Posted by: tscottmorton | February 1, 2017

Encounter With the Spirit

 

It takes an encounter in the Spirit to understand the value of an encounter with the Spirit. It takes an encounter to understand how much we need ongoing encounters! This is why our call to bring Revival to the church is so vitally important!

Revelation comes within the encounter. Without ongoing encounters with the Holy Spirit, two things happen. We dry up. And we loose The Spirit of revelation knowledge. Kingdom expression of revelation truth disappears.

We are left dry and hungry. Suddenly comes all manner of good sounding arguments from the mind of man, simply because the mind is all we have left to figure things out.

This is why most of today’s church does not understand the Holy Spirit. We fear an encounter with the mysterious. We fear the unknown. We fear letting go of control. We fear letting go of what we understand.

This is why the devil works so hard to convince the church that encounter experiences with the Holy Spirit are out of line. We must always remember that every argument will come against the manifesting works of the Holy Spirit. It is because it is by the Spirit that we grow in maturity and in power to reap a harvest. This we must always remember!

 

Start of the Church Encounter

The Church did not start with principles, doctrine or theology… It started with an encounter! Namely Pentecost.

Pentecost was not a one time single event for the First Church! Pentecost is an encounter for everyone now and in the future. Kathryn Kuhlman said it so well, “We live in the day of Pentecost!”

As Peter was addressing the crowd who came to witness what was happening on the day of Pentecost, these were his final words:

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:37-41

Peter was saying, “This is for everyone now and on until Christ comes again.”

The Manifest Presence of the Spirit is an ongoing filling and then refilling! This is the Christian life. Encounter is an ongoing thing!

Ephesians 5:18 in many translations reads, “Stop getting drunk on wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Intl Std Version and the Complete Jewish Bible. 

The Amplified Classic Bible says this… “but ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.”

We are living in the day of Pentecost. As it was in the beginning, after Jesus ascended to Heaven, so it is just as much true today as it was in that day. Here is proof positive that Pentecost was not a one off event, and there are many passages like this within the New Testament. This coming on again of the Holy Spirit was upon both the new believers in the room and upon the same people who were in the Upper Room:

As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. Acts 11:15

We need the encounter again and again, not just for us, but for all who have yet to witness His encounter. We grow in maturity and in anointing power as we embrace the unknown encounters of the Holy Spirit. All things by GRACE (which is power) through FAITH. I say again:

“…for the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

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