8.11.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on the Holy Spirit. Part 31. Clean?

PRAYER: Please pray tonight for every prayer request in our MNW livestream. So many folks needing prayer.

DEVOTION: OK. So, over on page 51 and 52 of the book and the pages previous, we get into Smith’s reasoning for speaking in tongues and about evidence that it’s Biblical. Let’s dive in.

“I want to take you to the Scriptures to prove my position that tongues are the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Businessmen know that in cases of law where there are two clear witnesses, they could win a case before any judge. On the clear evidence of two witnesses, any judge will give a verdict. Why has God given us? He has given us three clear witnesses on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, more than are necessary in law courts.

The first is in Acts 2:4, on the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Here we have the original pattern. And God gave to Peter an eternal word that couples this experience with the promise that came before it: “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel (v. 16). God what s you to have this, nothing less than this. He wants you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to this original Pentecost pattern.

In Acts 10, we have another witness, Cornelius had had a vision of a holy angel and had sent for Peter. When Peter arrived and proclaimed the Gospel message, the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard his words.

In Acts 10:45 it says this “The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.”

There’s a lot here. I know. I think it’s worth diving into these Scriptures in context of the chapters to make sure that each and every word that we’re reading is actually in the right place at the right time. That way we can understand it better.

So here’s the homework. Read Acts 2. Read Acts 10.

Acts 2 starts out like this:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” – Acts 2: 1-2.

I love the visual here. The blowing, violent wind came into the house. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. This violent wind came from heaven. I like the imagery. A wind blowing through the empty halls clearing out what’s not needed, clearing out what’s not right, clearing out what should be thrown away and gotten rid of.

Today, as you read these chapters, as you dig deeper into what it means to “receive” the Holy Spirit, take the time to let the wind blow. Let the wind blow through your soul, through your heart, through your mind and body and be cleaned by it. Let the wind blow in every part of your existence and surrender to it.

Be made clean by the Spirit today.

4 Comments

  1. Peggy F on August 11, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Amen ! Rushing Wind blow through this temple blowing out the dust within, come and breathe Your breath upon me, I’ve been born again….Holy Spirit I surrender, take me where You want to go…………continued prayers for all

    • Dave Pettigrew on August 11, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Amen. I thought of that song as well!

  2. Suzanne on August 11, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Matthew 10:34
    “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

    1 Timothy 6:12
    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

    • Suzanne on August 12, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Yesterday I added these scriptures, I had searched the word violent. Today(8/12) I was watching a teaching where this scripture was mentioned….But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.” – ‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:8

      Dave did a devotional on this… 6.1.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. 1 John 3:6-8. Righteous….I had a very strong reaction to the devotion,,,Dave also did a video devotional on sin,,,the one with the snake.

      It can’t be coincidence that we discussed 1 John before tackling this study. It seems that 1 John was setting up our understanding the need for the Holy Spirit. We know Jesus as love and as peace, it is because of these that Jesus had to destroy the works of the devil who wants to steal our love and our peace We are body soul and spirit …”let us make man in our image” and that would be the spirit part, probably the part that mostly would understand the battle, the need for the battle and that Jesus won the battle. Last night, on zoom, a few people felt we hadn’t learned enough about the Holy Spirit or scripture. ..both are crucial to growing deeper in our relationship with God…that violent wind needs to clean out whatever is standing in the way.

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