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Please Don’t Resist the Holy Spirit (2 of 4)
Series: Under the Influence
How would you define a "normal" Christian? Or maybe I should ask it this way: What do you believe the "normal" Christian life looks like?
Now I need to tell you that my perspective on what a normal Christian is has radically changed over the years. I grew up in the church, my dad was a pastor and our home was one in which prayer and conversation about God and the things of God were normal and natural. The denomination and church that I grew up in provided me such an invaluable foundation of teaching and understanding as well as experience that continue to affect my life even now. I am so grateful for my heritage and background!
I was learned from an early age that God had an incredible, unconditional love for me; that he was always there for me to talk to, and I learned that he never changes and is always consistent in his actions toward me. I also learned about Jesus and the fact that he was the Son of God, sent from God to be the Savior of the world. And at a fairly early age, I prayed an invited Christ to come into my heart and then I was baptized. I can’t tell you that I a dramatic kind of salvation experience, I guess it was just about as non-descript as it could be for a six year old boy. Somewhere along the way, I sort-of began to understand that God was God, Jesus was also God, and then there was this character called the "Holy Ghost" (I was raised on the King James Version!).
I was pretty suspicious of anyone and anything that called a ghost, holy or not. And besides that, I had also been taught that there was no such thing as ghosts. Besides that, in the denomination that I was raised in, no one ever talked about the Holy Ghost much less taught about him thus, without even knowing it; I had some prejudice against the Holy Spirit. So I knew that God was in heaven and Jesus was in heaven, that they loved me and cared about what happened to me and ...
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