May 19, 2012

A new heart, to see

1 Samuel 10:6-14

New Living Translation (NLT)
At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you. Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions.”

Samuel’s Signs Are Fulfilled

As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.11 When those who knew Saul heard about it, they exclaimed, “What? Is even Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?”
12 And one of those standing there said, “Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?”[a] So that is the origin of the saying “Is even Saul a prophet?”
13 When Saul had finished prophesying, he went up to the place of worship.

It was necessary for God to put a new heart in Saul, for for him to be fully aware of the promised signs. God also caused Saul to be overwhelmed by his Spirit, causing Saul to prophesy. It was an indicator that was readily recognizable by onlookers, as a sign of God's Spirit on a person.
God is working, but some old parts of us may hinder our vision. A new birth, and his Spirit, increase our sensitivity to spiritual things, and the things God is doing all around us.
The consistent indicator of experiencing the in pouring of God's in-dwelling holy Spirit, is the initial response to prophes. Joel prophetically wrote that in the last days God would no longer make his Spirit available to just a select few, such as the prophets or priests. Rather, it is available to all flesh. The result? Sons and daughters would prophesy.
The word prophesy is defined as to declare or make an utterance under the inspiration or impulse of a divine power.
When the apostles and the other disciples of Jesus, 120 in all, heard the God inspired language coming from all of their lips, they knew, this was the sign of the promise. They recognized it immediately.
Have you experienced the in pouring of God's holy Spirit as the Bible describes? Its not an exclusive right, but a privileged promise to all believers .
Repent, be baptized everyone in the name of Jesus Christ, and you WILL receive the GIFT of the holy Spirit
Warmest thoughts and prayers,

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