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Christian Lives

Dove and FireIn the Acts of the Apostles, the crowd thought that the disciples were drunk at nine o'clock in the morning, but it was the Holy Spirit that was working in them and enthusing them. They looked weak, but were in fact strong. Acts 2.15 explained, "These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!" They appeared to be hopelessly drunk but exuded confidence. Being drunk was a great disgrace in Jesus' day. Acts 2.26 explains what happens when a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, "Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope." Stephen P.R. Rose (1938-present) is an English neuroscientist who wrote in 1974 in "Cognition", "Do not adjust your minds, there is a fault in reality." This phrase fits perfectly for the disciples filled with the Holy Spirit in the Early Church.✞

Transformation

The Holy Spirit changes a person when the Savior comes into his or her life and this is truly remarkable. Acts 2.21 informs us, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." In Acts 2.38, Peter insisted, "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.'

Crude Oil Change

RefineryBy the application of fire and pressure a black sludge called "crude oil" gives up a multitude of valuable chemicals. The petrochemical industry produces the basic ingredients for plastics, tires, pharmaceuticals, furniture parts, gasoline, propane, paints and other things from what was once considered a smelly nuisance if you were unfortunate enough to have it on your land. In the same way, the Holy Spirit takes our human bodies and refines them with his gifts for his glory. He takes what we have and uses them for his glory!✞

"Holy Spirit Change"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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