(Acts 2:1 KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place .2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Many people try to deny, explain away, distort what this fire is? What is it? Is it speaking in tongues? No! then what is it?.
What is the fire a symbol of? It is, is preaching God’s message to others with real conviction and fire!!!
(Mat 3:11 KJV) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Jer 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (5) Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. (6) Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: (7) And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
(Mark 16:15-18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Luke 24:46-49 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John 20:21-23 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water . (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try [approve] every man’s work of what sort it is. 14. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss [hurt]: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by [through] fire.”
“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God
FIRE FROM THE LORD ” Leviticus 10:1-2 “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron (priests), took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”
Matthew 22:11-13 “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment And he was speechless. 13. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Luke 13:27-28 “But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity [lawlessness]. 28. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”
WARNING! Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
2 Corinthians 5:9-11 “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11. Knowing therefore the terror [fear] of the Lord, we persuade men; . . .”
REWARD OF THE INHERITANCE Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
1 Cor 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Acts 1:1-9 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Acts 2: 38-39. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 4:31-32 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 11:14-18 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The Breath of the Spirit…
The Word is God Himself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Holy Bible John 1:1 KJV
This creates in us an attitude of rest, because all our hope is in the Word of the living God.
The Word of God abideth forever; it is always able to help us. Oh, the glorious truths found therein!
Never compare this book with other books. This book is from Heaven. It does not contain the Word of God; it IS the Word of God. It is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration and value, infinite in scope, and Divine in authorship.
Read it through!
Pray it in!
Write it down!
And what does the Word say? It says;
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom …
In the fear of the Lord we begin to realize our weakness which moves us to wisely receive the greatness of redemption. Knowledge is coupled with joy. We cannot have the knowledge of the Lord without joy.
Not only do we have joy; we have peace. Faith brings peace. Not faith through long petitions, but faith by grace brings peace. Peace is found where faith is undisturbed [unchanged, unaffected]. That is eternal faith … daring always to believe what God has said.
If you’ll dare to trust Him, you’ll find your desire always comes to pass. But there must be no wavering for … let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord. James 1:17
Become an Expression of the King
Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan …
What does it really mean to … be filled with the Spirit, like Ephesians 5:18 tells us? We all need to know. Oh, the difference it makes when we understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit and know the flow of the life of the Spirit! How the Word becomes illuminated by the Spirit! We leap for joy, beyond anything we have ever done before, with holy laughter!
Out of the shadow, the reality of the substance, that infilling of the Spirit which had been promised, has come. Our glorious Lord, who can speak as no other, is here to help the oppressed!
The King unfolds His will. He covers His child, flooding the soul with open vision; with untiring zeal. Fire! Fire! Fire!
It burns intensely in the human soul, until the person becomes an expression of the King!
I know the Lord laid His hand on me;
He filled me with the Holy Ghost.
I now the Lord laid His hand on me.
This Jesus, this wonder working Jesus, came to be King. Is He King? Yes! And He must reign in our lives. Oh, to so yield that He always has the first place! Glory be to God! His Spirit has come to abide forever, flooding our souls, for Jesus said, When I go I will send Him unto you. John 16:7, paraphrased
Has He come to you?
Has He come to you?
Has the Comforter come to you?
The Lord said that He will reprove the world of sin when the Comforter comes to us. God has given us an enrichment, a perfection of revelation, in Him. The Spirit came to fill the Body, and to bring forth that which all the prophets had spoken of, taking of the things of Jesus and showing them unto us.
Filled With the Spirit
The woman in John 4 had a well. After the Holy Ghost had come she had a river. Rivers of living water began to flow out of her.
A prophetic utterance is part of the infilling of the Spirit, and it flows like a river. It is Divine incoming, helping to fill the Body unto all the fullness of God. It is like a flash of lightning, opening up Divine revelation.
By it, we realize we can dance and sing in the Spirit. We can enjoy sweeter music and rarity of character (the character of Christ in us, the hope of glory). We see a vision of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. These Divine revelations are what the baptism of the Holy Spirit brings to us through prophecy and other means.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He is ever unveiling, making manifest, breathing upon humanity in a great way, burning, quickening, until men cry out, “What must I do to be saved?”
So comes the breath of life, burning with intensity until the world feels the warmth and cries out for God.
