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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scales From My Eyes

Scripture to reflect upon: Acts 9:3-4
"Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again… NIV

Ask anyone who’s born again what they experienced when it happened and they will tell you a similar story like Paul’s. I never read this story until after I was saved. I never heard anyone’s testimony. I gave my life to Jesus in the darkness of a late Sunday night in 1999. When I woke up…I had new eyes. As if scales had fallen from my eyes, I could see.

Many people claim to be “saved” but have never known the honor of being born again. There’s more to this spiritual journey than saying the sinner’s prayer and making a conscious effort to go to church on Sundays.

You should be—and should desire to be—baptized in the Holy Spirit. When you receive the Holy Spirit, you will see with new eyes, hear with new ears, and speak with new passion. You will have an idea of God’s five senses. You will subtly feel His pains, His joys, His smile. You will hear His voice whispering softly in your ear. You will, quite simply, know God in a whole new way. And you will receive power. How do I know? Well, besides my own experience, Jesus said so. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8).

The Holy Spirit will transform your life, your thinking, your motives, your desires, your longing for God. His Spirit will sweep through and deliver you from…well, you.

You are your own worst enemy. Jesus died so we could have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). And He promised his disciples after His resurrection that once He ascended to heaven that He would give them “the gift my Father promised…for John baptized with water, but…you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).

Before being saved/born again/baptized in the Holy Spirit, my eyesight only saw darkness. It was tainted by the ugliness of the world. Even things that seemed beautiful really didn’t hold much beauty, because it had no meaning. Our lives before the Holy Spirit enters us is like an old black and white movie. As Jesus finds a dwelling place within us, we are literally taken out of our black and white existence and open a new door into a world of Technicolor, much like Dorothy in, The Wizard of Oz.

When I repented and literally handed my life over to Christ, I was submerged in the Holy Spirit. I reveled in it. I rejoiced in it. Everything was so crisp and clear. I went from watching my life on basic cable to suddenly having my life brilliantly upgraded to HD—for free! Three days later I attended one of my regular poetry readings at a local coffee shop, not realizing that the owner was a born again Christian and a member of my new church. As I was placing my order she recognized me and asked me how I was doing. I couldn’t resist but tell her the good news that I was saved. A gentleman waiting behind me in line overheard my conversation and abruptly interrupted me with excitement in his voice: “Do you see with new eyes?!” I was so shocked to hear him explain, almost identically, what had happened to him, had happened to me! It happens…and it can happen to you, too!

If you have never been baptized in the Holy Spirit, please don’t knock it until you try it. Don’t pre-judge and claim it’s for cult members who only drink cherry Kool Aid. This is for everyone, and the bible says it’s yours for the asking. Acts 2:38 says: "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.” For it is through the Holy Spirit that God also gives us knowledge (Read John 14:15-29 and John 16:5-16). In fact, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Counselor.

I pray today that if you have never received the Holy Spirit, that you will take the time today to find a quiet place and ask Jesus to baptize you with His Spirit. Go to Him with a pure heart and a great desire.

NOTE TO SELF: Ask and you shall receive.

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