Updated from Daily Service 3
Okay, one more time, I have had people actually tell me that the Holy Spirit is not necessary in the present day and therefore should not be sought after nor expected in the current generation. Their logic stems from an earlier passage where Paul says (out of context by the way) that tongues will cease, and other Gifts of the spirit will be unnecessary now that “everybody has been evangelized”. Might I please invite our attention to the whole passage that we have mostly discussed for the fruit of the spirit. Read the whole passage and tell me that you don’t need to be full of the Holy Ghost all the time.
Acts 2:37-39 (NKJV) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Galatians 5:16-26 (ESV) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Only with Christ in you can you get the full impact of the Word of God. Only with the Holy Spirit guiding you can you fully understand what God has for you.
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