From Wal-Mart, take US Hwy 80 to Stilson.

In Stilson, take a left onto the GA Hwy 119 North Connector

Follow GA Hwy 119 N through Guyton until you reach Springfield.

In Springfield, take a right onto GA Hwy 21 East to Ebenezer Road/ GA HWY 275

Turn LEFT ONTO Ebenezer Road/GA Hwy 275 and travel 5.1 miles

To the Retreat Center in Ebenezer.

SIGN IN FRIDAY FROM 5-6

Bring warm clothes, a Bible, bedding,

SEE YOU FRIDAY!

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Join us this weekend for our Super Sunday celebration @ Believers Church! We will have a Pre-Service Tailgate Party from 8:00-8:45 AM with sausage and cheese toast, along with plenty of coffee and hot chocolate! Come dressed in your favorite team jersey or t-shirt and be prepared for a lot of fun as we “kick-off” our new sermon series,The Circle Maker, with “The Legend of the Circle Maker”.

The prayer that saved a generation was deemed one of the most significant prayers in the history of Israel.  The prophet Honi drew a circle in the sand which became a sacred symbol.  During a severe drought, Honi stood in the circle and boldly prayed for rain, vowing to not leave the circle until God sent rain.

The legend of Honi, the Circle Maker, stands forever as a testament to the power of a single prayer to change the course of history.

Join us this Sunday at Believers, 9 or 11, and let’s learn to pray bold prayers!

Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers.  God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers.  He is offended by anything less.

If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.  Why?  Because they don’t require divine intervention.  But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron ax-head, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

 

One Hour on Wednesday @ 7 PM

January 30th, 2013

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Join us this Wednesday night for “One Hour on Wednesday” as Pastor Dan concludes or study on the book of Jonah!

 

WAS WOW

W.O.W. (Wednesdays Of Winter)

Tonight’s theme is Soup-er Bowl Night

Kids wear your favorite team shirt or colors AND bring a can of soup for the local food bank.

PLUS… YOUTH meet at 7 PM in the GARAGE!!

See you tonight @ Believers!

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WALK THIS WAY “Walk Fit” Believers Statesboro 01-27-13 Listen or watch online @ http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

“Spiritual health is all about diet and exercise”.

-Pastor Scott Moore

1 Timothy 4:8

Depending on whom you are and the degree at which you will walk fit, your diet and exercise is going to look very different from one person to the next. The big question is “Who am I?” This is the most important question you could possibly ask yourself, and it greatly affects your diet and exercise.

You aren’t what’s been done to you. Some of you feel damaged or of lesser value because of something that has happened in life and if that’s you, you need to understand that you are not what’s been done to you. You aren’t what you do.

NEXT STEP:

Ask yourself this question: What do I tend to identify myself by most often? (My job, finances, the family I come from, the friends I hang around.) How do I

identify myself?

YOU ARE CREATED.. The bible tells us of our first father in Genesis.

Genesis 1:26

YOU ARE IN CHRIST.

John 15:5-7

NEXT STEP:

Determine which part of my diet I have been neglecting (daily Bible reading, church membership & attendance, Life Group involvement.) and commit to a steady diet of each of these.

YOU ARE GIFTED.

1 Corinthians 12:1-6

FIRST SERVE.

First serve is the program that we offer for people who are looking to get involved. Here is how it works:

• Choose a ministry that you think you would really enjoy serving in and then commit to it for 30 days.

• The idea here is that you do not get stuck doing something that is not a good match for you, and your gifting.

• This allows you to serve in a couple areas and find the proper fit.

To help you better determine where you would like to serve we have found that there are four questions that are really good to ask yourself.

1. Did the work feel meaningful?

2. Was your emotional energy higher or lower after you served?

3. Did you really enjoy serving with the other people on the team?

4. Looking honestly at your schedule, does this serving opportunity fit your time frame for ministry opportunities?

ATTEND ONE SERVE ONE.

Remember, if you want to walk fit, the key is to take in the right diet and properly exercise. Attending one service and serving in the other lets you do both.

NEXT STEP:

Commit to First Serve in an area of ministry today by completing the First Serve card and turning it in before I leave..

YOU ARE REWARDED AND VICTORIOUS.

