In both the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit fell upon people in the most unusual ways. People began to praise Him—in new tongues as the Holy Spirit took full control!
At Pentecost He came with a mighty, rushing wind. Fire fell! When the Holy Spirit comes down, things get shaken up. “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
John the Baptist preached, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16).
Beloved, the Bible makes it very clear: When Jesus comes to you, He desires to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire! The Holy Ghost brings fire—a red hot, consuming love for Jesus. Why are so many believers hot one minute and then cold the next, never totally yielded, never sold out? Is it because they refuse to let Jesus baptize them with the Holy Ghost?
“When [the Holy Ghost] is come, he will reprove the world of sin” (John 16:8). Could it be that these believers are not convicted because the Holy Ghost has not yet been invited to take His rightful place in them? He is God’s plumb line. Anything that does not measure up to Christ, He reveals—and He convicts us and empowers us to conform to His Word! Truly He becomes our Comforter in this, because as He convicts us of sin, He empowers us to forsake it. This is true comfort!
The Holy Ghost will never make you do anything stupid, but He may come upon you in such a way that sinners may think you are drunk. He is not welcome in many churches because He is thought to be too noisy, too upsetting, too unpredictable!