The Gospels tell us that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire. Jesus says that these signs would accompany those that believe "they will speak with new tongues". After sharing the first Communion Jesus spends all of John 14-16 talking about the Holy Spirit and that is why He had to leave. John 17 is all about Jesus praying for the Miracle of Communion He wants us to have with Him and then to share with one another.
The day of Pentecost arrived. The 120 were waiting in the Upper Room for the promise of the Holy Spirit. When He arrived there was a mighty wind that came from Heaven. It carried the fire of Heaven. The wind was the Holy Spirit and filled the house where they were gathered and they all were filled. Then the cloven tongues appeared to rest on their heads. Then they drank in the presence of the Holy Spirit and fire. They were filled with the supernatural power to become the first hand witnesses of how this happens. Jesus anointed each of them and their cups overflowed.
Then they all began declaring thanksgiving, praise and worship in a new language. It was the confirmation to each of them that this was from Jesus. They instantly were able to pronounce words that they did not understand while their minds raced in their own language. Their hearts and minds and every fiber of their being was being immersed in the light, love, glory and power of God.
Throughout the Book of Acts there are five clear similar encounters with others who believed. In almost every case it is clear that praying in the Spirit - in a heavenly language is how they "knew" they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The eternal manifested in the temporal. Invisible heaven became visible and could be heard on earth in the lives and mouths of those who asked Jesus to baptize them with His Holy Spirit of promise. We learn from the Apostles that - for example Paul said, "I pray in tongues more than anyone!".The prayer and worship language has no barriers. It is a love language that is not restricted by the structure of earthly languages.
How to receive? Ask. Jesus died, rose and now revives by baptizing all who have received Him as their Lord and Savior in the Holy Spirit accompanied and confirmed by thanksgiving, praise and worship that springs up from within when you are immersed in the living waters of the Holy Spirit. Ask and Receive that you joy may be full. Out from the center of your being a well will spring up like a fountain of life from within you and it will have the sounds of an undefinable unstructured language. You will lift your hands and your voice in true worship and join the ongoing worship of heaven right here on earth.
"On earth as in heaven"! Ask, Receive and Believe then drink in and give thanks. When you do the thanksgiving will become joy filled words shaped by the Holy Spirit overflowing in your praise. By doing this you glorify the Lord! You become a sign to those that do not believe that the Kingdom of God is so real that they can see it and hear it coming from you! Alleluia is the one word God gave us all from heaven's worship - so after you lift your head and heart and hands and drink in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit respond with Alleluia and let the Holy Spirit shape new words in your heart and mouth and tongue. Then let go and let God bless you with the heavenly gift He died to purchase for you! Freely receive all that He has for you.
Bob Bonnell Communion Pastor
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