Celebrity: Patsy Cline (on my cell- "Crazy . . .")
Good Sunday to all of you. Most of you know that I'm a jump up and down, raise hands in the air, Bible-thumpin' holy roller. No - I won't thump that Bible so hard - that I end up trying to shove it down your throat. Holy roller is just what I am. If your worship is not the same or you are offended easily by people like me, read on at your own risk. I make no excuses. My God is the one for me.
I was reading a devotional this morning that really touched my heart and brought back some wonderful memories. Even for some Christians, this may not be something liked or believed in. I was the same way for many years. I was brought up Christian, made my personal decision for him when I was 13. My church was mainly Presbyterian with Lutheran generously sprinkled in. Years passed & something in me changed. This great change for me was this . . . are you ready?
The baptism of the holy spirit
First let me tell you - if you accept Christ, right then you receive the Spirit of God in you. The devotional uses Ezekiel 36:26, 27 as an early example of this. Basically it says he will give you a new heart and spirit in you and you will walk His way and live by His statutes. It was a promise to the Jews back then and to all of us now. This in 1Cor 5:17 where the word says: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
Look at Acts 1:4,5. Take time to read the whole chapter. At that time, Jesus tells the disciples they will soon be baptized not in water, but fire. It's wonderful! I have known that promise and that is why I am writing this today. I would like to share my memory of that day.
While reading,the devotional the Lord brought to my mind the day I received the Holy Spirit. I had been so resistant . . . my old church? "others" out there who told me how stupid it was . . . too Holy Roller! In the end it wasn't any of that. It was the fear of what would be required of me . . . I was so close. It was a Saturday afternoon, the fourth day of camp meeting. I was in the parking lot talking to Brother Robert, and he said to me . . . "you're not using the gift the Lord has given you!" he placed his hand on my stomach, the other hand on my forehead. Oh what a feeling! Something rolled through me and I began to groan and speak words I did not know. What power and joy overcame me! I can not speak or write words sufficient to share the feeling. Others saw it in me and gave thanks.
It wasn't the way I thought it would happen for me, in the church with people surrounding me in prayer. I was in a parking lot speaking with an itinerant preacher and evangelist touching me gently and without another word . . . he let me find what was probably buried within me for many years . . . the Holy Spirit bubbled up from deep within me to set me free and give me the power He meant for me.