Where is the Holy Spirit Today?
by Pastor Ken Damstrom
“ A Lion met a Tiger as they drank beside the pool, Said the tiger, tell me why your roaring like a fool; That’s not foolish, “ said the Lion with a twinkle in His eyes; “they call me the King of the Beasts because
A Rabbit heard them talking and ran home like a streak, he Thought he’d try the Lion’s plan, but his roar was just a squeak- A Fox came to investigate- and had luncheon in the woods; So When you advertise, my friends, be sure you’ve got the goods.” (Anonymous)
In John’s words, Matthew 3:11, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire….”
I remember the excitement, very clearly, of the days of The Charismatic Movement, in America and all over the globe. Jesus was proclaimed in the valleys and upon the mountains, and it seemed wherever you would go someone would ask
you about your salvation and your connection to the The Holy Spirit’s work. In travelling both here and abroad, one could really sense the presence of the sweet Holy Spirit, through prayer and miracles and witnessing. This went on for several years and there was a dynamic harvest of souls, and people of all ages, denominations, and beliefs were being “baptized withfire,” and meeting all over the world to demonstrate their love for Jesus.
Meetings such as the Full Gospel Businessmen’s International, and Women’s Aglow were channels of God’s power and grace, and multiple thousands of people were not only saved, but baptized in the Holy Spirit with fire. Lives were changed and homes rearranged, as far as the East is from the West. Not everyone could clearly explain the dynamic of the hour back then, but there was no question that God was moving mightily both in and out of His Church, even in signs and wonders. Whatever Jesus did, as in the early days of the Church, was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Today, so often, the Holy Spirit is “the forgotten member of the Trinity.”
Being saved through the blood of Christ is just the starting point. Being “baptized in or with the Holy Spirit” is the blessed engine which keeps the “Body of Christ” motivated and running in power!
Have we often grown lukewarm in the ministries of today? Or are we too cultured or reserved to show any emotion in our faith? Too much excess may not be pleasing, however, it sure beats being personally “dead to the Holy Spirit!” In Luke 24:49, Jesus tells His followers, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Jesus is referring to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which began at Pentecost and has never yet ceased.
Are we satisfied with “just a little dab will do you” mentality When it comes to seeking and receiving the “dunamis (Greek),” “dynamite” power of God for our daily living? In our lives
The Holy Spirit should never be relegated to the background, but must be “front and center “, if we are ever going to make an impact on 21st Century culture. If we advertise as a Christian we must make sure, as the earlier example of the Lion, that we “ have the goods!”
Our lives were dramatically changed, back in the early 1960’s, when Pat and I were “baptized in the Holy Spirit.” We began
to understand that there was “power, power, wonderworking power” available for reaching those in need of salvation, and a Spirit-filled life of grace and miracles. It helped us to understand that
we could become Christian conduits, or channels for the Spirit of the Living God, and do some good in reaching those who are lost and seemingly without hope.
Over the last 60 years we have come to realize that Pentecostal Power in all its’ expressions is a real key to a vitalized, motivated, and life-changing, soul-winning, spiritual explosion. There is much to add, as future remarks allow, concerning the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit. However, today we pose the question, “Where is the Holy Spirit Today?”, and hope that it may be able to direct our thinking as to our need for power to live dedicated, dynamic, Christian lives for the hour in which we live, to impact those around us.
There is no shortage of “spiritual electricity” today, however, we often find we are not plugged in to get connected to that power”.
“THE PROMISE IS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AND FOR ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF-FOR ALL WHOM THE LORD OUR GOD WILL CALL.” Acts 2:38
The key thought to remember is that the“promise” is for everyone, and not just a select few. As so often is said of electronics today, “just plug in and play!” Allow the Holy
Spirit to do the rest. “The marks of a strong church are: Wet eyes; Bent knees; A broken heart.!”- Unknown
In His Name, Pastor Ken