Come Holy Spirit

Acts 2: 1When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

When the Holy Spirit came back after Jesus death and resurrection, it was havoc. Often, I am afraid of the Holy Spirit because He leads me out of my comfort zone. But without the Holy Spirit we become Fatherless because He brings us the spirit of sonship.

When we give Him space, the Holy Spirit leads us to a greater revelation of the bible and Jesus Christ, His finished works at the Cross. He is our comforter and our champion.

We should never take away the person of the Holy Spirit. He is not an “it” like air we breath in. Let us glorify and honour Him. It takes humility to receive the baptism, an emptying of ourselves, our spiritual and intellectual pride.

The Holy Spirit was selective and exclusive. He did not fall everywhere except on the Christians at the upper room, not the Jewish Pharisees at the synogogue nor the gathering religious crowd. Similarly, the Holy Spirit can fall on one church, but not the next.

We can hide our fear of the Holy Spirit by making Him an object for our use, to be consumed, like air which is everywhere. We live in self delusion as if we can control God.

Hard questions are often avoided by being intellectual and labelling the Holy Spirit as an inpersonnel force. We need revival in the GLBT churches. Our people are hurting yet the churches are floundering. It is dry. People leave for they are thirsty.

The church in the upper room of 100 grew to 5,000 and were filled with the tangible presence and demonstration of power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, we skip the question, why doesn’t our own churches of 100 grow. Even just 1% of the 5,000 would equate to 50 new members per year (over 500 in 10 years). But we remained at 100.

It is not that we don’t breathe in spiritual air often enough. Perhaps, the Holy Spirit is not everywhere or hiding and we fear to ask why? We make the Holy Spirit so common like air so that God can be denied. I am guilty of this as well, as the Holy Spirit can be annoying as some of my friends are. The wind of the Holy Spirit can come and go, no one can control it. Are our hearts open?

Singapore was heading down a rather “Progressive” path in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Then in the late 60s and 70s, there begun a revival by Rev Dennis Bennet, an Episcopalian priest (God must have a humor). His Acts 2 like experience changed Him, and his testimony and experience fueled a charismatic evangelical revival in Malaysia and Singapore. We need a latter rain.

Good morning Holy Spirit was the cry of Kathryn Kuhiman, the Great Pentecostal evangelist. The Holy Spirit is not a “thing” or an object force, but a person, a helper.. He is so precious and so dear.

The baptism is not once only, but we need a refilling when our spirit becomes dull, when the world has taken us away. We are preoccupied with being anti-gay when we should be focused on Jesus, His works and ministry. It is His righteousness not ours. We have taken on the spirit of the pharisees instead of the Holy Spirit.

It is so easy to reject the Holy Spirit. The more religious we are, the more law based legalism, humanism, and intellectual pride we consumed. We need to touch heaven for the latter rain. A dry church of highly intellectual reflections is a good social club and NGO but not much more.

When the Holy Spirit first departed from Mankind before the flood, it was because He wouldn’t tarry with men. When we reject the move of the Holy Spirit in His emphasis of Jesus, His work, death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit backs off. And slowly, very slowly even lingering for a while He will leave because there is simply no role for Him in many churches.

To proclaim that the Holy Spirit is everywhere waiting to be used like air, is a rejection of His presence, power, and ministry. We didn’t give Him room because we do not want to abide by the Holy Spirit. No longer are we the first century church where Jesus saves, and Jesus heals.

Do we have room for the Holy Spirit in our lives? Love Singapore may think they are doing God’s will in their crusade against gays. But look closely, it is all about self, about wearing white to reflect their own self righteousness. The Holy Spirit is not in it for Jesus and the Gospel salvation message is not glorified. It is easy to ignore the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not intrude into our lives or the church unless given space. He will not talk further unless we start to listen and obey. He is not like a nagging mum. He speaks in the still voice and we need to learn to discern amongst all the other voices.

The Holy Spirit wants to be considered as a friend, a comforter, even though He is God. That is the amazing humility and gentleness of the Holy Spirit. We screamed when we are not heard, but the Holy Spirit stands back. When we worship our mind and intellect as truth and god within, the Holy Spirit stands back. When we are too loud as in many gay churches, we miss His small voice.

It is time for the churches in Singapore to give space for the Holy Spirit. We think that we are fighting for God and being moral defenders of Singapore, when we are asserting our own righteousness contrary to the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Singapore is not conservative with the thousands of divorces and tens of thousands of abortions, and the many different gods. But the Holy Spirit is so gracious and still tarry with us because we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. We are a holy vessel for the Holy Spirit to visit us. But when we step out into our own righteousness and declare our goodness to the world, our loud and angry voices against the gay community grieves the Holy Spirit. We risk the label of the hypocrite.

On a Saturday and Sunday, a few thousand Asian foreign workers in City Hall area some camping the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral. The time is ripe for a Pentecost that will impact the nations.

Jerusalem was like a gateway or portal to heaven opened by their fervent prayers. The wear white champaign shows that Singapore needs a revival, and a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. Our self righteousness makes us look black, not white. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and remind us of the fullness of Jesus Christ as God and Saviour.

Let us return to our first love, and be centred on God’s love, grace and mercy in Jesus Christ that will light up the fire for the lost and to help the poor and the sick. Let us be humble, discard our spiritual, religious and intellectual pride, for the latter rain is coming.

Many GLBT churches are in need of revival. Let us open our hearts to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, our Pentecost. Let us seek God, and find Him where He may be found, and stand out of our comfort zone for the rain is coming down and these are the days of the latter rain.

Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit thou art welcome in this place
Holy Spirit thou art welcome in this place
Omnipotent Father of mercy and Grace.
Thou art welcome in this place.

Lord in Thy presence there’s healing divine. No Other power can save Lord, but Thine
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Thou art welcome in this place.

Fill all the hungry and empty within.
Restore us, of Father revive us again
Holy Spirit thou art welcome in this place
Thou art welcome in this place