Colossians 3:23-24, Matthew 25:23, 2 John 1:8, Revelation 22:12

You are in Christ! This is who you are. As a result you are supernaturally gifted with a purpose to be fruitful and grow to expand the Kingdom of God here on earth through the local church. For that reason, serve. Serve as you are serving the Lord Jesus himself, because you are! And one day you will stand before God in the not too distant future and you will be rewarded for your service and works. Remember, it was Jesus who said that a father does not give bad gifts to his children. You have been gifted and you will be rewarded. Hold your head high until the day because you are in Christ and you

are victorious!

COMMUNITY GROUP QUESTIONS

1. Why do you think knowing who you are is so important as it relates to your

“diet and exercise”?

2. Answer “NEXT STEP QUESTION #1” and share your answers with the group.

3. Do you believe the statement Pastor Dan made, “If you want to better understand

who you are, you need to better understand who Jesus is.” Yes or no? Why?

4. Part of walking fit includes having a healthy diet. What does your daily diet look like

in light of being in Christ? Are there any areas that you are malnourished in?

5. In addition to having the proper diet, consistent exercise is also important to walking

fit. How convicted are you that active service in Jesus’ church is of vital importance

in the life of the believer? Why or not?

6. Are you aware of your spiritual gifts? Are you using this in some way consistently at

Believers Church?

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A retired NFL offensive lineman says the toughest thing about staying in shape for a professional athlete is walking through the front doors of the gym. So that is what he focuses on, getting into the gym. Once he is there, good conditioning follows. (From “Chazown” by Craig Groeschel).

If you have been to the doctor lately, you have heard the same thing the rest of us hear every time we go too. He will tell you, “If you want to be healthy, you need to change your diet, and you need to exercise.” It’s all about diet and exercise!

I agree with the doctors, diet and exercise is essential to our physical health, but the same thing is true for our spiritual health as well. If we want to be spiritually healthy, we need to eat a proper diet of God’s Word, and then we need to push back from the table and stretch our spiritual muscles and begin to exercise by volunteering and serving others.

Join us this Sunday, 01-27-13, at 9 or 11, as we finish our series Walk This Way. This Sunday we will talk about how to “Walk Fit”. We will also have a Ministry Fair, where you can volunteer to work in one of the Ministries of Believers Church on a “First Serve Basis”!

Jesus teaches us to Walk This Way, as a servant of all. That is God’s success path for you.

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others." ~ Danny Thomas

In serving others you will discover true joy and satisfaction in your life. "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Watch or Listen online @ http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Sermon notes are below.

WALK THIS WAY “Walk Directed” Believers Statesboro 01-20-13

Running a marathon is simple. Now I didn’t say, running a marathon is easy. I said it is simple. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other until you reach the finish line or roughly take 55,334 steps.

The 26.2 mile distance is 1,660,032 inches. With each stride I move 30 inches, so it will take me 55,334 steps to go the distance. Frank Shorter

Walking God’s way is simple, too. Again, I didn’t say easy, I said simple. We not only have the leading of the Holy Spirit to help us walk in the Spirit, but we also have the Word of God directing our steps. All we have to do is simply obey God’s Word and walk His way!

Prov 20:24 A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? (NIV)

Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.(NKJ)

Our road map, our instruction guide, the book that will guide and direct our steps is the Bible, the Word of God! To the believer the importance of consistently reading and studying the Bible cannot be overstated. The Word of God will bring revelation, strength, and maturity to a Christian.

It is a source of life to our soul, (1 Peter 2:2; Matt. 3:4) and without a steady diet of the Word of God we will find ourselves spiritually malnourished, weak, and dying.

Why Did God Give Us the Bible?

2 Tim 3:16-17 (NKJ) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Next Step: Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Source

All scripture is given by the inspiration of God. The expression ‘given by inspiration of God’ is translated from the Greek word theopneustos, which means ‘God Breathed,’

Saying the Word of God is just our instruction manual or divine live map, even though it does serve that purpose, is really selling it short. It is the Living Word that will give life to all who hear and receive it, it is proper to refer to the scriptures as “the Word of God,” because it is not just a book containing God’s Words, but rather it is literally God’s breath, His own utterance. This God breathed scripture is profitable for several things:

a. Doctrine Simply defined doctrine is the principals of our religious beliefs that we will embrace

and teach to others. Paul was saying that the Word of God is to be the standard for all of our beliefs and teachings. No matter how good a concept or idea may sound, if it’s not a biblical concept, it should be rejected.

