Published on 12 October 2021
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
What an incredible encounter occurred on Day of Pentecost when John’s prophetic words came to fruition in a powerful way!
The word baptize here means to ‘dip repeatedly, immerse or submerge’. What a wonderful picture John painted of what was going to happen when Jesus came on the scene— an immersion or submersion in the Holy Spirit and fire!
Fire actually helps to germinate seeds. One of its many functions is to revive life that cannot flourish without its intervention. When a fire spreads through a forest, it not only burns up everything that was dead and needed to be cleared away, but it also helps to germinate certain seeds that can only start to grow when scorched and subsequently awoken by flames. What a powerful image! When we are baptised in the Holy Spirit and fire, all sorts of dormant seeds can begin to germinate and new life and fruitfulness can begin. This is such a powerful concept.
What I love about John’s description of Jesus is not just his mention of the Holy Spirit, but also of fire. Fire is a symbol of passion. Passion has the power to motivate, inspire and keep us going when life gets challenging. Jesus personified passion during His life on Earth. Though He was a man, He had an intimate relationship and partnership with Holy Spirit, and was driven by passion to turn impossibilities into miracles. His final journey to Calvary is often referred as ‘the passion of the cross’ because it was pure passion that propelled Him down the Via Dolorosa; passion to do the will of His Father, passion to set mankind free and passionate love for us that enabled Him to push past the pain to win the greatest victory known to mankind.
The Bible says that in the last days, the love of many will grow cold. As such, we desperately need a revival of passion. We need a revival of love. We need the Holy Spirit to come again and baptise us, fill us and ignite our hearts with passion and love so that we can see what was promised in the book of Joel, outworked in our lives— that in the last days God would pour out His spirit on all flesh.
I want to be constantly baptised by Your Holy Spirit and fire. Come baptise me again. I want my heart to be filled with a passion that will motivate me, inspire me and keep me going through the challenging times. I reach out to You right now for that same impartation that the disciples had on the day of Pentecost. I want to fulfil Your will and I want to be used by You to see others encounter You just as I have. I pray all this in Jesus' name.
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