2000-12-16 - Holy Spirit
A few months ago I started a series about the Holy Spirit. It was from an old book and I had not studied much else. Since then, I have begun to study a great deal about the Holy Spirit. I might add that I no longer agree with the book or the study.
I have found that there are many people with a lot to say. Many books have been written about the Holy Spirit, His gifts and His work.
The Bible is, of course, the most help and I do believe that God answers us when we pray, seeking to understand Him better.
I recently came across a story in a book called "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" by R. A. Torrey. I sometimes skim to the end of a book just to see what happens … This story caught me off guard and I have been thinking about it for several days. I have paraphrased the story:
A young man went to Mr. Torrey to pray after a meeting. He had just graduated from college. He was concerned that he had been praying for the blessing of the Holy Spirit and had not received it. Mr. Torrey then asked him if he had lain down his will. He answered "no." Mr. Torrey then explained to him that there was no point in praying if his will was not lain down. He asked him to do that. The young man answered honestly that he could not. Mr. Torrey then asked him if he would allow God to lay it down for him. He answered "yes."
So they knelt together and prayed. Mr. Torrey opened his Bible to:
1 John 5:14-15 "And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him."
They prayed and the young man asked God to empty him of his own will. The young man then prayed for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Mr. Torrey asked him if he received what he had asked for. He said that he did not feel anything but since he asked according to God's will, then God hears him. Mr. Torrey then showed him the scripture in Acts 2:39 "For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him."
The young man said he did not "feel" anything but he knew he had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because God's Word had said so.
Mr. Torrey saw him several days later. He again asked the young man if he had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Mr. Torrey said there really was no need for the man to answer; he could see his answer in his face, though he did answer him.
The young man then went on to seminary that fall and was placed in a church his junior year. Not only were there conversions in the church where he was placed, but through his influence (through the Holy Spirit acting through his life) there was a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the seminary.
This young man's experience was not based on feelings. It was based on faith to believe the Word of God.
I know the journey for me is not over … far from it. It is just beginning.
In His Service,