Beyond the New Birth

Being born again is in no way the end of anything, but the beginning of something reaching still farther.

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Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

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I became a Christian as a child at the age of ten.  In those earliest years after my conversion, I was so hungry for the things of God that I would often weep for them.  Though in my teen years I grew somewhat indifferent, deep inside I never lost that hunger.  When I married, I found that “good thing” of which the Word speaks, and surely found favor of the Lord.  It was right after marriage that the hunger I knew as a child came boiling back to the surface.  But now it was twelve years after being born again.  We were attending a different church than when I was a child, and a greater interest was taken in young men than in mere boys.  (Be warned here, my friend.  Never lessen your interest in a believer because he is a child.  That child will grow up, and those early years of nurturing are so important.)

I was like a young lion encountering his mother after being separated from the pride for a time.  I had become so strongly imprinted on the things of God, that when I came back to them fully, I knew I was going in the right direction.  I have never stopped pursuing that direction.  But then, as a 22-year old, the church we attended showed me something beyond what I had known.  I wanted it twelve years earlier, but had no idea how to ask for it, or even what it really was.  Ah, but now; now I was learning.  I needed to be filled with Holy Ghost.  I needed something in me more powerful than I had known, greater than I had known, more enriching than I had known, to empower me, to teach me, to enrich the depth of knowledge of His Word.  I needed to be filled with Holy Ghost.  And so, at twenty-two years of age, I asked for and received the infilling of Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in other tongues as Holy Spirit gave utterance.  Yes, it’s real, and I would not trade it for anything in the world.

To the Spirit-filled believer I say, “Re-fill, re-fire, and allow the Lord to use you to ignite others.”  To the Christian who has not yet received the fullness of Holy Ghost I say, “Ask, and you shall receive.  This precious gift of God is yours for the asking, but you must be a believer to receive that of which I write.  Jesus said to receive Holy Spirit, you must have a relationship with God so you can call Him Father.  Is God your Father?  Then He has a gift just for you, and He longs for you to receive it.”  To the unbeliever I say, “Go to Romans 10:9-10, read it, and act on it.  The best is yet to come.”

Manna for Today – Acts 18:18-28; John 14:15-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 8:4-24; Acts 9:1-19;          Acts 10:1-48; Acts 19:1-7

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