Jesus goes to the cross on a Friday, is resurrected on a Sunday and then spends forty days on the earth with convincing proofs that He is alive. He speaks to His disciples about the Kingdom of God.

Before He ascends into heaven, Jesus needs to determine just how His Kingdom work will continue to advance far beyond His stay on the earth.

After three years of crazy, amazing ministry, what is it that Jesus needs to say or do that will not only birth His church but perpetuate it until His return.

This is a huge strategic decision that the Lord needs to make and pass on to His disciples.

What exactly needs to be done?

I don’t know about you, but I would have considered things like instructing the disciples to pursue a greater education or hand them a well thought out strategic plan. Connect them with Rabbi’s who have secretly decided to follow Jesus. Purchase some land and build a building. Perhaps all the above!

With a multitude of options and considerations to choose from, Jesus chooses one. That’s right, one! It’s found here:

Acts 1:4-5 “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

His plan: Wait for a gift promised from my Father. You will receive power when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Wait for a gift promised from my Father… You will receive power when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit.

That’s it. The grand plan! Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is heaven’s solution to birth the church, power the church, sustain the church and expand the church until the Lord’s return.

I mean, think about this for a second. Of all things, “baptized with the Holy Spirit?”

No Way The Disciples Build The Church Without The Baptism.

Truth is, Jesus knows that there is no way that the disciples are going to build His church without being endued with power. The power they needed is in the gift that is promised.

Jesus squarely puts the baptism in the Holy Spirit between fearful disciples and bold witnesses.

I think Jesus explained it to His disciples like this, “remember when John the Baptist was baptizing people in water for repentance? Well, do you remember what happened to me? After being baptized in water what took place? A dove came upon me and from that day on all of hell could not stop me. This is the baptism in the Holy Spirit and I am going to baptize you with it, so wait!”

Having Authority Without Power

Consider this. Wouldn’t you naturally think that being with Jesus for three years would be enough to launch His church?

The miracles, the teaching, the mentoring and personal impact from the God-man on earth is nothing less than staggering. Words fall short of what that must have been like.

In reality, the disciple’s sins were forgiven, they had been given authority but they lacked power. We are no different then they.

God In Them, God On Them

These disciples have God IN them but they need God ON them.

So Jesus pushes all his chips in the middle of the table. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the central ingredient to build and empower His church.

What many consider optional, Jesus deems essential. In fact, Jesus “commanded” it (Acts 1:4).

No wonder some are still debating the baptism in the Holy Spirit some 2000 years later. Why wouldn’t the target be the very thing Jesus commands will empower us.

Let me assure you there is no debate in heaven on this matter and there should be no debate on earth.

Until we start treating the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as vital and necessary, we will continue to seek cultural relevancy without Kingdom power.

Personally

Personally, I am getting greater revelation about the fullness of this gift.

For too long I have considered praying in the Spirit as a last resort instead of the first step. Seldom have I had lengthy times just praying in tongues. This is changing.

Over the last month I have intentionally prayed 30-60 minutes at once in the Spirit and have felt a noticeable difference in my fervency in prayer not to mention being filled, strengthened and revived.

I would urge you to do the same and see what actually takes place in you.

I will post more on this as I continue to break into new territory.

Until then…

Question: Have you received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. If so, what was your experience and how has it made a difference in your walk with the Lord?

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  1. Jacob Varughese Jul 23, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Right on Pastor Greg. Paul writes in his letters and ends them this way – The love of God the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always.
    We need to be full of the love of the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus and the communion of the Holy Spirit (having communion of the Holy Spirit – is what leads us to do the things Jesus did and more). Jesus did his entire ministry on earth by the power of the Holy Spirit, so we could do the same. (Jesus was endued with power when the Holy Spirit came upon Him at the river of Jordan). Jesus is our example.
    Also praying the Holy Ghost has several great advantages –
    We are praying the perfect will of heaven when we pray in tongues, even though our mind does not comprehend it. Because the Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.(Rom 8.)
    Jude says that building up our most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost. So praying in the Holy Ghost will build up the faith in us. It edifies our whole being. I was in a church for 16 years where every week on meeting was just praying in the Holy Ghost for 2hrs.
    It sounded crazy but your spirit man gets super charged, because as you pray in the Holy Ghost your inner man gets charged up, not advocating that in a corporate setting.
    Rom 5:5 says Hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, that was given to us.
    So praying in the Holy Ghost will help us get filled with hope and love and faith. (1 Cor 13:13.
    If we pray in the spirit we actually are praying mysteries and sometimes after that time of prayer, we receive understanding, wisdom, etc for things we needed to do that we did not have a clue of before what to do. Just sharing experience of mine and others I have heard.
    You are right on, its the great need of the church, to be filled and to keep the communion of the Holy Spirit. God desires to speak to us more than we want to hear, if
    we keep the communion, we will always know what the Father is saying and what to do next. We can live the supernatural lifestyle daily with the power of the Holy Ghost, as He is our teacher (He will teach you all things, you don’t need anyone to teach you).
    He will comfort you when you need comfort in midst of troubles and disappointments.
    He will hear from Jesus and speak to us, what better friend can we have on earth to walk this journey with. Pursuing relationship with the Holy Spirit, will endue us with power, wisdom, love, purity, etc all that we need to live the overcoming life here on earth and accomplish Heaven’s will till the Lord returns for His bride.
    Be blessed in Jesus Name.
    Jacob.

