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Offline Idaev1

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6 Things That Block the Holy Spirit's Power
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:43:48 pm »
Here are some reasons why there might be a blockage:
1. Doubt or intellectual pride. In the 1960s a journalist
named John Sherrill decided to write a book discrediting the
phenomenon of speaking in tongues. But after he interviewed
countless people about this experience, his doubts were
shattered and he was baptized in the Holy Spirit himself. His
book, They Speak With Other Tongues, became a Christian
classic. Spiritual experiences cannot be figured out with the
mind. To receive the Spirit's infilling you must let go of your
intellectual arguments and display childlike faith (see Matt.
18:2-4).
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2. Religious tradition. I knew an Episcopal priest who was
filled with the Holy Spirit in the 1970s in New York City. He was
excited about the new vitality he felt in his faith—and thrilled
that his wife had experienced a physical healing. But when he
shared his testimony with his bishop, he was told he was
crazy! And the bishop referred him to a psychiatrist! Religious
people who are locked into "the way we've always done it"
find it hard to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You must
be willing to break free from tradition.
3. Fear of the supernatural. Some Christians grew up in
denominations that taught against the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
They were told that Pentecostals are all fanatics who go into
trances, speak mindless gibberish and swing from chandeliers.
Actually, the first disciples in the New Testament spoke in
tongues and experienced miracles—yet their faith was not
strange. It should be the norm! People who are afraid of God's
supernatural power will struggle to receive it.
4. Unconfessed sin. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit can
be "quenched" as well as "grieved" (1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 4:30).
Because He is so holy, our sinful habits and attitudes can cause
Him to withdraw. This is why it's so important for us to walk
in constant communion with God, and to be willing to repent
quickly when we know we have sinned. Some people "stuff"
their secret sins in the closets of their hearts. If you want to be
filled with the Spirit, you must be willing to open those closets
and invite the light of God's holiness into every dark corner of
your life.
5. Emotional wounds. Like the young man I prayed for last
weekend, some people are just too burdened with emotional
baggage to be filled with the Spirit. Some have been abused,
others weighted down by anxiety, others grieved or
depressed. They need healing first. Like Lazarus on the day he
was raised from the dead, they are bound by the grave
clothes of the past, and they need to be unwrapped before
they can experience God's full anointing (see John 11:44).
Healing is often needed before a person can receive the
blessing of Holy Spirit baptism.
6. An unyielded spirit. You cannot be filled with the Holy
Spirit if you are full of yourself. Some people are too willful.
They have not surrendered their plans, finances, relationships
or time to God. They have their lives planned out and they
don't want God interrupting their agendas. Yet God is looking
to fill hearts that have been emptied and surrendered. Only the
fully yielded can experience the fullness of His power.
If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or if the
flow of the Spirit has been blocked in your life, empty your
heart today and prepare for your own personal Pentecost.

 

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