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Born Again – Part 29 | The Guardian Nigeria News


Professor Emeritus Mercy Olumide

(10) Baptism in the Spirit is an initiation into the fullness of the Spirit, into prophetic activity, and into supernatural gifts for a life of witness to Christ in power. So it only happens once in a believer’s life. The Bible teaches that there can be new fillings of the Holy Spirit after the believer has been baptized in the Spirit (see Acts 4:31; cf. 2: 4; 4: 8, 31; 13: 9; Eph 5:18). Thus, the baptism in the Spirit brings the believer into a relationship with the Spirit that must be renewed (Acts 4:31) and maintained (Eph 5:18)

What if a BA person returns to a sinful lifestyle?
Note very carefully that if you are stubborn and return to a sinful (backsliding) lifestyle, God will simply take His Spirit away from you as He did Saul (1 Sam 15:23; 16:14). The Spirit of God cannot cohabit with that of Satan (1 Cor 10:21; Eph 2: 1-3). Once God takes His HS from you, you are alone, for you are no longer a Christian. You fall victim to a demonic spirit like Saul.

Saul’s story teaches us that (1) God wants obedience from the heart, not mere acts of religious ritual (2) Obedience always involves sacrifice, but sacrifice is not always obedience ( 3) God wants to use our strengths and weaknesses. (4) Weaknesses should help us remember our need for God’s guidance and help.
Saul’s story is told in 1 Sam 9-31. It is also mentioned in Acts 13:21

• When David committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah, and was confronted with the prophet Nathan, David immediately repented of his sins and begged God not to take away his Spirit (Ps 51 : 11)

David’s story teaches us that (1) Willingness to honestly admit our mistakes is the first step in facing them. (2) Forgiveness does not remove the consequences of sin (2 Sam 12: 10-14). The predictions of these verses have come true. Because David murdered Uriah and robbed his wife, (a) murder was a constant threat in his family (13: 26-30; 18: 14, 15; 1 Kings 2: 23-25); (b) his family rebelled against him (15:13); (c) his wives were given to another in public (16: 20-23); (d) his first child by Bathsheba died (12:18). If David had known the painful consequences of his sin, he might not have pursued the pleasures of the moment. Remember that the consequences of your actions go deeper and deeper than you can ever foresee. Because sin has consequences, God has established moral guidelines to help us avoid sin in the first place. Be careful to do what God says.
(3) God greatly desires our complete trust and worship.

David’s story is told in 1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2. It is also mentioned in Amos 6: 5; Mat 1: 1.6; 22: 43-45; Luke 1:32; Acts 13:22; Rom 1: 3; Hey 11:32
The life of David versus the life of Saul

Life of David: David was the kind of king of God (2Samuel 7: 8-16); David was a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22); David’s kingship was eternal through Jesus (2Samuel 7:29); David was good and benevolent (2Samuel 9; 1Chronicles 19: 2); David forgave (1Samuel 26); David repented (2 Samuel 12:13; 24:10); David was courageous (1Samuel 17; 1Chronicles 18); David was at peace with God (Psalm 4: 8; 37:11).

Life of Saul: Saul was the kind of king of man (1Sam. 10:23, 24); Saul was a man after the praise of the people (1Samuel 18: 6-8); Saul’s kingship was rejected (1Samuel15: 23); Saul was cruel (1Samuel 20: 30-34; 22: 11-19); Saul was ruthless (1Samuel 14:44; 18: 9); When confronted, Saul lied (1Samuel15: 10-31); Saul was afraid (1Samuel 17:11; 18:12); Saul was separated from God (1Sam 16:14).
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