By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Holy Ghost and power is not being sought as in the great revivals in the past; which resulted in great spiritual awakenings taking place! God's Word reveals that the Holy Ghost (or God's Spirit) will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8).
The Holy Ghost is the third person of the Trinity (or Godhead); equal with the Father and the Son in essence, separate in person, and submissive in duties. (Comment)
Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation Army, uttered this significant prophecy: I consider the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without Regeneration; Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.
Holy Ghost and power were prevalent at the birth of Christ. An angel announced to Mary, the mother of Jesus, saying: The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy one which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
A Bible commentary noted: One of the most historic fundamentals of faith is the virgin birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary without the seed of a man. By means of this Virgin Birth, Jesus had the human nature of His mother and the sinless divine nature of His heavenly Father.
It was extremely important for one, who knew no sin, to be the sacrificial lamb, without blemish, to shed His precious blood on the Cross of Calvary, to wash away the sins of the whole world. Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Jesus who conquered death; being resurrected from the grave on the third day, said: You shall receive power, when the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and you 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).
What is termed the Great Commission still applies today (Matthew 28:18-20). Holy Ghost and Power is still available to the believer; to empower one to witness for Christ towards the saving of souls!
Holy Ghost and power took place on the day of Pentecost. Scripture reveals that when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord (or purpose) in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).
This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: It shall come to pass in the last day, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:16-17). Peter further proclaimed: The promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:39).
The power of the Holy Ghost is just as real today to the believer! There is a dire need to seek the power of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit) once again; for a revival of change to take place! Many once godly nations have turned their back on God by allowing ungodliness to reign with no remorse or desire for a change. Nations that once enjoyed the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and power, have now turned their back on such a need.
We are seeing an hour of darkness (the sinfulness of man) prevailing in once godly nations; with little regard towards the righteousness of God. This darkness will prevail, and continue to spread like a cancerous growth, unless dealt with through the power of the Holy Ghost and the anointed Word of God, as on the Day of Pentecost, when about three thousand souls were saved (Acts 2:41)!
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Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
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The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.
Blind leading the blind has attributed to many falling into the snare of deception. The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.