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Receiving the Holy Spirit!

Scripture reading for May 31st:  Acts 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 19:1-2,5-7  “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.  There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” . . .”On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  There were about twelve men in all.” 

Nearly twenty years after Pentecost, Paul encountered some disciples of John who had believed in Jesus.   They had only received John’s baptism of repentance so Paul baptized them in the name of Jesus Christ and then placed his hands on them.  As he did this, the Holy Spirit fell on them and they began to speak in tongues and prophesy in the same manner as the original day of Pentecost.  Later in this chapter, Paul preached boldly and a revival of repentance broke out where many came and confessed their evil deeds and burned their occult and sorcery paraphernalia. Power was needed to confront the darkness in that city!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to confront the forces of evil.  They seek to help other believers walk in God’s power and anointing as well.  “You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox;  fine oils have been poured upon me.  My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.”  (Psalm 92:10-11)

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