Believers Mission Statement: To teach, encourage, and inspire authentic Christianity to the people of Statesboro. How do you teach authenticity? Teach the Word of God!

The Lord has provided us with a wonderful plumb line and as long as we apply His Word we will always maintain a straight line of truth.

b. Reproof Basically, reproof is being told that you are doing something wrong. A lot of people would rather not be told that they are wrong, but for the believer who desires to please his Father and walk in righteousness, it is a very comforting thought. There is a sense of security to know that God, through His Word, will tell you when you are doing something wrong. One of the worst things that a parent can do to their children is to not set any boundaries or limitations. On the other hand, children that know what is expected out of them have the freedom to explore and grow without the fear of stepping out of line or going too far. God’s Word sets the boundaries for His children and allows them the freedom to grow.

c. Correction The reproof is good, but God’s Word goes further. It just doesn’t tell us that we are doing something wrong and then leave us wondering what we should be doing. The Word also provides us with correction. Correction not only points out a wrong but corrects the wrong and points us in the right direction. Life would be hard, if not unbearable, if we were always told that our actions were wrong, but we were never told how to correct our actions. God’s Word applied will bring correction and positive change in our lives.

d. Instructions in Righteousness The essence of righteousness is, the being and doing right in the sight of God. I like to think of righteousness as being in a right standing with a Holy God.

The Word will teach us how to have a pure heart, how to walk in obedience to God, and how to receive the righteousness that is beyond our own capability; that is the righteousness of

Christ Jesus.

Complete and Equipped

Why did God give us His Word that can teach us, reproof us, correct us and instruct us in righteousness? Paul explains that God desires that we be complete. 2 Tim 3:16-17 (NKJ) People who are whole, people who are prepared, and people who are thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This is exciting news, since we all are His workmanship, knowing that He has created us for good works, and wants us to walk in them. God not only breathed His Word, but He has preserved it for almost 2000 years so that we can be fully furnished.

The Holy Spirit Will Guide Us Into Truth

Not only do we have the Word of truth but, God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us and bring the scripture to life. John 16:12-14 (NIV)

Study

The Holy Spirit is ready to illuminate the Word of God to us, teach us, and bring all things to our remembrance, but we have a responsibility to read and study His Word. 2 Tim 2:15-16 (NIV)

The New King James Version says to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God.” In other words, it may take some effort on your part. You must apply yourself so that the Holy Spirit can teach you. Study the Word of God so that you can be the very best for the Lord that you can possibly be. Remember that champions major on the basics!

Divine Guidance

Ps 119:102-105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Proverbs 6:23 also refers to the Word as a lamp and a light.

Proverbs 3:5-6 He will make your path straight. He will direct your paths!

Ps.119:165 The Word gives us great peace, no need to worry, you won’t stumble.

Let the Word Dwell In You Richly

(Col 3:16-17) In light of what the Word of God can do in our lives, we would be foolish to neglect it.

How can you take your Next Step without it? We should be reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, meditating on the Word, hearing and obeying the Word, and, like Paul says, letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly.

Your Next Step, water baptism As Jesus commissioned His followers, He established baptism as an eternal ordinance of His church. (Matt. 28:19)

Jesus Commands Us to Be Baptized (Mark 16:16) Jesus’ call for us to believe in Him also included a call to be baptized, showing us the importance and high value that the Lord places on baptism. Notice that even though we are expected to be baptized, baptism is not what saves us, the believing does. “He who does not believe will be condemned.” Baptism is an outward display of an inward change.

Repent and Be Baptized

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38 (NKJ)

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:41 (NKJ)

1. Water baptism is a public identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ Jesus.
2. Water baptism declares that you are forgiven of all your sins.
3. Water baptism is a public declaration of your belonging.
4. Believers in the Bible were baptized.
5. Jesus commands us to be baptized

Next Step: I will be baptized in water in obedience to Jesus and His word.

