Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Acts 19.

I believe Paul's missionary work in Ephesus speaks volumes to the mission of The King's People. Paul asked the disciples in Ephesus, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "We haven't even heard that there was a Holy Spirit." This may very well be the case for many who are disciples in this city. " We haven't heard that there was a Holy Spirit."

It is our job to communicate with Spirit speech, King's speech, through our lives and community expression, as a living demonstration of our core values, and introduce many to the precious person of the Holy Spirit. It is time to hear and be introduced to the Holy Spirit in a fresh new way. Paul then asked, "What baptism did you receive?" They told him it was John's baptism, which was a baptism of repentance.

Repentance is a vehicle of the Lord to lay a foundation for Life in the Spirit to begin. As Bill Johnson would say, "Repentance is not complete if we don't introduce people to the Kingdom." After the Spirit is poured out on the Ephesian's disciples, they spoke in tongues and prophesied, their new speech an evidence of a new goal and focus, Spirit life, which is intended to translate into Kingdom Life.

Paul then spoke boldly, arguing persuasively, about the Kingdom of God. This is the reason for the baptism of the Holy Spirit--to boldly speak about the Kingdom. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not made available to us to have good Sunday, or any day, meetings, or even charismatic services. We have the Spirit to express the Kingdom. "Let your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven" is carried out in the fullest expression when a people are possessed by the Spirit.

In a sense, the Spirit brings the Kingdom because His is the Kingdom. No one can say Jesus is Lord expect by the Spirit. The Spirit's job is to reveal Jesus to us as King and to bring the Kingdom through us. We ask for the Kingdom to come by the Spirit because it is by the Spirit that we cry out ABBA Father. It is by the Spirit that God is our Father. Paul, filled with the Spirit, demonstrated Kingdom invasion in Ephesus. God did many extraordinary miracles through the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick and their illnesses were cured and evil spirits left them.

Even the Name of Jesus became held in high honor after it was found out that not just anyone had the authority to Speak his Name and bring kingdom reality. One had to be filled with the Spirit. The exaltation of Jesus' name caused many to repent and make confession of the evil they had done. Even those practicing magic openly burned their books.

It is my heart and my prayer for the churches in this area to come into revelation about Kingdom, Spirit Life. Many are only walking out what they know. It's time to increase in the knowledge of God as the Holy Spirit. Paul didn't mess with the obstinate people who refused to believe. He simply left them. But there are many who are doing church the way they are because a Type of Paul has not approached them with the question, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"

Come on King's People, let's do this thing!