Oh, the joy of being filled with the Holy Ghost and having the Divine purpose of taking His fire to the world! We have such activity in season and out of season, with the same sense of Divine approval!
As the apostles were in their day, we are to be in our day: filled unto all the fullness of God, with the same Holy Ghost, the same warmth, the same life … the same Heaven in the soul.
The Holy Ghost brings Heaven to us as He reveals Jesus, who is the King of Heaven. Oh, the perfection of belonging to Him in whom we have a Heavenly preparation for every need!
There is no need to groan, cry, travail, or sigh. The Word says:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … Luke 4:18
We have the Spirit of the Lord. We have the sense of the Holy Ghost, the knowledge of His power, the sweetness of His experience, the wonder of His Breath. He is lifting the Word, making all things new, meeting the present need in our lives.
These are the last days. They are very wonderful and blessed with signs. The Breath of the Spirit is unfolding God’s truth’s and helping mankind to know Jesus.
Enforcement of Expression
I believe in the Holy Ghost. And I believe that God gave us the Holy Ghost for true Son-likeness, Son-expressiveness, and enforcement of that expression. In Sweden, a large platform was erected in a park for meetings on the condition that this Englishman would not put his hands on the people and pray.
I said, “Lord, You know all about this. I believe you can work.” The Lord revealed His presence, and healed and saved the people anyway at the meetings. I simply said, “Who here is in need? Put your hands up.”
Hands went up all over. I saw a large woman with her hand up. I said, “Tell your trouble!”
She said that pains were all over her body. She was in terrible distress. I said, “Lift up your hands in Jesus’ Name!”
Jesus came to heal the sick, to loose those the devil had bound, to set the captive free. He said, GREATER works than these shall you who believe on me do.
John 14:12, paraphrased
We have the power of His Name to use against the enemy. I said to the woman, “In the name of Jesus, I set you free. Are you free?”
She replied, “Yes, perfectly free!”
GOD put His hands on the people! He had wonderful ways of meeting the need there.
I believe to see the glory of God. I believe to see God setting people free from all weakness.
Making Disciples of All Nations
Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to make disciples of all nations.
Luke 4:18; Matthew 28:19, paraphrased
In New Zealand, when I first preached this glorious truth I saw hundreds baptized. In Sweden, however, the Lutheran Church was not pleased. A woman in the king’s household was healed, but I was forced to leave the country.
On one occasion there, I stayed on a side-street. I arrived at nine-thirty; but the meeting was not until four thirty, so I went to the coast for a few hours of rest. When I came back, the street was full from end to end with wheelchairs and cars filled with the helpless and needy. The conveners said, “What shall we do?”
I said, “The Holy Ghost came to abide, to reign in supreme Royal dignity. Live in His unction, freedom, inspiration, and be like a flowing river … nothing less … that God may be glorified”.
God loosed the people that day and brought deliverance to the captives. Was that all that happened? No, only the beginning! The house I was at was packed, too!
Oh, the joy of being ready for God to use us! God must set us all on fire. There is much land to be possessed, and we must possess it. The fields are white unto harvest! Oh, the cry of the people that day … talk about weeping! There is such a joy in weeping. It is an awful place if you cannot weep with the Breath of God upon you as they did that day.
I went on helping the people. God said to me as clearly as possible, Ask Me! I will give you all in the place.
I thought it was too big a request to ask. He whispered again, Ask! I will give you all in the house.
I said, “O my God, say it again.”
Ask of Me. I will give you all in the house.
I said, “I ask! I ask in faith! I believe it!”
The Breath of Heaven filled the place. The people continued to fall down, weeping and repenting.
Oh, the Breath of the Spirit! There is something WONDERFUL in this Breath!
The Spirit Is Upon ME
Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me …
“And it is upon me, upon ME,” we can say.
May God move in our hearts to act in this truth. Do you want God to have you in His splendid place of the moving of His Spirit? Is it the cry and longing of your heart to come to this place? God can only choose those filled to the uttermost to be there.
Do you long to be filled to the uttermost; are you hungering and thirsting after God’s fullness?
Stand in a living experience as Jesus did. Say, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME!” and what you desire will happen.
God grant it to every one of you. Amen.
(August 1925) Smith Wigglesworth
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