And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
We’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit and the power of resurrection and someone may just be saying, well that doesn’t concern me. Do you know how long I’ve waited in prayers? I do not think it is that easy. I may never receive this Holy Spirit. STOP! that’s the devil deceiving you. The Holy Spirit is for you and all them that the Lord shall call–not to ministry perse but into Christ. Ok, maybe I should show yow what qualified you for the Spirit (Acts 2:38-39).
In our theme scripture, you’d discover that the reason why the Holy Spirit operates on a person is because of righteousness. Remember Jesus was made sin for us so we could become the righteousness of God in Him (2Cor 5:21). He could never have been able to die if He wasn’t bearing on Himself the sin of the whole world. This is because no weapon in existence has power over the righteousness of God (Isaiah 54:17). But when He bore our sin, he died the death of a sinner. But as soon as the Lord Jesus was justified in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit came upon Him and that resulted in His justification. Immediately, death could no longer hold him bound (Acts 2:24).
So, the condition for receiving the Holy Spirit is righteousness. Take notice, I didn’t say “Holiness”, rather I said “righteousness”. They are not the same thing. Righteousness is a state of being. It is the nature of everyone that is born again. We received it as a gift from God. But Holiness is the bearing the fruits of the Spirit. It is a result of righteousness. We received righteousness when we believe in Jesus. As soon as we believe from the depth of our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we are justified and righteousness becomes ours (Rom 10:10. Remember He was made sin for us that we may receive His righteousness.
Beloved, if you are righteous, you are qualified to receive the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to wait till you’re holy enough. You don’t have to spend some years in Christianity first. As soon as you received Jesus into your heart and became born again thereby, the Holy Spirit is yours. Just believe and receive by faith. You don’t have to beg God. Just receive with Thanksgiving. Praise God.
Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit
I receive the Holy Spirit now and I yield my heart to His control
Father help your church to be totally yielded to the Holy Spirit
Let the Holy Spirit of God brood over the earth and cause a healing of our lands in Jesus Name