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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Aug. 26, 2010 - Filled With the Spirit

By Greg Ebie

The gospel message was spreading, and more and more people were finding life, real eternal life through Jesus. Philip even took the message to Samaria, and many there believed. When the disciples in Jerusalem heard this good report, they sent Peter and John there also.

“Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17, The Message).

Something dramatic happened when Peter and John laid their hands upon the Samaritans. The evidence of this event convinced them that the Holy Spirit had even been given to the Samaritans. God’s gift was not just for the Jews who believed; it was for everyone, even those the Jews despised.

We are not told specifically what happened in Samaria, yet it was so significant that Simon the sorcerer offered money to the apostles that he too might lay his hands upon people to receive the Holy Spirit. What happened that confirmed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who had received?

The common evidence on the Day of Pentecost, at the home of Cornelius, and in Ephesus was speaking in other tongues. The Holy Spirit enabled these believers to speak in a language they did not know. I don’t know about you, but I would call that a dramatic and sure sign that God was in fact filling a believer to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. It seems only logical to conclude that the same proof of Spirit-enabled speech occurred in Samaria as well.

Regardless of individual interpretation of this verse, one thing is abundantly clear — both the disciples and the believers in Samaria acted in faith, faith that pleased God to pour out His Spirit. The disciples in faith laid their hands upon the Samarians who in turn likewise received the Spirit by faith.

God has not changed. Are you hungry for the reality of His presence and power in your life? Are you thirsty for His Spirit to satisfy you with streams of living water? Step out in faith, and God will respond in the same way in your life. The proof in your life will be found when you are willing to step out in faith and say, “Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit.”

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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