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  • Writer's pictureJamie Holden

September 23

September 23

It Was Meant to Be Used

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine about how what we wear to church has changed in the past twenty years. Trust me; I’m not complaining! I’d much rather wear a pair of jeans and a polo shirt to preach than a suit and tie.

The truth is that while I own a suit, I haven’t worn it in years. I bought it almost a decade ago for my ordination ceremony, wore it once, and it’s been hanging in the back of my closet ever since. I’m not even sure if it fits anymore.

What a waste!

Do you know what else is a waste?

When believers see the baptism in the Holy Spirit as a once and done experience. Like something to check off their spiritual checklist, they receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and then never use the gift God has given them.

This isn’t how it is meant to be! The baptism in the Holy Spirit isn’t a one-time experience. Instead, it is a gift that is supposed to be active in our lives every single day, empowering us to do what God has called us to do.

The question each of us has to answer is: “Are we regularly stirring up the gift God has given?”

Recently, I heard Pastor Don Immel, the Penndel District Superintendent, say at the Penndel Ministry Summit:

“If we are going to be spiritually healthy, we must be in the Word and prayer. If we are going to be healthy Pentecostals…then we should also be active in our prayer language on a consistent basis…are we full of the Spirit or not?”

I must admit that when I heard this, it convicted me. Because even though I was baptized in the Holy Spirit twenty-five years ago and I’ve used my prayer language throughout my life, I realized that I hadn’t been making it a daily discipline in my life. This statement made me rethink my application of this gift. Since then, I have made it a priority that I spend at least five minutes using my prayer language every day.


Because I realize that, just like the twelve disciples, without the empowerment and anointing of the Holy Spirit, I am nothing. Without Him, I cannot fulfill God’s calling in my life.

So I’ve become proactive about stirring up the gift and daily praying in tongues. Again, this principle doesn’t just apply to pastors—-it is for everyone who wants to walk in their God-given calling.

It starts by seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Once we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we need to actively use our prayer language and stir up the gift that God has given us.

Rather than taking this amazing gift that God has offered us for granted, we need to embrace it and take advantage of all that it has to offer us.

This is how we….just ordinary people…can become legends who change our world for God: through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Memory Verse: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26, ESV)

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