Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Holy Spirit Book: Expectations

The Holy Spirit Book: Expectations
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him now knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:17

Receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit does not mean that you have arrived at a place of perfection or instant spiritual maturity. It is not the end of something, but rather the beginning of a deeper and richer walk with God.

Once you have received the gift of baptism with the Holy Spirit you may think, “Now what?”

While this experience does have a starting point in your life, it does not have an ending point. God promises to complete the good work that He began in you throughout your life by bringing you to a place of spiritual maturity in your walk of faith and obedience.

You can expect a personal experience.

When we read through the Book of Acts we find that the experiences of those who receive the baptism and filling with the Holy Spirit were not always the same. There is no rule that your experience must be identical to someone else’s in order to be genuine. We do not need to seek the same circumstances or the same manifestations of the baptism with the Holy Spirit that others have had. *Each believers experience will be uniquely different.*

The important thing is to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit by faith. The experience you have with the Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts He gives you, and how He chooses to manifest Himself in your life will be personal to you and according to His will.

Many people have had different experiences after receiving the baptism and filling with the Holy Spirit. These people had different temperaments and personalities, many had different church backgrounds, some immediately experienced a manifestation of a certain spiritual gift, others experienced a manifestation of certain spiritual gifts months or years later, some became very quiet and filled with peace, some were set free of certain fears, and some were set free from certain bondages, yet they all had one thing in common--their experience was *real*.

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© 2023, 2017 Roy Lessin, “The Holy Spirit Book”. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

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