A human being lives, but he is given life.
Someone once asked me what is the benefit of receiving the Holy Spirit? Well here are just five benefits I have found feel free to add more to the list.
1) A stronger desire to study Gods word.
2) A more earnest prayer life.
3) A deeper repentance for our sins.
4) A change in lifestyle and activities.
5) A deeper understanding of what it means to forgive.
I agree with author when he says that we need to in filling of the Holy Spirit to fully walk with Christ, How can we know Him if we do not fully understand him? And every time we receive this in filling, we move a little closer to Him.
On the first day I said to many times Christians get baptized then stop, things they are saved but I believe that (Matthew 7:21-23) stress the need for continued growth. Simply knowing the teaching of the Bible, or engaging in active ministry for Jesus is not enough. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit and live the life that Christ has asked us too.
I see water baptism is symbolized by the wedding service, while Spirit baptism is symbolized by the consummation of the marriage when the bride“knows” her bridegroom.
In (2 Cor. 4:16) Paul tells us that “the inward man is being renewed day by day” I do believe that he is telling us that the in filling of
the Holy Spirit in not a “once and forever” experience. Here is the best description I can find about this life long process. “When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love,
humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven.
Personal Reflection and Discussion
There are so many good verses to use today but my favorite comes for the book of Philippians, if you get time read the whole
book but for today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (Phil. 2:5)