Thursday, November 21, 2013
I was glad to sit with my daughter Faith and listen to Dr. Russ Spittler in the 10:00 chapel service at Evangel University. Today and tomorrow are the Seventh Presentation of the Dr. Stanley M. Horton Pentecostal Heritage Lectureship Series at Evangel. Dr. Spittler gave an excellent message on all the different ways the Holy Spirit shows up in our lives. Here are my thoughts: The Holy Spirit is in our lives from the time we first believe in Jesus and he comes in an empowering experience in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and he dwells within us so that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has not only filled me, he has prompted me and guided me in all the steps where God has led me in my life. He has encouraged my faith and helped me to be obedient to God's will and direction and to accept God's provision and guidance. He has helped me to be a blessing to many in my teaching, not only here in America but in the 24 countries of the world I've been invited to minister. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit I was encouraged to speak in tongues every day because the apostle Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than them all so it must have been daily prayer. There is not a record of his doing it in public meetings. Doing this has helped me to sense the presence of the Lord. God let me know that he had given me a gift for teaching his word. But he also let me know that the fruit of the Spirit was more important even than the gifts. This has made a difference in the relationships that I have had with my family and friends and students.