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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 5, Chapter 3

How the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Makes Us Jesus-Dependent
In Ministry Outreach and Release

Chapter Illustration 1
Chapter Illustration 2

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Study Questions

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

Walking in the Spirit is allowing Jesus to be the source of our lives in every detail and in every respect.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be Salvation, Lord, and Source of life to others through our lives.

Jesus said, ". . . I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6). What we want to talk about in this section is how the Baptism of the Holy Spirit allows Jesus to be Salvation, Lord, and Source of life to others through our lives. In Section 6 titled, "Receiving the Ministry Work of Jesus," we will talk about how to go to Jesus to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit yet, Jesus does not want you to be concerned with that at this point. Right now He just wants you to learn through this Section how and why it is valuable to you in ministry outreach and release. If you are already Baptized in the Holy Spirit, Jesus is wanting you to learn through this Section its purpose in your walk with Him and how it is valuable to you in being most effective in ministry outreach and release.

FIRST, IT MAKES US DEPENDENT
ON JESUS IN MINISTRY BY
GETTING SELF OUT OF THE WAY

*My First Year after Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit

Two days after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I left with a singing group called "Light Stream" from Peoples Church of Fresno, California to go on a month missionary tour in Hawaii and suffer for Jesus. After we got there I saw an immediate difference in my ability to minister the Gospel and a release of faith for healing I never had before. One of the main vocalists on the tour, Shirly Ron, had gotten some second degree burns on her back one day after bathing in the Hawaii sun on the beach. There was a lot of physical action and movement in the singers performance and with her back in the condition it was in, she was in no condition to be moving around very much.

My friend Gene Wilson and I over heard Shirly and her friends talking about her condition and so I suggested we all pray for her. As we began to pray for her, faith seemed to well up inside me and suddenly, in a way I cannot explain, I knew that if I would ask God to heal her in the name of Jesus it would be done. I had never experienced this kind of faith before, but when I prayed for her in the name of Jesus, sure enough, Jesus healed her and the pain was gone. I realize now that the holy Spirit was manifesting the gifts of faith and healing in me to meet the immediate need. Never before in my walk with Jesus had I experienced this kind of faith and release of Jesus’ power through prayer.

The next significant thing that happened to me while on this tour was meeting a man by the name of Don Leclair. The last time I talked to Don he was on full time staff with Campus Life in Hawaii. Back in August 1972 when I met him he was in the military and had just received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord about a week earlier. Someone introduced me to him because we both came from a Catholic background.

I probably spent a total of four hours time with him while in Hawaii and because of Don’s gift of gab about three and a half of those hours was spent in his doing the talking. The end result was, from a verbal standpoint, I was not much of an influence to him spiritually. In the mean time, we came back to the states and life went on.

A year later, Don Leclair came to our Church in Fresno, California, while on tour musically with a sister he had met in Hawaii. After Don and his sister companion finished performing in our college-career Sunday school class, we all went out to lunch to have some fellowship. As we were sitting there eating our lunch, Don turned to me and said, "You know why I am in full time ministry work now?" I replied, "No. Why?" He answered, "While I was talking with you in Hawaii last August, I sensed such a deep commitment to Christ and was so aware of the presence of Jesus in your life that I said to Jesus, ‘Jesus, I want to live for You and have this kind of commitment to You and Your presence in my life that I see in Dale’s walk with You.’"

His statement really blew me away because while I was talking with Him in Hawaii what I remembered was that he did most the talking and that I was exhausted after six performances of Light Stream in one day. I did not even remember challenging him in any unusual way except maybe to encourage him to get into the Word and fellowship so he could grow as a new believer. Yet, without me saying anything, he was so aware of the presence of Jesus in my life that he cried out to Jesus to use his life in full time ministry as a result of my life. I was reading Charles G. Finney’s book all over again, only now it was my book.

Don then went on to tell me how much of an influence my life had been to the singers at Church since I got back from Hawaii. I told him, "I do not understand what you mean. I have hardly even talked to them since we got back except to say hello in passing since they are involved in a different part of the Church’s ministry than me." He then replied he only knew what they had been saying to him about me. Even though I had not been conversing with them since we got back from Hawaii, yet Jesus’ presence in my life was radiating out in such a way that not only were they aware of it, but somehow it challenged them to want a deeper walk with Jesus whether I said anything or not.

It took me eight months to began to fully understand the value of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in my life, because from a feeling standpoint I did not feel any different, and as far as my way of preaching the Gospel, I was still using an Evangelism Tract as my main tool and still do; yet, there was a difference. Now, because of the anointing of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in my life, the Gospel was being preached without me saying a word. What I shared in word, only confirmed what they were already receiving from my person through the power of the Holy Spirit. Needless to say, I got excited about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as I began to see its value in reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote,

"And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." (1 Cor 2:3-5).

Initially this was my experience with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. There was a new dimension of power which radiated Jesus out from my being in a way that brought people to Jesus without saying a word and Christians into a deeper walk with Jesus as a result of my life without saying a word. I read something later in the first Epistle of John which put the initial purpose and value of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit together for me, ". . . as He is, so also are we in this world." (1 John 4:17). Initially the Baptism of the Holy Spirit makes us Jesus to the world; that is, causes the world to see Jesus in our lives without us saying a word. Oral Roberts wrote about the Holy Spirit,

". . . the Holy Spirit is Christ’s other self. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s personal representative on this earth. When Jesus was ready to ascend to go back to God and sit on the right hand of the Father, He turned His disciples over to His personal representative, over to His other self. At that time it was the purpose of the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, to bring back the unlimited greater Christ. One who is free from His physical limitations. Jesus said, ‘If I depart I will send Him unto you.’ So Jesus comes back to us in the power of the Holy Spirit."11/18

HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU
WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH

That first month in Hawaii was a great initial experience of the benefit of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in my life. After we got back from Hawaii, though, the honeymoon was over and the work of fire began. John the Baptist said about Jesus in Matthew,

"As for me, I baptize you in water for repentance; but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not even fit to remove His sandals; He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matt 3:11).

Up until the end of August 1972, what I had seen of the benefit of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was great, but what is this fire that John was talking about? I was soon to find out in the next year that followed.

It is funny how a lot of people’s conception of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is people getting caught up in all kinds of emotional experiences and putting more stock in experience and less on faith and the Word of God; yet, this was not my first year’s experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Yes, I spoke in tongues. Yes, I saw healings and extra ordinary results of people getting saved and coming into a deeper walk with the Lord; but after that month in Hawaii, what I experienced was anything but emotional. For the next year and a half to two years I was to go through one of the deepest valleys I would ever experience up to my present walk with the Lord.

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