The baptism with the Holy Spirit is not just an option that God presents to us; He is of vital importance. When someone is baptised with the Spirit of God, he is literally transformed: the difficult and intolerant temper no longer exists; instead, he becomes peaceful, with an excellent temperament and a wonderful conduct, because the Spirit of God begins to live within him, to lead, to teach, to inspire and to make him a person of vision in every aspect.
When the prophet Samuel was with Saul, he said, “And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them. And you will be turned into another man. And it will be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires; for God is with you” (1 Samuel 10:6-7).
When Saul received the Spirit of God, he was transformed into a new man; so, when he disobeyed the prophet Samuel’s orders (1 Samuel 10:8) and presented the sacrifice before the appointed time (1 Samuel 13: 8, 9), he didn’t do it because he was a fleshly man – he had been anointed with the Holy Spirit – he was conscious of his disobedience. He was aware he was transgressing the Word of God, but still chose to disobey.
A person who has the Holy Spirit knows what he has to do and the right time to do it, as Samuel told Saul: “… do for yourself what the occasion requires; for God is with you”.
When the Lord Jesus says, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3: 8). This means that he who has the Spirit of God does not have lifetime plans for himself because the Holy Spirit cannot be restricted. He wants to have freedom to lead us according to His needs.
When we make a decision of faith, it is subject to the direction of the Spirit of God. When a person receives the Holy Spirit, he does what God wants on any given occasion, because he walks in the Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit descends on someone, He causes an immediate and radical transformation in that person’s life. The selfish vision from the physical eyes is neutralised by the spiritual vision.
The Holy Spirit gives us a broad and complete vision, and leads us to find a solution to the problems we have. It neutralises the petty vision of the physical eyes and gives us spiritual vision, which makes the difference in our life. Whatever was blocking the spiritual understanding is removed and there is full understanding of the will of God.
Those who have the Holy Spirit are not deceived – unless they want to be – because He inspires and directs them. They are sensitive to God’s voice.
Therefore, receiving the Holy Spirit is not an option; it is not a doctrine, nor a religion. The Holy Spirit is life! Everything changes: He changes the professional ambitions, the vision for the future, marriage, business, life … for the Spirit of the Most High guides those He possesses.
However, in order to have the Holy Spirit, you have to invest in seeking Him, as He Himself says: “You shall seek Me and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
The Fast of Daniel
There will be 21 uninterrupted days (from 14 August to 3 September) when our minds will be focused only on the things of God.
Know what sources to access and how to nurture your spirit in this period.
You will disconnect yourself as much as possible from the things of this world. Your mind will be clean, pure, and then prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
We will be in one Spirit, one faith, one heart, just as the disciples were all gathered in one place on the day of Pentecost. The apostles were all sitting, waiting to hear God speak to them.
That’s exactly what we’re going to do in those 21 days. We will be spiritually focused on seeking the Promise of God, and the Lord Jesus will certainly breathe His Spirit on us, for it is He who gives us the Holy Spirit.