Drafted from 2012-02-02
It is not by casual courage that a person can say that “I belong to God”. This is because those who belong to God will have evidences to die, be buried and to resurrect with Christ. He must go through changing his life, his fate, his identity. He must restore Christ so that He can enter the kingdom of God. However, God has never placed this as a requirement, as this is life. Jesus Christ has first died for the person, who is yet a sinner. After when this person has understood, Jesus will confirm with him the evidences that he has died and resurrected with Christ Himself, and confirm with him that his fate has already changed. This is water baptism. This is the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Passing the Pentecost or receiving the Holy Spirit is not receiving great power, having lots of convictions, special encounters, many renewals, having strong and courageous heart or can lead people to Christ. Instead, because of having the heart of a child of God, he starts to have exactly the same perspective to see that God is his father, seeing all peoples as his brethrens, he himself belong to the heavenly kingdom, and angels always surround himself. Sometimes, he might still be sorrowful, having no strength, cry, mourn, etc weaknesses. The filling of the Holy Spirit is when the person keeps on receiving the convictions of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, why does God tell us to meet difficult things, discipline, sufferings, spiritual battles, telling us to die to our old self, refine us, renew us, give us the Great Commission and urge us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices? This is because the Lord wants us to go through the baptism of fire, which is the refinement through fire. The Lord wants us to be strong and courageous in all things, have a beautiful and exquisite life, having an extreme power and wisdom, become a seasoned and experienced general of Christ, so that when we face all kinds of battles, our hearts instead grows and reproduce increasing authoritative power. This is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
But at the end, I realized one true thing. Most blessed is the heart of a man who, even though is slow or skeptical in the process, quickly receives God’s word, and immediately held in awe the words of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus is willing to praise such a man.
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”