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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

One that is Mightier

One that is Mightier

"I indeed baptize you with water; but one that is mightier than I cometh." Luke 3:16a

John the Baptist was an unusual character. He wore a coat of camel's hair, a leather girdle; he ate locusts and wild honey and preached that all people should repent for the long awaited Messiah was coming!

People from everywhere went out to the river to see and hear John preach. Those that believe his word were then baptized in the river Jordan. There was a great expectation in the people. They were excited and many of them thought that John might be the messiah. They ask him if he was and he always turned their attention from himself to Jesus.

There is an excitement in the air every year at this season. People have their focus on the holidays. The family, food, celebrations, etcetera just fill the air with expectation.

There is also an excitement in the air concerning spiritual things, a move of God, the power of God being manifested again as we have heard and some of us have seen in the past.

Just as there was an expectation just before the coming of Jesus at his birth, there was also the same just before his ministry began and we can expect the same just before his return. Praise God! Jesus is coming soon!

The people were full of expectation and the land was filled with false messiahs, so we can see why people were asking if John was the real thing. John himself asked the same question of Jesus. (Matt 11:2-6).

This is the greatest concern that we as Christians should have today. Are the people coming into ministry the real thing?

John quickly pointed the people to Jesus and what He would do as compared to John and what he was doing. "I baptize with water but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." (V 16).

Note that John places Jesus as the authority and himself under that authority. The message that John preached and the message that should be preached today must always point to Jesus and the power He wants to give people.

In many meetings and services of today there are great efforts made to convince people that they are getting something from God when in fact they are being deceived. Lights, smoke, music, rock songs, and a charismatic, motivational speaker does not constitute the presence or power of God. You can find all those at any rock or country music concert.

What makes the difference is Jesus is manifested by the power of the Holy Ghost. This baptism will not only make one feel good; it will create a fire within that will change our lives forever.

"Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." (V 17).

Jesus is very exciting! The power of the Holy Ghost is very exciting! I'm excited about the coming of Jesus and about the great move of God just before his coming! I expect to hear and receive something from God every day. I expect to hear and receive something from God every service that I'm in. It feels good to hear and receive from God! However if my 'feel good' does not last, if I am not permanently changed by what I hear and experience, then I better question if it's really Jesus or do I continue to look for him.

Jesus is the mightier one! HE is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think according to His power that worketh in us. (Eph 3:20)

All the chaff in your life--those weights and stuff that hinders you from the fullness Christ has for you, HE will burn up by the power of His Holy Spirit, if you will ask!