“For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and he will be my witnesses in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Did you see that? The apostles were first baptized with water when they were drawn to follow Christ, but it was not until after His death that they were filled with the Holy Spirit. I was 12 years young when I accepted Christ as my Savior. Eagerly I anticipated the dramatic change I knew was coming after my baptism a week later, only to be disappointed when I was the same me afterward. The apostles experienced the Holy Spirit’s filling in an incredible supernatural display with a loud rush of violent wind followed by the sudden ability to speak in languages they’d never spoken. My own Holy Spirit experience has not been so outwardly demonstrative but no less life-giving. It was many years before all I’d learned from Bible studies, memorizing scriptures and listening to great sermons would really came rushing at me like a wind to bring the power of the resurrection to my heart and give me the life I’d been seeking. Hang in there!
“ now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.“ Hebrews 11:1🚦
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