Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Dear Pastor John:
Thursday morning, I briefly read the tract Preacher Clark wrote, “Stir up the Gift of God”. Once again, I had the same feelings when I read the sentence “What would you give to feel now as you did when God filled you with the blessed holy Ghost and fire?” I remember I was HAPPY, and I have the picture to prove it! Before I went to bed that night, I remembered the tract. I again started thinking about how I felt the night I received the holy Ghost. I have always wanted to be happy. That’s what initially initiated my search for what was real in God and what was not. I was not happy (in a satisfied sense) in the world, at any point in my life that I can recall. I am happy (in a satisfied sense) now, but I asked God if I could “feel the happy” I felt the night I received the holy Ghost.
I thought about everything God has done for me to this point in my life, and I began to cry tears of joy and thankfulness. Before I knew what was happening, I started laughing uncontrollably. I thought I might wake the girls I was laughing so hard. Every time I stopped laughing, I would thank God for something else He has done, and more tears of joy would start flowing leading to an uncontrollable laugh (He let me feel the HAPPY)!! These words cannot begin to describe the feelings I was having or how much love and happiness I feel when I think about exactly what He has done for me.
Please pray for me, Pastor John. I want to be able to take in what He has given me and be the person I am supposed to be in the Lord.
Dear Sister Amy:
I have wanted so much for you to have that same joy that you had the night you received the baptism of the holy ghost. Now I have something else to thank God for!
Those feelings will save you, Amy. You need them. We are all blessed when you keep them alive in your heart and cherish them. I have never seen anyone wander away from Jesus who truly loved the feelings of the holy Ghost, no matter what that person understood about the doctrine and no matter what happened in that person’s life. Those who truly love the feelings of the holy Ghost will stay in that spiritual place where those feelings live – and that is in the bosom of the Lord.
Let’s do that together!
Thank you for your love in Christ,