5 parts of Celebration of Sunday – Part IV

 

Fourth hour

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

a) Reflection on God’s Word

Jesus said: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” (Acts 1:8) The condition for receiving the Holy Spirit is repentance: “Repent… and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you … and to all who are afar off…” (Acts 2:38-39)

It is necessary, through continual repentance, to receive the Holy Spirit again and again! It means to get out of the darkness of sin into God’s light, out of lie into the truth, out of death into life! Standing into light always involves self-denial. Every time we repent, i.e. enter God’s presence and here confess our sin and belief in the power of Jesus’ blood, the Holy Spirit comes and gives us the light and strength to know and do the will of God! “The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26) If we receive the Holy Spirit in fullness, the spirit of the world must retreat from our soul!

That we may be witnesses to Christ, we need to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Without this power we will be no witnesses but traitors. Why? Because in us is a poisoned root – nature corrupted by sin, which easily believes lies and, on the other hand, questions the truth. This pressure of darkness and sin is in us, and therefore we need God’s power in order not to deny Christ but, on the contrary, to witness to Him and to be ready even to sacrifice our lives for His sake. We need to receive the power of the Holy Spirit so as to be witnesses to Christ.

 

b) Recitation of God’s Word (5 min):

We all repeat: “You shall receive the power of the Holy Spirit and you shall be witnesses to Me.” (cf. Acts 1:8)

 

c) Prayer according to God’s Word (5 min):

We all say together: “Ye-ho-shu-aa-aa-aa [*], and one of us adds: “I receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be a witness to You.

 

d) Song (5 min):

I personally experience how the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, and in this moment I receive Him with faith and in fullness.

Hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” (one can continue with prayer with tongues; cf. Acts 2:4).

 

Baptism with fire

a) Reflection on God’s Word

Jesus said: “I came to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49-50) What fire is it? The fire of pure divine love – agape – which burns with a longing for God and for salvation of the immortal souls. The Scripture says about Jesus: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Mt 3:11) This purifying fire, which is also connected with the Holy Spirit, burns up already here on earth the slag of our egoism and sinful dependences. Let it also purify our mind, will, heart, emotions, memories, images and plans… Let it guide us into all the truth.

There appeared tongues as of fire over the apostles. Jesus Himself cast this fire on the earth, and He wants it to burn. Then He adds that He has not come to give false peace on earth, but rather division. This is because many will proudly refuse God’s kingdom and put up a stiff resistance even to members of their own families.

This fire causes spiritual pain but at the same time it purifies the soul!

It is the will of God that this fire be cast and kindled. The enemies of Christ try to quench it. But I want it to burn! Let it burn in me! It is burning!

 

b) Recitation of God’s Word (5 min):

We all repeat: “Jesus said: ‘I cast fire on the earth, and how I want it to burn!’” (cf. Lk 12:49-50)

 

c) Prayer according to God’s Word (5 min):

Invisible fire is now burning up in me the power of sin.

We all say together: “Ye-ho-shu-aa-aa-aa”, and one of us adds: “I also want it to burn in me now!

 

d) Song (5 min):

I personally experience this truth and through faith I perceive the reality: It is burning! Invisible fire is now burning up in me the power of sin. Singing “Love of Christ, come now” (see explanation text on the page below and on the page 18).

 

The gift of prophecy

a) Reflection on God’s Word

In the Epistle to the Corinthians we read: “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (1Cor 14:1-3) The Apostle Paul further explains: “He who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” So the point of prophecy is not some divination, but edification, exhortation and comfort.

Today every converted Christian has to desire most the gift of prophecy. Why? Because the common source as of the Scripture so of the gift of prophecy is the same Holy Spirit! The Spirit of truth!

However, nowadays the Holy Scripture is being interpreted by heretical theologians through the spectacles of the so-called historical-critical method (HCT). Behind this method is a “pseudogift” of antiprophecy and the spirit of lie.

The fruit of the Spirit of truth is eternal life. The fruit of the spirit of lie is eternal death.

The model for interpreting the Holy Scripture is given by the Apostle Peter in his sermon on the day of Pentecost. (First he reacts to what has happened: The apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit, which is outwardly made manifest in their speaking with new tongues and prophesying. Peter cites the prophet Joel 3:1-5: “And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:18) And immediately afterward he proceeds to the essence, and that is Jesus Christ and His redemptive death and resurrection. He shows that the truth of resurrection is encompassed in Psalm 16:8-11: “For You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (Acts 2:27) Peter says: “The prophet David does not speak here about himself; he speaks about the resurrection of the Christ.” Then he cites Psalm 110:1: “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand.’” And he adds: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)) What was the fruit of this prophetical sermon? “They were cut to the heart, and said: ‘What shall we do?’” Then Peter said to them: “Repent … and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus Himself explained the Scripture in like manner to the disciples at Emmaus. The fruit was that their eyes were opened and their hearts burnt (cf. Lk 24:31-32). The evangelists, the apostle Paul and the other apostles interpret the Scripture in the same way. We also are to interpret the Scripture in this way – that means, not in the spirit of atheistic HCT but in the Holy Spirit, in the spirit of prophecy!

To prophesy means to apply the letter of the Holy Scripture to a particular situation. A prime example of antiprophecy is the modern historic-critical theology. Every priest is obliged to renounce this spirit of HCT and to pray for the gift of prophecy. In fact even every genuine believer should pray for this gift of prophecy. The Scripture says: “Ask, and it will be given to you.” (Mt 7:7)

 

b) Recitation of God’s Word (5 min):

We all repeat: “Desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (1Cor 14:1)

 

c) Prayer according to God’s Word (5 min):

We all say together: “Ye-ho-shu-aa-aa-aa”, and one of us adds: “Now I receive the gift of prophecy!

 

d) Song (5 min):

I personally experience this truth; I remain in thankfulness to God: “Thank You for the gift of prophecy.” Song: “Glory, glory, hallelujah”

 

Explanation for singing in tongues (in “Baptism with fire”): One person sings the tune of the song “Love of Christ, come now”, all sing this song twice together slowly and the third time only one person sings the basic melody quietly and the others begin to improvise melodies but in spirit they realize that they are now before God, abiding in a personal relationship to Him and praising Him no longer by words but by singing. It is good to imagine, for instance, that I am standing before Christ – He removed all my sins with His blood and now I give Him thanks, or I can imagine the moment of my death when I enter into the light of Christ’s presence – He has forgiven me all my sins and saved me by His death. It is a prayer in the Spirit; at that moment “the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (see Rom 8:26). And if you feel like uttering some strange words, you can freely include them in the melody and be aware that God’s Spirit is really present and works.

In the third part of the prayer to the Holy Spirit, when you repeat the words: “Now I receive the gift of prophecy”, think of particular situations which you know you will face that day or the following week. You need the Holy Spirit to give you the light and wisdom, and now in these 5 minutes ask Him and in the next 5 minutes give thanks to Him in a song. So you actually pray for concrete situations.

 

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[*] How to call on the name of God with a living faith? When breathing out, pronounce the syllable “Ye” and realize the presence of God the Father; when breathing out the second time, pronounce the syllable “ho” and realize the presence of God the Son; third time “shu” – realize the presence of God the Holy Spirit. Finally breathe out “aa” without producing a sound. Then after taking a breath, breathe out “aa” again. And then try to personally experience the given truth the third time again.

 
 

Download: New edition of the prayer booklet for the celebration of Sunday – format doc ,        format pdf

Download: Death and Resurrection of Christ /a contemplative prayer/

 

 

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Word of Life

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God (for doing so) through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

Rom 7:24-25 (8/9/2019 – 22/9/2019)