The cleanest spiritual houses have cleaned out all the “nasties”, but remember you must replace it with something holy or you only end up seven times worse than when you began.
Now is the time to let the light shine in, to fill the house with holiness and other beautiful things.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Thankfully, all of these things come in one complete package.
They are the fruits or effects of God’s Holy Spirit abiding in you personally and your home.
The next question is then how do I get God’s Spirit in me and in my home?
I don’t know if you noticed in the scripture reading that we have been doing, but often when remission of sins and baptism in Jesus name was mentioned there was something powerful that happened either before or just after the water baptism.
Let’s take a closer look…
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
There is a promise here that if you will repent and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues as a sign that the Spirit is there.
What if I’ve already been baptized or sprinkled as an infant in the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost?
The Bible teaches re-baptism for those who have not been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s look at the salvation of 12 men in the Bible. These men had already been baptized into John the Baptists method of water baptism, a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, the only difference in the two baptisms mentioned in this story is the name of Jesus Christ.
Watch what happens as soon as they are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ…
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
And all the men were about twelve.
See John’s baptism…
Mark 1:4 (KJV)
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
When these men from Ephesus were baptized unto John’s baptism the Holy Ghost had not yet been poured out.
They are believers, they love the Lord, but their experience is not up to date.
Paul immediately asks them if the have received the Holy Ghost; they hadn’t even heard about it, so Paul naturally asked how they were baptized. He then re-baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and when he laid his hands on them, they received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues and prophesied. This was the beginning of the Church at Ephesus.
Notice the progression –
1. A true preacher of the gospel finds believers.
2. Questions them as to where they are in their spiritual walk.
3. Preaches Jesus to them and informs them of where and how they can bring their experience in line with the Word of God and have more of Christ.
4. Performs the water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
5. Lays hands on them, they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues.
6. Continues to disciple them (in Paul’s case through letters)
This is the progression that each one of us must make;
❖ To become totally and completely saved from the devil his angles, the world, and our flesh.
❖ To be translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
❖ To be Biblically Born Again
Look at what Jesus told a gentleman named Nicodemus…
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
It’s just that plain. It’s just that simple.
Birth of Water = water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Birth of Spirit = receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
The most difficult part of spiritual housecleaning is finding a preacher who believes and teaches this gospel.
There are over 700 different groups world wide that believe and teach the Biblical gospel message but not every community has a group of believers or a preacher close at hand, but it is imperative that you find one.
Try and find a preacher that believes this right from the beginning of your spiritual house cleaning…the help and encouragement that they can give is totally priceless.
Be very careful This is where Satan will really try to get his hooks in “bad” if you are not totally and completely honest with yourself and God, if you don’t have a deep, love for truth…God is going to allow Satan to deceive you. Satan will give you just enough religion to satisfy you and make you think that you are ok, and there are lots of preachers out there to help you compromise truth, and say that water baptism in Jesus name is not important, receiving the Holy Ghost is not important… run from these guys!
They are false prophets and work directly with Satan himself. They may even be really nice people with a heart of gold but if they won’t or don’t preach the true biblical method of salvation avoid them like the plague.
II Th 2:11-14(NKJ)
And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read it again in this Bible version…
II Th 2:11-14(NAS)
And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
Guard your heart!
Are you looking for a way out?
Are you enjoying your sin?
Do you have an infestation of “that’s not necessary” devils or “that doesn’t matter” demons?
Moses chose to suffer affliction rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin, and look at what happened in his life.
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
The Bible does say that there is pleasure in sin… no denying that; but realistically that pleasure will only last for a short while and then what… it’s pay back time.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You choose to work for the devil, enjoy his life style, he pays real well, death and destruction for you and those you love. Nice guy!
You choose to follow the Lord and he will bless you; no working to earn it. Just believe, repent, be baptized in his name and allow him to fill you with His awesome Spirit and you will have abundant life right here and now. Serving the Lord brings with it the gifts of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit, Holiness, Purity, Peace, a deep, powerful, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and finally a powerful eternal life.
The infilling of the Holy Ghost is “just” the engagement ring of this eternal marriage, the promise of much, much more to come!
This is your sixth real source of power against the devil and his demons the –that will bring complete and final deliverance-Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.