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GOD-TRACKING IS RECEIVING GODâS ABUNDANT GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Dudley Anderson
3/31/2017 / Devotionals
The e-Devotional helping to keep you on-track
Published through www.godtracker.co.uk
31 March 2017
GOD-TRACKING IS RECEIVING GOD’S ABUNDANT GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
I think one of the most endearing stories of the book of Acts is found in chapter 10. It’s the story of how a Roman army officer by the name of Cornelius is instructed by God to send for Apostle Peter. He is told that Peter had a special message for him. Up to that point the whole Church of Christ was Jewish. However, through a vision, God prepared Peter to accept Cornelius’ request. So, Peter makes his way to Cornelius’ home and begins to tell him and his family about how Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Then, as he tells them how Jesus was unjustly arrested and sentenced to death something surprising and remarkable happens. We read from verse 44, “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.” It must have been quite a spectacle. One minute Peter is preaching to a sedate household of Roman citizens and the next minute splendid pandemonium breaks out as the joy of the Holy Spirit falls on all who heard the Word of God and they all begin speaking in tongues!
God is no respecter of persons. That is, God does not consider some people to be greater or more important than others. God does not segregate. God treats us all as dear children. Jesus said, God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son. Peter discovered in the home of a Roman centurion in the town of Caesarea, even Romans were included in that word, “world.”
So it was that Cornelius received the abundant gift of God. The Holy Spirit is God’s dear presence and person who manifests to all who open their hearts to God’s Word. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee – our down payment – of heaven. He is God’s abundant seal on us in this world, guaranteeing eternal life. Cornelius was born again in spirit and received new life by the Holy Spirit when he heard Peter speak. Yet, the gift of the Holy Spirit became evident when he totally submitted to the Word of God. At that point he was baptised with the Holy Spirit the way John the Baptist described when he said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
God revealed his unconditional love when Gentile Cornelius and his family were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. They received God’s free and abundant gift that day. This same gift is still free today. Whoever you are, whatever your background, Jesus desires for you to not only know forgiveness of sin and be born again, but he desires to baptise you in his Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is your guarantee of his abundant life.
God-tracking is receiving God’s abundant gift of the Holy Spirit
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I submit to the infilling of your Spirit. Dear Jesus, baptise me with the Spirit and with fire! I’m yours, Lord
“O Lord God, thank you that you sent Jesus to the whole world, which includes me. Thank you that Jesus died and rose again to free me from the bondage of sin and death; I accept this fact as my own and put my faith in Jesus. Thank you that I am born again by the Holy Spirit. Now, O Lord, I open my heart totally to your touch; I submit to the infilling of your Spirit. Dear Jesus, baptise me with the Spirit and with fire! I’m yours, Lord. Amen.”
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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