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    1. Greg Simas Jul 23, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Well put, Jacob. Paul said to the Corinthian Church, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” (I Corinthians 14:18).

      I enjoyed the added scripture references and your thoughts from your own personal encounters. I received my full-time call to ministry after receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. I was not expecting that! I received my salvation upon conversion, I received my full-time calling following the baptism.

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  2. Frank Jul 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    very good/encouraging reminder…I feel the need for the power…I feel often like Moses did in Exodus 33:15… “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here..” I feel that daily in my effort to be used of God in my work of counseling, psychotherapy, administration, & facilitating deliverance, healing, recovery & inspiration to those with life debilitating addictions & mental illnesses. If God’s presence is not with me, I just can’t do it… don’t want to even try….I need Him… thanks for this reminder…I pray more for His Spirit, His power… I LOVE to serve Him in His power… I am exhausted before I start without it.

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    1. Greg Simas Jul 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      So true, Frank. I’m reminded of what Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,”. By understanding the Greek tense of the this verse we discover that this is an ongoing action. So Paul is saying that we need to “continually” be filled with the Spirit. Daily. Nothing better than feeling His power flowing from us and nothing worse than serving on an empty tank.

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  3. Phylis Wanjau Jul 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hello, Thank you for this post. Question please, Is there a point where you now know, i have been baptised by the Holy Spirit? Is there an incidence or action to signify that? Can one be baptised of the Holy Spirit and not speak in tongues?

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    1. Greg Simas Jul 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Phylis. Good questions and the space allotted here will not really fully answer the questions you’ve asked. So here is the shortened versions. (1) For me, the knowing came in believing by faith and when I received my prayer language. The prayer language was the evidence of receiving. (2) I suppose someone can be baptized in the Holy Spirit and not speak in tongues. There is a tension here. Some want the Baptism without their prayer language which I believe is the wrong approach. I tell people after I have prayed for them that I believe they are baptized in the Holy Spirit but have yet to receive their prayer language. I tell them to go after their prayer language believing they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Almost everyone i’ve asked to do this has received their prayer language within days. Hope this helps.

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      1. Phylis Wanjau Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        Thank you PG. Yes its now clear to me. God bless you.

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  4. Teresa Rogers Jan 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Greg I find your teachings to very much line up with the word of God and they encourage me and challenge me at the same time. My experience of being baptized in the Holy Ghost is one I could never forget. I am forever changed. I grew up in a denomination where the baptism in the Holy Ghost was not taught so therefore I did’nt know about it. I’ll not go into detail of all the mess ups in my life that finally brought me humbly to my knees. I know Christ had saved me many years before but I sure was miserable living life my way instead of God’s way. I came to a place of full total surrender, asking God to take what was left of my life and do with it as he would have. One year after that God impressed upon my heart to go on a mission trip. It was there in the open desert of Mexico that God touched me in a way I will never forget. A group of about 25 of us was praying and seeking God. A spirit filled man began to lay hands on people around him and pray for them. They were falling to the ground. This scared me so bad that I was shaking. I told The Lord if this was of him I really needed to know, I silently prayed and ask God for 3 specific things and then told him I desired all he wanted me to have. If there was more than I had been taught I wanted it. The second this man laid hands on me the presence of God took over and I was on the ground. An audible voice spoke back to me the things I had ask God for silently. This man spoke Spanish but I understood it in English. I don’t speak spanish. When The Lord finished speaking to me he filled me will his power from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. I have never been the same and God has and is doing what he said he would do through my life. I later discovered through the reading of his word that I had indeed received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. My heavenly language came later. The key I believe to receiving the baptism is a fully surrendered life and a willing heart and God knows if we have both. Why would he empower us if we are not going to allow him to use our lives for his purpose and his glory. Truly I am a humbled and blessed woman of God. Blessings Greg and keep moving forward for his glory

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    1. Greg Simas Jan 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Teresa. Wow wow wow, how awesome! I just love reading about these types of life-changing encounters. This never gets old. What a amazing demonstration of the Spirit’s power and the Father’s love. He did it just for you! I love how the Lord is so personal in power! Thanks for sharing your story and so glad that your life is marked and changed forever! Praise God!

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