Introduction to Themes of the Bible
Prior to receiving the Holy Spirit, I questioned many of the scriptural references that I will be referring to in later pieces, but I was sincere in that I wanted to be right with the Lord. I wanted to know I was saved. It is not up to another man or woman to tell us whether we are saved. God has always defined the pattern for his people.
In the Old Testament, the Lord always gave a glimpse to people but then required from those people to be humble enough to test him out by following his instruction. He didn’t force them, he invited them. Such is the nature of God. Receiving the Holy Spirit is the same. God’s nature has not changed. It’s just that we happen to be fortunate to live in the gospel (“good news”) age.
The day I received the Holy Spirit about 30 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised that it was all true and that the experience they had in the book of Acts happened to me, in the same way, that it is has happened to countless others. It is by far the best thing that has ever happened in my life.
The miracles of healing and blessing – as well as the joy that I have experienced in my own life – and observed first hand in that of others, are practical and real. The Lord provides us with proof. The only question is whether we are prepared to humble ourselves to His Word. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”: Ps 111:10.
I wanted to create a blog segment discussing my experience in receiving the Holy Spirit. It has had such an impact on my life. I would like to have the chance to share this experience and God’s message with more people. These segments will be focusing on certain Bible themes and the scriptures that are in relation to those themes. The themes I will be focusing on are Doing what God says, Why Speaking in Tongues, Spiritual Gifts, and Getting right with the Lord. Keep an eye out for these themes in my upcoming articles!
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