God is Spirit and the proper way to have close intimacy is to meditate and feed His words in our human spirit; for Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:6, “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
The living word of God in the Bible is very powerful that when we meditate on it, we put our carnality (flesh or soulish being) into a deep sleep which is beyond our normal sleep level. It means that we are put on the cross and ‘die to self’ by allowing the word of God to take hold of us totally. Then, our spirit being (subconscious) is awaken to see, walk and live in the Spirit, for 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” John 6:63 says, "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life".
Walking in the Spirit
I say then: "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh".
"For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish".
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Baptism of Fire (Matthew 3:11-12) is to cleanse, purify to burn away our carnality, the fear, doubt, unbelief, disobedience and all the dross of our lives, leaving behind the zeal, fire and the love for our Lord to empower us to fulfill His call and purpose in our lives.
With the hinderances remove, we will have a deep desire to mediate on His words and get deeper into the Spirit to have union with Christ which is a spiritual reality, that all of us have the privilege to demonstrate this reality as per:-
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”
1 Corinthians 2:4
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”
“I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done - by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
The TEST of true Christianity, as opposed to the false, is the demonstration of God's power. Not a doctrinal test, but a power test! When the Holy Spirit comes in power, arguments end. It's a bit like Elijah challenging the 450 prophets of Baal to a duel. "Let's offer a sacrifice, and the God who sends fire on the sacrifice, we'll acknowledge He is God, OK?" When God sent fire to consume the sacrifice, the altar and even the water in the ditch around it, the people fell on their faces and cried out, "The Lord! He is God! The Lord! He is God!" Argument settled.
This is the truth to preach Christ crucified, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17)
Ps Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global
June 13, 2018
“除了基督借我做的那些事，我什么都不敢提，只提他借我言语作为，用神迹奇事的能力，并圣灵的能力，使外邦人顺服； 甚至我从耶路撒冷 ，直转到以利哩古 ，到处传了基督的福音。”
真正的基督教于虚假的分别，是证明神的大能。不是一个教义测试，而是一个权能测试！当圣灵掌权时，争辩就结束了。这有点像以利亚挑战四百五十位巴力先知的决斗。 “你们求告你们神的名，我也求告耶和华的名。那降火显应的神，就是神。“ 当耶和华降下火来，烧尽燔祭、木柴、石头、尘土，又烧干沟里的水时，众民看见了，就俯伏在地，说：「耶和华是神！耶和华是神！」” 争论就这样解决了。