I am going to make a statement that might upset some people but while tongues in the initial physical evidence, it is not the end all to the Spirit baptized life.
For years, I said that the ongoing evidence of the being baptized in the Holy Spirit was raising the dead. We are to walk in such power that raising the dead is not just possible but probable. However, I no longer than this is the ongoing evidence as glorious as it is.
However, I am convicted that the greater evidence of the Pentecostal experience is not either praying in tongues or raising the dead but having divine priorities. It is being on the same page as the Holy Spirit and being grieved by what grieves the Holy Spirit. Is our Spirit quenched by what quenches His?
The days of just saying “I pray in tongues” is over. It might be the initial physical evidence but somewhere along the lines, we missed that it was only the initial; it is not the fullness of evidence for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Azusa Report does believe that a prayer language is the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit before rumors start!)
Divine Priorities are greater!
It does not require communion with the Holy Spirit to lay hands on someone and pray for healing. We can do it because the scriptures tells us to do it. It does not even require the Holy Spirit to do some of the other gifting. Our churches are full of ministry without the Holy Spirit if we are honest.
What does require communion of the Holy Spirit is getting His divine priorities for our lives. We can not do it just on a quick bible study or by taking a class at the church. No teacher can tell you what God has called you to do, only the Holy Spirit can.
It is more important to have the heart of the Holy Spirit about what to do and when to do it than it is to have great sermons and the best props for them. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is more about intimacy than it is power, in fact. There is power and that brings the miracles but they flow out of a place of intimacy with the Spirit.
This is where most prophetic people and evangelists drop the ball. Intimacy requires transparency and vulnerability. It is just not bulldozing through a service by faith and good preaching. In fact, the more of the divine priorities we have, the less we crave the pulpit.
As much as don’t want to hear it, the Holy Spirit’s divine priorities is not making us have a big ministry, a television show and a big following on Facebook. The truth is the leading of the Holy Spirit is more about being hidden in prayer, being a father, and loving people where they are.
Spirit Baptized Living
The problem with many believers is they want to life from knowledge, not intimacy. The are up to date on all the theologican’s views about this and that doctrine but they spend little time in prayer and seeking the Spirit to lead their daily affairs.
Let’s be real. A book on eschatology or Wesleyan theology is not going to lead you to go visit Tom down the street or have you walk into Home Depot at an exact time there is someone struggling with a decision. That is just not have theological education happens. You need intimacy with the Holy Spirit to have those types of things happen.
This is where things really happen. It is biblical too. Peter and John was heading to the religious service that we would know as church but they were stopped by a man in need,
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)
If all we have is a bible study, that is all we can give them. If we just have a theology for healing, that is all we can give as well. Peter gave them what He could only get in an encounter with the Holy Spirit: anointed impartation.
This is the rubber meets the road. You can’t fake intimacy. It just doesn’t work. You either have it or you don’t. If you are in love with the Lord, it is clear. If you are not, it is clear because all you have is great sermons and theology books.
Jesus warns against Christianity without intimacy
There is a story in the gospel of Matthew that many people use to question healing ministries (Mostly God mockers) but they do not read it as it really is.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The question is not if they prophesied or praying for people to be healed but did they do the will of the Lord. It did not say that they did not have solid theology or that their doctrine was wrong. Theology does not mean anything before the Lord. That is just for us on earth, not in the throne room of God.
The question is solely concerning the will of God. Are you doing the will of God or not? That is a question of intimacy. Doing the spiritual gifts outside of the needed intimacy is dangerous ground to be standing on. Are you intimate with the Holy Spirit? That is all that matters.
At the end of the lives, how many theology books we have read is not going to really matter. It won’t matter if you have been to a hundred conferences either. The only thing that will matter is did you live your life in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Did you yield to His leading daily?
The ONLY thing more important when we stand before the Lord will be our salvation. Otherwise, there is nothing I can dream of that is more important.
Did you learn to lead by the Spirit and have HIS divine priorities?