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    Wednesday, April 8, 2009

    Experiencing the Spirit

    This is a great, easy to read book with a very well articulated doctrine on the Holy Spirit.

    The authors (Mel and Henry Blackaby) are dedicated to calling the church back into a Holy Spirit filled life. This book is their third book in a three part series and in my opinion the most vital.

    Experiencing the Spirit takes the reader into a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit as a whole. Not just about gifts and Pentecost, but also about the deep rooted work of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament all the way to the end which Revelation talks about. It is a working doctrinal view of the Holy Spirit, his role in the Church and the meaning behind allowing Him to be in your life.

    The authors rightly say: "If you don't know the Spirit, you don't know God" because He is the essential piece to being connected to Heaven. Having the Holy Spirit is allowing God to take over your life. Giving Him control is saying: "I want you as my Lord".

    The Spirit is shown throughout this book as the piece of Heaven that the Father and Jesus sent of themselves to connect relationally to us, His creation! He (the Holy Spirit) is our Helper, Counselor and gift giver!

    If you desire a deeper view and understanding I recommend this book. It's been pretty intriguing to read alongside Millard Erickson's Christian Doctrine as well...for me, it gave a richly deeper understanding to read them alongside one another.

    Below is the books summary as well as a link to the page where you can purchase this book.

    Serve God as never before

    The first Christians “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) shaking the gates of hell even in the face of severe persecution. The result: People all around “were filled with wonder and amazement” (Acts 3:10).What can give Christians today the same impact?

    God’s Holy Spirit is ready to answer that for us in an awesome way, as Henry Blackaby and his son Mel Blackaby make clear in Experiencing the Spirit. You’ll see how the proof of the Spirit’s presence is our awareness of God’s personal assignments for us, plus our supernatural enablement to carry out those assignments. You’ll find essential clarification on the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts. You’ll explore the dynamics of being filled with the Spirit through intimate relationship with Him, committed obedience, and radical departure from sin.

    Instead of considering what you can do for God with your abilities and talents, you’ll be encouraged here to seek what God wants to do through you supernaturally by His Spirit, empowering you beyond your personal competence and capacities. Release the Holy Spirit’s work at the very core of your experience of the Christian life.