Community Group or Family Devotional Questions

  1. How much of the Word of God is profitable for us?
  1. Share a doctrine that you believe and teach. On what scripture is it based?
  1. Share an example of when the Word of God has reproofed you and corrected you. Did you appreciate the correction?
  1. Give an example of an “instruction in righteousness” found in the Word of God.
  1. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, why did God go to such trouble to preserve His infallible Word for us for thousands of years?
  1. Not only did God give us His Word, but the Holy Spirit is here to lead us in all truth. What is our part in this process? (2 Tim 2:15-16)

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A free bible reading plan can be downloaded to your Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Palm webOS, or computer at Youversion.com

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Jesus loves cities. The Bible is a story that begins in a garden and ends in the most beautiful city that the world will have ever seen. When the Lord wishes to deliver a word to a city he sends a messenger to speak on his behalf. This week we will be looking at how God spoke a word through the prophet Jonah to the great city of Nineveh. This is without a doubt one of the great conversion stories in the entire bible. A man preaches an eight word sermon and over a hundred thousand people become believers. How does this relate to you and I who live in the 21st Century? Come Wednesday night and find out. Jonah "The Prodigal Prophet" Week #3.

We have something for the whole family! Believing Kids will meet for more WOW (Wednesdays of Winter) FUN –tonight is M&M Night!

Our YOUTH (Middle & High) will meet in the GARAGE as they continue their 2013 focus on being RELENTLESS for Christ!

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Running a marathon is simple. Now I didn’t say, running a marathon is easy. I said it is simple. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other until you reach the finish line or roughly take 55,334 steps.

The 26.2 mile distance is 1,660,032 inches. With each stride I move 30 inches, so it will take me 55,334 steps to go the distance. Frank Shorter

Walking God’s way is simple too. Again, I didn’t say easy, I said simple. We not only have the leading of the Holy Spirit to help us walk in the Spirit, but we also have the Word of God directing our steps. All we have to do is simply obey God’s Word and walk His way!

Join us this Sunday, 01-20-13, at 9 or 11, as we continue our series Walk This Way. This Sunday we learn how to “Walk Directed”. Directed by God’s infallible Word!

Speaking of simply obeying God’s word, you will have an opportunity to be obedient to Jesus’ commandment to us to be water baptized after our salvation experience. If you have surrendered your life to Christ Jesus, and have never been baptized. Call the church office at 912-681-1440, or email us at welcome@believersmail.com, and let us know that you want to be baptized. Or just show up Sunday ready to be baptized!

One Hour on Wednesday @ 7 PM

January 15th, 2013

Jonah Sermon Series Promo

Join us this week for One Hour on Wednesday. We will meet and continue our study on the Book of Jonah. YOUTH will meet in the garage for worship, study and a great time!

Also, there is SNOW in the forecast for BELIEVING KIDS so bring your children dressed for a BLIZZARD!Can’t wait to see you all here this Wednesday evening for a great night of worship for the whole family.

 

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Galatians 5:25 tells us, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (NIV)

“…It is quite possible to have something, yes much, of the Spirit’s presence and work in the heart and yet come short of that special fullness and work known in the Bible as the baptism or filling with the Holy Spirit.” R.A. Torrey

Jesus Will Baptize With the Holy Spirit

John 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (NIV)

The word baptize is taken from the Greek word baptizo that means to immerse, submerge, to make overwhelmed or completely wet. The Holy Spirit will fill us and overflow like rivers of living water John 7:37-39

Why Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit?

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (NIV)

Jesus knew that, in their flesh, the disciples were inadequate, but He had a solution. Christ promised that a Comforter, Counselor and Helper would come. (John 14:16-17) This Counselor, often called the Comforter or Helper, is the Holy Spirit. (John 14:25-26)

Jesus continued to teach His disciples about the work of the Holy Spirit.

· The Holy Spirit will testify of Christ (John 15:26)

· He will reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11)

· The Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, will guide believers into all truth, speak what he hears, show us things to come, glorify Jesus, and receive from Jesus and show those things to us (John 16:12-15)

One of the greatest things that the Holy Spirit does in the believer’s life, when he is baptized in the Holy Spirit, is that the believer is filled with power to be a witness.

Next Step – Memorize Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (NIV) (‘dunamis’, dynamite power.)

At Salvation and After Salvation

At the point of salvation we receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is by no means taking anything away from the miracle and wonder of our salvation experience. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate experience or, sometimes referred to, a second blessing.

