Jamie recounts how God told him that if he would just get out of the way, He would work. Preaching doesn’t change lives, nor does worship. What changes lives is acknowledging that Jesus is Lord and allowing His Holy Spirit to move.
Jesus left us with two things: the pure Word of God and the gift of His Holy Spirit. God can be trusted — He gave us the best gift possible.
When the peace of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you can expect five changes in your life, Jamie explains. These changes bring with them the desire for excellence, unity, grace, discipline, and contentment.
God wants to manifest Himself to us. He wants to show is His presence and power in ways that defy logical explanation.
When you encounter the Holy Spirit, expect things to change, to flow, to move. The Holy Spirit is not placid. New wine, as it grows and ferments, is a violent experience. Place new wine in old wine skins, the Bible says, and you will have a disaster on your hands. The Holy Spirit cannot be placed into an old wine flask that can’t expand. It needs to be flexible and able to expand.
As Christians we are to be separate from the world. God has given us the Holy Spirit, yet we must, as Paul says in 2 Timothy, “stir up the gift” or “fan into flame” the gift of God, so we may be fulfilled and victorious in our daily walk with Him.
Jamie shares his testimony and how he first came to be filled with the Holy Spirit
Jamie teaches that God is stretching His kingdom and He wants us, requires us, to be flexible enough to move with Him. He will not pour new wine into old wineskins. We must change and be filled with His Holy Spirit in order to move with God.
Jamie teaches on how we can receive the Holy Spirit. He tells the story of God’s plan, from the very beginning, that the Holy Spirit should come to earth, after the ascension of Jesus, and be available to all who believe.
Jamie shares his own personal experiences when he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the first time while researching his first book, Run Baby Run, with Nicky Cruz, in New York and then later in Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s.
God wants each of us to be empowered by the filling of his Holy Spirit, just as Jesus was. Jamie shares his testimony of his first experience with the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.
God wants to bring us to the place where we no longer need to be dealt with roughly, but where he can deal with us through a gentle, inner spirit. Instead of moving us externally, he desires to move us from the inside.
Jamie discusses the need for ministers of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit at a Methodist minister’s conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C. He shares about his own difficulties attempting to serve God in his own strength, then how his life, and ministry, was radically changed once he came into the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Jamie teaches on the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today and how we will receive His power in times of trouble.
How easy it would be for a church to become a trapping, to go off and do all the churchy things but not be filled with the Holy Spirit. God forbid we become like the Pharisees who did all the legal and lawful things but still failed to be true followers of the Lord because they refused to allow the Spirit of Jesus to lead them.
For every person on earth God has a purpose. To each He has given specific gifts, and He wants to fulfill all those thing with His Holy Spirit. He wants that purpose fulfilled in each of us and for that to happen we need the presence of God working within us.