Jesus Christ said, “If you love Me, obey My Commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.” John 14:15-17
He continued in Verses 23-26 and said, “All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me. And remember, My words are not My own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent Me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.’ ” John 16:13-15
It is CLEARLY stated in God’s Word that, “Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us.” 1 John 3:24
And, Jesus said, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” John 3:5-8
God’s Word (through Paul) tells the Ephesians, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
“Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
Today, as TRULY Born Again, Holy Spirit filled, Christians, it makes no difference if you are a Jew or Gentile, free or slave… for we are ALL made into ONE Body by ONE Holy Spirit!!! Adopted into the Family of Abraham; the Family of Jesus Christ; the Family of God!!!
And, “We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32
Unfortunately, though, to the delight of Satan, MANY Christians are, now, neglecting the Holy Spirit! Even some of the ones who KNOW of His power and have witnessed mighty ‘Movings’ of the Holy Spirit and have experienced external physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit are, now, forsaking God’s Presence!!! (One reason is that AS THE BIBLE states… His ongoing Presence REQUIRES ongoing holiness… and the forsaking of sin!!!)
A growing number of people are also falling for the satanic deception and have been convinced that external physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit are fake and ‘of the devil’… They have seen (in churches and on YouTube, etc.) the satanic manifestations of demonic spirits ministered by so-called “pastors” leading people in and out of “Glory Pools,” where they bark like dogs, and have fallen for this side of a two-fold satanic deception…
The other side of this satanic deception involves the people that are in these churches and videos who are being manipulated by Man and by Satan to mimic and mock the WONDERFUL and POWERFUL Presence of God!!!
Some Christians will say, “I Believe in Jesus Christ and that’s all I need!!!”
However, “When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God’s message, they sent Peter and John there. As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus [i.e. baptized in water]. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:14-17
Some Christians will say, “No… I’m a devout, God-fearing person, as is everyone in my household. We give generously to the poor and pray regularly to God. Have all kinds of Bible Study and so on and so forth… So, we don’t need the Holy Spirit like this!!!”
Well, Cornelius (from Acts Chapter 10), “was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. [But, then] One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him.
‘Cornelius!’ the angel said. Cornelius stared at him in terror. ‘What is it, sir?’ he asked the angel.
And the angel replied, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter…’ ” Acts 10:2-5
So, Cornelius did what the angel told him and he sent men to get Peter.
“Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision [that he had just had, where God was teaching him that the Jews AND the Jesus-believing Gentiles are, NOW, EQUAL], the Holy Spirit said to him, ‘Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.’
So Peter went down and said, ‘I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?’
They said, ‘We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.’ ” Acts 10:19-22
The next day, Peter and the men went to Cornelius’ house where he found a group of Christians waiting eagerly to hear what he had to say. Cornelius relayed to Peter the account of the angel and, “Then Peter replied, ‘I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right.’ ” Acts 10:34
Peter then went on to tell them about John’s Message of water baptism… about how God Anointed Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit… and about the miracles that Jesus did… about His death and resurrection… and, how, “… He [Jesus] ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the One appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. He is the One all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in Him [and REPENTS of their sins] will have their sins forgiven through His name.” Acts 10:42-43
And, “Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.
The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God.
Then Peter [rhetorically] asked, ‘Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?’ So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. [i.e., to be baptized in water.]”Acts 10:44-48
Therefore, when Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” And, when -He- says, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:3,5)… I assure you… “no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Does this “liberty” (or “freedom”) mean freedom to continue sinning??? NO!!! It means FREEDOM FROM sin; FREEDOM FROM the bondage of sin!!!
“… we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image [of the Lord] from glory to glory, [form one glorious Encounter to the next] by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Holy Spirit of God changes us into the Image of the Lord… and, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:24-25
We are supposed to follow, and seek after, the Things of God NOT the things of the world!!! God HATES the things of the world… especially sexual immorality and spiritual immorality; which is unfaithfulness; which is IDOLATRY!!!
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18
Some (because of their blindness and REBELLION) will STILL say, “See, there… It says we are, ‘not under the law’ so, we don’t have to worry about obeying God’s Commandments, anymore!!! We don’t have to give up our sexual sin!!! We don’t have to give up our IDOLS!!!”
However, what it ACTUALLY says is that, if you are led (and walk) by the Holy Spirit, THEN, “you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” and you will have FREEDOM FROM sin!!!
Yes, you will “fall,” at times, but THAT’S where God’s grace comes into play and IT lifts you back up, again, WHEN you REPENT!!!
But, when you say things like, “We’re God’s children, we were Saved to do these things!!! We don’t have to give up our sin because God wants us to live life to the fullest!!!” THAT’S where the spirits of REBELLION and IDOLATRY comes into play!!!
And when the so-called “pastors” can read the following Passage of Scripture…
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10, KJV
The English Standard Version states it this way,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
And THEN they preach that, “God wants you have life and have it more abundantly… so, you don’t have to give up your FALSE gods and IDOLS,” (the VERY SAME satanic instruments that Satan is using TO, “steal and kill and destroy,”) THAT’S when, where, and why, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge!!!“