Ephesians 4:30 tells us that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit at the day of our redemption when we believe and confess. (Romans 10:9-10)

  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit is when God pours out His Holy Spirit upon us and fills us to overflowing with His power spoken of in Acts 1:8. This is the empowering for service.
  • It’s been said that, ‘Salvation is God’s gift to the world, to sinners. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to His children, believers in Christ.’

Once the Baptism in the Holy Spirit has been received, Christian’s are to: submit to God; walk in the Spirit; and be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18; Acts 4:29-31) When Paul exhorted us to be filled with the Spirit in Ephesians he used a tense in the Greek that suggests continually being filled.

Next Step – I will wake up every day and before my feet hit the floor I will ask the Lord to fill me with His Holy Spirit!

Jesus’ Example of Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

Christ Jesus Himself was a man without sin in His life, yet He never did a miracle, nor did He start His public ministry without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. In Matthew chapter 3, we see Jesus coming to John the Baptist to be baptized in water. At that point God baptizes Jesus in the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17)

Immediately after His baptism we see Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, (Luke 4:1) After Jesus’ baptism in the Holy Spirit experience, He performs His first miracle, turning water into wine. (John 2:11) Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit… and look what Jesus did in Galilee… Matthew 4:23-24.

The Disciples’ Example of Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

When were the disciples saved? It is my belief and conviction that when Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into the disciples (John 20:21), they were saved at this point in their lives. But Jesus still insisted that they wait and be baptized in the Holy Spirit. In fact, this was one of Jesus’ last requests of them, prior to His going to the Father. (Acts 1:4-5) Later the disciples received this baptism in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-4)

I believe that salvation and receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit are two distinct acts of God’s love towards us. That’s not to say that they have to happen at two different times in our lives. A person could ask God to save them, receive their salvation, and at the same time also ask Jesus to baptize them in the Holy Spirit.

The Qualifications to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  1. You must be saved. Acts 2:37-38
  2. Ask the Father for Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit and believe that you will receive. (Luke 11:9-13)

Who is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit For?

For the promise (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:33) is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39) (NKJ) Joel 2:28-29 proclaims that the Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh! Acts 5:32 adds that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. We can conclude that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is available to all who have obeyed the Lord unto salvation.

What is the Purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

1) Jesus’ purpose for baptizing in the Holy Spirit is to fill believers with power (Acts 1:8) so that they can fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20). The baptism with the Holy Spirit imparts power for service!

2) The Holy Spirit will give you the supernatural ability to do the works that Jesus did and the works that He also expects you to be doing. (John 14:12; Luke 4:18; Mark 16:17-20) (Also Ephesians 6:10; Zechariah 4:6)

3) Not only will you have power to build the kingdom but you will also experience power in your everyday Christian walk. Power to live an overcoming life. (Romans 8:11; John 10:10)

How Do You Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

  1. Repent and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life (Acts 2:38).
  2. Ask and receive. Just like salvation, all you have to do is ask and you will receive. (Luke 11:13)
  3. Receive in Faith. Christ has redeemed us that we might receive the Promise of the Holy Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)

The Holy Spirit is going to make you a stronger Christian. Remember, you shall receive power! It is the difference between being a good Christian and being the kind of world-changing Christian that God has called you to be. The promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and is one of the many good things God has in store for your life.

If you are a Christian and have never asked to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, why wait? Why live another day in your own strength and power when you could be living and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask and by faith receive.

Community Group or Family Devotional Questions

1. Since we are talking about “Walk This Way”, what would be the advantage to walking full of the Holy Spirit?

2. In your religious background, if talked about at all, what was taught about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? Do you agree with Pastor Scott that no matter what denominations argue about, the most important thing is to assure that you are filled with the Holy Spirit right now?

3. How do you know if you are walking “full” of the Holy Spirit? (Hint Gal. 5:16 and Gal. 5:22-26)

4. What is the greatest evidence that a believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit? (Acts 1:8)

5. Besides empowered to witness, discuss the other two purposes of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. As a called and commissioned Ambassador of Christ Jesus, do you think this Holy Spirit power is something that we need?

6. Read Luke 11:9-13Take a few minutes to pray together as community group members or as family members and ask the Lord to baptize, fill, and continually fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit! By faith, ask and receive!