yours. If you are born again, ask for the fullness of the Spirit on you. Ask in faith today and you will be filled with the Spirit.
Father, baptize me with the Holy Ghost and fire according to your promise in Luke 3:16. Lord, let there be a fresh pouring of Your Spirit upon the Body of Christ worldwide.
Bible in one year: Hebrews 8-10