This Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Pastor Duane White finished our REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus series at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas on Pentecost Sunday.
REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus:
Pastor Duane has been unpacking some amazing messages about looking into the 40 days immediately following Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, where He appeared to more than 500 people on at least eleven different occasions before His final ascension back into heaven. In Acts 1 we see some of the last instructions Jesus gives the disciples before His ascension.
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'” (Acts 1:4–8)
During the Feast of Pentecost, which is 50 days after Passover, or 50 days from Easter, the disciples were in the upper room doing as Jesus had instructed them: waiting for the promise of the Father, also known as the person of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many things that could be said about the Holy Spirit, but there are two things that are definitely worth noting:
- He was promised by Jesus
- “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16)
- Jesus would not promise something that was bad. Jesus prayed for the Holy Spirit to come, and once He came, He has never left the earth.
- He is a gift from the Father.
- Our Father only gives two kinds of gifts: good and perfect.
- “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and it comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
The Holy Spirit leads us to repentance, so we “have Him”at salvation, but Jesus, and the book of Acts, teaches us that there is more. Jesus called it another “baptism.”
“For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 1:5)
In an earlier encounter, in John 20, Jesus breathed on them and said “receive the Holy Spirit,” so He had to be talking about something different this time! They had received the Holy Spirit, but had not been baptized in the Holy Spirit yet. There is a conscience experience that is subsequent to salvation called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit increases the potential for all the benefits of the Holy Spirit in your life. In other words, whatever the Holy Spirit does in your life in measure, why not have access to a greater dimension of that?
Let’s look at a few benefits that the Holy Spirit brings into your life.
- He guides you to purpose.
- “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13)
- He garnishes you with power.
- “…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” (Acts 1:8)
- The Holy Spirit equips you with the power of God. The Holy Spirit clothes you with power. He has power for every situation that you will ever face.
- He governs your passions.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the mark of maturity in a believer is being led by the Spirit, and the more led by the Holy Spirit you are, the more mature you become.
- He guards your potential.
- There is great potential inside you, but there is an enemy that wants to steal that seed, kill the seed, and destroy that seed. The Holy Spirit will help you guard that seed until it comes to fruition!
- When the Holy Spirit convicts you, it’s not to condemn you, it’s to guard the good deposit of potential in your life!
All the disciples, even after REencountering the resurrected Jesus, still had to encounter the Holy Spirit, and after they did…everything changed!
Watch the full message here, and find out more on how to get connected with the Holy Spirit: