I have found that most people take facts, proof, evidence, etc with a grain of salt. You can prove almost anything these days. What people want is something real. They want to hear it from people who have been there, who have touched and experienced it. In my previous posts I explained how the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of Speaking in Tongues as a separate and subsequent work from and after salvation is strongly backed up by scripture. In this post, I want to share with you my experience. During the summer of 2003 I began doing my own research on the subject of the Spirits Baptism. I had heard of it before, but I wanted to examine it for myself. What I found was that it was indeed a doctrine supported by the Bible. So I began seeking the Baptism. As I prayed for this daily and continued seeking it in Gods word, the Holy Spirit began “wettening” my appetite for more of the Spirit. For the fullness of the Spirit. I began to earnestly hunger and thirst for more of Christ in my life. I wanted to live a life of power as the early Christians did. In the month of August 2003 I hit a bit of low point. I was downcast, depressed, and frustrated at many things going on in my life. My only response was to fall on my knees and cry out to God. Through the tears I couldn’t even pray, I could only say the sweet name of Jesus. Then something happened that I will never forget. I felt as though God suddenly poured out all his presence, power, strength, love, joy, and peace over me like a mighty flood. It was overwhelming. I then began to speak in tongues as a result. After the experience I was never the same. The way I lived was different. They way I thought was different. Even the way I talked was different. My Christian walk changed dramatically. When I prayed it wasn’t merely a repetition of requests, petitions, and empty words. It was conversation with the Living God. It was a prayer life of POWER. The way I read the Bible changed as well. It was no longer a bunch words in a book. As I read it, it became ALIVE and jumped out at me and changed me as I read it. I felt free to worship God in ways I couldn’t before. I experienced a new desire to live for God and the empowerment to live for him as well. I felt a new zeal to reach out to the lost along with the boldness to do so. My walk with God changed dramatically after the Spirits Baptism. I was on fire to say the least. My Experience with the Spirits Baptism mirrored by the experiences of others I have never met confirm its reality. God wants you to experience this blessing too. Seek him to day, and be FILLED with the Holy Spirit. Posted by 1stAGSmithfieldNC at 5:52 AM Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz
A true Atheist in the strict sense of the word cannot exist. Atheists make assertive claims such as, “There is no god”, and “There is no afterlife”. For one to be able to make such statements one would have to posses ALL knowledge. We currently only know a fraction of the universe. Most scientists would say even less than that. We only know a little bit about our own galaxy which is one out of hundreds of millions of galaxies in the universe. There very well could be empirical evidence out there proving the existence of God. Until one has attained ALL Knowledge thus being able to definitly know if such hypothetical evidence does not exist, one cannot make such an assertive statement that there is no god. It would be more accurate to say, “based on the knowledge we currently have, I do not think there is sufficient evidence to support the existence of a god or an afterlife. Although that may change in the future.” This would make the person more of an Agnostic. Moral of the story, I don’t Believe in Atheists.
Speaking in Tongues is simply your own spirit praying through you in a language that you have never learned or understand. This is done by the enabling and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Speaking in Tongues may be one of the most controversial topics of discussion in Christian circles today. The Bible teaches that it is the initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. In 1st Corinthians 12 it is listed as one of the Gifts of the Spirit. Paul dedicated an entire chapter on the subject(1st Corinthians 14). Jesus said that it is one of the “signs” that would follow those who believe in him(Mark 16:17). Despite all this overwhelming evidence that the phenomenon of Speaking in Tongues is supported by Scripture, many believers do not embrace it. The discussion these days is not the validity of Speaking in Tongues but rather the value of doing so. After all, whats the point? Why should anyone want to Speak in Tongues?
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
On April 14, 1906 the Spirit of God started a mighty revival at 312 Azusa St. This revival was the beginning of a move of God that eventually became to be known as the “Pentecostal Movement”. The movement started when William Seymour started preaching on the Biblical experience of the Baptism in the Spirit with the evidence of Speaking in Tongues. The movement lead to new churches starting in abandoned buildings on street corners. Today the street addresses have changed. People no longer go a street address to hear the message, they now go to a Web Address. People no longer meet, interact, or discuss new ideas at public places. Human interaction and discussion is now on the internet. That is why this blog is called, “AzusaOnline.