Sensitive to the Spirit is in regard to God's Spirit who is sent to live and work in the lives of believers. Are we sensitive to the working of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit) today? Is He welcome in the house of God? Are we seeing His presence manifested as in previous times?
I have been a part of God's house for close to 40 years and have seen a vast difference as to now and the spiritual renewals of yesteryear. On the Day of Pentecost a new phase of the revelation of God in men began; as new as when the Word became flesh in the birth of Jesus.
Scripture reveals that when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them, cloven tongues like as fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit give them utterance (Acts 2:1-3).
And Peter, standing with the eleven disciples of Christ said, "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith the Lord, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh" (Acts 2:17).
When conviction (being sensitive to the Spirit) came upon those gathered on the Day of Pentecost; after hearing the Word of God, they cried out, "What shall we do?" Peter responded with: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (or forgiveness) of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For 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 2:37-41).
Every believer should be filled with God's Spirit in order that they may have God's power to serve Him (Acts 1:8). Being sensitive to the Spirit allows one to walk according to God's desire. Were there more Spirit-filled Christians, sensitive to His leadership, we would see more ingathering of souls as on the Day of Pentecost.
It is unfortunate but preaching and teaching; in these latter years, concerning the indwelling of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit); and extending an invitation for such, has been sadly neglected in the hour in which we live.
Sometime prior to his death, General Booth, of the Salvation Army, uttered this significant prophecy: "I consider that 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."
We are seeing a walking away from God in many countries that have had great spiritual revivals in the past; and once upheld God's Word. There has been a withdrawing rather than ingathering.
The church having not been sensitive to the Spirit of God, has allowed worldliness to infiltrate with its ungodly influence which separates it from the righteousness of God. Scripture reveals that Jesus loved the church, and gave himself for it:
That he might sanctify (or set it apart) and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:15-17).
John the Baptist said: "I baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me (Christ) is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire" (Matthew 3:11).
John's baptism was similar to the Old Testament offerings (washings) that symbolized a cleansing of personal repentance on the part of a believer. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost began on the Day of Pentecost and was repeated upon every new group of converts until it became normative for all Christian believers.
The New Testament is full of the work of the Holy Ghost in the lives of believers (Romans 8:1-27); His gifts (1 Corinthians 12:14; the body of the believer being the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19); and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
The Holy Ghost was a part of the Creation (Genesis 1:2); of Old Testament times; more intensively in the gospels; and in the Book of Acts, and the epistles, becomes the resident agent in the church and its members.
I pray that the manifestation of the Holy Ghost; being sensitive to the Spirit, will abundantly flow within the church again. Had the church been sensitive to the Spirit it would never had embraced the world in the manner it has. God has not changed, His Word has not changed, Jesus has not changed, the Spirit of God has not changed, it is man that has changed!
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