God not only wants you to know and to do, but also to have. Christianity is being and doing, but it is also having. There are many things we can have in Christ, but basically there are four precious things God wants to give us.
The only way a person c n ever have peace in his soul is through Christ. In scripture God is often referred to as the “God of peace,” and the very reason Jesus came was to bring peace to mankind (Acts 10:36).
The kind of peace God wants you to have most of all is a spiritual peace, peace of the soul. Paul says, “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Paul is talking about the peace one has from knowing that his sins are forgiven. You see, you no longer stand in the judgment of God, for Christ has already made atonement for your sins.
So rest In God’s peace. It is yours today by your faith In Christ. Not only does Jesus give us peace about the destiny of your souls, but He also gives us peace in temporal situations. In John 14:27 He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” And in John 16:33 He adds, “in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Though the storms of life may be nagging about you, you can have peace knowing that God is with you and that He will help you. It is a peace that comes through prayer by the grace of God, and it is a peace you can find only in Christ. Paul’s payer for the Thessalonians are words to remember: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways” (2 Thessalonians 3:16). When you are perplexed over life’s trying circumstances, stop and study Philippians 4:4-7. Then pray and God will give you a peace in your heart and mind that will strengthen you and see you through.
You first received the Holy Spirit in your life the moment you accepted Christ as your Saviour. But there is yet another experience of the Holy Spirit which is distinct from salvation, and it is referred to in scripture as the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (see Mark 1:8, Acts 1:45, and Acts 11:16).
Baptism literally means “immersion,” and so when one is baptized in the Holy Spirit he is literally immersed in the power and presence of the Spirit. In this experience the Holy Spirit actually indwells a person. Many times it is said of people in the scriptures that they are “filled” with the Spirit.
Basically, this experience is for power that we might be witnesses of Christ both in word and in deed. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told His Apostles they would receive power to be His witnesses when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit (study verses 1 to 8). In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul gives us a list of spiritual gifts which are given by the Holy Spirit to Christians who have received this infilling. These gifts are given to help us witness to non-Christians, and to minister to our fellow Christians.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is given not only so that we might minister to others, but that God might minister to us as well. When one is filled with the Spirit he has more power to serve God, a greater joy and love for Christ, and a deeper prayer life. Every Christian needs to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. How can you receive this blessed experience? It can be received simply by praying and asking God for it (study Luke 11:9-13). However, in the days of the early church it was generally recieved through the prayers of others who had already received the experience. Talk to someone in your local chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men. Ask him to explain more fully the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and also to pray for you that you might receive it. Don’t delay. This experience is for you. It will help you be a stronger christian and make you a powerful witness for Christ.
Some people believe that Christianity is a drab, depressing life of hardship and deprivation. Actually, Christianity is just the opposite-it is an exciting life, a better life than any non-Christian can have. That is not to say that God will make you a millionaire (although He has done just that for some Christians). But God has promised you a life of blessing.
First of all, there are spiritual blessings. Your life is now one of peace and one that is free from the enslaving power of sin. You will receive great satisfaction not only in your mind but also in your spirit by serving Christ.
Secondly, Christianity Is a life of physical blessings. Sin often shows its ravaging effects in our bodies, but one who is free from sin is a healthier person. But over and above that, we have a God who delights in healing our sick bodies. Untold thousands have been healed through prayer – not by man’s doing, but by the mercy and power of God.
Third, God does want to bless us materially. One who desires to serve Christ will find that material “things” are not that important any more, but God has promised to supply all our needs when we seek His kingdom and give ourselves to Him (see Matthew 6:31-33 and Philippians 4:19).
The grand. climax of the Christian experience is spending eternity in the presence of God and in the riches and treasures of His kingdom.. Paul says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9), What exactly is Heaven like? God gives us only a glimpse into Heaven. In Revelation the Apostle John was given a vision of Heaven. And he says that he heard a voice, which said of Heaven, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:1-4). How different than life on this earth!
Furthermore, Heaven is described as a paradise with streets of gold. Whether that is literal or not we cannot be sure, but Heaven is unlike anything man now knows. Heaven is with God. Heaven is the end of sorrow and suffering. Heaven is experiencing the joys and riches of God forever.
And God wants you to be there!