Summary: Every Christian is expected to bear the Fruit of the Spirit. It’s easy to discern who is born again when we learn to become Fruit Inspectors.
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Pastor James May
There have been several in the past few months that have been saved and some who have received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Some of you have been around Pentecostal churches for a long time so that it was a natural thing to you that the Holy Spirit would come to you. For others though, you are new to Pentecost and because of this you don’t quite know what to think of all this.
Let me first say that salvation is real and that the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is real. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you in this fashion, you can never doubt that He is real and that there has been a change in your life. That feeling of being “weightless” and of being on an “emotional and spiritual high” is not just emotions.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
When you give your heart and soul to Jesus in true heartfelt repentance, He lifts the burden of your sin from your shoulders and puts it upon his own. He bought the ability to take your burden of guilt, your anger, your frustrations, your fears and your worry, with His own blood on the cross. He takes all of those burdens away and creates within you a brand new heart. He breathes eternal life into your spirit and adopts you as His own child.
When I say that He creates within you a new heart and makes you a new man. That means that the very soul and essence of who you are is now taken from the power of sin and lifted to a realm of forgiveness. That part of you that always sought after pleasure and enjoyed the sin of this world will no longer seek and enjoy those things. There will be a difference.
Every new born-again Christian experiences that feeling of being cleaned out on the inside and that feeling of being whole again. A new hope arises in your heart and you know that something wonderful has happened.
A lot of times we see “baby Christians” (earthly age does not matter) as they begin strong for the Lord and then watch as they slowly fall back into their old way of life and some even lose out with God. This is a scary place to be because of what happens to that heart that is now clean and pure but has decided to leave God out too.